DD Competition: Get a €50 Arena 7 voucher – show us your best Halloween costume!

first_imgThis weekend will see all sorts of weird and wonderful get-ups in Donegal, and we want to see the most fang-tastic!The most clever and creative costumes deserve special recognition, and with the help of Arena 7 Letterkenny, we will reward the winner for their efforts.The most wickedly-wonderful winner will receive a €50 voucher, to be used in whatever part of the Arena 7 entertainment complex that they wish – from the Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant to Bowling World to Wayne’s World Adventure Centre. All you have to do is post a photo in the Facebook comments section of this story. The competition is open to all – just as long as the costumes are frightfully good. You have until 9am Tuesday, November 1 to enter. Good luck!DD Competition: Get a €50 Arena 7 voucher – show us your best Halloween costume! was last modified: October 29th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Want to dive into Donegal’s amazing coastline? Join the club!

first_imgLooking for a rewarding past-time that will bring you to places you’ve never seen before?Or how about getting an unparalleled view of underwater life and discovering incredible shipwrecks?The Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club is seeking new club members to join them in their thrilling dives around Donegal. The adventurous group is about to let everyone see what scuba diving is all about when they host a  Try A Dive on Tuesday 15th October in the Mevagh Dive Centre, Carrigart at 8.00pm. Entering this sport brings a host of benefits – you will gain the skills to meet the challenges of learning to dive and receive a world-recognised qualification.And this upcoming event is your opportunity to sign up and join a friendly community that is so valuable to Donegal.The Try A Dive event is free and all the participants need to bring is their swim gear, the club will supply the rest. In home waters around Donegal, scuba divers are treated to pristine waters that contain reefs which have abundant and diverse marine life and shipwrecks that chart both Irish and European history on our doorstep. In summer time, the waters around Donegal rise in temperature to 16 degrees Celsius and in-water visibility can extend to 20 metres at locations such as Arranmore, Tory Island and Horn Head. In the winter time when sea conditions are too rough Sheephaven divers have access to the shelter waters of Mulroy Bay and dives at Dunloan Rock, Pan Rock and Campbells Bed are available. Club members with Sheephaven SAC will have access to a purpose built clubhouse, dive boats and air bank, backed up by the Irish Underwater Council grade structure delivered by the clubs instructors. Starting as a Trainee a new entrant into diving will be coached in the theory and skills of scuba diving in the safety and comfort of a pool setting before taking to the open water, after which they can progress through the grades to whatever level they are comfortable with.  There is always some form of a Sheephaven activity 52 weeks of the year.Snorkelling is a big part of the Sheephaven diving scene and every Sunday morning there is snorkel in Portnablagh, followed by a social chat and cup of tea.Sheephaven club members have toured the world, from Scotland, Malta, Spain, Cuba, The Maldives, Galapagos Islands and numerous times to the Red Sea, all on the back of the qualifications achieved diving with the club. Club members give back to the community through their Search and Recovery Unit, where qualified divers who volunteer can receive additional training to provide assistance to the Civil authorities, should be they be called upon.  So for anyone interested in taking up a challenge that will reward them physically and literally take them to places they have never seen before – then their journey begins with the Sheephaven Try A Dive. For further information Anne Boyle can be contacted at anneboyle@eircom.net or Damien Kelly 086 8307020 and club activities can be followed on our Facebook page Sheephaven SAC. Want to dive into Donegal’s amazing coastline? Join the club! was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Divingsheephaven sacTry a divelast_img read more

Preds spoils Sharks clinching party at the Tank

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — The party will need to wait for at least two more days.The Nashville Predators spoiled the Sharks opportunity to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the 14th time in 15 years on Saturday, earning a 4-2 win at SAP Center. In doing so, the Predators handed the Sharks their first back-to-back regulation losses at home this season.The loss also cost the Sharks an opportunity to regain first place in …last_img read more

