Archives for January 11, 2011

A million to “One”

One, by Peter Lik

Is this picture worth $1,000,000?

We received information from a Beverley Hills, Calif., public relations agency about the sale of a photo by photographer Peter Lik to an anonymous buyer for the magnificent price of a million bucks.

The photo, labeled “One” by the Australian photographer, who says it’s “the best shot I have taken in my lifetime,” is a nature shot captured on the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire.

Taken just after dawn, amid breathtaking New England fall foliage, the photograph resembles an Impressionist painting more than any nature photograph. Says Lik, “I will never forget this morning for the rest of my life. It was calm, and the scent of the fall forest filled my lungs. The mist cleared, and a magical reflection in the river briefly appeared. White birch trees, black trunks, a kaleidoscope of foliage combining to reveal an illusion of three dimensions. I pressed the shutter – once – and then the scene vanished with the morning breeze, never to be seen again.”

Lik is no newcomer. He currently is represented in 14 galleries worldwide and in April will have his work displayed in a collection of nature photography at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Lik has been admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society, and has been named a Master of Photography by both the Professional Photographers of America and the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. You can check him out at

Discover what CliQ is — and how it will benefit you — on the DIMAcast and Imaging Executive podcast

Today, PMA presents a special, combined DIMAcast and Imaging Executive podcast. Ted Fox, executive director of PMA, reveals what CliQ is, and how it will benefit both PMA trade members and photo enthusiasts. Along with PMA publisher Gary Pageau, and Chad Munce, group executive of new markets for PMA, Fox provides a glimpse into the exciting changes happening now, and at PMA 2011. Listen, and discover how PMA is paving the way to your future in the imaging industry.

Polaroid to collaborate with Chase Jarvis

Polaroid announced visual artist Chase Jarvis will create and curate original content, as well as advise on product endeavors for Polaroid.

Vivitar unveils new digital cameras

Vivitar VT132

New digital cameras have been announced by Vivitar, Edison, N.J.

The ViviCam T132 digital camera has a 12-megapixel sensor, 5x zoom, 2.4-inch LCD screen, with anti-shake and red eye reduction tools. It’s Wi-Fi enabled, allowing users to upload pictures to Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

The 12-megapixel ViviCam VT135 is a 3D digital camera with 4x zoom, 2.7-inch LCD, and has a lithium-ion battery.

The ViviCam iTwistT028 features a swivel screen that allows the user to both be in the picture and take the picture. The camera has a 12.1-megapixel sensor and 4x zoom.

Vivitar says its 2011 models are offered in “a decadent array” of colors including butterscotch, root beer, licorice, red-hot, cotton candy, grape, blueberry, spearmint and sugar free. [My teeth ache.]

Pentax announces two binoculars

Pentax Imaging Co., Golden, Colo., announced two new binocular series to the Pentax DCF line-up. Each heavy-duty DCF series roof-prism binocular, the Pentax 9×32 DCF BC and the 9×42 DCF BR, features high-performance optics, a waterproof construction allowing fresh-water rinsing, and an ergonomic body design for a comfortable hold. Combining outstanding optical performance and value with a compact, lightweight, carry-anywhere body, these new models may be used in a wide range of applications including nature observation, bird-watching, sports viewing, hunting and more, Pentax says.

The new DCF series features an open-bridge configuration for a firm, comfortable hold. Protected with a rubber housing that features slight indentations for the user’s thumbs, each model offers stable, fatigue-free observation, even while users continuously track a moving subject during extended observation.

The optics in both models are designed to offer top-level optical performance and deliver bright, clear subject images. Specifically, the high-refraction BaK4 glass prisms feature multiple coatings, applied to all light-transmitting surfaces of the lenses and prisms to optimize light transmittance. Phase coating is applied to the roof surfaces of the prisms to improve resolution and contrast, and one additional coating is applied to the auxiliary prisms of each model to further enhance light transmittance.

The new Pentax DCF series binoculars will be available in February 2011. The PENTAX 9×32 DCF BC will be priced at US$299.00 and the 9×42 DCF BR will be $349.00.