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Move Over Google Earth, Here Comes DigitalGlobe’s Stunning Images From the Sky!

Mon September 8, 2014

 Madrid From Space. DigitalGlobe

Madrid From Space. DigitalGlobe

The WorldView-3 satellite is a commercial satellite that launched on August 13, 2014. It captures images at a resolution of 30 centimeters, i.e., each pixel of the camera captures one square foot of land. How good is that? The images, from 383 miles above the Earth’s surface, are stunning, gorgeous and creepily clear. WorldView 3 is currently the most powerful commercial Earth imaging satellite in orbit.

[C]ustomers can more easily determine the type of vehicle (cars, trucks, sedans, mini vans) and its speed and direction, which is valuable for a range of industry vertical customers. With 30 cm super-spectral imagery, quantitative assessments of the state of highway networks — including surface wear — can provide valuable maintenance planning information to national, state, and local governments.

WorldView-3’s maker, DigitalGlobe, has been granted tentative permission (in six months’ time, so the images shown here have been resampled to a resolution of 40 cms) to sell its high resolution images. Up to now, companies could only sell images at a resolution no finer than 50 cms.

While, at 30 cms resolution, you may still not be able to see what your neighbors are doing in their backyard, and will still be greeted by fuzzy pixels if you try to get any closer than that, just so you know, military satellites have a resolution of 15 to 20 cms, so they probably can see what you are doing.

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#LoveYourLines Celebrates Real Women, Real Bodies

Tue August 19, 2014

We’ve all owed our existence (on a large part) thanks to the nine months spent growing safely in our mother’s tummy. That bulge to her tummy does something to her skin: it stretches it and, when you are finally out of there and into the world, leaves stretch marks behind. These stretch marks are your mom’s battle scars, so to speak, and proof of what mothers all over the world are willing to go through to bring the most precious cargo into the world: you. That’s how nature is and that’s something to be proud of. She is. Are you?

#LoveYourLines is an instagram site that was started by two moms who decided to shine a light on this issue because it became one when a mother’s bikini body with stretch marks clearly visible was publicly shamed on social media. They thought, Surely, this is something to be ashamed of and hidden from public view. Women (and men) around the world came to that mother’s defense and #LoveYourLines was born.

“#LoveYourLines is a social media photo campaign to help showcase the beauty of the female body. This account is curated by two mommas hoping to make a difference in the world of the female body image. To submit your photos please email loveyourlines@gmail.com. All women of different shapes, sizes and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit. Photos submitted should be taken against a plain background. We can’t wait to see your love lines!”


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Cosmic Flower Unfolding

Fri August 15, 2014

© Ben Ridgway

© Ben Ridgway

Ben Ridgway is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California, USA. He also spent years as a 3D artist in the video game industry and helped to create games for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft console systems. He has been making experimental animations since 1992.

His “Cosmic Flower Unfolding” has garnered praises in many venues. He describes it as “a constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms. It is a tribute to abstraction, its connection to the inner space we inhabit and how it can be externalized.

Cosmic Flower Unfolding from Ben Ridgway on Vimeo.

One day while meditating I tried to visualize in my mind’s eye how I might be able to animate a flower unfolding made up of glowing, pulsating shapes. When I did this I spontaneously saw a face made up of intricate glowing shapes that glowed like neon. The face was inhaling and exhaling at the same time and seemed to represent the exchange of energy and life that we experience through human existence. Every time I thought about making a film, this experience would come back to me, beckoning me to translate it into a moving image.

At the time I had been studying the illustrations of Ernest Haeckel and was planning on doing a homage to his work at some point. The marriage of oceanic motifs inspired by Haeckel mixed with the flower idea excited me and became the driving inspiration for the film. Ernest Haeckel is famous for his incredibly intricate renditions of animals and sea creatures. Many of his images exhibit noticeable symmetry both through individual forms and overall composition. To me, he uncovered the divine in his work through masterfully transforming mundane life forms into idealized artistic interpretations of those forms.

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X-Ray Animated GIFs

Thu August 14, 2014

I love X-Ray images. Being able to see the internals of the human (and animal) body and objects hold a certain fascination.

Cameron Drake went a step further. He used X-Ray video footage, extracted small clips (@ 2 sec.) from them and combined these into animated GIFs using Adobe Photoshop and Premiere. The result is awesome!

For Weiss Orthopaedics I produced this series of animated gifs of the human anatomy from X-rays of Dr. Noah Weiss himself.

