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08 Mar 09:48

Star Wars Prequels

by Eoin


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02 Mar 11:45

When Scientists Attack

by JLister

Illustrator Diego Sanches has put together a series of pixel art for a forthcoming game featuring famous scientists, each of whom has special attacks based on their work. They include Charles Darwin using evolution:


Stephen Hawking using a wormhole:


And Isaac Newton using gravity:


Check out Diego’s site for the full set of animation.

[Via: Nerd Approved]

The post When Scientists Attack appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News.

24 Feb 11:46

This Microscopic View of a Spider Embryo is Strangely Adorable

by Christopher Jobson
Nuno Cruz

head crab!!!


Spider embryo. Molecular characterization and embryonic origin of the eyes in the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum. Göttingen University.

Taken from recent research into the development of eyes in spiders, this microscopic image shows what a common house spider looks like as it develops inside an egg. For some reason, it’s disturbingly… cute? This little cthulhu-like spider embryo is nearing the final stage before hatching and appears to be stuck in a tiny self hug. You can learn more about the embryonic origin of eyes in common house spider over on BioMed Central. (via Reddit, Göttingen University)

08 Feb 10:44

Mind-blowing Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager

by Admin

These amazing street photos of Hong Kong catured by Self taught Chinese photographer Fan Ho. He arrived from Shanghai in 1949 and he fascinated by streets of Hong Kong. These Photos are part of his book “A Hong Kong Memoir“.

More Info : Modernbook (h/t: Wherecoolthingshappen)

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

Black And White Street Photos Of Hong Kong In The 1950s

05 Feb 10:41

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Divine Intervention


Hovertext: I eagerly await your email about how, actually, the rock must contain radioactive elements.

New comic!
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10 Jan 14:59

Judgment Day

It took a lot of booster rockets, but luckily Amazon had recently built thousands of them to bring Amazon Prime same-day delivery to the Moon colony.
04 Jan 11:17

Twenty Russians wanted for questioning in MH17 downing

by Janene Pieters

One of about 20 Russian soldiers fired the BUK missile that brought down flight MH17 in July 2014, according to international research collective Bellingcat. All of the 20 soldiers know who gave the orders and who actually pressed the button, Eliot Higgins, founder of Bellingcat, said

The post Twenty Russians wanted for questioning in MH17 downing appeared first on NL Times.

11 Dec 10:21

The Filmomat Home Film Processing System

by Brian Benchoff
Nuno Cruz


The death of film has been widely reported, but technologies are only perfected after they’ve been made obsolete. It may not be instant photography, but there is at least one machine that will take 35mm film and 5×7″ prints and develop them automatically. It’s called the Filmomat, and while it won’t end up in the studios of many photographers, it is an incredible example of automation.

The Filmomat is an incredible confabulation of valves, tubes, and pumps that will automatically process any reasonably sized film, from 35mm to 5×7 color slides. The main body of the machine is an acrylic cube subdivided into different sections containing photo processing chemicals, rinse water, and baths. With a microcontroller, an OLED display, and a rotary encoder, different developing processes can be programmed in, the chemicals heated, developer agitated, and film processed. The Filomat is capable of storing fifty different processes that use three chemicals and a maximum of ten steps.

The video for this device is what sells it, although not quite yet; if enough people are interested, the Filmomat might be sold one day. This is likely the easiest film developing will ever get, but then again a technology is only perfected after it has been made obsolete.

Thanks [WhiteRaven] for sending this one in.

Filed under: chemistry hacks
05 Oct 07:52

DxOMark Mobile report: Google Nexus 6P

With its 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display the Nexus 6P is a little smaller than last year's Nexus 6 in terms of both display size and overall dimensions. It comes with an aluminum shell and overall high-end specs, along with a new 12.3MP Sony sensor and an F2.0 aperture. DxOMark's mobile evaluation puts it at third place in its rankings - find out why. Read more

22 Aug 12:53

The Hardest Substance Known to Nerdkind [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
01 Jul 08:07

Forging the Soul Reaver Sword (Legacy of Kain) in Real Life [Video]

by Geeks are Sexy

From Man at Arms – Reforged:

Every other Monday, our team of blacksmiths and craftsman will be building some of your favorite weapons, and some weapons that you’ve never seen before. This week, we’re forging a big fan request – the wicked Soul Reaver Sword from Legacy of Kain!


