Posts Tagged ‘MSc Biological photography and Imaging’

Canon UK today announced that its Pro Solutions Show will be returning again on 25th and 26th October 2011 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Aimed at video, broadcast and still imaging professionals, visitors will experience Canon’s complete workflow solution from image capture to output.

Held for the second time in 2010, last year’s show attracted over 2800 professionals. Now in its third year, Canon Pro Solutions 2011 has been designed to be the largest and most comprehensive consumer focused exhibition of Canon’s Imaging products. Its aim is to educate and inspire visitors and to demonstrate how Canon technology and that of compatible products can be used by professionals in their digital workflow to generate increased revenue and business.

Entrance to the show will be free for all those who pre-register online. Highlights from 2010’s show and a registration form for 2011 can be found at: www.canon.co.uk/prosolutions2011

The convergence of stills and video technology will continue to be an extremely important element of the show and visitors will be able to gain a greater understanding of how to develop and evolve their businesses in a rapidly changing market. The Pro Solutions Show will centre around an extensive display of Canon products and visitors will also have the opportunity to see live demonstrations of professional workflow solutions. This will be complemented by a comprehensive schedule of free seminars given by Canon Ambassadors and renowned photographers and filmmakers from a spectrum of genres.

Once again there will be a wide range of companies at the show who provide tailored products, services and solutions to professionals, and visitors will be able to try and buy at the show.

Susie Donaldson, Consumer Marketing Director, Canon UK and Ireland said “We are delighted that the Pro Solutions show will return again in 2011. The feedback from visitors and exhibitors from last years show was very positive. Last year professional image makers used the show to get hands on with the entire Canon professional range, and the information shared at the seminars and live demonstrations gave them a vital insight into how to maximise their business potential. Canon is proud of our unique proposition of image-capture to image-output, and the content for this years Pro Solutions Show 2011 looks set to be really exciting.

”Further details and information about the show, seminars and exhibitors will be released during the run-up to the show

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Eerie Infrared Photography of Chernobyl Exhibits in Berkshire

Premier of ‘Chernobyl’s Zone of Alienation’, thought-provoking post-nuclear photography by Darren Nisbett, takes place in Eton, Berkshire, throughout July 2011For many people, a photography excursion is about visiting popular tourist attractions and shooting pretty views. Accomplished Berkshire photographer, Darren Nisbett, has turned this concept on its head to produce a hauntingly ghostlike series of infrared works depicting the post-nuclear evacuation zone around the Chernobyl power plant and the battle for dominance between old soviet architecture and new encroaching flora. ‘Chernobyl’s Zone of Alienation’ will be exhibited throughout July 2011 at the Rhubarb and Custard gallery, Eton, Berkshire. The exhibition coincides with the Chernobyl disaster’s 25th anniversary year.“I wanted to capture the overpowering sense of silence, the greys of the concrete and asphalt and the contrast of the increasingly dominant plants and trees.”

An amateur photographer whose digital work spans four years, Darren has twice visited Chernobyl to produce his body of infrared shots. His second visit and the resulting exhibition became particularly poignant in view of the recent natural disaster in Japan and the problems at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The surreal Chernobyl photos include depictions of abandoned bumper cars, kindergarten beds, train tracks and vast Communist-era buildings, with the infrared techniques creating a spectral feel to the trees, wild plants and pools of toxic moss that are reclaiming the land from its crumbling concrete monoliths.Darren says: “I’ve always been interested in visiting places that are off the beaten track – especially if they’re associated with darker moments in history. For me, photography trips have never been about exotic safaris or the arctic and my overseas travels have included Pompeii and Auschwitz. In the UK, I spend my spare time exploring and photographing abandoned and decaying buildings and castles; I also like our Victorian graveyards for their atmosphere and serenity.”He adds: “At Chernobyl, especially on my second trip, I wanted to capture the overpowering sense of silence, the greys of the concrete and asphalt and the contrast of the increasingly dominant plants and trees. I was interested in the objects and interiors of the buildings, and the lives of the people that were left behind. From a personal point of view, it’s humbling to see the after effects and to meet the people that still work there, despite the risks to their health.”

