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30 June 2008

DIY Film Coating Machine

An ex-Kodak chemist having managed to hand develop Kodachrome, decides to go one step further and make his own kodachrome film. Hand-application is not consistant enough so he sets about building a machine to take the variability out of the final product.

Initial problems (uneven coating caused by gearbox and bearing chatter) have been solved, and the machine now works to the builder's exacting requirements, and now the builder is spending his time manufacturing reaction chambers and other emulsion manufacturing hardware.

More info can be found here and at Analog Photography Users Group.

27 June 2008

Rainy Days are here again

Bolinao, Pangasinan

True or False?

Got photo manipulation detection questions? Hany Farid, the director of Dartmouth College's Image Science Laboratory and Adobe collaborator recently appeared on PBS's NOVA to discuss his research on detecting doctored photographs.

Should you have questions, please feel free to post your questions here. Answers to viewer's questions will be posted to the NOVA website on July 1st. 

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Source: PDN Pulse

19 June 2008

Counter-Photography and Swarm in the Aperture Guided Tour

Join Isa Lorenzo as she gives a guided tour of two current shows at the National Museum -- Counter-Photography presented by the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Embassy, and Swarm in the Aperture curated by National Museum Curator Patrick Flores. This will be on June 22 (Sunday), 3-5PM.

In it, Lorenzo will discuss the history of contemporary Japanese photography, of which the Japanese show is packed with fine examples, both in content and quality. She will also be giving a brief introduction on the infancy of photography in the Philippines.

For interested parties, the meeting place is at the 4/F elevator lobby, 2:45pm, North Wing, Museum of the Filipino People, Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila. Limited slots available. RSVP 8160044

For more information, contact Silverlens Gallery at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 816-0044, 0905-265-0873,

14 June 2008

So You Wanna Shoot in China?

Photographers are heading to China in droves right now, whether for the coming Olympics in Beijing (August 8-24), to cover the aftermath of the tragic May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province — or just to shoot stock: China's ferocious growth and rapidly changing economy have made it a perennially hot news property. 

"It’s an unusual time of openness in China, which is traditionally a xenophobic country, thanks to the Olympics and the earthquake, " says Jeff Greenwald, executive director of Ethical Traveler , a project of the Earth Island Institute. "That openness is a two-way street. People traveling to China, particularly Americans, can try to counteract some of the negative images that China has of us from its media."

But this is a very politically sensitive country. Attempting to shoot certain subjects—anything to do with say, Tibet, religion, state executions, and disease—can get you in trouble with the authorities. Along with Greenwald, PDNOnline talked to ten photographers who have shot in mainland China to get their tips for those new to the country. Several living in or frequently working in China spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Continue reading here.

Source: PDN

10 June 2008

Filipino Photographer Sues Major Daily for Copyright Infringement

Photo Forums are abuzz and filled with messages expressing support to Anton Sheker, a Filipino photographer who formally filed a case against one of the Philippine media giant and Philippine's oldest dailies for allegedly infringing on his copyright by downloading photos from his personal blog, which were allegedly used for a travel feature without his permission.

This will be the first time that a case on copyright infringement and the Internet as a medium is in question. It will also be the first time that camera EXIF data will be used as evidence in the Philippines.

This will be a test for the Philippine copyright law and protection of works by local artists. Will Anton triumph in his quest for justice? Let's wait and see!

See original story here.

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02 June 2008

Public Accountability

While waiting for my companion to finish the police report he filed at a local police station, I was drawn to this signage behind the police officer who's busy in his old typewriter - a reminder that many, though not all, in the public office easily forgets. The sign reads: "A Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice and lead modest lives." - Accountability of Public Officers (Art. Xi Sec 1 of 1987 Philippine Constitution)

Photographed with a Fuji Finepix F30, manual mode.