List/Grid Monthly Archives: January 2013

Picture of the Day: A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow

A beautiful black and white photograph of Krakow, Poland in winter, snapped by polish photographer Marcin Ryczek. An image that can be considered a once-in-a-lifetime shot that is full of contrast between black/white, water/snow, and person/animals – all split by one clear vertical line. Simply amazing! [Via Colossal]

Post-Apocalyptic Cover Illustration Time-lapse – An Outrageous Photoshop Talent

A real artist creates with whatever medium they choose. I don’t think I have ever seen an artist give this much attention to detail as in this Photoshop time-lapse. Unbelievable! Post-Apocalyptic Cover Illustration Time-lapse by San Francisco-based artist Deisign  

Winter On Mars Like Never Before

Autumn and winter temperatures bring changes to the Red Planet as the carbon dioxide atmosphere turns to dry ice frost that clings to the surface. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter used its powerful cameras to capture detailed pictures and measurements of wintry scenes – of nature’s beauty at work – on Mars. The long streaks that stripe the walls of this crater are gullies In the Martian winter, frost can build up in the gullies, especially on the cold slopes that face the pole. These gullies are active. Frost causes the gully activity in some as yet unknown way. In fall and winter,… Read more »

“EGYPT HD” Teaser

Egypt-based photographer, director and editor Abd El Rahman Gabr, of Koree Films, (previously featured here and here), has sent us this morning an exclusive teaser for his upcoming timelapse short film entitled “EGYPT HD”. The movie is aimed at exploring the most amazing and exotic locations in Egypt. “Our purpose of this video is to show and give true credit to this country.” Gabr describes Gabr is set to take off on a few more travel destination around Egypt to finalize shooting for his movie for a release by early spring 2013. Watch the teaser and stay tuned for the full version’s release here on… Read more »

The ABC of Architects

The ABC Of Architects is an animated video featuring an alphabetical list of the most notorious architects and a major project they’ve done. Performed by Federico Gonzalez on a concept by Andrea Stinga, this simple and successful creation can quickly reveal the biggest names in architecture. Watch the cool animation:

The Breathtaking Views at Mount Sinai in Egypt

In preparations for his upcoming time-lapse short movie ‘EGYPT HD’, Egyptian photographer, director and editor Abd El Rahman Gabr, of Koree Films started touring the country gathering footage and snapping photos of Egypt’s most exquisite locations. Gabr, (previously featured here for his Alexandria time-lapse video), was kind enough to send us some photos from one of the locations included in his upcoming movie. The photos below are snapped off the peak of Mount Sinai, a 2,285-meter (7,497 ft) high mountain near Saint Catherine in the Sinai peninsula, Egypt. The summit of the mountain has a mosque that is still used; and a Greek Orthodox chapel, constructed in 1934 on the ruins of a 16th… Read more »

Papercraft Stop-Motion Music Video by Animation Masters Kijek & Adamski

Here’s the latest stop motion music video from animation duo Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski  for Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru. The video was launched just this morning courtesy of Pitchfork and shared by Colossal, it features a highly-precise parade of thousands of cut paper and foam silhouettes. Now sit back, turn up the volume and set this video to full-screen:

Best Road Trip Routes in the United States

Road tripping is the one thing on almost everyone’s travel list, whether you’re driving across Mediterranean Europe, the African Safari path, or the great North American continent- in addition to the excitement that final destination can offer, the beauty of the road can be equally mesmerizing. Here is the Road Trip map of America, including its 3 best routes which have left visitors overwhelmed and stunned by the road before the destination: And the Top 3 are: Road Trip to Colorado This 390-mile (630-kilometer) road trip begins in Denver, Colorado, crosses through Rocky Mountain National Park, and continues north into Wyoming, where a world… Read more »

Can You Find Momo the Dog in These Photos?

Meet Momo, the Most Elusive Puppy on Instagram Ontario-based graphic designer Andrew Knapp invites everyone to find Momo, his strange 4.5-year-old border collie, who, unlike other dogs, would always hide when fetching sticks instead of returning them. Andrew initially started making the pictures as a gift to his nephews and nieces, but after uploading them online, the response was greatly appreciative. Andrew even started a special Find Momo blog, where the fans soon started demanding a book. This is now among Andrew’s plans, and the adorable photo shoots continue. You’d think a black and white dog must hide best when there’s snow,… Read more »

This Cool Animation Uses Letters of Words to Describe Their Meaning

The challenge: “Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself.” The only rule: “Use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.” The result: This cool video by Ji Lee. Enjoy!

Street Art by Alexey Menschikov

Alexey Menschikov is a Russian artist who uses different means to exercise his creativity. His works are in photography, street art and video. His work is based on simplicity that’s mostly hard to achieve yet delivers a clear message.  Check out some of his expressive artwork on the streets.

