Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan
This stunning bamboo forest is located in the Arashiyama district on the west outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most amazing natural sites in the country. An interesting fact about Sagano Bamboo Forest is the sound that the wind makes while it blows through the bamboo. Amazingly enough, this sound has been voted on as one of the “one hundred must-be-preserved sounds of Japan” by the Japanese government. Another interesting fact – the railing on the sides of the road is composed out of old, dry and fallen parts of bamboo.
They used that second one in the beginning theme of The Outer Limits in the 90’s
Greetings from Utopia, 2013
Amanda Jasnowski and Jimmy Marble
Win great stuff from the Photojojo Shop & CanvasPop! We didn’t want to exclude anyone, so you get to choose from a DSLR prize pack or a phoneography prize pack.
Today’s the last day to enter!
Yesterday we published Fritz Goro’s grim, eye-opening photos of Chicago slums from 1954. As we looked through his many, many contact sheets to put together this gallery, we discovered a subset of different photos made while on this assignment — of a dog who smokes out of a pipe.
You know what, some things, like this, you just can’t explain. Enjoy!
(Fritz Goro—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Mary C. Green
Colby Smith - Makeup & Hair
Stylist & Designer - Kristian Loren
Location: Greenwich Hotel, TriBeca 2013
couples roleplay yoga
This little periscope-looking thing is a camera eyepiece for your iPhone!
The iPhone Viewfinder pretty much gives your phone a viewfinder like the one your other cameras have.
It suctions to your phone’s screen and works with an app to help you frame your shot. It’s especially helpful for shooting on bright days!
Aerial photographs are easy enough to accomplish once you find a pilot, but what do you do when the area you want to capture is so remote that no pilot is willing to fly there?
via NYT Lens
A Henge Beneath in Streaky Bay, South Australia by Dylan Toh & Marianne Lim
“These granite inselberg rock formations arise abruptly from a paddock of sheep with open surrounds. On this cloudless night, I had one hour between sunset and moonrise to take as many exposures of the milky way high overhead. I was fortunate that there was enough time to trial a few compositions in the dark before settling on this panorama of 14 vertical images.”
A Dark & Dreary Day in Moscow… [Part 1]
Despite the constant rain my recent trip to Moscow was incredible, much in thanks to the company. A crew of Tomb Raider superfans spent the day showing me around the city, even holding my umbrella so I could snap some shots and stay dry. I adore you guys, thank you.
It was a truly unforgettable trip. You can find more photos here.
Photography | Robbie Augspurger
Disgusting, shocking expose by Agence France-Presse. Hong-Kong. After people complained, tens of thousands of shark fins were brought to the roof tops to dry. The article says they did this to hide the fins from the public because of increased awareness of animal cruelty.
Shark fin traders in Hong Kong have taken to drying freshly sliced fins on rooftops since a public outcry over them drying the fins on public sidewalks forced them to move the trade out of sight.
Activists have raised concerns that the over-harvesting of fins is causing an environmental calamity. Although sales have fallen in recent years Hong Kong remains one of the world’s biggest markets for shark fins, which are used to make soup that is an expensive staple at Chinese banquets. NBC
I can’t stomach watching the process of shark finning (more videos here). Basically, they catch the shark, cut off its fins, and throw the shark back into the ocean - alive and awake. The sharks bleed to death and/or suffocate since they can’t swim.
But saying “gross” or “I’m sad” is not enough. There are a variety of ways you can help stop finning.
Sharks are threatened by climate change. Increased temperatures are affecting their habitat and food supplies around the globe. Changes to their habitat threaten their survival.
Last year, Discovery reported the world’s first hybrid shark and speculated it had adapted to climate change. They speculated that two separate shark species paired as a result of climate change. It was the first time a shark hybrid has been found and scientists speculated they were evolving, e.g., they adapted to increased temperatures.
The Australian black-tip is slightly smaller than its common cousin and can only live in tropical waters, but its hybrid offspring have been found 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) down the coast, in cooler seas.
It means the Australian black-tip could be adapting to ensure its survival as sea temperatures change because of global warming.
“If it hybridizes with the common species it can effectively shift its range further south into cooler waters, so the effect of this hybridizing is a range expansion,” Morgan said.
“It’s enabled a species restricted to the tropics to move into temperate waters.” Via Discovery
Adaptation is not fast enough. Habitat and food supplies are quickly being destroyed, not to mention ocean currents are shifting, adding additional pressure on marine life. Most importantly, the incredible increases wealth in China and Asia generally has increased demand for shark fin soup, which is considered a delicacy.
Gordan Ramsay, an A-list celebrity chef, was doused with gasoline and held at gun-point while exposing shark finning on his TV show last year. He tried the soup and deemed it unremarkable and bland, comparing the soup to eating salted potatoes.
He was horrified and sickened at the process (warning: very tough to watch. Several sharks are hacked live). Chef Ramsay subsequently advocated for the finning of these amazing animals to stop. He helped contribute to the passage of a bill banning shark fin soup in the U.S.
There are several ways to stop finning: Pressuring grocery stores and Asian markets, writing congress (it works, I swear), contributing cash and volunteer time to anti-finning campaigns, passing the word around to educate others, and signing petitions.
- And thanks for reading my post. m
Cy Kuckenbaker compiled over 5 hours of footage to create this stunning time-lapse of landings at San Diego International Airport.
Fireworks in reverse are awfully beautiful!
Julian Tay made this video from footage of Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.