Original Proteins Found in Fossil Sea Turtle

first_img(Visited 1,019 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The fossil of a sea turtle said to be 54 million years old still has original proteins of pigment and muscle.A press release from North Carolina State University drops another bomb on deep time. Even though the researchers, including co-author Mary Schweitzer, do not doubt the age of the fossil at 54 million Darwin Years, that is an awful lot of time for original biomolecules to be preserved.Researchers from North Carolina State University, Lund University in Sweden and the University of Hyogo in Japan have retrieved original pigment, beta-keratin and muscle proteins from a 54 million-year-old sea turtle hatchling. The work adds to the growing body of evidence supporting persistence of original molecules over millions of years and also provides direct evidence that a pigment-based survival trait common to modern sea turtles evolved at least 54 million years ago.That last clause compounds the problem by pushing back a trait earlier than expected. In this case, it is dark coloration, believed to provide camouflage from predators and heat regulation by absorbing sunlight as the hatchling scurried across the sand to the seashore. No evolution is documented, because the adaptive trait was already present!Fossil (left) and modern sea turtle hatchlings. Credit: Johan Lindgren, reproduced from NC State press release (click for link).The fossil was found in Denmark in 2008, but soft tissue remains were not recovered till 2013. Johan Lindgren of Lund University performed multiple tests to analyze the remains. He found organelles he suspected were melanosomes, the structures that provide coloration. He brought in other researchers for further analysis.Lindgren performed ToF-SIMS on the samples to confirm the presence of heme, eumelanin and proteinaceous molecules – the components of blood, pigment and protein.Co-author Mary Schweitzer, professor of biological sciences at NC State with a joint appointment at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, performed histochemical analyses of the sample, finding that it tested positive against antibodies for both alpha and beta-keratin, hemoglobin and tropomyosin, a muscle protein. TEM, performed by University of Hyogo evolutionary biologist Takeo Kuriyama, and Schweitzer’s immunogold testing further confirmed the findings.Schweitzer, in an apparent pre-emptive strike at skeptics, stated that confirmation of these particular proteins rules out contamination, because bacteria don’t make eukaryotic melanin or keratin.The open-access paper was published October 17 in Nature Scientific Reports, DOI:  10.1038/s41598-017-13187-5. It calls the specimen “arguably one of the best preserved juvenile fossil sea turtles on record.” Traces of soft tissue were preserved “with great fidelity“, the paper says. What was found was original, unmineralized material.Here we show that the extraordinary preservation of the type of T. danica goes beyond gross morphology to include ultrastructural details and labile molecular components of the once-living animal. Haemoglobin-derived compounds, eumelanic pigments and proteinaceous materials retaining the immunological characteristics of sauropsid-specific β-keratin and tropomyosin were detected in tissues containing remnant melanosomes and decayed keratin plates. The preserved organics represent condensed remains of the cornified epidermis and, likely also, deeper anatomical features, and provide direct chemical evidence that adaptive melanism – a biological means used by extant sea turtle hatchlings to elevate metabolic and growth rates – had evolved 54 million years ago.“…arguably one of the best preserved juvenile fossil sea turtles on record.”The evolutionary speculation and dates are not derived from the observations. It’s important to recall that until recently, no one expected original proteins to survive a hundred thousand years, let alone millions. So how do the researchers explain this “extraordinary preservation” of material in this fossil labeled MHM-K2, that should be long gone?We hypothesise that calcium ions (and other trace elements) adsorbed onto the surface of the carcass during the microbially mediated formation of the calcareous concretion in which MHM-K2 was found. Mild geothermal conditions might then have limited further breakdown of the stabilised organics.Haemoglobin also imparts tissue fixation by iron-catalysed free radical reactions and/or inhibition of bacterial growth (ref.44 and references therein), possibly contributing to preservation of anatomical features deeper than the cornified epidermis. Blood breakdown products released from erythrocytes during hemolysis can seep into surrounding tissues, causing a reddish-brown discolouration. Impregnation by haemoglobin-derived compounds has been recorded not only in bones, but also in scales and teeth. Consequently, it is possible that the outer integument was infiltrated by blood residues diffusing from underlying (and now almost completely degraded) dermal or deeper tissues sometime during the early stages of decomposition of MHM-K2. Detection of haemoglobin- and tropomyosin-derived compounds supports this possibility.The language is cautious, because they can only suggest “possibilities” that “might” explain the preservation. Proteins, however, are delicate molecules subject to thermal breakdown. Stabilizing processes, even if plausible, cannot last indefinitely. But for tens of millions of years? Mark Armitage, who has recovered and analyzed dinosaur soft tissue himself, strongly disputes the ability of blood-derived iron to stabilize soft tissues.Much of the paper sidesteps this important question by speculating about when “adaptive melanism” evolved. But really, does the fossil look any “less evolved” than the living turtle? Why do they give it a different scientific name when it is virtually identical? Did the hatchling really fossilize that long ago?Since dinosaur soft tissues and proteins have been found twice as old as those in this sea turtle (1/29/17), long-age evolutionists are panicking. They are scrambling to downplay the findings (6/09/15, 9/19/17) or pretending soft tissue is exciting because it can shed light on evolution. These are distractions from the danger their worldview is in.The Darwin hot-air balloon can only hold a finite number of fossils with soft tissue before it comes crashing to the ground. Keep piling them up in the gondola. And turn on those video cams, everyone! Let the public see the collapse.last_img read more

