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What The Duck #1459

We’ve come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it’s time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson’s comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing,…

 
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Acclaimed AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press is reporting today that veteran AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed, and an AP reporter was wounded, when their car was fired upon by an Afghan police officer. They were traveling in a convoy of election workers bringing …

 
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Nikon D4s vs. Canon 1D X – Which one’s better?

Published on April 4, 2014 by in News

We test the very best of Nikon against the apex of Canon, to answer the most important question – which one is better? The two years old battle-tested magnificant Canon 1D X or the all new all powerful Nikon D4S?

 
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A Closer Look At Some Of The Year’s Best Scientific Photos

Published on April 4, 2014 by in News

What goes in to making an incredible scientific image?

Every year the Wellcome Library holds the Wellcome Image Awards, honoring the best scientific imagery of the year. The images come from scanners, photographs, x-rays, and all other manner of imaging device, to create one of the most diverse awards we’ve ever seen.

Unfortunately, the Wellcome Image Awards homepage is currently down, but you can see this year’s winning images at a number of other locations. But if you want to know a bit more about them, io9 has talked to a number of the researchers behind the photos. For instance, below is an image of kidney stone, taken by Kevin Mackenzie of the University of Aberdeen.

Here’s how Mackenzie describes the image:

I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting specimens to image and when I had kidney stones a few years ago I managed to collect one. I decided to image in the light microscope, Micro CT and also under the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The resulting image was taken using a Zeiss MA10 SEM and false coloured using Adobe Photoshop. The size of the stone is 2mm across (which is quite small for a kidney stone).

Kidney stones form when salts, minerals and chemicals in the urine (for example calcium oxalate and uric acid) clump together and solidify. Small kidney stones are often passed naturally, but larger stones sometimes get stuck in the kidney or in the tubes that carry urine out of the body.

I was very happy to have another two images selected for the awards, one was a Scanning Electron Micrograph of a single head louse egg attached to a human hair, and the other was a Micro CT scan of a medieval (so over 1000 years old) jawbone.

For more of these behind the scenes glimpses, check out the original article.

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Photo by: Popular Photography Magazine Editor

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False-coloured scanning electron micrograph of a zebrafish embryo. Photograph: Annie Cavanagh & David McCarthy

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‘Dedicated’: A Nikon D4s video about photographers using the D4s

Photographer Corey Rich’s most recent project, titled ‘Dedicated’, is a video detailing the working lives of three other notable photographers – Dave Black, Robert Beck and George Karbus – using Nikon’s latest flagship camera, the D4s. Along with…

 
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Waterproof camera returns to owner after being lost at sea

An Olympus camera lost by a Finnish diver on a trip in Thailand has made its way back to its owner. Reported by the travel site Sail In Finland, in January the Finnish diver’s tethered camera floated away after some rough weather. The point-and-shoot …

 
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