List/Grid Monthly Archives: May 2013

Global Flight Paths Define the World’s Map

An eye-opening graphical presentation by Michael Markieta, a transportation planner at global engineering and design firm Arup, visualizing the sheer volume of flight paths crossing the globe, and showing the human travel pattern.  Markieta used lighter shades of blue to denote shorter and overlapping flights and darker shades for longer flights with little or no overlap.  With more than 58,000 flight paths criss-crossing the globe, not surprisingly, bright hotspots appear in areas where many flight paths coincide with the world’s major cities. Even without a visual map of the world, you can clearly make out all the major continents and countries, and observe one… Read more »

What Google Glass Can Do to Photographers if it Took Over

Google’s latest and most innovative creation, Glass, looks like it’s heading our way as a reality and hitting the shelves very soon. There are already various apps developed for the new smart glasses, including one that can trigger the camera shutter with a wink! If the gadget is embraced by users and managed to build an audience base, what would photographers look like using the smart eye-winking camera?! Grovo, in the clip below, offers a humorous look at what photographers would look like if Google Glass becomes widely used as a camera and camcorder. Grovo describes sarcastically: Here’s someone you’ll… Read more »

FILMography by Christopher Moloney

Christopher Moloney developed his joy of watching movies into a serious hobby, which he named FILMography (film+photography). This ongoing art project is mostly done in New York (the city Moloney lives in) and aimed to combine the screenshot from a known motion picture with its real life location. Just the fact you can relate to the actual location a loved movie was filmed at gives an intriguing feel of joy. Here are our favorites out Moloney’s collages: The Avengers (2012)   The Adjustment Bureau (2011)   Sunday In New York (1963)   Spider-Man (2002)   Sex and the City 2… Read more »

Dubai Comes to Life Through A Mindblowing Timelapse

  Dubai is one of the world’s most fast-growing futuristic cities. In less than 20 years, Dubai has become visually striking, an architect’s wonderland, where dreams on paper were given a chance to shine in reality. This timelapse video takes us on a stunning trip through its streets, waterways and skyscrapers. Created by Belarusian photographer and travel enthusiast Dima dimid Vazhnik, the clip deservedly become a hit online in less than one week of posting, with more than 100,000 views. Check it out for yourself, then let us know what you think in the comments. SEE ALSO: Dubai’s Fog makes a Skyscraper City in the Clouds… Read more »

The World’s 25 Most Colorful Cities

Who wouldn’t want to live in one of the world’s most colorful cities? The color of a city and the creativity of its people can easily turn a dull town into a place with vibrant beauty. If you ever wonder what makes a city beautiful, the answer can lie within its architecture, landscape, or people – But can also be something simpler, like color. A colorful city is a happy city. Just imagine your own city only more cheerful and colorful. Here are just a few you can put on your wish list: 1. Amorgos Island, Greece SEE ALSO: Mediterranean House in Tinos Island, Greece… Read more »

Lifelike 3D Animals made out of Paper

Brooklyn-based artist  & 3D illustrator José Suris IV creates these shockingly-realistic masks and sculptures, that looks like real fur , using paper, styrofoam, wireform, and paperclay. The product is extremely detailed and textured to give a lifelike presence.

21 Epic Faces in Everyday Objects

Faces exist around us within all objects, all you have to do is just look closely. Observing an object’s shape or looks and feeling it has a face is  actually a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia, which involves a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant; it’s a form of apophenia (seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data). For the kicks of having a fun and different type of post, here are some everyday objects looking at you with their epic faces. Enjoy! 1. OMG Wall Image credits: eworm 2. Pleased Pots Image credits: knowyourmeme.com 3. Sad… Read more »

New York City Skyline Welcomes the Highest Building in the Western Hemisphere

The 2013 update for New York City’s brings a unique and iconic upgrade. Construction progress of the new World Trade Center complex arrived at one of it’s main milestone marks. With the spire installed in place atop One WTC ,  it crowned it as the highest building in the western hemisphere – one year exactly after claiming the title for the highest tower in New York.  Soaring at almost 125 meters (408 feet), the spire will elevate the building height to a symbolic (540 meters) 1,776 feet and place it at the 3rd spot of the world’s highest buildings, right after Burj… Read more »

