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The Kennel Club 2017 photo contest winners are cute as h*ck

21 Jun

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

The Kennel Club has announced the 2017 winners of its annual ‘Dog Photographer of the Year’ photo contest. Now in its 12th year, the international competition received almost 10,000 entries from 74 countries around the world, and was sponsored by SmugMug and Nikon School. As the internet would say, that’s a lot of h*ckin’ good puppers.

We present the 1st place winners from each of the ten categories in the competition. To see all the winners in each category, head over to the Dog Photographer of the Year website.

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Overall winner and ‘Man’s Best Friend’ category winner: Maria Davison Ramos (Portugal)

About the photo: For me, capturing real and candid moments is what photography is all about. This is one of those moments. My friend had just adopted Yzma and while we were chatting in the kitchen I was taking some photographs. The location and the light were far from perfect, but I ended taking one of the photos I’m most proud of.

About the dog(s): The dog’s name is Yzma and she’s a Golden Retriever cross. She was adopted by one of the photographer’s closest friends.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Assistance Dogs’ category winner: Alasdair Macleod (Ayrshire, Scotland)

About the photo: Megan was photographed during her weekly visit to South Beach Care home in Saltcoats, with one of the residents, 95 year old RAF veteran Mr Duncan Currie (a pilot for the Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, Dam Busters) who has Dementia.

About the dog(s): Megan is a rescued Greyhound and was the top Therapet for 2016.

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‘Dogs at Play’ category winner: Kalyee Greer (United States)

About the photo: Petey and I stood there together on the water’s edge in awe as the day bowed out to the night and the sun slipped its yellow head behind the horizon. Pastel colours painted themselves across the Summer sky above our shoulders in stripes of pink and cobalt blue as we quietly revelled in that perfect, endless moment. Then, just as suddenly as the sky had lit itself on fire, Petey clumsily jumped into the water with a joyful little sparkle in his eye, beckoning me to come along. I followed him in and giggled until my sides hurt as he would push his paw down into the warm, salty water, sending little crystal droplets flying through the air all around him. With each happy splash came the realization of the perfection in those tiny moments, and of the unmatched purity of the canine heart.

About the dog(s): The dog in the photo is named Petey. A cuddly and endlessly sweet Wheaten Terrier who belongs to a previous client of Kaylee’s.

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‘Rescue Dog’ category winner: Alexandra Robins (Wiltshire, England)

About the photo: When I went to Bath Cats and Dogs home to photograph some of their animals, Chloe and Tess were the first on my list. We took them out to one of the large, grassy paddocks for them to have a run around. Both dogs flew across the field together, I managed to get some fun action shots of them playing. However, it was this image of Chloe looking up at her carer that has always been my favourite. Chloe was a little timid towards strangers; she was probably looking for reassurance with a strange photographer present!

About the dog(s): Chloe came to Bath Cats and Dogs home with her friends, Tess and Diego, when their owner died. Chloe the brindle greyhound was a timid dog and used to hide away from strangers but was gentle and caring to her friends. All three dogs found loving homes.

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‘Dogs at Work’ category winner: Sarah Caldecott (Yorkshire, England)

About the photo: The photograph of Rita was taken during a training day in February this year on the moors in County Durham the weather hadn’t been kind and the light was fading fast.

About the dog(s): The dog in the photograph is a pointer called Rita owned by a friend who Sarah met during training sessions with her dog.

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‘Puppy’ category winner: Mirjam Schreurs (Netherlands)

About the dog(s): Mirjam placed a call out on Facebook for dogs to photograph and the owner of Tyson the Boxer puppy responded to it. Mirjam photographed Tyson when he was 14 weeks.

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‘I Love Dogs Because…’ category winner: Julian Gottfried (Chicago, US)

About the photo: I especially enjoy this photo because it exemplifies what I love about my dog. In the image you can easily see his cuteness, personality, and playful manner. Combined with the snow, they create a truly lively photo.

About the dog(s): Pippin, a terrier-mix. Julian’s family adopted him on Valentine’s Day in 2010. He and his brother had been wanting a dog for a really long time, and their parents finally decided to adopt one. Pippin had been found wandering around Missouri with his mother in a poor state, and was staying at a shelter. He was only seven pounds, but the most adorable dog there, and he has since become an integral part of the family.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Oldies’ category winner: John Liot (St. Helier, Jersey)

About the photo: This image was taken as part of a commissioned shoot with three rescue dogs. It was a beautiful and bright November day and the Sun was creating an intense light through the windows, warming the client’s house. Kelly, an apprehensive 12 year-old collie-cross, found her spot in the God rays heating up the arm of a sofa and had a nap. She was a cautious girl with a sad backstory and had challenging behavioural issues prior to being adopted. Happily though, she has found rejuvenated life with her new family in Jersey who are giving her all the love and attention she sorely missed in her younger years.

