Sunday, June 24, 2012

F1 RESULT GRAND PRIX OF FORMULA 1 VALENCIA 2012 - Alonso, Raikkonen, Schumacher.



F1 RESULT GRAND PRIX OF FORMULA 1 VALENCIA 2012 - Alonso, Raikkonen, Schumacher.

1. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari     57     Winner     11     25
2. Kimi Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault     57     +6.4 secs     5     18
3. Michael Schumacher     Mercedes     57     +12.6 secs     12     15
4. Mark Webber     Red Bull Racing-Renault     57     +13.6 secs     19     12
5. Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes     57     +19.9 secs     8     10
6. Nico Rosberg     Mercedes     57     +21.1 secs     6     8
7. Paul Di Resta     Force India-Mercedes     57     +22.8 secs     10     6
8. Jenson Button     McLaren-Mercedes     57     +24.6 secs     9     4
9. Sergio Perez     Sauber-Ferrari     57     +27.7 secs     15     2
10. Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault     57     +34.6 secs     3     1
11. Bruno Senna     Williams-Renault     57     +35.9 secs     14    
12. Daniel Ricciardo     STR-Ferrari     57     +37.0 secs     17    
13. Vitaly Petrov     Caterham-Renault     57     +75.8 secs     20    
14. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault     57     +94.6 secs     16    
15. Charles Pic     Marussia-Cosworth     57     +96.5 secs     23    
16. Felipe Massa     Ferrari     56     +1 LAP     13    
17. Pedro de la Rosa     HRT-Cosworth     56     +1 LAP     21    
18. Narain Karthikeyan     HRT-Cosworth     56     +1 LAP     22    
19. Lewis Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes     55     +2 LAPS     2    

Ret     10     Romain Grosjean     Lotus-Renault     40     +17 LAPS     4    
Ret     1     Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull Racing-Renault     33     +24 LAPS     1    
Ret     14     Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari     33     +24 LAPS     7    
Ret     17     Jean-Eric Vergne     STR-Ferrari     26     +31 LAPs     18    
DNS     24     Timo Glock     Marussia-Cosworth     0     +57 LAPS     24

Sunday, June 17, 2012

MOTOGP RESULT GRAND PRIX OF BRITISH (Silverstone) June 17, 2012



MOTOGP RESULT GRAND PRIX OF BRITISH (Silverstone) June 17, 2012

1. Jorge LORENZO    SPA    Yamaha Factory Racing    Yamaha    171.5    41'16.429
2. Casey STONER    AUS    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    171.3    +3.313
3. Dani PEDROSA    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    171.3    +3.599
4. Alvaro BAUTISTA    SPA    San Carlo Honda Gresini    Honda    171.2    +5.196
5. Ben SPIES    USA    Yamaha Factory Racing    Yamaha    170.7    +11.531
6. Cal CRUTCHLOW    GBR    Monster Yamaha Tech 3    Yamaha    170.5    +15.112
7. Nicky HAYDEN    USA    Ducati Team    Ducati    170.5    +15.527
8. Stefan BRADL    GER    LCR Honda MotoGP    Honda    170.0    +22.521
9. Valentino ROSSI    ITA    Ducati Team    Ducati    169.1    +36.138
10. Hector BARBERA    SPA    Pramac Racing Team    Ducati    168.7    +41.328
11. Aleix ESPARGARO    SPA    Power Electronics Aspar    ART    167.3    +1'03.157
12. Randy DE PUNIET    FRA    Power Electronics Aspar    ART    167.3    +1'03.443
13. Michele PIRRO    ITA    San Carlo Honda Gresini    FTR    167.0    +1'07.290
14. James ELLISON    GBR    Paul Bird Motorsport    ART    166.5    +1'14.782
15. Yonny HERNANDEZ    COL    Avintia Blusens    BQR    166.5    +1'15.108
16. Colin EDWARDS    USA    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    Suter    165.5    +1'29.899
17. Danilo PETRUCCI    ITA    Came IodaRacing Project    Ioda    164.9    +1'40.302
18. Ivan SILVA    SPA    Avintia Blusens    BQR    164.1    +1'52.099
19. Andrea DOVIZIOSO    ITA    Monster Yamaha Tech 3    Yamaha    160.7    1 Lap

Not Classified
54    Mattia PASINI    ITA    Speed Master    ART    164.3    6 Laps

Friday, June 15, 2012

3 Tips to help you improve your portrait photography



As photographers, some of us are drawn to shooting landscapes, others to architecture, and some of us enjoy photographing people. Like moths to a flame, a particular genre just calls out to us. This doesn’t mean other genres are beyond our reach. However, for these other disciplines, it will require more focus (if you’ll pardon the pun) to get things right so that you or your clients are pleased with the results. Portrait photography is one area in particular where a little guidance can go a long
way in getting great results. While we can talk about aesthetics, rules of composition, and that sort of stuff until the cows come home, I’ve found some of the “guidelines” here are better stated as rules. Not only do they result in better aesthetics, they are also drawn from the rules of physics.

