Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Canon EOS-1D X

Arguably one of the most impressive DSLR cameras to date, Canon made news moments ago with the release of its EOD-1D X. The flagship series model adopts a full-frame sensor and harnesses 18 megapixels. An ISO rating goes from 100 to 51200 and can be expanded to an impressive 204,800. The 1D X also incorporates a new 61-point Auto Focus system as well as software configuration tools akin to those on the 7D model. Internally, the EOS-1DX features three DIGIC processors, including Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors that maintain the ability to deliver 17 times more processing speed than the previous DIGIC 4. D dedicated DIGIC 4 processor remains integrated for metering and AF control.

Additionally, Canon created the 1D x as the first EOS Digital SLR that incorporates Multiple Exposure capability, affording it the ability to form composite images via a combination of up to nine individual images. Its “Super High Speed Mode” allow the user to increase shooting speeds up to 14 fps at its full 18-megapixel resolution while maintaining a 12 fps rate in One Shot AF of Al Servo AF. As is expected, the camera boasts the ability to record at 1080p in HD at up to 30fps or in 720p HD at 50fps or 60fps.

On the hardware and design side, the body embodies a slightly modified exterior with button control configuration re-applied for ease of use and comfortability in the users right hand. Dual Card Slots are incorporated to the approval of many professional photographers, providing a means to carry only one memory card format and still achieve instant image back ups and provide a significant boost in storage capacity. Photographers are also granted the ability to join their 1D X to a LAN network via a built in gigabit Ethernet Jack. Slated to make its debut sometime in March 2012, the EOS-1D X is expected to arrive with a price tag of $6,800 USD.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Anyone Run? Check Out The UNDERCOVER x Nike GYAKUSOU 2011 Fall/Holiday Collection

Jun Takahashi with his running team, Tokyo’s Gyakusou International Running Association

Nike Sportswear obviously does quite well with it’s own design team, turning out well-styled athletic apparel, that sets industry standards. But by leveraging the acumen of Jun Takahashi, NSW has been able to make huge leaps forward in combining technicality, utility, and design. The Jun Takahashi-designed Gyakusou collection for Nike Sportswear landed with a huge impact in Fall 2010, and followed up with an equally impressive Spring 2011 collection.

Takahashi is best known for Undercover, the seminal Japanese label he founded in the early 1990’s. He was a key figure in that golden era of the uru-hara hipster set, and Undercover retains the cult status that the label quickly earned. In years since, Undercover has gone on to flirt with the couture world, which has embraced Takahashi’s elaborate, unique, and frequently edgy creations.

NSW has allowed Takahashi to fuse his own love of running with his skill for subtle design and aesthetic details. The Gyakusou collection, named for Tokyo’s Gyakusou International Running Association, evokes a reverse engineering theme, explored through a variety of inside-out construction approaches - the result is a slightly whimsical sense of technicality.

While unapologetically technical, the line maintains a tasteful aesthetic by relying on a restrained color palette - though throughout the collection, Takahashi capitalizes on Nike’s latest technologies - making wide use of laser-sealed seams and Dri-FIT fabrics in apparel, and Lunarlon soles and Flywire technology in footwear. Gyakusou represents some of the finest examples anywhere of design, fashion, and technology combined; comparisons to other heavyweights of the niche - Errolson Hugh’s work for ACRNM, for example - are not unwarranted. Takahashi has taken purpose-built technical athletic pieces and imbued them with next-generation style – with no sense of feature-overload, and without creating Blade Runner costumes.Via

Check out the video below to see the gear in action.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Magda Danysz - Fashion Week Perspectives

Based out of Shanghai and Paris, gallery owner and art expert Magda Danysz talks about her space in Rue Amelot in this profile video created by Louis Vuitton. Selected by the French powerhouse brand to be included on its prolific list of contributors, Danysz describes the changing atmosphere of Rue Amelot and the exciting artistic happenings during the Parisian fashion week festivities. In addition, the video also shows graffiti artist JonOne strutting his stuff on customizing several parts of Danysz’s scooter.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Good News! Netflix Decides To Keep DVD-Mail And Online Streaming As One!

Netflix Qwikster
So to further continue the last post I made, Neftlix smartly decided to keep the junction between ordering DVDs by mail and streaming online sources under one one name and website. I am guessing Qwixster is a no-go for now. I am personally happy about this because I own Netflix and do not want to pay more for what is already provided just because it's split into two services. In other news, it saddens me to say that Netflix is expected to lose the ability to stream any films owned by Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment. What it is losing in films are trying to be made up with TV shows. Netflix is planning to add a whole new slew of popular shows to its archive.

To read the article go here.

