See those human-shaped figures up there? Those are people, standing on a massive book, dwarfed by a huge crown, performing in the shadow of a gigantic skeleton. This is just one of the floating theatrical stages from the annual Bregenz Festival in Austria, and the crazy is only getting started.
Nikon Small World is an exhibit of some of the best "photography through a microscope" you're ever likely to see. Now in its 37th year, the competition enjoys entries from micro-photographers from over 70 countries around the globe. Photomicrography allows photographers access to shapes, colors and detail that go unnoticed otherwise. Whereas one hundred people could take a picture of a city's skyline and all could look the same, photomicrographers could take a hundred different pictures of the same subject, and each would look wildly different. Does the reading lens in a DVD-ROM drive strike you as beautiful? It just might under intense magnification, as you'll see in the gallery below. Last time we showed you the terror that's in the unseen world all around us. This time, let's take a look at the beauty.
This is the Bellingham family. Like any other family out there, they like picnics in the park, road trips, homemade body armor and zombie huntin'.
Professional photographer Mitchell Feinberg wanted a nice digital back for his fancy Sinar 8 x 10 view camera, but nobody makes a digital imager remotely that big. His solution? Convince a manufacturer to build him one, at a cost that's deep into six figures.
Meet Ben and Juliana, a couple from California who just decided to tie the knot. The two asked friend and photographer, Amanda Rynda, to come out to a secluded field to take engagement photos with them and AHHH BY SNARF'S BEARD LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU!
Millions of photographers shoot pictures of New York City every day. How many of them can paint the Big Apple in a light that doesn't feel generic and reek of "been there, done that?" Stephen Wilkes is one of those guys. His Day to Night series showcase how NYC landmarks would look if night and day existed simultaneously.
For a while, Japan's Natsumi Hayashi was running a pretty standard photography blog, filled with pictures of her cat, food, weird sights from Tokyo and the people in her life. Then she took a photo she called "Today's Levitation" (the first picture in our gallery below), and that appeared to open up a whole new world for her. After that, her blog started to fill up with mind-boggling shots of Hayashi floating in midair in all kinds of places. So, how's she do it?
M. C. Escher's prints and sketches don't need any help when it comes to warping minds. One photographer found out how to take it to the next level, though, and the way it went down is as impressive as the result.
This is an epic, multi-room Rube Goldberg machine that takes four minutes doing all sorts of cray stuff, eventually taking a guys portrait. Geez, you coulda just pushed a button, guys.
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? When you're a programmable NAO robot, learning new tricks is part of the job. A team of scientists in Hydrabad, India have programmed one of the cute little 'bots to take photos that anybody would be proud to have framed.