Sunday, February 22, 2015

Great News: Prints available!

Do you want to take memories together with you?
Do you want promoting - items with your logo or firma?
Do you want an exclusive memory of your show or event?

All pictures taken by the author of this blog
(C) Maria Layla Barkat are
now available for exclusive:
A) Photobooks: 
  1. Premium Photobook
  2. Large Photobook
  3. Medium Photobook
  4. Small Photobook
  5. Mini Photobook

B) Calendars/ Agendas: 
  1. Wall Calendar A3/A4
  2. Luxury Calendar (A3)
  3. Double Calendar (A3)
  4. Square Calendar
  5. Kitchen Slim Calendar
  6. Family Calendar
  7. Desk Luxury Calendar
  8. Desk Simple Calendar
  9. Collage Calendar
  10. Luxury Agenda
  11. Medium Agenda
  12. Pocket Agenda
C) Wall Decoration:
  1. Poster
  2. Collage Poster 
  3. Premium Poster
  4. Framed Poster
  5. Lamina Poster
  6. American Canvas
  7. Simple Canvas
  8. Collage Canvas
  9. Alluminium Square
  10. Plexiglass Square
  11. Forex Square
D) Prints
  1. Simple Prints (various sizes)
  2. Collage
  3. Premium Poster 
E) Cards:
  1. Customizable Cards
  2. Post Cards
  3. Visiting Cards
  4. Photo Workbooks
F) Photo Mugs:
  1. Photo Mug
  2. Magic Mug
  3. Black Mug
  4. Espresso (little cup)
  5. Photo Tray
  6. Table Set
  7. Glass Mat
G) Fun Stuff:
  1. Smartphone Covers (iPad, iPhone 3,4,5,6/Samsung S2, S3, S4)
  2. Key- Rings
  3. Accessories /Déco
  4. Mause Pad
  5. Magnets
  6. Pillows
  7. Photo Puzzle
  8. Teddy- Bear
  9. Snow ball
  10. Mini Stickers
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  2. Home Textiles
  3. Wallets
  4. Plexiglass Prism
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  6. Charms
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Shayna Steele Group - 14.02.15

Brian Cockerham: Bass

Ross Pederson: Drums.

Jeremy Most: Guitar.
The Band.

David Cook: Piano.

Shayna Steele: Vocalist.
All pictures taken by me.
(C) Maria Layla Barkat Fashion! - Acne Paris Resort 2015.

Beyoncé wearing Acne Studios Resort 2015
Beyoncé Knowles wearing Acne Studios Saxe black contrast leather jacket from the Resort 2015 collection while attending Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life, An All-Star Grammy Salute at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on the 10th of February 2015.Saxe black contrast leather jacket is available on and in Acne Studios stores from now. 

 Images courtesy of Lester Cohen.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nikon D810A !!! - Interstellar DSLR

Digital SLR Camera D810A

February 10, 2015

Nikon's first ultra high-definition model designed exclusively for astrophotography for capture of vivid reds in photos of nebulae that emit H-alpha light

