Many drone users casually fly, while others do it for a living, capturing these award-winning shots in the process. Calin Stan captured "The Infinite Road to Transylvania" in Romania, and managed to become a finalist in the nature category of the annual Dronestagram competition. The region of Transylvania is known for the scenery of its Carpathian landscape and its rich history. It also contains major cities such as Cluj-Napoca, Brasov, Sibiu and Targu Mures. In the English-speaking world it has been commonly associated with vampires, due to the influence of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula and its many film adaptations. Continue reading to see more award-winning shots. Click here for a few bonus images.
Alexander Pietrow is an astrophotographer who wanted to try something new. So, he took an old Game Boy Camera, strapped it to a 6" Fraunhofer telescope with a Gosky Universal Cell Phone Adapter, and then proceeded to take pictures of the moon, as well as Jupiter. "I wondered if it would be possible to do astrophotography with this camera. Searching the internet I was surprised that nobody had tried this before and decided to give it a go," said Pietrow. Continue reading to see the full rig and the images he took.
A retired federal agent claimed to have discovered a photograph of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan in the National Archives that could prove they successfully crash-landed in the Marshall Islands before being allegedly captured by the Japanese military. The photo alleges to show the duo in front of a barge towing an airplane, and the image is even stamped with the official markings of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
At first glance, the top image may seem like a scene from Back to the Future, but it's just a clever illusion created by photographer Felix Hernandez. To make this possible, he used a 1:18th-scale model toy car, studio tabletop, fire, hand tools, smoke, and light painting. Once the scene was shot, he used Photoshop to layer multiple frames, add flares, and color grade. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a spider with three super powers.
It may look like a fiery sunset, but the image above actually shows a fire opal. This translucent opal boasts warm body colors of yellow to orange to red. The most famous source of fire opals is the state of Queretaro in Mexico, and are sometimes cut in their rhyolitic host material if it is hard enough to allow cutting and polishing. Continue reading for more. Click here for a few bonus images.
Researchers have recorded up-close footage of a single DNA molecule replicating itself for the very first time, and it's revealed that this fundamental process incorporates an unexpected amount of 'randomness'. "It's a real paradigm shift, and undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks. It's a different way of thinking about replication that raises new questions. We've shown that there is no coordination between the strands. They are completely autonomous," said Stephen Kowalczykowski from the University of California, Davis. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
These incredible space photos may appear to be from NASA's archives, but they're actually the work of photographer Adam Makarenko who specializes in miniatures. The planets are handcrafted from foam spheres and plaster, while the textured surfaces are created with other materials, such as ferric chloride, paint, cement. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Officially titled "The Five Year Photo Project", it involves the same five friends from Santa Barbara, California going on vacation every five years since 1982, and photographing themselves in the same location (Copco Lake in Northern California) and in the same pose. Their photo project starts with them at the age of just 19 years old. Continue reading to see some of the highlights.
Kati Dimoff, a photographer from Portland, discovered an old thrift store camera with rolls of undeveloped film, and to her surprise, one of them contained amazing shots of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. "Every time I'm in southeast Portland, I run into the big Goodwill on Grand Ave and check all their film cameras for exposed but undeveloped rolls of film. If I find one, I buy the camera and take the film to Blue Moon Camera and Machine in the St Johns neighborhood to have it developed," Dimoff told PetaPixel. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Police dogs are nothing new, but when a photographer captured images of new K-9 recruits Lucky Star, Schumann, Feida, Brother, AJ and Full Moon for Taiwan's National Police Agency, the internet went crazy. When they grow into their uniforms, they'll be assigned to the agency's K-9 Anti Bomb & Drug force and Blood Detection units in Taipei City. Continue reading for more pictures and information.