Tag Archive: Photography


New Horizons Probe Eyes Pluto For Historic Encounter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Nasa probe is to start photographing the icy world of Pluto, to prepare itself for a historic encounter in July.

  The New Horizons spacecraft has travelled 5bn km (3bn miles) over nine years to get near the dwarf planet.

  And with 200m km still to go, its images of Pluto will show only a speck of light against the stars.

  But the data will be critical in helping to align the probe properly for what will be just a fleeting fly-by.

  Pluto will be photographed repeatedly during the approach, to determine the probe’s position relative to the dwarf planet, explained Mark Holdridge, from the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) in Baltimore.

” We then perform a number of correction manoeuvres to realign our trajectory with the reference trajectory, thus ensuring we hit our aim point to travel through the Pluto system,” he said.

  When New Horizons arrives at Pluto it will be moving so fast – at almost 14km/s – that going into orbit around the distant world is impossible; it must barrel straight through instead.

  One complication is that the seven different instruments aboard the spacecraft need to work at different distances to get their data, and so the team has constructed a very elaborate observation schedule for them all.

  But what this means is that very precise timing will be required to make sure the flyby runs smoothly.

  The closest approach to Pluto is set for around 11:50 GMT on 14 July – at a miss distance of roughly 13,695km from the surface.

  Mission planners want the exact timings nailed to within 100 seconds. New Horizons will know then where and when to point the instruments. “

 

 

BBC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These People Should Have Looked At Their Photos Before Posting Them Online

 

 

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” When you take a picture of yourself to share with the world, there are several important factors you must be aware of. You have to frame the image properly to include yourself in the picture. You have to make sure the flash is either on or off. Most importantly. you absolutely must make sure there isn’t anything embarrassing going on in the background for everyone to see. Otherwise, you might end up like these people. “

 

 

Poop pic!

 

 

    A word to the wise: don’t do your selfies on the “john” … LOL

 

 

    Viral Nova has more of these hilariously unedited photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NASA Releases Panoramic Picture Of Andromeda Galaxy: Largest Picture Ever With 1.5 Billion Pixels

 

 

 

 

” Using images from the Hubble Space Telescope, a bird’s-eye panoramic view of part of the Andromeda galaxy is the clearest, largest picture ever assembled by NASA of the galaxy next door.

  The Andromeda galaxy is located more than 2 million light-years away from Earth but the Hubble Space Telescope was powerful enough to capture part of it, bringing together 1.5 billion pixels representing a stretch of galaxy with a length of 61,000 light-years. Over 100 million stars were immortalized in the image as well, some of them seen in clusters of thousands.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The impressive photograph raises the bar for precision studies involving spiral galaxies dominating the universe as they number more than 100 billion. Astronomers have never been able to view stars so clearly yet so widespread in external spiral galaxies. “

 

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” Photographer Levi Bettweiser is the man behind the Rescued Film Project, an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film from the far corners of the world.”

 

 

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” He recently came across one of his biggest finds so far: 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a single soldier during World War II.”

 

 

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” Bettweiser tells us he found the film rolls in late 2014 at an auction in Ohio. About half the rolls were labeled with various location names (i.e. Boston Harbor, Lucky Strike Beach, LaHavre Harbor). “I know nothing about who shot the film or who it belonged to,” he says.”

 

PetaPixel has many more photos 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 People Who Ruined These Statues In The Best Way Possible

 

 

 

” Where you see a statue, they see an opportunity for hilarity.”

 

 

Here’s another sample to start your day …

 

 

 

 

See the other 33 photos here and start your day with a smile …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See This Woman Bend Her Body In Impossible Ways

 

Bendy Woman Zlata Poses For 2015 Calendar

 

 

” Zlata, a German contortionist, has bent herself into a dozen nearly back-breaking positions for a 2015 calendar.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Dressed in a gold body suit, bendy world record-breaker Julia Guenthel manages to twist her body into unthinkable positions, including one photo where she balanced on her belly with her legs slung over her shoulders like backpack straps, according to Barcroft Media.”

