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Picture of the Day: The Dreamy Skyline of Singapore

This magnificent HDR skyline image was taken at Marina Bay in Singapore by photographer Matthew Brandalise of San Jose, California. Using 3 layered images with different exposure times, resulted in a dreamy and colorful night shot. “I was perched on the stairs next to Louis Vuitton store (previously featured here). I used a Nikon D4 with a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens. I used the Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod to steady the camera. I shot in the evening at 7:30pm on a late fall evening. Settings were ISO 400, F5.0, 26mm. I took three photos bracketed at -1ev, 0ev, and… Read more »

Humorous Illustrations by Jaco Haasbroek

Jaco Haasbroek, illustrator and designer from Capetown, South Africa, creates fun and sometimes silly illustrations. His perspective on the meaning of different words and expressions spotlights new humorous ways of understanding them. Each artwork is entertaining in its own unique way.

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Javier Pérez Turns Ordinary Objects into Playful Illustrations

Another inspiration found for Instagram lovers. Javier Pérez  (cintascotch on Instagram) is the illustrator and  art director from Ecuador. Artist  uses ordinary objects around him to create clever and fun photo illustrations. His series of work, called Instagram Experiments, is full of playful ideas which can make anyone smile. Some of artist’s prints are available for purchase via Society6.

Boggie’s Video Reveals Her Appearance Retouched

Hungarian musician Csemer Boglarka aka Boggie made her first video bravely showing all the steps of her retouched transformation while singing her new song Nouveau Parfum. A Photoshop-like software altered singer’s features starting with no-make-up tired face and finishing with the glamoured image in the end. With this video Boggie is criticizing the modern idea of perfectionism in women’s appearance, the chase of ideal beauty and social acceptance through it.

Architectural Drawings of Butterflies and Nautiluses by Rafael Araujo

Rafael Araujo, artist from Venezuela, goes “old school” in his series of drawings called Calculation. All his work is technology-free, it’s done only with a pen, pencil, ruler and protractor. Rendering programs are capable of doing tasks like this in just few minutes, yet Araujo is really passionate about calculating math of his complicated drawings himself. Mesmerizing 3D illustrations of butterflies and nautiluses couldn’t be more beautiful. 

Time Traveling Photographer Chino Otsuka

Japanese visual artist  Chino Otsuka, living in London, UK, travels in time as she combines her childhood photos with present images of herself. Otsuka’s series “Imagine Finding Me” combines digital compositions from various countries during different years of artist’s life. The images are manipulated in a way the viewer can really believe they were not retouched.  “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” – says Otsuka. How would it be to travel in time and… Read more »

Realistic Wood Art by Randall Rosenthal

These stacks of newspapers, comic books and other paper material were created by Randall Rosenthal. They were not piled up as it may seem from a first look, but carved from a single piece of Vermont white pine and artistically covered with acrylic paint. Nothing else. Moreover each sculpture comes from Rosenthal’s imagination only, he doesn’t use any pictures or models. Leaves me totally speechless. Talent as it is. Larger collection of artist’s wood work is available at Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery and Sawmill Creek.

London in 1927 & 2013

In 1927 Claude Friese-Greene, one of the British pioneers of film, traveled around England with his new color film camera and in the end of his trip captured some stunning shots of London‘s everyday life. Starting February 2013  filmmaker Simon Smith took a challenge of recreating same exact images taken 86 years ago. Fun personal study resulted into interesting conclusion – with all modern additions and time passing London hasn’t changed that much after all. Enjoy the fascinating video comparison.

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2014

The 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival was officially opened on January 5th in Harbin, located in the north-east of China. It’s now one of the world’s biggest snow and ice festivals and one of the most popular winter destinations in China. For one month icy wonderland will be filled with winter themed attractions, 240-meter-long ice slide,  gigantic spectacular sculptures like replicas of Colosseum and Empire State Building made of ice blocks from the frozen Songhua River and illuminated with colorful LED lights. 500,000 square meter space packed with all kinds of winter fun, could it be more exciting!

Magic of the Golden Hour Around the World

Golden Hour means the first and the last hour of sunlight during the day, when the photographer is able to achieve that magnificent magic effect of a shot due to the quality of light. National Geographic asked Your Blog community to show their best images of dusk and down around the globe. Here we would like to share some of the most impressive photos from the travel category of the “Golden Hour” album, which were submitted by professional and hobbyist photographers. 1. Monument Valley, Utah. Photograph by Mark Donougher Sunset provides magical light for less than five minutes on the Diné deities.   2. Vietnam Veterans… Read more »

This is What Niagara Falls Look Like Frozen

We’ve all seen it on the news, some us lived its bitterness, but just in case you haven’t heard about it – The most part of the US and southern Canada suffered from an unprecedented freeze, a polar vortex, an arctic blast, that took temperatures down to new record lows for these areas, impacting some 240 million people. With wind chill factored in, cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, and Toronto saw temperatures as low as -50 C (-58 F). Photos of these frozen cities have went viral online over the past few days, displaying what looked like a modern-day ice age…. Read more »

Stunning Macro Portraits of Bees

Did you know that bees are not always black and yellow? There are actually so many shapes, sizes and colors around  us, which we don’t pay attantion to, as most of them don’t sting. Sam Droege, the head of the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program in Maryland, USA, and other researchers spent almost 10 years capturing high quality macro photographs of North America’s 4,000 different bee species. “When we started looking at these pictures, I just wanted to gaze at these shots for long periods of time. I had seen these insects for many years, but the level of detail was incredible. The… Read more »

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