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03 Aug 14:43

This Insane Motorcycle Surfing Shoot was 2.5 Years in the Making


Surf photography doesn’t usually feature motorcycles, but this crazy shoot did. For its latest project titled “Pipe Dream,” DC Shoes partnered with Australian stunt bike rider Robbie Maddison for dirt bike surfing. The team spent 2.5 years working on making the idea a reality, creating a modified bike that has boasts special fins for hydroplaning, a waterproof engine, and custom rear tires.

It all came together as this: an amazing 4-minute video that has racked up over 3 million views in the first 24 hours after it was released:

Maddison took his modified Honda 250 dirt bike to the massive waves of Tahiti to give motorbike surfing a trial by fire. The resulting shots were spectacular:










Finally, here’s a short behind-the-scenes trailer that offers a few glimpses into the creation and testing of the surf bike:

You can learn more about “Pipe Dream” over on its webpage at DC Shoes.

(via DC Shoes via Fstoppers)

Image credits: All photographs by DC Shoes

31 Jul 16:45

This is a Rooftopping Photographer From the 1920s


Rooftopping photographers have gotten a lot of attention and notoriety in recent days for climbing to extremely high points in cities and shooting photos while often teetering on the edge. It turns out photographers were already pulling similar stunts nearly a century ago.

The picture above (by an unknown photographer) shows a photographer taking a picture of New York City streets while standing high above on the corner of a skyscraper. It was taken sometime in the mid-1920s.

Update: Here’s a 1905 photo of a photographer sitting high above Fifth Avenue:


This photo, purportedly of photographer Charles C. Ebbets in 1932, is reminiscent of many of the rooftopping photos we see today.


Update: As photographer Bob Cooley points out in the comments below, multiple sources on the Internet suggest that all three of these photos show photographer Charles C. Ebbets, who was known for these types of stunts.

31 Jul 14:42

Photographer Captures Shots of Hawks Exchanging Food in Midair

Food Exchange

Photographer Phoo Chan was shooting in Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, California, recently when he spotted hawks doing food exchanges in midair. The photo above is a 5-shot composite showing a male Northern Harrier passing a small bird it caught to one of its three offspring.

Here’s a crop of the image (you can see a higher-res shot here):

Coyote Hills

Coyote Hills

Chan also captured this photo of a male Northern Harrier dropping a freshly caught squirrel to one of its mates:

TheFlying Squirrel

The photo was shot using a Canon 7D Mark II with a Canon 600mm on a 2x teleconverter. The effective focal length was 1920mm, which “too much of a reach when the subjects are too close,” Chan says.

He writes that male Northern Harriers can have as many as five mates at once, and since the males are the main bread- meat-winners in the “families,” they’re constantly busy trying to provide for their mates and offspring.

By the way, Chan is the same photographer that snapped that photo of a crow riding a bald eagle earlier this month.

(via Phoo Chan via 500px ISO)

Image credits: Photographs by Phoo Chan and used with permission

29 Jul 23:12

gretlusky: Follow your heart.


Follow your heart.

28 Jul 09:00

Eat the world par Rubén Chase Via Flickr : In spanish,...

Eat the world par Rubén Chase
Via Flickr :
In spanish, there’s a saying: “You eat more with your eyes than with your mouth”. That happen when you do a lot of food for lunch, becouse you’re really hungry, and then you can’t finish it. It happens to me all the time T_T (Crap, I wish that it stops raining, so I can shoot outside!) Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr _______________________ En castellano, hay un dicho: “Comes más con los ojos que con la boca”. Eso pasa cuando preparas un montón de comida al mediodía, ya tienes mucha hambre… y después eres incapaz de terminarla. Eso me pasa todo el tiempo T_T (Espero que algún día de estos deje de llover, para poder tomar algunas fotos fuera) Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

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27 Jul 20:25

Welsh Man Is Illustrating Every One of Over 100,000 Items In His Late Grandfather’s Garage

by Lori Dorn

The Shed Project

John Lee Phillips, an artist living in Narberth (Arberth), Wales, has set out to illustrate every object in his late grandfather’s toolshed. Phillips has estimated that the shed holds over 100,000 tools and this wonderful project will take him approximately 4 or 5 years.

I am currently cataloguing the entire contents of my late grandfather’s tool shed. I estimate the project to take around 5 years and will involve me illustrating in excess of 100,000 items.