Picture of the Day: Venezia Evening

Argentinian amateur photographer Fede Álvarez based in Valencia, Spain snapped this heartwarming photograph of Venice, entitled “Venezia Evening”, on a warm summer night in August of 2012 from over the Rialto bridge – one of the four bridges  and the oldest of them spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. This is considered one of the famous views of Venice, the Rialto view. The equipment used was a Canon EOS T3i with an 18-135mm. The picture shot at 18 mm, ISO 100 and aperture f/5. The exquisite balance of light exposure and harmony of colors gives the photo a live feel and a desire to be… Read more »

Dean Potter’s Moonwalk [video]

Bringing cinema to the world’s toughest locations: Adventure filmmaker Bryan Smith shot this remarkable clip of American free climber Dean Potter from New Hampshire, crossing a highline tied to Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park. The shot was captured during the 2011 filming of the National Geographic Channel show, The Man Who Can Fly, which featured Potter wingsuiting and BASE jumping. To get the wild perspective timed with the moving full moon, Smith used a camera equipped with a Canon 800mm super telephoto lens positioned over a mile away. Fantastic capture. [Via Redbull]

Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl by Franzun AG

The Romantik Muottas Muragl, a sustainable, contemporary hotel set in the Swiss Alps , has undergone a complete renovation in 2012 by Franzun AG. Visitors can look forward to unforgettable views and a luxurious, yet environmentally conscious mountain retreat. Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl by Franzun AG: “During summer 2010, the entire Berghotel Muottas Muragl was completely renovated. Particular focus was placed on the aspect of environmental-friendliness, giving rise to the first plus-energy hotel in the Alps. Besides constructing the building according to the principles and requirements of the Swiss “Minergie” ecological label, this project went one step further. Although the surface area of the… Read more »

Is Legalizing Marijuana the Best Thing for America? [infographic]

Is it time for America to go Green! Online Paralegal Programs contends that legalizing marijuana would have positive effects on the economy of the United States, lowering law enforcement costs, generating tax revenues from the legal sale of the crop, and reducing the prison population. Legalizing marijuana would turn one of the nation’s largest cash crops into something marketable, taxable, and regulated.  In considering whether or not to legalize, all factors seem it point in one direction: It’s time for America to go green. Check out their infographic below for the supporting statistics and references: Do you think legalizing marijuana would be… Read more »

The View from ‘The Shard’ – London & Europe’s Highest Building

Renzo Piano‘s glass structure, The Shard -London and Europe’s highest tower- opens to the public on 1 February. The public viewing deck is accessible by high speed elevators and costs £24.95 per person to get some stunning views of the British capital, stretching to 40 miles-radius on a clear day. Reporter’s have already beat us to location and snapped some preview images of the 40-mile view, here’s a peek:   London’s Shard – video review (courtesy of The Guardian UK): [Photography: David Levene/the Guardian, Stefan Wermuth/Reuters, Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images]

The Top 10 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

After the tremendous success our “Picture of the Day” section received upon its introduction in 2012, we’ve decided to put together a short gallery of our most “liked” images posted throughout the year, in efforts to honor the gifted photographers that have managed to snap incredible imagery that inspires us all. Below are the top 10 Pictures of the day for 2012. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time out of your day to check out the site. May you continue to be inspired, educated and entertained by our beautiful planet and all that inhabit it. Enjoy the peek!… Read more »

A Trombone Slide with a GoPro Camera Attached to it

The hilarious video by David Finlayson of a GroPro Camera attached to the end of a trombone slide is just silly. The camera’s motion becomes perfectly synchronized with the music, although very predictable, yet awesome and funny to watch. POV with my GoPro camera attached to my Yamaha Xeno trombone. [Via Colossal]

Mega Snow Art by Simon Beck

Originally an orienteering mapmaker, 54 years old Simon Beck  from Southern England, educated at Millfield School and Oxford University, got fond of expressing himself through gigantic snow “crop circles” look art. It all started once he bought an apartment in  Les Arcs, French ski resort in 2004. Each creation takes around 10 hours of walking in snowshoes and covers a significant piece of frozen lake sometimes even size of 6 football fields. The artist usually draw the design on a piece of paper before starting and as soon as he ready the only thing he is using outside is the  handheld orienteering compass and pace… Read more »

The Year’s Recap: Top 20 Posts On UrbanPeek in 2012

2012 was a sensational year on UrbanPeek and it all comes down to some of the most extraordinary work of creative designers, photographers and artists as well as the tech innovations, concepts and analysts reports featured here weekly. To sum up an amazing 12 months, here are some of the most popular posts our readers showed great passion for sharing and spreading this year. Enjoy! 1. What Happens in Bookstores at Night [VIDEO] January 11, 2012 – Sean Ohlenkamp and wife Lisa, after organizing their own bookshelf at home, they re-gathered their efforts for Type Bookstore in Toronto, Canada. They spent… Read more »

Move, Eat, Learn

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage – all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food – into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films = a trip of a lifetime. Watch and Enjoy Rick Mereki: Director, producer, additional camera and editing Tim White: DOP, producer, primary editing, sound Andrew Lees: Actor, mover, groover

Helloooo, 2013!

Merrymakers around the world rung in the new year with fireworks, concerts and celebrations that unfolded around the globe to bring on the new year, and hundreds of thousands revelers turning up to catch a glimpse of the spectacular displays. The festivities continued throughout the globe. Happy New Year Everyone!

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