Originally, the plan was to get our models into a studio environment where we could really get scientific, but in the end we decided to deal with real-world scenarios and shoot these images on the fly. This worked out great because not only did we have a blast in making the shots, but we were able to demonstrate the ability to work with challenging backgrounds (we were behind a warehouse!) when beautiful or staged ones are not always present.

Tip #1: Minimize Distracting Backgrounds
More than anything else, a distracting background can detract from an otherwise excellent portrait session. To prevent the background from becoming a distraction, it helps to keep some distance between your subject and the background. The rule I’ve always gone by is 10 feet (3 meters) or more. The reason for this is because shadows are minimized, and you can get some separation between that and your subject. Take a look at my friend here (Bill). I had him stand in front of an intentionally distracting background - a wire fence with a bunch of tree branches also entering the scene. Not an ideal scenario for sure if you want great portraits. This can be dealt with by moving your subject from further from the background. Look at the difference (below)!

Tip #2: Depth of Field
This ties into physics when you start thinking about depth of field. In general, portraits will usually be shot at apertures somewhere between f4 and f5.6 (maybe f8 if you are bold). This defines the range of sharpness for your subject, which generally starts with their face if you are using auto focus. The smaller the aperture  number, the to the background. The result - a blurred, less distracting background! In the gallery for this series, I shot each person at f4, then at f6.7 and finally at a higher f-stop (typically f8 or f11). Our second subject (Chris) is a motorcycle dude. We wanted to go for something of a “bad-ass” look, and the harsh lighting conditions of the afternoon really worked well for that. For the first set, I put him up against a dock railing at the warehouse, with some parked cars in the background. Horrible, right? But look what happens as I both bring him away from the dock (two, five, and then ten feet), while dropping my aperture as well. Even at two feet from the rail, it’s less of a mug shot and something close to a headshot. By the time we are ten feet away from the horrible background (and my aperture is down to f4), we’ve actually got a fairly cool looking portrait. Now in a perfect world, I might want my lighting to be a little less harsh, but the object lesson is well demonstrated here.

Tip #3: Distance to Subject
This will vary based on your lens selection, but I typically use a lens with a focal length range of 100-200mm. The reason here is because the physics of the optics will have a compression effect on your subject, otherwise known as “making the subject a little thinner”. (Hint: Most people like looking thin!) Now it becomes a matter of positioning our subject at an appropriate distance to allow this compression to happen. It also will give you a little room around the edges of the frame
to crop horizontally or vertically if needed. Generally, this distance is in the range of 6-8 feet (2 – 2.5 meters) between your camera and your subject.

When working in a limiting environment, a good rule of thumb is to have your subject relatively in the middle between your camera and the background. If your subject is closer to the background than you like, what do you have to do to maintain that ratio? Move closer!

In this case, that meant zooming my 70-200mm lens in closer. This also creates a nice separation effect from the background by partially removing it from the field of view. Take a look at these shots of Kirsten (above). Our same scenario holds as before, at two feet, five feet, and ten feet from the other railing and a dumpster! Again, a horrible background one would think, but look at the improvement when I positioned her ten feet away, zoomed in nice and tight on the shot, and dropped my aperture to f4 – amazing!

Mind Those Backgrounds, When Possible!
Keep in mind; it’s generally not a good idea to intentionally select poor backgrounds. We  intentionally did so here to demonstrate methods for minimizing potential background distractions that may arise in various shooting situations. Bad backgrounds and harsh lighting can be tricky situations to handle, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t get some good shots. The point though is well demonstrated that your portraiture will improve measurably by taking advantage of positioning between you, your subject, and the background, and also by dialing your aperture settings more open to throw backgrounds even further out of focus. It just goes to show that even with photography, you can take lemons and make lemonade!

by Jason Anderson

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR



The world's first interchangeable zoom lens for D-SLR cameras with the world's highest 16.7x zoom ratio

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a high-power zoom lens with a focal length of 18-300 mm and a zoom ratio of 16.7x, allowing a wide variety of shots from wide-angle to super telephoto with just one lens. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR joins the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II and the AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR to enhance the high-power zoom lens lineup. In addition to achieving a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.2x and the f/5.6 maximum aperture at the maximum telephoto position, it also has built-in vibration reduction (VR II), offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps to effectively reduce camera shake for easy telephoto shooting. By incorporating ED and aspherical lens elements, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR offers superior optical performance through an optical system optimized for D-SLR cameras.


