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Pixar Portrait

Photo credit: Lance Phan via Bored Panda

Some normal portraits may not be the most flattering images, but artist Lance Phan aims to change that. Simply put, he takes normal photos of a person and transform them into Pixar-like creations, whether it be a simple selfie, someone playing the guitar, or an image shot by a professional, just about everything works. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Eye Hurricane Irma

Pilot Nick Underwood flew directly into Hurricane Irma - a category five hurricane with winds that have been recorded to hit 224mph. "I had a blast and I'm hype to go again. My headset on the plane lets me pipe in some music. It automatically lowers the music volume when someone talks to you so you still know what's up. On last night's flight we're approaching the storm at like 4 in the morning and I'm a little sleepy, so I put the workout playlist on," said Underwood. Continue reading for the full flight video and more information.

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Solar Eclipse 4K



Video credit: Peta Pixel

Photographer JunHo managed to capture the Great American Eclipse up-close, and in 4K quality, using a 2160mm f/12 telescope, Panasonic GX85, and a RST-150H robotic mount by RainbowAstro to trace the edge of totality. "RST-150H weighs only 3.5kg (7.7 lbs) but carries up to 15kg (33 lbs) of optical equipment without any counter weight. RST-150H mount is specially programmed to trace Sun's peripheral during total eclipse period to match C2 and C3 contact moments. This allows us to catch breath stopping moments of Sun set and rise over the Moon's horizon," said JunHo. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Cardboard Bokeh Shapes

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Bokeh is basically an adaptation from a a Japanese word meaning blur. In photography this term describes the quality of the areas in the picture which are not in focus. To create your own custom shapes, you'll need one large aperture lens and one sheet of black paperboard. First, cut and shape the sheet to make a fake lens hood - the diameter is made so that it snugly fits on the lens. In the middle of the filter, the desired bokeh shape is cut out. Last, but not least, set your camera to its lowest aperture value (completely open). Continue reading for more clever photography life hacks compiled by Bored Panda. Click here for a few bonus photography life hacks.

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Snapshot Camera

The Snapshot Camera would be a perfect companion for social media services, like Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook, as its doughnut-shaped design easily fits in any pocket. This camera features a dual lens system that makes 3D and image layering possible directly on the device, without special software. In other words, users caninsert emojis, text or any item between each layer in seconds. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Lightning Storm Home

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Daniel Modol, a 38-year-old man from Gjerstad, Aust-Agder, Norway, stepped outside his home to film a lightning storm, but he experienced much more than expected. As just seconds after the film starts rolling, a lightning bolt strikes his backyard merely 15-20 feet away from where he was standing. Continue reading to see the aftermath if the video above isn't working.

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Game Boy Eclipse

Photo credit: ZHX via Peta Pixel

The Game Boy Camera was first released on September 17, 1998 in Japan, and is compatible with all of the Game Boy platforms (with the exception of Game Boy Micro). The camera itself sports a 128x128 pixel CMOS sensor, and can store 128x112, black & white digital images using the 4-color palette of the Game Boy system. Reddit user "ZHX" decided to use one to shoot the solar eclipse from Portland, Oregon this week, and the image above was the result. Continue reading for another video, a picture of the actual rig, and more information.

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Miniature iPhone Photos

Photo credit: Derrick Lin

Believe it or not, all of the photos you're about to see by artist Derrick Lin were created with an iPhone, a desk lamp, a massive collection of miniatures, and anything else he can find around the house. They range from famous painting recreations to outlandish scenes with miniature figurines ski down a burrito. Get the book here. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Computational Zoom

Photo credit: Peta Pixel / UCSB

Sometimes, you just want to capture yourself with something in the background, but conventional photography techniques just won't allow it. Introducing Computational Zoom, "a framework that allows a photographer to manipulate several aspects of composition in post-processing from a stack of pictures captured at different distances from the scene. We further define a multi-perspective camera model that can generate compositions that are not physically attainable, thus extending the photographer's control over factors such as the relative size of objects at different depths and the sense of depth of the picture. We show several applications and results of the proposed computational zoom framework," according to UCSB researchers. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Adam Savage building an Excalibur Sword in just one day.

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Light L16 Camera

Finally, startup Light has started shipping out the first L16 cameras to pre-order customers, and for those who've never heard of the device, it consists of 16 separate camera modules on its front surface. The individual images captured are then stitched into single photos. Other features include: 5x optical zoom, ultra-low light performance, depth of field control, and more. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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