The post Forging the Soul Reaver Sword (Legacy of Kain) in Real Life [Video] appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News.

26 Feb 13:17

JSONx is an IBM standard format to represent JSON as XML

by sharhalakis

by keiran_s

14 Jan 20:17

‘How to be Bird Poop For Dummies’ by This Moth Fly Mimic

by Carly Brooke
Nuno Cruz

The queen of disguise!

09 Jan 14:36

Spun Glass Caterpillar: A Real Life Crystal Creature

by Carly Brooke
Nuno Cruz

I love my planet

Photo: Rick Thompson

Photo: John Howard

spun glass caterpillar, Isochaetes beutenmuelleri (1)

Photo: Igor Siwanowicz

 Habitat: found from New York to Florida and west to Colorado and Texas
Status: No Conservation Concerns

No, this isn’t a Swarovski crystal creation, but it very well could be! Instead, it’s a Spun Glass Caterpillar (Isochaetes beutenmuelleri) that has dozens of glittering, almost frosty-looking, spines radiating from its body. Don’t be tempted by its beautiful crystalline gaze, though. Those puppies do sting. You’ll want to look, but definitely don’t touch!

Reminds me of when your parents took you to an antique shop when you were little and you were told DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING. Then, you proceeded to secretly touch everything, especially the glass stuff. One time, I ended up breaking something – that was a more of a sting for my parents than for me, though.

Photo: Rick Thompson

If you look closely at the photo above, you’ll notice that you can see right through this creature! That dark green stripe running down the length of its body is actually its stomach.

Ultimately, it’s strange how these truly incredible spun glass caterpillars can transform into such plain Jane adults. Gotta grow up sometime and lose all your mystical qualities… I guess…

spun glass caterpillar, Isochaetes beutenmuelleri (2)

Photo: Eric Gofreed
*my spirit is spun of glass*

The post Spun Glass Caterpillar: A Real Life Crystal Creature appeared first on The Featured Creature.

09 Jan 13:28


by awong
05 Dec 15:32

The best trailers of 2014

by (biotv)
A very cleverly edited mash-up of 77 of the best movie trailers that came out this year, created by Fandango.

MOVIECLIPS trailers | via
17 Sep 09:21

First real world images of the new Nokton 10,5mm f/0.95 lens!

by 43rumors
Nuno Cruz


Image courtesy: ePhotozine

ePhotozine is the first website who shared real world images of the new Voigtlander Nokton 10,5mm f/0.95 lens. They write:

We were able to take a number of sample photos with the lens, and were impressed by the straight edges, as well as the sharpness of the lens.

Can’t wait to buy this lens! Preorders should be up soon at BHphoto.

Image courtesy: ePhotozine

Panasonic preorders:
LX100 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. Europe at WexUK.
GM5 in red at Adorama.
35-100mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

Olympus preorders:
Silver E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
LH-76 lens hood at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
MC-14 1.4x teleconverter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD62 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD72 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
General links to all new Olympus stuff at Adorama.
ALL new stuff announced at Photokina at Amazon.

10 Sep 09:20

Film News: CineStill releases another film!

by Bellamy
Nuno Cruz

Fantastic looking shots!

Film News: CineStill releases another film!
Thats right! Another JCH exclusive scoop! Some really great film news, just in time for Photokina. Cinestill, the guys behind the wonderful 800T film are back with a great black and white film. Yes, a new film on the market! Check it out.

These days it seems like we have less and less choices for film, with the major players cutting their film lines, instead of restructuring their business model. So when I hear that CineStill are going to add a new film to their lineup my heart goes all of a flutter.
As you all probably might have guessed, I am a staunch supporter of film and of small manufacturers. So CineStill is right up my alley. I have already been really impressed with their 800T film and I have seen people get really stunning results from it.
So when the guys at CineStill contacted me asking if I would be interested in debuting their latest film it didn’t really take all that much for me to grab that opportunity with both hands!

