Twixtor Slow Motion

Twixtor enables you to speed up, slow down or frame rate convert1 your image sequences with visually stunning results. In order to achieve its unparalleled image quality, Twixtor synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence… employing RE:Vision’s proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel.   Bengtsson shot this footage using Canon 18-55 and Sigma 70-300 lenses, and then added slow motion with Twixtor slowmotion app an app that can slow down or speed up the frame rate of videos.

More Super Slow Motion [Water] – 550D from Rickard Bengtsson on Vimeo.

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Kopps-Etchells Effect

What Is Going On With This Helicopter?

What Is Going On With This Helicopter?Those are not flares or artificial lighting or a Photoshop job. And it’s not a teleporting sequence from a sci-fi movie either. It’s the Kopps-Etchells Effect. This is how it happens, according to Command Sergeant Major Jeff Mellinger:

Basically it is a result of static electricity created by friction as materials of dissimilar material strike against each other. In this case titanium/nickel blades moving through the air and dust. It occurs on the ground as well, but you don’t usually see it as much unless the aircraft is landing or taking off. The most common time is when fuel is being pumped. When large tankers are being fueled they must be grounded to prevent static electricity from discharging and creating explosions.

Originally, this effect didn’t have any name, but the always awesome Michael Yon—former US Army, now war photographer—found one: The Kopps-Etchells effect. He named it after American Corporal Benjamin Kopp and British Corporal Joseph Etchells, two soldiers killed in action in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where these pictures were taken.

What Is Going On With This Helicopter?

Etchells last wish was to be cremated and launched over his childhood favorite park inside a firework. It seems like a fitting name for a beautiful effect in the middle of such an ugly war.What Is Going On With This Helicopter?.

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The orbis ring flash: Shadowless light for strobists

Orbis Ring Flash

The Orbis™ Ring Flash

The orbis™ ring flash: Easy, TTL shadowless light for strobists.

The orbis™ transforms the harsh light from your SLR flash gun to create beautiful, shadowless photos quickly and easily. You don’t need any specialised knowledge or technique. The orbis™ fits to your flash in seconds – no bulbs, no batteries, no training course!

You put the orbis™ onto your flash, lift it up in front of the camera and bingo, stunning, shadowless light, anywhere, every time.

If you’re a keen, talented photographer who rarely uses your SLR flash because you don’t like the results, the orbis™ ring flash is perfect for you. Lighting your photos with the orbis™ opens a whole new world of photography.

The orbis™ produces a characteristic ‘ring flash’ look that you’ll recognise from high-end magazine photography. Ring flash has long been distinctive of high-end portrait and fashion photography but studio ring flash systems are bulky, fragile, expensive and hard to use. The orbis™ changes all that.

Used off-lens, to one side of your camera, the orbis™ becomes a great small soft-box, beauty dish or fill light for advanced effects.

Conceived by a full-time professional photographer, inspired by the Strobist philosophy and developed by top optical designers, the orbis™ is made from durable ABS plastic, weighs around 1lb (600g), is totally portable and works with your camera system’s TTL metering.

The ‘one-size-fits-most’ dock means that the orbis™ ringflash fits a huge range of flashes with no need for add-ons. The orbis™ works with all your camera system’s functionality and doesn’t stress the fragile hotshoe connection.

The orbis™ ringflash is great fun to use and gives passionate photographers, like you, an edge. If you’re inspired to take your photography to the next level, the orbis™ is ideal.

TTL functionality, a great price and all in a ring flash built to last.

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MSB Photojournal

Salmon Arm…. wet, wet… really wet.

So here we go. A shot from back in ’08. N50251 (Somewhere between Nakusp and Revelstoke). Five days and four nights on the hill after which we were happy to head back to civilization. A decent meal, fresh socks and a flat place to stand when you roll out of bed. It’s the little things…

This was one of several burning giants that had to come down. Small trees in this stand where five feet diameter. Five days I won’t soon forget.


via MSB Photojournal.

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