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20 Stunning Shots of Earth From Space in Honor of Earth Day

Happy Earth Day from me and National Geographic!

To celebrate Earth Day, National Geographic photo editors selected 20 of the most stunning pictures of Earth, as seen from space…

Captured in 2000 by a NASA satellite, the scene shows where the salty waters of the Mozambique Channel mingle with freshwater outflow from the island’s Betsiboka River. Bombetoka Bay is home to some of Madagascar’s largest mangrove forests, which provide shelter for diverse mollusks and crustaceans as well as habitat for sea turtles, water birds, and dugongs.

check out all 20 via Earth Day Pictures: 20 Stunning Shots of Earth From Space.

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Kinect, infrared filtered camera make amazing art

From CNET:

Who knew that [Kinect] projects such beautiful light?

Until San Francisco Bay Area artist Audrey Penven and some friends started taking pictures of themselves playing Kinect games, no one. But when Penven looked at the images, she realized she was on to something special.

In normal light, you can’t even see the light put out by the Kinect, Microsoft’s new motion control system for the Xbox 360. But with the help of a roommate’s camera, which is modified to shoot infrared, Penven discovered scenes at once ghostly and straight from the cover of a Neal Stephenson novel.

The images that resulted from Penven’s photographic experiment show a cacophony of bright dots that encompass and enfold the people in them. They evince movement and wonder and hint at art. Yet the first time around, the light was little more than Kinect trying to gauge the movements of Penven and her roommates while they played a little Dance Central.

Read more about how she put it all together.

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Ansel Adams, Street Photographer: 1940s Los Angeles – The Picture Show: NPR

Ansel Adams was an amazing photographer, who treated it as both an art and a science, exploring light and light-room techniques that are now taught in basic photography 101 classes. Definitely a huge influence on “nature photography.” It turns out he also studied the urban landscape, and the people that lived within…

Although well-respected by the 1930s, the famous landscape photographer could not have sustained his Sierra series, for example, if it were not supplemented by commercial work. According to the Ansel Adams Gallery: “Clients ran the gamut, including the Yosemite concessionaire … Kodak, Zeiss, IBM, AT&T, a small women’s college, a dried fruit company, and Life, Fortune … in short, everything from portraits to catalogues to Coloramas.”

more via Ansel Adams, Street Photographer: 1940s Los Angeles : The Picture Show : NPR.

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Ants claim photo of the year

A Marvel of Ants by Bence Máté. Photograph: Bence Máté/Veolia Environnement wildlife photographer of the year 2010

From The Guardian:

An image of leaf-cutter ants silhouetted on a leaf in the Costa Rican rainforest has won Hungarian photographer Bence Máté the 2010 Veolia Environnement wildlife photographer of the year prize, which is jointly owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

The winning shot, titled A Marvel of Ants, is a simple yet bold photo showing leaf-cutter ants at work that was selected from tens of thousands of entries from around the world. Chair of the judging panel, Mark Carwardine, said: “The photographer is clearly a master of his craft with an artist’s eye.”

The 2010 competition received over 31,000 entries from 81 countries. The exhibition of more than 100 prize-winning photographs opened last Friday at the Natural History Museum, and will later tour internationally.

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Bringing Art to Everyone | The New York Public Library

I LOVE this! The New York Public Library has made a good majority of their art collection available to view online. Accessing art has never been easier!

The Art Collection: Serving students, professionals, amateurs and anyone engaged in artistic pursuits, the Collection also hosts two exhibit series, Art Wall on Third and Art in the Windows. Also available in the Art Collection is a set of vertical files on artists, with exhibit catalogs and brochures (particularly suitable for information on contemporary artists).

The Picture Collection: An unparalleled visual resource for creative people in any medium, the Picture Collection contains original prints, photographs, posters, postcards and illustrations from books, magazines and newspapers, classified into 12,000 subject headings. Users may borrow up to 60 pictures at a time on any subject with a library card. Color and black & white copiers are available as well.

The Picture Collection is also Digital. More than 38,000 images are now in the NYPL Digital Gallery, and the number is growing fast.

A statue outside of the New York Public Library.
A statue outside of the New York Public Library. Image via Wikipedia

check out the Art and Picture Collections | The New York Public Library.

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Ode to scientific photography

Photography has the power to inspire, disgust, and dissect. Photography has often been used as a tool for scientific inquiry, from what a droplet of water looks like to whether a horse lifts all four feet off the ground when running (the photographer of that famous photo was Eadweard Muybridge, often considered a father of high-speed photography). These intrepid photographers behind the science have revolutionized science and art with new techniques, ideas, and chemistry. Both Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams pioneered both the science and art of photography.

In modern times, one of my favorite science photographers for a long time has been Felice Frankel, but I’m slowly discovering others. Dwight Eschliman is one guy I discovered via Boing Boing.

From wheat flour to Red #40, photographer Dwight Eschliman takes surprisingly compelling photographs of every ingredient in a Twinkie.

What you’re looking at here is monoglyceride—an emulsifier that helps blend usually not-easily-blendible ingredients. If you’ve ever made your own vinaigrette, you’re already familiar with the concept. Oil and vinegar don’t want to join up, and separate into layers when you pour them together. But, whisk in some honey, and you’ve got yourself a blended oil-and-vinegar dressing. The honey (or mustard. yum.) acts as an emulsifier.

There’s not much info like this on Eschliman’s Web site, but you can read more about several of the ingredients he photographed in this Planet Green slideshow.

more via Twinkie ingredients, lovingly photographed – Boing Boing.

This years’ winner of the microphotography contest is of a mosquito heart.


Photography is a great way to go out and study the world, capturing the beautiful, horrid, and that which isn’t normally seen.