Darren took the photos with a Canon 450D that has been converted to take infrared images using a 10-22mm wide-angle lens. He also used a Canon 5D Mark II with 17-40mm or 24-105mm lens and Heliopan IR filters. “The infrared filters transform what is seen by the human eye into a dreamlike image,” says Darren. “The processing gives the images the distinct ‘traditional’ feel of high speed infrared film with its characteristic grain, contrast and halation (light leakage). The images for the exhibition are printed using Silver Gelatine to further enhance the film feel.”The resulting images have been picked up by one of the UK’s leading photographic magazines and will be showcased in a multi page spread in its July issue.The exhibition of Darren’s works takes place at the boutique photography gallery, Rhubarb and Custard, 4 High Street, Eton, Berkshire, 01753 676404 , Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 4:30pm during July 2011. Entry is free.The profits of the exhibition will be donated to the Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK) which works with the children of Chernobyl and Belarus to address health problems caused by the nuclear accident.

Story from Professional Photographer Magazine

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Biological Photography Museum

I was having a wander through the museum at Biological Photography and Imaging yesterday and I came across some very strange items { well to me they were } and I am not talking about Dr David Fox the museum curator.

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Odd things in that museum, even the Kilner jar. Dr Tom Hartman said that it was unique in the fact that they stop making these jars back during the war when the factory was blow up. There is a lot to look at and photograph in this museum more then enough to hold anyone’s attention. If you have a interest in old bones, fish heads, small hedgehogs and strange looking mussels then drop a line to thomas.hartman@nottingham.ac.uk if you would like to know more on the course we run at Nottingham University, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging then contact david.mcmahon@nottingham.ac.uk

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The no profit agency for social reportage, Photoaid (www.photoaid.eu) and Arché Onlus (www.arche.it), invites you to participate in “Photoaid Contest 2011 – You too a photo-reporter”.In line with the spirit of this young, dynamic agency, the contest aims to celebrate the positive contribution of photographic reportage within the social sector. The contest is open to all those who love to tell stories in pictures of people and their every day lives – both professional and non-professional photographers, Italian and foreign. The images can be in either colour or black & white. The theme is free but the style should reflect the direct and dynamic language of photo-reportage, heightened by an optimistic and sensitive approach, which is that specifically advocated by the agency Photoaid.The closing date for entries is 1st May – 18th September 2011.The president of the jury is Paolo Pellegrin, a Magnum photographer.As well as taking home a NIKON d300s professional digital reflex camera, the winner will have the opportunity to work alongside one of Photoaid’s photographers during a reportage abroad – a truly unique experience.The full rules & regulations are available for consultation on our website: http://www.photoaid.eu by hitting the CONTEST link.


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Emma Clark, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, School of Biology, The University of Nottingham.

During Emma’s stay with the MSc, she produced some really nice work. This is one a piece that she produced for her summer project in the Écrins National Park. Below is some of the text along with some images from the book that Emma made on the park.

Écrins National Park

an introduction

One of nine French national parks, Écrins National Park was officially established in 1973 in response to pressure from mountaineers, nature organisations and the French Alpine Club. Divided into sectors which are managed individually by teams of field workers, the park expands over two departments – the Hautes Alpes and Isère – and two regions – the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and the Rhône Alpes. French law stipulates that parks are made up of a core and partnership zone. The core zone is a protected and unspoiled area which is subject to special rules, whilst the partnership zone is governed by a charter adopted by the relevant communes. The park is structured around a network of central high peaks, with large glaciers that have carved deep and distinctive valleys in the huge rocky massif.
Cols, landscapes and the position of the hillsides influence the distribution of different species, wildlife movements, human habitation, agriculture and tourism activities. Each valley is unique in terms of geography, culture and human presence. With a core zone of 91 800 ha including 11 300 ha of glaciers, 68 800 ha of summer alpine meadows and 41 422 ha of forest, the national park is an immense haven for alpine flora and fauna, and a challenging playground for explorers and naturalists The wealth of wildlife in Écrins is the result of the extremely varied environmental conditions. Species adapted for mediterranean conditions, such as pine voles and ocellated lizards, live along side survivors from the last Ice Age. Reintroduction programmes have helped bring back iconic mountain mammals to the area, such as chamois and ibex. Some species are only present in summer, but others have adapted to cope with the harsh winter climate; marmots settle into long deep sleeps, black grouse build protective
snow burrows and mountain hares adopt white fur camouflage. The golden eagle has been the subject of regular censuses since 1985 and there are 38 (1999 census) known breeding pairs within the park. Larger birds and other large predators, such as wolves and lynx, are attracted to the diversity of environments and have chosen to return to the park of their own accord. Over 1 800 different plant species have been identified in the national park, a diversity which results from the different vegetation levels (800 to 4 102m). Plant life is evolving as the climate changes, with dramatic declines in species
dating back to the Ice Age, and new species taking over the heaths and rocky ground1.

