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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Please Note: Our offices and warehouse will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, October 1 – 2, for religious holidays.

Ah, it’s Friday again. The Geek Squad has been jabbering all week about something to do with Pandas. Some new game or something though they could be planning to teach pandas to read — you never know with those guys. On top of that, there have been several rather big stories in the world of photography over the last couple of weeks. Sony, Canon, and Nikon are all releasing new cameras and we’ve got them ready for pre-order through our store. The iPhone 5 has also come out and there’s been a fair bit of buzz about the camera on it. If you haven’t been following us on Twitter then you might have missed out on those stories plus some of the other big ones during the week. Read on to get caught up!

That’s all for this week. See you again next Wednesday!

– da Bird


If A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…

If A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words...

Then why do so many people look down on comic books and books with a lot of pictures in them?

I picked this up from the Geek Club a bit ago. Most of them are avid readers of comic books or graphic novels. History Geek tends to be the lone exception in this in that he prefers books about five inches thick and with only a handful of maps or diagrams. Still he doesn’t look down on the rest of the crew who really enjoy comic books. And, since you can explain three pages of text in a single frame image, I got to wondering why so many people look down on these types of books.

After all, no one would look down on a photographer who could, with one image, change the course of a war. No one looks down on the newspaper for having pictures in it to illustrate their stories. I think that History Geek is the only person I know who looks at journalistic accounts with a jaundiced eye and that’s because he, being a History Major, considers them a “barely passable primary source and in most cases a completely inadequate secondary or tertiary source.”

I’ve been around you people enough to have heard the expressions “A picture is worth a thousand words” and about Helen of Troy whose face was said to have launched a thousand ships. I’ve seen pictures of your artwork and statues enough to know that you people love pictures, paintings, and art. So why are some forms of art considered better than others? They’re all doing the same thing from my point of view. So, what gives? And what are your thoughts? Feel free to share them below in the comments!

– da Bird


Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s Friday and it’s been an eventful one for us here at Beach Camera! We lost power at our office this morning so if any of you were on the phone with customer support or are having any issues with orders, that is why. We are working on getting power restored and getting all of our services back up. We would like to thank everyone for their patience with us while we handle this snafu.

And, the week itself has been a busy, if short, one. Last week Sony announced three new cameras. Not wanting to be outdone, Canon has announced four new cameras this week. There’s also been plenty of back and forth over photography issues and advice this week. If you haven’t been following us on Twitter then you might have missed out on some of these stories. Don’t worry, as always, we’ll recap them for you below!

That’s all for this week, folks! Have a great weekend and see you again on Monday!

– da Bird


Four New Cameras From Canon!

Last week saw the announcement of three new cameras from Sony. Not to be outdone, this week Canon has announced the addition of three new cameras to its PowerShot line-up as well as a new EOS DSLR. Take a moment to learn more about the Canon PowerShot G15, the Canon PowerShot S110, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, and the Canon EOS 6D DSLR!

The Canon PowerShot G15 continues the G-series tradition of bringing some of the most advanced features to the PowerShot line-up. With a new 28mm wide-angle f/1.8 – f/2.8 lens that allows for up to 5x optical zoom, this camera is great at taking low-light shots or giving a dramatically shallow depth-of-field. The G15 also sports the DIGIC 5 image processor and newly-designed Canon 1/1.7-inch 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor. With these sensors, the G15 can capture 1080p Full HD video and images in low-light settings with an ISO speed of up to 12800. Featuring the latest advancements in Canon’s AF system, the G15 has enhancements to the High-Speed Burst Mode HQ which allows for continuous capture of up to 10 frames at 12.1-megapixels. When capturing video, an improved Stabilization IS reduces camera shake and delivers high-quality stable images and video. To learn more, head over to our Canon PowerShot G15 pre-order page and reserve yours today!

Next in the line-up is the Canon PowerShot S110. This camera comes with a 24mm wide-angle lens that allows for up to 5x optical zoom. A bright f/2.0 aperture is ideal for low-light images, soft backgrounds, or shallow depth-of-field. The DIGIC 5 image processor and the newly-designed 12.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor further enhance low-light photographs up to a maximum ISO speed of 128000, much like the PowerShot G15. However, the S110 stands apart in that it has onboard WiFi which allows for images to be uploaded quickly and easily to the web or sent to a smartphone or computer without the need for bulky, tangled cords and cables! Head over to our Canon PowerShot S110 pre-order page to learn more about all of the features on this new camera and to reserve yours today!

The third camera in the PowerShot line-up is the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. This high-end camera comes with a 50x optical zoom and a 24mm wide-angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization. To get the most out of the 50x zoom lens, this camera allows for the capture of 1080 Full HD video with stereo sound and optical zoom while recording. The SX50 HS also sports Canon’s HS SYSTEM with the camera’s image processor and CMOS image sensor working hand-in-hand to enhance low-light image quality at a maximum ISO speed of 6400. In addition, the SX50 HS carries Canon’s AF system and enhanced High-Speed Burst HQ mode, a Zoom Framing Assist to help with those difficult overhead or low-angle shots, and a plethora of settings for the improved Smart AUTO mode. This camera can capture 12-bit RAW + JPEG files and comes with a hot shoe for optional accessories and lighting. To see the full array of what the PowerShot SX50 HS has for you, head over to our Canon PowerShot SX50 HS pre-order page and reserve yours today!

