Lomography Society look to Kickstarter to revive Victorian lens

Petzval58_mood01Rejoicing in the 175 year anniversary of Joseph Petzval’s first lens, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is a continuation of the legacy that began in 1840.

I recently posted about the gorgeous new Petzval 85 lens from the Lomography Society and they’ve just sent an electronic telegram about a new lens that they’re setting up a Kickstarter campaign for.

Based on the technology used to renew the Petzval 85, the Petzval 58 is a 58mm focal length Bokeh Control Art lens. For those that are unfamiliar with bokeh, it’s Japanese for “blur” and is used to describe the out of focus backgrounds of photographs. The better the lens, the “rounder” the blurred street lights, for example.

The Bokeh Control lens, you can swirl the bokeh to create artistic effects in the lens. The 58 lens has a new control ring to allow you to judge how much of the swirl you include in the shot. Have a read of the Press Release below for more information. Continue reading “Lomography Society look to Kickstarter to revive Victorian lens”

Steampunk leg wearer is told she “should be ashamed”

A lady in Nova Scotia received a note on her car saying she “should be ashamed” of parking in a disabled parking spot because she had been seen and filmed walking normally from her car. What the person who wrote the note didn’t know was that Natasha Hope-Simpson was in fact wearing a prosthetic leg after she’d lost hers in a hit and run incident. In an interview with CBC, Natasha explained how she normally parked in an easy access spot but it wasn’t always available. She has an Accessible Parking Permit hanging in her window, but that didn’t stop … Continue reading Steampunk leg wearer is told she “should be ashamed”

Poll: What music genre captures the spirit of steampunk?

If I was to ask what band or artist was the most steampunk, we’d be here all day. I also saw an article recently that told us Electro Swing was the music choice for steampunk. I’m not entirely sure where that came from, so I thought I’d put it to you. Therefore, I’m curious to find out what type of music you think captures the spirit of steampunk. Related articles Steampunk model gets trouble for not being steampunk enough Continue reading Poll: What music genre captures the spirit of steampunk?

Steampunk Style book review

Steampunk Style book cover
Front cover of Steampunk Style

Steampunk Style: Introduction
If you’re like me and haven’t got a clue where to start when it comes to building new, exciting instruments and contraptions, you’re more than likely going to be interested in having a nose through a book such as Steampunk Style. It’s a glossy, soft-back illustrated reference book aimed at guiding you through the construction of simple steampunk watches to full body armour. Steampunk Style is priced at £16.95. Continue reading “Steampunk Style book review”

Steampunk Couture

Company Spotlight

Steampunk Couture
Copyright Kato at Steampunk Couture

Steampunk Couture is one of a number of businesses owned by Kato – a Welsh girl now living in the Portland, Oregon in the USA . In 2005, Kato set up Steampunk Couture in Wales but by 2007 she had moved to America. Steampunk Couture has the honour of being the first steampunk clothing company in the known World. Continue reading “Steampunk Couture”