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D810A, a Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera designed exclusively for full-scale astrophotography*.
The D810A is an ultra high-definition model that boasts the best image quality in the history of Nikon digital SLR cameras with an effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels, a Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 4. It makes the most of the incredible rendering capabilities of the D810, while utilizing an optical filter adopted to enable beautiful reproduction of vivid reds in images of nebulae that emit H-alpha light , something very difficult with run-of-the-mill digital SLR cameras. The optical filter on the front surface of the image sensor is capable of four times greater transmission of H-alpha light than is that used with the D810. This enables clear and vivid reproduction of the strong red H-alpha light emitted by nebulae and galaxies.
D810A specifications have also been modified from those of the D810 to make astrophotography easier and more enjoyable. Modifications include the addition of a long-exposure manual (M*) mode that supports exposure times up to 900 s, and a live view preview function that makes focusing and composing images easier with display of a preview at a shutter speed of 30 s when an exposure time longer than 30 s is specified.
In addition, the D810A has inherited a number of functions from the D810 that are convenient for astrophotography, including the ability to enlarge the view through the lens displayed in the camera monitor during live view up to approximately 23x to facilitate accurate focusing, an electronic front-curtain shutter that thoroughly suppresses mechanical shake, and a continuous shooting function with no limit on the number of shots possible for creating beautiful star trails (apparent motion of stars around the Earth).
What's more, the use of genuine NIKKOR lenses with the D810A maximizes the camera's resolving power made possible with the high effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels for enjoyable shooting that even lovers of astronomical photos will find more satisfying.
  • *The D810A is a digital SLR camera designed exclusively for astrophotography. When shooting under light sources with a significant amount of near-infrared wavelengths, or capturing common subjects exhibiting high reflectance at near-infrared wavelengths, resulting images may exhibit an unusually red cast. Because an appropriate color reproduction cannot be obtained, this model is not recommended for general photography.

D810A Primary Features

  1. Equipped with an optical filter designed for astrophotography for capture of the vivid reds of nebulae that emit H-alpha light As common digital SLR cameras are designed with consideration of portrait and landscape photography, the transmission of light nearing the red range of visible light is suppressed for optimal reproduction of colors in those types of scenes. Therefore, images of nebulae and galaxies that emit H-alpha light often appear pale when captured with these cameras. In response to this issue, the optical filter (IR-cut filter), positioned on the front surface of the image sensor, adopted for the D810A has been modified with revision of transmission characteristics for four times greater transmission of H-alpha light than that used with the D810. This enables astrophotography with clear reproduction of the vivid reds emitted by nebulae and galaxies.
  2. Offers smooth and enjoyable shooting with new functions specialized for astrophotography Long-exposure manual (M*) mode that supports shutter speeds as slow as 900 s
    In addition to the usual P, S, A, and M exposure modes, the D810A is equipped with a new long-exposure manual (M*) mode. The shutter speeds available in long-exposure manual mode differ from those available in normal M mode in that the 100-shot limit with continuous shooting is eliminated with exposure times of 4 s or longer. Users can select a shutter speed of 4, 5 ,8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600, 900 s, or Bulb or Time, all of which support an unlimited number of shots with continuous shooting. Because the selected shutter speed represents the actual exposure time, calculation of total exposure time is simple, making this mode especially convenient for creating composite images using a lighten blending mode.
    Viewfinder display that considers nighttime photography
    Information necessary with shooting is displayed in the viewfinder so that images can be framed without taking your eye off the subject. In addition to shutter speed and aperture settings, a virtual horizon, which is always illuminated in red when enabled, can be displayed to help keep the camera level. Features like this allow the user to focus on shooting.
    A live view preview function that makes focusing and composing images easier with display of a preview at a shutter speed of 30 s when exposure time is longer than 30 s
    When exposure times longer than 30 s common with astrophotography are specified, a preview at a shutter speed of 30 s is shown in the live view display (preview exposure is not the same as that of the actual image). What's more, just as with the D810, the live view display can be enlarged up to 23x, making precise focusing easier.
  3. The best image quality in the history of Nikon digital SLR cameras for incredibly sharp astrophotography The D810A offers the same effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels and Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter as the D810. The best image quality in Nikon digital SLR camera history combined with the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 4, achieves sharp and vivid colors, as well as rich tones that render the nuances of delicate and smooth shading in three dimensions. The D810A also supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 200 to ISO 12800, with additional reduction as low as the equivalent of ISO 100 (Lo 1) and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 51200 (Hi 2). A broad dynamic range is preserved at each sensitivity setting, and noise is effectively suppressed and the detail possible with the effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels is demonstrated even when high sensitivities or long exposures are applied for shooting subjects exhibiting little contrast.
  4. Features convenient for astrophotography inherited from the D810
    • An electronic front-curtain shutter that effectively suppresses internal mechanical shake that can be troublesome with astrophotography, especially when photographing the surface of the moon
    • When a shutter speed of 4 s or longer is specified, the number of shots possible with continuous shooting is limited only by memory card capacity and battery charge. As images can be captured in rapid succession, photos that can be used to create composite images of smooth star trails can be taken.
    • The superior performance of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15 reliably supports astrophotography with shooting of many photos over an extended period of time. A power-saving design has been adopted, enabling capture of up to 3,860 still images with a fully charged battery.*
      • *When the built-in flash is not used, and images are not viewed immediately after capture.
    • Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System that includes the Clean Image Sensor function, which vibrates the optical filter at various frequencies to remove dust and foreign matter that may have adhered to it
  5. A rich variety of accessories that support creative astrophotography
    • The Remote Cord MC-36A (sold separately) can be used to apply interval timer and long time-exposure settings, and is especially effective with continuous shooting with exposure times of 4 s or longer.
    • The Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D12 (sold separately) enables capture of up to approximately 10,660 still images*
      • *When one EN-EL15 is inserted in the D810A, and one EN-EL18a is inserted in the MB-D12. When the built-in flash is not used, and images are not viewed immediately after capture.
    • The GPS Unit GP-1A (sold separately) records the latitude, longitude, and altitude at which photos were taken, as well as the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC; the primary standard by which the world regulates clocks and time) at which they were taken, as Exif data embedded in images
    • The new Picture Control system is supported, and the Capture NX-D software application (free download) can be used to process and adjust RAW images for full-scale photofinishing with simple operation

