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Lights Out: Hong Kong Bans Iconic Neon Signs from City Streets

30 Aug

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

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In an effort criticized by local businesses as well as global visitors, Hong Kong has deemed neon signage illegal and is ramping up its systematic removal of these historic place-making lights.

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To fans of the city’s vibrant nighttime glow, such signs define the bustling metropolis as much as any work of architecture or public art, featured prominently in many images taken and movies set on or around Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

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In the last decade, thousands of signs have been removed through incremental city initiatives while preservationists scramble to save, store and display them. Populated with curators and directors from around the world, including the Tate in London and MoMA in New York City, the new M+ Museum is becoming the de facto guardian of many of these castoffs, collecting physical signs as well as videos, images, maps and other documentation.

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More about the digital arm of their endeavor: “Presented by M+, Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture, “Mobile M+: NEONSIGNS.HK” is an online exhibition that celebrates a key feature of the city’s streetscapes by exploring, mapping and documenting its neon signs. Alongside curatorially-produced essays, videos, slideshows and artist commissions, over 4,000 photos were submitted by the public from 21 March to 30 June 2014 to collectively create a unique neon map of Hong Kong. The site will remain as a lasting record and examination of Hong Kong’s fast disappearing neon signs.”

signmaking project

The classic art of neon sign-making involves electrified gas-filled glass pipes, originating in Europe but dating back nearly a century in China. Today, factory-made LEDs are becoming the industry standard. Around the world, the old methods are fading, but many artisanal practitioners continue to fight to restore old signs and keep such practices alive (images by Keith Macgregor, Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze and Mark Pegrum via TheCreatorsProject).

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Writer’s Favourite Lens – Nikon 24-70 mm F2.8

30 Aug

I’ve had the Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens for about three years now, and it is by far my most used lens, and really my go-to when I am heading out to take photos. It is mid-range when it comes to focal length, but for shooting most landscapes and architecture, it is nearly always enough. It is not a cheap lens ($ 1749 USD without VR, $ 2396 with VR), but it was a special treat, one I have to thank subsidies for. One year after getting a special payout I was able to afford this lens, just.

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Nikon-24-70mm lens

When I got the lens I was shooting cycling, both on the road and the track, and I was looking for a better lens to use rather than the cheap one I bought when I first started. This one seemed perfect. A good shorter, wide angle, and the focal length was almost a perfect match for my 80-200mm. I also thought I was going to start doing portraits and it seemed like the ideal lens.

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Portrait style photography

For personal reasons, I had to give up photographing cycling and never really got into portraits. It was something I never felt comfortable doing. I ended up concentrating more on architecture and landscape. This lens saw me through all that with its ability to be so versatile, I could really do anything with it.

Pros:

Lovely clear images

You notice it, you really do. If you’ve been shooting with a cheap lens, the moment you start taking photos with one of this quality, you will see the difference. There was something about how clear the images were; they seemed to shine. There is a clarity with the images, and if you get great conditions to take photos, such as a good day and good light, then it really shows in the images.

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Bay Crits racing

Fast lens

With the widest aperture being f/2.8, you know you have a fast lens, which means it gives you more choices. With the cycling, it meant I didn’t have to go to such a high ISO to be able to get photos inside the velodrome. I could still get great images that didn’t have a lot of grain/noise.

It is the same if you are doing astrophotography, as the f/2.8 means that you don’t need to have your ISO up as high, so you won’t get really grainy shots of the night sky.

Good size

The size works well for what I want, and what I am doing. I’m more of a wide angle person, but the extra length to 70mm is really fantastic, and gives me more options when I am out taking photos. It is, ultimately, the best of both worlds. I have the wide angle, but I can also zoom in a little bit.

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Rail Viaduct Malmsbury

Sometimes I wish it was a little longer, maybe to 100mm or 120mm, but it isn’t, so I have to compensate. I don’t often zoom right in on subjects, so it is rarely a problem.

Fits filters

Doing long exposures is something that I have spent a lot of time learning, and this lens is a great choice for this. The 77mm filter size means that I can use filters. I also have the 14-24mm lens, and not being able to put filters on that has been frustrating, but the 24-70mm still gives me the wide angle view, and the option of using filters.