The Shed Project

A video posted by @leejohnphillips on

The Shed Project

The Shed Project

The Shed Project


images via John Lee Phillips

via DesignTaxi

26 Jul 17:44

maryjanes-reflection: sosuperawesome: Morgan Davidson, on...



Morgan Davidson, on Tumblr

YO. this should be on EVERYBODY’S BLOG

My pencil crayons never worked this much magicXD

26 Jul 01:37

How I think American media works

21 Jul 10:57

Mentirinhas #847

by Fábio Coala


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22 Jul 17:28

Broken Liquid: New Bodies of Water Sculpted from Layered Glass by Ben Young

by Christopher Jobson



Glass artist Ben Young (previously here and here) just shared a glimpse of his latest sculptural works made from layers of cut laminate window panes. The bodies of water depicted in Young’s work are usually cut into cross-sections akin to textbook illustrations, creating translucent geometric islands that can appear both monolithic or chamsic.

“I hope viewers might imagine the work as something ‘living’ that creates the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being,” Young says. “I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes.” The self-taught artist, furniture maker, and surfer has explored the properties of cut glass for over a decade at his Sydney studio. Here’s a bit more about his processes via Kirra Galleries:

Each of Young’s sculptural works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass made for windows, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. He constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and then cuts the layers with a glazier’s hand-tool. The complexity comes from the planning phase, where he says “I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut.” He then sketches the concept by hand and creates a plan using traditional technical drawing techniques: “I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished piece. Sometimes my starting point changes dramatically as I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes.” The texture and colour of the glass varies in every piece according to its thickness and arrangement.

Young opens a new exhibition of work along with artist Peter Nilsson titled Float at Kirra Galleries this evening in Melbourne.











22 Jul 18:58

AP to Upload More Than 550,000 Historical Videos to YouTube

The Associated Press today announced that it will be uploading more than 550,000 historical video clips to YouTube, giving the public access to more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage of notable events.

This project is being done in partnership with British Movietone, one of the world’s largest archives of historical newsreel footage. The goal is to create a sort of “view-on-demand visual encyclopedia.”

“Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date,” the AP writes.

The giant archive will feature videos spanning from 1895 to the present day. Here are some notable historical clips uploaded by AP Archive so far:

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

The Titanic Before Its Last Voyage in 1912

The Hindenburg Disaster in 1937

An England vs. Germany Soccer Match in 1938

The Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941

V-E Day in London in 1945

Marylin Monroe in London in 1956

Elvis Presley Performing in 1956

The World Cup Final in 1966

Martin Luther King’s Assasination in 1968

You can find more of these historical clips and follow along with new ones as they’re uploaded by checking out the AP Archive and British Movietone accounts on YouTube.

(via AP via Engadget)

20 Jul 14:40

virginiaisforhaters: Wow its almost like most of human history...

Courtney shared this story from Super Opinionated.


Wow it’s almost like most of human history has been about controlling women… or something…

19 Jul 06:12

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16 Jul 14:44

Cybele Young’s Paper Sculptures Depict Everyday Objects Metamorphosing into Otherworldly Creatures

by Christopher Jobson

I Thought They Worked Better. Paper. 33 x 28 x 2.5 in.

I Thought They Worked Better. Detail.

A pair of yellow headphones. A violin case. A set of keys. All miniature objects faithfully crafted from Japanese papers by Toronto-based artist Cybele Young, any one of which would be considered striking in its own right, but she doesn’t stop there. Each object, however mundane, is displayed step-by-step in a dramatic process of metamorphosis as it transforms into unusual organic lifeforms. A pair of rollerskates gradually becomes a network of fungus-like membranes, or an ordinary handbag grows an unnerving coat of sharp spikes. From her artist statement:

Engaging with abstract and familiar motifs, I juxtapose sculptures to create a sense of dialogue or play between them. I approach my work in series and components, ultimately building an ongoing inventory of personal experience and observation.

I compile these in various arrangements to create communities that interact and form new relationships – much like the small seemingly insignificant moments in our everyday lives that come together to create unexpected outcomes. These manifest as miniature theatres – one act plays, where shifts of scale and perception occur. Despite the absence of the human form there is an implied presence, where the viewer can project themselves into another world.

Young’s work is currently on view for two more days at Forum Gallery in New York, so don’t miss it. (via Colossal Submissions, thnx David!)


You Know That Place. Paper. 30 x 40 x 4 in.

If I Had Learned Earlier. Paper. 22 x 35 x 2.5 in.

