As a photographer, it is essential to always keep an eye on your gear when traveling because even the most seasoned photographers can become victims of theft.
Just last week, News Corp photographer Brett Costello was the victim of a robbery where over $40,000 of his camera gear was stolen at a cafe in Rio while he was there covering many of the 2016 Rio Olympics. But in a bizarre turn of events, Yahoo Sports reported that while Costello was entering Sambodromo stadium for the men’s archery competition, he noticed another man entering behind him wearing an official photo vest.
While Costello likely helped prevent many other photographers from losing their equipment, there is unfortunately no word on whether Costello has recovered any of the $40,000 equipment he lost.Read More →
Climbing photographer and National Geographic shooter Jimmy Chin was asked by the New York Times to ascend to the top of 1 World Trade Center to make an interactive panorama using a 360 VR camera and the results were incredible!
(From Huffington Post)
Sometimes the most beautiful wedding photos are the ones that are hardest to get.
Funny Photographer ‘Confessions’ You Can Probably Relate To…Read More →
From beginners to professionals, all levels of photography enthusiasts and camera lovers will come together for a true photo and cinema extravaganza in Downtown Los Angeles, May 21st – May 22nd.
With over 50 of the photography and video industry’s top brands on hand to offer exhibition and demonstration of their cameras and photography related products, as well as a virtual Who’s Who of the Los Angeles photographic and cinema communities providing entertainment, education and opportunity for all levels of photography enthusiasts and professionals, PhotoCon LA will be an unmissable celebration of photography and video.
PhotoCon LA’s 2016 theme is a celebration of Samy’s Camera 40 years in business in Southern California. The legendary camera retailer has been a part of the Los Angeles photographic community since opening their doors in 1976.
For tickets to this event, visit http://photoconla.com/tickets/Read More →
How much damage can a tiny drone propeller really do when it comes up against a person’s flesh? Aalborg University in Denmark has answered that question with a rig that can ram a spinning drone propeller into a piece of flesh at 33mph.
The video below is an accurate (and slightly gruesome) demonstration of what could happen if you lose control of your drone and it hits a person, propeller spinning…
Lava? Not quite. This photo is an example of a phenomenon called a Firefall in Yosemite that only happens two weeks out of the year.
The photographer, Sangeeta Dey, told the SF Gate:
This is Horsetail Falls in Yosemite.
Every year for two weeks in February, the sun sets at a certain angle and illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red, making it look like a fluid fire.
I’ve met photographers who said that they have been coming for 11 years only to see this happen 2 or 3 times.
It was supposed to happen at around 5:30 in the evening, but I was there at 2 PM to find a spot. I finally settled for a tiny space under a thorny bush.
When the fall started glowing, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. For 10 minutes, all of us sat there mesmerized by this spectacle. When it ended, a few of us had tears in our eyes. Some of us were clapping.
And others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years.Read More →
By Robert V. Nuccio
R.V. Nuccio & Associates, Inc.
It is becoming more and more of a common occurrence: Firefighters battling massive wildfires are forced to suspend aerial firefighting efforts because of unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones.
With California in the midst of a very serious drought and fire season turning from a summertime to a year-round threat, two legislators in California, Senator Ted Gaines and Assemblyman Mike Gatto, have introduced a bill this month that would, “charge offenders a vastly increased penalty for [impeding firefighting efforts] and will also consider adding incarceration as a penalty when the offense involves unauthorized drone use,” according to a statement released on Senator Ted Gaines website.
“Drone operators are risking lives when they fly over an emergency situation. Just because you have access to an expensive toy that can fly in a dangerous area doesn’t mean you should do it,” said Assemblyman Mike Gatto. “The legislature needs to act swiftly to make sure we send a signal that our society won’t put up with this nonsense after seeing drone operators once again interrupt firefighting efforts.”
This sentiment was echoed earlier this month in a speech by Shawna Legarza, Director of Fire and Aviation for the U.S. Forest Service’s California Division, at a joint press conference with Cal Fire, the National Park Service, and the California National Guard.
“Wildland fire response in California is not just one agency, it’s all the agencies together, so federal, the state, the county, the city, the local government, the National Guard, the volunteers,” stated Legarza. “Getting all those agencies to work together can be hard enough, but the increasingly common problem of drones flying into fires makes it even more difficult.”
These calls for action come following FAA issued regulations introduced in February for drones. Unfortunately, drone users seem to be unaware of the regulations to which they are expected to abide.
Just this past Friday, July 17, officials said five drones hovering in the area delayed firefighters from dropping water buckets from helicopters onto a fast-moving wildfire that crossed a freeway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Eric Sherwin of the San Bernardino County Fire Department told CNN, “Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities to report, but the 15 to 20 minutes that those helicopters were grounded meant that 15 to 20 minutes were lost that could have led to another water drop cycle, and that would have created a much safer environment and we would not have seen as many citizens running for their lives.”
In comments to the New York Times, Rich Hanson, the director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, a nonprofit whose members fly model airplanes, shared his opinion on drones and those individuals who are piloting them.
“These [drones] are being sold by the thousands, and many of these people buying them are not traditional modelers, and they are certainly not aviators.”
Hanson continued, “These people have no idea that the FAA even exists, let alone what the regulations are. They are just having fun and looking for some kind of self-aggrandizement or some fame on YouTube.”
In an effort to educate drone owners, drone industry leaders have launched a campaign and website called Know Before You Fly to raise awareness of the FAA regulations for drones, and to provide a resource for questions regarding drone safety.
If you operate a drone, be sure to follow all FAA and other UAS regulations.