Nikon D4 Leaked by the French

The rumours were flying around for months and the mill was in high gear for the last few weeks about Nikon’s new flagship camera, the D4.  Official announcement is likely to come on Friday, Jan. 6th (late Thursday in Canada/USA) but a French magazine spilled the beans early.  A scan of the article can be seen here.  Looks like a great body, and should compete well against the new Canon 1DX. Specs: 16 megapixels ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 50-204800) 51 autofocus points 100% viewfinder coverage 10-12fps 91000 point metering system 1080p video recording CF/XQD card slots 1.34kg weight €5,800 (likely to be about $6,000 USD) Full details...

The Best Photography Tips, Tricks, and Hacks ...

LifeHacker has pulled together their top photography related tips into one post. Worth a visit to pick up some good info. Visit the LifeHacker Post.

‘Brinicle’ Ice Finger of Death

The BBC has the most amazing footage of the natural world.  I own several of their sets, including Blue Planet and Planet Earth. If you haven’t seen them, I recommend you do. This short video is another great sequence that few could capture.  It shows an ice ‘Brinicle’ forming under the Antarctic ice sheet, you can read more about it here. BBC prevents embedding, view the video on their site here.

Air Gap Flash & Alan Sailer’s Phot...

I have seen a lot of good high speed photography, but Alan Sailer has some of the most interesting shots out there.  These shots are taken using some specialized equipment, including an ‘air gap flash’.  I have never heard of this device until today, and apparently it’s a DIY flash that has the potential to kill you.  Standard flashes (Canon, Nikon) have a minimum duration of 1/40,000th of a second.  It seems short, but when photographing bullets it’s an eternity.  At 1000 feet/second (not that fast in bullet terms), that bullet can travel 1/3rd of an inch so it’s more of a streak in the image than a bullet...

Peter Jackson reveals the Red Epic secrets be...

Looks like The Hobbit will be filmed in 3D using a whole bunch of Red Epic cameras.  Check out the link below to see the 3D rig they put together, very cool.  They are also shooting everything at 5K and 48 frames per second.  Should be a visually amazing movie. Engadget Link w/ Video

Internet Explorer drops below 50% market shar...

Interesting browser market share stats at Ars Technica.  Combined market share for IE is below 50%, Safari dominates mobile browsing.  Personally, I have switched to Chrome from Firefox and don’t see any reason to switch back.  I haven’t used IE in years other than to view pages that require it. Details at Ars...

How Steve Jobs drove without license plates

Apparently Jobs drove his SL55 with no plates by exploiting a loophole in California law. Yahoo Autos Article  

Enable Google Plus for Google Apps

Finally!  Google Apps users (such as myself) can access Google+ with their Apps account.  Until now, you had to sign in with a gmail account.  This seems to be common for Google, most of their applications are not available to Apps users to start which is always a pain. Learn how to enable Google+ on your Google Apps account   If you are not familiar with Google Apps read more here.  Essentially it lets you run your own mail server using the Google infrastructure and Gmail interface.  Free for personal use. UPDATE: It looks like you can’t add your Google Apps account if you have already created a G+ account with gmail.  So it...

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