Posts Tagged ‘Photo’

Screens under a microscope update

In Read, View on March 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

Last August, Keith Peters took a look at the Kindle and iPad screens under a microscope.  I’m only getting to it now, but a month later when the Kindle 3 came out he gave it the same treatment:


Kindle 2.  Photo by Keith Peters.
Kindle 2. Photo by Keith Peters.
Kindle 3.  Photo by Keith Peters.
Kindle 3. Photo by Keith Peters.

“Pretty easy to see that the K3 is darker and crisper. But to the naked eye, I feel the effect is even more stunning. The screensaver photos themselves are rendered beautifully. I’d still like some new ones, but even as bored as I am with the, the first few times I saw them, I had to stare a while.”

My friend Ryan loves his Kindle, but he found a drawback on a recent plane flight:

“sir please turn off your book for take off.” Never thought I’d hear that. The only downside of a Kindle.

Macro photos of insects

In View on February 15, 2011 at 7:23 am

Macro photography is ultra-close-up photography of things that are very small.  Here are some macro photos of insects by Dutch photographer Leon Baas:

Ladybug.  Photo by Leon Baas.

Ladybug. Photo by Leon Baas.

Ant. Photo by Leon Baas.

Ant. Photo by Leon Baas.

Telegraph has a gallery of more images, as well as descriptions and some comments from Baas.  “The shot of the flying ladybug [above] was a once in a lifetime photograph,” he says.  “I am very happy with it and do not think it will ever happen again.”

You can also see more at Baas’s personal website.

Snowflakes under a microscope

In View on February 11, 2011 at 7:11 am

Here are pictures of snowflakes under a microscope:

Many more at the link.

Via:  Make:Online

Single-pixel scanner photos

In View on February 9, 2011 at 7:30 am

Jason Kottke highlights photographer Adam Magyar, who takes photos using the same technology as finish-line cameras at racetracks:

Photo by Adam Magyar.

Photo by Adam Magyar.

As Kottke points out, it’s hard to describe what’s going on here.  The description he quotes is from the site Walking As One (via a story on Magyar from the blog lens culture):

Adam uses the same technologies as the finish line cameras at the Olympic Games, which take thousands of images a second and record through a 1 pixel wide slit. The time and space slices are then placed next to one another to generate an image without perspective. This method is capable of recording movement only, with static objects and buildings appearing as stripes and lines.

Here’s Magyar’s website with more of these photos (in “Urban Flow”).

Typewriter repairmen

In Read, View on February 4, 2011 at 7:01 am

Wired Raw highlights a unique profession in today’s modern age:

Despite these inefficiencies, there are a few places where typewriters still clack away. New York City police stations, the desks of a few stubborn hangers-on, and, increasingly, the apartments of hip young people who have a fetish for the retro. Mechanical devices with a lot of moving parts, typewriters require maintenance by technicians with specialized knowledge and years of experience. A surprising number of people still make their living meeting that demand.


Berkeley Typewriter co-owner Jesse Banuelos.  Photo by Jon Snyder/

Berkeley Typewriter co-owner Jesse Banuelos. Photo by Jon Snyder/

The piece takes a look at three unique shops located in the San Francisco Bay area.  I know I’ve passed Berkeley Typewriter, which is right down the street from where I’ve stayed with friends at Cal.

X-rays of flowers

In View on January 25, 2011 at 7:18 am
A colored x-ray of a rose.  Photo by Hugh Turvey.

A colored x-ray of a rose. Photo by Hugh Turvey.


The Telegraph has a gallery of x-rays taken by photographer Hugh Turvey.

Hugh, 39, has been fascinated since childhood with getting underneath the surface of things. He said: “I’m driven by my curiosity. It’s about discovering the world around us. As a kid I would take things apart to see what was inside and how they worked. I have an insane curiosity for how things work. X-ray gives me a way to get that insight and turn it into art.”

The stargazer lilies at slide 11 are gorgeous.

UPDATE:  The Telegraph site has been intermittently broken.  Here are the photos at OddStuffMagazine.

Google Earth stunners

In View on January 20, 2011 at 7:25 am

PC World has put together a list of some notable sights on Google’s Maps or Earth satellite views.  Some are just well-timed pictures (see an airplane in flight over England at slide 13) and some are spectacular shots of the natural world in action (elephants running at slide 10 and below, and Victoria Falls at slide 11):

African elephants on the move.  Google Earth.

African elephants on the move. Google Earth.

To look at any of these locations paste the coordinates from the description into Google Earth or Google Maps.  When the map comes up look around for the arrow and that should mark the spot.  Here’s a link to the elephants above in Google Maps.  You can see that in this particular part of Africa, there are only a few select locations that have photos at this zoom level.  (Also, PC World flipped this photo for some reason in their slideshow.)  There’s a bigger herd of elephants just to the west of this group.

UPDATE:  PC World’s Part 2.  My favorite is the Coliseum at slide 10.

World’s top skylines

In Read, View on September 30, 2010 at 7:19 am

Here’s a list of the Top 45 Skylines of the World.  Blogger Luigi di Serio has spent time studying urban planning, and has devised a quasi-scientific method of rating the world’s skylines:

Since skylines are mostly about aesthetic appeal and very subjective, how can I judge which skylines are the best? Well, there are some rigid criteria I’ve used for this list. So here is what they are in order.

  1. VVII: Visual Vertical Impact Index
  2. Height
  3. Density
  4. Style & Organization
  5. Feats & Marvels
  6. Uniqueness
  7. Surroundings & Topography


New York at #3.

New York at #3.


Los Angeles at #34.

Los Angeles at #34.

Click through for detail on his ranking method and the full 1-45 list.

Diablo Valley Lines

In Read, View on September 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

The members of the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society operate one of the largest model train lines in the U.S.  The layout for their model covers 1,700 square feet and can accommodate up to 10 trains simultaneously.

A port serviced by the Diablo Valley Lines.  Photo by Jim Merithew.

A port serviced by the Diablo Valley Lines. Photo by Jim Merithew.

Nearly a mile of track winds through the layout’s miniature landscapes and tiny towns, featuring replicas of a wide variety of structures and scenery. Craggy yellow hills, made of wood and wire mesh, rise well above eye level.

Though the terrain is not modeled on any place in particular, its dusky hues evoke what member Ted Moreland calls “freelance western railroad.”

The level of detail here is amazing.  Click through for many more photos, including one of the miniature railroad ties and spikes they lay by hand.

Light painting

In View, Watch on September 16, 2010 at 7:15 am

One of Gizmodo’s recent Shooting Challenges was to create a portrait using a specific form of long-exposure photography called light painting.  Follow the link for a gallery of submissions:

Light painting.  Photo by Jonathan Ahdout.

Light painting. Photo by Jonathan Ahdout.

One of my college roommates proposed to his now-fiancé using this technique, and it made for a great set of photos.

UPDATE:  The Gizmodo challenge invitation page also linked to this excellent stop-motion light painting video by Freddie Wong:

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