The rapatronic camera is a high-speed camera capable of recording a still image with an exposure time as brief as 10 nanoseconds. The camera was developed by Harold Edgerton in the 1940s and was first used to photograph the rapidly changing matter in nuclear explosions within milliseconds of ignition, using exposures of several microseconds. To overcome the speed limitation of a conventional camera's mechanical shutter, the rapatronic camera uses two polarizing filters and a Faraday cell (or in some variants a Kerr cell). Continue reading for another video and more information.
News Corp. photographer Brett Costello was robbed of a carry-on luggage case full of expensive equipment - $40,000 worth to be exact - on the busy cafe district on Ipanema Beach in the middle of the day. As you can see in the CCTV footage, the brazen theft at Kraft Cafe reveals that Costello was targeted by a three-person gang of thieves. There were two men in business clothes and a blonde woman who scoped Costello out earlier in the day as he took photos. Continue reading to see what happened when the photographer spotted one of the thieves.
The Nikon P900 may not be the most expensive digital camera on the block, but it does come equipped with an 83x optical zoom, 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom super telephoto lens, capable of capturing up-close moon shots you never thought possible. At the long end of the zoom the image stabilization works very well, and a handy 'zoom out' button lets you locate a subject that's moved out of the frame and then zoom right back in. This person decided to zoom in on the moon, and the results were spectacular as the video shows. Get one here now. Continue reading for another P900 optical zoom test video.
Moscow-based designer Misha Petrick envisions what Instagram would have looked like in Windows 95, or a Windows-based smartphone, over 20-years ago. As you can see, the 8-bit graphics, MS Sans Serif font, and the teal blue background, actually work, or so we'd like to think. Continue reading for more images showing off the interface.
Photographer and news helicopter pilot Jerry Ferguson managed to capture a microburst storm that was hovering over Phoenix, Arizona while shooting footage for a local television station. Simply put, it's a small downdraft that moves in a way opposite of a tornado, and are found in strong thunderstorms. They usually last for a couple of seconds to several minutes, and are accompanied by high winds that can knock over fully grown trees. Continue reading for another video and more information.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.