On 3 January 2019, a Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 4 became the first to land on the far side of the Moon. After the successful landing, the rover will explore the Von Kármán crater that has never been explored before. And for us back on Earth, the lander’s cameras captured the first image of the “dark side of the Moon.”
Massive multi-gigapixel images are starting to become a little more common now, with today’s computing power being what it is. But they still rarely fail to impress. Especially when they cover vast distances and include a lot of detail to zoom in on. This massive 195-Gigapixel image comes from Shanghai, shot from the top of Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower.
Award-winning Chinese photographer Lu Guang went missing in early November. His wife Xu Xiaoli claimed that he was taken away by national security officers, and now this information has been confirmed. The photographer was arrested while visiting Xinjiang province in China, and Chinese police have confirmed it to Mr. Lu’s family.
If there’s one thing you can say about DJI, it’s that they’re pretty much leading the way in every field they choose to enter. They control 70% of the drone market and their new Ronin-S gimbal has received much praise. Now they’re looking to build a new futuristic headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
DJI has teamed up with leading architectural firm Foster + Partners to design the new HQ, which is comprised of a pair of towers, joined together by a giant sky bridge. As well as allowing transport between the two towers, the new bridge is designed to show off new drone technology. They’ll also hold formal product launches in a new DJI theatre.
It’s not much of a surprise that the compact camera market is getting a little more “compact”. It’s been coming for years. Global compact camera sales are down to less than a tenth of their peak. And it’s all thanks to smartphones. The cameras we carry with us all day, every day.
While smartphones aren’t killing DSLR sales, the opposite, in fact, they are destroying compacts. The Nikkei reports that Nikon are now closing one of their factories in China. A factory which primarily manufactures their entry level compacts and SLR lenses.
As the selfie bar keeps getting higher, we report more and more sad selfie stories, and while some may argue that selfie caused deaths is the new natural selection (or Darwin award candidates), no one should pay with their life for a stupid photo decision.
According to the shanghaiist, a man visiting the the Yeshanko Wildlife Zoo in China took a selfie with some of the animals, including a walrus. In what speculated to be a “game” or a “hug attempt”, the walrus drowned the man to death. A zoo keeper, who according to the report, was caring for the animal for over 10 years jumped to the rescue, but was also drowned to death.
“Photography is the youngest language in the world,” says photographer Asher Svidensky in his most recent TEDx Talk, but why are the words used to describe photography so violent?
Join Asher on his 11-minute talk about how photography can be a bonding tool, rather than a dividing one, how he uses it to express himself and about the universality of photography as a language.
Photo sharing site 500px started a Chinese sister site and the service users were not happy. What started as a small snowball has evolved into a full avalanche, with many users taking their profiles off (or at least threatening to do so if action is not taken).
500px tried several steps to remedy this PR nightmare, with the last one being removing the Chinese beta altogether. But it took some time….
Users of the (recently rebranded) photo sharing site 500px, are gathering to protest that Chinese now have access to all of their photos on 500px in seems to be a 500px sister site.
500px user Anne Sorbes came out with an angry post titled “Publication without authorisation” to the community forums stating that she is extremely unhappy with her 500px photos published on Visual China Group‘s (VCG) site: