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CGI: Virtual Photography

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The Solution Center for Computer-Generated Imaging presents the latest in image design technology and offers professional users an introduction to this technology's changing workflow models.

To attract a bigger crowd, the booth included a (non-CGI) car in a light-stage sort-of sphere. It was good to see that my dome was not the only dome that was a bit wonky ;-)

Last visitors of the dome theater

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These two visitors of the IVRPA were the last two to experience the dome theater at the booth. After they left, the dome was turned off, and later dismantled. It was not easy to turn off the projection, after all the energy I had put into getting the dome up and running (twice!).

The panorama shown is 'A Paradise Called Caramoan' by Rommel Bundalian

Relaxing after Photokina

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Laas Tietje
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After a busy day at the Photokina have a break, nice food n beer in the old center of Köln i had to use my new carbon tripod. Couldn´d resist...

Sony City scene

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Michael Stoss
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Sony's Photokina booth was not alone outstanding because of presenting the new Alpha 900 DSLR alone. I loved the scenes in between the different sections, presenting lots of motives for creative imaging.

In stereo, where available

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A small number of large format anaglyph stereographic prints were on display as part of the Visual Gallery. There's no two ways round this; people look weird with those glasses on...

Checking out the newest model

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Sony had the 24 megapixel full frame Alpha 900 on display. It looks like quite a camera, and it attracted quite a crowd.

Getting noticed at Slik

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I use a 15 year old tripod manufactured by Slik. I though I'ld drop by and proudly show them my slightly worn, slightly modified tripod. Oddly, they found my shaved Tokina 10-17mm much more interesting, and insisted on taking a picture of it.

Trying lenses at Sigma

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Sigma had a huge booth, though most of it was a closed-off business lounge. They did give photographers the opportunity to try out most of their lenses. I managed to 'steal' a pen here...

Photobuch XXL

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Like Hans said before, one of the biggest growing markets currently seems to be photobooks. There were lots of photobooks at Photokina, but this one was without a doubt the biggest one.

Photobuch XXL was a sponsorproject for the 'Wir helfen' association, which supports local charities and projects in Cologne.

Lomo welcomes Flickr

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The hard-to-miss LOMO lounge in one of the hallways was the home of the Flickr presence at Photokina on saturday. Unfortunately I was just too late for the final presentation of the day, but at least that meant I could get one of the nice Flickr-themed chocolate muffins. For the record: I only took a blue one, only half the logo...