14 Hip Hop Heads Graphically Designed by Dale Edwin Murray

Very creative artwork yet seems so modern. The picture I chose to showcase shows MF Doom and KanYe West which are a few of my favorite musical artist.

"London based freelance designer Dale Edwin Murray graphically designed 14 Hip Hop heads. Most of them you can guess pretty easily, as the designer catches the look and also the style of each and everyone pretty well in the portraits."
"Try to guess them all and check out the entire range after the jump. See the rest of the collection here."

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Brush Hooks by Dominic Wilcox

Brush Hooks by Dominic Wilcox
"London Design Festival 2011: London designer Dominic Wilcox claims he meant to leave these paint brushes unwashed so they would harden into coat hooks. Read more here."

My highlights of the article:

  • The hooks are showcased at the KK Outlet which is located in London.
  • They are part of an exhibition called the Object Abuse.
  • Basically, this exhibition is a challenge between each group of artists. They are given the task of turning an everyday object and turn it into a completely new object with a different purpose. Wilcox obviously turned paint brushes into coat hooks.
  • The KK Outlet exhibition is from September 2-25. 

How To: DIY Macro Photo Studio For $10

"Small flash gear is especially well suited for shooting macro shots and other small-object still life and product shots. And this little studio in a box does not even technically need a flash to work its wonders. Any bright lamp will do if you are shooting digital, because it is very easy to balance for tungsten light and get the color balance spot on."

"This is basically a light tent, albeit a very controllable one. It pretty much creates beautiful light be default. Frankly, it's very difficult to get it wrong."

Learn how to make the Macro Photo Studio here or just read my highlights below to do it faster.

My highlights of the article:

  1. Get a cardboard box big enough for the items you want to take pictures of. You can usually find this around grocery stores for free if you ask them. Recommended size is 12" x12" x12" box.
  2. Get white poster boards. Enough to fill three sides of the box.
  3. Cut out one window on three sides and take a side off completely off another. (Look at the picture below)
  4. Tape the white poster boards over the three windows.
  5. You'll need to get a longer piece of white poster board and and attach it to the inside of the box and falling out of the side that was completely taken off. (Look at the picture below)
  6. Use a lamp to produce a professional like exposure for the picture.
  7. Set your object in the box and you're ready to take pictures!

4 Reasons Why the Fuji X10 Isn’t Just a Fashion Accessory

“Holy crap, it’s pretty.” Those are the words right out of Copy Editor Julius Motal’s mouth when I showed him the Fujifilm X10 (or Fuji X10). Indeed, as I sat in on the conference call with Fujifilm’s reps, my mind went crazy as I got all hot and sweaty thinking 
about the naughty things I would do to it when I got my hands on it later on
 about just what the Fuji X10 might look like after talking about the specs. But underneath it all, the Fuji X10 seems to be a powerhouse on the inside.

Read the rest here.

My highlights of the article:

  • Camera is sturdy.
  • f2.0 to f2.8 
  • Comes with 28-112mm lens. Can be used for landscapes and portraits or anything in between. Very diverse.
  • Optical image stabilization in the lens.
  • Best shot while auto-focusing.
  • Perfect for everyday use because of its size and abilities.
  • Expected to release around November 2011.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Redemption Single Player Trailer

Shown above is the all-new single player trailer for the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from Activision. In the world’s darkest hour, are you willing to do what is necessary? Prepare yourself for a cinematic thrill-ride as only Call of Duty can deliver. More information about the release, etc you can find here. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is expected to release on November 8, 2011. Was never good at shooting games but enjoyed the Call of Duty series. I will most likely enjoy this edition also.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Films You Need To Watch: 50/50 Movie Review

I have yet to watch this film but heard nothing but great reviews from it. In replacement of my non-existent review is one belonging to a site that I know of. This film currently has a 93% on RottenTomatoes.

"If you go by the trailers for the new film 50/50, you might go in to the film expecting a cancer-comedy.  Even though the ads promote the film’s more comedic elements, director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) wisely delivers a dramatic film that does have some funny moments but never makes light of how serious the illness is.  50/50 was written by Seth Rogan’s long time friend Will Reiser who was stricken with cancer while in his twenties.  Rogan also produced the film with another long time friend Evan Goldberg who worked with the pair years ago on Da Ali G Show.  50/50 is a very personal film for those involved and it shows."

Read the rest of the review here at

Friday, October 7, 2011

Films You Need To Watch: Submarine (2011)

This film has got to be one of my favorites from recent years; it is a coming-of-age film that is a comedy mixed with a bit of darkness. I enjoyed everything from the cinematography to the language used. I even liked the outfits presented in the film, very fashionable set of characters. Though it shouldn't be, director Richard Ayoade is able to present Oliver Tates' (actually mostly every character) depression and sadness in a funny hysterical way. Plenty of irony is also present throughout the film making it that much better! I recommend this to anyone that likes to watch films in general.

"Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate has two big ambitions: to save his parents' marriage via carefully plotted intervention and to lose his virginity before his next birthday. Worried that his mom is having an affair with New Age weirdo Graham, Oliver monitors his parents' sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom. He also forges suggestive love letters from his mom to dad. Meanwhile, Oliver attempts to woo his classmate, Jordana, a self-professed pyromaniac who supervises his journal writing - especially the bits about her. When necessary, she orders him to cross things out. -- (C) Weinstein"

This film currently has 87% on RottenTomatoes

Netflix Slices'n'Dices Its Rental Plans: Shrewd Move or Bloody Mess?

Netflix has severed video streaming from its DVD-by-mail rental plans, making access to its library of on-demand instant videos available only as a separate plan. Users who want both forms of media will need to subscribe to both, which in most cases will amount to a price hike. Its new arrangement, though, may help Netflix negotiate with studios in upping the size and quality of its streaming library. Read more here.

Sony NEX-5N Review

Sony NEX-5N specification highlights

  • Touch-screen display
  • Electronic First Curtain shutter
  • Revised 16.1MP CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 10fps continuous shooting mode (at full resolution)
  • In-camera CA, vignetting and distortion correction
  • Auto ISO limit of 3200 (increased from ISO 1600 in NEX-5)
  • Creative Control results-orientated user interface
  • Picture Effects processing options
  • 1080p 60p HD movies in AVCHD format

JASPER Bracelet Collection

Jasper continues to work on interesting products. After having launched Kanye West x Louis Vuitton sneaker inspired Quintin Caps and also having been busy with Diamond Supply Co. on a capsule shoe collection, we can show you today his upcoming line of bracelets. The leather bracelets are heavily adorned with silver and gold metal accents. A release is scheduled for November 8th, 2011, at RSVP Gallery in Chicago.


Apple iPhone 4S: The Good, Bad, and Unknown

The iPhone 4S might look very similar to last year’s iPhone 4, but some intriguing specs and features are hidden under the hood. Read more here

My highlights of the article: 
  • iPhone 4s upgrades camera from 5mp to 8mp sensor.
  • Uses same dual-core A5 chip as iPad 2.
  • No 4G capability.
  • Design is identical to iPhone 4.

Baron Wells 2011 Fall/Winter Collection

Here is an up close and personal view of rising Manhattan-based company Baron Wells. This brief, but detailed lookbook showcases a nicely tailored shirt selection with the striped club collar button-down standing out at the forefront. For the outerwear, Baron Wells made a duffle coat-inspired jacket in a rich grey wool that could be paired with nearly any outfit. Overall, the designs are simple and effective as they speak to a classic style that is entirely crafted in the USA. All goods can be purchased here.

Via HypeBeast

Thursday, October 6, 2011

GRIND Magazine: Supreme 2011 Fall/Winter Editorial

Japanese streetwear magazine GRIND give us the opportunity to have another look at some of the items from the 2011 fall/winter collection from Supreme. Amongst the pieces on show are the new Vans collaboration sneakers, leopard-lined trench coat, leather down jacket, and the fur-lined trooper hat. Whilst some of these items are already available, the rest will be releasing soon at select retailers and online at Supreme’s official webstore. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

10 Essentials: Mark McNairy

The acclaimed American designer welcomes us into his NYC showroom to talk Ayn Rand, Southern soda, and baby wipes

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My highlights of the article: The 10 essentials Mark McNairy needs for himself.

  1. Hanes Undershirts
  2. Cash Money
  3. Bigboy Wipes
  4. J. Press O-Ring Belts
  5. Mark McNairy New Amsterdam Boxers (clever advertisement Mark)
  6. Cheerwine Soda
  7. Mark McNairy New Amsterdam Knit Ties
  8. Custom Zippo Lighter
  9. Pinky Ring
  10. The Fountainhead

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fujifilm X10 Now $599

Fujifilm has unveiled the X10 - an enthusiast compact with a F2.0-2.8, 28-112mm-equivalent lens. It's built around a 2/3" (6.6 x 8.8mm) CMOS sensor that uses Fujifilm's EXR pixel arrangement. The 12MP sensor can produce either 12MP images in high resolution mode, under-expose half its pixels to provide 6MP images with greater dynamic range, or combine neighboring pixels for a 6MP high sensitivity mode. The X10 borrows extensively from the styling of the X100 (though its zooming viewfinder means you lose the X100's hybrid viewfinder), to give a camera that sits conceptually between the Olympus XZ-1 and the Canon Powershot G12. Read more here. PRICE NOW $599 FOR PRE-ORDERS.