Alex Wild is a Ph.D. candidate in entomology in the Ward Ant Lab at the University of California, Davis. His interests are primarily in biological diversity and the processes that generate it. His research is in insect systematics and evolution with a focus on ants.
Nothomyrmecia macrops – Photo by Alex Wild
Some amazing macro photographs are available in his gallery. Really worth a visit.
Patrick Singleton had his hands on the new Canon EOS 30D, a digital SLR camera with 8.2 Megapixel (CMOS), 5 fps frame rate, 9-point autofocus, spot metering and 2.5 inch LCD screen.
“Canon’s EOS 30D is numbered as if it were a major upgrade to the popular and excellent EOS 20D, and Canon marketing plumps it up even higher than that – the line is that it really has more in common with the 5D than the 20D. Really? With the same 8.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, the same DIGIC II image processor, the same 9-point autofocus system and the same 5 fps burst rate as the 20D, the 30D seems more like a respectable update of the 20D than anything else. When Canon put a bigger LCD and picture styles on the 1D Mark II, they changed the name to the 1D Mark II n. This new camera shows comparable improvements. We’d call it the “20D n,” if it were up to us. “
We just thought that this was a really wonderful idea…
Diego Golberg and his family always photograph themselves on June 17th, every year. They have been doing it for 29 years since 1976.
DigitalCameraReview has recently posted a review on Fujifilm Finepix E900, 9 Megapixels SuperCCD digital camera with 4x optical zoom and 2″ TFT LCD screen.
“In my opinion, the E900′s most serious competition is Canon’s superb A620. The A620 is in virtually every area of consideration other than native resolution (the difference between 7 and 9 megapixels is much less obvious than the difference between 4 and 5 megapixels), a better imaging tool than the E900. So, unless you need the few extra millimeters of wide-angle coverage or plan to enlarge lots of your images to poster size, my recommendation is to buy the A620. You’ll end up with a better camera and save yourself some money. “
Picture Merge Genius is a simple and easy-to-use program for merging your photos,images and pictures. The software can combine several pictures into one in different ways,In the new picture you can also set the size and position of the source files. Picture Merge Genius is useful for computer painters, designers,ebay seller,photographer and family entertainment
This tutorial will show you how to fix pictures that were taken with flash thus resulting in dark background, while preserving detail of the properly lit foreground.
Emily Raymond had her hands on the new Sony Cyber-shot H5 and H2, a point-and-shoot digital camera with 7.0 megapixel (6.0 mp for H2) CCD sensor, a huge 12x optical zoom (equivalent to 36 – 432mm), 2.5″ LCD screen display
“The H5 just might have it. The construction is lightweight and portable and still fairly sturdy. It has manual functionality and a few scene modes to boot. It has manual functionality and a few scene modes to boot. The new cameras have a wide ISO range from 80-1000, making low light photography possible without the use of the flash.
The Sony H2 isn’t quite as inspiring as the H5, perhaps because it is simply overshadowed by it. The H2 has a slightly smaller frame because of its slightly smaller 2-inch LCD screen. The 6 megapixel digital camera has the same 12x zoom lens and same modes and features, but the relatively small LCD has very poor 85,000-pixel resolution. “
James Murray had his hands on the new Pentax Optio T10, a 6.0 megapixels (CCD sensor) point-and-shoot digital camera with 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35-105mm) and a 3″ LCD touch-display screen.
“With an intuitive menu structure, manual control options which are accessible to the beginner, playback features that should entertain and a 2.5-inch LCD with a touch screen interface, the Pentax Optio T10 certainly looks to be a strong competitor in the new touch screen market. The camera has a 1/2.5-inch, 6 MP CCD, and includes a vast wealth of still image parameters and a fully functioning movie mode with 30 fps and a 640 x 480 resolution. There are a number of general shooting modes, a manual focus option that has a basic interface and manual controls in general which reflect the simple, clean and understated design of the entire camera. “
Corel has recently announced the Paint Shop Pro® Photo Art Suite at PMA 2006. The Paint Shop Pro® Photo Art Suite contains Paint Shop Pro® X, Photo Album™ 6 – Deluxe Edition, and Painter™ Essentials 3 for the easiest way to manage, fix, and add a creative touch to all your digital photos. Corel Paint Shop Pro® Photo Art Suite will be available in April 2006 for US$149 SRP
Emily Raymond had her hands on the new Fujifilm FinePix F30, a 6.3 megapixels (super CCD HR Technology sensor) point and shoot digital camera with Fujinon 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 36-108mm) and a 2.5-inch LCD screen.
“With its flat body, there aren’t too many features to aid in handling. The F30 manages to squeeze in a few, however. On the front there is a polished wavy finger grip. The grip is skinnier than most fingers, so it is more of a highlight than a functional grip. The better feature is on the back. There are rubber bumps below the zoom toggle that really do grab and keep thumbs in place. There is no protrusion for a right-hand grip, so long periods of shooting could be uncomfortable. The Fujifilm F30 has decent handling for a compact model, though. “