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Long exposure of bay

Can photograph things close-up

One of the unexpected bonuses has been how close I can get to objects to take photos. Nowhere near as close as a macro, but very close nonetheless. It’s great when I’m out to be able to take close-up photos of objects that I see, like flowers, cakes, etc.

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Flowering gum

Versatility

This is one of those lenses that you know could photograph anything. I purchased the lens for portraits and cycling, but it soon became apparent that I could use it for almost anything I wanted to do. I now shoot landscapes and architecture primarily, and it has been great for doing both of those. The lens is very versatile, and I am confident that no matter what I need to shoot it will do a great job.

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Pier at bay

Cons:

Weight

There is no doubt that it is a heavy lens, weighing in at 1.98 lbs. (900 g). Most people are shocked at how heavy it is when they pick it up alone, or with my camera attached. It isn’t something I notice anymore. I have been using heavy cameras for quite a few years and it is just normal now. When I was still photographing cycling events, I would use two cameras, one with the wide angle, and the other with a telephoto lens. People asked me how I carried it all, and I said the two cameras helped balance me. You just get used to it.

If you are someone who has issues with their hands or arms, and find it hard to carry or use heavy objects, this wouldn’t be a good lens for you. You may find it too heavy to hold up to take photos. Don’t forget, it isn’t just about holding it up when shooting, it is also about carrying it around as well. I have to admit that often, at the end of the day, I’m very happy to put the camera down.

Price

It isn’t a cheap lens in any way, but quality always comes with a price tag. The lens is approximately USD $ 1800, but, if you are serious about your photography, it is worth it. I definitely think it was.

Finally

I wouldn’t go anywhere without my Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8 now. It has been rained on, had the hot sun beaming on it, been sprayed with salt spray, it’s dirty, it’s well-used. You can be sure that it will always be in my camera bag, whether it is attached to my camera or not. I love using it, and am never disappointed with the images that I get from it.

Do you have a favorite lens? Tell us. Read about some other dPS writer’s favorite lenses here:

  • Writer’s Favorite Lens: Olympus Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8
  • Writer’s Favorite Wildlife Lens – Tamron 150-600mm
  • Writer’s Favorite Lens: 50mm f/1.8
  • Writer’s Favorite Lens – The Canon 24-105mm f/4
  • Writer’s Favorite Lens – the Canon 40mm Pancake Lens
  • Writer’s Favorite Lens – the Tamron 18-270mm

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29. August 2015

30 Aug

Das Bild des Tages von: Verena Hoppe

Blick auf eine sehr schmale Schärfeebene, eingetaucht in tiefes Blau.

Wahrlich ein Fest für die Augen ist es, unser Bild des Tages.
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Week in Review: Two by two

29 Aug

Around here it was a week of ‘twos’ – Olympus debuted the second generation of its OM-D E-M10 camera, Canon introduced version two of its popular 35mm F1.4L lens, and we published our thoughts on shooting with Sony’s RX10 II. We’ll sum it all up for you just in case you missed any of the action this week. Read more

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Quick Lightroom Tip Using the Graduated Filter

29 Aug

This video tip is courtesy of Anthony Morganti and shows us what you can do using the Graduated Filter tool in Lightroom. What if you’ve maxed out your basic adjustments and want to go farther? This little tip might do the trick for you, check it out:

Learn more about using the Graduated Filter in LR here.

A very cool tip, had you thought of that or done this before? Do you have any other Lightroom tips and tricks? Please share in the comments below.

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True Fiktion

29 Aug

Artikelbild Nashalina

Wenn man den Maler Caspar David Friedrich, die Kinderbuchillustratoren Janosch und Ivan Bilibin sowie die Fotografin Diane Arbus aus ihren Gräbern riefe und sie bäte, gemeinsam Bilder zu schaffen, dann würden vielleicht jene entstehen, die Nashalina Schrape in die Welt entlässt.
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27 Shimmering Fish Photos

29 Aug

Fish are slippery, slimy and scaly.

They can also be shiny, silvery, shimmery and photogenic.

