19 posts tagged Lights
19 posts tagged Lights
Today the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena introduces us to an incredibly beautiful nighttime occurrence known as Light pillars. They’re one of nature’s rewards for enduring extremely cold weather.
Light pillars are created when ice crystals with roughly horizontal faces form in the atmosphere and reflect light from the sun, moon, or even man-made sources such as street lights.
"So, how does one explain all of the colors? As the Weather Doctor states, ‘Because the light rays forming pillars are reflected, they take on the color of the incident light. For example, when the sun is higher in the sky, pillars are white or bright yellow in color. But when it is near the horizon and its light color dominantly orange, gold or red, so is the resulting pillar.’”
Light pillars have been known to be the source of false UFO reports, which doesn’t seem at all surprising when you consider the Close Encounters-esque atmosphere in each of these wonderful photographs.
Photos by Jay Callaghan, Osato Naoya, Francis Anderson, Tristan Grezko, and Jason Ahms respectively.
Visit My Modern Metropolis to view a few more.
Photographer Jeremy Jackson (aka Tacky) lives in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains where spends most of his time creating awesomely psychedelic long exposure light paintings using little more than his camera, various light sources, and a boundless imagination.
Jackson’s fantastic and energetic images are created entirely in camera and don’t involve any post-production aside from the occasional crop or rotation.
For this method, light is the brush and the environment is the canvas determined by space and time. Jackson sees unlimited potential in this medium. He asserts, “The techniques are endless. The world is your canvas. Anything you can imagine can be painted a million different ways.”
Royce Hutain aka Visual Burrito, a photographer and videographer based in Huntington Beach, California, made an awesome Halloween costume for his 22-month-old daughter. Using strips of LED lights, he created a stick figure suit for his toddler. It sounds fairly simple, but as you can see in this video, the clever effect is delightfully awesome.
This isn’t the first time that Royce has created stick figure costumes. Click here to watch a video of snowboarders wearing grown-up size stickmen suits.
Move over art cars, it’s time to check out some unbelievable art trucks. These spectacularly tricked out trucks are known as Dekotora Trucks, which is an abbreviation for “decoration trucks.” This Japanese phenomenon got its start in the mid-1970s with the release of the first of a series of comedy-action films called Torakku Yarō or Truck Guys. The movies featured a trucker character who drove his garishly decorated truck all over Japan.
"Commonly displaying neon or ultraviolet lights, extravagant paints and stainless or golden exterior parts, on both on the exterior and the interior. Dekotora may be created by workers out of their work trucks for fun, or they may be designed by hobbyists for special events."
And, just in case you were wondering, the interiors of these awesome trucks are decorated as well. Some have even been known to sport actual chandeliers.
"For some drivers, this hobby keeps the loneliness at bay, but this has also become a competition as drivers compete to see who has the showiest truck."
Visit Design Taxi to view more examples of awesome Dekotora Trucks.
The folks at Twisted Sifter have assembled a mesmerizing collection of long-exposure photographs of ferris wheels in motion. Captured by the wide open eye of a camera, these bright, colourdul, and very familiar features of carnivals and amusement parks become gigantic kaleidoscopes frozen in time.
Here you see Kasai Rinkai Park in Tokyo, Japan by Les Taylor, the Carnegie Mellon Spring Carnival by Anirudh Koul, Family Kingdom at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina by Mike Foote, A county fair in Del Mar, California by Justin Brown, Jolimont, Melbourne, Australia by 2careles, the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, New York by Jordan Confino, and Asim Bharwanti’s photo of a ferris wheel on a pier in Santa Monica, California.
Visit Twisted Sifter to view even more.
American artist Bill FitzGibbons used thousands of LEDs to transform a dark and dreary underpass located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama into the awesomely bright and colourful space you see here.
Visit Bill FitzGibbons’ website to check out more of his wonderful works of public art.
For an art installation entitled Ballroom Luminoso, artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock created and hung six awesome chandeliers from a concrete underpass in San Antonio, Texas. The chandeliers were custom-made using structural steel, recycled bicycle parts, and custom LEDs that project a field of silhouettes of sprockets, gears, and other shapes onto the blank slate of an otherwise unremarkable industrial surface.
From the artist’s statement about the project:
“Ballroom Luminoso references the area’s past, present, and future in the design of its intricately detailed medallions. The images in the medallions draw on the community’s agricultural history, strong Hispanic heritage, and burgeoning environmental movement. The medallions are a play on the iconography of La Loteria, which has become a touchstone of Hispanic culture. Utilizing traditional tropes like La Escalera (the Ladder), La Rosa (the Rose), and La Sandía (the Watermelon), the piece alludes to the neighborhood’s farming roots and horticultural achievements. Each character playfully rides a bike acting as a metaphor for the neighborhood’s environmental progress, its concurrent eco-restoration projects, and its developing cycling culture.”
"Inspired by an obsession with the ocean and a fascination with extravagant interiors of old churches, Adam Wallacavage transformed the dining room of his South Philadelphia Victorian Brownstone into something from the pages of a Jules Verne novel. Teaching himself the ancient art of ornamental plastering, Adam evolved his new found skills into making plaster cast octopus shaped chandeliers as the final touch to his underwater themed room."
Adam is officially welcome to come over and transform any and all of our rooms. We can’t think of a single space at Geyser of Awesome headquarters that wouldn’t benefit from the addition of more tentacles.
These beautiful sculptures are part of an ongoing figurative series by Japanese artist Mihoko Ogaki entitled Milky Ways. This awesome fusion of the the beauty and mystery of the night sky with the mortal human form is an exploration of the ideas of life, death, and rebirth.
The fibre-reinforced plastic sculptures depict people either dying or already dead. Their forms have been embedded with bright LEDs that project fields of stars against the walls, floor, and ceiling of a darkened space.
"In a bright room, the dying bodies appear morbid and in pain, but, when the lights go off, the suffering seems to disappear into a delightful, twinkling display. One review states, "Ogaki takes the emotions of our human condition and gives them a physical presence." The sparkling figures create an environment of tranquility, in which viewers are encouraged to calmly, and without distress, contemplate the human condition of life and death."
Visit Mihoko Ogaki’s website for more images of these marvelous installations.