This is not a computer motherboard all lit up, just New York City at night, captured from 7,500-feet in the sky by photographer Vincent Laforet. "It is both exhilarating and terrifying all at once. Let's just start off by saying this was the scariest helicopter photo mission of my career. And the most beautiful," said Laforet. What type of equipment was used? Several Canon 1DXs, a Mamiya Leaf Credo 50MP digital medium format system, and a Kenyon 4x4 gyroscopic stabilizer. The tilt-shift, or miniaturization, effect was added in post production. Click here to view the first image in today's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the SpaceX rocket exploding during landing.
Artist Flora Borsi specializes in creating surreal portraits, and without the use of Photoshop. This self taught artist used animals for her latest series, titled "Animeyed," in which she replaced one human eye with an animal counterpart. The profile of each animal is perfectly aligned with Borso's own human models to evoke a fantastical mood. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves may look like a dream, but it's a real cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, known for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa. This species is found exclusively in New Zealand, and can grow up to the size of an average mosquito. The glowworms of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are closely guarded by a Scientific Advisory Group. This group has automated equipment that continually monitors the air quality especially the carbon dioxide levels, rock and air temperature, and humidity. Data from this equipment is carefully analyzed by specialist staff. The advisory group uses the information to establish how the cave should be managed. They determine if and when air flow patterns should be changed and how many people are allowed to visit the caves each day. Continue reading for more.
Physicist Aneta Stodolna and her research team at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in the Netherland used a high-tech quantum microscope to capture the first image of a hydrogen atom's orbital structure. Scientists had described quantum particles by studying their wavelength in the past, but they never observed the electrons themselves, until now. Continue reading for more "first" images throughout history.
German photographer Birk Mobius captured this once-in-a-lifetime photo from the ground at a small airfield, just outside of Leipzig in eastern Germany, of a streak of lightning hitting one end of the plane and shooting out of the other end as it continues to the ground with a rainbow in the background. The company says the plane, owned by German cargo airline AeroLogic, is a Boeing 777-FZN. Continue reading to see more interesting pictures gathered from around the web.
Jawbreakers, also known as gobstoppers, usually consist of a number of layers, each layer dissolving to reveal a different color layer, before dissolving completely. They are made by slowly depositing layers onto a core (such as a pressed ball of sugar or a gumball). Gobstoppers are made in large, rotating, heated pans. This is called "hot panning". The candies take several weeks to manufacture, as the process of adding liquid sugar is repeated multiple times. Natural and artificial colors and flavors are also added during the panning process. Continue reading for more fascinating cross sections of everyday things.
Kodak has partnered with entrepreneur Yves behar to introduce an updated Super 8 camera at CES 2016. It retains the classic design while adding digital functionality, including the ability to record in both digital and analogue formats and connecting with other devices. However, you could also send in physical analogue copies of the film, and Kodak's lab will email a password to retrieve digital scans from the cloud for editing and sharing. A digital viewfinder ensures that everything is always in frame. For those interested, it hits retail channels in fall 2016, and will cost between $400 - $750 depending on configuration. Continue reading for another video. Click here to view more images of the Super 8.
Marcus Reed, a 15-year-old from Seaford, East Sussex, captured this amazing image of Saturn, complete with its dramatic rings, using a 102mm diameter reflector telescope in his backyard. However, he did get some help from an iPhone app called Sky Guide to pinpoint the planet in the sky. "I had turned on the app and saw that Saturn was visible, so straight away I put my slippers on and ran downstairs, setting up my telescope on the back lawn. I was pleasantly surprised when I looked back and saw I had such a clear picture - Saturn is my favorite planet," said Reed. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here to view images that NASA has captured of the gas giant.
A 22-year old from the UK has managed to take amazing photos of the edge of space by floating a £30 camera into the atmosphere using a large helium balloon. That's right, Adam Cudworth created a home-made device consisting of a box with a GPS, radio and microprocessor. After spending 40-hours building it, the box was attached to a balloon and lifted to an incredible height of 110,210-feet. It took 2.5-hours to fly 20-miles up into the atmosphere, before snapping impressive views of Earth from space. A GPS tracker was used to track the device's ascension and an attached radio transmitter alerted its location. Continue reading for another video and more information.
If money is no object and you're a professional photographer looking to capture the finest of details, look no further than the Phase One XF 100MP. Thanks to a full-frame medium format CMOS sensor measuring 2.5 times the size of the ones found in normal DSLRs, this camera can offer 100-megapixels of resolution at 16-bit color depth without sacrificing image quality. Other features include: 15 stops of dynamic range, 50-12,800 ISO range, HDMI output, and the ability to shoot 60-minute long exposure images. Built in vibration tracking and detection as well as an electronic first curtain shutter, ensures that all your images come out smooth. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information. Click here for bonus images of cheeky animals who are also into photography.