Nikon has long had the support of professional, advanced amateur and entry-level photographers for its consistent development of innovative products that respond to the demands of customers and are equipped with the optical technologies Nikon has spent years cultivating as a manufacturer of optical devices. Nikon intends to continue to expand and strengthen the NIKKOR lineup as well as improve customer convenience with the steady release of new, high-performance lenses that offer advanced functions.




AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Primary Features

  • A high-power zoom lens with a focal length of 18-300 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 27-450mm lens in 35-mm [135] format) and the world's highest 16.7x zoom ratio
  • Maximum reproduction ratio: 1:3.2x
  • Vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps
  • Achieves the f/5.6 maximum aperture at the maximum telephoto position
  • Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing
  • Equipped with two focus modes, M/A and M
  • The optical system with ED and aspherical lens elements optimal for D-SLR cameras enables sharp rendering and superior optical performance

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AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR




A compact, lightweight Nikon FX-format standard zoom lens suitable for a variety of shooting situations

The AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED VR is a highly versatile lens with a focal length of 24-85mm, making it ideal for shooting in a wide variety of situations including landscapes, portraits and snapshots. The lens also offers an extensive set of features including vibration reduction (VR II) to provide camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps, the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for quiet autofocus operation and two focus modes - M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual). Furthermore, despite the fact that it is compact, lightweight and priced affordably, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR realizes images that maximizes the characteristics of high-resolution, high image quality FX-format D-SLR cameras, making it a lens that you can use regularly.

In 2012, Nikon released the D4, D800 and D800E. Along with the expansion of FX-format D-SLR camera lineup, Nikon has strengthened its NIKKOR lens lineup. With the optical technologies Nikon has spent years cultivating, Nikon will continue to meet and exceed the expectations of professional and advanced amateur photographers who demand increasingly advanced shooting and expressiveness by proactively developing and releasing highly functional, high-performance products.


AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Primary Features
  • An standard zoom lens with a zoom ratio of 3.5x, a focal length of 24-85mm and FX-format compatible, allowing you to enjoy shooting a wide variety of situations with just one lens
  • Vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing
  • Two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual)
  • The optical system with ED and aspherical lens elements optimal for D-SLR cameras enables sharp rendering and superior optical performance
  • A size and weight that makes it very portable
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

F1 RESULT GRAND PRIX OF FORMULA 1 CANADA (Monte Montreal) 2012 - Lewis Hamilton 1st



F1 RESULT GRAND PRIX OF FORMULA 1 CANADA (Monte Montreal) 2012 - Lewis Hamilton 1st

1. Lewis Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes     70     Winner     2     25
2. Romain Grosjean     Lotus-Renault     70     +2.5 secs     7     18
3. Sergio Perez     Sauber-Ferrari     70     +5.2 secs     15     15
4. Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull Racing-Renault     70     +7.2 secs     1     12
5. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari     70     +13.4 secs     3     10
6. Nico Rosberg     Mercedes     70     +13.8 secs     5     8
7. Mark Webber     Red Bull Racing-Renault     70     +15.0 secs     4     6
8. Kimi Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault     70     +15.5 secs     12     4
9. Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari     70     +24.4 secs     11     2
10. Felipe Massa     Ferrari     70     +25.2 secs     6     1
11. Paul Di Resta     Force India-Mercedes         +37.6 secs     8    
12. Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes         +46.2 secs     13    
13. Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault         +47.0 secs     22    
14. Daniel Ricciardo     STR-Ferrari         +64.4 secs     14    
15. Jean-Eric Vergne     STR-Ferrari         +1 LAP     19    
16. Jenson Button     McLaren-Mercedes         +1 LAP     10    
17. Bruno Senna     Williams-Renault         +1 LAP     16    
18. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault         +1 LAP     17    
19. Vitaly Petrov     Caterham-Renault         +1 LAP     18    
20. Charles Pic     Marussia-Cosworth         +3 Lap     23    

Ret     24     Timo Glock     Marussia-Cosworth         +14 Lap     21    
Ret     7     Michael Schumacher     Mercedes         +27 LAPS     9    
Ret     22     Pedro de la Rosa     HRT-Cosworth         +46 LAPS     20    
Ret     23     Narain Karthikeyan     HRT-Cosworth         +48 LAPS     24   

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

TIPA Awards 2012 Nikon SB-910 for the Best Professional Flash System Award



Built on Nikon Creative Lighting System, the new SB-910 flash unit incorporates an enhanced intuitive operating system and graphic user interface. The SB-910 speedlight covers the most popular focal lengths, and has a built-in FX/DX-format identification that optimizes light distribution based on the camera body. This new speedlight also provides more efficient battery usage as well as an enhanced Thermal Cut-Out function that will increase recycle times as the flash heats up, rather than shutting down completely until it has cooled off. The SB-910 features new hard-type colour compensation filters for fluorescent and incandescent colour temperature balancing, which can change the white balance setting of the camera automatically.

