Photographer Has Close Encounters with Huge Manta Rays

Photographer William Drumm of Denver, Colorado, has been traveling to Socorro Island over the past two years in hopes of swimming and capturing images of the world’s largest manta rays. This 2-minute video shows some of the beautiful encounters Drumm has had. Caters Clips writes that the shots were captured between October 2017 and April 2018. The largest manta rays on Earth can reach a whopping 23 feet (7m) in width, or about the length of four humans lined up head to toe.

Do $5,000 Camera Lenses Float?

There’s a viral video floating around that appears shows a photographer accidentally dropping what looks like a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS lens into a swimming pool while crouched at the edge. Photographer Steven Ho of Macau, China, posted the video to his Facebook page, where it quickly received hundreds of shares and tens of thousands of views:
“What if it were you?” Ho asks in the caption. If this video wasn’t faked, then the photographer may have taken over $7,000 worth of Canon DSLR gear for a swim: a high-end 5D-style DSLR could be around $2,000 used, and
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This Astronaut on a Spacewalk Left His Camera’s SD Card at Home

Have you ever pulled out your camera to shoot, only to be horrified to find that you forgot to put a memory card inside before leaving home? That’s what just happened to a NASA astronaut while he was in the middle of a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. The 1.5-minute video above is an extended version of a livestream clip NASA shared on Twitch, titled “Left SD card at home LUL.” In it, the astronaut (reportedly Andrew Feustel) is trying to start recording footage with a GoPro camera when he suddenly asks mission control a
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Everyone is Pointing Out Hilariously Bad Stock Photos of Their Jobs

Stock photos generally aren’t the best at showing realistic views of what different jobs are like, but sometimes they’re hilariously inaccurate. People have recently taken to social media to point out the worst offenders, and the new viral hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob has been a solid source of laughs. IFLScience reports that the hashtag began among scientists, but the hashtag has since spread beyond that realm and into all kinds of job fields. Here’s a sampling of stock photos being lampooned with #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob:

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When You Want Romantic Photos, But You Only Have Yourself…

There are a lot of standard and cliché poses used by photographers shooting romantic portraits of couples in love. One of the key ingredients is having two people in the frame. Photographer Malley Victoria of LaGrange, Georgia, recently shot a series of portraits of a guy in the style of a couples photo shoot. The series is titled, “One is The Loneliest Number.” “My friend Brett is notoriously single and is also a really funny person,” Victoria tells PetaPixel. “He came to me with the idea and we made it happen.” You can find more of Victoria’s work
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This Polar Bear Wants to be a Wildlife Photographer

Israeli photographer and Nikon Ambassador Roie Galitz was recently testing the new Nikon 180-400mm f/4 lens in Svalbard, Norway, when he came across a polar bear who dreams of being a wildlife photographer. “As a professional wildlife photographer, I travel to Svalbard often to shoot stills and video for magazines and special productions, the most recent of which is the BBC’s Snow Bears film,” Galitz tells PetaPixel. “A couple of weeks ago I was in Svalbard again for one of those special productions and I was photographing this big polar bear male walking near the glacier.” When the bear
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This Unusual Gold Ring is a Rare Soviet Spy Camera Worth $20,000

If you have deep pockets and a deep love for rare cameras, check out this… ring. It’s a gold ring that’s actually an extremely rare Soviet-era spy camera used by the KGB. The Phoblographer spotted the camera ring for sale on eBay, where it’s being sold with a Buy It Now price of about $19,420. The seller, hit-camera-ltd-7569 based in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, writes in the description that there are only two known copies of this camera — that’s what was reported nearly 30 years ago when the other one was sold at auction by Christie’s. “We think there
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Zooming Into NASA’s Hubble Photos to See the Lagoon Nebula Up Close

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope was deployed on April 25, 1990, so this week marked the 28th anniversary of the telescope providing humankind with breathtaking photos of deep space. To celebrate, NASA released this 30-second video that zooms into the Milky Way’s central bulge to a new photo just released of the Lagoon Nebula over 4,000 light years away. Here’s the new photo of the nebula, captured by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 in February of this year, which shows it in unprecedented detail: “At the center of the photo, a monster young [1 million year old] star [named Herschel 36]
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This is Why You Shouldn’t Leave Your Camera Under a Car

Here’s a pro tip: if you’re looking for somewhere to place your camera for a while when outdoors, don’t leave it under the tires of a vehicle. This 12-second video shows the pain that can result if you do. This tough lesson was learned this past weekend by San Francisco Bay Area photographer Rafael Castillo who took to the /r/photography to share his misery and word of warning. “A few graffiti artist friends were painting a legal storefront in Berkeley on University Avenue, and it was a beautiful and hot sunny day,” Castillo tells PetaPixel. “At some point we had
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Wedding Photographer Captures Owl ‘Attacking’ Best Man

UK wedding photographer Stacey Oliver was photographing a castle wedding ceremony earlier this month when an owl was brought out to bring the rings down the aisle. Things didn’t exactly go according to plan, resulting in a series of very memorable wedding photos. The bride and groom, Jeni Arrowsmith and Mark Wood, had decided to use a trained owl as their ring bearer as a surprise for their guests during the ceremony at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England, on March 17th. At first, the owl did its job well: it obediently flew from the trainer to the gloved hand of
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This Robot is Made of Canon DSLR Gear

