Justin Gilligan has taken pictures of the giant manta rays off Mexico and great white sharks breaching off South Africa. But of the countless animals and times he has frozen in time, his favorite is the grey nurse. He stated that they are great to click pictures of. They are inquisitive and big and they live in cool areas. He added that they appear menacing at a glance, but they are gentle giants.
His spent hours watching the endangered animal have presented the Hunter photographer the highest honor of his career – commendation in the world renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. Co-owned by Kerr AT and Natural History Museum in London, it attracted forty three thousand entries from across the world previous year.
Mr Gilligan’s snap named Hook, Line and Sinking, was one of hundred to be honored in the prestigious 2013 awards. He expects that this is a snap that he would never take – a grey nurse off Seal Rocks with a huge hook clinging from a gash on its face. He added that this is distressing enough to see things like this – but, he has to do his job – he has got to tell a story from the shark’s point of view. He told that he has got to get the message out there, hopefully to thousands of people.
Mr Gilligan, a former student of the Maitland High School, is now based at Batemans Bay. Here he works as a marine scientist. His career perfectly fits with his passion and it let him to spend several hours studying life below waves. Earlier, he entered this award, but he had no success; he had to face tough competitions from top publications like National Geographic.
Instagram, a photo filter app, owned by Facebook; and now used by over two hundred million users. However, Instagram is not just staying as another photo filter application. On Tuesday, this popular photo sharing app rolled out a series of new updates that bring it in line with the characteristics of a traditional digital camera. App users who update to Instagram 6.0 would find ten brand new tools that would allow them to edit snaps for things such as warmth, saturation, brightness and contrast.
In keeping with the traditional interface of the app, the new tools are very simple: black buttons with white icons. Still, the results are quite powerful, offering the users the type of imaging potentiality that was once reserved for the likes of Adobe’s industry leading Photoshop software.
Till now, a lot of Instagram users have clicked snaps with their smartphones and embellished these pictures with a series of filters. Unlike the old – shoot, apply, share theme, now the experience would be a bit closer to real photography. Now, it has something that needs a bit more time and attention; something that Instagram users are not really accustomed to.
It appears that (with other popular applications like Camera+ and Litely) Instagram’s new updates is way to keep its users in one place. Now, people would not have to go to other apps to get the desired result. The quick edit options would also keep it user friendly.
Starting from today, a brand new law in Hungary makes it illegal to click snaps without receiving permission from everyone in the snap. This civil code makes the job of photojournalists and street photographers more complicated and allowing a whole lot of litigation.
This news was first revealed in a leading UK based newspaper. This new law just expands the present code that stops t he publication of snaps without permission. According to reports, the officials of the justice ministry stated that it is merely codifies existing court practice.
However, Hungarian photographers do not agree with this new rule. They call this new rule as vague and obstructive. The actual trouble lies with that word as civil code do not specify what exactly is considered illegal and what is not.
Speaking to a UK based newspaper, a Hungarian photogrphert told that the rules are not clear to him. There are even reports that judges are even privately stating that they have no idea how to judge cases under this new regulation.
The primary issues with the new law are 2 – fold. Well, 1st the code clears the door for any person on the road to register complaints anytime a journalist clicks a snap with them in it. And 2nd, this code further complicates taking snaps of police. Already, journalists have to blur polices’ faces when they click their snaps. Even this law has been under criticism because it keeps police to keep journalists as well as public from recording their actions.