Amateur photographer Mark Hersch is the perfect example of how improving photo technology is making it easier and easier for more and more people to create beautiful images. This stunning landscape (or skyscape?) was snapped as Hersch’s flight was approaching Chicago O’ Hare International Airport last week. He had his iPhone out to take a picture when the plane took a sharp turn and revealed this incredible sight – the Chicago skyline casting its shadow on the surface of Lake Michigan.
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Some adorable pictures have surfaced of a bunch of chubby puppies in China who have been pictured huddling around a staff canteen stove to keep warm. According to the chefs that work the stove, the pups won’t stop barking until the stove is lit. They all live in Jiulongjiang Forest Park in Rucheng county in southern China.
Staff at the Greystoke Mahale resort in Tanzania have released beautiful footage of a young male pelican learning to fly that they took by strapping a small GoPro camera to his bill. They found the pelican, who has since been named “Big Bird,” roughly 4 months ago when he might have been separated from his flock by a powerful storm. The resort staff nursed him back to health and tried to get him to fly by running along the beach and flapping their hands.
Photographer Lynn Terry captured this adorable photo-booth-style series of pictures featuring Bumper shooting a big sloppy kiss on the cheek to her friend Willis. Bumper was rescued from a dog fighter and Willis was born to a mother that had been involved in the largest dog-fighting ring bust in human history – 500 dogs were rescued, including Willis’ mother.
This striking composite photo from the riots in Ukraine help put the extreme devastation occurring in Kiev right now into perspective. The lighter image on the left is of Independence Square in Kiev before the riots and the seemingly post-apocalyptic half of the image was taken in the same square by Olga Yakimovich for Reuters on Feb. 19th.
SOS Mayday, part of the SOS Children’s Villages action network in Norway, released a heart-wrenching social experiment video to raise awareness of displaced children in Syria who lack coats to weather the winter. In the video, a young boy sits at a bus stop in Norway, shivering from the winter cold because he doesn’t have a coat. Compassionate passers-by stop to help the boy and give him their coats, gloves, hats or scarves, and all of it is captured by a hidden camera.
Some people dismiss Valentine’s day as a “Hallmark Holiday” (a holiday created specifically to sell postcards), and they may or may not be right, but even 900 years ago, people had a thing for sending each other romantic messages. At least, that’s according to runologist Jonas Nordby, who has decoded a 900-year-old viking message; “Kiss me.”
In one uninterrupted 50-second video shot for the Sunday Times, British director duo Us and advertising firm Grey have captured six iconic images from modern culture. The video is an amazing look at movie magic, showing us in just how many different ways cinematographers can fool the eye and manipulate their world. And after the awesome video blows your mind, check out the making-of below, where the magic is revealed.
In following with the recent trend of creating maps to display interesting information about public perception, a series of maps have been created that use Google search auto-completed queries to indicate what perceptions we hold about different countries and states. All of these maps were created with a process that you could try yourself – find a Google search bar and enter “Why is [insert state or country] so…”
Hungarian musician Boggie (Csemer Boglarka) has created a beautiful and intimate music video for her song Nouveau Parfum that shows how women’s features and looks can be distorted by music video effects. As she sits and sings, a made-up video editing program goes over her face and makes gradually more noticeable changes.
Turkish artist Selçuk Yılmaz has created an exceptional lion sculpture from almost 4,000 pieces of scrap metal. Titled Aslan (Turkish for Lion), the sculpture took 10 months to complete and weighs roughly 550 pounds (250kg). Selçuk hand-cut and hammered every piece by himself, and metal-work is not easy. “It needs patience and we have to know pain,” said the artist on DeviantArt.
Sometimes, people and animals have more in common than you might think. Blaze, the beautiful young Husky in this video, is obstinately resisting his owner’s suggestion that he go to sleep in his kennel. In this case, the owner is just doing it to tease the pup, but all of us have probably resisted our bedtimes just at fiercely at one point or another. And because he’s a Husky, which is a very verbose breed, it sounds just like he’s saying “No!”