Now before all of you purists shout at me and tell me it is not a new film, you are correct. It is an old film that has been resurrected. This film was available in the past and there are people who are still re-rolling it. But it is a film that is being commercially released onto the market, when the current trend seems to be to remove films from the market. So in a way it is a new film.


So here it is, CineStill bwXX (double-x) 36exp. 135 black and white motion picture negative film

CineStill bwXX is a high speed, classic black & white film emulsion, with an EI of 250 under daylight and 200 under tungsten lighting. Recommended development in Kodak D-96 developer, but is compatible will all black and white film developers.
36 exposures professionally spooled into high quality 135 Non Dx-Coded Cartridges.

Double-x is a classic black and white film stock left relatively unchanged since it’s release in 1959 for still and motion picture use. Some of the movies using the classic Eastman double-x film stock (5222) include: Schindler’s List (1993), Memento (2000), Kafka (1991), Casino Royale (2006), I’m Not There (2007), and many many more.



Kodak no longer offers this wonderful still stock to the still photography community so CineStill Film has decided to release and distribute it under their label. This is a limited run will sell out fast no doubt, but if all goes well it will become a regularly stocked CineStill Film’s emulsion.

CineStill bwXX is an excellent choice for those looking for a classic film stock to fill the void left by the discontinuation of it’s wonderful sister films, Kodak Plus-x (discontinued in 2010) and TXP320.



An extensive list of developing times for this film may be found at

This is really great news for the film community. It is only a limited run, but if it is popular then this could go into greater production. And if this is anything like as successful as the 800T then that should definitely happen. It looks to be lovely and grainy with plenty of contrast. I have just got some rolls so I shall be running a few as quickly as I can.




But wait! There is more! Haha, yes in celebration of this new release we have a giveaway for you. CineStill have been cool enough to give me a whole bunch of film to giveaway. So, here is the deal, if you buy a 135 film case from my store, you enter the chance to win a roll of bwXX film with your film case. The more cases you buy, the more chance of winning some film. And a couple of lucky people will win a film case full of bwXX and 800T film!


You can buy the film cases here.
You can buy bwXX film here.

Check out the Cinestill website for more information on their films and where you can get some locally to you.

And just when you thought it was over….CineStill will be attending Photokina later this month and will have some more big news for you all, news that I am sure will make a great deal of people very very happy. That is all I can say, but make sure you keep on checking JCH as there will be another awesome exclusive!


The post Film News: CineStill releases another film! appeared first on Japan Camera Hunter.

09 Sep 08:38

‘Os Gemeos’ Converts Industrial Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants

by Christopher Jobson

Os Gemeos Converts Industrial Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants Vancouver street art murals
Photo by roaming-the-planet

Os Gemeos Converts Industrial Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants Vancouver street art murals
Photo by roaming-the-planet

Os Gemeos Converts Industrial Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants Vancouver street art murals

Os Gemeos Converts Industrial Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants Vancouver street art murals
Photos by roaming-the-planet

Os Gemeos Converts Industrial Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants Vancouver street art murals

Os Gemeos Converts Industrial Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants Vancouver street art murals

Os Gemeos Converts Industrial Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants Vancouver street art murals

Os Gemeos Converts Industrial Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants Vancouver street art murals

First a Boeing 747, and now an industrial complex on a Vancover island; it seems no canvas is too large for Brazilian graffiti artists Os Gemeos who were invited to the Vancouver Biennale to turn six multi-story silos on Granville Island into their trademark ‘Giants.’ The murals on the 70-foot towers are now the largest paintings ever attempted by the pair, an astounding feat considering Os Gemeos completely donated a month of their time to create the non-profit art project. An Indiegogo fundraising campaign to recoup costs associated with painting the silos has been extremely successful. You can see more over on Arrested Motion.

23 Aug 14:31

Photographer Accused of Posting ‘Pornographic’ Photos of His 2-Year-Old, Here’s How He Responded

by Gannon Burgett


Wyatt Neumann is a photographer and father who last year took his two-year-old daughter Stella on a road trip across the country, documenting their travels as they went. Along the way he captured beautiful landscapes, pictures of the open road, as well as a handful of adorable images of Stella wearing what two-year-olds very often wear: a fairy dress or nothing at all.

