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Hunter S. Thompson on the Problem of Focusing Too Much on the Technicals of Photography

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Back in February 1962, well-known journalist (and hobbyist photographer) Hunter S. Thompson sent a letter to Pop Photo magazine about the value of “snapshooting” and not focusing too much on gear and the technical aspects of photography. His thoughts show that the landscape of the photo world half a century ago may not have been too different from what we see today.
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Photographer Accidentally Captures Rare Picture of Shark Birth, Almost Trashes It

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Photographer Attila Bicskos was diving off the coast of the Philippines last year when he spotted a thresher shark swimming by and snapped a photo. He almost tossed the photo away afterward, but it’s a good thing he didn’t: the photo is now the first recorded image showing a thresher shark giving birth.
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Hippo Lunges Out of the Water At a Photo Safari Boat

Hippos are huge, but they’re deceptively fast underwater. Photographer Craig Clive Jackson was recently on a photo safari in Botswana when the boat he was sitting in was charged by a gigantic hippopotamus. He caught the whole experience on camera in the video above.
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RC Plane Crashes Into the Sea and Captures Beautiful Underwater Scenes

MrLiftHog was flying his camera-equipped RC plane one afternoon when he became disoriented by the glare of the sun and accidentally crashed his plane into the waters below. The plane was supposed to capture some aerial imagery, but it ended up seeing beautiful sights as an underwater camera.
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This Photo Zoom Take Us a Billion Times Closer Onto Saturn’s Largest Moon

Ten years ago, on January 14, 2005, NASA landed its Huygens probe onto the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. To commemorate the event, NASA released the above video that takes us on a 1,000,000,000x journey from a zoomed out photo of Saturn and the moon and into the closest photos captured by Huygens.
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A Proposal Done Through a Fake Jewelry Commercial Shoot

This isn’t very photography related, but it could make for an interesting 8-minute break to your day. The video above is the story of how commercial videographer Dave Wallace of British Columbia proposed to his girlfriend by putting together a fake and elaborate shoot for a jewelry commercial.
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This is a True Color Photo of Saturn and its Moon

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The image above may seem like some kind of artist rendering, but it’s an actual true color photograph showing Saturn, its rings, and one of its moons. Click here for a full-resolution version of the photo.
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A Movie That Finally Gets Image Enhancing Right

Impossible image enhancing is a well-known cliche in movies and TV shows. When law enforcement computer whizzes get their hands on a photograph or video still frame, anything seems to be possible.

It seems a movie finally got image enhancing right. The 36-second clip above is from the 2014 movie Algorithm, a movie that’s (fittingly) about a freelance computer hacker who discovers a shady government program.
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NASA Recreates the Iconic ‘Pillars of Creation’ Hubble Photo 20 Years Later

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On April 1st, 1995, the Hubble Telescope captured a photograph that became one of the most iconic space photos ever captured. Titled, “Pillars of Creation,” the image shows the gigantic columns of interstellar gas and dust of the Eagle Nebula 6,000 light years away.

Now, 20 years after that image was created, scientists have recreated that image using the same space telescope (shown above).
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Man Jumps Into Water and Catches His New Camera Drone at the Last Possible Moment

Zwier Spanjer recently purchased a DJI Phantom 2 camera drone and captured the video above on his first day of flying it outdoors. The flight didn’t turn out the way Spanjer planned.

As the drone was flying over a field in a small town, its battery became depleted and the Phantom began a slow uncontrolled descent to the ground. Unfortunately for Spanjer, it wasn’t actually ground beneath the drone, but rather a small body of water.
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