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Walkera Voyager 4

Most quadcopters can take great aerial shots, but when it comes time to zoom in on something, they fall way short. The Walkera Voyager 4 aims to change that, as it's basically a flying 360° 10mm-1500mm wide angle telephoto lens on a 3-way gimbal for perfect stabilization. Its 16x optical zoom lens can be activated at the push of a button, all the while shooting crisp 1080p video up to half a mile away. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few award-winning photographs all captured by drones.

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1940s Los Angeles

Los Angeles continued to spread out, particularly with the development of the San Fernando Valley and the building of the freeways launched in the 1940s. When the local street car system went out of business, Los Angeles became a city built around the automobile, with all the social, health and political problems that this dependence produces. The famed urban sprawl of Los Angeles became a notable feature of the town, and the pace of the growth accelerated in the first decades of the 20th century. Keven McAlester created a perfectly synced short film showing that time period with today. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny video game pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a man who sliding off a water slide and into a rocky cliff - David Salmon broke his arm and some ribs but is expected to be OK. He said he's "too dang old to be going down water slides."

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136-Year-Old Camera

French photographer Mathieu Stern wanted to try something new for his "Weird Lens Experiment", so he acquired a 136-year-old lens from a large format camera - one of the first to have a mechanical iris aperture system - and mounted it onto a Sony a7 II. "After mounting it with some cardboard pieces to keep it tightly blocked in a M42 macro tube, I then screwed it on different macro M42 tubes and to a M42 helicoidal ring that was screwed to a M42 to NEX Adaptor ring, then to the Sony A7II. Thus, the lens was able to focus," said Stern. Click here to view the first image this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining how SpaceX will get us to Mars.

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Photographer Crashes Lamborghini

Photo credit: Lep via Peta Pixel

One photographer may have underestimated the power of Lamborghini's Aventador LP750-4 SuperVeloce when setting it up for a shoot at Amari Supercars in Preston. It ended up plowing through the showroom and damaging up to two other cars inside, both thought to be Ferraris. Eyewitnesses said the car suddenly lurched forward and crashed through the showroom window on the Millennium City Park at Ribbleton. Continue reading for another video and a wide shot of the accident.

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Soviet Spy Satellite

Always wanted a piece of a real Soviet spy satellite and have $18,500 burning a hole in your pocket? If so, then look no further than this fine specimen, which USSRPhoto says was once used on the Yantar 4K2 satellite. This 348-pound lens measures 4.36-feet long, has a diameter of 1.54-feet at its widest point, and was mounted to a Zhemchug-18 film camera. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Thunderstorm from Plane

Photo credit: Santiago Borja via Bored Panda

In addition to traveling the world, airline pilots also get to see some crazy weather conditions from up above. Ecuador Airlines pilot and photographer Santiago Borja sometimes passes directly through thunderstorms, and this time, he managed to capture this image from 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean south of Panama. Continue reading for one more image and additional information.

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1800s Camera

Photo credit: Giles Clement via My Modern Met

Nashville-based photographer Giles Clement wanted to produce moody portraits, but with vintage equipment. So, she decided to use equipment that dates back 160-years, "from an era when cameras were made by craftsmen in small shops and lenses were designed using slide rules, experience and feel." Her techniques involve the use of tintype and ambrotype, with the former taking up to 10-minutes to make. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Light L16 Camera

Unlike other digital cameras, the Light L16 is essentially a "multi-aperture computational camera", or in other words, it uses 10 small cameras out of 16 simultaneously. That's right, it comes equipped with a powerful processor and proprietary algorithms to stitch together the results into a single high-quality 52 megapixel image in real-time, allowing you to choose your focus and depth of field after you've taken your photo. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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George Lucas Mark Hamill

When principal photography began on March 22, 1976 in the Tunisian desert for the scenes on Tatooine, the project faced several problems. Lucas fell behind schedule in the first week of shooting due to malfunctioning props and electronic breakdowns. Moreover, a rare Tunisian rainstorm struck the country, which further disrupted filming. Mark Hamill can be seen in the photo above conversing with director George Lucas. Continue reading for more hand-colorized images that give vintage photos new life.

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Extreme Wedding Photographer

Photo credit: Chris Chambers via Bored Panda

Wedding photography may sound like the perfect job, or at least for anyone who loves traveling all around the world, and getting paid to do it, but it's not all fun. For example, Chris Chambers had to lie in (or near) a puddle to get the perfect shot of this couple. That is just one of the many extreme wedding photographers who would do just about anything to please their client(s). Continue reading for more.

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