Normally, when put in a family photo album or a personal collection to show off to friends, this sort of subject matter isn’t an issue. But, as Neumann found out the hard way, these nude but non-explicit images engendered an entirely different reaction when he posted them online.

As the trip progressed, Neumann shared the images from his travels with his daughter through Facebook and Instagram. Until, that is, about halfway through the road trip when the images began drawing criticism from people the world over.


The public backlash of the images brought a hailstorm of critics who called them “perverse,” “sick” and “pornographic.” Specifically, a group from the website Get Off My Internets began verbally attacking Neumann for publishing these images after a forum thread drew more attention to the photos than he had ever anticipated.

Before long, members of the site sent out a plethora of complaints to both Facebook and Instagram and managed to get Neumann’s profiles suspended. Eventually reinstated, it was the broad criticism of both him and his daughter and the suspension of his accounts that lead Neumann to realize this was a matter of freedom of expression and the freedom of speech.


It was then that he came up with the idea to turn these images into a gallery and accompanying book. Aptly titled I FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR CHILDREN: The Sexualization of Innocence in America, The Safari Gallery exhibition and book take what Neumann hopes is an honest look at what childhood is and what it’s been turned into. As he explains in his artist statement:

What’s troubling is the abject reviling of the human body, the intense and overt sexualization of the natural form, especially the naked bodies of carefree young children, who have yet to feel the burden of institutionalized body image awareness and the embarrassment that comes with adolescence. My children are free, they live without shame.

As part of the series, the gallery and book featured images from their entire road trip, not just of Stella. And along with each image comes a comment, one of the comments left on the nude or semi-nude photos of Stella by the people who were so offended by those images.


Neumann says he is committed to “showcas[ing] the lives [his children] get to live, express myself, and catalog the reality of my children’s experience.” As for the online critics who had more than a handful of words to share with Neumann in regards to the images of his naked child, his closing statement seems to sum it up fairly well:

So the choice seems clear: do we live in fear and condemnation? Or do we celebrate one another, and ourselves, in this life? I choose to believe in our ability to fight fear with love, ignorance with understanding, and to unite rather than divide. But you be the judge… is this pornography, art, expression, or exploitation. It’s up to us to either cower in fear, or liberate ourselves and live.

Below are a number of images Neumann was kind enough to share with us, presented as they were in the exhibition: alongside the critical, hateful and often vulgar words of anonymous strangers who commented on the images of Stella:


“This man is a sick f**k. Why in the world would you do this to your child? Great job, Wyatt Neumann. That poor little girl…” -Ships Go Overboard aka It Burns, April 26, 2014 6:23pm


“He’s an attention seeking f**k. Wake up, Wyatt, you f**king piece of s**t.” -SelenaKyle, April 26, 2014 8:59am


“He seems like a d**k. I want to puke. The nude photos are gross and disturbing.” -tunawhiskers, April 25, 2014 4:09pm


“Every good thing you are and every good thing you do is cancelled out by the fact that you exploit your children. You truly have no right to do this to them.” -skeptical girl is skeptical, April 26, 2014 1:55pm


“Way to serve your daughter up on a plate, sicko. I will be sure to email you directly when I find this image being traded on the deep web, Wyatt, you sick f**k.” -your mirror lied to you, April 26, 2014 10:27am


“I doubt she’ll ever be in a real school, have any real friends, or develop any real attachments to anything because that would be counterproductive to the isolation her parents probably want to keep her and her brother in. I’ll bet the only people they’re around are their parents ‘like-minded’ adult friends, a healthy portion of which are probably pedophiles that they’re too blind to see are right there waiting to get their children alone for 5 minutes.” -NamelyThis, April 26, 2014 12:47pm


“I am a licensed clinical social worker and I work with abused children and adults every day. I have listened to children tell me about their parents selling them for sex to buy drugs, about parents who locked them away in closets for hours at a time without food or water because they wouldn’t stop crying, about parents who beat their children to within an inch of their life, just for being a child. Wyatt, you clearly hold yourself to a higher esteem than those people, but I don’t. You are no better than they are.”