About the dog(s): Kelly is rescue and her breed is unknown. She was 12 when the photo was taken. She was adopted by Bex D., a worker at Jersey’s animal shelter, who has two other rescue dogs that she’s also adopted from the JSPCA.

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‘Young Pup Photographer’ category winner: Dylan Jenkins (Swansea)

About the photo: I took this photo in my garden. We had some cake and Mosey came to sniff it. I took about twenty photos and this was the best and the funniest.

About the dog(s): Mosey is the older of our two hounds. She’ll be 10 in October. She has had some scent training (truffles!) and has appeared in a few dog shows but is happiest as a pet/companion dog She is incredibly gentle and sweet-natured and hilariously funny. Mosey and Dylan have an incredible bond.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

‘Dog Portrait’ category winner: Anastasia Vetkovskaya (Russia)

About the photo: This magnificent Afghan was incredibly nice to shoot – he is very expressive and emotional.

About the dog(s): SISLEY- SHOU GERAT GRANT AHTIAR AK JAR, Afghan Hound

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2017 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs – Crop-sensor

16 Jun

Last updated: June 16, 2017

For those wanting to step up from entry-level and midrange ILCs, there are many things to consider, including the choice between a DSLR or mirrorless camera, what sensor size suits you best, how important video is to you, and of course the lens system.

While full-frame cameras typically offer superior image quality and more control over depth-of-field, crop-sensor cameras are extremely capable in their own right – and are (usually) more compact and less costly. They can also often shoot faster, with many of the models in this group include sophisticated focus systems and more capable video.

We’ve split the $ 1200-2000 ILC marketplace into two segments – cropped sensor cameras (which you’ll find in this roundup) and full-frame options.

The price range covered means there’s a wide variety of cameras here, from the PEN-F with its Four Thirds sensor and style-conscious mirrorless design, up to the D500 which is essentially a smaller-sensor version of Nikon’s professional sports camera, the D5. Depending on your needs, one of these crop-sensor cameras might just be right for you.

Here are the competitors in this crop-sensor round-up:

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • Fujifilm X-T2
  • Leica TL
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D7500
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
  • Sony Alpha a6500

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2017 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras

10 Jun

Last updated: June 9, 2017

While most of new 1″ sensor enthusiast cameras have been on the shorter end of the focal length spectrum, there are now quite a few long zoom models, as well. Whether you want something pocketable or want to shoot for the moon (pun intended), you’ll find it in this group.

There are plenty of other long zoom compacts out there, some offering focal ranges reaching 2000mm though they use much smaller 1/2.3″ sensors. The larger sensors used in the cameras in this roundup completely eclipse those models, especially when it comes to image quality and control over depth-of-field.

The models we’re looking at in this article include:

  • Canon PowerShot G3 X
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500/FZ2000
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

With the exception of the Panasonic ZS100/TZ100, all of these cameras are pretty hefty, so don’t plan on stuffing those into a pocket. Focal ranges are all over the map, ranging from 200mm on the Sony RX10 I/II to 600mm on the Sony RX10 III and Canon G3 X. The vast majority of these cameras shoot 4K video, with some having more controls than others.

To further help you pick the right camera in this class, we’ve created the chart below, which breaks down the equivalent aperture for each camera, as you work your way through the zoom range. Our article here explains the concept of equivalence, but at a high level all you need to know is that the lower the line is on the graph below, the blurrier the backgrounds you’ll be able to get and, typically at least, the better the overall low-light performance.

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With its F2.8 constant aperture lens, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 I & II capture more total light and offer more control over depth-of-field compared to its peers, by 1 or 2 stops. The trade-off is that its focal length caps out at 200mm equiv. The Canon PowerShot G3 X and Sony RX10 III have the longest lenses, with the latter being about 2/3-stop faster once hitting around 100mm. The Panasonic FZ2500 splits the difference between the G3 X and RX10 III.

And with that out of the way, let’s get right into exploring the enthusiast long zoom cameras!

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Long Shot 2017 is Saturday, June 10th. Will you be shooting?

08 Jun

Here in Seattle, we are pretty excited when summer arrives. Granted, the warm weather doesn’t actually get here until sometime in mid-July, but that doesn’t stop us from leaving the socks at home and heading out without a raincoat (and then complaining about the inevitable rain and hashtagging all of our Instagram photos with #junuary).

