oh hell yes. Totally going to see this.
Licensed from Caters / Alan McFadyen
For the last 6 years, Scottish wildlife photographer Alan McFadyen spent an estimated 4,200 hours seeking the perfect shot: a symmetrical image of a kingfisher diving into its own refelection in search of prey. Last month, after 720,000 exposures he finally got it. McFadyen certainly snapped hundreds of other successful images along the way, but this particular photo—as it existed in his imagination—eluded him for years.
“Kingfishers dive so fast they are like bullets, so taking a good photo requires a lot of luck – and a lot of patience,” McFadyen told the Daily Mail. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that female kingfishers only rarely dive, so timing is essential.
McFadyen owns Scottish Photography Hides which rents out hides in pristine locations in Southwest Scotland for use by wildlife photographers. You can explore more of his photography on Flickr. (via PetaPixel)
Beauty, Grace, elegance
Looks more like an air restrictor to me. That's got to be blocking at least 10-15% of the airflow, no?
Google a récemment ouvert son sixième Campus, espace de co-working, à Madrid pour les entrepreneurs et start-ups locaux. Ce lieu a été imaginé dans une ancienne usine de fabrication de batteries du XIXème siècle. Nous devons le design au bureau d’architecture Jump Studios, basé à Londres, qui avait également réalisé le premier Google Campus à Londres en 2012. L’aspect industriel du lieu a été conservé avec les larges fenêtres, les briques rouges et les poutres.
good on ya REI
just got an email from REI with the subject line “#OptOutside With Us This Friday“.
not only are they closing all their stores on black friday (in addition to thanksgiving), they’re also paying all their employees to take the day off.
i’m already an REI co-op member and big fan, this just makes me love ‘em all the more.
French photographer and director Romain Laurent (previously here and here) started making portrait-based GIFs as a way to produce work outside his commercial jobs, a spontaneous project that would encourage him to produce consistently for himself rather than clients. Each GIF is simple in its concept—a snap of the finger, a twist of the hand—yet is elegant in its composition of muted colors and subjects often centered squarely in the frame. Although GIFs often incorporate the whole subject, Laurent’s work highlights one or two specific movements, isolating gestures rather than animating the whole image.
Laurent studied product design at the National School of Applied Arts in Paris before realizing photography was his medium of choice. Laurent nows works in New York City and has collaborated with clients such as Reebok, Hermes, Lacoste, Nissan, Google, and GQ. You can see more of his inventive portraits on his Tumblr, and access his GIFs directly on his Giphy page here.
Or you could put some piezo tech in your shoes and charge as you walk.
This towering ginkgo tree is located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in the Zhongnan Mountains in China. Every autumn the green leaves on the 1,400-year-old tree turn bright yellow and fall into a golden heap on the temple grounds drawing tourists from the surrounding area. You can see more photos here and here. (via F*ck Yeah Chinese Garden)