Man Taking Pictures Gets Slammed by Hurricane Irma Wave

As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the Florida panhandle this past weekend, some people ignored warnings to flee or find shelter and decided to go out and shoot photos of the approaching storm instead. The short video above shows what happened to one man who did this at Florida’s southernmost point. This location in Key West is also the southernmost point of the continental United States, and one that is constantly being livestreamed online by a number of livecams. The unfortunate man in the recording was pointing his camera at the violent waves when one large one crashed onto shore and
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This is What a Solar Eclipse Looks Like to a Weather Satellite

Yesterday, we shared what a total solar eclipse looks like to a weather balloon floating in near space. If you want to zoom out even more, check out this amazing video captured by a weather satellite from outer space. The video, released by scientists at UW–Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), was captured by the GOES-16, one of the world’s most advanced weather satellites. The satellite photographed the Earth once every five minutes during the eclipse, and the resulting timelapse video shows the shadow of the moon crossing the United States from west to east.
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Lightning Strikes Feet Away from Man While His Camera is Rolling

A man in Norway has captured what it’s like to have a lightning bolt strike just feet away. Watch the 1.5-minute video above to see the terrifying experience from his perspective (warning: turn your speakers down because it’s extremely loud). TV 2 reports that on Monday, 38-year-old Daniel Modøl was standing on his terrace in Gjerstad, Aust-Agder, and shooting lightning flashing in the horizon. Without warning, there was a deafening crack as a lightning bolt struck less than 20 feet away on the other side of the terrace. While the bolt itself wasn’t caught on camera, we do
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This Eclipse Photo Shows the Power of Shooting RAW

Here’s an eye-opening example that shows the power of shooting RAW. Photographer Dan Plucinski captured a beautiful photo of the solar eclipse yesterday, and this is the before-and-after comparison showing the straight-out-of-camera image (on left) compared to the edited one (on right). Plucinski got to the location in Oregon at 6am and set up for his shot. During totality, Plucinski shot exposure bracketed photos using his Nikon D750. This photo was captured without a filter at f/11, 1/8s, and ISO 100: But this photo didn’t accurately capture what the human eye could see. To correct that, Plucinski did some minimal
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This $11,000 Camera Lens Shows Why You Don’t Check In Gear When Flying

If you’re flying with camera equipment, bring the gear onto the plane in a carry-on bag with you if at all possible. This $11,000 Leica lens shows what can happen if you entrust your pricey equipment to the hold inside checked baggage. This Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux ASPH lens was recently brought to Leica Store Manchester by a woman who checked in a semi-firm camera case with this lens mounted to a Leica M10. When she arrived at the destination, she found that her $10,995 lens had been smashed and her $6,895 camera would no longer turn on. “She
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Photographer Nailed in the Groin by First Pitch, Still Nails the Shot

The ceremonial first pitch at a Boston Red Sox baseball game went horribly (and comically) wrong yesterday, and a sports photographer behind the plate found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was captured on broadcast TV in the 50-second clip above. Pediatric cancer survivor and 17-year-old high school pitcher Jordan Leandre had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park, but the ball slipped from his hand as he tossed it toward the plate. Instead of arriving in the glove of the catcher, it soared way too high and slammed into the groin
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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captured Time-Lapses of Clouds on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has captured a series of photos showing what clouds look like as they float across the sky on Mars. The photos are the clearest images of clouds seen so far by Curiosity since the rover arrived on Mars 5 years ago. NASA writes that the wispy clouds look almost like the ice-crystal cirrus clouds often seen here on Earth. Curiosity shot the photos with its Navigation Camera (AKA Navcam) on an early Martian morning last month. It captured two sets of 8 photos. For one set, it pointed its camera straight up toward the sky. For the
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Ridiculous Group Photo Poses You Can Try With Your Friends

Here’s a lighthearted 1-minute video by VGAG that provides some unusual posing ideas for group photos. We see a series of illustrations showing figures in different poses. For each one, a group enters the frame and tries to pull it off for the camera. Here are some examples… With five people, you can form a star with your hands: A skydiver pose. With enough leg strength and balance, you won’t need the spotter. A halo of hands around the head of someone doing a cat pose: If you’d rather not take your group photos in these directions, hopefully at least
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This Mom Received a Beautiful Lesson on Cherishing Family Snapshots

Photographer Jess Wolfe of Nomadic Imagery was shopping at a grocery store with her four kids recently when she received a heartwarming lesson about the preciousness of everyday family photos. As she was struggling to complete the errand while hungry and wrangling her children, a stranger offered her some timely words of wisdom. Here’s the story in Wolfe’s own words:
Sweaty, baby strapped to my back, three year old insisting that her belly hurts and NEEDS her donut that she forgot to eat after lunch, 6 year old using everything in sight as a weapon, 7 year old wanting to
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This is One Concert Photographer’s ‘Viral’ Business Card

