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World’s Fastest Tripod: Lumapod Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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The world’s first tripod for smartphone, GoPro, Mirrorless and DSLR cameras, designed for speed and ultra-portability. Never leave your tripod behind again. (PRNewsfoto/Lumapod)
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This ultra-compact tripod sets up in only four seconds

  • Already raised more than $ 400,000 on Kickstarter, 100% funded in 90 minutes.
  • Quick, smooth set-up takes only four seconds.
  • Ultra-compact design allows to have it always in your bag.
  • 2 optimized models: 85cm (weighs 400g) and 120cm (weighs 690g).

Lumapod, a dynamic camera gear start-up based in Austria, has announced an ultra-compact travel tripod, which sets up in only four seconds. With the launch of a Kickstarter campaign they bring its patented technology to amateur and professional photographers around the world.

Lumapod’s two tripods have three modes which allow amateur and professional photographers to choose the best option for their needs. Its 85-centimeter model and 120-centimeter model can each become a tripod, monopod, or selfie pole. All of the models and modes are usable for smartphones, GoPro, Mirrorless, DSLR, and more.

“At Lumapod, we have developed the fastest and most compact tripod in the world,” said Lumapod co-founder and designer Martin Grabner. “Our patented tensioning technology means any photographer can set up a professional-quality tripod in four seconds – and still carry that same tripod in their day pack. Whether you’re an international traveler, the family photographer, or a professional who requires speed and compactness, Lumapod can fit your needs.”

This compact and speedy solution for photographers and videographers has already received endorsements for its set-up speed, stability, and versatility. Leading Austrian travel blogger and photographer LadyVenom (@LadyVenom on Instagram) says that while “my current tripod almost always stays at home” because of its size and bulk, “I’m looking forward to having a product that solves exactly these problems. Then I’ll always have a tripod when I’m on the go.”

Lumapod’s Kickstarter campaign runs until October 25. Its two models are currently available for up to 50% off retail sales prices for Kickstarter supporters.

Lumapod GmbH is a start-up camera gear company based in Austria. It was founded in 2018 by Eva Ertl and Martin Grabner. An industrial designer by trade, Grabner developed a travel tripod tightening mechanism which received a patent. Lumapod’s mechanism provides an ultra-compact design and a four-second setup. Its initial product line has two models and was supported by several funding agencies, including a public-private partnership from the Austrian government’s Austria Wirtschaftsservice aws impulse XL grant program.

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‘Natural Daegu’, the rising city of eco-tourism

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The city of Daegu is celebrating ‘2020-the year of Tourism in Daegu and Gyeongbuk’ by creating the new brand ‘Natural Daegu’ to promote its tourism resources for domestic and international tourists. Natural Daegu is a part of Daegu‘s 3-culture (Gaya, Silla, and Confucianism) tourism development project that was first launched in 2017; the new brand aims to position the natural resources of Daegu as a tourism asset.

Daegu has been popular as the center of Korea’s modern arts and culture, and one of the best cities for lifestyle and urban tourism. For example, there are Kim Gwangseok-gil Street, decorated with murals that are dedicated to the songs and life of the late singer-songwriter Kim Gwangseok, along the actual street where he grew up, and Suseongmot Lake, where attractions such as yachts and Suseong Arte Land amusement park welcome visitors.

 

However, Daegu’s ecological abundance is also a must-see for tourists. At Palgongsan Mountain, there are cherry blossoms in the spring, fall foliage in the autumn, and snowscapes in the winter, presenting a magnificent view all year. At Biseulsan Mountain, one can view historic temples and monuments, rare wildflowers, and the panorama of Daegu’s scenic nature. The ancient tombs in Bullo-dong, where the large scaled tombs from the Three Kingdoms Period lay along the hills, are recommended for photo shoots. The sunset along the nearby tree line is a sight not to be missed.

Dalseong Marsh, known as “the cradle of ecological resources”, and the Hajungdo Islet on Geumhogang River, where one can enjoy seasonal wildflowers in the beautiful scenery, are also frequented by the tourist. There are many ecological tourism attractions that exhibit the harmony of culture and the nature, such as the beautifully designed ARC building, and Nakdonggang River Eco Tour pathswhere one can learn and identify animals and plants that inhabit the river.

Landing directly to Daegu International Airport is the easiest way to get to Daegu.

There are many direct flights between Daegu and Taiwan, mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam and many other Asian regions; the flight takes only 2.5 hours from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Daegu.

Trendy urban scenery with the backdrop of pristine nature of Daegu, the city of ecological tourism, will present unforgettable experiences and relaxation.

 

 

SOURCE: Natural Daegu

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Unique Movie for Nature Lovers – Releasing on May 2019

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The premiere of the latest film ‘I am Arbor’ written and directed by the award-winning film maker and Co-founder of AAJ Media Productions Jijo Sengupta, will be screened in select theaters in May this year. A father and child actor duo will debut in this heart touching story on a theme that brings a new idea that plants have emotions.

After the successful production of ‘Ping Pong’d’, an animated short film and the music video ‘RED’ that was internationally acclaimed at several Film festivals globally; director Jijo Sengupta, once again brings a social message to this world, through his animation short that is a fusion of Live Action and 3D Animation .

Set in the backdrop of an emotional journey of a child, growing up with a tree that comes alive as characters; this film encapsulates the raw emotions and feelings of plants that have enabled the survival of human species on this planet.

“This movie sensitizes everyone living on this earth, to once again ponder on the deep bond that exists between trees and human beings. I have attempted to bring on screen, the organic feelings and emotions between objects and subjects,” said Jijo Sengupta, Writer and Director of the Film.

The school of Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology, NY and AAJ Media Productions in Mumbai, collaborated in making this production come alive for Nature Lovers in the world.

 

SOURCE: AAJ Media Productions

 

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Will Bagley to Receive Western Writers of America’s Owen Wister Award

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Will Bagley, a journalist known for monumental nonfiction books about the Mormon West and overland trails, will receive the 2019 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature from Western Writers of America (WesternWriters.org).

Bagley will also be inducted into the Western Writers Hall of Fame, housed outside the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo.

“People either love or hate me,” said Bagley, who lives in Salt Lake City. “The Wister Award is an expression of affection from my WWA friends that is appreciated and humbling, for it calls to mind the words ‘I am not worthy!'”

The nonprofit guild’s highest honor will be presented during Western Writers of America’s convention June 19-22 in Tucson, Ariz.

Bagley is a three-time winner of WWA’s Spur Award for “Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Youngand the Massacre at Mountain Meadows”; “The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, 1857-1858”; and “With Golden Visions Bright Before Them Trails to the Mining West, 1849–1852,” all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Bagley has also received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Caroline Bancroft History Prize. His books have also been honored by Westerners International, Utah Division of State History, Wyoming State Historical Society and the John Whitmer Historical Association.

“Will is not just a tenacious researcher, he is a brilliant writer,” WWA executive director Candy Moulton said. “His ‘Blood of the Prophets’ is a classic – impeccably researched and written with precision.”

Bagley’s other books include “South Pass: Gateway to a Continent” and “So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812–1848,” both Spur Award finalists.

Since the early 1950s, Western Writers of America has honored and promoted all forms of literature about the American West. Previous Owen Wister honorees include Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday; historians David Dary and Robert M. Utley; and best-selling novelists Rudolfo Anaya, Elmore Leonard, Tony Hillerman and Lucia St. Clair Robson.

The Wister Award is a bronze statue of a buffalo created especially for Western Writers of America by artist Robert Duffie.

SOURCE: Western Writers of America

 

 

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