The very last camera Canon has announced is the Canon EOS 6D DSLR. This new EOS comes with a 20.2 megapixel image sensor and the latest in Canon’s DIGIC 5+ image processors. This camera also boasts an 11-point AF array and 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor together with 1080p Full HD video capabilities, letting you capture the clearest and crispest shots and video to date. To help photographers capture the full potential of their creativity, the EOS 6D comes with a variety of creative modes ranging from HDR to Multiple Exposure, joined by the stalwarts of the EOS series, the Scene Intelligent Auto and special scene modes. Lastly, this DSLR comes with onboard WiFi allowing you to share or transfer your images without the need for cords and cables and without worrying that you’ll run out of back-up space while in the field. To learn more, head over to our Canon EOS 6D pre-order page and reserve yours today!


Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s been another busy week in the world of photography. Sony has announced three new cameras and we have them ready and available for pre-ordering. Digital photography storage services have been a hot topic of the past couple of weeks. Tuesday was September 11 and there was much coverage, both memorial and reflective as well as journalistic, of the eleventh anniversary of this attack and those who lost their lives on that day just over a decade ago. If you haven’t been following us on Twitter then these are just a few of the many stories you might have missed out on this week.

Additionally, in honor of Rosh Hashana, our offices and warehouse will be closed on next Monday and Tuesday.

That’s all for this week, folks! Have a great weekend and a happy Rosh Hashana!

– da Bird


Sony Announces Three New Cameras!

There’s been some big news out of Sony this week. They’re adding three new cameras to their all-star line-up. We have them available for pre-order now so reserve your camera today!

The first of these three new cameras is the Sony Alpha SLT-A99V 24.3 Megapixel SLR Digital Camera. It sports a 24.3 Megapixel 35 mm full frame sensor with an ISO range between 100 and 32000 — great for taking pictures regardless of the lighting situation! It also allows for full 1080 HD movie files to be transferred, uncompressed, via the HDMI output. This camera also sports the world’s first dual AF system with 11 cross sensors complimented by a multi-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with 102 AF points overlying the image sensor. Additionally, it features the new AF-D Mode to give you reliable depth-direction focusing performance. Using this in conjunction with the AF Range Control, you can capture a subject from as far or as near as you wish to be! Just check out our pre-order page to reserve your camera and to learn more about the many features packed into this all new Sony DSLR.

The second Sony camera hitting our shelves is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 24.3 Megapixel Exmor CMOS Digital Camera. This is the world’s first fixed lens digital camera to carry a 35mm full-frame sensor. Its small size makes it easy to transport with you anywhere, any time. The Bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T lens delivers highly refined background defocusing and macro capabilities while reducing ghosting and flare effects caused by light reflection. This all-new Cyber-shot also come with the ability to capture full HD 24p video, full frame burst shooting, high-speed auto-focus, superior low-light performance, a built-in pop-up flash and an auto HDR mode. The controls on this camera are easily accessible and simple for even a novice photographer to learn. To see more of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1′s capabilities and features, head over to our pre-order page and reserve yours today.

Last, but most certainly not least, is the Sony Alpha NEX-6 16.1 Megapixel Digital Camera. This pocket-sized digital camera comes with many of the features of a DSLR but without the price! The 16.1 Megapixel APS-C sensor is the same format that Sony builds into full-sized DSLRs. The fast hybrid AF mode helps you capture fast-paced action and comes with added contrast-detection AF for more precision. This camera also has Wi-Fi capability, letting you transfer your photos and video directly to smartphones and tablets via the PlayMemories mobile app. A variety of modes and features such as the auto HDR, auto Portrait framing, Photo Creativity interface, and the picture effect mode allow you to set up and edit your shots so that you can always capture that crystal-clear perfect memory with minimal fuss. Curious to learn more? Then head over to our pre-order page and reserve yours today.

Stay tuned to this space to hear the latest news on these, and many more, new cameras from Sony!

– da Bird


Historical Photographers: Thomas E. Franklin

Historical Photographers: Thomas E. Franklin

On Monday we featured an article about Thomas E. Franklin’s most iconic and famous photos: Raising the Flag over Ground Zero. Today he is the subject of our post.

Thomas E. Franklin was born in 1966. He graduated from State University of New York at Purchase in 1988 and began working at The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey in 1993. He’s been a professional photojournalist for over 20 years and has won numerous awards for his photography. Beyond Raising, he’s won awards for his production of Toxic Legacy, a documentary about the toxic waste Ford Motor Company left in New York and New Jersey. Despite multiple clean-ups, paint sludge and other chemicals remain behind decades after the plants closed. His photo essay of the same name can be found on The Record‘s site. Toxic Legacy and the team behind it won the 2005 IRE Medal, the 2006 Grantham Prize for Environmental Journalism, and the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Award.


