Sony Flagship a900 DSLR to Run Under $2000?

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So I just talked to a Sony Rep that comes into my store ( I work for Best Buy) and I was asking him about the a900. He told me that the company had sent out preliminary pricing on the a900 about a month ago to the reps. He said its not nailed down yet but that they are aiming at the sub-$2000 market. Which would put it at less than half the price of the least expensive full frame camera available now (canon 5d @ $3000). Im not sure what to make of this or if I should believe this.....

Via [Dp review Forum]

If the rumour is true Sont Alpah A900 would the cheapest full frame DSLR ever, it would be even then the semi-pro eauipemnet then Sony is willing to stand in front of the giants in the heart of the digital imagery field.


Master piece of the Day: Baby and Mother

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A sample from the UNICEF collection "children of Africa" by [Giacomo Pirozzi]


A platventre

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A plat ventre (French: lied in the ground) is a French photography experience started by a bunch of enthusiast young people, the idea is pretty simple get in the ground like a dead in the middle on an unexpected place / situation, in a middle of a crowd or next to monument such the Louvre or even in a groovy party, the first reaction is that you forget about the scene and the people around for a moment before focusing back to what's around all classified into 8 sections, a wonderland of the back body portrait.

Since I saw the site the idea of a photo experimentation is haunting me but it would be much weird to be practical here in Tunisia.

Go there and give a look [A plat Ventre]


Master piece of the Day: The kid on the stairs

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An excellent black and white by [Zied]


The arts Spring of Al Marsa

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For two weeks starting May 23th, Al Marsa (A Tunis suburb)would be totally busy with arts: a lot of exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography especially open for amateurs showing up their skills, a challenge is in the middle of the event, in fact last year's photography winner was Zied a close friend and an extremely talented photography who survived a film photography experience with a devil's eye. The deadline for sending the works is over and I may be doing something next year, I'm wiling to get there myself and take a look around.

A pre-selection is already available including a lot people I know:

Téja Guiza
Image de Tunisie II
Emna Chaabouni Profil
Harmel-Mezhoud Fethia
Trabelsi Faten
Evasion 2
Ben Soltane Mohamed
Location gratuite d’espace
Souissi Douraîd
Sans titre I
Sans titre II
Paatto Megdiche Jacqueline Fatima
Ben Saîd Amira Le Printemps
Les barques
Fakhfakh Yassine Damier
Equilibre Selon…
Chelbi Mondher Fernand
Ben Naouar Lobna Mosquée
Ellouze Yassine Filles
Bahri Imen Les couleurs de la vie
Ma Richesse
Shili Leîla Nature Morte
Sans Titre
Khrouf Kchaou Aîda Concept
Azaîez Khedija Café Expresse 1
Guiga Nebiha Soleil des moissons
Composition en violet
Ben Othman Med. El Hedi Impressions D’Afrique
Medini Mohamed Femme à la contrebasse
Mehiri Mounir L’arbre comme je le vois I
L’arbre comme je le vois II
Bennani Ines Sans Titre I
Sans Titre I
Soumer Henda Bécassine
Ben Jemaa Moncef Regard
Mosbah Chiraz Sans domicile fixe
Lueur Errante
Mahjoub Alia
La Lumière
Bouafif Jamila Nature Morte (Oignon)
Dziri Anis L’artiste
Sami Hedia Interruption
Yoann Cimier
Hosni Noura Théière
Feuille géante
Slim Zahra Désir Elle
Consommation télévisée
Bouzdira Hazar Vision
Ben Ayed Maya Entre les lignes I
Entre les lignes II
Gmach Nasri Takrouna
Chouchène Afifa
Un mot dans le vent
Mot libre
Labat Henri Black Mona
Sidommou Imed Sabbat
Chemin Obscure
Skik Rabaa Quarantaine
Saadi Tharouet Cadence
Ferchichi Miriam Danse contact
Lignes radioactives

Take a lokk at [Mars Arts(French)]

And thanks to Jeune Tunisiene to let me know.


Master piece of the Day: Djerba Lighthouse

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A lighthouse in Djerba by [Eric Rousset]


Tunisian around the world Photolog

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Photoblog des Tounisiens autour du monde stands for the French of Tunisians around the world photoblog is community workout started by Safone back in august 2007 in a move to gather the most of the photos taken by Tunisians around the world most of them locally and a the rest around the world, the photolog is gathering more than 30 bloggers and a hundreds of photos going from simple travel shots to professional artworks. The community is getting bigger and bigger and they do have the own Facebook group. Honestly I like the idea of having one place gatheri9ng all those photos but I did get disappointed by the quality and the disorder of the content, I would like to advice the guys to work on a little bit to brush up the design, put the credits of the photographers, give a little description of the photos and have rotating themes. Anyway I'm just glad to see such a work and give an applause to the contributors and hope the them good luck and more success.


