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Nikon Z7 Louis Vuitton LV Edition

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This Nikon Z7 Louis Vuitton edition may look official, but it's actually just a fan creation by photographer Boonlert Rojanaboworn, the operator of Nikon Club Thailand. According to its creator, this 24K gold camera, limited to 7-units worldwide, would probably be wrapped in soft albino buckskin and then covered with the famous LV monogram. Continue reading for pictures of real special edition Nikon cameras and more information.

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DIY Camera Periscope

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Alex of the YouTube channel "I Did a Thing" recently uploaded a video showing how you can make a DIY periscope to film underwater with just about any camera for a mere $10. The main components you'll need are a PVC pipe, PVC elbow joint, a sheet of glass from picture frame, and a bargain store mirror. Simply attach the glass to serve as an underwater window, attach the mirror at a 45° to one end of the PVC pipe, glue everything together, and you're ready to shoot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept

Unveiled this week at the Hannover Motor Show, Nissan's Navara Dark Sky Concept is based on the production Navara pickup and features a custom trailer housing an ultra-high-power PlaneWave telescope. Other features include: a light bar, special red lighting to lower light pollution around the telescope for better viewing, and an upgraded Nissan ProPilot Assist system for improved off-road performance that enables it to scan surrounding terrain for an ideal trailer parking spot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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GoPro Hero 7 Black

The GoPro HERO7 Black has officially been unveiled, and for those who have always wanted more social features in an action camera, you're in luck. With HyperSmooth stabilization, users get gimbal quality video, without the gimbal, while a new intelligent photo mode delivers brilliant images automatically. Fire up the GoPro app, and live streaming lets you share every moment as you live it. A new SuperPhoto mode intelligently applies HDR, local tone mapping or noise reduction to optimize your shots. Product page. Continue reading for two more videos, hands-on pictures and additional information.

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iPhone Xs Photos

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Travel photographer Austin Mann managed to get his hands on the iPhone Xs a few days before the units arrive at the Apple Store, and decided to take it on a trip to Zanzibar to see just how good the new camera system is. Just to recap, both the iPhone Xs and Xs Max sport 12MP dual rear cameras and a 7MP TrueDepth front camera capable of shooting 4K video as well as Smart HDR photos. Continue reading for more photo samples.

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Funniest Wildlife Photos

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It's that time again, time to announce The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists. This year, the judges have already received 2000 entries, and picked out 41 finalists. Best of all, anyone can enter, as the split is currently 30% professional and 70% amateur entries. "Our strong belief here at Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is that the smallest thing can help conservation. By following Born Free on social media you have made one positive step. By supporting them financially you make another big step. By sharing our posts, by buying the book, by keeping the conversation going...all these things help raise the issues of conservation," said co-founder Tom Sullum. Continue reading for more pictures.

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First McDonalds Moscow

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On January 31, 1990, the first Soviet McDonald's opened in Moscow. At the time, it was the world's largest McDonald's, but one things you may not know is that all the McDonald's restaurants in all of the former Soviet Union are wholly owned by McDonald's Canada with no input from the US parent company. To overcome Soviet supply problems, the company creates its own supply chain, including farms, within the USSR. Unlike other foreign investments, the restaurant accepts rubles, not dollars, and is extremely popular, with waiting lines of several hours common in its early days. Continue reading for more pictures from its opening day.

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NVIDIA Image Restoration AI

Researchers at NVIDIA, Aalto University, and MIT, have developed a deep-learning AI that can fix photos by just looking at examples of corrupted photos only, or in this case grainy images. Simply put, a neural network is shown example pairs of noisy and clean images, and then the AI learns how to make up the difference. Utilizing NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs with the cuDNN-accelerated TensorFlow deep learning framework, the team trained their system on 50,000 images in the ImageNet validation set. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Hurricane Florence

Despite being downgraded to a Category 2 storm, Hurricane Florence, is still expected to bring catastrophic flooding to the Southeast and may dump as much as 40-inches of rain in North Carolina alone. The National Weather Service office in Newport, North Carolina, warned that the rainfall could be historic and the flooding unprecedented. These fascinating images from space show Florence from above. Continue reading for a bonus video, more pictures and information.

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Largest Camera 1900

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This behemoth was the world's largest camera way back in 1900, and it was designed specifically for capturing the largest photo in the world of "The Alton Limited," which was nicknamed the "handsomest train in the world." Simply put, it would snap a single photo on a massive 8 x 4.5-foot plate. This gigantic camera took approximately 2.5-months to complete, sporting a natural cherry wood body, a small track with two focusing screens, and a curtain plate holder. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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