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Popular Photography June 2016

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Bonnier Corporation
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editor’s letter

Parks Department You asked for it! Last year, when we surveyed our readers to determine the winners of our annual Best Places to Photograph awards, we asked you to tell us what we’d overlooked. So many of you suggested that we add national parks that we decided to double down on that idea. Welcome to the Best Places to Photograph: National Parks Edition. At the heart of this special feature package, which starts on page 42, is a reader survey to which more than 3,000 of you responded. Focused solely on your recent experiences in the 59 U.S. national parks, it yielded hundreds of thousands of data points that we used for our rankings and special awards. In the results, laid out in detail on page 46, we listed your go-to spots…

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central parks

As Magnum photographer Martin Parr discovered on a 2015 excursion to Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, America’s national parks aren’t just packed with great landscape, wildlife, and botanical subjects. They have great people-picture potential, too. (Arches drew over one million visitors in 2014.) Parr turned his gimlet eye to the ways people interact with the landscape: His relatively static tourists evoke the sandstone arches and spires for which the park is famed. Just like those rock formations, his motionless subjects dwindle in size as they recede from his rig. Parr shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EF 24–70mm f/2.8L II USM zoom, exposing for 1/200 sec at f/20, ISO 400.…

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hot finds

THE HOTTEST NEW STUFF AND THE TECH TRENDS BEHIND IT Cool Compact PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-GX85 Micro Four Thirds fans should enjoy this new ILC with a 16MP Live MOS sensor that churns out 4K video and 8MP stills at 30 frames per second. Five-axis sensor-based stabilization delivers even greater exposure latitude paired with the 12–32mm zoom (included), which incorporates its own stabilization technology. $798, street; panasonic.com Sharp Shooter CANON EOS REBEL T6 The Rebel packs in a range of features for entrylevel shooters, including Full HD video capability, a 3-inch rear screen, and ISO limit expandable up to 12,800. The optically stablilized kit lens uses aspherical optics to reduce chromatic aberrations. $550, street, with 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6; usa.canon.com Backup to Pack Up SEAGATE 8TB INNOV8 On-the-go pros shooting high-resolution DSLRs and editing video have never had it so good. Seagate’s…

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big-time prime

KEEPING PACE with the current interest in high-end prime lenses, Zeiss rolled out this ultra-wide 18mm addition to its Batis line for Sony’s interchangeable-lens compacts, which also includes an 85mm portrait lens and 25mm wide-angle. The line is designed for shooters looking to match the quality of some of Sony’s higherresolution FE-mount mirrorless ILCs, and for fans of the brand’s full-frame cameras, this 18mm is Zeiss’s widest lens. This f/2.8 optic’s fairly large aperture and expansive field of view make it versatile in lowlight conditions and well suited for interior photography. The optical formula uses 11 elements in 10 groups and incorporates four aspherical optics to reign in distortion and color fringing. The $1,500 street price will no doubt cause some to cringe, but this lens is also the only FE-mount…

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4k capable

Megapixel values continue to climb with each new generation of cameras, so the devices we use to view the images must increase their resolving capacity. With 4K video now showing up even in some compact cameras, it may be time to consider upgrading your desktop monitor. Here are some new options to help you see how good your latest camera really is. 1 Planar IX2851 $500 This 28-inch (diagonal measurement) display achieves a 10-bit color depth that is common for 4K displays. However, it does so by employing an 8-bit panel with Frame Rate Control (FRC) technology that boosts color rendition by rapidly alternating between colors. HOT: For a large 4K monitor, you can’t beat this price. NOT: Its 300 candelas-per-square-meter (cd/m²) brightness is lower than some. 2 LG 27UD88-W $700 With 350 cd/m²…

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divine reflection

CONVERSATION, INSPIRATION, CONTESTS, AND YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED FOR PAUL KESSELL, a clinical psychologist, learning the practice of photography happened on a whim. He walked into New York’s International Center of Photography out of curiosity eight years ago and has not stopped shooting since. After setting out one night to test a new flash he had bought for an ICP course, he wandered into Times Square looking for interesting portrait subjects. “I took a bunch of random shots,” he explains, “and when I got back home I noticed that one of the images I took seemed to capture someone looking upwards in a religious fervor.” Kessell realized that his subject had been gazing up at a monitor that projected images of the people standing below, and this suddenly and drastically changed the meaning of…