The video above shows slow-motion and bullet-time footage of firebreathers spewing fireballs. It was captured using a rig of 48 DSLRs, a RED Epic, and a Panasonic GH4.
There’s no VFX or CGI involved: everything was done in camera. The DSLRs were used to capture the scene from 120 degrees to freeze time, and the RED Epic and GH4 were used to capture high-speed footage at 120fps and 96fps, respectively.
Here’s a short behind-the-scenes video showing how the 120-degree “Time Slice” rig is set up for this type of shoot:
P.S. Photographer Tyler Johnson did something similar to this using a rig of 27 GoPro cameras.
People around the world were treated to a supermoon lunar eclipse last night and early this morning. It’s a sight that won’t appear again for another 18 years (the next one is in 2033). Photographers around the world brought their cameras out to give the sight their best shot, and the results are spectacular. Here’s a rundown of some of the most beautiful photos and videos created.
Reader Fede Benavides climbed up an observation tower in the middle of the rainforest in Panama:
Reader and French journalist Jean-Luc Dauvergne captured the eclipse from the Eiffel Tower in Paris using a Sony a7S, Sigma 120-400mm, and Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm:
This composite by Ruaraidh Gillies is titled: “From Supermoon to Blood Moon”:
NASA photographer Joel Kowsky shot this photo of the moon next to the Empire State Building in New York City:
Bill Ingalls of NASA had this view of the eclipse rising over the Colorado State Capital Building:
Photographer Aubrey Gemignani of NASA shot this over the Washington Monument in Washington, DC:
If you missed seeing the lunar eclipse yourself, David Drummond shot this real-time video of the eclipse from Texas (this video is 3.5 hours long):
Photographer Keith Caffery managed to capture a shooting star in his eclipse shot:
Here’s a wide-angle moon path composite created by photographer Matt Hecht with an 11mm lens:
The Lunar Eclipse rising over Mt. Vernon in Washington, by Flickr user liquidcrash:
A composite of the lunar eclipse progression by waterj2:
Andrew over in the UK documented the progression through these tightly cropped shots:
Photographer Kenneth Brandon of Dark Sky Chaser shot a 4K time-lapse with a tight drop of the moon during the second half of the eclipse. He shot a photo every 30 seconds with a Canon 6D and Celestron C11 telescope:
Pierre Cuony made this composite of the moon over Fribourg, Switzerland:
Photographer Mike Mezeul II photographed the event from atop a hotel in Dallas, Texas:
Did you shoot a supermoon lunar eclipse photo that you’d like us to include in this post? Leave it as a comment below or email it in to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we may add the best submissions!
Image credits: Header photo by liz west
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Back in July, Polish landscape photographer Jakub Polomski spent two weeks traveling around Iceland and shooting aerial photographs with his DJI Phantom 3 Advanced camera drone. The resulting photographs are gorgeous.
Polomski drove a total of 4000 kilometers (nearly 2,500 miles), both on the coastline and in the interior.
“Iceland is unique land, says Polomski. “Some locations look really abstract in the bird’s eye view.”
All the photographs you see in this post were captured by the Phantom’s 12-megapixel onboard camera.
Back in 2012, we shared a series of photos by Polomski showing mountain climbers dwarfed by the Alps. You can find more of the photographer’s work on his website, including the rest of this Iceland series.
Image credits: Photographs by Jakub Polomski and used with permission
Bangkok, Thailand-based photographer Chompoo Baritone recently created a clever series of images that pokes fun at how Instagram users often use carefully framed photos to make their lives seem more glamorous or exciting than they actually are.
Each of the photos in the series shows a picture-perfect Instagram snap, except we get to see the less-perfect world outside the little frame. The project is titled “#slowlife.”
#macbook #workspace #goodmorning #room #minimal
#cactus #hipster #tree
#happy #sunday #sky #morning
#happy #sunday #funday #tennis
#healthyfood #foodie #lifestyle #realfood
#thailand #chillout #alone
You can find the #slowlife project over on Facebook in this album on Baritone’s page.
Back in 2002, photographer Christopher Herwig embarked on a long-distance bike ride from London, England, to St. Petersburg, Russia — a journey that spanned over 1,500 miles. The trip was also a photo ride, as Herwig challenged himself to capture one good photo per hour. As he biked through former Soviet countries, Herwig began noticing how unique many of the bus stops were.
12 years later, those bus stops are now the focus of a new photo project and book by Herwig that’s titled Soviet Bus Stops.