Here’s a feature of Neumann by Vocativ (warning: contains strong language):

To learn more about this project or see any of Neumann’s other work, be sure to visit his website by clicking here.

(via Huffington Post)

Image credits: Photographs by Wyatt Neumann and used with permission

07 Aug 20:41

"The Matrix" with 8-bit sound effects

by (biotv)
Film editor and visual effects artist Phillip Raupach edits the chateau fight scene from The Matrix: Reloaded and replaces all the original sounds with sound effects from classic video games.

Phillip Raupach | via
22 Jul 13:53

The New Hoya EVO Antistatic Filters Repel Dust

by Chris Gampat
Nuno Cruz


The New Hoya EVO Antistatic Filters Repel Dust

Hoya's New EVO Antistatic filters may be great in the desert.
16 Jul 15:03

Frozach Submitted

10 Jul 09:30

Your Smartphone Could Be An Emergency Crew’s Eyes

by JLister


A British fire service is developing an app that will let callers send live video of an incident to give emergency staff more information before they arrive on the scene.

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) wants other services from around the country such as police and ambulance to get involved in the tech behind the app. It’s named 999eye after the emergency phone number in the UK (the equivalent of 911.) WMFS wants to develop the system and share it with other services free of charge. It says the majority of emergency service calls now come from people using a cellphone.

The idea behind the system will be for smartphone users who’ve made an emergency call to use their camera to shoot the scene (in a safe manner of course.) That would give emergency staff a clearer picture of what is going on, allowing them to prepare better while on their way to the incident. In particular it could reduce the need to rely on eyewitnesses having to describe the scope or nature of a problem such as a fire, something that’s often hard to do for people who don’t see fires regularly and thus have few points of comparison.

WMFS says it wants the app to use point-to-point streaming for the video, rather than route it through servers. It says the app should be set up so that anyone with the basic ability to operate their smartphone can operate the app. It won’t require any recording on the phone itself, though the emergency service will record the footage for use in any investigation.

The app will also be configured to transmit location information using a combination of Wi-Fi points, GPS info and cellular tower location. That could reduce problems where a caller is away from home and can’t accurately describe their location.

WMFS is also considering the possibility for using the app to help medical staff talk callers through giving first aid before ambulance staff arrive and be able to check they are following the instructions correctly.

(Hat tip: Us vs Them)

09 Jul 22:31

Personifying the Waste Problem: Photos of People Lying in 7 Days of Their Own Trash

by DL Cade


Photographer Gregg Segal wanted to put a human face on the trash problem in the US. Cold numbers and statistics can only have so much of an impact, pictures of real families and individuals lying in 7 days-worth of their own trash… now that would get some attention.

Thus was born the 7 Days of Garbage series, a set of photographs featuring people from varied socioeconomic backgrounds literally wallowing in a week’s worth of their waste.

In the Artist’s Statement on the series, Segal explains what it is we’re looking at:

7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances with the garbage they accumulate in the course of a week. Subjects are photographed surrounded by their trash in a setting that is part nest, part archeological record. We’ve made our bed and in it we lie.


Of course, not every photograph you see is 100% honest. In a recent interview with Slate about the series, Segal reveals that some people “edited” their trash to take out “the really foul stuff.” Many, however, showed up with the full contents of their week’s waste.

It’s those images, maintains Segal, that turned out the strongest. Here’s a selection of photographs from 7 Days of Garbage that Segal was kind enough to share with us:

Alfie, Kirsten, Miles and Elly.

Sam and Jane.

Michael, Jason, Annie and Olivia


Marsha and Steven.


Elias, Jessica, Azai and Ri-karlo.


Lya, Whitney and Kathrin.


Till and Nicholas.

The point of the series was to draw attention to the sheer amount of garbage we produce, and perhaps encourage people to do their part to help the situation.

“We’re just cogs in a machine and you’re not culpable really but at the same time you are because you’re not doing anything, you’re not making any effort,” he told Slate. “There are some little steps you can take to lessen the amount of waste you produce.”

