If life’s a beach then this is life most ordered

Monday, 15 September, 2014

If you’re spending time on certain of the beaches along Italy’s Adriatic coast, I think it’s fair to say there’ll be a place on the sand just for you, so organised do these beaches – as photographed by Bernhard Lang – appear to be.

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The shadows cast by clouds… as seen from space

Wednesday, 10 September, 2014

Photo by Alexander Gerst

German astronaut Alexander Gerst, currently stationed on the International Space Station, has amassed an amazing collection of photos of shadows cast by Earth’s clouds… that in some cases stretch for thousands of kilometres.

Via Colossal.

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The cabins of long haul cabin crew

Tuesday, 9 September, 2014

Aircraft crew compartment

Aircraft cabin stewards on long haul flights don’t try to steal an hour or two’s sleep from their own fold away crew issue seats, rather they withdraw to small, crawling room only compartments, that are usually located directly above the passenger cabin, on some aeroplanes at least.

This I had not known. Is it possible to score a slot in one these compartments… I’m sure I’d sleep far better on a long haul flight if I could.

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A photo collection of all my “could have been” lives

Monday, 8 September, 2014

Czech photographer Dita Pepe is one person who in a way substituted the word could for should, as in, who could I have been, when, for her Self-Portraits with Men & Woman photo series, she imagined her life with numerous partners and families.

Via MetaFilter.

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Photos of a hospital, a doll’s hospital

Thursday, 4 September, 2014

I didn’t know Sydney had such a facility, a doll hospital that is, but go to Bexley, in the city’s south, there you’ll find it. If travelling to Bexley, or Sydney for that matter, is not an option though, check out this In Focus photo collection instead.

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Paris, as seen through the lens of a Pentax 67

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

Just to ramp up the wanderlust a little… Paris as seen through the lens of a Pentax 67 camera.

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An app that could make expert time-lapse video producers of us all

Tuesday, 2 September, 2014

Now this is exciting… Hyperlapse is a new video editing app from Instagram that could make expert looking time-lapse video producers of us all.

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The roofs of Hong Kong as seen from the roofs of Hong Kong

Tuesday, 2 September, 2014

The main reason I’m linking to these photos of Hong Kong, taken mostly from the rooftops of what appear to be some of the city’s tallest buildings, is because I think it’s a great photo collection. The behind-the-scenes, the exact-places-we-took-these shots, however had me grabbing onto my desk… take a look, I think you’ll see what I mean.

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From dawn to dusk, that’s “time slice” photography

Monday, 1 September, 2014

Photo by Richard Silver

New York based photographer Richard Silver takes pictures of the same scene over the course of several hours and then splices segments of each to produce a single “time slice” image. It’s a technique, no pun intended, that casts an image in a whole new light.

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A guide to taking great photos of Moon

Monday, 1 September, 2014

If you’re like me and wonder how so many people, apparently amateur photographers, succeed in taking so many great photos of the Moon, as evidenced by the abundance of such images that can be found online, this might help you match their standard, but you will need something other than a smartphone camera to work with though.

Due to a smartphone’s small sensor, you need ample magnification to capture any kind of lunar detail. But smartphones don’t have optical-zoom lenses, and using digital zoom doesn’t have the same effect. What you really want is a far-reaching telephoto lens for this kind of shot. The longer the better. Ideally, that long-zoom lens will be hooked up to a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, as their larger sensors capture sharper details. And because of the lens’s optical reach, you also want a tripod or a flat surface to steady your camera. Even though you’ll be using a fast shutter speed, the slightest movements with a long-zoom lens can add blur.

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