Photographer Accidentally Captures SpaceX Falcon Heavy Exhaust Plume

Photographer Reuben Wu was at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona last week shooting photos for his gorgeous Lux Noctis project (landscapes at night illuminated by drone-mounted LEDs) when he captured something unexpected: the exhaust plume of SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that launched during the day. “I managed to capture the dissipating exhaust plume of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy as it left the Earth’s atmosphere,” Wu tells PetaPixel. “Had no idea it was launching that night so it was a tremendous surprise to see it fly into my shot.” The Falcon Heavy was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during
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Here are the 6 Finalists for World Press Photo of the Year 2018

For the first time in its history, the most prestigious photojournalist prize in the world has unveiled the finalists of its Photo of the Year contest before selecting a winner. The 6 nominees were unveiled today by the World Press Photo. Warning: The photos displayed below depict graphic violence and may be disturbing to some viewers. The winner will be announced at a special Awards Show in Amsterdam on April 12th, 2018. Here are the 6 finalist photos in alphabetical order of the photographer’s last name:

#1. “Rohingya Crisis”

© Patrick Brown, Panos Pictures, for Unicef
28 September 2017.
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The Winning Photos of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

The Underwater Photographer of the Year photo competition has just unveiled its winners for 2018. The photos provide gorgeous glimpses into the aquatic world that’s normally out of sight. This year’s overall winner was German photographer Tobias Friedrich with an image titled “Cycle War” (shown above). It shows Norton 16H motorcycles loaded into the backs of submerged Fordson WOT 3 trucks. You can see a school of soldierfish above the wreck. “I had had this image in mind for a few years, but it is impossible to capture in one photo, because there is not space inside the wreck to
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Picture of a Single Atom Wins Science Photo Contest

A remarkable photo of a single atom trapped by electric fields has just been awarded the top prize in a well-known science photography competition. The photo is titled “Single Atom in an Ion Trap” and was shot by David Nadlinger of the University of Oxford. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK today announced the winning photos of its national science photography competition. Nadlinger’s grand prize photo shows an atom as a speck of light between two metal electrodes placed about 2mm (0.078in) apart.
A crop of the winning photo that shows the single atom
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This Photographer Spent 12 Years Shooting the Same Window

Alper Yesiltas, a photographer and lawyer from Istanbul, Turkey, spent the last 12 years shooting photos of the same window. The project only came to a halt last year because the owner knocked down the building, but the images are very creative indeed. The window opened out from a corridor in an apartment block, and it was positioned right next to Yesiltas’ room. Yesiltas started photographing the window in 2005, and he kept shooting until its destruction on May 1st, 2017. The lace curtain provided a dynamic element to the photos, bringing a different look to shots depending on
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This Hobby Lobby Photo Shoot is Going Viral

Photographer Jenna Martin’s wildly popular Lowe’s photo shoot seems to have sparked a trend. Cincinnati-based photographer Adam Delane visited a local Hobby Lobby crafts store with four of his model friends and shot some portraits. The photos have since gone wildly viral. Here are behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot, with each one followed by the portrait that resulted:
“The employees didn’t mind,” Delane tells PetaPixel. The photographer shared the photos on Monday through Facebook, where they instantly took off. They’ve since been shared over 290,000 times and liked over 62,000 times.
“That night when I told Aissatou Thiam, Līque Angel,
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Portraits of Rajasthan: Photographing Villagers in India

Driving through the cities and villages of Rajasthan provides for an intimate view of rural India. The sun-drenched countryside is dotted with a resilient vegetation common to drier, desert, climates. Villagers, mixed in with cows, herds of goats and the odd camel, walk the long stretches of roads between villages, pausing for rest under the sparse shade of Khejri trees. This is a part of the tourist trail that is rarely seen. The usual stops along the Rajasthan tourist trails are the cities of Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. Air-conditioned tourist vans carrom between these cities, anxiously keeping to a
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Nighttime Footage of Los Angeles Shot Out of the Open Door of a Helicopter