In Close Range. Paper. 24 x 35 x 2.5 in.

It Came With Me Everywhere. Paper. 19 x 38 x 4 in.

It’s Worth it This Time. Paper hair curler, coils. 21 x 32 x 2 in.

It’s Worth it This Time. Detail.

I Was Thinking of Something Else. Paper lawn chair, leaves. 17 x 24 x 3 in.

paper-8I Was Thinking of Something Else. Detail.

17 Jul 15:35

The Sandy Beach Architecture of Calvin Seibert

by Christopher Jobson


Artist Calvin Seibert (previously) recently completed a new series of his geometrically precise sand castles on the beaches of Hawaii. A professional sculptor, Seibert seems to borrow angular ideas from Bauhaus architecture or the flair of Frank Gehry. How he’s able to control the sand so perfectly is anyone’s guess, it certainly puts my traditional upside down bucket method to shame. You can see more of his work over the last few years here.








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16 Jul 14:09

20 Photos Of Norway’s Fairy Tale Architecture

by Martynas Klimas

Norway started out as a kingdom in 872 and has existed ever since. It has also saved quite a bit of its traditional architecture. Traditional Norwegian architecture makes it look like a land out of a fairytale. Stave churches – so named because of the Norse words for their load-bearing poles – were extremely popular back in the 12th century, and their unique shape matched with all-wooden construction make is simply spectacular.

Norvegian vernacular (as in, built to local requirements and using local materials) architecture is wonderful. Moss and even trees grow on the roofs of wooden or stone buildings, making Norway a sort of Norse Shire. Have a look, and plan your next holiday accordingly!

(h/t: boredpanda)

Borgund Stave Church


Source: Tnarik Innael


Source: Robert Cross

Barn In Valldal






Ancient Road Vindhellavegen



Bridge Over Låtefossen Waterfall


Source: Max Rive

Under The Aurora


Source: Hans Marius Mindrum

Kvednafossen Waterfall In Norway


Source: Lars Neumann

At The End Of The World, Tjome


Source: Allan Pedersen

Old Farmhouses


Source: SoyabaraJohnny99

Natural Swimming Pool In The Forest


Source: Strezz69

Old House


Source: Slemulv

A House In Norway


Source: Robert Snow

Old Village



Fjord Houses


Source: AdMixStar

A Bridge In Norway


Source: Will Zhang

Rogaland, Gullingen


Source: dmitryprofi

Lake Bondhus


Source: Jindra Rotscheid

Fairy House In Hunderfossen, Lillehammer


Source: Ester Ayerdi

Fisherman Hut, Undredal


Source: Ester Ayerdi

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16 Jul 17:36

Meanwhile, on Mars – #7

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14 Jul 15:53

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The First Man


Hovertext: Actually, just put my crotch behind that tree from now on.

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14 Jul 23:15

Pluto and other known “not-planets” in our solar system mapped in scale image montage

by Xeni Jardin
Montage by Emily Lakdawalla.

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla.

“Now that I have a reasonable-resolution global color view of Pluto,” writes Emily Lakdawalla, “I can drop it into one of my trademark scale image montages, to show you how it fits in with the rest of the similar-sized worlds in the solar system: the major moons and the biggest asteroids.”

The solar system contains dozens of objects that are large enough for self-gravity to make them round, and yet are not considered planets. They include the major moons of the planets, one asteroid, and many worlds in the Kuiper belt. The ones that we have visited with spacecraft are shown here to scale with each other. A couple of items on here are not quite round, illustrating the transition to smaller, lumpier objects.

It's just an accident that Pluto wound up next to Iapetus and Triton, which I think are the two best analogs for what we can see on Pluto's surface. Yet Pluto stands out for its uniquely ruddy color. Charon, too, is unique, for its dark pole, but there are similarities to the similar-sized worlds on the left side of the diagram: Ariel and Dione in particular.

These are the not-planets. Their non-planetary status is a handicap because these are the worlds that we need to get Earthlings excited about exploring. Titan's strange hydrology -- Enceladus' geysers -- the subsurface oceans of Europa and Ganymede -- the dynamic surfaces of Triton and Pluto. And beyond all the worlds pictured here, there are hundreds of Kuiper belt objects that I would include on this montage if we had ever visited them up close. But we haven't yet. So much undiscovered country yet to explore -- but they're all worlds that much of the public is not familiar with.