Concert photographer Rich Gastwirt came up with this unusual “viral” business card for getting his website URL into people’s hands. It’s a simple black card that reads: “Hi. You don’t know me, but I’m trying to enjoy the show that you’re talking over. Kindly shut the f*** up.” In the bottom right-hand corner is his domain name, which forwards to his Facebook page. “The entire purpose is to be viral with them,” Gastwirt tells PetaPixel. “People always ask for cards at concerts and I used to make nice ones with photos, but they invariably ended up in the trash,
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Wedding Photo Recreates Childhood Shot of Bride and Groom

Here’s a beautiful then-and-now photo that shows a bride and groom on their wedding day in the exact same pose as when they received their first holy communion as children decades ago. Polish wedding photographer Maciej Rafalski was preparing to shoot the wedding of a couple named Paulina and Damian when he came across the childhood photo of them during the first communion. The young Damian is seen giving Paulina a sidelong glance. “When I saw this old photo, I knew we had to repeat it,” Rafalski tells PetaPixel. During their communion portion of the wedding ceremony, the couple were
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Wedding Photo Recreates Childhood Shot of Bride and Groom

Here’s a beautiful then-and-now photo that shows a bride and groom on their wedding day in the exact same pose as when they received their first holy communion as children decades ago. Polish wedding photographer Maciej Rafalski was preparing to shoot the wedding of a couple named Paulina and Damian when he came across the childhood photo of them during the first communion. The young Damian is seen giving Paulina a sidelong glance. “When I saw this old photo, I knew we had to repeat it,” Rafalski tells PetaPixel. He shared the idea with the couple, who loved the idea.
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Nikon Gear Arranged Neatly: This is One Photographer’s Collection

If you like both photography and “things arranged neatly” photos, check out this photo of photographer John S. Payne‘s Nikon SLR collection. Actually, this is only about 1/3 of his entire collection. Payne is a North Carolina-based photographer who has been shooting with Nikon since 1975 and seriously collecting since the early 1990s. He now has about 150 Nikon cameras and 155 lenses with a total value of about $150,000. We previously featured his camera collection in July 2016, when it was worth $125,000. Here’s the “family portrait” we shared at the time: If you’re wondering how
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This Artist Turns Trashed Cameras Into Little Robots

Recirculation Art” is an ongoing project by Southern California-based artist James Rauff in which he turns junked cameras into little robot figures. Creators writes that the whole concept started when Rauff was watching a movie and then decided to take apart an old Canon Powershot S410 to recreate the robot in the film. He began doing the same thing to other non-working cameras, and it became a series. After disassembling the cameras, Rauff modifies the little pieces and combines them in new forms using adhesives. Once the robot is built, he takes it out to various abandoned urban
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Watch a GoPro Go Through an Electron Beam Irradiator

Here’s a 2.5-minute video recorded by a GoPro Session action camera that was given a trip through an electron beam irradiator. “Radiation shielded Gopro Session is sent through electron beam irradiator,” writes Andrew Seltzman of RTF Technologies, who posted the video in December 2016. “[T]here is a 1/4″ thick lead plate above the camera box to provide shielding from direct irradiation from the beam. For this run the beam current was turned up to full power allowing the ionized air glow to be visible in the dark.” Seltzman is a plasma physics graduate student at the University
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Watch a GoPro Go Through an Electron Beam Irradiator

Here’s a 2.5-minute video recorded by a GoPro Session action camera that was given a trip through an electron beam irradiator. “Radiation shielded Gopro Session is sent through electron beam irradiator,” writes Andrew Seltzman of RTF Technologies, who posted the video in December 2016. “[T]here is a 1/4″ thick lead plate above the camera box to provide shielding from direct irradiation from the beam. For this run the beam current was turned up to full power allowing the ionized air glow to be visible in the dark.” Seltzman is a plasma physics graduate student at the University
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Watch a Camera Get Dissolved by Nail Polish Remover Fumes

Here’s a timelapse video showing how an old plastic camera melts away when you expose it to acetone fumes. The 3-minutes in the video spans 25 hours of real time. Acetone is the organic compound that’s the primary ingredient in nail polish removers and paint thinners. It’s a good solvent for many types of plastic, and as the video shows, you only need to expose plastics to the fumes rather than the liquid for dissolving to happen. (via Amazing Timelapse via Technabob)

Vintage Cameras Recreated with Paper by a Master Origami Artist

Korean artist Lee Ji-hee has recreated a selection of vintage cameras out of bright, colorful paper in some seriously advanced origami work. The paper versions are much funkier and bright than their original counterparts, giving the Seoul, South Korea-based artist’s work a unique style. There are plenty of cameras to see, too. He’s recreated many, from the 1952 Leica IIIf Red Dial to the 1938 Super Kodak Six-20. You can get an insight into how the cameras are made in this behind the scenes film. Looking closer at each camera, the attention to detail is amazing. If you want to
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