Posts Tagged ‘beautiful’

Video: Making Creative Use of Focus to Capture Ethereal Firework Footage

In the past, we’ve shared a few creative ways to take your fireworks shots to the next level. Be it shooting hand-held long exposures for an abstract result or refocusing during a long-exposure, the results can be quite stunning.

The video above combines a couple of techniques we’ve shared before, making wonderful use of bokeh and the refocusing technique to create a mesmerizing minute of footage. Read more…

Photographer Captures Outdoor Scenes Inside His Tiny Indoor Studio

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So you want to create stirring nature documentaries. You could go the National Geographic way and risk trench-foot, snakebite and more in pursuit of the scenic wild. Or you could take the Boris Godfroid route: Schlep a few hundred pounds of bricks into a spare room, cover it with moss and other forgiving plant life, and let nature run wild in miniature.
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Cassini Snaps New Photographs Showing Earth Next to Saturn’s Rings

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Were you smiling a lot Friday afternoon? Hope so, because that’s when you and your 7 billion planetary neighbors got a rare portrait session from the Cassini spacecraft. Orbiting above Saturn almost a billion miles away, the craft turned its camera towards to Earth to capture some spectacular images of our planet foregrounded by Saturn’s rings.

It was the first time in nine years that Cassini has been in orbit and taking scheduled photos of our planet, prompting NASA and friends to promote a “The Day That the Earth Smiled” event via social media.
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Portraits Created from Pictures of Space Taken by the Hubble Telescope

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Spanish visual artist Sergio Albiac is offering the world a chance to meld with the universe in an innovative project that combines portraiture with images from the Hubble space telescope.

Albiac calls his “Stardust” project “an experiment in generative portraiture.”
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Quad-Copter Camera Flies Over Niagara Falls, Captures Breathtaking Views

Niagara Falls is (or rather are) a sight to behold, and while capturing the falls from a boat or one of the overlooks is impressive enough, why not take to the air? That’s what YouTube user questpact did, creating the video above using his DJI Phantom quad-copter and GoPro Hero 3. Read more…

Dad Captures One Second Per Day of His Son’s First Year of Life

On July 9th, 2012, photographer Sam Cornwell of Hayling Island, England welcomed his son Indigo into the world and became a father for the first time. Starting on that life-changing day, Cornwell and his wife Beverley have been documenting the growth of their boy by capturing at least one second of video every single day.

Yesterday, one year and thousands of videos after the project began, the photographer took the clips and combined them into the beautiful “moving time-lapse” seen above.
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Beautiful Photo Collage of the Sun Shows Different Wavelengths of Light

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Our sun can look very different in photographs depending on the wavelength of light you’re trying to capture. Some photographs show the sun as a glowing white ball, while others capture hotter areas in a cold blue color. NASA recently took a collection of sun photos shot at different wavelengths and combined them into the beautiful photo collage seen above (here’s a higher-res version).
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Fourth of July Fireworks and Lightning Captured in One Lucky Shot

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Some people have all the luck right? The above photo was taken by photographer Jason Smith, and it’s a great example of the right place meeting the right time. While taking 4th of July photos at a friend’s house, he was able to capture a lightning strike that synched perfectly with some fireworks. Read more…

Why You Should Follow the US Interior Department on Instagram

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You’ve heard us mention the US Department of the Interior once before, in reference to Travis Roe’s awesome Grand Canyon lightning strike photo that went viral a couple of months ago. One of the department’s goals is to get people interested in visiting different areas of the United States, and they do this by sharing some of the most beautiful photos they come across.

Roe’s photo went viral after the Interior Department shared it on their Facebook page, but if you really want a great overview of beautiful US imagery, the department’s Instagram account is the way to go. Read more…

Macro Time-Lapse Follows Flowers from Seed to Bloom

Capturing the growth or bloom of a flower is a staple of time-lapse photography, and therefore, it can be a bit banal. But photographer Daniel Csobot has managed to put a macro flower time-lapse together that is both beautiful and captivating. Read more…