Franklin also produced many of the photos and interviews found on The Record‘s 9/11 memorial site.

The day of the attacks, Franklin, like many other photographers, was preparing to go to work. When he heard news that a plane had hit one of the Towers, he and a friend headed down to the edge of Jersey City and began taking photos. With the help of a police officer, the two were able to hitch a ride on one of the boats headed across the river and into New York City. Once there, Franklin, like many others, tried to get as many photos as he could while not becoming one of the victims of the attack. In the years since, he has continued to work tirelessly at The Record. He currently provides the “Picture This!” column for The Record which features colorful photos of life in New Jersey. This column won the 2007 Award of Excellence from the International Pictures of the Year and a First Place award in Feature Photography from SPJ-NJ. Franklin is also an adjunct professor of photojournalism at Ramapo College.

– da Bird


Photos That Changed History: Raising the Flag at Ground Zero

Photos That Changed History: Raising the Flag at Ground Zero

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York City and in Washington D.C. History Geek has been telling me about them and showing me photos and newspaper clippings he collected that day. He suggested the photo we’re running today as a good way to remember the tragedy. So, today’s historical photograph is the Raising the Flag at Ground Zero taken by Thomas E. Franklin who works for The Record in New Jersey as a photojournalist. The photo below is one of the more iconic images from September 11, 2001 and was printed out as a limited edition postage stamp in 2002.

This photo was taken during the late afternoon, around 5 PM while Franklin was standing under a pedestrian walkway over the West Side Highway on the northwest corner of the World Trade Center site. He was about 150 yards away from the firefighters as they took the flag and raised it over the rubble that had once been the Twin Towers. The men in the photo are George Johnson and Dan McWilliams from Ladder 157, and Billy Eisengrein of from Rescue 2. The flag itself was taken from the yacht Star of America owned by Shirley Dreifus. The Star of America was docked in the Hudson River near the World Financial Center. McWilliams cut the yardarm from the yacht and took the flag and its pole to an evacuation site on the northwest side of the site. They found a pole and raised the flag over the rubble while search and rescue efforts were still on-going.

In 2007, a statue inspired by this photograph was unveiled at the National Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial Park in Emmitsburg, MD. Named “To Lift A Nation,” the statue depicts three New York firefighters raising a flag over the ruins of the World Trade Center. An earlier attempt to create a statue based on this photograph was quashed over the statue’s revisionist basis, depicting three unknown men instead of the three shown in the photograph.

Since tomorrow marks the 11 year anniversary of this attack, we’d like everyone to know that our thoughts are with the survivors of this attack and with the families of those who went to work on a fine September morning and never came home again.

– da Bird


Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Ah, Friday again. History Geek has been bouncing in his seat all day. I think he’s found a new game to play and he’s just waiting on it to finish downloading on his home computer so he can immerse himself in it, staying up all weekend to play through it and coming in to work on Monday wrecked and exhausted. Of course, he did say something about watching the Paralympics so maybe that’s his plan for the weekend. You never quite know with that guy. Regardless, this week has been a busy one in the photography world. The Olympics might be over but the Paralympics just started. Stephen Hawking gave a great opening to them. We’ve tweeted some photos from that event and tweeted about the other big news this week in photography. However, if you aren’t following us on Twitter then read on to get caught up on things you might have missed out on.

That’s all for this week, everyone! Have a great weekend and see you again on Monday!

– da Bird


Photos From History: San Francisco, 1906

Photos From History: San Francisco, 1906

From what I can gather, California has always been an interesting place. Its landscape ranges from forests to deserts, mountains to beaches. Apparently, a lot of important historical events have happened in California. There was the gold rush in the 1840s, wars have been fought over the territory, and, today, the state of California is home to many of the giants in the tech industry as well as being known as the place where movies and movie stars are made. Though it’s had its ups and downs, California has long been known for its creativity, its wealth, and its earthquakes. I’m not referring to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in particular but instead to an earlier earthquake that leveled the city, the 1906 earthquake and fire.

In 1906, the city of San Francisco was struck with a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake and subsequent fires leveled 80% of the city and killed at least 3,000 people. Though the government, at the time, insisted that the death toll was less than 400 fearing that the truth would hurt real estate prices and hinder efforts to rebuild the city. This earthquake was the first disaster of this magnitude to have been photographed. Indeed, the photograph above was taken by an eyewitness to the earthquake, Arnold Genthe. He took this photo as he watched the fires rage down Sacramento Street. The quake also occurred at a time when the science of seismology was beginning to bloom. Later studies indicated that the fault line which had slipped, causing the earthquake, also ran close to Los Angeles.

In the wake of the earthquake, law began to break down as looting spread. The US Army was called in early on and soon issued “Shoot-to-Kill” orders for looters. Residents of the city were often relocated while reconstruction efforts took place. The state of California and the city of San Francisco both wanted the city to be rebuilt quickly so as to be ready for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition which San Francisco had agreed to host in 1915. Some believe that this exposition was the reason for not only the haste in rebuilding the city, but the tendency to downplay the earthquake and its aftermath.

– da Bird