Whoa: Put a Camera Under a Running Faucet for a ‘Water Tunnel’ Effect

Here’s an interesting effect you can capture in-camera without any digital trickery: place a waterproof camera directly under a running faucet. The camera can look up through the stream of water at the aerator, and the resulting footage looks like you’re traveling through a tunnel of water. “Camera under a running tap = Water tunnel,” writes YouTube user digi47. “Didn’t realise it would create such a cool effect.” (via digi47 via Laughing Squid)

Beautiful Photos From 1942 Show the Making of the New York Times

Taken in September of 1942, this captivating collection of black and white photographs show the New York Times in production during the height of World War II. The photographs were created as part of the U.S Office of War Information’s effort to document home front activities during the war. They were made by then 30-year-old Marjory Collins, who was part of Roy Stryker’s famous team of documentary photographers. Collins spent a single day documenting all parts of the production process, from dispatches coming in over the wire to the composing, printing, hand-bundling and distribution of the newspaper.
The Times
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Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds to Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

An unusual billboard was recently set up at a crosswalk in France to promote pedestrian safety. Whenever a pedestrian was detected crossing while the “red man” light was on, the billboard would emit a loud tire screeching sound. A camera built into the billboard would then capture the terrified face of the jaywalker.
The “public service” campaign was created in a partnership between the ad agency Serviceplan and the French road safety authority DRIEA. They report that in the region of Ile-de-France alone, there are about 4,500 careless pedestrian victims each year. The digital billboard was set up near the
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Guy Asks 12 Different Photographers to Take His Wedding Photo

Bjarke Ahlstrand, the so-called “Managing Dictator” of Copenhagen, Denmark-based photography company One of Many Cameras, is extremely well connected in Denmark’s photography scene. So when it came time to get married (again), he asked 12 of Denmark’s best photographers to shoot his wedding photo. (Warning: One of the photos below is mildly NSFW. Proceed with caution.) Large format, medium format, and full frame photographs ensured, captured on digital sensors and photographic film alike. There was no shortage of photographic styles and techniques used, and the results vary so much you might get emotional whiplash while scrolling.
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Watch the ‘La La Land’ Camera Man Create Perfect Whip Pans In-Camera

This is some seriously impressive camera work! Take a peek behind the scenes of Oscar-nominated film ‘La La Land,’ and see how one of the camera men was able to swing a massive camera around like a toy to create perfect in-camera whip pans. A whip pan is where the camera pans from one subject to another very quickly, leaving only a streaky blur in between. And while you CAN do this in-camera, they’re often faked, making a whip cut seem like a whip pan. Well, not in ‘La La Land.’
As you can see from the video and
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Deal Alert: Get The $380 Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Photo Printer for Just $130

Canon is offering a steep discount on one of its high-end photo printers. For a limited time, you can pick up the PIXMA PRO-100—formerly $380, and originally $500 MSRP—for just $130 after a mail-in rebate. This price simply can’t be beat. We rarely cover deals here at PetaPixel. Really amazing deals are often mistakes—remember those $200 Sony a7Rs?—and many other so-called deals are just cyclical price drops. In other words: nothing special. This Canon printer deal is an exception. From now until the end of May, Canon is offering $250 off their PIXMA PRO-100 photo printer, bringing
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Illegal Drone Slams Into the Stands at Baseball Game, Narrowly Missing Fans

This is exactly why DJI is forcing users to “activate” their drones, or suffer the consequences. At a recent baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks, an illegal drone slammed into the stands, only just missing a few faultless fans. You can see the crash in the Fox Sports video below. After showing the illegal drone fly up and off into the stands, the scene quickly cuts to the crash. Blink, and you might miss the moment the drone slams into an empty seat, startling the man and woman who were luckily facing away on either
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Amazing GoPro POV Footage of an ISS Space Walk

On Friday March 24, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet completed a spacewalk of the International Space Station while wearing a GoPro, capturing 8 minutes of stunning video footage of their work far above the blue orb we call home. Pesquet was joined by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough as they installed a new computer, disconnected a docking adapter to allow its move to a new location and maintained the Station’s Dextre multipurpose robotic hand – among other tasks. Pesquet also took the opportunity for a space selfie with the GoPro: Though the spacewalk was routine for the duo, the footage produced gives us
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Do NOT Bring this Weird Homebrew Rifle Stock Lens Through TSA

The folks at Fotodiox found one of the weirdest, most threatening lenses you’ll ever see at an antique store recently. Totally homemade—the thing doesn’t even include an aperture—this rifle stock lens is one we do NOT suggest you travel with… unless you really want to freak out the TSA. Bohus bought the lens, and he takes it out for a spin in this video. Focusing is done by turning a nob that moves the lens backwards and forwards, and if he were using an old 35mm camera he could fire off the shutter by using the spring loaded release cable
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Video: Journalist’s Chest Mounted GoPro Deflects Sniper Bullet

Iraqi journalist Ammar Alwaely owes his life to a GoPro. The little action camera, which was mounted to his chest for a POV perspective, took a sniper bullet for him while he was working in Mosul, Iraq, almost certainly saving his life. (Warning: This video contains strong language). The video above was shot by one of Alwaely’s colleagues, Sun reporter Owen Holdaway, who witnessed the incredible save first hand. While standing next to their vehicle, an ISIS sniper attempted to take out Alwaely—he hit the GoPro instead. You can see the moment of truth, slowed down, at the
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Video: Journalist’s Chest Mounted GoPro Deflects Sniper Bullet