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The Pembrokeshire Coast

Sion Prys Davies, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, The School of Biology, The University of Nottingham.

Sion produced this wonderful piece of work as part of his MSc in Biological Photography, Sion produced this book for his summer project, all of the the photography was undertaken by Sion as well as the written content. Below is parts of the book as-well a large part of the photography he produced for the project.

A copy of the book can be obtained here

Contact Sion via Email    sion.prys@gmail.com

The criteria for designating UK National Parks, contained within the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, relate to natural beauty and diversity, opportunities afforded for open air recreation and closeness to centres of population. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park was designated in 1952. It is alone among UK National Parks because of its spectacular coastline. The high wildlife value of the Park is reflected by its conservation designations: 12 Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), 4 Special Protection Areas (SPA), 1 Marine Nature Reserve and 5 National Nature Reserves. The are also 60 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) accounting for 80% of the length of the National Park’s coastline, including 30% designated as Geological Conservation Review Sites. Inland the Preselis are the only major upland area within the Park with access on foot to 5000 hectares, courtesy of local landowners. Pembrokeshire lies at the south-western corner of Wales and is surrounded on all 3 sides by sea. Its marine and terrestrial environments are influenced by the Gulf stream (North Atlantic Drift. They therefore support a diversity of species normally found in both warmer southern areas and those from colder northern regions. Stretching in a 240 km strip around the coast of Pembrokeshire, the Park covers an area of only 629 square kilometres. At its narrowest point, Wiseman’s Bridge near Saundersfoot, it is only 200 metres wide and even in the Preseli Hills it is no more than 16 km wide. In 1970, a 300 km long coastal footpath, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, a National Trail,
was opened. This is also designated under the 1949 Act to enable public access on foot through the coastal landscape of the National Park. Although it is one of the UK’s smallest national parks, is has possibly the greatest natural diversity.

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The Park includes most of the county of Pembrokeshire’s coastal strip, the Daugleddau Estuary and the Preseli Hills. It is the only National Park with offshore islands and, with a resident population of around 24,000, it is the most densely populated. The maritime influences shapes land use and wildlife far inland. The Park boundary only extends to the mean low watermark, but
it is here where its at its most spectacular with magnificent cliffs,with textures moulded into folds, faults and other geological  features which have more recently been designated as Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites (RIGS) Virtually the whole of the coastal strip is managed in a way that is sensitive to wildlife and as a result it has an extremely diverse flora and fauna, with many colonies of seabirds in particular of international significance. Between rocky headlands, natural process have eroded bays and inlets from small coves to broad sandy beaches, backed by dunes contrasting with the more rugged stretches of the coastline.

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Ellery Chu

The students of the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, attend the British Wildlife center as part of the techniques in the Field project. Here they have about five hours to obtain the images they need to create an article on the British wildlife center which forms part of this major project. Below is part of the project did.

Wildlife Photography of the Year is always the focus in the field of wildlife photography. And not only in the U.K. – this contest is famous, and exhibitions are held around the world. Wildlife Photography of the Year is held in cooperatation with British Natural History Museum and BBC British Wildlife Magazine. It is the biggest and the lead wildlife photography contest in the world. The main focus in the contest is to encourage the professional and other photographers to document the beauty, magnificence, and variety of nature. That is in order to emphasize how beautiful and important nature is. Since 1964 this contest has become one of the most important wildlife photography contests worldwide. The ceremony in London every October attracted plenty photographers to attend. In 2008, there were thirty two thousand pieces of work submitted from 82 countries and there were over one hundred winners. Moreover, the worldwide exhibition was started in 1987. It is not only to demonstrate the highly-skilled photography, but it’s also become one of themost important conservation activities in the world.

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