Posts tagged photography
Posts tagged photography
Luke Wesley Price has designed a new photo book of five NASA space shuttle missions called Space Shuttle: A Photographic Journey 1981–2011.
NBC News’s PhotoBlog has ten pretty radical space shuttle photos in its short post about the book. It implies but doesn’t actually say the photos are all actually from the book, but even if they’re not, it’s still a collection of neat shots and I can dig it.
The photo accompanying this post is from NASA:
Atlantis emerges through a mountain of smoke after a successful launch from Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 16, 2009. The eleven-day mission featured three space walks and focused on providing new equipment to the International Space Station, including a spare gyroscope
This collage includes about 1,600 images submitted by members of the public as part of the NASA Cassini mission’s “Wave at Saturn” campaign. On July 19, 2013, Cassini maneuvered into a special location to take a picture of the Saturn system backlit by the sun. Blocking out the sun’s rays also enabled Cassini to take a picture of Earth, which would normally require looking almost directly at the sun and risking damage to the cameras’ sensitive detectors. The “Wave at Saturn” event was the first to tell earthlings in advance that their picture was being taken from interplanetary distances.
Colin: WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED TO WAVE AT SATURN
2012-01-25_00008 on Flickr.
Batman: Arkham City
Lots of photography here lately. Today’s shot is actually from a video game; it’s part of Iain Andrew’s project Steam Postcards. The last update was from March so it may be defunct, but I only found out about it now.
We’re making video games really, really pretty these days.
Original William Henry Jackson print held in the collection of the Colorado Historical Society. This is a hand-tinted print.Photograph by David Arnold, National Geographic
Colin introduced me to National Geographic Found, a photoblog by National Geographic magazine filled with amazing, often older photos. Now I’m passing it along. Take some time this Sunday to browse the archives. You won’t be disappointed.
This image is just stunning.
In a moment of tremendous egotism here on Nullary Sources, here’s a really neat still from Philippe Parreno’s 2011 film/art landscape C.H.Z, for which I’ll be receiving a check for naming royalties any day now.
For real though, this is a cool project and I’d love to check out either the film or the book. Alexander Forbes wrote up the film for BLOUIN ARTINFO:
Philippe Parreno’s “Continuously Habitable Zones” are hardly habitable, at least not for now. The 14-minute film premiered at Berlin’s CineStar theater in conjunction with the Diamler Art Collection’s exhibition celebrating the automobile’s 125th anniversary, with the support of Esther Schipper, Pilar Corrias, Paolo and Rosario Pimenta. A series of six investigations of a monochromic black landscape, the work is like a sculpturally rendered Ad Reinhardt painting: burned and barren, save some still blacker vegetation and uprooted trees.
Parreno partnered with landscape architect Bas Smets to create the otherworldly panorama — the title refers to planets, which lie within a range of distances from their respective suns that would theoretically allow them to support life.
Hat tip to Sofi for bringing this one to my easily stoked attention.
NBC News’s PhotoBlog has a story on an 1800s book of photography that was recently auctioned for £10,500:
"In or around 1877, photography was mainly about beautiful landscapes or portraits of the wealthy, but these images [photographer John] Thomson deliberately set out to take were those of the Victorian underclass," John Trevers of auctioneers Dominic Winter told NBC News. "This was the first time those in abject poverty scratching out a living on the streets of London were photographed."
That’s Colin and me sitting on the bench.
Evan Amos is the guy who took all those photographs of video game consoles on Wikipedia:
At first I took photos of food items, candy bars and electronics, but I began narrowing my focus on video game systems. I started making lists of every console ever released. Before the video game crash of 1983, there were numerous systems, many now barely remembered, with little information available. Message boards and fansites had few details, with the same poor, low-resolution pictures. I realized that relatively recent history was being lost to time, all because the internet did not have good information and media about these game systems.
It makes complete sense in retrospect that the photos were taken by an editor, but until reading this, the possibility never crossed my mind. I think I just assumed that they were press kit photos.
He has a Kickstarter for documenting consoles that wraps up in two hours from when this post is scheduled to post.
Here’s a cool thing I’ve never heard of before: the Festival of Lights in Berlin. Every year, artists from Germany and abroad shine lights and project images on Berlin landmarks. It’s pretty neato.
This shot is from October 9 and shows the Berlin Cathedral. Britta Pederson took this for the European Pressphoto Agency.
I took this photo from NBC News’s PhotoBlog, which has five more pictures from this year. The Festival of Lights’s site also has some photos from this year, and past years’ galleries are available from the top menu.
It’s time once again for an Astronomy Picture of the Day repost. Today’s photo, taken by Babak Tafreshi, was originally posted on September 7:
This forest of snow and ice penitentes reflects moonlight shining across the Chajnantor plateau. The region lies in the Chilean Andes at an altitude of 5,000 meters, not far from one of planet Earth’s major astronomical observatories, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array.
I had never seen nor heard of penitentes before seeing this photo, so the ice formations really caught my eye. Check the Wikipedia link in that caption I quoted for a hilariously technical explanation of how they form.
A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog as NASA’s LADEE spacecraft lifts off from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch.
See also: this video from the game Crysis.