If you ever completely total a pricey collection of camera equipment, perhaps you should consider turning it into a one-of-a-kind robot sculpture for your home or office. Craig of Canon Rumors was visiting the Canon Canada customer service center earlier this month when he came across the strange sight above: a robot made of high-end Canon DSLR equipment. It features a prime lens head, a 1D Mark III DSLR and lens for the torso, two flashes for arms, and two 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lenses for extendable legs. It turns out the equipment was brought in by a couple
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These Photo Tiles Transform Walls Into Soviet Apartment Blocks

Here’s an unusual way to decorate a wall with photos: the Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika printed photos of apartment windows onto tiles. Once installed, they make any wall look like a Soviet-era concrete apartment block. Here’s a closer look at the tiles, which each show a different window (and sometimes residents): The Calvert Journal reports that the tiles were installed in the bathroom at the Galeria Urbana bar in Kaunas, Lithuania. It’s “an idea to bring outside inside,” Gyva Grafika says.
Image credits: Photographs by Gyva Grafika

These Photo Tiles Transform Walls Into Soviet Apartment Blocks

Here’s an unusual way to decorate a wall with photos: the Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika printed photos of apartment windows onto tiles. Once installed, they make any wall look like a Soviet-era concrete apartment block. Here’s a closer look at the tiles, which each show a different window (and sometimes residents): The Calvert Journal reports that the tiles were installed in the bathroom at the Galeria Urbana bar in Kaunas, Lithuania. It’s “an idea to bring outside inside,” Gyva Grafika says.
Image credits: Photographs by Gyva Grafika

How to Clone a Photo by Shredding It

Here’s a curious little 43-second video by Japanese artist Kensuke Koike that’s going viral. Titled “Top Breeder,” it shows how you can duplicate a photo of a dog by putting the print through a pasta cutter and distributing the slices into new photos. One picture can “magically” turn into four. “What is shown […] is actually a form of simple down-sampling where every other row and column are selected from an input image,” writes programmer Alexander Booth. “In computer vision the original image is usually blurred before performing this kind of down-sampling so that the resulting smaller images do not
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Married Couple Discover Themselves in Photo Shot 11 Years Before They Met

A married couple in China recently discovered that they had unknowingly been captured in the same photo as teenagers, 11 years before they met and fell in love. Channel NewsAsia reports that a Mr. Ye and Ms. Xue had met and fallen in love in the city of Chengdu in 2011. While going through Ms. Xue’s old family photos earlier this month at his mother-in-law’s house, Mr. Ye came across a photo of his wife visiting the city of Qingdao as a teenager. Upon seeing the snapshot, Mr. Ye instantly recognized himself in the background.
Mr. Ye in the background
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Parent Seeking Photographer to Ruin Daughter’s Modeling Dreams

A PetaPixel reader was browsing for photography gigs on craigslist in South Florida today when he came across this bizarre request: someone was looking to hire a photographer to provide an “unhappy experience.” The listing was apparently posted by a concerned parent whose daughter has dreams of becoming a model. Not wanting their daughter to pursue this line of work, the parent decided that the best way would be to secretly arrange for a photographer to show the daughter how terrible modeling is by paying for a faked photo shoot experience. “My daughter wants to model and I don’t
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Emperor Penguins Find Camera, Pose for Selfies

Two emperor penguins in Antarctica recently stumbled upon a camera left by researchers. Curious about their find, the penguins ended up knocking over the camera and then posing for an adorable selfie video. “Australian Antarctic expeditioner, Eddie Gault, left the camera on the ice when visiting [Auster Rookery near Australia’s Mawson research station],” the Australian Antarctic Division writes. “[I]t didn’t take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie.” The footage has been viewed over 100,000 times across the group’s social media channels in the two days since it was shared.
Still frame from
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The Broccoli Tree, Or: The Dangers of Sharing Photos of What We Love

Here’s a fascinating 4-minute video by vlogbrothers that tells the sad and infuriating parable of The Broccoli Tree. It’s a tale that shows the dangers of photo sharing in the modern Instagrammed world. It all started back in May 2013, when Swedish photographer Patrik Svedberg stumbled across a tree that reminded him of a huge stalk of broccoli. He posted the photo to his personal Instagram account and received a handful of likes.
Over the following days, months, and years, however, Svedberg kept passing by
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This Short Film is About the Life of a 35mm Film Camera

Filmmaker Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society made this 5-minute short film titled “The Life of a Camera.” It tells the story of a Yamasheta 35mm film camera over decades of use, all through the eyes and photos of the camera. “Before there were smartphones, people actually took pictures with cameras on film,” the synopsis reads. “This 35mm Yamasheta is one of those cameras. Now broken and dead, The Royal Ocean Film Society takes a look back at the life that it lived through the photos it took.”

Man Discovers His $15 ‘Zorki’ Camera is a $800 Leica in Disguise

The Zorki is a series of 35mm rangefinder cameras that were made in the Soviet Union from 1948 and 1978. Since they were originally designed to be cheap Leica clones, it’s not uncommon to find fake Leica cameras that are actually modified Zorkis. But one Russian camera collector recently found the opposite: his $15 Zorki turned out to be an $800 Leica. Collector Vitalijs Kezens tells USSRPhoto that he recently purchased a used Zorki-C camera for €12 (~$15) at a local Zorki auction. These cameras can often be found for as little as $20 to $40 on eBay. Upon closer
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