On December 29th we created our first aerial movie using Ethan’s Phantom II drone, a project we hoped to get off the ground (no pun intended) much earlier in the year. Since acquiring the machine, it has always been our intention to create a library of footage showcasing the beauty of our home county, so it was good news when we finally found the time (and settled weather conditions) to launch the project.
This is PhotoArks’s fourth article in a series illustrating our favourite photography walks. Note that these articles are not intended as walking guides, but merely indicate areas we find photographically interesting.
There is no doubting that photography’s magic hours are those at dawn and dusk, when light levels are softer, shadows more mysterious and details enhanced by oblique lighting. These are the times when conditions lend themselves well to creating a masterpiece. The beautiful cool soft light of an early morning or golden warm overtones of evening take some beating, as does the sense of inner peace and satisfaction that goes with capturing images at these times.
This is another article in a series illustrating our favourite photography walks. Note that these articles are not intended as walking guides, but are merely an indicator as to areas we find photographically interesting.
It's fair to say more and more people are dumping their compact cameras in favour of using the camera on their smart phone. With that in mind we feel it's time to do our very first photographers review of a smart phone; the iPhone 6S. When Apple first released the specs for the new iPhone camera people took to the forums and expressed their disappointment with the same 12MP sensor used in the previous model. It would seem people were expecting a higher 16MP ccd similar to Samsung's and HTC's latest offerings. But in a world of playing top-trumps with statistics people overlook what really matters, the quality of the image. One of Microsoft's Nokia Lumia’s featured a ridiculous 41MP censor which served only to sound impressive, the reality was it failed miserably when compared to the iPhone 5S’ 5MP camera.
Wow, another year gone already! As usual we like to take this time to reflect on what we have accomplished over the past year and give you an insight into what we hope to accomplish in the future. To start, we have prepared a few statistics showing the amount of content published during PhotoArk’s 2nd year; this includes 13 new articles, 2 of these were reviews, another 2 were photo walks and the remaining 9 were blogs. We also published our New York exhibition and are currently working on an exhibition of some of our images taken during a recent trip to Crete. As for the libraries, we have added dozens of new images with even more lined up waiting to be published.
Our summer holiday took us to Crete this year as we were intent on having a walking holiday in and around the more mountainous region of Greece’s largest and most southerly island. Usually I would be armed with an SLR and several lenses for a trip of this nature, but after using just the tiny Leica X1 in New York earlier this year I felt confident that I could repeat the exercise with its successor, my recently acquired Typ 113.