Supercell Panoramas from the United States

June 11th, 2013 | Space

Supercell Panoromas - Texas

Texas

Supercell  Panormas - Montana

Montana

Panoromas - South Dakota

South Dakota

Panoramas - Elk City Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Panoromas - Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Anyone who lives in the Midwestern region of the United States knows that thunderstorms can be an awe-inspiring (and dangerous) event. A supercell is a particular kind of thunderstorm which is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone, a deep, rotating updraft.

Thunderstorms can be broken up into 4 different categories — supercell, squall line, multi-cell, and single-cell — and supercells are the least common of the bunch.  However, they are also the most severe.

So how do Supercell Thunderstorms form?

The supercell thunderstorms rotate by tilting along the horizontal vortex, an action powered by wind shear.  In addition, strong updrafts lift the tilting air to cause an additional rotation around the vertical axis, thus forming the internal mesocyclone.

Seen above are some epic photographs capturing the mesocyclone formation period. Hopefully, you get a sense of the unpredictable power of nature.

-RSB

Bridging Time with Sound & Light – Brian Eno

June 10th, 2013 | Brain

Brian Eno - Light and Sound

Brian Eno has spent the last 40+ years pushing the boundaries of experimental and ambient music.  In his career, he’s worked with some of the best musicians in the industry including David Bowie, Coldplay, Lou Reed, and David Byrne.  In the video above, he discusses a new project called 77 Million Paintings.  This latest work is a “constantly evolving sound and imagescape which continues his exploration into light as an artist’s medium and the aesthetic possibilities of “generative software””.  The idea is that the music and images slowly fade in and out in a random, asynchronous manner to give a viewer a consistently unique experience.

“You surrender to the project. You surrender to the thing growing in its own way, and there’s a gracefulness in being able to surrender.’”

-RSB

[via Gizmodo]

Science Photography from Fritz Goro

June 8th, 2013 | Brain, Robot, Space

Fritz Goro Heart

Blood circulating through a heart, 1948.

Fritz Goro was a German-born photographer known by many to be the most influential science photographer the world has ever seen.  He was born in Bremen, Germany and studied at the Bauhaus school of sculpture and design.  In 1933, Goro and his family fled Nazi Germany for the United States and they never looked back.  For over 40 years, he captured incredibly influential science photos working for LIFE magazine and Scientific American.

Seen here is just a sample of the timeless images Mr. Goro was able to capture during his career.

Electronics Fritz Goro

 Electronics, 1961.

Matter Experiment Fritz Goro

Burning a candle in a sealed flask of oxygen on a balance shows that matter can not be destroyed, 1949.

Fetus Fritz Goro

Fetus in an artificial womb, 1965

Monkey Visual Experiment Fritz Goro

An anesthetized monkey has its brain activity monitored, 1971.

Leaf-Cutter Ant Fritz Goro

A leaf-cutter ant carries away rose fragments, 1947.

Quartz and Frog Organs Fritz Goro

A scientist uses a quartz rod as a light conductor to observe a frog’s organs, 1948.

Lab Equipment Fritz Goro

Shipboard laboratory equipment used for measuring sea water to detect any traces of radioactivity after an atomic bomb test in Bikini lagoon, 1946.

Cow Fetuses Fritz Goro

A pair of 90-day-old cow fetuses clearly visible inside an amniotic sac, 1965.

Skeleton Fritz Goro

Plastic skeleton showing spots of body most likely to be affected by radioactive fall-out, 1961.

Find more science photography from Fitz Goro at Life Magazine.

-RSB

Weaponized Cyborg Women from Fan Xiaoyan

June 5th, 2013 | Robot

Weaponized Cyborg Women from Fan Xiaoyan.jpg

Weaponized Cyborg Women 2 from Fan Xiaoyan.jpg

Weaponized Cyborg Women collage from Fan Xiaoyan.jpg

Fan Xiaoyan is a sculptor hailing from Gaomi in the Shandong Province of China.  Her work is a bit jarring to say the least.  According to Fan, the figures are reflective of a “surrealistic virtual world in which men and women are equal… the arrival of a new era, a new kind of human being, a new power, a sensation…”

I, however, don’t feel any equality in these pieces.  The women appear to have been subjugated by some external power, like they’ve been forced into their cyborg transformations… giving the pieces a sort of Grindhouse quality to them.

Regardless of her intention, the sculptures are certainly striking.

-RSB

[via Juxtapoz]

Fireflies in the Forests of Nagoya City by Yume Cyan

June 4th, 2013 | Space

Fairies Forest Firefly - Yume Cyan

Wild Dance of Golden Faires - Yume Cyan

Another Scene of Fairies Forest - Yume Cyan

Dance in Bamboo Grove - Golden Firefly - Yume Cyan

Yume Cyan shot these incredible long-exposure photographs of fireflies in the forests surrounding Nagoya City in Japan. Fireflies have specialized light-emitting organs in their lower abdomens which create a chemical reaction leading to light.  Specifically, an enzyme called luciferase acts on luciferin, in the presence of magnesium ions, ATP, and oxygen to produce light.  But WHY do these bugs create light? Well, the answer is sex.  From Wikipedia: “Fireflies are a classic example of an organism that uses bioluminescence for sexual selection. They have a variety of ways to communicate with mates in courtships: steady glows, flashing, and the use of chemical signals unrelated to photic systems.”  It sounds a bit like the Morse Code of sex.

Apparently, Yume headed to the forest in the Spring of this year during the beginning of the rainy season to catch the fireflies as they mate after thunderstorms.

The long-exposure photographs make the light look like big drops of green water…  It’s a wonderful technique.

Find more from Yume Cyan at his 500px site.

-RSB

[via Colossal]

Urban Photography from Jared Lim

June 3rd, 2013 | Robot

Jared Lim 2

Munich, Germany

Jared Lim Beijing

Beijing, China

Jared Lim Houston

Houston, Texas

Jared Lim Origami Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

Jared Lim The Non Conformist Japan

Nagoya, Japan

Through the Viewfinder of a Wanderer

From Jared Lim:  “I have always loved geometry, lines, curves, pattern and abstract designs. Architecture seems like a great way to express them. My added advantage of traveling to most major cities for my work gives me great opportunities. Urban Exploration comprise of my cities shots in colors, monochrome and street photography.​

​​Beyond that, I have great interest in other categories of Travel photography. I am passionate about traveling and photography not only allows me to express myself artistically but also to document my journey.”

I agree that photography is a great way to express yourself artistically and also save the memories from your travels.

Also, Jared’s talents are not limited to architectural patterns.  Check out this shot of the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

Jared Lim Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Absolutely incredible! Find more from the artist at his site.

-RSB

[via My Modern Met]

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