To find out more about the series or if you’d like to keep up with Segal as he continues to add to it — he hopes to expand the series to include more environments, so that people will realize no environment is left untouched by trash — head over to Segal’s website or give him a follow on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

(via Slate)

Image credits: Photographs by Gregg Segal and used with permission

04 Jul 08:58


04 Jul 08:52

Photo Project Captures People’s Reactions to Someone Falling Asleep on Them on the Subway

by DL Cade


The New York City subway can be a cold place, metaphorically speaking. Headphones, cell phones, that one Seamless ad they’ve no doubt already read 600 times, whatever their approach, people go to great lengths to avoid communicating with the other people in the car.

So what happens when one of those people breaks, not only the unwritten rule against talking, but touching! How do people react on the subway when a complete stranger falls asleep on their shoulder?

Artist George Ferrandi set out to find the answer to this question in a simultaneously funny and touching (pun thoroughly enjoyed) photo series dubbed It Felt Like I Knew You…


With the help of Angela Gilland, the duo took to the NYC Subway armed with an iPhone and the goal of capturing some potentially very awkward interactions. Here’s how Ferrandi contextualizes the images:

I ride the NYC subway trains, usually in the evening when the seats are full. I focus on the shape of the space between the person sitting next to me and myself. I attempt to mentally and emotionally re-sculpt that space. In my mind, I reshape it — from the stiff and guarded space between strangers to the soft and yielding space between friends. I direct all my energy to this space between us. When the space palpably changes, and I completely feel like the stranger sitting next to me is my friend, I rest my head on that person’s shoulder… and see what happens.

All of the images below are frames pulled from iPhone videos shot by Gilland, and show each interaction from start to finish:







To see more of Ferrandi’s work, or if you’d like to keep up with this ongoing project, head over to her website by clicking here.

(via Lost at E Minor)

Image credits: Stills from iPhone video shot by Angela Gilland for George Ferrandi, and used with permission

03 Jul 11:56


28 Jun 22:09

Happy Camera Day!

by Nicole Lewis
camera galore
8zilcamera galore

Through the years, photography has touched every one of our lives on many personal levels, from old black and white snapshots to camera-phone selfies. To celebrate National Camera Day, we have highlighted some of the most influential cameras from photography’s history and the lasting moments they continue to help us capture.


Camera Obscura

MILA - Camera Obscura 12x8
Marko StamatovicMILA – Camera Obscura 12×8

(Stamatovic & Son Co. 12×8 Camera Obscura)

The first photographic device invented was the Camera Obscura (also known as the pinhole camera). The term “camera obscura” means “darkened room” in Latin. Originally, these darkened rooms were sealed off from light, except for a tiny hole. On the opposite wall, an image of the outside world was projected up-side down. As the camera evolved, it became smaller in size, until it was simply a portable box with a tiny pinhole, that allowed light to enter the device and expose either a piece of photographic paper or film. A 45-degree mirror was later added to the inside, in order to flip the image right-side up.

New 6 x 9 Pinhole
Don PyleNew 6 x 9 Pinhole

(Handmade Innova 6×9 Pinhole Camera)

Pinhole cameras can be made out of just about anything from cereal and oatmeal boxes, to old film cameras (done by removing the lens and replacing it with a lens cap that has a tiny pinhole drilled in the center). Photographers have also experimented with building their own camera obscuras, or pinhole cameras, to accommodate specific types of film formats.

Camera Obscura: Outside In(n) 38, exit
kudaphotoCamera Obscura: Outside In(n) 38, exit

Photographer Darius Kuzmickas, takes the concept of the camera obscura back to the basic optics of light, as he transforms entire interior spaces into huge camera obscuras.

Have you ever tried your hand at pinhole photography? If so, you can share your photographs with the Pinhole Photography Flickr Group.


Large-format Camera

Pacemaker Speed Graphic
Bobby Todd, IIPacemaker Speed Graphic

(Graflex Pacemaker Speed Graphic Camera)

Remember seeing photographs of photographers using big old-fashioned cameras with a black cloth covering their heads? Those cameras are called large-format cameras (or view cameras), and they are still used to this day. These photographic beasts are made to use film formats that are 4×5 inches or larger in size. This means your film negatives are a lot bigger than the usual 35mm roll film, and you can enlarge these images to mural-like sizes without losing detail or sharpness. With large-format cameras, photographers are able to utilize an impressive range of depth of field, allowing tack sharp focus, as well as beautiful bokeh. For every exposure made on a large-format camera, the photographer must change the film sheet, focus on the subject of the photograph, and then cock and release the shutter. They are very slow to work with and require immense patience. The images created with large-format cameras are among the highest quality a photographer can get, making them perfect cameras for photographers who enjoy taking their time photographing, or are working on serious projects.

