Gizmodo – World’s Fastest Digital Camera
The 8-foot-tall camera can take images at less than two-billionths of a second.
I want one. I don’t care that it’s designed for taking pictures in a particle accelerator; I still want one.
BLDGBLOG: “The city as an avatar of itself”
Olivo Barbieri’s aerial photographs achieve a distinctive look by photographing from a helicopter using a tilt-shift lens — a method, he says, that ‘allows me to choose what I really like in focus: like in a written page, we don’t read [it as an] image but one line at a time.’
Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Germaine Greer: Wrestling with Diane Arbus
Pinned on the bed by her small body with the big camera in my face, I felt my claustrophobia kick in; my heart-rate accelerated and I began to wheeze. I understood that as soon as I exhibited any signs of distress, she would have her picture. She would have got behind the public persona of Life cover-girl Germaine Greer, the “sexy feminist that men like”. I concentrated on breathing deeply and slowly, and keeping my face blank. If it was humanly possible I would stop my very pupils from dilating. Immobilised between her knees I denied her, for hour after hour. Arbus waited me out. Nothing would happen for minutes on end, until I sighed, or frowned, and then the flash would pop. After an eternity she climbed off me, put the camera back in her bag and buggered off. A few weeks later she took an overdose of barbiturates and slit her wrists.
According to John Szarkowski, then director of the Department of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, “Her real subject is no less than the unique interior lives of those she photographed.” As if you could penetrate the interior life of a stranger by kneeling astride her and shoving a lens up her nose. It’s Szarkowski’s kind of mindless nonsense about what Arbus was really up to that obscures her genuine achievement. Interior life is probably not any photographer’s subject; it was certainly not hers. In Arbus’s hands everyone is en travesti; even women appear as female impersonators. She may have thought she was getting the mask off, but what she was photographing was actually the clumsy ill-drawn mask itself.
the Guardian: Cold Snaps: Tarkovsky Polaroids
The great Soviet film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky always carried a Polaroid camera with him. His son, Andrei A Tarkovsky, explains the background to some of the pictures. Instant Light, Tarkovsky Polaroids edited by Giovanni Chiaramonte and Andrei A. Tarkovsky, is published by Thames & Hudson on June 1 2004, priced ?14.95 and available from all good bookshops or online.
via News of the Dead.
The above is what convinced me to get one. I just got mine own “system” in the mail last night: blue GameBoy, Yellow cam, and printer–hacked for a wall-wart instead of batteries. I’ll let you know more….
October, 2005 Got the (darn-near antique) Mad-Catz Picture-Link which will not work with XP. It’s installed on my Win-ME (ugh) machine and… runs. Only the picture come out as vertical lines only. Hrm.
October 20, 2005: Gameboy Camera Flickr Group, images and discussions.
Last week I got a 2″x2″x3/4″ camera in the mail, a refurbished SiPix Blink II. It was $20, $6 s&h, with a $20 rebate (that I’m still waiting for). In other words, I will have paid $6 for the thing when all is said and done. Its max resolution is 640×480 (0.3-megapixel!), has a lower-res mode, continuous mode (15/sec, I think, and an even lower mode available), indoor exposure, and “outdoor” exposure–which may be intended for quicker shots in bright light–but ends up taking loooooong exposures in the absence of light. Oh, and its got 8megs hidden away in there, and a USB port. So, while the color sensitivity is a little funny, the lens is a piece of crap, and everything is a wee tad fuzzy, it’s a great little toy. At twice the price ($12), it’d still be a bargain. Oh, and did I mention it came with a “fashion neck strap” [clear-blue with glitter inside], USB cable, simple photo software [amusing but functional, and easier to navigate than The Gimp], and a little thingy to set it atop your computer as a webcam. Only the software freezes on my WinME machine. But that’s another story.
UPDATE Fri Feb 13
The RevJimWiki had/has a long thread on hacking the disposable Dakota Digital Camera. Which is a pretty cheap camera. But it has a flash! :::jealousy:::
On the difficulties of displaying poetry on the web, or in eReaders.
Charles Platt was suspicious of Nickled and Dimed, so he decided to work at WalMart.