This month’s Esquire cover features the lovely Megan Fox. What’s unique about the photo is the camera used to take it: the Red ONE.
Greg Williams, the photographer, in his own words:
“It allowed her to act,” Williams says. “She could run scenes without being reminded by the sound of a shutter every four seconds that I was taking a picture. As in still photography, a lot of it is capturing unexpected moments. This takes that one step further.”
Is this crossover the start of something new? Will photographers be encouraged to use new digital cameras like Red? Isn’t it exciting when new technology crosses over old barriers, when these tools are used beyond what their creators intended?
There’s more on the Esquire site including a live cover photograph!
Philips have just launched their new 21:9 Home Cinema screen. What’s 21:9? To paraphrase Nigel Tufnel, it’s 5 more than 16:9. It’s a super-wide cinema-home-scope Ambilight screen. And let me save you the trouble: you’ll want one.
To celebrate and demonstrate the new product, Philips hired Adam Berg to film an amazing ultra-super-slick timeslice loop called Carousel. Looking at it with my compositor’s eye, all I could think was, “WOW!” Philips have a nice behind-the-scenes microsite with the director, DOP and VFX supervisor chatting about the project.
Back in November I posted a quick review of one of my favorite iPhone apps, Weightbot. When the app was first released, the units of weight were either in kilos or pounds. I wanted an option for stones & pounds so I put in a request on the Tapbots support board, along with many other UK users. And they listened! A couple of point updates later, Weightbot had all three units.
I’m not 100% sure but I suspect this give the guys at Tapbots the idea for Convertbot. I bought the app just before our holiday in Bahrain to do quick currency conversions (even though there are free apps to do this). I wasn’t much surprised to see that the Bahraini Dinar wasn’t on the initial list of currencies. As before with Weightbot, I put in a request on the support site. As of version 1.1, the Bahraini Dinar is in the list!
Of course, Convertbot isn’t just a currency converter. It does length, mass, power, temperature, speed and lots more. The interface is very well thought out and nearly sublime. At £1.19 on the App Store, it’s well worth getting. Tapbots also have a free, stripped down version called Convertbot Mini.
We had a very good break in Bahrain. I didn’t take my laptop and therefore couldn’t check my RSS feeds so I didn’t expect NetNewsWire‘s update badge to be in the thousands. I started going through the updates and then had a moment of inspiration: mark them all read. If I missed anything interesting or important, it will no doubt pop up again somewhere else. Done!
Posts on haniblog will contain the following in the coming weeks: iPhone/Mac application development; more Flame tips; Airport Express; and more. Meanwhile, here’s a photo I took on holiday in Bahrain. My sister took me to see Beit al-Qahwa in Muharraq, a coffee shop designed and built from the ground up by my brother Jamal, just in time for Bahrain’s Spring of Culture. More photos of Bahrain in my Flickr photostream.
It’s been very, very busy and a bit stressful since the year started and I’m so glad that the Easter break is finally here. We’re all off to Bahrain for a holiday in the sunshine (hopefully no sand storms!)
I’ll leave you with these videos showcasing the iPhone’s only serious competitor, the Palm Pre.