Master piece of the Day: Old men in Bizerte

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Watching life pass by, Bizerte by [Nacho Hernandez]


Taking photos in Tunisia

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Last Saturday night, riding the empty metro with some jerk friends nd taking some memorial photos (refer to my photolog) when suddenly a security customer (usually assigned to the metro through the hottest nights with increasing violence in Saturdays and beyond the midnights service) get out the driver booth and told me :"taking photos in the train is prohibited !! give me your camera !", so my reaction was a big exclamation, my friends stood up and I told him that we were taking self photos, as he smelt the breeze of alcohol he gave up his fury.

The point is every time I tried to take a photo some guy usually the security forces, or even a simple employee, shows up and ask me to stop taking photos, as if I were shooting a nuclear plant or his daughter naked, damn world ! how can I practice photographing if everywhere my cam becomes a spy's gadget ?

As locals taking photos of the market, people, the little wood next to your city around is always are not welcome : they will ask you to stop, or who you are ? or in some extreme cases :"show me you ID !", ans so on, even I have developed many techniques of camouflage such as holding the cam in my hand and press the trigger, or try to find a hideout where nobody would notice me, or just talk with the people around creating some kind of friendship that leads to a unlimited photographing license, sometimes I have even paid to take shots.

Despite, If you're a tourist to a resident foreigner (or just look like), you'll just get smiles everywhere and take photos as free as a you were shooting your personnel garden, the police, or the people around won't disturb your open photo workshop : God Bless Tourism !

I don't understand this exaggerated awareness about the camera, or is it just about the media ? thus that most of the Tunisian think that all local photographers are working certainly for a newspaper, and their rear is justified as the press has been publishing unauthorized photos of many people without any permission for decades (the law has been fixed a few years ago), and all those photographers were pretending to be just making photos for joy or as souvenirs !

But the point is that Tunisian don't really understand photography, except wedding or ID portrait, here in this country we don't trust a man with a Camera, just because we don't know him or we haven't asked for his services, we don't see the photos with art issues as they could harm our life making us uncovered.

It's in the late years with the increasing popularity of the digital photography, that usual people shoot in the open air and that people are accepting those devices becoming a usual tool to memorize warm moments or just for fun, led by the outnumbering of the cell phones with camera, the freak is still on, but it's getting less expressed to avoid getting damned as a retarded and primate person.

For the police two main reasons are making photography a real state enemy:
First, as those toys cam make videos, they have lately a useful tool to many people who started a propaganda videos, sex scenes or event took shocking videos who instantly spread over the web. Two stories are making sense to this : Two high school teacher shoot their self while making love, and the other is about a dancing policeman.
Secondly, the terrorism threat is making our national security more aware of ... everybody, yes me and you and the guy pissing on the wall, as I've said before, we have no thought about art coming through photos, if you're making a photo of the metro, you're certainly getting ready to blow it, if you have take photos of an office, you'll certainly come by night and steal its precious documents and if it's not you, you'll certainly send it to someone else, if ever you have no intention to any of those terrifying actions, someone in the web will use you photos as a material to harm our beloved republic. In one word, we don't need your photos you can still make peaceful pencil drawings in a paper.

I have asked to colleagues graduated in law to find to make research and find me all about photography in the Tunisian law, the output will be published as soon as possible, and then I'll get rid or may be of all this stupid behavior.

Finally, I just want to say , that I want make photos for fun, I don't want to get nagged by a dirty bastard every time I tried to make an artistic photo,I don't want to harm none, and I'd like to hear from your experiences and how do you faces such problems.

This is just a republish of an article I did write 2 years ago, since that things haven't changed a lot.


Master piece of the Day: 103 peugeot in Bizerte old Harbor

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A splendid shot as much as full portfolio in Tunisia by [Darek Lezandowski]


Wonderland : Children drawing illustrated

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Yeondoo Junf a Korean photographer tracking down all the time more exciting and relevant experience have a very spooky project based on children drawings that he have been able to turn into photos, a marvelous artwork.

The project was featuring a number of children drawing brought to life caring for the details, you know that kind of drawing: blue sky, shinning sun and grass, it's obliviously basic drawing that can make the most complicated task to make them real.

