useful photography hacks

Favorite one is the last one but all are equally deserving of the response..."Why didn't I think of that?!"

Amazing aerial photography

I've seen plenty of great aerial photography but there is something really unique and gripping about the work of Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski. His book, Side Effects, is out now. It's no wonder he's award winning. Some of his work below.

A view over a lake in a forest with trees changing colour in autumn in Kashubia. Photograph: Kacper Kowalski/Panos

A lorry and cars travel on a road past the ice-covered Vistula River near the village of Kiezmark during winter. Photograph: Kacper Kowalski/Panos

A snow-covered industrial site at the port of Gdynia. Photograph: Kacper Kowalski/Panos

Woodcutters in the forest near Gdynia. Photograph: Kacper Kowalski/Panos

A snow-covered orchard near Tczew. Photograph: Kacper Kowalski/Panos

A view over fields of grain in spring shows white chamomile, blue cornflower and other weeds growing among the grain sprouts. Photograph: Kacper Kowalski/Panos

A view over a forest with trees changing colour in autumn. Photograph: Kacper Kowalski/Panos

Blades of a wind turbine wait to be loaded onto a ship at the port in Gdynia. Photograph: Kacper Kowalski/Panos And a short video about how he does it. Wish I knew where he got his helicopter from. Side effects from dzika plaża on Vimeo.  

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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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.