Discovering History in an 80-Year-Old Camera


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In my mom’s home office, there has been a really old camera sitting on her bookshelf since I can remember. No one ever touched it. I don’t remember a time where it has ever moved.

When we moved back to the states this past summer, we stayed with my parents for a week or so. I have no idea what I was doing, but one morning it caught my eye. When I ask my mom if I could have it (cheeky, I know) and she told me it was dad’s. So, off to look for dad I go!

Now he’s

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This Aerial Photo of Frozen Lakes is Not What It Seems


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Check out this aerial photo of four lakes in an icy winter landscape. It’s actually not what it seems. Photographer Josh Nukem captured this photo of a frozen puddle from ground level in his own backyard.

Josh had snapped a casual photo of the ground using his iPhone 8 Plus. Later, while reviewing his photos, he came across this one and had to do a double take.

“The way this picture of a frozen puddle in my backyard looks like a landscape from the perspective of a plane,” he writes, adding that zero editing has been done to the shot.

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Take a Trip Through Paris in the Late 1890s


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Want to see what life in the streets of Paris was like over a century ago in the late 1890s? Film restorer Guy Jones collected old footage shot between 1896 and 1900, slowed it down to a natural speed, and added sound for ambiance. This beautiful 6-minute experience is what resulted.

The scenes were all captured in Belle Époque-era Paris, France, by the Lumière company. Here’s an index of things and places you’ll see in the video:

0:08 Notre-Dame Cathedral (1896)

0:58 Alma Bridge (1900)

1:37 Avenue des Champs-Élysées (1899)

2:33 Place de la Concorde (1897)

3:24 Passing of a

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The Dark Truth Behind the Sensor Size War


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Want to learn about the history of digital camera sensor sizes? Camera Conspiracies made this entirely serious and fantastically educational 11-minute video on the dark history behind the digital camera industry’s sensor size war (warning: it contains profanity).

“There are much bigger questions than whether Micro Four Thirds sensors can stack up with full frame,” he writes. “The sensor size war has a dark side that no one is talking about. Let us discuss.”

When the Cameraman Can Run as Fast as the Sprinters…


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Live side views of sprinters are usually shot using remote cameras on rails. But if you have a cameraman that’s as fit and fast as the athletes themselves, you can ditch the high-tech equipment and use just a gimbal stabilizer instead.

A clip from the 2016 Reebok Crossfit Games has been going viral online this week. It shows how ultra-fit cameraman Marston Sawyers ran alongside the competitors during the Suicide Sprint, keeping up with the top runners and keeping them in the frame while holding a heavy stabilized camera rig with one hand.

5 Camera Tricks… for Cheapskates


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Need a chuckle? Alex over at I did a thing made this 4.5-minute tongue-in-cheek video showing 5 creative camera tricks you can use… if you’re a cheapskate.

“Can’t afford to buy expensive camera gear or you would prefer to spend it on beverages?” Alex says. “Don’t worry, I have your back! And your legs, feet and head.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the golden nuggets of wisdom you’ll find in the tutorial:

Tip #1: “BLT” Camera Slider. When you don’t have money for a real camera slider but you have a fridge.

Tip #2: Rat Camera Angle.

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How NOT to Use a Reflective Umbrella


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Photographer Holly Romaya was walking through a local mall in the Detroit metro area recently when she noticed something peculiar about the mall Santa photo area set up for kids portraits. It seems the people responsible for setting up the lighting equipment don’t actually know how it’s supposed to work.

“As I was walking through my local mall, I saw the Christmas set up and took a peek at their setup,” Romaya tells PetaPixel, “and I said to myself, ‘Oh dear… That’s not right and it will give horrible light.’”

Here’s how the AlienBees flash unit and umbrella were

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Zoom Into the Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way


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Scientists just further confirmed what has long been believed: that there’s a supermassive black hole scientists named Sagittarius A* at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. This mind-blowing 1.5-minute video zooms in from a wide view of the night sky into the tiny little area where the latest telescopic observations were just made.

In a paper published on October 31st, 2018, scientists at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) detailed how they used the GRAVITY interferometer and the four telescopes of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) to create a virtual telescope that effectively has a diameter of 427 feet

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This DSLR Costume is Fully Functional Camera


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By day, Yohei Shimada is a Japanese commercial photographer. When Halloween rolls around, Shimada becomes Cameraaman, a human-sized, fully-functioning DSLR camera that roams the streets of Japan to photograph other costume-wearers.

Here’s a photo of Cameraaman by photographer Taichi Andoh:

Pressing the shutter button on the costume triggers an off-camera flash photo that’s instantly displayed on the camera’s LCD panel for the subjects to review. Seeing the camera costume in action causes a huge deal of excitement among passersby.

Here are clips of Cameraaman

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Wedding Photographer Pushes Stepmom Aside to Get the Shot


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Wedding photographers often complain of ‘Uncle Bobs,’ or relatives who get in the way of professional photographers while trying to snap their own photos. When photographer Ashley Easterling encountered this during a wedding ceremony recently, she refused to allow the relative to ruin the bride and groom’s first kiss photo.

The 46-second video shows Josh and Lorna Dane Gantt being pronounced as husband and wife. As Easterling stands in the aisle to capture their first kiss as a married couple, Easterling’s stepmother (who had repeatedly stood in the aisle to shoot photos with her smartphone) stepped in front of Easterling

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Seal Slaps Kayaker in the Face with an Octopus


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Filmmaker Taiyo Masuda was kayaking with his friend Kyle Mulinder when he captured an unusual wildlife encounter on camera: a seal swam right up to Mulinder and slapped him viciously in the face with a large octopus.