Take a look at [Wonderland 2005]


Master piece of the Day: Shadow man

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A lied nab under a tree shadow in Carthage by [Neil Rough]


FotoArabia, Arab Stock Photography & Image Service

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FotoArabia is a new Arab stock photography service dedicated to the Arab community of photographers and artists; that was just launched a few days ago from Kuwait.

The service aims to provide an online place for Arab photographers and artists around the world to submit their high-quality material and put it up for sale. On the other hand, FotoArabia will work on attracting interested buyers from the photo and graphic design market segments from around the world; such as newspapers, magazines, web publishers, and others to search for and buy photographs, illustrations and other artistic material through the website.

Buyers can purchase Download Credits from the FotoArabia store, with credits starting as low as $1 each, with a minimum purchase of $13; these credits are valid for one full year from the date of purchase and become less expensive when bought in bulk. Buyers can use these credits to download images for 1, 3, 5, or 10 credits, for x-small, small, medium, and large files respectively. Even larger resolution images are available, for 15 and 20 credits and video clips are available for 10 to 50 credits.

All uploaded files are inspected for quality and legal integrity before becoming available for sale; and the revenue generated from the sales is divided between the contributor and FotoArabia.

Via [Startup Arabia]


Master piece of the Day: Chott El Jerid WC

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In the middle of nowhere, a famous and known couple of WC stand sin the heat of the Chot Jerid lagoon by [Alain Badoual]


Slim Gomri's Expo : The inside out of the shapes

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The macro is a typical and mysterious discipline charming more than the photo lover and that's where Slim's last works comes to show. a set of macro shots of traditional poetry and jewelery renovating the old and giving a modern view to things thoughts to be classical forever.

Even if I saw some technical faults in some shots, the exposition was excellent and worth going to, beside that it's just in time with the month of patrimony in fact one of the photos was chosen to stand in the next patrimony banner.

Take a look at [Slim Photos]


Pool guy

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Tunisia, Summer 2006 by [David]


Manfred Ehrich & Claude Perez photo exposition

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As announced below, the Photo exposition gathering Manfred Ehrich & Claude Perez took start yesterday in El Teatro in the fever of the year of photo and I got you one word: Go there! have a look a splenedid set of works, amazing discoveryt of a ripped off art and magic:

- Manfred Ehrich works are a set of black and white composed in a dark room giving birth to harmonious shapes.

- Claude Perez is about photojournalism or documentary photo: a set of very old and rare takes all over the country with Jewish signature from Djerba, the best three photos he got were black and white portrait of the former president Bourguiba as my friend commented: "The godfather" that's how they looked like.

The hall is fulled with more than 200 photos (350 TND each) and the photographers themselves are there, such rare opportunity is worth some walk downtown, don't miss this exhibit.


Master piece of the Day: Djerba Synagoge

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The R. Hizkia Synagogue, Djerba, Tunisia 1995 by [Micha Bar-Am]


Photo Exposition : Tuniversality

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WHO ARE WE? A group of childhood friends from Mutuelleville (Tunis Tunisia), who lost contact due to various events: studies, moving over and other, but who finally reunited and are working on constructing together a project that will promote the contribution of each of them in his specific artistic domain. Our common point is to be Tunisians.

The Exhibit will be opened next Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 6:00pm in Tahar Haddad Club inside the old Media gathering a group of amateurs with a surprising talent.

Take a look at [Tuniversality in Mysapce]
Their Group [In Facebook]


Master piece of the Day: Tunisian spices

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By [Jacky Cooney]


New York Photo Festival : The future of comtemporary photography

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The inaugural New York Photo Festival (May 14–May 18, 2008) promises to deliver a dynamic, high-quality event in what is arguably the photographic capital of the world. The festival will celebrate both contemporary photography and the creative, inspirational talents of the people who produce this work.

This event was created by Frank Evers(VII Photo agency) Daniel Power (Powehouse) and stands as the best US photo conquest featuring a bunch of professional photographers, unfortunately I didn't any Tunisians or Arabs there.

More at [NYPF08]


Master piece of the Day: Smiling Schoolgirl in Sousse

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By [Wilmar]


Passion d'images: Manfred Ehrich & Claude Perez

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El Teatro is featuring a series of Photography exhibits this year as the main texture of the moment indeed this exposition comes in times after a little break,Manfred Ehrich & Claude Perez are showing up their works Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 6:00pm in El Teatro for a week. Be there and share the art with among others fanatics.