How do you feel about a short film contest?  With most of the recent DSLRs featuring HD video capabilities Canon decided to sponsor a short film contest with the winners being awarded a new Canon 5d Mark II and Canon 7d.  The theme is "Story Beyond The Still" which I'm sure is a story most of us have to share.  Check it out here. 

While we're on the subject of video, and with HD video cameras becoming the rule rather than the exception it's only natural that we'll see bigger and faster flash memory cards becoming available. Silicon Power announces its 128gb 400x CF card that can write data at speeds exceeding 90mbps which is extremely fast.  They also come in 8gb, 16gb, 32gb, and 64gb capacities.  They're pricey but they come with a lifetime warranty.  Read about it here.  

I've been asked a few times recently to talk about the most recent issues concerning flying with camera gear.  With the Christmas Bomber trying to blow up his underwear and a plane full of people with him, you can bet the TSA will be inventing new and useless ways to hassle flyers going through security.  The problem is I haven't flown in the last 2-3 months and I don't have any first hand knowledge.  However, there is an excellent article on flying with camera gear over on the Luminous Landscape and it's worth a good look.  You can read it here.   

I really got a lot out of this review of the Canon EOS 7d.  Imaging Resource has their own unique review methodology which I very much enjoy.  If you're at all interested in the top contender in the consumer DSLR market give this review a read here.

Photographing teen girls playing soccer for sexual gratification.  These are the charges Paul Clark Jr. was arrested on this week.  After arresting him on nothing more than their suspicions, and then finding images showing from the knee to neck, the police came to the conclusion this was a sexual predator and searched his home seizing his computer and media storage devices.  I've heard of this happening in the U.K., but it really worries me that this just happened in Texas. There are all kinds of red flags being raised in this one.  Read about it here.

"Lynching Photography in America."  There isn't a lot more I want to say about this one.  It's disturbing to me that people would be lynched, and disturbing that people want to see pictures of it.  However, if you want to know more you can read about it here.