Iraqi journalist Ammar Alwaely owes his life to a GoPro. The little action camera, which was mounted to his chest for a POV perspective, took a sniper bullet for him while he was working in Mosul, Iraq, almost certainly saving his life. (Warning: This video contains strong language). The video above was shot by one of Alwaely’s colleagues, Sun reporter Owen Holdaway, who witnessed the incredible save first hand. While standing next to their vehicle, an ISIS sniper attempted to take out Alwaely—he hit the GoPro instead. You can see the moment of truth, slowed down, at the
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Director Straps 800W LED to a Drone for Crazy Nighttime Bike Shoot

We’ve already shown you how mounting a powerful bank of LEDs to a drone can create some mind-bending, totally unique photos and video. But this nighttime mountain bike shoot by French photographer and director Hadrien Picard takes it to the next level of crazy. Inspired by this video we shared back in October, Picard decided to take the “strap a bunch of LEDs to a drone” concept and transfer it to his subject of choice: action sports photography. “I had the feeling i could bring further that idea by filming a night ride of one of the best downhill
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You Can Shoot the Milky Way Hand-Held with the Olympus E-M1 Mark II

When it comes to optical image stabilization, it seems like nothing comes close to touching Olympus’ OM-D E-M1 Mark II. As one photographer recently discovered, the 5-axis optical stabilization is so good, you can actually shoot the Milky Way hand-held with this monster. A little recap is in order. When Olympus released their OM-D E-M1 Mark II, they didn’t mince words: at 6.5 stops of stabilization (when used with an Olympus lens), they had reached the theoretical stabilization limit because of the rotation of the Earth. Even without an Oly lens, you get a whopping 5.5 stops of
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Creative Kid Shoots Crazy Homemade Music Video Using Just His Phone

A young kid named Isaiah Xavier is blowing up the Internet with a homemade music video he created using just his phone and a lip syncing app named Musical.ly. Without exaggerating, we can say this video is one of the most impressive smartphone creations we’ve ever seen. Unless you’re a Social Media Manager by trade (or a teen by age) you probably haven’t seen a lot of Musical.ly videos around. The app lets users set popular songs over videos of (usually) themselves lip syncing to that song or otherwise performing. That’s exactly what Xavier did (username: @isaiahxavier10) using
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AI-Powered App Helps You Colorize Black & White Photos in Seconds

This is amazing. The researchers at UC Berkeley who came up with the automatic colorizer algorithm we first shared back in March, 2016 have released a major update. The software now lets you team up with the algorithm to colorize complex black and white photos accurately in seconds. Both the original app and this update were created by Richard Zhang and his team at UC Berkeley. But while the original often got many of the colors wrong, the update lets you give the algorithm “hints” so that it knows what color goes where. The fact of the matter is, the
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This Cheap, Weird Lens Produces Square Bokeh with Its Square Aperture

Want to make your portraits look like they were taken in some weird Minecraft universe full of squares? Weird lens expert Mathieu Stern can help. He found a cheap, strange little lens that produces square bokeh that immediately makes photos and videos stand out. The lens is called The Componar 75mm f/4.5, and it’s an enlarging lens that can be found on eBay currently for about $50. The lens comes standard with an M39 screw mount, so it’s not ready to use right out of the box. But all you have to do is add an M39 to M42
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Olympus UK Support Rep Replies to Customer with Cheeky History Lesson

Need a bit of comic relief this Thursday? Olympus UK has you covered. In response to a customer’s question about joining the Olympus Club, the rep decided to offer photographer Greg West a history lesson in US/UK relations. Mr. West got in touch with PetaPixel podcast host Sharky to share his story. “I was on the 43Rumors.com web site reading about Olympus gossip and saw a link to the Olympus Rising Talents program,” says West. “I clicked to join the Olympus Club and was surprised not to see the US listed in the list of countries that you had
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Designer Makes Paintings and Statues Smile at the Museum with FaceApp

British designer Olly Gibbs recently did something really fun. He took the popular neural face transformation app FaceApp to the Amsterdam museum, where he used it to… liven a few of the characters up. Somber paintings and sculptures alike transformed in front of his lens. Unless you’ve been on a strict Internet diet for the last few weeks, you’ve probably heard about FaceApp. The app is simple: using neural networks, it transforms portraits or selfies into a diptych that shows you as you are, smiling, as an old person, and as the opposite gender. The results are always silly, but
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iPhone 7 Plus vs $82,000 Arri Alexa

A few months back, a viral video showed how the iPhone 7 could (in some respects) hold its own against a $50,000 RED Weapon. This side-by-side comparison of the iPhone 7 Plus against an $82,000 Arri Alexa is a bit more… what you expect. First off, that original video—created by Parker Walbeck of Fulltime Filmmaker—is definitely worth a watch. Walbeck’s point is that, with some post-processing work and if you know what you’re doing, you can get some decent footage from cheap gear. His point is not that the iPhone is just as good as a RED Weapon cinema
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