  • Specifications, design, product name and supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacture.
  • Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacture.

© 2015 Nikon Corporation

Tuesday, February 10, 2015




February 10, 2015

As the countdown clock ticks down, all the world’s eyes
are focused on Baselworld 2015 – the annual highlight

for the sector, the show that provides the inspiration for

the watch and jewelery industry.

From 19 to 26 March, 2015, the world’s attention will

focus on Basel as more than 150,000 attendees and

4,000 press representatives from everywhere converge

on this city to experience the innovations and creations

that will set the trends for the coming year.



The undisputedly most important marketplace and

trendsetting event for the world’s watch and jewellery

industry, Baselworld brings together the biggest and most

prestigious brands in the world, emerging design talent, the

finest retailers and the global press.

Every year, 1,500 brands from 40 countries choose

Baselworld as the main platform to showcase their

innovations, creations and latest collections in spectacularly

designed multi-storey pavilions on 141,000m2.

But Baselworld goes beyond the world of watches and

jewellery as it is also the leading global event for diamonds,

gemstones and pearl merchants as well as machinery and

other suppliers to the industry.

The famous London Jewelers from the USA have been

 visiting Baselworld for over 30 years because it is the

foremost show in the world for the presentation of the latest

watch and jewellery collections.

“Attending Baselworld is a number one priority for our team,”

say Mark Udell, CEO, and Candy Udell, President, of London

 Jewelers, because that’s where “we always discover the

latest collections available which we can then present to our

discerning clientele back home.”

In their opinion, “it is important to be one step ahead and

 Baselworld makes this possible.”



The newsworthiness of Baselworld is no better established

than by the fact that more than 4000 of the world’s financial

 press, major dailies, lifestyle publications, all of the trade

press and biggest TV channels descend every year to cover

the show and provide millions around the globe access to the

 trendsetting creations and innovations that are shown

exclusively at Baselworld.

Everyone from magazine editors seeking to discover

cutting-edge trends and innovative designs

to bloggers who deliver up-to-date editorials

to consumers in every corner of the planet,

they all contribute to creating an unrivalled global

impact and underlining the show’s premier

position for the watch and jewellery industry.

FROM 19 - 26 MARCH 2015.
Press ContactLoraine Stantzos
Picture material for Baselworld is available to download free

 of charge at: