List/Grid Monthly Archives: September 2012

Unbelievably Realistic Pencil Drawings of Sparkling Eyes

Posted on My Modern Met a few days ago, this jaw-dropping talent of pencil sketching of the Eye, overtook my attention with the determination it took to reach such a level of detail and accuracy. The above illustrations are by artists Jasper Branse & Brian Schmalzriedt  respectively, who are able to produce such captivating, hyper-realistic renders of these supposed windows to the soul with a few simple tools—pencils, erasers, tissues, charcoal, and a lot of skill.

A Heartwarming Time-Lapse Video of Egypt’s Beautiful Alexandria

Egypt-based photographer, director and editor Abd El Rahman Gabr, of Koree Films, has teamed up with photographer Mohamed Chehimi to create this heart-warming time-lapse video of Alexandria, Egypt‘s 2nd largest city. The amount of skill and effort put into the motion picture is astounding, framing and colors are perfectly intact to make you feel the vibe of a seaside city that blends tradition and culture . The gear used is a Canon EOS 7d, lenses: Ef 70-200 mm 2.8, Ef 50 mm 1.4, and Sigma 10-20 mm.

Top 10 Picks for the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic, a leader in capturing the world through brilliant imagery, sets the standard for photographic excellence. Last year the Nat Geo photo contest received more than 20,000 entries from over 130 countries, with professional and amateur photographers across the globe participating. And it’s this time of the year again, photographers are now welcome to submit their imagery, and the counter has already surpassed 3k submissions.

40 Photos of Endeavour’s Last Flight – A Farewell to America

Space shuttle Endeavour has said its goodbyes and have reached its final destination at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California. The shuttle was mounted atop a customized NASA’s 747 Bowing Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, for a cross-country ferry mission and returning to its place of birth, California. It landed at Los Angeles International Airport at 12:51 p.m. PDT Friday. The scenery of people gathering at natural observatories from all around the US, to say goodbye and get a glimpse of the flying giant is just legendary. Endeavour was NASA’s fifth and final space shuttle to be built. Construction began on September 28, 1987 and… Read more »

LIFX: The Light Bulb Reinvented

LIFX is a WiFi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient LED light bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. A genius kick-starter by Phil Bosua that can reshape our understanding of the light bulb, and teleport home automation to a whole new -much smarter and simpler- level. The Australian designer/ developer, currently based in San Francisco, California, reveals how stale and poor have the lighting industry developed the consumer lighting technology, putting in mind that a light bulb only sports 2 options – “On or Off” – since its invention . With the rise of the smart phone age and all the things… Read more »

Morning Dew on Insects by David Chambon

Photographer David Chambon shows off his master skills of macro photography through this phenomenal series of images featuring various insects on leaves covered in morning dew droplets. For more of his work, check out his 500px and Flickr profiles.

Mind-Bending Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian artist living in England. she possesses an extraordinary talent of painting complex illustrations using only paper, various colors of paper cut, shaped, wrapped, and stuck together to form very detailed portraits. Her work has hit sky high and turned her into a popular go-to artist today by many advertisers around the world.

Colorful “Lofts Yungay II” by Rearquitectura

Colorful Lofts Yungay II designed by Chilean firm, Rearquitectura, in Valparaíso, Chile. Built to match the slopes of the terrain and the nature of the seaside location through bright daytime colors, The apartments get beautiful views of the ocean can be admired from within.

Scrap Marble Tables by John Reeves

 John Reeves, a British designer that has created a collection of stylish tables with legs made from scrap pieces of marble. By adopting an idea of re- using leftovers of marble and granite to beautifully create furniture pieces out of them. These tables’ legs are no more than a steel bar and a bunch of scraps of stones drilled at their centers and piled up and glued together like a shish-kebab. The leg is then shaped and polished to its final limber finish. The result is no less than stunning, with a mix of classic and contemporary. Description from John Reeves… Read more »

A Bubble in a Water Drop

A stunning snap at the International Space Station of astronaut Andre Kuipers watching a bubble in a drop of water while enjoying the weightless environment. The photo was taken days before his return to Earth last July. Kuipers was previously featured on our blog for his stunning Earth from space gallery.

A Perfect Snap of A Norwegian Fjord

Today’s picture of the day comes from the narrow inlet with steep cliffs of the Norwegian Fjord region. Snapped by Hadi Soewoyo while on cruise, the photographer manages to capture the magical scenery of the glacier carved valley. The green topography reflecting on the water surface is just breathtaking, grabbing an advanced spot on my personal travel list. The fjord is one of Norway’s most visited tourist sites and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005.

Delicate Silhouette Scenes out of Single Sheets of Paper

Ukraine-based artists Dmytro and Iuliia have an extraordinary talent of turning paper into silhouetted scenes. To make their work, the paper-cutting artists snip away at sheets of black paper to create all kinds of designs.

