National Geographic's 2011 photo contest is currently underway, which means you can submit your very best pics and maybe win $10,000 plus a trip to National Geographic headquarters to participate in their annual National Geographic Photography Seminar. Good luck, though, because you're up against some serious competition.
Exactly how many photos are uploaded to Flickr in just 24 hours? Enough to create mounds and mounds of photos to fill an art gallery in Amsterdam (and not even a tiny one too!). If Scrooge McDuck had been crazy about photography, this is what it'd look like.
Polariod has just released their new Z340 "instant" digital camera. It's a less-cool version of the GL30 that we saw at CES, featuring an integrated photo printer. It's a neat idea, but does it give you the "classic Polaroid instant experience" like the press release says it does? Our gut: No way.
These photos aren't X-rays. They're photos of old gadgets gently taken apart, each individual part photographed, and then digitally composited to form a beautiful fake X-ray-like photo. Now, that's what I call patience.
Back at the start of 2011, photographer Kristina Alexanderson made a challenge to herself: take a picture every day of Star Wars stormtroopers new and old in a variety of situations. She's kept up with it, and even 11 months out she hasn't run out of clever and unique ideas. Even more interesting is the fact that, for only using action figures and tiny props, her "CClone 365-2011" photography collection — which is up to 305 days including 345 photos — has an odd humanizing effect on the Galactic Empire's iconic soldiers. (We're guessing it has something to do with Alexanderson cleverly recruiting a Lego figurine to act as a child Stormtrooper.) Below are 20 of our favorites from Alexanderson's excellent project.
For years, computer artists have been touting new computer game engines as capable of rendering photo-realistic scenes. Artist Kent Steely decided to see just how real a computer game engine could be used to render replicas of photos he took and the results aren't too bad. It's a close call, but we've still got a ways to go.
Behold the power of a pair of high-end Canon DSLR cameras. This beautiful tranquil time-lapse video by filmmaker Joe Capra was shot in Iceland over 17 days for almost 24 hours and it captures the natural "midnight moon" — a natural occurrence where the sun never fully sets.
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'.