Human meets fish. Human wins.

December 1st, 2011

Ted Sabarese's photographs match fish to people. Every bit as odd as it sounds.

[Via kottke.org]

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Arctic Technology

September 6th, 2010

Christian Houge's Arctic Technology. Gorgeous.

[Via BLDGBLOG]

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ISS meets aurora

April 5th, 2010

The view from the International Space Station as it flies through an Aurora at 28,000km/hr.

Never mind the image quality, feel the speed.

[Via Bad Astronomy]

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A gift to Stalinists everywhere

March 24th, 2010

Judging by the demo movie, Adobe's 'Content-Aware Fill' feature is downright magical.

[Via Bifurcated Rivets]

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Boring faces

October 18th, 2009

A nice anecdote from The Observer about working with photographer Jane Bown:

[A...] former Observer colleague, Judith Judd, was sent, with Jane, to travel by train from London to Southend. The service, the last with non-corridor trains in Britain, had just been voted the nation's worst. They got in a compartment and Judith began interviewing travellers until Jane announced, loudly: "This is no good, Judith. Everyone here has got a very boring face. We need to move to another compartment." Of course, this could not be done until the next station, so Judith had to sit, in ghastly silence, for 20 minutes, surrounded by slighted commuters. Jane, unconcerned, stared out of the window.

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As legitimate as before

June 18th, 2009

Lord Carlile's annual review of anti-terrorism legislation contained good news for harrassed photographers:

[Lord Carlile said...] It should be emphasised that photography of the police by the media or amateurs remains as legitimate as before, unless the photograph is likely to be of use to a terrorist. This is a high bar.

It is inexcusable for police officers ever to use this provision to interfere with the rights of individuals to take photographs.

The police must adjust to the undoubted fact that the scrutiny of them by members of the public is at least proportional to any increase in police powers – given the ubiquity of photograph and video-enabled mobile phones.
[Emphasis added]

That last paragraph is particularly welcome. To put it another way: "With great power there must also come – great responsibility."

[Via Memex 1.1]

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From Flickr to Iron Man

December 3rd, 2008

An ordinary Flickr user's photograph ended up in Iron Man:

I never got 'round to seeing [Iron Man] in the cinema; I'm not a big fan of the whole cinema-going experience. But some time later I was travelling across the Atlantic yet again and one of the in-flight movie options was Iron Man. I fired it up, wondering if my picture had made it into the final cut and even if it had, whether I’d be able to spot it.

Three minutes into the movie, there was my photo.

It fills the screen. The camera lingers over it while performing its best Ken Burns effect. Not only was Robert Downey Jnr. photoshopped onto the picture, Jeff Bridges was on there too! The Dude!! … On my picture!!!

[Via Flickr Blog]

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Pretty pictures

October 12th, 2008

It's about time:

  1. My first thought on seeing this photo was that Ming the Merciless had established his first embassy on Earth.

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WSJ's Photo Journal

August 27th, 2008

The Wall Street Journal's Photo Journal feature is clearly a clone of inspired by Boston.com's The Big Picture.

At least they're borrowing the good ideas. It'd be nice to see a news site on this side of the Atlantic (like, say, the Guardian) pick up the idea.

[Via kottke.org]

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Lightmark

July 7th, 2008

Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke do nice work.

I especially like No. 60, No. 25 and No. 06.

[Via The Daily Dish]

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Sad

July 3rd, 2008

Sad.

[Via Qwghlm]

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Pictures

June 15th, 2008

About time I posted another of these:

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"Las Vegas, Nevada: our beacon for humanity"

April 6th, 2008

This orbital tour of the world's cities was created by stitching together still images taken from the International Space Station.

The narrator, astronaut Don Petit, put together a motorised mount that compensated for the motion blur induced by the ISS's orbital velocity and permitted him to produce some breathtaking results. The fishing fleet off to the north-west of Japan is a particular favourite of mine, but the entire ten minute film is well worth a look.

[Via Neil Gaiman]

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