Ghana’s world first in legal timber

first_img(Image: Wikipedia)New laws should be in place in Europe by the end of 2010 obliging timber importers to ensure the wood they buy has been legally produced – and Ghana will become the first exporting country to be able to offer such a guarantee.The timber trade is a huge business. In Cameroon, where timber exports rank second only to oil in value, it is worth more than US$700-million a year. Indonesia earns nearly $3-billion a year from wood and wood products, but Greenpeace says that as much of 80% of the logging in Indonesia is illegal.It is more than seven years since the European Union adopted a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (Flegt, PDF, 1 MB) action plan. Negotiations have been grinding on ever since, both in Brussels, and between the EU and supplier countries. But last week an update meeting in London heard that a compromise text of the new legislation had been drafted and would probably be adopted by the end of the year.The key element is an obligation for importers to show “due diligence” – to prove that they have taken all reasonable care to ensure they are not buying illegal timber. What is or is not legal will be left to the producing countries; if the timber is produced according to local laws and regulations, the EU will accept it.And since the importers can hardly be expected to go and poke about in tropical forests themselves to see where their wood is coming from, the EU is negotiating VPAs – voluntary partnership agreements – with its traditional suppliers.Ghana was the first country to sign and ratify a VPA. By the beginning of next year it should be selling licensed timber under Flegt. Any importer who buys it will automatically be considered to have fulfilled the due diligence obligation.Pilots for the new Flegt assurance scheme have already started in Ghana, with inspectors out in the forest armed with tags and handheld GPS and barcode scanners.Patrick Newton, who is developing the necessary software for a company called Helveta, described how bar-coded tags would be put on standing trees, and more would go on the logs cut from those trees. Between the sawmill and the ship, consignments would be reconciled by volume and by species, and the system would then generate a Flegt-compliant export licence.“The buyer will be able to look all the way up the supply chain from the point of export,” Newton told the meeting, “all the way back up the chain to the forest where that timber came from.”Kingsley Bekoe, a forestry specialist with Ghanaian NGO Civic Response, stressed how important the agreement is to the country: “Almost 60% of our timber exports are to the EU market. If you don’t sign this agreement, I guess you will increasingly lose out.“The market is starting to ask for legal timber. It’s Europe and also the US but other markets are getting increasingly interested in this. So if you don’t enter that agreement you will gradually be losing your market share.”With Ghana, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo were in the first group to sign up. Negotiations are ongoing with Malawi, Indonesia, Liberia and the Central African Republic. Gabon, the DR Congo and Vietnam have asked to start the process.Each agreement will be different. Any VPA with Vietnam, for instance, will have to take into account the fact that it imports most of its timber and makes furniture to sell to the EU and Japan.“There’s no blueprint,” Matthieu Bousquet of the European Commission told the meeting. “No hard and fast rules, no absolute recipe.”Illegal logging fearsBut John Palmer of the Forest Management Trust was critical: “These agreements are now moving into states where the law is little understood,” he told the meeting.“And as you demand more and more documentation, you will get any kind of documentation you are prepared to pay for. It’s a simplistic assumption that everyone is basically working in the same direction. Illegal logging is hugely profitable; there’s a lot of money involved.”London-based campaign group Global Witness agrees. “This can curb illegal logging to a certain extent,” said its forestry expert, Reiner Tegtmeyer. “But only when the structures are in place to be sure that the certificates issued are not just paper. We have always said that independent monitoring is essential.”Illegal logging has been a source of funds for conflict and destabilisation, most notoriously during Liberia’s civil war. With Charles Taylor’s rebels in control of the densely wooded southeast of the country and the port of Buchanan, timber was one of their main sources of income.After Taylor became president, he continued to divert timber revenues for his own purposes – Global Witness believes that by 2000 around $100-million a year was unaccounted for. Because of fears that it was being used to fund conflicts elsewhere in the region, the UN imposed sanctions on the country’s timber exports.Those sanctions have now been lifted, but Liberia is struggling to re-establish its logging industry. Victoria Cole of the country’s Forest Development Authority says she is worried the Flegt process is being pushed ahead too fast, and that her country does not have the capacity to implement it.“If I show you a piece of wood,” she said, “and say this bit of wood is legal, then what makes it legal? People have to understand.”In Liberia, legality would mean that the concession had been awarded by competitive bidding, that the company treats its workers fairly and fulfils its obligation to the local community, that it only cuts mature trees and does not exceed its quota and that it has paid all its taxes.But she likes the fact that the EU will base its standard of legality on Liberia’s own laws. “We are the ones to determine it,” she says. “No one is going to determine it for us.”Source: Irin Newslast_img read more

“The Enchanted Forest” GC2P52E GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 16, 2012

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Cache page photo montageThis cache page reads, “You Must Believe in Magic” and then casts a spell on geocachers. The Multi-Cache “The Enchanted Forest” (GC2P52E) weaves an elaborate fairy tale for geocachers to unravel on Terceira island. The island is located 1500 kilometers (950 miles) off the coast of Portugal. Victor from  Team Recanto hid the geocache in 2010, after his 6-year-old daughter sparked his imagination.He says, “The idea came to mind while visiting the park [where the cache is now placed] with my wife and my daughter. At the time my daughter… was talking about fairies and unicorns, and [said] that one of the larger trees reminded her of a magical tree. That tree is now the final stage for The Enchanted Forest.”While the idea may have been instant, building the caching experience took weeks. “[Creating the cache]… took 45 days, and 12 site visits. My daughter asked if I could make things move on the cache page, that is why we have the animated dragons.”Victor’s daughter with the handmade cache container located at the final coordinatesBeyond animated dragons on the cache page and photo montages with fairies and dragons, Victor also wrote the cache description in Portuguese and in English. The four stage Multi-Cache challenges geocachers to solve puzzles to discover a handmade cache container.On the cache huntA recent log reads, “WOW!!! totally worth the hike! Congratulations to Team Recanto for another magnificent cache. The amount of work that went in to this truly shows. Thank you for taking us on a grand adventure!”Victor has advice for geocachers hoping to create an engaging caching experience. He says, “Take your time, visit the Groundspeak forums, do several site visits, make sure the story and containers combine well with the location, attention to detail is very important.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Detail of cache containerIf you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.com. SharePrint RelatedBeyond Here, Lay Dragons (GCH52C) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 17, 2013January 16, 2013In “Community”…wo hab Ich den Cache denn nochmal hingelegt??? (GC1DZ17) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – December 27, 2012December 26, 2012In “Community”High energy! — Fission around the bend (GC1NGRD) — Geocache of the WeekMay 28, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

