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Melting a Drone in a Volcano

Melting a Drone in a Volcano

We recently witnessed some amazing drone footage of an Icelandic volcano in action. Photographer Garðar Ólafs went one better by flying his drone directly over the volcano’s vent, sacrificing his equipment to bring us this spectacular footage. We only wish we had an exterior shot of the drone melting.

Bugs Hatching in Macro

Bugs Hatching in Macro

Jens over at Another Perspective came across a batch of tiny insect eggs and decided to record them to see what came out. He set up his camera in time-lapse mode and watched what happened over a period of two weeks. The resulting footage is both amazing and a bit creepy. Look away if you don’t like bugs.

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Transient 3

Transient 3

During 2020, photographer and filmmaker Dustin Farrell spent the better part of six months, driving more than 38,000 miles to chase down storms and shoot footage. The end result, 101 incredible shots of nature’s fury in action, compiled into an epic 3-minute short film.

Frozen Soap Bubble Photography

Frozen Soap Bubble Photography

Photographer Jens Heidler spent more than 30 hours standing in frigid temperatures to shoot this amazing macro imagery of ice crystals as they formed on soap bubbles. Once the bubbles are encased in ice, their texture works like tiny prisms, revealing a rainbow of colors. He also shared some tips and tricks for shooting your own.

Drone Chases Ice Skater

Drone Chases Ice Skater

Photographer Brandon Rieck of Wanderlust Imagery captured this glorious FPV footage by flying his drone along the top of an ore dock in Marquette, Michigan, then diving down to follow a hockey player skating on the ice below. The transition from above to below is buttery smooth. (Thanks Craig!)

Little Big Romania

Little Big Romania

Photographer Joerg Daiber of Spoonfilm takes us on another eye-opening virtual vacation, this time through the hills and mountains of Romania. Along the way, you’ll visit Maramures, Bucharest, and the surprisingly idyllic region of Transylvania, along with both the fake tourist trap “Dracula’s Castle” and the real one.

Diamond Beach, Iceland

Diamond Beach, Iceland

Nature photographer and traveler Petr Podroužek takes us on a virtual trip to one of Iceland’s many natural wonders. The so-called “Diamond Beach” is a strip of black sand located in a glacial plain. Here, chunks of crystal clear glacial ice wash up on the beach, creating a beautiful contrast of light against the dark background.

Less Is More Photo Tips

Less Is More Photo Tips

When it comes to photography, you can go crazy with lighting, filters, lenses, and post-processing, or you can keep things simple. COOPH’s latest photo tip video shows off some simple, yet effective techniques for creating dramatic images with a minimum of embellishment and effects.

SATELLIKE

SATELLIKE

Artist Roman De Giuli is known for the eye-catching moving images he makes by mixing paints and inks. His latest work is a sequence of images that resemble satellite photography of the Earth. This time, he made custom paints using materials like pigments, sand, and finely ground stones to create the rich palette of earthy colors.

Sun Dance

Sun Dance

Filmmaker Seán Doran processed about a week’s worth of data captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory to create this awe-inspiring UHD video of the Sun’s activity. Max out the resolution, go full screen, dim the lights, and crank up the audio for a truly hypnotic journey to our Solar System’s number one life-giver.

How Macro Room Celebrates

How Macro Room Celebrates

YouTube channel Macro Room is known for their incredible macro and slow-motion photography. To celebrate their 1 millionth subscriber, they created this video in which a man sits still as their face is barraged with paint balloons. It’s also an impressive demo of the Chronos 2.1 HD slow-motion camera system.

Dance of the Starlings

Dance of the Starlings

Nature photographer Marco Valk captured some incredible footage of starling murmurations in the sunset skies over Geldermasen in the Netherlands. The birds travel in massive flocks to provide safety from predators and warmth at night while at the same time offering humans one of the most spectacular shows on Earth.

In Russia

In Russia

Filmmakers Vincent Urban, Max Neumeier & Tim David Höddinghaus of 27km created this amazing short film that offers a glimpse into the vast and varied nation of Russia. From the cosmopolitan chaos of Moscow to the icy and unspoiled Lake Baikal, the film is like a candy sampler box packed with all kinds of tasty visuals.