Streets of Montreal Gets A Musical Light Swings Treatment

In a new open space in front of Université du Québec à Montréal’s Science Faculty, Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours has just completed their project 21 Balançoires (21 Swings), an installation of swings turned into enormous musical instruments that also light up from below. The designers, known for their wide variety of interactive public installations and experiences, managed to focus primarily on public engagement and interest. Every set of 3 or 4 swings, when moved, pre-recorded sounds from a xylophone, piano, and other instruments are programmed to play various notes, giving the public a challenge to synchronize their swinging for more complex tunes and musical solos… Read more »

Inflating A Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey

Today’s picture of the day comes from Cappadocia, central Turkey, where a hot air balloon is being inflated before an aerial trip, as seen from inside. the photograph is flourishing with vibrant colors, showing the scale of the balloon. The image was a finalist in the 2011 Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year finishing in 16th place. [Via Twisted Sifter]

Banksy’s Graffiti Street Art Gets Animated by ABVH
Your Average Smartphone in the 80s!

In the 80s, performing any of the tasks in the image below required its own separate bulky gadget. I remember getting my first walkman tape player as a kid and how cool it felt to have something extremely portable for its time! And how getting Nintendo’s original GameBoy required buying a separate cartridge cassette for every single game, instead of downloading and automatically updating form the online app store today! This image beautifully displays how far technology has come in just 30 years. Nowadays, each and every function performed by these gadgets are at the palm of your hand and the… Read more »

7 Most Valuable Monuments in Europe

A new study was set to evaluate the value of the most popular monuments around Europe. Conducted by Italy’s Monza and Brianza Chamber of Commerce, it outlined the monetary value of monuments according to their image, branding and aesthetic qualities. Parameters included a “tourist index” which highlighted “the economic value of the location, the fame of the monument, the flux of visitors to the territory and monument.” Also included was an “economic attractiveness index,” which comprised factors like the number of jobs a monument creates and its export value. The material and property value of any structure was not included. Here’s… Read more »

Photo-Blends of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Present Day

Photographer Shawn Clover created a set of composite photographs of San Francisco, California, blending pictures from the 1906 earthquake that hit the city, with present day images. Clover collected archival photos of the earthquake’s aftermath. He then replicated the photos himself, down to the location, camera position and focal length, then the rest of the task involved high Photoshop  skills. After looking at the stunning results, it’s hard to imagine today that 106 years ago, much of the city we know now was a broken wasteland of rubble. The 1906 earthquake, and its subsequent fires, destroyed much of San Francisco and killed thousands. The work… Read more »

Bubble Wrap Typography by Lo Siento

Japan’s +81 Magazine collaborated with Spanish graphic design studio Lo Siento to design the cover for an upcoming issue, the artist created a new typography idea by injecting bubble wrap blisters with colored water to spell out the issue’s subject ‘next creativity’, then exposing the bubble wrap to daylight to get some refraction on the blue water. The results turned out to be exceptionally unique.

Novartis “Reflections” Campaign

Advertising photographer Tom Hussey photographed an award winning campaign for Novartis’ Exelon Patch, a prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia. The highly conceptual photographs depicted an older person looking at the reflection of their younger self in a mirror. This is where the set acquired its title; Reflections. The photo compositions went viral once revealed and pulled at heartstrings all over the world. They are a sincere peek into the lives of strangers that truly tell a lifetime of stories in single images.

The Finest Time-Lapse for America’s Finest City – San Diego by XOXO

XOXO Wedding Studio has created this beautiful and simply put time-lapse video of San Diego, California (aka America’s Finest City). The video entitled America’s Finest Time Lapse, manages to make you instantly fall in love with the magical pacific city. Thanks to the gorgeous settings, superb directioning, and the time and effort spent to pull it off as stunning as it is. A very cheerful portrait indeed. [Via Vimeo]

10 Most Hated Cities in the World

To kick-off this post without any misunderstandings, the following cities within the countdown are not hated for being the worst cities in the world – as a mater of fact, a couple of them are ranked as the most livable – it’s because they’re the most bugging and annoying cities to visitors according to a survey underwent by CNNgo. These cities prompt plenty of critical conversation, meant in the most positive light. In other words, this post can be named “10 cities travelers most love to hate”, so here’s the countdown: 10. Belize City, Belize (Belize City, Belize –  image source) A diving and… Read more »

Overly Exhausted People Caught Falling Asleep in Tokyo

Japan is known for being the hardest working nation on earth. A fact that appeared clearly in many historical situations, the latest of which was the 2011 tsunami and earthquake that hit the Japanese islands, a catastrophe that was considered the toughest to hit the country. Yet, the Japanese people dedicated two extra unpaid hours of work daily to their nation to help boost the recovery process. All the respect to the people of Japan. The unpleasant side of people working too much is exhaustion, and from the looks of the following photos, these folks are overly exhausted with work to the… Read more »

Time-lapse Video of Patrick Vale Drawing the Manhattan Skyline

A stunning video made by UK-based illustrator and graphics artist Patrick Vale free-hand drawing the view of Lower Manhattan standing from the Empire State Building. The guy is insane!

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