Posts Tagged ‘interesting’

This Slow-Mo Clip Shows What It’s Like to Photograph Planes Landing at Maho Beach

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Maho Beach in the Caribbean islands is famous for being a place where you can stand directly under airliners as they’re landing at Princess Juliana International Airport. With giant airplanes roaring so close overhead, the beach is a popular photo spot that results in some unbelievable images.

Photographer and travel blogger Paul Luning recently paid a visit to the beach, capturing the eye-opening video above that shows just how close the planes come to the people on the beach below.
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A Glimpse Inside the Photo Palace That Photographer Jay Maisel Sold for $55 Million

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Back in 1966, renowned photographer Jay Maisel purchased a giant 6-floor, 35,000-square-foot, 72-room building at 190 Bowery in Manhattan for $102,000. The former NYC bank became his family’s home for the next half century, and the purchase has been described as possibly “the greatest real estate coup of all time“.

Here’s why: in late 2014, Maisel sold the valuable property to real estate investor Aby Rosen for a whopping $55 million.
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How Green Screen Compositing Worked Back in the Days of Film

Before the days of digital magic, people had to rely on clever film techniques and chemical processes for “green screen” (or chroma key) compositing. Tom Scott created the short video above that provides a quick overview of the techniques that were used.
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Watch How DSLR Shutters Work in 10,000FPS Super Slow Motion

If you want to see the mechanics of how a modern DSLR shutter works, one way to do so is through slow-motion captured with a high-speed camera. That’s what Gavin Free of The Slow Mo Guys recently did by pointing a Phantom Flex at his Canon 7D and capturing what goes on inside the mirror box during exposures of various shutter speeds.

By slowing down the movements after shooting at up to 10,000 frames per second, we get to see exactly what goes on in the camera in the blink of an eye.
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Video: The Technologies Inside Canon’s EF Lenses

If you’d like a primer on the technologies found inside Canon’s EF line of lenses, look no further than this 12-minute introduction created by Canon. We learn about things like aspherical lenses, fluorite lenses, diffractive optics, USM, lens coatings, and more.

Canon produced its 100 millionth EF lens back in April of 2014.

(H/T The Digital Picture)

This Picture of Elvis and Nixon is the Most Requested Photo from the US National Archives

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Of all the millions of historical photographs held by the US National Archives, the photo above is the single most requested. It was captured in the Oval Office on December 21, 1970, and shows Elvis Presley meeting then US President Richard Nixon.
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Chart: The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People Throughout History

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How does your daily schedule compare to the 24-hour routines of some of the most famous creative individuals throughout history? Podio created the chart above using info from the book “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” by Mason Currey. Though there aren’t any photographers on the list here, it’s an interesting look at how creative minds of the past approached things like work, sleep, and play.

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People [Podio via Colossal]

What a Movie’s Scenes Look Like Straight Out of the Camera Versus In Theaters

Here’s an interesting look at the magic that goes into making movies look the way they do. The video above shows how scenes in one particular movie looked straight out of the camera compared to the finished version after color grading. It’s like the video equivalent of the before-and-after post-processing examples photographers often share on the Web.
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Maps Showing the Pro Photography Landscape in the United States

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What is the current state of the professional photography industry in the United States? Back in April 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released statistics about the photography profession from May 2013. The data offers an interesting look into where photographers are living and how much they’re earning.
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Self-Taught Chinese Street Photographer Tao Liu Has an Eye for Peculiar Moments

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Up until recently, Tao Liu was just an unknown water meter reader in China with an interest in photography. Then people started noticing his clever photos captured on sidewalks, and now Liu has become one of China’s hottest street photographers.
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