This is the captain speaking, is an Instagram photographer aboard?

Friday, 19 December, 2014

In NSW, and I dare say in many other places, motorists are not permitted to handle their mobile phones whatsoever while they are driving. They are however able to pass their device to a passenger, but that’s about all. Needless to say taking Instagram photos is clearly out of the question.

Airline pilots appear to be bound by similar regulations, though as this collection of images goes to show, they don’t always seem to adhere to them, unless of course another crew member, someone who is non flight deck personnel, is actually taking the photos.

Perhaps airlines could consider assigning someone the role of flight photographer… many of these pictures, by sheer virtue of the circumstances in which they are taken, are stunning.

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The feed lots of Texas, but what’s with the colours?

Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

Artwork by Mishka Henner

Feedlots is an intriguing collection of works by Manchester based artist Mishka Henner, assembled from satellite photos of cattle feed yards, being the places where livestock are sent prior to slaughter. What to make of those coloured, would they be liquids, accumulating at the lower right hand corner of the image then?

Via Kottke.

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The hyper-real photography of Petrina Hicks

Friday, 12 December, 2014

Photography by Petrina Hicks

Check out the hyper-real, uncanny-valley-like, photography of Sydney based artist Petrina Hicks.

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Turn your DSLR to the night sky in the hunt for exoplanets

Thursday, 11 December, 2014

Rather than, say, annoy those you’re dining with, by taking photos of every dish to be served at the restaurant you plan on eating at tonight, why not put your DSLR camera to better use? Better use as in deploying it to search the night sky for exoplanets.

Sure, there are a few hoops to jump through, mainly in building a tracker, but discovering a planet beyond the solar system might rate as quite an achievement.

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The sci-fi like skyline of Hong Kong

Wednesday, 10 December, 2014

Photo by Peter Stewart

The above, a scene from a science fiction film? No, instead it is the rather clever application of external lighting on a building in Hong Kong, and is one of a series of images taken by Perth based photographer Peter Stewart, featuring the city’s many skyscrapers as seen from the ground looking up.

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Where do ships go after they’ve sailed the seven seas?

Friday, 5 December, 2014

Chittagong shipyard, Bangladesh, via Google Earth

Passenger and freighter ships are usually dispatched into retirement with an announcement stating that they will be scrapped. They then sail for the last time to a shipbreaking yard somewhere, possibly in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, or another location.

And while the shipbuilding process may be methodical, if drawn out, shipbreaking is another matter all together, it is often labour intensive and dangerous work, as this collection of In Focus photos illustrates.

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Imagination is more important than following instructions

Thursday, 4 December, 2014

Lego instructions

Give the kids LEGO blocks and then leave them to build whatever they want… this was the advice that the toy building brick maker was issuing to parents in the 1970s. If they did stop doing so, perhaps they ought to resume?

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A book about the things that are found in a baby’s mouth

Wednesday, 3 December, 2014

Image by Lenka Clayton

What do these objects have in common? They were among sixty-three items that British artist Lenka Clayton retrieved from her son’s mouth during the time he was aged between eight to fifteen months.

Photos of which now feature in a book… maybe these could be given to babies in the hope they’ll look at the pictures of the things they put into their mouths rather than actually putting things in their mouths. Hope springs eternal, right?

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If there is art in air, what must there be in single malt whiskey?

Tuesday, 2 December, 2014

Single malt whiskey residue, by Ernie Button

If there is art in the movements of air, where else can we go looking for it?

US photographer Ernie Button takes photos of the dried remains of single malt whiskey at the bottom of drinking glasses. It seems to me no two single malt whiskey residues are the same…

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Photos from the surface of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet

Friday, 21 November, 2014

Landing a probe, or a craft with a human crew, on another planet or moon, is hard enough, so imagine the know-how required to set down on a comet. Still, that’s what the European Space Agency succeeded in doing last week, when its Rosetta mission landed a probe on the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Needless to say, the photos collected by the probes concerned, during the approach to the comet, and then the landing, are spectacular. To say the least.

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