David Schonauer

Virtual Exhibitions: A Lost Archive of Life at Chernobyl

British Journal of Photography   Tuesday July 14, 2020

In 2015, after two years of documenting the Ukranian Revolution, photographer Maxim Dondyuk wanted to find a quiet place “where there wouldn’t be any people.” So he went to Pripyat, the “ghost city” ravaged by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, to photograph its deserted landscape. Wandering through one of the thousands of evacuated homes, he discovered postcards, letters, and photos, hidden beneath 30 years of debris. They are now featured in a virtual gallery along with Dondyuk’s own images.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: The Laowa 9mm f/5.6 Rectilinear Full-Frame Lens

DP Review   Tuesday July 14, 2020

Venus Optics has unveiled the Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL, the world’s widest rectilinear lens for full-frame cameras. The lens features a 135-degree angle of view and is constructed of 14 elements in 10 groups, including two extra-low dispersion elements. It features “very low” distortion, which makes it a solid option for landscape, architecture and real estate photography, notes DP Review. The lens is just 2.4 inches long and weighs just 12 ounces.   Read the full Story >>

Let's Continue the Conversation ...

Facebook   Monday July 13, 2020

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State of the Art: New AI Portrait Tech and Troubling Facial Recognition Algorithms

By David Schonauer   Monday July 13, 2020

Who needs a camera when you can draw? Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created a deep learning algorithm that can turn rudimentary "freehand sketches" into hyper-realistic photographs that are nearly indistinguishable from real-life portraits. And that's just one of the AI breakthroughs that may have us rethinking how portraits are made. The Face Depixelizer is a new AI-powered app that ...   Read the full Story >>

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