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Pumpkin Squirrel

Photo credit: Max Ellis

What better way to kick off Halloween than with a photo of a squirrel trying to steal a carved pumpkin? This brilliant image was captured by British photographer Max Ellis. It was made possible by placing a treat inside the pumpkin, making the carving irresistible to at least one of the squirrels. According to the photographer, no squirrels were harmed in this shoot, and that they were probably "much better fed than any other wild squirrels on the planet!". Continue reading for more images.

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Polaroid Tripod

Polaroid's 72" ProPod Deluxe Tripod is currently being offered for only $24.99 shipped with coupon code: AKXSFKUU, today only, originally priced at $79.98. This tripod features intelligent in-demand features like fluid pan-head, braced center columns, all-terrain leg tips, dual levels, compact-footprints, ergonomically designed carry handles and foam grips-and everything else you'd expect from a line inspired by over half a century of imaging innovation. Product page - be sure to enter coupon code: AKXSFKUU during checkout for the additional $15 discount.

Notable features:
  • Exclusive double bubble dual bubble levels; extends to a full 6 feet yet weighs 4 pounds yet retracts to just 28 inches for anytime / anywhere portability.

  • Industrial grade materials and construction provide maximum stability and versatility in a variety of situations regardless of equipment; ergonomically designed, built in carrying handle plus no sweat foam grips.

  • Locking braced center column withs well; swivel set rubber feet for spike like traction & stability without damaging surfaces convenient.

[via Amazon]

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Smartphone Camera Tricks

Love taking photos with your smartphone for Instagram, Facebook, etc.? If so, then these nifty tips and tricks just might come in handy. Our favorite tip? Definitely the small water droplet that acts as a faux macro lens for those super up-close shots. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Daniel Radcliffe rapping Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics".

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Skull Camera

With Halloween just being days away, what better time to create a fully-functional camera fashioned from a real human skull, than now? That's exactly what Tuscon-based geek and photographer Wayne Martin Belger has done. He's known for making one-of-a-kind cameras to capture a variety of subjects. However, he's best known for his collection of real human skulls, in which many are re-purposed into jewel-encrusted, pinhole cameras. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Puppies Shaking

Photo credit: Carli Davidson

Oregon-based photographer Carli Davidson is back at it again, and her latest photo series is a shaker that involves lots of puppies to say the least. Here's what she has to say: "I was also drawn to the idea of surrounding myself with puppies. It was almost medicinal-spending the day overdosing on cuteness. I love making books that focus on animals. I love knowing that these pictures can make people smile. While I feel a strong ethical responsibility to keep up with current events, these feel good creative projects to keep me from feeling hardened. They are mini escapes from the important but harsh realities we have in our faces 24/7." Continue reading for more.

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Little Mermaid Wedding

Disney geeks rejoice! This wedding looks to be from an upcoming live-action Disney movie, but it's actually a real wedding. Your Cloud Parade online wedding marketplace partnered with designer Traci Hines (Ariel) and model Leo Camacho (Prince Eric) to create the fantasy become reality scenario you see above. You'll find everything from the "red hair and the dip-dyed dress to the ceremony on the beach and the too-perfect-to-be-true dessert table, the designers of this styled wedding seem to have thought of everything," says Bored Panda.

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Architectural Photographs

Photographers are able to find beauty anywhere, including inside and outside buildings, capturing their shapes, colors, as well as providing unique perspectives. Arcaid Images holds an annual contest to reward some of these photographers, testing their ability to not only capture subjects, but to also "look beyond the architecture to the composition, light, scale, atmosphere, sense of place and understanding of the project" The winners for this year's Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards have just been announced. Continue reading to see them all.

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Moth to Butterfly

You've all probably seen the life cycles of moths and butterflies either in school or online, but rarely is this process captured by professional photographers. Above, we have the Brahmin Moth. These images will show you just how beautiful the transformation can be. The adult, also called the imago, emerges from its pupal cuticle with a swollen abdomen and shriveled wings. For the first few hours of its adult life, the butterfly or moth will pump hemolymph into the veins in its wings to expand them. Continue reading for more.

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Colorized Photos

Photo credit: Colored History

Twitter user ColoredHistory specializes in giving old black and white photos new life, with some color. Computerized colorization began in the 1970s with a process developed by Wilson Markle. Movies colorized using early techniques have soft contrast and fairly pale, flat, washed out color; however, the technology has improved since the 1980s. To perform digital colorization, a digitized copy of the best monochrome film print available is needed. Technicians, with the aid of computer software, associate a range of gray levels to each object, and indicate to the computer any movement of the objects within a shot. Continue reading to see more.

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Water Meets Surface

We've all probably seen enough underwater photographs to know what they're about, but it's uncommon to find photographers who specialize in shots that give a glimpse at where the water breaks up top. The primary obstacle faced by underwater photographers is the loss of color and contrast when submerged to any significant depth. The longer wavelengths of sunlight (such as red or orange) are absorbed quickly by the surrounding water, so even to the naked eye everything appears blue-green in color. Underwater photographers solve this problem by combining two techniques. The first is to get the camera as close to the photographic subject as possible, minimizing the horizontal loss of color. Wide-angle lenses allow very close focus, or macro lenses, where the subject is often only inches away from the camera. Continue reading for more.

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