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Lighting with Flares

Lighting with Flares

Filmmakers Hugo Manhes and Madcow collaborated on the short film Trajectoires, which uses a simple concept to produce a dramatic effect. By dangling bright flares from a couple of drones, they created a unique source of illumination for their natural surroundings. Set to an ethereal soundtrack by Linky Larson.

Kodak World’s Largest Puzzle

Kodak World’s Largest Puzzle
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Looking for a way to pass the time at home? This enormous, 51,300-piece jigsaw puzzle features vibrant images from 27 amazing locations around the world, and measures a whopping 28.5 feet by 6.25 feet when finished. The biggest challenge? Where to put the thing.

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Mars 1.8 Billion Pixel Panorama

Mars 1.8 Billion Pixel Panorama

At the end of November 2019, NASA’s Curiosity rover captured a series of over 1,000 images which were used to create its highest-resolution panorama of Mars yet. The telephoto version without the rover in the image has over 1.8 Billion pixels for you to zoom in on, while the medium angle one with the rover has 650 million pixels.

10-Hour Oceanscape

10-Hour Oceanscape

If your TV can stream YouTube, you’ll want to load up this vid from BBC Earth and OceanX Media which features 10 straight hours of incredible footage of undersea creatures. It’s so much easier to care for than an actual aquarium, and the fish are cooler too.

Developing Vintage Film

Developing Vintage Film

Photographer and camera enthusiast Mathieu Stern got his hands on an old Russian camera that dates back to somewhere between 1954 and 1977. When he opened it, he discovered an undeveloped roll of film. He managed to get the photos developed, and attempted to decode the origins of its images.

How Lenses Affect Speed Perception

How Lenses Affect Speed Perception

We shoot a lot of video inside of cars looking out the windshield. But the in-car footage often makes it look much slower than it felt zooming around the track. After watching this clip from Akiyoshi Kitaoka, we realize just how much of a difference having a wide angle lens makes when it comes to the perception of speed.

Infrascapes

Infrascapes

We’ve seen more than our share of time-lapse landscape videos, but this is the first one we’ve seen that was shot using an infrared camera. The Phlog used a modified Canon EOS 750D to capture these otherworldly images in stunning 8k resolution.

The Earth in a Water Droplet

The Earth in a Water Droplet

The Slow Mo Guys co-host Gavin Free was inspired by the macro water droplet photography of Markus Reugels, and decided to try and replicate the effect by capturing a refracted map of the Earth onto a droplet in front of his high-speed camera. It took some fiddling to get the focus right, but he eventually got it sorted.

Creative Camera Gimbal Shots

Creative Camera Gimbal Shots

Motorized gimbals are designed to give cameras the steadiest video shots possible. But as the minds at photography channel COOPH point out, they can also be used as a creative tool for capturing some truly unique perspectives – from the whimsical to the sublime.

World Way: The City of LAX

World Way: The City of LAX

Photographer Chris Pritchard’s vibrant time-lapse film takes us inside of one of the world’s busiest airports. If you’ve ever traveled through Los Angeles International, you know it’s a sort of organized chaos that moves an incredible 63 million people per year through its terminals and gates. Looks amazing in 4K if your display supports it.

Sirui Anamorphic APS-C Lens

Sirui Anamorphic APS-C Lens

Sirui’s value-priced 50mm prime lens captures truly cinematic imagery, with a 2.4:1 ultra-widescreen ratio. It has an outstanding f1.8 aperture, can shoot from 0.85m to infinity, and produces impressive lens flares and bokeh. Built from aircraft grade aluminum with German-made Schott optics. Works with most APS-C cameras.

20 Years of Noah

20 Years of Noah

We last checked in with photographer Noah Kalina back in 2012, who started taking a picture of himself every day back in January 2000. He’s now surpassed 20 years and more than 7200 images along the way. See how his looks have continued to change in this fascinating study of how people age and change over the years.

