Nikon D810 local details announced

Nikon-D810-front-faceNikon’s recent announcement of a fresh new high-end full-frame DSLR on the brink of release sent tongues wagging, and now the company has confirmed New Zealand details for the new release.

The new Nikon D810 is due to hit New Zealand shelves on July 27 for a recommended retail price of $4750, boasting a 36.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 5fps continuous shooting, an ISO range of 64-12,800 (expandable to 51,200), and Full HD video capabilities.

The new model replaces both the popular D800 and D800E, ditching the 800-series’ twin model strategy. The D800 also contained a 36.3MP sensor but included a low pass (or anti-aliasing) filter to combat moiré and false colour, while the D800E dropped the filter in favour of sharper and more detailed images.

The D810 sees Nikon fully committing to the filter-less sensor in favour of pure image quality, with an improved design that claims to take image detail even beyond the D800E.

Other improvements include the increased processing speed of an Expeed 4 engine, a bump in burst mode frame rate, and a significantly wider native ISO range than its predecessors.

The D810 also makes gains ...full story

Win: photography at the film festival

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As purveyors of fine visuals, photographers are no doubt always excited when New Zealand’s biggest showcase of international film comes to town, but this year there’s even more reason to celebrate – the 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival features new documentaries on some of the biggest names in photography, and D-Photo has tickets to give away.

The first feature comes from one of cinema’s living masters, director Wim Wenders. The German auteur has set his sights of the career of Sebastião Salgado, the great Brazilian social documentarian, in the new film Salt of the Earth.

Co-directed with the photographer’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the film paints an inticate and personal portrait of the artist and environmentalist whose rich black-and-white images have documented the plight of workers in developing nations across the globe.

We have two double passes to give away to Salt of the Earth, for any screening in either Auckland or Wellington; just fill out the form below and tell us which you would like to ...full story

Panorama comp deadline approaches

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If you are a fan of panoramic photography, time is running out to get your entry sorted for the world’s biggest international competition dedicated to the art of panoramic photography.

Now in its fifth year, the Epson International Pano Awards invites both professional and amateur photographers from across the globe to submit their strongest panoramas in a bid to claim a share of the combined pool of cash and prize gear, worth US$40,000 (about NZ$46,000).

The earlybird cut-off date for the competition is Sunday, July 13, after which entry fees for all three sections – Open, Amateur and VR/360 – will increase until the final July 20 deadline.

As the name suggests, the Open section is for all photographers, be they professional, amateur, or student, divided into the Nature category (which includes landscapes) and the Built Environment.

The Amateur competition offers the same categories, but is open only to non-professionals and students.

The VR/360 sections has no categories and is instead dedicated to interactive panoramic images that generally encompass a 360-degree circle, or spherical view of a subject that can be explored by the viewer ...full story

Win a signed photo book from underwater pioneer

David-Doubilet-with-tiger-shark_CR-Jennifer-HayesRenowned aquatic photographer David Doubilet is visiting New Zealand next month for a series of talks and to warm you up for the events we’ve got a signed copy of his beautiful photo book, Water Light Time, to give away.

Doubilet is widely credited as one of the world’s foremost underwater photographers, and the spectacular images in Water Light Time make it clear why – the book covers 25 years of the artist’s underwater adventures from the shores of the Galapagos to the Red Sea, from the Pacific Ocean to the fresh waters of North America.

He well be speaking to audiences about these expeditions and more in the upcoming National Geographic Live show, Coral, Fire, & Ice, coming to both Wellington and Auckland. The Wellington show will be held at Te Papa Museum on August 7, the Auckland show at the Aotea Centre on August 9. Ticketing information can be found here.

If you would like to be in with a chance to win a signed copy of the photographer’s stunning retrospective, Water Light Time, simply fill out ...full story

Try a triple challenge

WisePrisonSubmissions are now open for one of the country’s most targeted photography salons – a national competition dedicated entirely to triptych images.

The Nelson Camera Club is once again calling for submissions to the National Triptych Salon, which is now in its third year.

For those who have not previously dabbled in the three-fold art, a triptych is generally considered to comprise three art works intended to be displayed together, though for the purpose of the competition it is defined as “a presentation made up of three (and only three) distinctly separated photographic images displayed on a common background”.

The images making up a triptych need not be the same shape, but their edges must not meet or overlap, and the background they are presented on must not act as a fourth image.

The salon has two sections – Open Triptych Print and Open Triptych Digitally Projected Images – and each entrant can submit up to four triptychs in each of the categories – see the competition website for further entry details and advice on putting a triptych together.

Submissions to the competition are ...full story

Win tickets to World Press Photo

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The annual exhibition of the world’s most impressive photojournalism comes to Auckland this weekend, and D-Photo has 10 double passes to give away to lucky readers.

The 2014 World Press Photo exhibition opens at Smith and Caughey’s Queen Street gallery this Saturday, July 5, and runs until July 27.

The travelling exhibition is the most prestigious collection of international current affairs photography, with more than 5700 photographers involved in this year’s contest, submitting almost 100,000 photographs.

This year the competition was won by John Stanmeyer with the image featured here, of African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their cellphone in the air to try to gain reception from neighbouring Somalia.

Admission to the event costs $10 for adults and $5 for students (plus group bookings are available) – but 10 lucky D-Photo readers can come along free of charge as we have 10 double passes to the exciting exhibition to give away.

For your chance to win simply head to our Facebook page and tell us what your favourite World Press Photo image is, from this or ...full story

The troubleshooter

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Peter Bush catches up with Dean Pemberton, the man who’s one-part local sports photojournalist and one-part globetrotting IT wizard

We had enjoyed a late-afternoon coffee at Clark’s cafe in the Wellington Library building when Dean Pemberton checked his watch, and said it was time he hurried off to the Chinese Embassy to pick up his visa for a coming visit. While I congratulated him on it, he in turn reminded me that he would miss the opening games of the ITM Rugby competition and the Wellington test between the All Blacks and Australia. My offer to swap places was met with a wry smile while he reminded me he was visiting China to work.

Dean is first an IT professional who travels widely, teaching the mysteries of the internet and allied technology in many emerging countries. This year alone his visits have included a rare one to Myanmar (Burma), a country that only recently lifted the bamboo curtain after 50 years of military rule, followed by Tonga, which despite being our Pacific neighbour has yet to access the submarine fibre-optic cable connecting the region.

Most recently he visited Tanzania in East Africa, as one of a six-member team sent ...full story