David Schonauer

In Focus: Visualizing the Food Crisis as Lake Chad Vanishes

The New Republic   Friday June 30, 2017

Not so long ago, Lake Chad was one of the largest bodies of water in Africa. But as climate change has taken its toll, the lake has shrunk by 90 percent. Wetlands have given way to sand dunes, farmers have abandoned their fields, and more than 7 million people are now suffering from severe hunger, notes The New Republic. Chris de Bode has visualized this food crisis by showing what one meal a day — “a single vegetable, a dried fish, a bowl of red maize” — looks like for those who live near Lake Chad.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Lensbaby's Velvet 85 F1.8 lens for Velvety Skin Tones

PetaPixel   Friday June 30, 2017

Lensbaby is adding to is Velvet lens line with the new Velvet 85mm f/1.8 lens, which, notes PetaPixel, promises to produce crisp image “that would look at home on a film set, and a 'buttery' smooth bokeh.” The lens has 1:2 magnification for macro images, with a 12 blade aperture and a minimal focus distance of 9.5 inches. It is currently available for pre-order for $499.95 and will begin shipping July 11, adds DP Review.   Read the full Story >>

Honor Roll: Shortlist for the 2017 ING Unseen Talent Award

British Journal of Photography   Friday June 30, 2017

The five emerging photographers shortlisted for the 2017 ING Unseen Talent Award are Alexandra Lethbridge (b. 1987, UK); Tom Callemin (b. 1991, Belgium); Andrea Grützner (b. 1984, Germany); Robin Lopvet (b. 1990, France); and Stefanie Moshammer (b. 1988, Austria). The winner will receive €10,000 (about $11, 3000) plus mentoring from photographer Nadav Kander; work by all the nominees will be featured in a group show at the Unseen Amsterdam  festival (Sept. 22-24), notes the British Journal of Photography.   Read the full Story >>

Industry News: Lexar Memory Cards Are Discontinued

DP Review   Friday June 30, 2017

Lexar memory cards may be a thing of the past: Lexar parent company Micron announced this week that it will shutter the Lexar retail brand. The entire portfolio will be discontinued, including memory cards, USB flash drives, card readers, and other storage drives. The news comes less than five months after Lexar raised the memory bar yet again by announcing the debut of their 512GB 3500x CFast 2.0 card, notes DP Review. Jay Hawkins, Micron’s vice president for the consumer products group, said the decision reflects the company’s focus on markets and channels with higher value, adds Digital Trends.   Read the full Story >>

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