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TIPA Awards 2012 Nikon D800 for the Best D-SLR Expert Award



The D800 offers an amazing effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels that allows photographers to capture images of impressive quality. The image file size begins to rival medium format digital back output and allows photographers to print their images using large format sizes. Its Full HD-Movie for movie recording will also appeal to advanced photographers who want to make quality videos. Well-built, but not too heavy, fun to use, and equipped with all the essential functions, the D800 offers stereo sound, a range of ISO-6400 (expandable to ISO 25,600 equivalent) and 4 frames-per-second burst rate. For TIPA members, the camera is without a doubt the best melding of high-end demands and the needs of a practical enthusiast.

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TIPA Awards 2012 Nikon D5100 for the Best D-SLR Entry Level Award



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Camera GP2012 Camera of the Year and Readers Awards For Nikon D800



TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that its D800 digital-SLR camera is the recipient of the Camera GP2012 Camera of the Year and Readers Awards.
The Camera GP2012 Camera of the Year award is presented to the best still camera released on the Japanese market between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012.
This is the seventh time a Nikon camera has received a Camera Grand Prix "Camera of the Year award", the last being the Nikon D3, which won the award in 2008.
The recipient of this year's Readers Awards was selected through online voting by general users between March 20 and April 10, 2012. With the selection of the Nikon D800 this year, Nikon digital cameras have received the Readers Awards four times in the past five years, proving just how highly regarded the cameras are by a large number of users.

Since its release in March of this year, the D800 has been extremely well received. It was also the recipient of the TIPA Awards 2012 Best D-SLR Expert Award.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

MOTOGP RESULT GRAND PRIX OF SPAIN (CATALUNYA) June 03, 2012 - Lorenzo Leads Championship with 20 Point



MOTOGP RESULT GRAND PRIX OF SPAIN (CATALUNYA) June 03, 2012 - Lorenzo Leads Championship with 20 Point

1. Jorge LORENZO    SPA    Yamaha Factory Racing    Yamaha    164.4    43'07.681
2. Dani PEDROSA    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    164.1    +5.003
3. Andrea DOVIZIOSO    ITA    Monster Yamaha Tech 3    Yamaha    163.8    +9.361
4. Casey STONER    AUS    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    163.8    +9.544
5. Cal CRUTCHLOW    GBR    Monster Yamaha Tech 3    Yamaha    163.6    +12.506
6. Alvaro BAUTISTA    SPA    San Carlo Honda Gresini    Honda    163.5    +13.948
7. Valentino ROSSI    ITA    Ducati Team    Ducati    163.3    +17.555
8. Stefan BRADL    GER    LCR Honda MotoGP    Honda    162.9    +23.478
9. Nicky HAYDEN    USA    Ducati Team    Ducati    162.5    +30.410
10. Ben SPIES    USA    Yamaha Factory Racing    Yamaha    162.3    +32.897
11. Hector BARBERA    SPA    Pramac Racing Team    Ducati    162.1    +36.144
12. Karel ABRAHAM    CZE    Cardion AB Motoracing    Ducati    160.9    +56.229
13. Aleix ESPARGARO    SPA    Power Electronics Aspar    ART    160.2    +1'08.054
14. Michele PIRRO    ITA    San Carlo Honda Gresini    FTR    160.1    +1'08.775
15. Randy DE PUNIET    FRA    Power Electronics Aspar    ART    160.0    +1'10.483
16. James ELLISON    GBR    Paul Bird Motorsport    ART    159.9    +1'13.090
17. Mattia PASINI    ITA    Speed Master    ART    159.4    +1'20.903
18. Yonny HERNANDEZ    COL    Avintia Blusens    BQR    159.4    +1'21.235
19. Danilo PETRUCCI    ITA    Came IodaRacing Project    Ioda    158.2    +1'41.207
20. Ivan SILVA    SPA    Avintia Blusens    BQR    158.2    +1'41.888
21. Colin EDWARDS    USA    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    Suter    151.5    1 Lap