 

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Antelope Canyon Photo Sells For Record $6.5M

 

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” The world’s most expensive photo depicts Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, near Page on the Navajo Reservation.

  Landscape Photographer Peter Lik sold his print, titled “Phantom,” for $6.5 million to a private collector in November.

  The black-and-white photo depicts an underground cavern inside Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon formed as rainwater eroded the stone into narrow passageways.

  The canyon, first opened to the public in 1997, attracts photographers and sightseers to marvel at its uniquely smooth, flowing corridors and arches, Navajo Nation parks officials said.”

 

AZCentral.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Courtesy Of Space Exploration

 

 

Photo: The clearest picture of Mercury ever taken.

 

 

  This colorful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER’s primary mission. These colors are not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but rather the colors enhance the chemical, mineralogical, and physical differences between the rocks that make up Mercury’s surface. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If A Tree Falls In The Forest, Make Sure You Don’t Take A Picture With It

 

 

” Last month, the Forest Service proposed a regulation that would require permits costing as much as $1500 to take photographs or film on Forest Service land. The public response has been overwhelmingly negative [I tried but couldn’t make the sentence long enough for all the criticism]. To put this simply enough that a Forest Service bureaucrat can understand it, the First Amendment doesn’t allow the government to forbid speech in public places, to regulate the content of that speech, to subject speech to an arbitrary preclearance process, or to condition a government benefit on waiving the right to free speech. Somehow the Forest Service managed to do all of this in a single proposal.

  The proposal would require a permit for any “commercial” filming, which is broadly defined as any sound or video recording that could generate income and uses models, sets, or props. Say, for example, a nonprofit filmed a video in the forest that might generate donations [*cough* hint *cough*]:

  This video would require Forest Service approval, even though the filming took place in a public place and had no adverse impact on the environment.

  The regulation also prohibits unpermitted still photography if it uses models, sets, or props or causes any administrative inconvenience for the Forest Service (although it’s not clear why the permit regime isn’t itself an administrative inconvenience).”

 

Pacific Legal Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women Who Love Fishing, Tackle and Boats

 

 

Meet Christina …

 

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” Christina tapped the plentiful offshore waters of Marathon, Florida Keys, to haul in this dolphin. Even though Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and Key West tend to be the most popular fishing destinations, don’t forget about the Forgotten Keys in the lower Keys, including Big Pine Key. These less-pressured keys offer exceptional fishing both inshore and offshore. “

 

 

And this here is Catherine …

 

 

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” Catherine, a University of Georgia gymnast, went fishing in Key West and landed this permit. Key West Harbor is one of the most dependable spots to catch permit, especially during the spring. This fishery is a great option for those who lack the time or patience to pursue these fish on the flats. “

 

 

Meet twenty three more ladies who love fishing at Sport Fishing magazine’s October edition of “Sport Fishing Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Hysterical Photo Collection From The Daily Buzz

 

 

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Do you think he likes the view ?

 

 

 

 

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Here , Let me help …

 

 

 

See the other 80 pics here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mind-Blowing GoPro Photos

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s one more teaser …

 

 

 

 

 

The Daily Buzz has the other 98 beautiful photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hilarious Perfectly Timed Photos

 

 

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I don’t think she’s going to be happy …

 

 

 

 

 

 

I meant to do that …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of hurting …

 

 

 

 

See the other 48 pictures here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilot And Photographer Wayne Davis Gets A View From The Top

 

 

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” Photographer and pilot Wayne Davis shot these amazing aerial photos over the open ocean of giant tuna swimming in beautiful formations. Flip through all the images and you’ll even see the surprise shark and whale join them. You can view more images from Wayne Davis and contact him at his website:www.OceanAerials.com. “

 

 

Marlin Magazine has nearly two dozen more spectacular photos … see them here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women Who Love Fishing, Tackle And Boats

 

 

Tuna:

 

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” Jennifer landed this 120-pound yellowfin tuna off Panama in May 2014. She caught the tuna on a Black Hole Cape Cod special 250g jigging rod and Avet MXL Raptor reel with 65-pound Fins braid. Panama yellowfins can amass so thick around bait schools that it’s possible to motor right into the school and watch tunas fly through the air next to the boat.”

