BBC icicle of death

'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.

Alan Sailer high speed egg

Air Gap Flash & Alan Sailer's Photostream

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 frozen in time.  This air gap flash can have a flash duration of 1/1,000,000th of a second (about 25x faster than a standard flash).

You can make your own air gap flash by following the directions here.  However, if you don't know how to work with high voltage, don't even try.  As the author of the site says "you should not build this because this flash will kill you".  What you essentially make is a 35,000 volt capacitor that releases a 1.5" spark across a gap.  If you don't know what you are doing, that voltage will be released into your body and you won't be around to tell anyone how that felt.  So don't build it, but do read about it, it's an interesting device.

This is what the air gap flash looks like when complete.

air gap flash

As far as the images you can capture with it, here are a few samples.

Christmas bulb filled with gelatin and shot with a marble.

Alan Sailer christmas bulb high speed


Hot dog shot with a pellet gun.

Alan Sailer hot dog high speed

To see more of Alan's great work, visit his Flickr Photostream.  He has a ton of amazing photos there and doesn't just shoot things with a gun.  He has an air cannon that is used to shoot a lime through a piece of beef or a ping pong ball through fruit.  Definitely worth a visit.


Peter Jackson reveals the Red Epic secrets behind The Hobbit

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

Puppies Last Day

Last night with Morimoto and Flappy

Our last night with the two foster puppies Morimoto and Flappy.  At one point we had eight, but they were spread out among foster homes quickly.  These two stayed with us for over a month, and were a lot of work but very fun at the same time.  These photos are from our last night together.

Puppies Last Day

Puppies Last Day

Puppies Last Day

Puppies Last Day

Puppies Last Day

Puppies Last Day

Queen Elizabeth Park

Fall in Vancouver

It was a beautiful fall day in Vancouver today. I decided to visit Queen Elizabeth Park to try and catch some fall colours.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

50mm lens shootout

Seven 50mm prime lenses for Nikon F-mount compared

Cary Jordan compares seven 50mm lenses for Nikon F-mount including several Nikkor lenses, Sigma, and Carl Zeiss.  Full results at the link below.

Overall, your best bet is the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens.  You can buy the f/1.4 version at substantially more cost but most people don't need the extra speed.

More at Nikon Rumors

Internet Explorer drops below 50% market share

browser market share

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 Technica

Joey L Photography

Joey L. Photography

Another photographer worth checking out.  Fantastic portraits and location shots, very inspiring to view the portfolio.

Joey L. Photography