Herwig compiled the photos by covering over 18,000 miles through 14 different countries of the former Soviet Union. He traveled by car, bike, bus, and taxi in his search for these strange micro monuments of Soviet aesthetics.
“The local bus stop proved to be fertile ground for local artistic experimentation in the Soviet period, and was built seemingly without design restrictions or budgetary concerns,” writes Herwig. “The result is an astonishing variety of styles and types across the region, from the strictest Brutalism to exuberant whimsy.”
His project has become the most comprehensive collection of Soviet bus stop photos, documenting the diverse designs found in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, the disputed region of Abkhazia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Estonia.
Here’s a selection of photos found in the project:
Herwig just launched his latest version of Soviet Bus Stops as a photo book. It’s the #1 best seller in Amazon’s “Monument Photography” category, and it can be pre-ordered for about $23 before its September 29 release date.
Image credits: Photographs by Christopher Herwig and used with permission
Today the Department of Phenomenal Papercraft is marveling at the incredibly intricate animal sculptures created by paper artist Calvin Nicholls. Despite the fact that most of them are perfectly white, each of Nicholls’ paper creatures is amazingly lifelike and appears to be emerging from its matboard background. Made of countless layers of carefully cut paper, one sculpture can take anywhere from weeks to years to complete depending on its size and complexity.
“To achieve the haut-relief effect (a process he shares online), Nicholls first works from a drawing which he uses as a template for the various paper components. Using an X-ACTO knife, scalpels, and scissors he then carefully cuts pieces of paper and glues them in place.“
For the last few weeks, photographer and art director Vanessa McKeown has been sharing colorful, quirky interpretations of everyday objects on Instagram. McKeown imagines balloons as various fruits and vegetables and oranges are peeled to reveal unexpected objects. Clever visuals all around. You can also follow her on Tumblr.
Photographer and art director Tatsuya Tanaka has a fascination with all things tiny and has an uncanny ability to repurpose everyday objects as set pieces or tools for the inhabitants of his miniature world. For his project Miniature Calendar, Tanaka has been stretching his imagination to its limits nearly every day for the last four years. A tape dispenser becomes the bar for a restaurant, a circuit board is suddenly a rice paddy field, and the notes of a musical score become the hurdles for a track race. Individually, the photos might invoke a smile or chuckle as you get the joke, but when viewed collectively they morph into a fascinating study on Tanaka’s breadth of creativity.
Why does this keep happening?
In this beautiful video by Te to Te to Te, artisan Yasuo Okazaki, known for his signature Naruko Kokeshi style, demonstrates how he crafts the dolls from spinning blocks of wood, how they are shaped, then fitted together before the paint is painstakingly applied. Okazaki learned the Naruko style from his father, who trained him in the craft. Te to Te to Te also offers a really great online guide to the different Kokeshi dolls that come from all over Japan.
The Naruko style of Kokeshi developed at Naruko hot springs. One of the unique characteristics of these Kokeshi is that their heads squeak when turned. They have kind faces and flared shoulders and skirts. The stripes at the top and bottom of the body are painted on the lathe, and the body is often painted with a chrysanthemum motif. The bangs are painted like the dolls sent as gifts from the Imperial Palace. Naruko Kokeshi wear a red headdress.
Portraits reveal a desire for human connection;
a desire so strong that people who know they will never see me again
open themselves to the camera, all in the hope that at the other end
someone will be watching, someone who will laugh or suffer with them.
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You simply have to see this. Imagine an Etch-a-Sketch had sex with a lava lamp, and the resultant offspring was raised by adoptive digital clock parents. The result could only be the Ferrolic Display, a wonderfully bizarre time-telling device created by designer Zelf Koelman.
Ferrolic from zelfkoelman on Vimeo.
Eindhoven-based Koelman has harnessed ferrofluid, a/k/a ferromagnetic fluid, with electromagnets within the device to dynamically form the numbers. The Ferrolic is of course run on software, which means the device needn't be a clock, but could presumably be hacked to deliver your text messages and the like.
However, in its current iteration the product wouldn't last long. Still in the prototype stages, "the lifetime of the fluids used in the glass container module mainly depends on the frequency of use. In practice this lifetime is expected to be a few months of full usage," Koelman writes. However, he also adds that "Ongoing development allows for a much longer lifetime in the near future."
Without the means of mass production, Koelman is selling 24 prototype-stage Ferrolics for €7,500 (pre-tax), or about USD $8,576. Users can connect to the device via Wi-Fi and control it via web browser. As for the short lifespan, the language on the Inquiries page of Ferrolic's website isn't quite clear, but it appears one may be able to order updated glass modules in the future.