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Stephen Colbert Transformed by Photo Shoot Into Characters from ‘The Hobbit’

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The Colbert Report is coming to an end on TV, and The Hobbit trilogy will soon come to an end in theaters. Knowing that Stephen Colbert is a huge fan of JRR Tolkien (author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings), Entertainment Weekly invited Colbert to write a cover story about the movies and pose for a series of portraits as characters from the trilogy. He agreed.
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Time-Lapse Shows the Beauty of the Auroras as Seen from Space

Seeing and photographing an aurora is probably on many a photographer’s bucket list, but only a handful of people have ever had the opportunity to witness the phenomenon in person from space.

In order to offer a taste of this beauty to us non-astronaut folk, Selmesfilms created the time-lapse video above with photographs captured from the International Space Station. Be sure to watch it in high-definition and in full screen. Enjoy.

(H/T Laughing Squid)

external The U.S. Interior Department’s Most Popular Instagram Photos of 2014 —TIME

The U.S. Department of the Interior shares stunning images of the country’s national parks and forests on their Instagram page.

 
Dec 11, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

external Video: How To Make Money Off Your Instagram Photos —ABC News

Instagram users are finding yet another way to cash in on their photos by posting items from their wardrobe accompanied by hashtags like #instasale and #shopmycloset. Style blogger Alyssa Coscarelli calls it the “2014 version of a garage sale”.

 
Dec 10, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

Viral Video of Girl Snapping a Selfie Combined with Narration from a Nature Documentary

Earlier this year, a woman shot a video of a girl at a swimming pool who spent a considerable amount of time trying to snap the perfect selfie (presumably to share). That (somewhat mean-hearted) video quickly went viral after it was shared online.

Someone then decided to combine that video with the narration from a documentary on self recognition and personhood — a clip showing a chimp recognizing herself in a mirror. The resulting video is a humorous commentary on what our selfie culture has become.

(via Reddit)

An Interactive 3D Viewer for Earth Pictures Captured From the International Space Station

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More than 1.4 million photos of Earth have been captured from the International Space Station over the course of 41 expeditions. San Francisco-based developer Callum Prentice wanted a better way to browse the images and the locations they were captured over, so he created a nifty 3D web app called the ISS Photo Viewer.
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This is What Photos of the Night Sky Would Look Like if the Andromeda Galaxy Were Brighter

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What would the night sky look like if the closest spiral galaxy to us were as bright as the moon and visible in its entirety to the naked eye? The photo above offers a pretty accurate look (Click the image for a larger version).

Created by Tom Buckley-Houston, the composite image shows the Andromeda galaxy’s actual size in the night sky with a huge boost in brightness.
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Watch Sophia the Rhodesian Ridgeback Grow from 2 Months to 3 Years Old in 23 Seconds

From an adorable puppy into… well.. a much larger adorable puppy, this short time-lapse by Greg Coffin captures his dog Sophia’s growth from 2 months to 3 years old. Read more…

Watch the Northern Lights Dance Over Norway in Real-Time for 5 Breathtaking Minutes

If you’re like us, seeing the Aurora Borealis in person is high on your bucket list… quite possibly right at the top. The idea of watching this spectacular natural light show in real-time is thrilling, and while you don’t get there sitting on your couch reading this, the video above by Ole C. Salomonsen of Arctic Light Photo is about as close as you’re likely to get without being there in person.

Captured over the course of several months in Norway, Salomonsen has compiled the best of the best real-time footage he was able to capture with the Sony a7S into 5 minutes of northern lights bliss. Read more…

Video: MythBusters’ Jamie Hyneman Gets His Tintype Portrait Taken

We never get sick of watching talented wet plate photographers at work. This process, made to look so simple by those who have been honing their craft for years, is actually incredibly complex and finicky. And so when the Tested crew decided to get MythBusters’ star and fellow host Jamie Hyneman’s picture taken, they went to Michael Shindler, one of the absolute best. Read more…