1659 posts tagged Photography
1659 posts tagged Photography
Aside from pitching in the odd penny, most people tend to avoid huge, dark, seemingly bottomless pits. Romanian daredevil Flaviu Cernescu seeks them out, unicycles around the rim, casts a slackline across the diameter, and spends the rest of the day balancing over it. This pitch-black and fathomless concrete pit is a reservoir drain at Lake Iovanu, Romania. Created to flush away excess water the the lake rises, it’s over 200 ft deep, but the longer we look at these photos, the deeper it seems.
Flaviu described his day spent walking around, back and forth across, and simply dangling over the gaping hole as a ‘mesmerising’ experience:
‘It was a combination of fear, wonder and excitement; I totally forgot myself,’ he said. ‘I’ve done technically harder lines but this one was the most psychedelic. The sound of water dripping inside played over the silent sounds of nature all around creating a surreal soundscape.’
Visit Dailymail.co.uk for more hair-raising photos of Flaviu and the depthless drain and, if your palms aren’t sweaty enough already, video footage as well.
For an ongoing series entitled Cardboard People, Singapore-based artist Anton Tang takes amazing photos using Revoltech Danboard figures as his subjects. The beautifully shot scenes range from whimsical and cute to surprisingly heartwarming. These little toy people have been so carefully staged and posed that you soon find yourself believe they’re really alive.
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.
"I love macro photography, I spend a lot of time at it. The different shapes of insects’ eyes fascinates me. These bugs are bling and it must be so important to them to show bright and colourful markings; they might be small but they have a big impact. I want to show the world the amazing insects unnoticed to the naked eye."
Visit Ireneusz Irass Waledzik’s 500px page to check out lots more of his marvelous macro photography.
"Jeepers creepers, where’d ya get those peepers?"
For a project entitled Your Beautiful Eyes, Armenian physics teacher and photographer Suren Manvelyan (previously featured here) used his students, colleagues and friends as models for his awesome series of close-up ocular portraits. When viewed up close the anatomy of the human eye suddenly appears incredibly alien and unfamiliar. The longer you look at each photo, exploring its unique textures and colors, the less it feels like you’re looking at a human eye.
Manvelyan says, ‘It is quite natural when you shoot macro shots of insects and plants, but to try to make a picture of the eye? I did not expect these results.I was not aware they are of such complicated appearance. Everyday we see hundreds of eyes but do not even suspect they have such beautiful structure, like surfaces of unknown planets.’
If you’re wondering how Manvelyan creates these marvelous images, so are we. He says the process is a closely-guarded secret. But even if we can’t find out how he does it, we can still see plenty more of his work over at Suren Manvelyan’s website.
It’s The Eyes Have Have It Day on Geyser of Awesome!
The Postit days is the moniker of an anonymous Spanish artist who creates quick drawings on post-it notes and then photographs those doodles humorously interacting with the outside world. Many of his drawings have pop culture-related origins and involve characters or situations from well known movies, comic books and cartoons.
Superman stops a train, Slimer gorges on chips at the grocery store, Gizmo peeks out of a backpack, and the haunting ghost sisters from The Shining invite us to come play with them. Elsewhere the Bat-Signal is projected from the top of an office building while a cellular tower is suddenly home for the dreaded Eye of Sauron.
[via Design Taxi]
Weezbo assembled a fantastic collection of macro photos taken by Indonesian photographer Nordin Seruyan (previously featured here) in his back garden in Borneo, Indonesia. His backyard appears to be a veritable wonderland of beautiful mantises, dragonflies, caterpillars, moths, grasshoppers, ladybugs and other insects.
Head over to Weezbo to view even more.
All of these fantastic photos were taken in the same 11.8 x 13.5 x 7.8 ft space and without the use of any photo manipulation. As though recreating worlds that only exist inside her dreams, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee painstakingly transforms her small studio, sometimes over the course of weeks and months, into surreal and vibrant worlds. Within those handmade worlds Lee then photographs herself. The amount of time and effort she devotes to creating and setting up the props and then lighting the scene - all to capture a single photo - is extraordinary.
Each elaborate scene has its own backstory, some are inspired by Lee’s own life while others have roots in old Korean fables. Sometimes it takes a moment to locate her, but she’s always there.
Visit the Opiom Gallery website for more photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]