International EarthCache Day: Instagram Photo Recap

first_img SharePrint RelatedYour Path to Platinum EarthCachingFebruary 11, 2015In “Community”The Aare Gorge | Aareschlucht | Gorges de l’Aar – GC1YH51 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 11, 2012October 11, 2012In “Community”Thank a Volunteer Day is May 22!May 21, 2018In “Community” This past weekend, more than 36,300 people earned their International EarthCache Day souvenir by finding an EarthCache. Many of them decided to photograph their adventures and share them on Instagram. Here are some of the amazing pictures from the International EarthCache Day celebration.@l0verlada “Another dinosaur footprint.”@_iso61 “Measuring boulder ?.”@kelisabethlb “#EarthCache #Gotland”@arace1985 “#Earthcache today.”@galleytrotter “Happy International Earthcache day! Here’s me and Kiwi checking out some ice age remains.”@geominionmom “The sunshine made this cave/tunnel a truly magnificent sight.”@kaja2105 “#naturelovers #earthcache #familytime.”@le_mur_ko “earthcacheday2015.”@strawberryberry16 “#internationalearthcacheday.”@kacnampr “Fall colors and cloud reflections at Potter’s Marsh Boardwalk on International Earthcache Day! A bit of cache maintenance done while there too!”@thomasanderz “earthcacheday2015”@yeseniapais “#earthcache”@christinamdlt “Love the view on my little adventures. #geocaching #earthcache”Just because International EarthCache Day is over, doesn’t mean the educational fun stops. You can find EC’s all year-round!Which EarthCache did you find yesterday? Share your pics!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Your “Real” Friends are Your Online Friends (or so Says Gen Y)

first_imgIs it easier to talk to your online buddies than your friends out there in the “real world?” Do you feel like you know more about what’s happening in the lives of your Facebook and MySpace friends than with those who don’t have accounts or don’t bother to update them? According to a recent UK MySpace study of over 16,000 social network users, these sorts of feelings are common among today’s younger generation. The study revealed that a good portion of this group admits to feeling more comfortable sharing and communicating with friends online than they do when logged out of cyberspace. Online: Sharing is Easier, Friends Know You BetterThe MySpace study asked social networking users between the ages of 14 and 21 (aka “Generation Y”) questions about their interactions both on social networks and in their real life, too. Some 36% of the respondents said they found it easier to talk about themselves online than in the real world, leading them to share more about themselves using technology. This group also felt that their online friends knew more about them, and so, in a sense, were closer than offline friends because they all knew what was going on in each other’s lives. Outside of the social networking sites, the survey respondents overwhelmingly felt ill-at-ease in social groups. A whopping 72% said they felt “left out” and didn’t think they fit into any particular group. More than four-fifths (82%) said they moved between four or more different groups of friends in an effort to find acceptance. It’s not entirely surprising that the younger generation feels this way. The teen years (and young adulthood to some extent) are a time when kids start exploring and experimenting with many different aspects of their personalities as they attempt to solidify who they are and who they will become as adults. What’s interesting, though, is how social networking is having an impact on this traditional coming-of-age process. Instead of simply feeling disjointed, confused, and lonely, today’s younger generation has an outlet for connecting with their peers which previous generations did not: the internet. Says Rebekah Horne, MySpace Europe managing director, the study provides insight into how this generation is “using online as a way to explore and settle into their burgeoning identities.”But at what cost? Will the younger generations remain awkward and shy in the real world as they age, only finding comfort in their interactions that occur online? Or does having an outlet for their feelings simply lessen the blow delivered by the otherwise often harsh process that is growing up? In many ways, easy access to technology can be seen as both a blessing and a curse for this young group of digital natives. These days, you’ll often encounter teens having text message conversations or posting status updates while ignoring the very friends they’re present with in the real world. Behavior like this could certainly send a message to the others that they are second priority to whomever else has engaged their friend’s attention. That could easily lead to feelings of being “left out” as reported in this study. And yet, at the same time, it’s this very technology that’s allowing the teens and young adults to feel like they have friends who know them and care about them.The issue is balancing that online life with the one out in the real world. The question as to whether this sort of behavior is healthy is one best left to psychologists to analyze and report, but there’s no doubt that at the very least, it is having an impact. Image credit: flickr user Paulo Fehlauer Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#NYT#social networks#Trends#web sarah perezlast_img read more