 

 

 

Little Tunny:

 

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” Cynthia landed this nice little tunny on a recent trip. The little tunny is often confused with similar species, mostly because it has different nicknames in different regions and looks like other tunalike fish. Find out the difference between a tuna and a bonito.”

 

 

See the other 23 pictures at SportFishing Mag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYC Bodypainting Day: A Model’s Recap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Yesterday, models of all shapes and sizes became walking canvases for body painting artists from all over the country in New York City’s first Body Painting Day, an event dedicated to accepting our bodies as we are as well as displaying beautiful art. (Photos can be viewed on Flickr and Gothamist.)”

 

 

 

 

”  I was fortunate enough to participate as one of the models. Mind you, walking naked through one of the most crowded cities in the country was never on my bucket list, however it was definitely an experience and a message I was proud to promote. I arrived at the southwest entrance to Central Park at about 12:15pm and met with my artist, Margie Nugent, who I had coordinated with prior to the event to avoid any stress upon arriving. She was provided with the paint and we made camp next to a bench. “You ready?”, asked Margie. Off came my dress. There I stood in a thong in front of a surrounding crowd, cell phones ready to upload to social media, as my artist went straight to work. Another artist sharing our bench came prepared with her iPod and speakers. Shenanigans in our corner with sing-alongs and naked models shaking what was hanging. Hours in, it was time for the lady parts to be painted to complete the look. I was not nervous about showing my bits to public; I was more concerned with how the inevitable gawkers would release their inappropriate images to the interwebs. Fortunately, it was a quick cover.”

 

OutsideTheBoundsNYC

 

 

 

    On a similar note the World Body Painting Festival was held several weeks ago in Austria . Below is a video of some of the highlights .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guardian has many pictures and details of the 17th annual festival …

 

 

 

 

This year, the festival took place from 29 June to 3 July.

 

 

 

” The 17th annual world bodypainting festival has taken place in Pörtschach, Austria. Thousands of visitors arrived to observe the bodypainting work of artists from 47 different countries on the theme of Pop Art. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Traffic Jam Was Stuck In Belgian Forest For 70 Years

 

 

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Image credits: Theo van Vliet

 

 

 

” These spooky apocalyptic images are not a scene from “Walking Dead”, they were actually taken at one of the biggest car cemeteries in the world – the Chatillion Car Graveyard, Belgium.

  According to an urban legend these cars were left behind by US soldiers from World War II, who could not ship them back to the US so they decided to hide them in a forest until they could come back and retrieve them. The locals disagree and say that it’s simply an old car dump of vehicles made after the WWII.

  At one point there were four car graveyards in Chatillon with as many as 500 retro vehicles. Unfortunately, most of the cars were stolen or removed by the locals and due to environmental issues the whole graveyards was cleared in 2010.”

 

Lots more photos at Bored Panda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Year’s Best Drone Photography, From Eagles To Fireworks

 

 

Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia

http://www.dronestagr.am/bali-barat-national-park-indonesia/

 

 

 

” While small “drones” have raised controversy in the US, they’ve made a lasting contribution to the world of photography. A light camera and a quadcopter can capture beautiful aerial shots that might once have been difficult or impossible for most photographers. Last year, Dronestagram launched as a place for both amateurs and professionals to upload their work.”

 

 

 

 

Sofia, Bulgaria

http://www.dronestagr.am/sofia-bulgaria/

 

 

 

” This year, it opened a contest to find the very best ones. The winners, picked with the help of users and National Geographic, represent the spectrum of drone photography, from high-flying nature shots to athletic spectacles to people who are just wondering what’s up there looking at them. “Went back to my home town in the Philippines. I was flying in the park one Sunday morning when suddenly people had become really interested,” writes Jericsaniel, who captured the second-place photograph above. “Looking at this picture, I realized how happy my drone makes these people.” And the winning photographer, who deserves every bit of that accolade, has actually managed to make a drone fly with the eagles.”

