In photography, bokeh is the blur or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.” Here is a compilation of pictures of this genre. Enjoy!


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What’s former Facebook CPO Chris Kelly doing post-Democratic Attorney General run? Why backing a feature length film shot on a smartphone of course! The film, called Olive, went up on Kickstarter today and was shot entirely using a Nokia N8 phone and a specially crafted 35mm lens.

Director Hooman Khalili tells me that what differentiates Olive from other films that have tried the whole “movie shot on a smartphone” gimmick — like The Wrong Ferrari – is that he intends to show the film in theatres. Khalili even wants to submit it for Oscar consideration — which would be a first for a smartphone-shot film.

Olive’s narrative centres around a mysterious little girl that doesn’t speak, and three strangers whose lives she positively affects. Indie actress Gena Rowlands and (another former Facebooker) Randi Zuckerberg also star. The film itself is actually finished, having been financed by Kelly and Bill O’Keefe. The $300K it raises on Kickstarter will go towards distribution, and Khalili 100% guarantees that the film will make at least some big screens after its premier this month.


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It’s been quite a day for all you cinephiles out there. First Canon outed its pair of Cinema EOS cameras, and now RED has finally released the Epic’s baby sister Scarlet. Scarlet packs a similar punch as her older brother, so she takes 5K (5120 x 2700) resolution stills at 12fps, or can shoot your next cinematic masterpiece in 4K (4096 x 2160) at 25fps. The Scarlet also can use all of the Epic’s accessories and comes with a Canon mount so there’s plenty of glass to choose from, too. Best of all, Scarlet can be all yours for the low price of $9,750. That’s right, for the price of a used Honda Civic, you can shoot video that essentially looks as good as those made by pros like Peter Jackson and John Shwartzman (assuming you’ve got their moviemaking skills).


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HDR. Splendid.

Magnificent and stunning HDR compilation for the mid-October festivities.


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Canon shot glass lens set

If you are the sort that is really into photography and happens to think lenses sitting around your home or office is the perfect sort of décor, you need these shot glasses. When it comes time to get your drink on you can take these shot glasses and gulp down your favourite adult beverage and you can use them for other things too. The glasses look just like tiny Canon DSLR lenses. Specifically the shot glass is made to look like a tiny version of the Canon EF 24-105mm lens and is made from ceramic. The set includes three shot glasses so you can drink up with your pals. The three cup set will set you back $18. Each of the cups is a standard 1.5-ounce bar shot size.


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Summer! The time when nature blossoms, temperature rises, water splashes and warm sand awaits.
Enjoy some of the life-stills captured this summer. Happy Sunday!


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Photojojo has unveiled its new iPhone SLR Mount for the iPhone 4. The new mount consists of an aluminum case, an SLR lens adapter, and a UV filter; the case offers open access to all ports and controls, and also features two loopholes for attaching a camera strap. By connecting a traditional SLR lens, the mount promises to offer users a wide variety of effects and features based on the type of lens used. Photojojo’s iPhone SLR Mount for the iPhone 4 is available now for either Canon or Nikon lenses and sells for $249. Android users drool with envy…


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A Mountain View start-up is promising that its camera, due later this year, will bring the biggest change to photography since the transition from film to digital. The breakthrough is a different type of sensor that captures what are known as light fields — basically, all the light that is moving in all directions in the view of the camera. That offers several advantages over traditional photography, the most revolutionary of which is that photos no longer need to be focused before they are taken.

This means capturing that perfect shot of your fast-moving pet or squirming child could soon get a whole lot easier. Instead of having to manually focus or wait for autofocus to kick in and hopefully centre on the right thing, pictures can be taken immediately and in rapid succession. Once the picture is on a computer or phone, the focus can be adjusted to centre on any object in the image, also allowing for cool artsy shots where one shifts between a blurry foreground and sharp background and vice versa.


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Anti-fog coating

Tired of your glasses fogging up on cold days, or of having to spit in your dive mask before putting it on? Those hassles may become a thing of the past, as researchers from Quebec City’s Université Laval have developed what they claim is the world’s first permanent anti-fog coating. Just one application is said to work indefinitely on eyeglasses, windshields, camera lenses, or any other transparent glass or plastic surface.


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Ever wanted to slow down time?! The Vision Research’s Phantom Flex might be just what you have been craving for. By shooting an enormous amount of frames per second, this ‘time machine’ is able to create an illusion of slowing down the time by shooting an incredible 2,570 frames per second footage (can even shoot at up to 10,000fps at lower resolutions). And even though it carries a price tag of around $100k (unconfirmed), it is worth every penny. Let’s not forget that some of the greatest blockbusters (Inception for example) were shot using Phantom series cameras such as Phantom HD Gold.
Read more for additional info including other rigs used by Hollywood such as Typhoon HD and Red One.


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Canon has exhibited the prototype of a new super-telephoto zoom lens, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x at the CP+ event held in Pacifico Yokahome from February 9 -12, 2001.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x will be developed as an L-series super-telephoto lens with an integrated 1.4x extender and high-performance Image Stabilizer technology. The new lens will offer exceptional flexibility by incorporating a built-in 1.4x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm for sports and wildlife photography. High-quality images with high levels of resolution and contrast will be possible through the use of advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal. The new lens will also include dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.


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50mm f/1.2 L

First video (hand-held) shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens

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Here are some shots showing off the softness of this beautiful lens and the incredibly large aperture enabling it to produce astonishing night shots! These pictures are straight from the camera – absolutely no photoshop!

 

 


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