Most of you already know that Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics, alongside quantum mechanics. On the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of "extremely powerful bombs of a new type" and recommending that the U.S. begin similar research. The image above shows the physicist in his office at work. Continue reading for more amazing colorized historical photos.
Back in the 1950s, before digital cameras and smartphones, spies relied on inconspicuous objects, like the Echo 8 Lighter Camera, to conduct surveillance operations. As the name suggests, it's essentially a combination of camera and cigarette lighter, made by the Suzuki company from 1951. A few years later, in 1955, they released a simplified Camera Lite model, designed to simply snap and go. Continue reading for more fascinating historical pictures.
Yutu is an unmanned lunar rover that formed part of the Chinese Chang'e 3 mission to the Moon, launched at 17:30 UTC on December 1, 2013, and reaching the lunar surface on December 14, 2013. It's the first soft landing on the Moon since 1976 and the first rover to operate there since the Soviet Lunokhod 2 ceased operations back in 1973. This week, the China National Space Administration, has released true color images of its surface from their recent landing. Continue reading to see more.
Nikon Singapore congratulated photographer named Chay Yu Wei for capturing a perfect shot of an airplane framed by a ladder in Chinatown on their Facebook page, but many internet users pointed out that the image was clearly Photoshopped. It was reportedly captured with a Nikon D90 at f/2.8 and 1/1600s, but as you'll see after the break, a white box can be seen around the airplane after you adjust the levels. Continue reading to see what the internet users did to this image.
Drones have quite a while to go before they peak in popularity, but photographer Aydin Buyuktas couldn't wait for Inception-like technology to bcome available, so he started his "Flatland" project. First, he spent 2-months of planning and scouting possible locations in Istanbul, Turkey. Next, 3D software was used to figure out how to seamlessly create the curved landscape. To make it possible, each location was required to be photographed several times from a host of angles and altitudes. "Waiting for right weather was challenging. There were so many times I had to turn back without any photos because of bad weather, technical problems, birds that attacked my drone, and permission issues with flying," Buyuktaa told PetaPixel. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of 15 awesome binder clip life hacks.
A bizarre cloud formation over the skies of Portugal has been dubbed the "Hand of God" by internet users, and it was captured by weather blogger Rogerio Pacheco while commuters made their way to work in the morning rush hour. "As soon as I saw the sky, I was immediately intrigued and I just had to grab my camera to take photo," said Pacheco. Continue reading for two more pictures.
Craig Mann is a photographer and Star Wars fan who just so happens to also spend 6-months of each year working on an offshore drilling rig. So, he decided to combine all three of those things into his latest photo series. "I don't take it to work and I spend too much time thinking about what I would like to take photos of when I'm home. After nearly 5 years of working on board, I finally decided to take my camera to work and make use of time I would have previously considered lost. I decided to take images from several work spaces and mix them with Star Wars," Mann told PetaPixel. Continue reading for more images and information. Click here for a few bonus images.
For those who have never heard of the term "bokeh", it's basically the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens, and defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light". Some would say that to achieve this effect, a quality lens and / or studio is required, but Laya Gerlock shows us why aluminum foil is all you need. Other supplies required include: a camera w/large aperture lens, speedlights, a wireless trigger, gels, aluminum foil or silver wrapping paper, and scissors / tape. Continue reading for the full tutorial.
Photographer Benjamin Von Wong's latest series may look fake, but a model / freediver was actually secured underwater with sharks swimming around her. This all took place in Fiji in several 2-hour windows between the hours of 11-1pm, in which the sharks would be active and to achieve optimal lighting with sun rays piercing the water. After 3-days, and 6-hours of shooting, Amber Bourke completed the incredible shots you see above. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
When you think of Afghanistan, peace and tranquility don't usually come to mind, but during the 1960s, things were very different. American university professor Dr. Bill Podlich took two-year leave of absence to work for UNESCO in Afghanistan during 1967, serving as the Expert of Principles of Education at the Higher Teachers College in Kabul, and captured these amazing images showing how life was back then. This was before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, and before the Taliban rule. Continue reading for more images. Click here to view a few bonus pictures.