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Lake Natron

This photographer Nick Brandt fished out some of the animals who died in this lake and positioned them as if they were still alive, perched on their branches. The lake preserved their remnants in an eerie, i-just-looked-into-Medussa’s-eyes kind of way. See more pics below or buy the book.

Bad parenting

This reminds me somewhat of driving my nephew around in my car, which although zippy, has about 1/4 the hp of this beast. Nevertheless – the sentiment expressed is roughly the same. Ricky Bobby is born!

Coolest space photos of 2013

Saturn's rings

Wired Magazine put together an album of some of the coolest space photos of 2013. Here are a few i like. Rest are here.

Mars asteroid impact / giant bird feet

 

Look closely. What do you see. (hint: wizard of oz/halloween)

Awesome fisheye lens

I haven’t used a fisheye leans seriously since around 2003 when i took these photos in Ecuador. I like looking at photos taken with fisheye lenses but I find taking fisheye photos tedious. I think it’s primarily because back in the day when I used film, there was a certain extra magic awaiting you when developing a roll of film that you had a few fisheye shots. Now with digital you can take 100s of fisheye shots it’s not even fun or unique anymore. Maybe I’m wrong and need to get my hands on a fisheye again to play around.

In any case – here is an interesting take on what it even means to take a Fisheye shot:

NASAs best photos of 2013

Some of these photos are really amazing. But the thing that caught my eye the most are von Karman vortices, which I did not know existed. See the rest here.

 

Home design

I’ve been fascinated with good, affordable home design lately and need a place to save some ideas. So I’m going to do it here. Came across this house in Pittsburg. Designed by an architect (go figure) seems like it does everything a great home needs to do without going off the deep end in terms of size, cost or features.


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From Shabby Chic home accessories to contemporary furniture and wall mirrors, browse thousands of decorating ideas to inspire your next home project.
For small bathroom ideas, browse photos of space-saving vanities and clever hidden medicine cabinets.

Fiddleoak knows a thing or two about Photoshop

Fiddleoak clearly knows how to manipulate a photograph in Photoshop. But in these photos you almost thing the entire scene is an elaborate canvas painting.

Click over here to see how he did it.

Imaginate

The stuff that dreams are made of.

What landscape photos from 19th century America looked like

This images were taken by Timothy O’Sullivan and are believed to be the first ever photos taken of the Western United States.  A few images are below. Rest of the amazing ones here here at the DailyMail.


Breathtaking landscape: A view across the Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho in 1874 as it was caught on camera by photographer Timothy O’Sullivan during Lt. George M. Wheeler’s survey west of the One Hundredth Meridian that lasted from 1871 to 1874. Approximately 45 feet higher than the Niagara falls of the U.S and Canada, the Shoshone Falls are sometimes called the ‘Niagara of the West’. Before mass migration and industrialisation of the west, the Bannock and Shoshone Indians relied on the huge salmon stocks of the falls as a source of food. And the John C. Fremont Expedition of 1843, one of the first missions to encounter the falls reported that salmon could be caught simply by throwing a spear into the water, such was the stock.

Native Americans: The Pah-Ute (Paiute) Indian group, near Cedar, Utah in a picture from 1872. Government officials were chartering the land for the first time as part of Lt. George M. Wheeler’s survey west of the One Hundredth Meridian which O’Sullivan accompanied the Lieutenant on. During this expedition O’Sullivan nearly drowned in the Truckee River (which runs from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake, located in northwestern Nevada) when his boat got jammed against rocks.

Breathtaking: Twin buttes stand near Green River City, Wyoming, photographed in 1872 four years after settlers made the river basin their home. Green River and its distinctive twin rock formations that stand over the horizon was supposed to the site of a division point for the Union Pacific Railroad, but when the engineers arrived they were shocked to find that the area had been settled and so had to move the railroad west 12 miles to Bryan, Wyoming.

Settlement: View of the White House, Ancestral Pueblo Native American (Anasazi) ruins in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, in 1873. The cliff dwellings were built by the Anasazi more than 500 years earlier. At the bottom, men stand and pose on cliff dwellings in a niche and on ruins on the canyon floor. Climbing ropes connect the groups of men. Anthropologists and archeologists place the Anasazi peoples of Native American culture on the continent from the 12th Century BC. Their unique architecture incorporated ‘Great Houses’ which averaged up to 200 rooms and could take in up to 700

Incredible: Tents can be seen (bottom, centre) at a point known as Camp Beauty close to canyon walls in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. Photographed in 1873 and situated in northeastern Arizona, the area is one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes in North American and holds preserved ruins of early indigenous people’s such as The Anasazi and Navajo.