One of the ways we celebrate the coming of summer is with the Photographic Center Northwest’s (PCNW) Long Shot – a global 24-hour photo shoot that is open to anyone, anywhere, with any camera (yes, including your phone). Long Shot isn’t a competition; it’s an opportunity to take a day to focus on photography, share what you capture and see what other photographers are doing. It’s also a way PCNW raises awareness and funds to support its photographic mission.

Photo by Luke Peterson | Long Shot 2016

This year’s Long Shot is on Saturday, June 10th. Between 9AM Pacific on Saturday and 9AM Pacific on Sunday, participating photographers around the world ‘chase the light’. You photograph whatever you want, wherever you are. If you register (there is a $ 20 suggested donation), you can submit up to 5 favorite images from the day and a jury will pick one of your images to include in the annual Long Shot slideshow and pop-up exhibit in Seattle on June 17th. You don’t have to attend the pop-up to participate, and you don’t have to participate to attend the pop-up.

“Ode to 18th Century” by Anna Ream | Long Shot 2016

If you choose not to register, you can still take photographs and share them on social media using the hashtags #longshot2017, #photocenternw and #pcnw. Your images won’t be included in the slideshow or exhibit, but you’ll still be part of a worldwide community of photographers taking part in a fun event.

Take a look at the Long Shot 2016 slideshow to see what last year’s participants photographed. (Note: There are a lot of beards.) What will you photograph this year, if you participate?

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SkyPixel and DJI now accepting entries to 2017 Aerial Video Contest

03 Jun

DJI and SkyPixel have opened up their latest competition for entries. The 2017 SkyPixel Video Contest accepts video clips from 30 seconds up to 5 minutes in length. Videos can be created by any aerial platform, so if you don’t own a DJI drone, fear not – you’re still in the running. Prize packages include DJI drones, Nikon DSLRs and some slick-looking (?) Oakley sunglasses.

Entries must be submitted to one of three categories: City, Nature and Sports. The deadline for submissions in August 2nd, 2017. Find out more at the contest website.

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2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200

02 Jun

Last updated: June 2, 2017

These days, many (if not most) consumers are likely to shop based on price and capability, rather than according to whether a certain model contains a mirror, or not. We think this is a good thing; With all the increased competition, cameras are improving more and at a faster rate than ever before. From the gear perspective, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a photographer.

In this category, you’ll find both mirrorless and DSLR cameras that are highly capable under a variety of shooting situations, offer built-in high-spec viewfinders – either optical and electronic – and an extensive array of external controls. The biggest differences in performance tend to come down to autofocus sophistication and video capability, but neither of those is dictated by the presence or lack of mirror.

The contenders are:

  • Canon EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS M5
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
  • Pentax K-3 II
  • Pentax KP
  • Sony Alpha a77 II
  • Sony Alpha a6300

Most of the cameras in this roundup are built around either Four Thirds or APS-C sensors. Sensor size plays a large part in determining the image quality a camera is ultimately capable of and, in general, the larger a camera’s sensor, the better the image quality and the more control you have over depth-of-field. APS-C sensors are larger than Four Thirds chips, but the differences are rarely huge.

Of course, the sensor sizes and image quality of these cameras are not the only thing that varies; the feature sets and performance of each camera are also quite different across the board. Within this category you’ll find weather-sealed cameras, cameras that can capture 4K video, cameras that can shoot bursts at incredibly high speeds with autofocus, and cameras that are simply well-balanced all-rounders. Which one should you buy? Read on to find out…

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Sony still third globally but bullish about 2017 prospects

27 May
High value models such as the a7R II have boosted Sony’s income, despite falling unit sales.

Sony is the world’s leading mirrorless camera brand but remains third for ILCs overall, it said in a presentation to investors.

The company says the move to higher value products allowed Digital Imaging’s operating income to maintain essentially flat, despite declining sales. It attributes these declines to a combination of a shrinking market and missed sales opportunities due to the Kumamoto earthquakes. Also counting against its 2016 numbers were adverse foreign exchange movements. The figures also looked bad compared with 2015, as the group had received a one-off insurance payment that year, following flooding in Thailand.

The company suggested its 2014 strategy of strengthening its ILC and lens ranges is bearing fruit. It also predicts a compound annual growth rate of 27% in sales of ILC bodies and a similar figure in lenses, for 2017. It says it expects the group as a whole (which includes broadcast and medical businesses) to see sales grow by around 10% and its operating income to rise by 12.7%. Part of this will be driven by the move to higher margin products and some by the ability to respond to pent-up demand, following the Kumamoto earthquakes.

The company says it currently has 14% of the ILC and lens markets, putting it in 3rd place, globally (the recent press release about being 2nd in the US market is as much to do with bouncing back after Kumamoto and second-placed Nikon not having released any high-end cameras recently, as anything else). It also says it has 23% of the compact market, putting it in 2nd place or 1st if you only consider the more valuable large sensor and long-zoom compacts.

