Polariod 600 Film to Resume Production

barbie-polariodVia: The Independent

Thanks to @RoninVision for posting a link to the article. The Independent is reporting that thanks to Florian Kaps (of Polaniod.net), who now owns the Polaroid factory in Enschede, Amsterdam, there is hope for instant photography fans. With the help of Ilford “The Impossible Project” has started to develop new film that will work in SX-70 and 600 series Polariod cameras. Kaps plans to have both black and white and color versions of film in production by December, when supplies of existing film are expected to run out.

I had hope that this would happen, that someone would take up the task of developing an alternative to the discountinued Polariod film products. Maybe I’ll pick up a SX-70 afterall (I’ve been itching to own one for a while) once these new film prototypes become mass producable.

Dual Screen Lenovo Thinkpad

Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds

Via: ComputerWorld.com

I’ve been wondering when this was going to happen.

I’ve had a concept like this in my head for a while (why haven’t I sketched the ideas out before now?) and I believe I’ve seen a few concept designs along these lines, but Lenovo has finally brought a dual screen laptop to production. I’m not talking about a small Microsoft Sideshow enabled screen, but something that could actually hold something useful like a webpage, grid of thumbnails in Lightroom, or application pallets.

The Lenovo Thinkpad W700ds (any gamer will see the ds as an obvious acronym) takes a 17″ Thinkpad and adds a 10.6″ vertically oriented screen on to the side. I’m assuming the screen slides out from a pocket in the lid. It can be tilted up to 30º.

As an addition to the W700 model line, the W700ds boast other features that are rare on a laptop, like the Wacom tablet built into the palm rest. With built in color calibration hardware and a screen that Lenovo claims holds 72% of the AdobeRGB color gamut, the machine is aimed squarely at the professional photography crowd. The $3,600 starting price also says “pro,” while the 2 inch thickness and 11 pound weight scream “desktop replacement.” With quad cores and a workstation Nvidia Quadro graphics card, I bet it’s a dream to work on. I hope we see more laptop designs embrace the concept of useful secondary screens.

Playing With Light

Playing With Light

Yesterday I was taking pictures in my studio (my last day in studio, I’m graduated now!) and the dark space was challenging, even with the 50mm f/1.4 on my XTi.

I had seen people make flash focusing type rigs out of bundles of straws and such (I forgot the technical term for it) and I wanted to try and quickly duplicate the effect. I grabbed a cardboard box from a 12 pack of pencils and ripped off the ends. I placed the XTi’s built-in flash into one end of the box and tried to aim it, taking a couple pictures quickly as I made adjustments.

These are some of the photos (RAW straight out of the camera, haven’t gotten to editing yet) and I think the results are pretty fun. I’m going to have to add a pencil box to my Macgyver-photography bag of supplies.

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The Inside Light – Amazing Portraits

Cinco Design and Chris Hornbecker have teamed up to deliver a set of stunning and powerful portraits of designers and artists in the Portland area. Titled The Inside Light, the set seeks to identify the concept that drives each individual, and communicates it by projecting the concept onto the portrait.

I especially love the “Love” photo of Madgesdiq. The way the word is so crisp in his eyes, as well in the brushed steel casing of the mic… it gives me chills.

I was already day dreaming of having a chance to work at Cinco Design, just based on their product design work. This collaboration with a great photographer to create such a great product makes me value them even more. I’m looking forward to future issues of CO.

Link: http://cincodesign.com/CO/TheInsideLight.html

Thanks for the heads up: Korry Richards

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TiltViewer

Airtight Interactive LogoAirtight Interactive, responsible for the amazing SimpleViewer have launched a new online image viewer that really pushes the threshold. The flash-based TiltViewer takes the concept of SimpleViewer into the third dimension. Rather than waste time trying to explain it, I’d rather you just check it out.

Here’s my photography portfolio in TiltViewer, hosted on Flickr. 

For $95 you can get TiltViewer Pro that will remove branding and let you customize the application. $95 feels a little steep to me when solutions like Slieshow Pro are out there for $20, so hopefully the price will come down with time.