Freezing Soap Bubbles

Freezing Soap Bubbles

Photographer ZALUSKArt captured these impressively detailed time-lapse macro shots of ice crystals forming along the surface of soap bubbles as they’re frozen. Since each crystal is unique, every bubble is a one-of-a-kind, yet temporary work of art. More here.

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NYC Textures

NYC Textures

Photographer and animator Ynon Lan captured over a thousand still images around New York City and compiled them into this cool short film, which evokes the true essence of the big city through its textures.

Amazing FPV Drone Shots

Amazing FPV Drone Shots

We’ve previously seen some of aerial photographer Viggo Koch’s work in his amazing rollercoaster fly-alongs. Now, Viggo has released a reel of some of his other breathtaking first-person drone shots from 2019, from snowy mountaintop landscapes to dusty rally races.

The East

The East

Photographer Morten Rustad takes us on an 8K time-lapse trip to China. From awe-inspiring natural rock formations, to traditional villages, and massive cities, the vivid imagery is a feast for the eyeballs and a workout for your display. Want to shoot time-lapse like the pros? Check out Morten’s course Master Time-Lapse.

Stories Behind the Images

Stories Behind the Images
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Adventure photographer Corey Rich travels to the edge along with his subjects to capture incredibly dramatic images of adrenaline junkies and outdoor athletes. From hanging off of a cliff to standing on the top of the mountain, this 288 page book takes us inside of the artist’s process and features 130 color photos of his works.

Coffee Photography Hacks

Coffee Photography Hacks

While we’re not sure how often you’ll need to actually photograph coffee, we still appreciate the creative tips offered by COOPH in their latest photo hacks video. On the other hand, many of the ideas could be applied to other kinds of food or product photography.

A380 Night Landing

A380 Night Landing

This amazing 4K footage from High Pressure Aviation Films is the closest that most of us will ever get to landing a modern jumbo jet. The view from the cockpit of the Airbus A380 offers up a fantastic show of nighttime illumination outside, and digital displays inside.

Moscow by Drone

Moscow by Drone

Timelab.pro presents an absolutely stunning montage of aerial photography it captured around Moscow. The ultra high-def video – shot with a DJI Inspire 2 drone – is flooded with detail, contrast, and color, and reflects both the new and old sides of the Russian capital.

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Planetary Panoramas 4K

Planetary Panoramas 4K

A while back, Vincent Brady created an otherworldly time-lapse video featuring night skies captured via a special 4-camera rig. He since remastered the clip in 4K, added new effects, and improved its visual fidelity. Be sure to check out the 360º/VR companion piece.

The Arctic

The Arctic

The macrophotography experts from the Beauty of Science present a stunning close-up look at the formation of crystals with razor-sharp clarity. The time-lapse, black-and-white imagery was selected to evoke the icy cold sensation of the Arctic. Still image gallery on Behance.

The Other Side

The Other Side

Motion artist Thomas Blanchard’s colorful short film envisions an entire universe that lives inside of our eyes. What makes the vibrant visuals even more amazing is that they were entirely created with paint, ink, oil, and soap, without reliance on CGI or digital effects.

Sea-Thru Photography

Sea-Thru Photography

When shooting photos underwater, there’s often a hazy blue-green layer that gives everything a murky look. Engineer and oceanographer Derya Akkaynak has developed an algorithm which digitally removes that tinge, allowing images to appear sharper and more brilliant than ever. Read more on Scientific American.

Diple Smartphone Microscope

Diple Smartphone Microscope

Smart MicroOptics‘ tabletop gadget is designed to turn any smartphone into a high resolution microscope. The system will offer 35x-200x, 75x-500x, and 150x-1000x magnification modules, capturing details as small as 0.7 micron. Both a basic and precision sample stage are available.

Fotor Online Pro Image Editor

Grab a great deal on the Pro version of Fotor’s online image editing app. It includes tools for portrait touch-ups, over 100 photo effects, sticker and frame overlays, and cloud storage of your files. Choose a 1-year, 3-year, or 5-year subscription in The Awesomer Shop.

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