Cartoonists Demand Action


Cartoonists.

NASA spacecraft captures stunning views of monster hurricane at Saturn’s North Pole


Given terrestrial hurricanes are driven by a local accumulation of atmospheric heat, the physics underlying this event would be very interesting to understand.

Londonian Flare, London – Rowena Caine – PhotoBotos.com


 

londonian flare (image: rowena caine; courtesy photobotos.com)

londonian flare (image: rowena caine; courtesy photobotos.com)

Londonian Flare, London – Rowena Caine – PhotoBotos.com.

The Zoo


The Zoo  Reblogged from Hiking Photography, by the excellent and inspirational Patrick Latter, on 30 April 2013

Tips for better photos when going to the zoo:

The best time to get photos at the zoo is right when they open: the animals are most active and the light is usually the most interesting. You are also more likely to catch them feeding the animals in the morning.
Shoot with a lens that has a focal length of at least 200mm or equivalent to. This help to give you that blurred out background which will isolate your subject.
Use the largest aperture your lens is capable of, smaller F numbers mean larger apertures. This will also help in blurring out that background and isolating your subject.
There will most likely be a fence between you and the animal but if you combine the above two tips and place your camera as close to the fence as possible, it will in most cases blur so much that it will completely disappear. You may lose some contrast when doing this but this can be easily fixed in post.

This was shot through a grid like fence and there is almost no trace of the fence left.

Always try to shoot from the same eye level as whatever you are shooting and keep the eyes in focus. If the eyes are out of focus your brain will tell you that the rest of the picture is out of focus.

Most important thing is being patient. Sometimes you may have to stay at one exhibit for 10-20 mins before you really get a shot worth keeping; so don’t be discouraged. Try to learn the patterns and behaviours of your subject. If they do something interesting and you miss it, they will probably do it again and next time you’ll be ready for it. I may take 400-500 photos during one trip to the zoo but only keep/show 4-5 of those.

Big & Small House proves less really can mean more


The residence contains only two full-height walls in order to impart a feeling of open space to a relatively small area (image: courtesy gizmag)

The residence contains only two full-height walls in order to impart a feeling of open space to a relatively small area (image: courtesy gizmag)


Big & Small House proves less really can mean more.
‘Compact and bijou’ is the term, but, gosh, I’d happily settle for this…
Despite its size, Big & Small House still feels open, and sports relatively high ceilings (image: courtesy gizmag)

Despite its size, Big & Small House still feels open, and sports relatively high ceilings (image: courtesy gizmag)

LapTouch: a conceptual laptop for creative minds


LapTouch: a conceptual laptop for creative minds.

Sadly, this remains in development with little indication of when it may come to market.  Currently promoted as an affordable alternative to the new Panasonic tablet or Wacom Cintiq, the article also reveals “the concept’s multiple components alongside the significant processing power to run the design software may prove costly to manufacture”.

The LapTouch concept is targeted at the creative community (Image: Amir Labidi; courtesy gizmag)

The LapTouch concept is targeted at the creative community (Image: Amir Labidi; courtesy gizmag)

The LapTouch concept is targeted at the creative community (Image: Amir Labidi; courtesy gizmag)

The LapTouch concept is targeted at the creative community (Image: Amir Labidi; courtesy gizmag)

Hublot returns to ancient Greece with new Antikythera SunMoon Watch


 

antikythera sun moon watch by hublot (image: courtesy gizmag)

antikythera sun moon watch by hublot (image: courtesy gizmag)

Hublot returns to ancient Greece with new Antikythera SunMoon Watch.

Presumably the old adage (cliché?) that “if you need to ask how much, you can’t afford it” applies in this case, as there isn’t a hint of guidance in the article…but isn’t it magnificent?