They come in many forms, shapes and sizes. Here are a few images captured by photographers of these interesting creatures:

Photograph Deep-sea by Tamás Balogh on 500px

Deep-sea by Tamás Balogh on 500px

Photograph RGB fishing an improved version by Victoria Ivanova on 500px

RGB fishing an improved version by Victoria Ivanova on 500px

Photograph Seeks 6 differences by Jordi Gallego on 500px

Seeks 6 differences by Jordi Gallego on 500px

Photograph Habitat by Sedef ISIK on 500px

Habitat by Sedef ISIK on 500px

Photograph After fishing by taty-eremeeva on 500px

After fishing by taty-eremeeva on 500px

Photograph Dust...  (????...) by Vladimir Shipulin on 500px

Dust… (????…) by Vladimir Shipulin on 500px

Photograph After fishing by Svetlana Dikhtyareva  on 500px

After fishing by Svetlana Dikhtyareva on 500px

Photograph Fish..:) by Alla  Lora on 500px

Fish..:) by Alla Lora on 500px

Photograph pesce d'aprile d'autore by Sabrina Secco on 500px

pesce d’aprile d’autore by Sabrina Secco on 500px

Photograph Still life with fish and a lemon by Elena Eremina on 500px

Still life with fish and a lemon by Elena Eremina on 500px

Photograph Stone Fish by Kenichi HIGUCHI on 500px

Stone Fish by Kenichi HIGUCHI on 500px

Photograph The still life with fish by Felix Felix on 500px

The still life with fish by Felix Felix on 500px

Photograph Dancing in the water by Diana Amelina on 500px

Dancing in the water by Diana Amelina on 500px

Photograph It's just seems impossible, but nothing is impossible by Abhijith  on 500px

It’s just seems impossible, but nothing is impossible by Abhijith on 500px

Photograph The neighbour's glass is always bluer by Elad Shani on 500px

The neighbour’s glass is always bluer by Elad Shani on 500px

Photograph art of fish by reeve lim on 500px

art of fish by reeve lim on 500px

Photograph Red Fish by Masgareng Sucipto on 500px

Red Fish by Masgareng Sucipto on 500px

Photograph like a dead fish... by Catherine MacBride on 500px

like a dead fish… by Catherine MacBride on 500px

Photograph Fried tuna steak in black sesame with chopsticks by Kamil Zab?ocki on 500px

Fried tuna steak in black sesame with chopsticks by Kamil Zab?ocki on 500px

Photograph hunter and the hunted by Alexander Safonov on 500px

hunter and the hunted by Alexander Safonov on 500px

Photograph Lion Fish with Sunburst by Jonathan Lin on 500px

Lion Fish with Sunburst by Jonathan Lin on 500px

Photograph Show Time by Max Rinaldi on 500px

Show Time by Max Rinaldi on 500px

Photograph Einblicke bis tief in die Magengrube by Georg Scharf on 500px

Einblicke bis tief in die Magengrube by Georg Scharf on 500px

Photograph Good Days, Bad Days by Henrik Nilsson on 500px

Good Days, Bad Days by Henrik Nilsson on 500px

Photograph Beach Bum by Henrik Anker Bjerregaard  Lundh III on 500px

Beach Bum by Henrik Anker Bjerregaard Lundh III on 500px

Photograph Cat fishing by Marianna Armata on 500px

Cat fishing by Marianna Armata on 500px

While this is not a fish, this traditional Chinese fisherman catches them!

Photograph Another Day in Paradise by Michael Steverson on 500px

Another Day in Paradise by Michael Steverson on 500px

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Is it the smartphone or lack of fun that’s killing the camera?

29 Aug

Camera companies are struggling to sell cameras – that much is widely known. But analyst Heino Hilbig says that it’s not smartphones, market saturation or the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis that’s caused this. Instead he argues that it’s the fun-factor and easy operation that the iPhone brought that have made cameras seem less attractive. We think he’s on to something. Read more

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Astropad Mini turns your iPhone into a graphics tablet

29 Aug

The makers of the Astropad iPad app have launched a version for the iPhone, aptly called Astropad Mini. Like the iPad version, the new app allows you to use your Apple device as a graphics tablet when working with imaging applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom using Astropad’s LIQUID technology for communication with the Mac. Read more

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28. August 2015

29 Aug

Das Bild des Tages von: chantal-olivia

Portrait einer jungen Frau mit verschobenen Streifen.

Im Ausblick: Frauen in der Fotografie, Stellung beziehen und Neues auf Instagram.
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