When you're lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost.
diyosaWhen you're lost in those woods, it sometimes takes you a while to realize that you are lost.

To see more stunning images taken with large-format cameras, or share your own, join Flickr’s Large Format group.


Kodak Brownie Camera

"Brownie Junior"
Eric Flexyourhead"Brownie Junior"

(Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior Camera)

Flash Model of 1949, Brownie Hawkeye
PMongeFlash Model of 1949, Brownie Hawkeye

(Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash Model Camera)

The Kodak Brownie camera came out in 1900 and became the first mass-produced camera to hit the market. What these cameras did was make photography available to the general population. They were both inexpensive and easy to use, so that anybody and everybody could photograph with them. This was Kodak’s slogan and selling point – “You push the button, we do the rest,” and with that, the snapshot was born.

Shadows at Red Square
rockman525Shadows at Red Square

The graininess and low-quality feel of the images produced with the Kodak Brownie holds a certain nostalgia in today’s digital world. Many Flickr members still use these vintage box cameras, and share their photographs with groups like Vintage Kodak and Box Camera Beauties.


Polaroid Instant-film Camera

Land Camera Model 95
thepostessLand Camera Model 95

(Polaroid Land Camera Model 95)

When the Polaroid instant-film cameras were introduced, it was the first time people could snap a photo and then see the end result in less than a minute, without the hassle of getting the film developed in a lab.

Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera
Justin WolfePolaroid SX-70 Land Camera

(Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera)

The Polaroid SX-70 model came out in 1972, and became a huge success because the images were automatically developed and ejected from the camera. This instant development lowered the chances of messing up the photograph. Instant film was used for a variety of reasons, ranging from family vacation snapshots, to test photos that allowed professional photographers to immediately get an idea of what they were photographing before using up film on their other cameras (especially helpful with lighting for studio shoots).

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German photographer Tanja Deuss, uses her Polaroid SX-70 to create one-of-a-kind images for her series, “Abheben.” For this project, Tanja creates unique Polaroid emulsion lifts by allowing her Polaroid photographs of simple landscapes or cityscapes to develop, then peeling apart the paper and placing the emulsion layer onto separate handmade papers. The results? Amazingly unpredictable imagery that gives viewers two different ways to experience one single moment.

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Tanja DeußAbheben . Pola | 02

(Positive scan before emulsion lift)

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Tanja DeußAbheben | 02

(Emulsion lift onto Noble Vat paper)

When Polaroid announced that they would stop their production of instant film back in 2008, a huge movement that started out as the “Impossible Project” was born. Its purpose was to save and promote the dying art of using Polaroid instant film. Now, the Impossible Project is a rapidly growing company that produces and sells their own instant film, designs their own analog instant film cameras, as well as refurbishes old Polaroid cameras.

Photographers who actively shoot with instant film can share their photographs with The Impossible Project’s Flickr Group. Also, if you are interested in seeing more wonderful examples of emulsion lifts or other ways to manipulate instant film, check out The Impossible Project Film Manipulation Group.


Medium-format Camera

(Rolleiflex 2.8E Camera & Hasselblad 500C Camera)

For photographers who love the idea of a film negative that is larger than the standard 24×36 mm film found in 35mm cameras, but do not want to deal with the slow process of shooting with large-format 4×5 cameras, a medium-format camera is an outstanding alternative. Because of the larger negative size (some of the popular sizes being 6×6 cm, 6×7 cm, and 6×9 cm), medium-format film cameras were a must-have in the professional photography world. Many wedding, fashion, portraiture, and editorial photographers chose to work with this type of film cameras before the digital age took over the photo industry. Still today, even with digital photography reigning supreme, many professionals prefer to use medium-format film for their serious work.