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Dry Out

Dry Out

Water is critical to the survival of almost all living things. This fascinating time-lapse short film by Christian Stangl provides a close-up look at what happens to organics as they run out of moisture. Stangl captured the images using a combination of macro lenses and microscopes. View a selection of stills on Flickr.

Rain Dogs

Rain Dogs

Head to the Pacific Northwest in this epic snowboarding film from KORUA Shapes. The black-and-white photography evokes quite the mood as boarders take to the slopes in the days before the pandemic lockdown. The title is based on the nickname for Washington state’s Ranier Beer, which served as lubricant for the cast and crew.

Reproducing Viral Slow-motion Videos

Reproducing Viral Slow-motion Videos

After seeing a slow-motion video where the pattern from dust on a tennis racket appeared to hang in space, Kuma Films wanted to see if they could do the same. With the help of a pricey Phantom high-speed camera and some colorful powders, they replicated that along with a few other visuals based on viral videos.

Portraits from the Woods: Photography by Norman Reedus

Portraits from the Woods: Photography by Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus is beloved for his portrayal of Darryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. Reedus is also an avid photographer, and he took advantage of his time deep in the woods of Georgia to capture intimate, humorous, and macabre portraits of his co-stars, film crew, and friends. Available in Hardcover or a Collector’s Edition.

Beautiful Bulgaria

Beautiful Bulgaria

While travel is on hold for many of us these days, we rely on videos like this one from Little Big World to keep us inspired. Joerg Daiber takes us on another tilt-shift trip – this time to the Eastern European country of Bulgaria, with its dramatic landscapes, bustling cities, ancient fortresses, and abandoned Soviet monuments.

Long-Exposure Drone Photography

Long-Exposure Drone Photography

Photographer Reuben Wu employs drones in an unconventional way, using a bright light aboard the UAVs to create perfect halos, straight lines, and arcs in the sky, illuminating landscapes in long exposure images. See more of Reuben’s work on his Instagram page. If that’s not enough, he’s also 1/4 of the awesome group Ladytron.

FLEX Smart Camera Gadget

FLEX Smart Camera Gadget

This high-tech camera gadget is designed to help photographers capture challenging shots with ease. It mounts on the hot shoe of most cameras and can trigger when lightning strikes, shoot various timelapse styles, combine multiple exposures into HDR, snap high-speed freeze-frames, and more using its companion mobile app.

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Blow Our Minds

Blow Our Minds

Camera rig and drone maker DJI sent photography expert Peter McKinnon one of their RS2 stabilizing rigs along with the simple instruction “Blow our minds.” Naturally, Peter obliged and put together this fantastic reel of talented dancers and athletes showing off while the camera smoothly tracked their movements.

Psychedelic Soap Bubbles

Psychedelic Soap Bubbles

Photography expert Jens Heidler of Another Perspective shows off a neat effect you can create using various mixtures of liquid soap and sugar to create bubbles across the top of a drinking glass. The macro footage reveals all kinds of groovy patterns and gradients of color in the bubble slicks.

Robot Hummingbird Films Butterflies

Robot Hummingbird Films Butterflies

Nature photographers John Downer Productions flew a realistic, robotic hummingbird deep into a forest packed with hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies. The drone captured amazing footage of the swarm as they awoke from their long winter’s nap in Mexico. From the BBC Series Spy in the Wild.

A Taste of Los Angeles

A Taste of Los Angeles

Combining time-lapse, hyper-lapse, and some more experimental post-production techniques, FilmSpektakel takes us on a fast-paced trip to Southern California. They captured over 155,000 photos and spent 64 days editing the footage to produce the short film you see here. Learn more about the production at Time Lapse Magazine.

Heaven / Thin Places

Heaven / Thin Places

Seán Doran combined images captured by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the ESRSU image archive to take us on a serene flight above the Southeast corner of North America, passing over Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba for a view of their blue-green waters. Want more? Watch Heaven: The Inner Sound of Outer Space.

Halloween Photography Tips

Halloween Photography Tips

Add an extra scare factor to your Halloween decorations this year by filling your picture frames with some creepy compositions of your own. The photo experts at COOPH are here with a series of tricks you can pull off with simple props and some basic Photoshop skills.

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