Picture of the Day: Growth Amid Rubber

Nature is trying to speak out to us everywhere every day. In the image above, a stubborn tree was noticed on April 16, 2013 among piles of used tires in a ten-hectare installation for recycling in Lachapelle-Auzac, France.  The recycling company operating through this location was closed in 2004, yet the tires were never removed. More Pictures of the Day [Via WSJ/ Eric Cabanis/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images]

A Drive-Lapse Around America

New York-based photographer Brian DeFrees has created this vertigo-inducing timelapse video documenting his extensive roadtrip around the US through his car. Traveling 12,225 miles, he crossed at least 32 states in 55 days with his camera was mounted just below his rear view mirror and programmed to snap a photo every 5 seconds. He captured 200,000 individual photographs and combined them into this spectacular video which has turned into a viral hit on YouTube. Turn on your fullscreen and enjoy: When he was parked for the night or exploring an area on foot he was constantly time-lapsing. Here is a collection of the time-lapses he… Read more »

10 Breathtaking Images of Mirrored Skylines

Dallas, Texas by Jeffrey Rolinc Presenting the unique character of cities with waterfronts, we put together this post featuring 10 images of cities skylines reflected on a water surface. The shape defining the urban landscape reflected on nature’s mirror is just magnificent. These images were taken by different photographers, and according to the source, non of the photos has been digitally manipulated, and are all just taken with a camera and a tripod to maintain the still capture. Dokkum, The Netherlands by Bas Meelker   Dresden, Germany by Manuel Irritier   Singapore cityscape by WK Cheoh SEE ALSO: The Lion City Timelapse – Singapore   Seattle,… Read more »

Rare Color Footage Shows What London Looked Like 90 Years Ago

Claude Friese-Greene, one of the earliest British pioneers of film, filmed a series of short clips around London documenting major attractions of the city nearly 90 years ago, specifically in 1927, using a primitive color process developed by his father William Friese-Greene. Looking at this footage almost a century later, it gives an ultimate feeling of precious value, knowing that it was one of the very first colored motion pictures ever made. The father, William Friese-Greene was a British portrait photographer and a well known inventor. His experiments in the field of motion pictures led him to be known as one of the fathers… Read more »

Miniature-like Iconic Landmarks With A Tilt-Shift Touch

Reykjavik Houses Richard Silver travels the world and documents famous landmarks with an aim to show-off the world from a total different perspective. In his series Tilt-Shift, his goal is to shrink iconic landmarks or everyday street scenes, and give them an unusual feel. Silver says, “People always ask me, How do I make people look so small or why do I make people look so small? Simple, we are!” Thus, his goal with the project is to “give the viewer a new way of seeing themselves and their place in the world.” He has captured many famous places and events,… Read more »

Mind-Bending Inception Maps of Manhattan

This is how a map should look like! The ability to be in a city and to see through it, is a superpower. London-based graphic design firm BERG London created these 3D, inception-like, maps of Manhattan, NY by curling up the landscape and eliminating the horizon. The posters, part of a set entitled Here & There, looking uptown from 3rd and 7th, and downtown from 3rd and 35th, are created using a combination of city manipulations in modeling software. The prints have made their way into MOMA’s permanent collection, they are both three feet tall and two feet wide (90cm x 60cm), and are available to… Read more »

4 Sisters Photographed Every Year For 36 Years

For 36 years, since 1975, the Brown sisters (Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie) have been taking an annual photo together, standing in the same order, dressing almost similarly, and maintaining the black and white effect. It all commenced when Nicolas Nixon, a world-renowned photography professor at the Massachusetts College of Art originally photographed his wife and her 3 sisters, who at the time ranged in age from 15 to 25. They were so impressed with the result, they decided to make it a yearly event, the annual family photo. 36 years later, the sisters and Nicolas had all kept their promise, resulting in… Read more »

