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Nature Watch: Living In the Land of Natural Disasters

WIRED   Monday July 31, 2017

Indonesia, an archipelago of 13,700 islands dotting the Indian and Pacific Oceans, is home to 260 million people and 150 active volcanos. Earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, wildfires, and floods are part of life there as well. Photographers Miguel Hahn and Jan-Christoph Hartung  explore this reality in their fascinating series “Beauty and the Beast.” “One guy told us that years ago when there was an alarm, he used to run," Hartung tells Wired, "but now he doesn’t even react because most of the time it’s a false alarm.”    Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Bringing Back the 107-Year-Old Emil Busch 91mm Portrait Lens

KICKSTARTER   Monday July 31, 2017

Fashion photographer Benedikt Ernst and portrait photographer Firat Bagdu have partnered with optical engineer Wolfdieter Prenzel to bring back the 107-year-old Emil Busch 91mm portrait lens via a new Kickstarter project. When Bush introduced his Glaukar lens in 1910, it was the first anastigmatic lens for daily portrait photography. The new lens will feature a maximum aperture of f/3.1, 12 aperture blades, a focal length of 97mm, and will come in Nikon, Canon, Sony (E), Fuji, Micro Four Thirds, and Leica (M and T) mounts, notes PetaPixel.   Read the full Story >>

Passings: John Morris, Legendary Photo Editor, Dies at 100

By David Schonauer   Sunday July 30, 2017

Legendary photo editor John G. Morris died on Friday at age 100. Morris passed away at a hospital near near home in Paris; his friend and colleague Robert Pledge, a founder of the Contact Press Images agency, confirmed the death. Morris, noted The New York Times, left an indelible stamp on photojournalism from World War II through the Vietnam War. He notably edited Robert ...   Read the full Story >>

Epitaph: Bowens Says Chinese Brands Did Them In

PetaPixel   Friday July 28, 2017

Bowens is officially dead: The 94-year-old lighting equipment brand has confirmed that it has discontinued operations. And the company says one of the main factors in its demise was the rise of cheaper gear from Chinese manufacturers. Companies like Godox, Phottix, Jinbei, Meike, and Yongnuo — some of which have served as OEM manufacturers for Western brands — have been able to eat into the market share of the lighting market by offering comparable products with competitive features at significantly cheaper prices, notes PetaPixel.   Read the full Story >>

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