Tag Archives: Photography

Kilauea Volcano Selfie

July 23rd, 2014 | Space

Kilauea Volcano Selfie

Photographer and explorer, Andrew Hara, may have taken the coolest “selfie” I’ve ever seen. He was able to gain access to the edge of the Helemaumau crater while volunteering for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. From Andrew:

“I cautiously hiked through a restricted area of the park with a fellow United States Geological Survey geologist with a camera, tripod, and respirator to filter hazardous gasses.”

The rest is history. By adding himself to the landscape, Andrew gave the volcano a truly awe-inspiring perspective.

Do not try to attempt this at home. In fact, the Crater Rim Drive from Jaggar Museum to the Chain of Craters Road junction is currently closed due to elevated levels of sulfur dioxide gas and the subsequent eruption from a new vent in Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

-RSB

The Legendary Photos of Irving Penn

June 16th, 2014 | Brain

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Today is the birthday of the American portrait photographer, Irving Penn. He would have been 97 years old, but unfortunately, the legend passed away back in 2009. Penn photographed a range of topics, but was mostly known for his still life and portrait work. When discussing his predilection for animal skulls, he described them as “an exquisite edifice of living machine. Hard chambers of bone to guard soft organs, protected conduits and channels.”

Penn mainly used minimalist backdrops, preferring the focus to lie on his subjects. In one series titled, “Small Trades,” he featured workers in uniform with their tools of the trade (seen above). The photo style was achieved by using high speed roll film, to get a particularly grainy effect.

Irving Penn was surely a master at his craft. Take some time to visit some more of his work at The Getty Museum.

-RSB

A Day in the Life of an Earthbound Astronaut

May 30th, 2014 | Space

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Check out this awesome series of astronaut photos by Tim Dodd. The life of an earthbound astronaut can be a bit depressing.  Like a snail without its shell, Dodd depicts the everyday life of an astronaut who dreams to be back in space, where he belongs… and it’s hilarious!

Dodd bought the high altitude Russian spacesuit at the auction site last year and has been working on this project ever since.

“I’d been scheming how to best use the suit,” he writes on his blog. “I have been revisiting my childhood love for space and my obsession was growing stronger and stronger. It was only natural to use this suit to project the inner child in me, still dreaming about space.”

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Good morning world!

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Decisions, decisions

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Always brush your teeth!

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Boldly going where no astronaut has gone before

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I’m super depressed Chris Hadfield was named TIME’s “Astronaut of the Year”

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It just isn’t the same

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Time to mow!

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Did a little grocery shopping

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I always order my ice cream à la space

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Out for a walk with my dog Laika

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Did some research at the library

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Houston, we have a problem

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Testing out my solid rocket boosters

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Playing with my Zero-G simulator

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Watching my favorite movie

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Goodnight world

You can find more from Tim Dodd at his photography site.

-RSB

Chalkboard Quantum Mechanics by Alejandro Guijarro

April 2nd, 2014 | Brain, Space

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There is something enchanting to be found in chalkboards, an intellectual canvas where remnants of hypnotic scribbles and fantastical ideas are scattered. They epitomize that moment where knowledge and imagination meet to foster new ideas. Academic brainstorming sessions in fields such as quantum mechanics often result in a flurry of mysterious equations, symbols, and geometric shapes, and Alejandro Guijarro set out to capture them.

Alejandro is an artist based in London and Madrid who works primarily in photography. Over a three year period, he traveled the world visiting institutions known for their prowess in quantum mechanics: CERN in Switzerland, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.

From the artist:

“I’ve visited top universities all over the world for this project: Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, Berkeley, Cern in Switzerland, Brussels, Vienna and institutions in China and Spain. It was a challenge to find places that still had blackboards rather than whiteboards or interactive screens. Many of the boards were in professors’ own rooms where they do their research. Some of them were intrigued, wondering why I wanted to photograph work they didn’t consider important. They didn’t see what they had done as art.”

Quantum mechanics (you can read about here, good luck!) is a branch of physics dealing with the strange, quantum realm of atomic and subatomic matter. You would have to work hard to find a more confusing (and compelling) topic to capture in photographic form. All of this mystery builds the intrigue found in Alejandro’s photographs. The aesthetic is certainly a nice interaction of line, color, and form, but the real magic lies in knowing these symbols represent the very fabric of our reality. It’s fascinating stuff!

If you’ve enjoyed these, you can find more from Alejandro Guijarro at his site.

-RSB

Drones at Home

March 26th, 2014 | Robot
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With eight arms spanning less than a yard, a German MikroKopter provides a stable camera platform for under $5,000.

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The images above are from a recent lead story in the National Geographic Magazine titled, Unmanned Flight. Now that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have more or less come to a close, there is a lot of discussion underway concerning drones’ role in society. Needless to say, they have been used extensively overseas, but whether they can make a smooth transition to civilian life is unknown.

“The U.S. has deployed more than 11,000 military drones… They carry out a wide variety of missions while saving money and American lives. Within a generation they could replace most manned military aircraft, says John Pike, a defense expert at the think tank GlobalSecurity.org. Pike suspects that the F-35 Lightning II, now under development by Lockheed Martin, might be “the last fighter with an ejector seat, and might get converted into a drone itself.”

I think one exciting use for drone technology would be to provide internet to locations in the world without online access. Other possible civilian applications include weather monitoring, traffic control, and package delivery.

“If the FAA relaxes its rules, says Mark Brown, the civilian market for drones—and especially small, low-cost, tactical drones—could soon dwarf military sales, which in 2011 totaled more than three billion dollars.”

Stay tuned, apparently the FAA is expected to integrate drones into American skies by 2015.

Photographer Joe McNally captured the images you see above. You can find more of his work here.

-RSB

Holi Festival 2014 – Photography

March 20th, 2014 | Brain

Holi Festival 2014

Holi is an ancient Hindu festival of color and love celebrated at the arrival of spring in India and Nepal. Music, dancing, and explosions of colored powder create these incredible visual landscapes. The celebration starts with a big bonfire, and the next morning, everyone runs around the city with water guns, balloons, and powder painting the city rich with color.

Several groups form impromptu musical parades with drums and other musical instruments. At the end of the day, people dress up and visit with friends and family.

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It’s a wonderful place to capture photos.  I imagine it would ruin your camera, but it’s worth the risk!

-RSB

[via The Big Picture]

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