Photographer Vincent Laforet dazzled the world a few years ago by photographing iconic cities at night through the open door of a helicopter flying at 7,500+ feet. The work has since been published as a museum-quality photo book titled Air. Laforet’s next goal: to bring the same concept to life by shooting video. The 7-minute video above is Laforet’s first proof of concept for the project. While his original Air project was shot with a Canon 1D X and a Mamiya Leaf Credo 50MP medium format digital camera, this aerial footage was captured with a RED 8K Helium camera and
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‘In the Hands of the Father’: Photos of My Dad’s Battle with Alzheimer’s

My names is Mario Zorzi, and I’m a 33-year-old amateur film photographer living in Verona, Italy. I’m currently working on a project about my dad’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. The title of my project, “Nelle mani del Padre” (“In the hands of the Father”), is an alteration of the Catholic invocation “in the name of the Father”. The reason I chose this title is because I have what could be considered an obsession with hands and gestures. I started taking pictures of my dad back in 2011, and the start was casual and natural. As time went on, awareness
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‘In the Hands of the Father’: Photos of My Dad’s Battle with Alzheimer’s

My names is Mario Zorzi, and I’m a 33-year-old amateur film photographer living in Verona, Italy. I’m currently working on a project about my dad’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. The title of my project, “Nelle mani del Padre” (“In the hands of the Father”), is an alteration of the Catholic invocation “in the name of the Father”. The reason I chose this title is because I have what could be considered an obsession with hands and gestures. I started taking pictures of my dad back in 2011, and the start was casual and natural. As time went on, awareness
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I Was a Homeless Teen Who Became an Award-Winning Wedding Photog

My name is Carsten Schertzer, and I’m a wedding photographer. My life right now is spent hopping from one wedding venue to the next, but it wasn’t always that way… I picked up my first camera when I was 11 years old. I was completely enamored by the skateboarding culture and industry photographers at the time. I dreamed of photographing skateboarding for a living and tried relentlessly to make it in the skateboarding industry. By the time I was 16, I dropped out of high school and was living on the streets of southern California. I was sleeping in public
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Beyond the Usual Suspects: Photography at the 2017 Miami Art Fairs

In the In-Between We all know the criticisms. Overly commercial. Too conservative. Unrepresentative of what’s important about art. Superficial and pretentious crowd. And beyond all that, in photography specifically, there appears to be a predictable roster of blue-chip artists whose work is prominently featured in one booth after the other creating a déjà vu effect throughout the fair. This post Beyond the Usual Suspects: <br/>Photography at the 2017 Miami Art Fairs appeared first on In the In-Between.

Street Photos of Coincidences on NYC Sidewalks

Street photographer Jonathan Higbee is a master of spotting fleeting moments on the sidewalks of New York City in which things come together in strange and curious ways. Higbee was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. After living in Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles, he has now been based in New York for over a decade. Higbee’s street photography has earned him a great deal of recognition in recent years. He won the World Street Photography grand prize in 2015, a LensCulture 2016 Street Photography Award, and a finalist spot in the 2018 Hasselblad Masters. You can find
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How to Smash $5,000 in Nikon Lenses

Here’s an 8-second video showing $5,000 in Nikon lenses getting smashed with a mallet. If you cringe at the thought of harm coming to any photographic equipment, here’s the good news: the video isn’t what you think. It’s a creative video by stop-motion extraordinaire PES. “Nikon sent me some lenses to test out…is this what they had in mind?” PES writes. “Not sponsored by Nikon (but shot on the D810).” The shot clip shows him smashing a $2,100 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II, $900 105mm f/2.8G, $1,600 85mm f/1.4G, $450 50mm f/1.4G, and rear lens cap.

DJI Unveils the Best Aerial Photos of 2017

DJI has just announced the winners of its 2017 SkyPixel Photo Contest. The Grand Prize was awarded to photographer Florian Ledoux for his photo titled “Above the Polar Bear.” The photo was captured using a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone. Here’s Ledoux caption that was submitted with the entry:
Dear future generation, I hope we will still be able to see the Arctic wildlife as we do now. It is threatened as the environment is changing. I was able to witness many scenes of wildlife and I can guarantee you this is the most beautiful thing I have
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