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Olympus Air Pistol Grip

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The Olympus Air looks like a simple camera lens, but it's actually an all-in-one camera that works in conjunction with smart devices via a companion app. One fan has created the Open Platform Grip, a 3D printed pistol-style grip that lets you shoot to take pictures, literally. It's more than just looks, as the aim of this project is to help photographers aim and frame shots without having to look at any display when using the viewfinder-less Olympus Air. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Atacama Desert Flowers

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The 41,000-square-mile Atacama Desert in Chile may be the world's driest, but it is also known as the flowering desert. This climatic phenomenon consists of the blossoming of a wide variety of flowers between the months of September and November in years when rainfall is unusually high. Normally the region receives less than 0.47-inches of rain per year. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Elephant Rock Island

This isn't a giant fossilized elephant, but rather one of the most unique rock formations you'll ever see. It's located on the island of Heimaey in Iceland, and there are two parts to this illusion: an elephant's "wrinkles" are mimicked by basalt rock, a type of material that results from the rapid cooling of thick lava, and then natural indentations that appear to form an eye, a floppy ear, as well as its trunk. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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46-Gigapixel Milky Way

Ruhr University Bochum researchers divided a section of the southern sky into 268 different sections, after which they spent days creating ultra-high-resolution photos of each one with telescopes at the Cerro Armazones Observatory in Chile. Once everything had been photographed, they spent 5-years stitching together those 268 ultra high resolution photos into an even more massive 46-gigapixel photo that dials in at 194-gigabytes. You view the interactive map here. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Paper Silhouette Illusions

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Rich McCor, a talented paper artist, specializes in bringing small silhouetted shapes to life with forced perspective photography. He positions simple cut outs at the perfect angle around various European monuments to making them appear as though buildings, statues, and fountains are a part of the attraction. This all started when McCor decided to explore London like a tourist, but with a twist. For his first piece, he turned the famed Big Ben Tower into a wrist watch. Continue reading for more examples.

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Undeveloped Film WWII Soldier

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Levi Bettweiser, the photographer behind the Rescued Film Project, came across 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a single soldier during World War II at auction in Ohio. One problem, only half of the rolls were labeled with location names, and he says, "I know nothing about who shot the film or who it belonged to." Continue reading to see some of the images he was able to recover.

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Canon 250-Megapixel

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Say goodbye to low-resolution cameras, and hello to Canon's new insane 250-megapixel CMOS sensor. When a photographer mounts an 800mm lens on a compatible DSLR, you're able to make out signs on skyscrapers located over 9-miles away. That's not all, pair the 250MP sensor with a super-telephoto lens as well as Turbulence Removal technology, and you'll be able to clearly see a woman waving on the Eiffel Tower from approximately 1.9-miles away. Continue reading for more fascinating images.

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Real Game of Thrones

Photo credit: Asta Skujyte-Razmiene via Bored Panda

Photographer Asta Skujyte-Razmiene visited Croatia this past summer in hopes of tracking down the Game of Thrones filming locations, and it's safe to say that the trip was a success. "Some places were really easy to find - Dubrovnik, for example, is just like one huge filming set. But other spots (like streets in Split) we found either after a looong search or just stumbled upon by an accident. I want to share the result of our 'scene hunt' hoping that it will inspire others to do this same," said Asta Skujyte-Razmiene. Continue reading for all the images.

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Sony RX1R II

First came the RX1R, now Sony has followed it up with the 42.2-megapixel RX1R II. This model delivers the highest picture quality of any Sony compact camera ever made, thanks to its large aperture, fixed focal length ZEISS Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens, paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processing engine. What really sets it apart is its optical variable low pass filter, enabling hat shooters to manually adjust the balance of image resolution and presence of moire or color artifacts to match the subject. Continue reading for a hands-on video, more pictures and additional information.

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NASA Jupiter Footage

NASA has just released new images of Jupiter captured by the Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 3, and they show a "rare wave" near the equator as well as a "filament-like feature" inside the Great Red Spot. The scientists used these ultra high-definition images to create a 4K video of the planet's rotation. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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