 

 

See all the winners at The Verge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 Classy People From The Past Who Remind Us What “Cool” Really Means!

 

 

 

” Our society has come a long way in the past few decades but we’ve completely forgotten what it’s like to be classy. Let’s take a lesson from these masters of “old school cool.”

 

 

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Elspeth Beard, shortly after becoming first Englishwoman to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. The journey took 3 years and covered 48,000 miles.”

 

 

 

   Even if you’re not impressed with Ms Beard and her accomplishments there’s no denying that Mr Eastwood was and is a master of “cool” .

 

 

 

 

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” Clint Eastwood with actresses Olive Sturgess and Dani Crayne in San Francisco, 1954″

 

 

 

   While this product never caught on , and indeed would no doubt be banned by the “safety nazis” today there is a major “cool factor” to these motorized roller skates .

 

 

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” A salesman has his motorized roller skates refueled at a gas station (1961)”

 

 

 

To see much more about what was “cool” check out the other 47 photos at Distractify .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Glorious Awakening

 

Glorious Sunrise - Benjamin Williamson

 

 

    Prints of this wonderful photo and many others like it by Benjamin Williamson can be viewed and purchased at Fine Art America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Cup 2014: 17 Pictures Of Shocking Violence As Police ‘Open Live Fire’ On Anti-Fifa Protesters

 

 

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” A Brazilian police officer was filmed firing what appear to be live rounds at anti-World Cup protesters this weekend.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The incident was captured by the Associated Press close to Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium during the Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina match on Sunday.

  The scenes also saw a man in plain clothes who identified himself as a police officer fire two shots into the air. He continued firing as he was driven away. The news agency was not able to confirm his identity.

  Some residents have turned to artistic protest – daubing walls with anti-Fifa graffiti.

  These powerful images show a nation discontent with corruption, greed and injustice. “

 

 

” One mural in particular, at a Sao Paulo school by renowned street artist Paulo Ito, has gone viral on social media, showing a weeping, starving Brazilian boy, knife and fork in hand, being served a football on a plate.”

 

Lots more here and at the link below:

 

 

RIO OFFICER SHOOTS LIVE ROUND DURING CUP PROTEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Photos From Imgur Have A Surreal Creepiness That Is Impossible To Shrug Off

 

 

What to make of this image ?

 

 

 

 

 

Children Of The Corn anyone ?

 

 

 

 

WTF ?

 

 

View the rest at Imgur , with a tip of the hat to Mandatory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Showcasing The Best In Racing

 

 

 

 

 

” Two years ago, the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix made what was supposed to be its triumphant return after a three-year hiatus.

  Public and private officials in Detroit touted the event’s return as another significant step in turning around the city. But in reality, Belle Isle itself wasn’t ready for the severe beating three days of racing can do to a course and nearly 100,000 people.

  The 2012 nationally televised event was delayed for hours due to patches of the track becoming unearthed. Race fans, media and drivers all looked on in bewilderment.

” It was like playing Russian roulette, and I just pulled a bullet,” said James Hinchcliffe, who crashed his car into a safety barrier after hitting a piece of the unearthed track in 2012.

  However, those days have now long passed, according to this attendees this weekend at the 2014 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. 

” It’s much better laid out,” said Molly Bogardus during Friday’s practice and qualifying rounds. The 46-year-old Eaton Rapids, Mich., resident has attended the Grand Prix with her husband, Jeff Bogardus, every year since its return three years ago.”

 

 

Race Weekend Photos(85): Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The two links here and here have many fine pictures from race day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right Wing News

 

 

 

Sniper

 

 

 

 

There’s a threat in there someplace . Can you see him ? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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