September 6th, 2010
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]
March 24th, 2010
Judging by the demo movie, Adobe's 'Content-Aware Fill' feature is downright magical.
[Via Bifurcated Rivets]
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.
June 18th, 2009
[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.
[Via Memex 1.1]
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 Iâ€™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]
October 12th, 2008
It's about time:
- 24 Colorful Caterpillars.
- The Grand Lisboa in Macau.1
- Lake Toya.
- A Toy Soldier.
- The sea of Ice.
- Across the Valleys
- Bright Bolide.
- One Foggy Day…
- Lightning in sunset.
- Baily's Beads near Solar Eclipse Totality.
- Io's Surface: Under Construction.
- A visible mass of droplets or frozen crystals floating in the atmosphere above the surface of the Earth or another planetary body.
- The streets of alicante.
- Kurage Lightings.
- The Changing Room.
- Parc Jarry, MontrÃ©al.
- Sunset Pool.
August 27th, 2008
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.
July 7th, 2008
Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke do nice work.
[Via The Daily Dish]
June 15th, 2008
About time I posted another of these:
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]