6 Slow Motion Cameras You Can Afford

first_imgBring your slow motion game up to speed with this roundup of high frame rate cameras that won’t deplete your life savings.It seems that almost every filmmaker, videographer, and video professional is looking for clean, crisp, and beautiful slow motion footage to use in their projects or throw into their demo reels.And while it always pays to be authentic with your shots and prioritize storytelling over simply going slow-mo for the sake of going slow-mo, it can be a very powerful tool and an excellent shot to include in video projects big and small.Let’s look at some of the latest and greatest high frame rate video cameras for creating the best cinematic slow motion sequences possible.1. GoPro Hero 7While they might not be as popular as they were during the “action cam” craze several years ago, GoPro continues to make quality digital cameras that are both highly functional and durable — plus they’re still one of the most affordable bang-for-your-buck options on the market.For slow motion videography, the GoPro HERO7 Black can push super-slow-mo rates up to 1080p240/200. With regular UHD 4K up to 60fps and 2.7K up to 120 fps, you’d be hard pressed to find better specs on any prosumer camera. And while it might always look the same, the rough-and-tumble design and remote operation capabilities can yield plenty of great slow motion sequences.4K60/50, 2.7K120/100 & 1080p240/20012MP still photos with selectable HDRHyperSmooth video stabilizationDirect livestreaming to Facebook LiveTimeWarp Stabilized Time-Lapse VideoWaterproof to 33′ without a housingVertical portrait mode for social mediaIntuitive, smartphone-like touchscreenFace, smile, and scene detection16-command voice controlPrice: $3492. Sony RX0 IIAnother slow-mo friendly action cam that won’t break the bank is the Sony Cyber-shot RXO II. It offers 120 fps video recording in full HD (and internal UHD 4K at 30 fps to boot). Designed for all manner of action shots, from drones to motorbikes to stationary tripods, with its image stabilization technology you can get fantastic slow motion footage in any situation.15.3MP 1″ Exmor RS Stacked CMOS sensorZEISS Tessar T* 24mm equivalent f/4 lensInternal UHD 4K30 video & S-Log2 gammaHFR mode for slow motion up to 1000 fps1.5″ 230k-dot 180° tilting LCDWater-, dust-, shock-, and crushproofElectronic SteadyShot; clean HDMI outputInterval recording; microphone inputISO 12800 and 16-fps continuous shootingWi-Fi and Bluetooth; multi-camera controlPrice: $6983. Sony RX100 VA step up from the action cam class will be your point-and-shoot options like the Sony RX100 V. A little larger yes, but the RX100 V is still a lightweight pocket-sized option that packs some serious slow motion punch — capable of 960 fps high frame rate recording (4K UHD up to 30fps).The RX100 V comes equipped with 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) lens that would represent a major cinematic upgrade over the action cams above — but perhaps not as much as the higher-end interchangeable lens options to follow.20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensorBIONZ X Image Processor and Front-End LSIInternal UHD 4K video & S-Log2 gammaZeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 lens24-70mm (35mm equivalent)Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 pointsHFR mode for full HD Video up to 960 fps0.39″ 2.36m-Dot OLED pop-up EVF3.0″ 1.23m-Dot 180° tilting LCDISO 12800 and 24 fps continuous shootingPrice: $9984. Sony a6500Another solid Sony offering, the a6500 is a smart and fast APS-C format mirrorless option that captures some very solid 120fps slow-motion footage in 1080p full HD (4K at 30 fps).What’s more, the a6500 also includes Sony’s Slow and Quick (S&Q) motion setting technology, which allows you to capture full HD video at a variety of frame rates, ranging from 1 to 120 fps.24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensorBIONZ X image processorXGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF3.0″ 921.6k-dot tilting touchscreen LCDInternal UHD 4K video & S-Log3 gammaS&Q Motion in full HD from 1-120 fps5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE stabilizationBuilt-on Wi-Fi with NFC4D FOCUS with 425 phase-detect pointsUp to 11 fps shooting and ISO 51200Price: $1,1985. Panasonic GH5sPanasonic’s followup to the original LUMIX GH5, the GH5s, is a bit more powerful — and more expensive, too. The GH5s stands out for slow-motion-seeking filmmakers and videographers with its 7.5x slow-mo recording at 240fps in full HD.The GH5s also offers 4K up to 60fps, which creates possibilities for phenomenal high resolution/high frame rate recording that blows several of the other options on this list out of the water. The micro four-thirds camera is an excellent prosumer camera in its own right for all manner of film and video projects and is widely popular for its high-quality 4K footage, which is strong in low light.10.28MP multi aspect ratio MOS sensorDCI 4K60p and full HD 1080/240p videoInternal 4:2:2 10-bit long GOPV-Log L gamma and HDR hybrid Log gamma0.76x 3.68m-dot OLED viewfinder3.2″ 1.62m-dot free-angle touchscreenDual Native ISO 400 and ISO 2500Dual UHS-II SD Slots; Wi-Fi and BluetoothAdvanced DFD AF system12 fps cont. shooting and 4K PHOTO modesPrice: $2,1986. Sony FS7We’re going to cheat a bit for this last one. But if you’re serious about capturing absolutely stunning slow-motion footage, you may need to look into some of the bigger, more professional, and pricier options. But don’t worry: you can rent many high-end cameras at a reasonable rate.The Sony PXW-FS7 Super 35 Camera System might be the best bang for your buck. After the action cams and point-and-shoot and DSLR/mirrorless cameras, you’ll find your superior cinema cameras, like the FS7, which offer some breathtaking slow-motion specs.The FS7 records up to 180fps (XAVC-I) or 120fps (XAVC-L) and internally up to 60fps in UHD (3480×2160). And we’re talking about some seriously fantastic slow motion with the FS7’s Super 35 sized CMOS sensor, which represents some of the highest-quality footage in its price range.Super 35 sized CMOS sensorSony E-MountDCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 60pUHD up to 60 FPS, HD up to 180 FPS4096 x 2160 via external recorderXAVC-I, XAVC-L, MPEG-2XAVC-I up to 600 Mb/sDual XQD memory card slotsDual HD/3G-SDI and HDMI outputErgonomic handgrip with camera controlsPrice: $6,998.00Rental Price: ~$375/day(This post was originally published on May 17, 2017. We have updated it to reflect changes in the industry.)Cover image by Panasonic.For more slow-motion filmmaking resources, check out some of these articles.Simple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion Video5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Shooting Slow MotionWhat You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a CameraThe Essential Guide to Finding Deals on Video Production GearDo You Need to Own a Professional Cinema Camera?last_img read more