The Psychology of Color

Color has tremendous impact on us. Subconsciously, we associate different colors with different things, emotions and actions. When it comes to marketing, color can make a product or an idea more likable and comprehensive, and can boost sales and turn campaigns around. Choosing the right color is always vital for marketing. Nearly 85% of consumers name color as the primary reason that they purchase a particular product. 93% look at visual appearance when they buy a product and color improves comprehension, learning and readability. This infographic examines the psychology of color and looks at some common associations of different colors. When… Read more »

Li Wei – The Gravity Defying Master

Li Wei, Beijing based contemporary artist, is always depicted as a master of gravity-defying  illusions. He wasn’t interested to stick only to photography but mixing it with performances to come up with unique art work. According to Wei’s statement he doesn’t use any Photoshop or other computer montage or tweaking. His creations come out only with the usage of mirrors, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics. Some of the breathtaking productions were published as cover pages of many magazines and  Li Wei himself was recognized as one of  the “The world’s most creative 31 photographers“ by American Getty in 2006.

30 Epic Photos of Earth Snapped from Space by Commander Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut commander Chris Hadfield, currently living on board during his stay on board the International Space Station, has been showing off his photography skills from space through his twitter account. His photos demonstrates how beautiful our home planet can be loved and respected with all its nature and urban locations that we all can relate to. Here are 30 of our favorite photos posted by Hadfield: An ancient crater in the hard rock, blasted by sand, NE Africa. Maybe a meteor crater?   Antipodes Islands, looking like an island flag   Aurora dances above a ribbon of dawn   The Nile flowing into the delta… Read more »

When Was The Last Time You Did Something Good? Humanity Caught on Camera

This touching footage is a result of unlimited hours of video surveillance through cams placed in car dashboards in Russia. To help control rising insurance fraud many cars are now equipped with these dash cams to capture what unfolds in front of vehicles in an attempt to aid innocent people, law enforcement, and insurance firms in the event of an accident. These cameras have caught all sorts of crazy happenings- car accidents, low-flying jets, insurance scam attempts, meteors, and plane crashes – leading many to believe that Russia is a place where crazy things pretty much happens constantly. The cams also unfolded… Read more »

Thomas Lamadieu: The Sky Is His Canvas, The Buildings Are His Frame

Looking at the outlines of the buildings in these paintings, one can relate to its European architecture style, specifically French. That’s exactly where France-based artist Thomas Lamadieu of Avignon dreamed up whimsical figures squeezed in the pockets of the sky. Lamadieu makes his Sky Art images from his photographs of cities, where he captures geometric expanses of blue sky framed by buildings. Then he fills in empty spaces with imaginative illustration of funny creations that interact with the space. [Via The Huff]

Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor Hosts The World’s Largest Rubber Duck

The giant inflatable Rubber Duck is a floating sculpture by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman, that traveled the world’s waterways for several years for the sole purpose of bringing smiles to people. The duck arrived yesterday, May 2nd at Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor and will remain there until June 9th. it’s been causing quite a stir as curious locals have watched it inflate in a shipyard in Tsing Yi. Hofman’s famous duck has already been to the waters of Sydney, Osaka, and Sao Paolo. At 16.5 meters high, it’s pictured being pulled by a tug boat only a fraction of its size.  [Via Colossal]

Motivational Startup Quotes From Some Great Entrepreneurs

Sometimes motivation is all we need. This last push off the cliff is to some the hardest step to take towards achieving ones dream. Starting up a new business can be a great challenge,depending solely on dedication, and determination. Success requires a lot of smart plans, successful drive, and tons of hard work. In light of this, Startup Quote launched a website that provides daily wisdom and inspiration from some of the best and most successful entrepreneurs around. The insight from experts in business is meant to motivate the best of us to reach our own great potential. The quotes are presented through… Read more »

Picture of the Day: NASA Freshly Released Image of the Sun

This breathtaking image is a result of composing 25 separate images of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory from April 16, 2012, to April 15, 2013 made by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly where the sun is captured every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths. The work presented here is based on a wavelength of 171 angstroms, which is in the extreme ultraviolet range and shows solar material at around 600,000 kelvins (about 1.08 million F). The result image is extremely stable despite the fact that SDO orbits Earth at 6,876 mph and Earth orbits the sun at 67,062 mph. The images have… Read more »

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