Full size here [PNG].
The not-planets” []

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. The Moon: Gari Arrillaga. Other data: NASA/JPL/JHUAPL/SwRI/UCLA/MPS/IDA. Processing by Ted Stryk, Gordan Ugarkovic, Emily Lakdawalla, and Jason Perry.

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla.

Montage by Emily Lakdawalla.

15 Jul 17:24

A Brief History of Flash

15 Jul 18:20

Gorgeous Panoramic Black Ink Tattoos That Tell Their Story Across Two Legs

by Lori Dorn

Thieves of Tower

Tattoo Artist Houston Patton and Creative Director Dagny Fox, collectively known as Thieves of Tower, have developed a wonderfully unique style with original and amazing black ink tattoos that are meant to take clients back to “a time of darkened beauty seen within his lines”. Particularly striking are the tattoo that tell the story over the course of two limbs, such as those pictured.

Thieves of Tower

Thieves of Tower

Thieves of Tower

images via Thieves of Tower

via The Vandalist, Whudat, Design You Trust, My Modern Met

14 Jul 23:18


14 Jul 16:26

‘Star Wars Bands’, Parody Album Covers That Mix Popular Bands With Clever ‘Star Wars’ Puns

by Justin Page

Obi Wan Direction – Up All Knight

The creative folks at the Superfi Blog recently made Star Wars Bands, a fantastic series of parody album covers that mix all sorts of famous bands with clever Star Wars puns. Taylor Swift becomes Taylor Sith, Lady Gaga is portrayed as Lady Jarjar, and more. The entire collection of parody albums are available to view online at the Superfi Blog.

Tupacca – All Jediz on Me

Lady JarJar – The Shame

Taylor Sith – 1977

R2DMC feat. Aerosith – Ewok This Way

JABBA – Gold (Greatest Hutts)

images via Superfi Blog

via Beautiful/Decay

14 Jul 19:16

These are the Most Incredible Photos Shot by NASA’s Cassini Probe


NASA’s New Horizons probe dazzled the world with a detailed photo of Pluto today, but another probe has been beaming back stunning shots of space for over a decade already. The Cassini space probe has captured its fair share of eye-popping photos since launching in 1997 and arriving in Saturn’s orbit in 2004.

Here’s a collection of some of Cassini’s most remarkable photographs. Many of them were compiled by Reddit user I_Say_I_Say, and others were featured here before or obtained from NASA’s website:

Saturn passing in front of the Sun. A color-exaggerated image that combines 165 images taken over 3 hours.

Saturn passing in front of the Sun. A color-exaggerated image that combines 165 images taken over 3 hours. [#]

Saturn's gradation and rings. [#]

Saturn’s gradation and rings. [#]

A photo of Saturn during an equinox. [#]

A photo of Saturn during an equinox.

Three of Saturn’s moons (Titan, Mimas, and Rhea) captured in a single photo. [#]

An electrical storm on the surface of Saturn. [#]

A long-lived electrical storm on the surface of Saturn. [#]

Four moons huddling around Saturn's rings. [#]

Four moons huddling around Saturn’s rings. [#]

Saturn casting a shadow on its rings. [#]

Saturn casting a shadow on its rings. [#]

Saturn's moon Rhea hovering in front of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

Saturn’s moon Rhea hovering in front of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

Saturn's rings glowing in scattered sunlight. [#]

Saturn’s rings glowing in scattered sunlight. [#]

Saturn overexposed to bring out details in its rings. [#]

Saturn overexposed to bring out details in its rings. [#]

Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. [#]

Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. [#]

Saturn casting its shadow on its rings.

Saturn casting its shadow on its rings.

A storm on the north pole of Saturn.

A storm on the north pole of Saturn.

Saturn and its moon Titan

Saturn and its moon Titan

Saturn's rings cut across an eerie scene that is ruled by Titan's luminous crescent and globe-encircling haze, broken by the small moon Enceladus, whose icy jets are dimly visible at its south pole. North is up.

Saturn’s rings cutting across the moon Titan, which hovers behind the shadow of the smaller moon Enceladus. [#]

Saturn, its rings, and its moon Dione. [#]

A massive storm stretching across the surface of the planet.

A massive storm stretching across the surface of the planet.

Earth seen as a pale blue dot under Saturn's rings.

Earth seen as a pale blue dot under Saturn’s rings.

You can find a massive collection of Cassini’s photos in the mission gallery on NASA’s website.