Vanguardia hopes Phelp’s return helps them get over playoff hump

first_imgRather than be down, the soft-spoken mentor has every reason to feel optimistic as he expects Eugene Phelps to return for another tour of duty for the Fuel Masters in the upcoming 2017 Governors’ Cup.“Hopefully, with Eugene Phelps helping us next conference, he can help us get that first playoff win which is very elusive,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoenix has made it to three straight playoffs after missing the boat in its first conference when it entered the league last season. Unfortunately, it met famed foes in all of those tries and quickly bid its title hopes goodbye.That fact isn’t lost on the mentor. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pumaren, Cone surprised to get techs for trying to pacify Tenorio, Romeo View comments LATEST STORIES Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia quickly shrugged off his disappointment after the Fuel Masters suffered another quarterfinal exit, this time at the hands of San Miguel, 115-96, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT But this time, the man Vanguardia fondly calls “El Destructor” will once again be in the country for the long haul.“He’s lock and loaded,” he said. “He has already signed with us and is committed with us.”Phelps saw action for only a game this past conference, recording 53 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks in Phoenix’s conference-opening 118-116 double-overtime victory over Blackwater.With Phelps in tow, Vanguardia believes that the high-scoring import is the cure to the Fuel Masters’ succession of futility.“We’re staying positive. We got to get over that hump and hopefully by next conference we get that first playoff win for Phoenix,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more