Construction on Bran Castle, best known as "Dracula's Castle", first began in 1377 on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, and was completed in 1388. Its nickname comes from the fact that it closely matches the description of the castle in Bram Stoker's "Dracula," in which Stoker himself never visited, but is believed to have read about it and based the castle in his novel on what he read. If you want to own this mythical castle, it's going cost you a pretty penny, or at least $135-million. Believe it or not, the 57-room manor on 22 acres has been on the market several times in recent years. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Some would say being at the right place and time is important, especially when talking about photography, but even when things don't go as planned, there could be a silver lining. For example, these animals were captured as if they had just witnessed something terrible, but in reality, something else just grabbed their attention rather than the piece of high-tech machinery right in front of them, making it the perfect viral image opportunity. Continue reading for more.
No, you're not looking at a scene from an old Superman film, just Mexico's "Cave of the Crystals". It's connected to the Naica Mine 980-feet below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains some of the largest natural crystals ever found, but unfortunately, it's extremely hot, with air temperatures reaching up to 58°C (136°F) with 90%-99% humidity. The cave is relatively unexplored due to these factors. Continue reading for more other worldly places that exist right here on Earth.
Canon's Super Telephoto 1200mm f/5.6L EF Autofocus Lens may look like a bazooka at first, but it's just a $180,000 camera accessory you can pick up today from B&H. Unfortunately, you'll have to settle for a used specimen, but on the bright side, it does have a 9+ rating, which means it's almost in new condition. This is the longest prime lens ever made by Canon, with a minimum focusing distance of just 49.5-feet. Product page. Continue reading for a video, one more picture and additional information.
Famed photographer Benjamin Von Wong was hired by Chinese telecom company Huawei to shoot a commercial for their new P8 smartphone. The only rules were that the static photos had to be done with the phone's new "Light Painting" feature, fire-filled backgrounds, and absolutely no Photoshop in post production. This new handset shoots long exposures using a stacking technique that astronomy photographers utilize for star trails. Rather than a single long exposure with the small sensor, the phone continuously shoots photos over an indefinite amount of time, stacks, and then blends the shots together to form one "long exposure" photo. Continue reading for a video, more pictures of the process and additional information.
Photographers looking to add a unique item to their collection should consider this gigantic NASA 2540mm f/8 mirror tele lens. Officially known as the Jonel 100, it's claimed to be "one of the biggest lenses ever." According to the seller, NASA utilized this lens to observe Saturn V, and a similar model was used to track as well as capture images of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the day it exploded during launch. Continue reading for more pictures, information and the auction page.
Most animal geeks have heard that one human year is equivalent to seven dogs years, but the 1-to-7 ratio is not entirely accurate, however, as dogs of different breeds grow at varying rates. While larger breeds usually have shorter life spans than smaller breeds, they also reach physical maturity more slowly than their smaller counterparts. For instance, a Great Dane will be fully-grown at around 2-years of age and a Yorkshire terrier will reach full adulthood in approximately 1-year. Continue reading for more before and after images.
Fractals are popular amongst artists, but nature has created some incredible renderings as well. They also appear in food, germs, animals, mountains, water and even the sky. First named by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975, fractals are basically special mathematical sets of numbers that display similarity through the full range of scale - as in they look the same no matter how big or how small they are. Continue reading for more mind-boggling fractals found in nature.
It's only a matter of time before humans are going into space for vacation, instead of just other countries. For the time being, there are spectacular places to view the night sky right here on Earth. The image above may have been Photoshopped, but simply drive into the desert or the mountains for a similar view, minus the shipwreck. Continue reading for more breathtaking photos that will make you long for space travel.
Just got a fancy DSLR or point-and-shoot and have no idea how the manual settings on your camera work? This handy infographic by Daniel Peters at Fotoblog Hamburg show how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work. Basically, ISO refers to the camera sensor's sensitivity to light. The aperture works much like the iris in our eyes, opening and closing to let in more or less light, also changing the depth of field. Lastly, shutter speed controls how much time the camera's shutter remains open when taking a photo. Continue reading for a video explaining everything. Click here for the full-sized image.