The twin-lens reflex cameras (TLRs) are great introductory cameras if you want to start learning how to shoot with medium format. TLRs use two lenses: the top lens is used for focusing and composing a shot, and the bottom lens is used to actually take the photograph. Because of their small size, TLR cameras were extremely portable, fast, and could be used easily without the use of a tripod. A lot of news photographers used these cameras in the 1960s and 1970s because of this convenience. Rolleiflex produced some of the highest quality TLR systems on the market, which also meant they were the most expensive. However, the top quality lenses, plus the sharpness, clarity and detail that photographers could get by shooting with these cameras, made the expensive price tag worth their investment.

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Another-medium format camera of choice for serious photographers, was the Hasselblad 500 series. This SLR (single-lens reflex) powerhouse became popular because of its compact size, reliability, excellent optics, and sturdiness. For generations, the Hasselblad 500C (later replaced with the Hasselblad 500C/M) was the go-to camera for studio work, portraiture, and fashion photographers. Its reputation remains at the top of the photography game to this day, and a well cared for Hasselblad will last a photographer over 40 years. Another plus side to these cameras is the interchangeable lenses and film backs. Unlike most TLR systems that can only utilize one lens, Hasselblads have a wide range and variety of interchangeable parts that will suit any photographer’s needs.

Do you shoot a medium-format camera, or own a Rolleiflex or Hasselblad? Find others that share your interest by joining these great Flickr groups: Medium Format, Twin Lens Reflex, & Hasselblad.


Leica Camera

Leica M6 and M3
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(Leica M6 & M3 Series Cameras)

The 35mm rangefinder Leica M series cameras are a street photographer’s dream. They are made specifically to focus on one thing, the image. Because of this, the Leica M series cameras have a very simple, no-frills interface to help photographers quickly set their camera up for a shot. They are extremely small and quiet, allowing the photographer to discreetly capture photographs, which is why they are the perfect camera for street photographers and photojournalists alike.

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Flickr members that own Leica M cameras can share their photographs with the Leica M Photography group.


Canon Full Frame DSLR Camera

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
jeffk42Canon EOS 5D Mark III

(Canon 5D Mark III Camera)

Once digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras hit the market, the photography industry quickly shifted from analog to digital. The advantages of using digital cameras could simply not be ignored. Now, photographers were able to see the results of their images immediately after shooting, they could download the images from their cameras and start editing them to perfection, all in the same day. Photographers did not have to wait for their film to be developed, scanned, and returned to them anymore. As digital photography advanced, it became more and more important to work quickly and efficiently, delivering final images with the fastest turn-around time possible. Film photography was left to the ones who refused to conform to the digital era, the hobbyists, and the photographers who still had the patience to wait for their photographs.

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The Canon 5D Mark III is one of today’s top full-frame DSLR cameras on the market, and one of the most popular cameras used by professionals and serious amateur photographers around the world. It is built to create beautiful, clean, smooth images and videos in any sort of lighting condition. With perks like a very elaborate auto-focusing system, ridiculously wide ISO range, dual SD/CF memory card slots, and unbeatable image and video quality, the 5D Mark III has become one of the go-to cameras for professional photographers shooting in many different types of photography styles. Landscape, wedding, fashion, news, sports, and even still life photographers all enjoy working with this superb camera.

Canon 5D Mark III shooters share their photographs daily with Flickr’s Canon EOS 5D Mark III group.


Apple iPhone

iPhone 5S
JanitorsiPhone 5S

(iPhone 5s)

Finally, a camera list would not be complete without the one device that has redefined modern day photography, the Apple iPhone. Ever since the first iPhone came out in 2007, photography has become even more accessible and immediate. Now, anyone with an iPhone can take a photograph, edit it with one of the hundreds of popular photography iPhone applications, and share their images on social media like Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook, all in an instant with one small cell phone. We can thank the iPhone for making the visual documentation of daily-life activities the norm. The introduction of iPhone photography has shown everyone, amateurs and professionals alike, the importance of a visually appealing image, even if that image is just your daily cup of coffee. The iPhone has revolutionized not only how we take photographs, but also how we view the world, instantaneously.

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To see and share photographs taken with iPhones, head over to the iPhonography Flickr group.


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