This Photographer Captures Chicago’s Skyline as an ‘Urban Quilt’

For the past few years, Chicago-based photographer Angie McMonigal has been working on a project titled Urban Quilt. Her goal is to capture her city’s buildings as a patchwork of colors, textures, and materials. “I don’t just see individual buildings standing there as imposing towers of steel,” McMonigal says. “I see a patchwork. Different colors, different textures, different materials, different architectural styles, all pieced together.” “Some patches are pristine and new, others a little more worn. There are iconic patterns, immediately recognizable, and also bits that are hard to identify, fragments that feel familiar but are hard to place.
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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)

Shooting a 35-Year-Old Roll of Kodak Film

What do you do when you find a roll of film that expired 34 years ago? Shoot with it, of course! Colin Wirth of This Does Not Compute shares the results of a recent experiment in this 8-minute video in which he shoots with some ancient Kodak Plus-X black and white film. If you grew up shooting digital only, you may not know that film has an expiry date on it – usually a few years after it was manufactured. Film degrades over time, but it can still be developed long after the expiry date. The most exciting part of shooting with expired
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This is What You Can Capture with the World’s Smallest GoPro Drone

Video effects specialist Robert McIntosh wanted a tiny but powerful camera drone, so he built himself the world’s smallest high-definition drone. It’s a drone that can squeeze through the smallest of spaces, as you can see in the unusual 2-minute video above. “This is without a doubt the world’s smallest HD camera carrying drone seen capturing this epic continuous shot of the infamous Muscle Beach CA,” McIntosh writes. “Smaller, lighter, better.” His drone weighs just 94.7 grams with a stripped down GoPro camera mounted on it, and about 120 grams with a flight battery and foam roll cage.
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Photographer Creates Maternity Photo with Husband Deployed Overseas

Photographer Jennifer McMahon has created a viral maternity photo that’s tugging at heartstrings around the world: it shows expecting mother Veronica Phillips next to her husband Brandon, a member of the U.S. Air Force who has been deployed overseas for nearly all of Veronica’s pregnancy. McMahon, of Jennifer Ariel Photography, was approached by Veronica with a photo of Brandon kneeling in the desert with an outstretched hand. The couple wanted a photo that brought them together in a maternity portrait, despite them being physically separated by thousands of miles. So, McMahon did a photo shoot with Veronica last
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Rephotographing Mt. Fuji, As Seen on the 500-Yen Japanese Banknote

Until the release of the 500-yen coin in 1982, its corresponding paper equivalent reigned for more than 40 years in Japan. In fact, it wasn’t until 1994 that the 500-yen banknote was finally withdrawn from circulation. One side of the note featured Tomomi Iwakura a Japanese statesman from the early Meiji period who played an important role in Japan’s modernization. The reverse side featured a view of Mt. Fuji taken from the top of Mt. Gangaharasuri in Otsuki City, Yamanashi Prefecture. It was from this mountain ridge I recently camped out and was fortunate to photograph on a fine spring
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This Canon ‘Live for the Story’ Ad Used Huge Lighting Rigs in a Creative Way

This brilliantly lit commercial for Canon introduces a new campaign that urges the viewer to “Live for the Story”, and rather curiously does not prominently feature a camera at all. The 60-second spot follows the romantic journey of a young boy growing to adulthood, along with all the spontaneous bicycle trips, piano playing, fully clothed swimming and horse-chasing that a full and spirited life involves. Titled ‘Boundaries’, the ad seems intended to re-introduce Canon to a younger audience, perhaps positioning the brand as an alternative to the ubiquitous smartphone as a means for capturing the experiences of life.
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This Forest Mirror Illusion is Bending People’s Minds

Stop-motion animator Kevin Parry has shared a clever little video illusion titled “Walk in the Woods” that has a lot of people scratching their heads. It’s a loop that shows Parry repeatedly walking into a mirror in a forest and emerging out “the other side.” Take a close look and see if you can figure out how the illusion was created (using minimal digital trickery):

Walk in the Woods

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The video has been viewed over 100,000 times since Parry originally published it a week ago.
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This Artist Matches Pantone Swatches to Real Life

Pantone’s quest is to become the universal language of color. The Pantone Matching System allows printers everywhere in the world to ensure they’re producing colors accurately. Artist and graphic designer Andrea Antoni has found a different use for this language of color: matching it to photographs taken in his home country of Italy. Though not the first artist to re-purpose Pantone swatches, Antoni has used them in his own unique way to describe the world he sees around him. In his series on Instagram, he holds up a Pantone fan deck to match the landscape – from the Cool
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Creative Portraits That Add Real World Elements to the Frame

ELEMENTS is a new project by Slovakia-based photographer Maria Svarbova. Each of the portraits in the series features some physical, real-world element that has been introduced to add a layer of 3D complexity to the underlying 2D image. “My focus is in portraits in this series,” Svarbova tells PetaPixel. “I used different materials for working on photos. For example: fire, air, water and others. All are portraits with young people, but each is personal and different.” ELEMENTS is an ongoing project, so Svarbova is slowly adding new works to it over time. You can find more of the photographer’s
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Photo Idea: How to Shoot the ‘Perfect’ Wedding Photo in 6 Steps

Ed Greggory of Photos in Color has put together a 3 minute guide that will show you how to shoot the so-called “perfect wedding photo” in just 10 steps. We’re not sure about that “perfect” bit, but it’s a fun idea that’s worth checking out. “You know that perfect wedding photograph with the confetti, the guests and the married couple laughing and having a great time?” writes Greggory in the video description. “Well it’s simple to get you just have to follow these 10 wedding photography tips.” It’s clear Greggory doesn’t shy away from hyperbole—and calling this the
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Photo Idea: How to Shoot the ‘Perfect’ Wedding Photo in 6 Steps

Ed Greggory of Photos in Color has put together a 3 minute guide that will show you how to shoot the so-called “perfect wedding photo” in just 10 steps. We’re not sure about that “perfect” bit, but it’s a fun idea that’s worth checking out. “You know that perfect wedding photograph with the confetti, the guests and the married couple laughing and having a great time?” writes Greggory in the video description. “Well it’s simple to get you just have to follow these 10 wedding photography tips.” It’s clear Greggory doesn’t shy away from hyperbole—and calling this the
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Photo Idea: How to Shoot the ‘Perfect’ Wedding Photo in 6 Steps

Ed Greggory of Photos in Color has put together a 3 minute guide that will show you how to shoot the so-called “perfect wedding photo” in just 10 steps. We’re not sure about that “perfect” bit, but it’s a fun idea that’s worth checking out. “You know that perfect wedding photograph with the confetti, the guests and the married couple laughing and having a great time?” writes Greggory in the video description. “Well it’s simple to get you just have to follow these 10 wedding photography tips.” It’s clear Greggory doesn’t shy away from hyperbole—and calling this the
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Smooth 360° ‘Bullet Time’ Rig Made from Some Wood and a Swivel Caster

We’ve seen a lot of creative setups for faking that ‘bullet time’ look—one guy strapped his GoPro to a ceiling fan—but this creation filmmaker Luca Amhofer is the most versatile and functional DIY rig of its kind we’ve ever seen… and it’s dirt cheap to make! Luca shared some photos and videos of his rig with PetaPixel, explaining that the whole thing was made using just some plywood, aluminum, a tripod ball head, a caster (one of those swiveling wheels you find on furniture dollies), and a tiny bit of welding. The final result looks a bit like
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Forget Sliders, This 2K ‘Motion’ Timelapse Was Created by Cropping

Photographer Beno Saradzic recently embarked on an interesting experiment. Given the crazy resolution of cameras like the 50MP Canon 5DSR, could you create a “Motion” timelapse by simply… cropping out frames? It turns out, you can. Beno sent us the video this morning, and if he hadn’t told us how it was taken, we would have assumed there were multiple focal lengths and motion controlled sliders involved. In reality, he simply slapped his Canon 5DSR onto tripod and captured a static timelapse, which he later “animated” in Adobe Premiere Pro. “I shot a single, locked-off time lapse sequence with Canon
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Dear Camera Makers, Please Bring Back the Compact Film Camera

Over the past several years, I have watched as the prices for compact film cameras have steadily increased into the sort of price ranges usually reserved for collectible cameras. This was inevitable. These cameras are getting expensive not just because they are more popular, but also because there are fewer and fewer or them available now. Even the younger compact cameras (apart from the Fuji Klasse) are over 10 years old now and they are reaching their performance limits. Basically, the cameras are dying and there is nobody that can rescue them. When I started my website, Japan Camera Hunter
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This Camera Inside a Water Bucket Got Unusual Views of Animals Drinking

The folks over at The Field Lab decided to put a camera at the bottom of a bucket and shoot a underwater view of what it looks like when different animals stop by for a drink. The camera caught bees, birds, a squirrel, chickens, a donkey, and a steer named Ben. “Everybody loves water in the desert,” the video’s description reads. “I was pleasantly surprised during the edit to see that George made an appearance. I know him from all the other rabbits because of the tiny notch in his ear.” “A burro just happened to come by in
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This Photographer Put a Giant Mirror In a Salt Flat

Australian photographer Murray Fredericks has spent years visiting and photographing the salt flats at Lake Eyre, the lowest point in Australia. For his latest project, titled Vanity, Fredericks brought a giant mirror and created gorgeous, abstract landscape photos at dawn, dusk, and night. After trekking into the salt flat with his tent, camera, and gear, Fredericks camps himself for weeks at a time. When he spots a scene that’s just right, the photographer places his mirror into an inch of salt water and uses it to redirect our gaze away from the background. The result is a creative combination
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This Skier Got Epic ‘Drone’ Shots by Throwing His GoPro

Remember Nicolas Vuignier, the skier who shot bullet time by swinging his iPhone around his head? He’s back again with another brilliant idea: he shot “poor man’s drone” footage by throwing his GoPro into the air. As you can see from the 2.5-minute video above, the results were pretty incredible. “Too cheap to buy a drone? You’re not alone,” Vuignier says. He decided to tinker with this idea of unusual aerial-videography after seeing and backing the AER project on Kickstarter, which aimed to make simple aerial shots cheap by wrapping GoPro cameras in a NERF football-like housing.
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This Time-Slice Shows the Passing of 10 Months in a Valley

For his latest project, titled “Stratochronokinetics,” photographer and mixed media artist Alexy Joffre Frangieh created a “time slice” view of showing the town of Ehden, Lebanon, over the course of a year. Here’s an interactive version of the work on Instagram (you can click/swipe to show more or less months):

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Frangieh, who serves as a Nikon Ambassador, specializes in photography that involves sequences — things like time-lapes, virtual reality panoramics, and mosaic imaging. To create “Stratochronokinetics,” Frangieh used 10 frames out of a whopping 183,000 photos
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