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FEARLESS: How Women In India Are Speaking Out Against Rape Culture Through Photos And Illustrations

Fri July 25, 2014

It is not easy to speak out against a culture of rape and misogyny, but many in India have done so. Shilo Shiv Suleman, an “llustrator, Animator, Storyteller,” started a Facebook site to do just that and have invited people around the world to contribute to “Fearless”, the poster collective to make their voices heard.

“Fearless”, the poster collective Posters made by a host of illustrators and designers from across India and more that AFFIRM fearless femininity. While we need to keep sharing these links and letting these stories be heard so that it remains in the nations consciousness, We also need to keep reaffirming fearlessness and channel all this energy somewhere. We need to keep going out at night, taking public transport, wearing what we want, dancing, singing, being beautiful.


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Coral Marine Life Timelapse

Sat March 29, 2014

To the naked eyes, they barely move, but the plants, fungi, sponges, corals, plankton, and microorganisms on a coral reef grow, reproduce, spread, move towards source of energy and away from unfavorable conditions. To record their almost imperceptible movements — and to make them visible to our eyes — Daniel Stoupin made a timelapse movie from the “hundreds of thousands of photos” he took. The resulting video, titled “Slow Life,” is eye-opening.

Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

“Slow” marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.

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Vintage Selfies

Sun March 16, 2014

Selfies may seem like a recent fad, but long before modern celebrities obsessed with themselves and a U.S. President snapped one, selfies have been a staple diet of famous and not so famous personalities for many years past. Case in point, these vintage photos of a general, an artist, an ex-President of the U.S., an astronaut, a singer, etc. show that given a camera and a mirror, a selfie is snapped.

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NASA on Flickr – Real ‘Gravity’ Space Photos

Sat March 15, 2014

The Gravity movie has generated lots of interest on space missions. However, as Hollywood would have it, it is over-dramatized and no astronauts could survive accidents of the sort depicted in the movie.

Not to be outdone by — and taking advantage of — the interest and popularity of the movie, NASA has posted “Real-Life Images from Space” on Flickr for our enjoyment.

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Selfies And The City

Tue March 4, 2014

Never mind the gargantuan disappointment that [most people believe that] the Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie that went around the world was in fact a planned advertisement for the Samsung smartphone (which Samsung denies) and that Ellen herself uses an iPhone to tweet personally… now, you can sift through actual selfies taken by real people (not that Ellen & Company at the Oscars are not real, but you know what I mean, it’s all a show) in 5 real cities across the world, play around with the data, discover what your personal selfie style is (selfiexploratory), and find out answers to hot burning questions you always wanted answered like:

Do angry people tilt their heads more strongly? And what is a characteristic mood for people in Moscow?

There, satisfy your inner urge. Visit our Featured Site: Selfiecity.

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The Magical Worlds of Adrien Broom

Sat March 1, 2014

Today, we feature the magical worlds of Adrien Broom, where reality and illusions mix to create a childhood world of fantasy. She bills herself as having “a penchant for the bizarre and beautiful.” Part of The Color Project, The World of Blue captures the underwater world.

These two videos shows how that underwater world was built and photographed so that it seems that the young girl was really underwater.

Building a World of Blue from Adrien Broom on Vimeo.

Behind the Scenes of the Blue World from Adrien Broom on Vimeo.

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Arie van’t Riet Plant & Animal X-Ray Photography

Sun February 2, 2014

Arie van’t Riet is a physicist specializing in radiation physics, especially in very low energy X-rays. He decided to put nature and animals under x-ray and photograph them. The resulting “biorama” is quite spectacular. The photographs are B&W and manually colorized in post processing.

Since he uses only dead animals, no live animals were hurt in the process. [Well, he also used live snails, but claims the low x-ray radiation did not hurt them.] Though he wants to make movies using x-ray, he decided it is not justified to expose living animals to x-rays.

Future projects include large bioramas featuring a landscape of flowers, or an alligator, flamingos, etc.

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National Geographic 125th Anniversary Collector’s Edition October 2013: The Power of Photography

Wed October 16, 2013

This video presents “National Geographic Celebrates the Power of Photography.”

  • National Geographic magazine marks its 125th anniversary with a special October 2013 issue devoted to celebrating the power of photography.

“Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, passports to inner sanctums, instruments for change. Their images are proof that photography matters—now more than ever. The issue looks at how photography has the power to impact our lives by bearing witness, helping to prove fact, giving us insight into each other, revealing unknown places, celebrating wonder and inspiring us to protect our natural world.”


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