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2017 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts

26 May

Bridge and travel zoom cameras are two of the very few categories of compact cameras to survive the smartphone. Whether it’s a travel zoom, which puts a 25X-30X zoom into your pocket, or a bridge camera which offers even more zoom, phones just can’t compete.

While there are now enthusiast-level long zoom cameras with 1″-type sensors, such as Sony’s Cyber-shot RX10 series and Panasonic FZ1000/FZ2500, there are still plenty of more budget-friendly models, though their smaller sensors don’t offer the image quality or depth-of-field control of the pricier models.

The following cameras are included in our roundup:

  • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
  • Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
  • Nikon Coolpix P900
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80/FZ82
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70
  • Sony Cyber-shot HX90V
  • Sony Cyber-shot HX400V

Of those eight cameras, three are pocket-sized and offer 30X-40X zooms. The other five are bridge (SLR-style) cameras with focal lengths ranging from 600mm to an unbelievable 2000mm (35mm-equivalent).

And with that, let’s take a look at some consumer-level travel zoom cameras!

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Olympus cleans up at Camera Grand Prix 2017

21 May

The Japanese Camera Journal Press Club has awarded Olympus three out of its four annual prizes after voting by photographic magazine editors and readers. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 ll came away with both the Camera of the Year award and the Readers award, while the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO won Lens of the Year.

The club, which was established in 1963, has ten member magazines and websites that each test and review camera equipment. The members come together with affiliated magazines to determine the best products released during the period between April and March each year. This year the OM-D E-M 1 ll attracted attention for its high speed AF system and frame rates that exceed those achievable by even top-end DSLR cameras.

Olympus didn’t wipe the board entirely though, as the Editor’s Award went to the Nikon D500 for its professional AF system and modest price, and the Fujifilm GFX 50S for its resolution and handling as well as for popularizing medium-format again.

For more information and to read why each of the products was awarded see the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan website.

Camera GP Japan information

Camera Grand Prix 2017 / CJPC

Camera Grand Prix is held by Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC, Japan), a group of representatives from magazines or websites specializing in photos and cameras. CJPC, established in September 1963, has 10 members from the media as of April 2017. The selection committee, organized under the auspices of CJPC’s Camera Grand Prix Executive Committee, deliberates and selects the best products to give the four awards from among those introduced into the market during the previous fiscal year (from April 1 to March 31).

Camera Grand Prix “Camera of the Year” is granted to a still camera recognized as the best of all released during the period. “Lens of the Year” is awarded to the best lens launched in the Japanese market, while “Readers Award” is determined by general camera users’ vote on a dedicated website. (The voting period in 2017 was from March 18 to April 9.) In addition, CJPC members give “Editors Award” to a camera or another form of photography-related product, excluding the one awarded “Camera of the Year”, in consideration for the product’s popularity, topicality, and innovativeness.

Camera of The Year
The award went to the OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark II
(production company : Olympus Corporation.)

Lens of The Year
The award went to the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO
(production company : Olympus Corporation.)

Readers Award
The Readers Award went to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (production company : Olympus Corporation.). The award was stablished in 2008, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Camera Grand Prix. The winner is selected by general readers’ votes.

Editors Award
As the result of a conference of C.J.P.C. members, the D500 (production company : Nikon Corporation,) and the GFX 50S(production company : Fujifilm Corporation.) were selected for Editors Award.

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2017 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras

20 May

What do we mean by Semi-Pro?

Within this category, you’ll find some of the most capable cameras the industry has to offer. The Semi-Pro name doesn’t indicate that they’re below the consideration of professionals, though. Quite the opposite: it means that their price and performance makes them attractive to a range of enthusiasts, photographers who make some money from their shoots and professionals who earn their livelihood with their camera.

Due to the fuzzy line between semi-pro and pro, we’ve made the decision to not include very high-end full-frame (e.g. Nikon D5, Canon 1D X Mark II, Sony a9) and medium format (e.g. Pentax 645Z and Fujifilm GFX 50S) cameras in this roundup.

All of the cameras in this price range use full-frame sensors. And while most of them are DSLRs, there are also several mirrorless options as well. Simply put, there is something here to satisfy just about everyone who is willing to pony up the requisite funds. Read through to see what makes this segment so cut-throat, and what innovations are driving this tier forwards at a remarkable pace.

The models covered in this roundup are:

    • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
    • Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R
    • Leica M10
    • Leica SL
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D810
    • Sony Alpha a7R II
    • Sony Alpha a7S II
    • Sony Alpha a99 II

Read on to see which cameras we chose as best-in-class!

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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