The footage above was captured using a GoPro HERO7 Black off the coast of South Island in New Zealand and has been going viral online.

“We were kayaking in the winter NZ Kaikoura, beautiful day, seals were swimming and enjoying the sun on the rocks,” Masuda tells PetaPixel. Right around lunchtime, several seals started to swim around. We just thought they were refreshing

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This is the First Video Ever Shot from an Asteroid’s Surface


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A week after giving us the first photo from the surface of asteroid 162173 Ryugu, Japan’s MINERVA rovers have just sent back new views of the asteroid’s surface, including the first video ever from an asteroid’s surface.

MINERVA-II2 (AKA Rover 1B) captured 15 frames over 74 minutes on September 23rd of the sun “traveling” across the “sky.” When played back in sequence, the images become a video of the rover’s view, captured 174 million miles (280M km) away from Earth.

The rover also shared photos of the rocky asteroid surface in between hops:

The rovers are moving around

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The Nikon Z7 Louis Vuitton Edition


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Behold: the ultra-uber-limited Nikon Z7 Louis Vuitton edition. The 24K gold camera is wrapped in soft albino buckskin covered with the luxury label’s famous LV monogram. Only 7 will be produced with each camera (bundled with a 24-70mm f/4S lens and exotic strap) priced at $7 million.

Just kidding.

Photographer Boonlert Rojanaboworn, the operator of Nikon Club Thailand, created this Photoshopped faux special edition camera as a joke for his community of camera enthusiasts. Nikon Rumors then picked it up, causing Nikon photographers around the Web to balk.

But there are actually prior examples of real limited edition

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This Was the World’s Largest Camera Back in 1900


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Check out this monster of a camera. It was the world’s largest camera back in 1900, built for the specific purpose of shooting the largest photo in the world of the “handsomest train in the world.”

In 1899, a new train called “The Alton Limited” was built in Pullman, Illinois. What was special about the train was its perfectly uniform and symmetrical design. Here’ a description from a pamphlet preserved by the Indiana Historical Society:

[N]o railway train in the world had ever presented so uniform and symmetrical design. No train of cars had ever before been built

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This Beardlapse Shows a Man’s Beard Growing Over 911 Days


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A Canadian man named Jon and his Russian wife named Eva spent 911 days between 2015 and 2018 hitchhiking around the world through 33 different countries. Jon didn’t shave during the entire journey and afterward, he turned his selfies into this time-lapse showing 911 days of beard growth.

Jon shot the selfie clips using his Canon Rebel T6i and a GoPro HERO3+ Silver.

Oh, and Jon also created a timelapse of the beard getting shaved off (and his wife’s subsequent reaction), as well.

(via CANRUSH via Laughing Squid)

This Guy is a Professional Divorce Photographer


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As the wedding photography industry gets more and more saturated with competition, some photographers may switch over into different niches that aren’t as hot. Here’s a 1.5-minute video that offers a glimpse into the work of Tom Byrd, a professional divorce photographer.

“For a lot of people, the day their divorce is finalized is the new happiest day of their life,” Byrd says in the Comedy Central “Mini-Mock” (wink wink). “I encourage people to get personal, vulnerable.”

Byrd says he sometimes takes the couple back to the location of their first big fight to rekindle “that energy.”

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How to Turn Any DSLR into a Mirrorless Camera


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Can’t wait for Nikon and Canon to launch their new mirrorless cameras and want to fork over money for the ones already on the market? Photographer Eric Rossi made this 4-minute video that shows how you can convert your existing DSLR camera into a mirrorless camera.

“I show you how to DIY and hack it yourself,” Rossi writes. “Be VERY careful of how you approach doing this. You may cause some damage, so please follow my tutorial step by step.”

Rossi’s technique involves surgically removing the mirror with pliers.

“You can still go around using your Nikon Canon camera

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Photos of Zookeepers as the Animals They Care For


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For the past few years, the Minnesota Zoo has been celebrating National Zookeeper Week in mid-July by shooting a set of lighthearted photos in which the zookeepers recreate photos of the zoo’s animals.

“Our dedicated zookeepers are starting to resemble the animals in their care,” the zoo says.

The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, Minnesota. You can find out more about it on the zoo’s website and Facebook page.


Image credits: Photographs by the Minnesota Zoo and used with permission

Photographer Spots Mother Duck with Giant Brood of 76 Ducklings


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This photo may look like the result of a photographer going too crazy with Photoshop’s Clone Stamp, but it’s a real photo of an actual duck family. Minnesota-based wildlife photographer Brent Cizek was at Lake Bemidji back in June when he spotted this mother duck leading a ginormous blood of over 50 ducklings.

When Cizek revisited the lake to look for the mama duck (which he dubbed “Momma Merganser”) in July, his second sighting revealed that she had grown her adopted brood to 76 or more.

Cizek says the mother, a common merganser, could only have laid about 15

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Dog Takes GoPro and Shoots Viral Chase Scene


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A dog named Bonnie is a star on the Internet this week after an action camera clip she shot went viral.

Back in 2016, Bonnie was handed a ping pong paddle-mounted GoPro HERO3 by her owner, Carmen Michelle. The camera was filming as she ran away from Michelle’s husband and other dogs in the yard. The resulting video was a humorous and strangely stabilized chase scene:

The video went viral again this month after Michelle shared the video to Reddit with the caption: “The only

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