A million to “One”

One, by Peter Lik

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 www.peterlik.com.

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

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 DCF BC 9x32 binox

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.

Iomega launches Iomega TV with Boxee

Iomega, San Diego, Calif., a digital storage and content management solutions, announced the new Iomega TV with Boxee, a line of multimedia network devices utilizing Boxee’s innovative software to bring the web to your TV, including thousands of your favorite television shows, movies and other digital entertainment. Iomega TV with Boxee also transforms your TV into a media center for all of the video, pictures and music stored anywhere on your home network.

Two versions of the new Iomega TV with Boxee will be available worldwide in February: one that includes 1TB (US$299.99) or 2TB ($349.99) of onboard storage, and another model without an integrated hard drive ($229.99). Either way, the new Iomega TV with Boxee makes your laptop or desktop a thing of the past for enjoying the web as well as your own videos, photos and music.

HP’s Rick Voight joins SoloHealth

SoloHealth, Duluth, Ga., a recognized leader in self-directed health care, announced Rick Voight, former national sales manager of Retail Publishing at Hewlett-Packard, has joined the company.

Voight will be responsible for market penetration and distribution of the company’s SoloHealth Station, an innovative new solution that allows consumers in high-traffic retail environments to test their vision, blood pressure, and body mass, obtain health and wellness information, and store a history of their results that can be accessed at the consumer’s convenience.

PMA launches CliQ

CliQ website

So, that’s what the “1.11.11” business was about

PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations presents CliQ, a new branded experience for photo enthusiasts and anyone interested in getting the most from photography and video.

CliQ website

The CliQ website, presented by PMA International, will be the hub for new photo community. Experience it at www.cliqworld.com

“CliQ is a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week commitment on the part of the association to provide content and tools for everyone involved in photography, from consumers to aspiring pros, to retailers and professional labs,” says Ted Fox, executive director and CEO, PMA. “Also, with the recent addition of the Professional Wedding and Studio Photographers Association International (PWSPI) to the PMA family, the association has broadened its appeal to include all segments of the photo/video industry.”

The launch of the CliQ website, at www.cliqworld.com, features how-to tips, new product reviews from DP Review, and monthly photo contests. In the coming months, more features will be added, leading up to the annual event in September.

Changes to the PMA annual convention

CliQ brings extensive changes to the PMA 2011 annual convention, planned for Sept. 6-10, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nev. The expanded event is renamed CliQ 2011, and features presentations from well-known photographers like Jasmine Star, Scott Bourne, Tracey Clark and Stacy Pearsall. Workshops, photo walks, and seminars will be part of the CliQ experience, along with entry to the world’s largest annual photo trade show.

The show will feature interactive zones, spotlighting technology, tips and techniques in these major areas:

Shooting zone – Demonstrations by leading photographers of still photography.

Mobile zone – Spotlights the hottest and best mobile phone apps.

Software tutorial zone – Learn the ins and outs of leading desktop and web photo applications.

Innovation zone – Spotlights new and emerging technologies.

3D zone – Features the emerging area of digital 3D photography and video.

Video zone – Features one of the fastest growing areas in imaging today: HD and SLR videography.

The show will also feature custom-picture framing and the GoingPro Bootcamp photography business seminar.

Core market commitment

“The PMA convention will continue to offer the same leading-edge programming for the retailers, custom framers, studios and chain stores,” says Fox. “PMA members will recognize classic convention features, like the DIMA Printer Shootout, the DIMA Photo Book Showcase, Retailer Hot Picks, Photographer Hot Picks, DIMA Innovative Product Awards, and the Official Business Session.”

Fox adds PMA trade attendees will be able to enjoy the widest range of experiences at the September event. Also, as previously announced, North America’s largest photo retail buying group, Photographic Research Organization (PRO), will stage a major buying event in conjunction with CliQ 2011, using it as a launch point for 2011 holiday season merchandising.

Learn more on podcasts

Listen to an interview with Fox on the DIMAcast or AIE Imaging Executive podcast, live today. The interview, conducted by PMA senior editor Jennifer Kruger, also features Chad Munce, group executive, digital imaging markets, and Gary Pageau, PMA publisher.

What is CliQ?

CliQ is a community, united by passion for still and motion images. It’s the source for all things photography; industry news, product reviews and more. CliQ creates direct dialogue between manufacturers, retailers and photographers to help them learn, discover and share. See what’s happening in imaging at cliqworld.com.