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Audi Tiny Models

Let's face it, any car commercial requires a decent budget, that is unless...you hire Felix Hernandez. Audi Middle East teamed up with the photographer to create these surreal scenes set in the desert and other parts of Dubai. "Where I normally work with 1/18 scale models, for the Q2 launch I was commissioned to do a series of photographies using a 1/43 scale model. This was my first time doing this kind of photography with such a small model," said Hernandez. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Alien Actor

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For most of the film's scenes the Alien was portrayed by Bolaji Badejo. A latex costume was specifically made to fit Badejo's 6-foot-10-inch (208 cm) slender frame, made by taking a full-body plaster cast of him. Badejo attended t'ai chi and mime classes in order to create convincing movements for the Alien. However, in a few scenes, such as when the Alien lowers itself from the ceiling to kill Brett, the creature was portrayed by stuntmen Eddie Powell and Roy Scammell; in that scene a costumed Powell was suspended on wires and then lowered in an unfurling motion. Continue reading to see more actors outside their parts, compiled by Bored Panda. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Dream Like Photos

Photo credit: Huseyin Sahin via Bored Panda

Artist Huseyin Sahin from Istanbul blends dream-like scenes with real photos to create surreal worlds straight from a fantasy movie. Whether it be a giant whale swimming in a cliff pool, or London's Big Ben reclaimed by nature and stuck in a mountain, you'll find the scenes in his digital manipulations series. Sure, they may just be layered images, but there's no denying that all of them get your imagination going. Continue reading for ten of his most liked pieces on social media. Click here for a few bonus manipulations.

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Apeman 4K Action Camera

APEMAN's 4K Action Camera is not only reasonably priced, but includes a Sony CMOS sensor and 17 accessories, all for $79.99 shipped, today only, originally $149.99. In addition to capturing 4096 x 2160 resolution video footage at 25 FPS, it also supports 20-megapixel camera still images. Just a few of accessories included are: a bike stand, helmet mount, waterproof case, two batteries, and three different bases. Product page. Continue reading for a video test and more information.

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LEGO Instant Camera

Fujifilm's Instax may be more convenient than building your own instant camera, but a photographer from Hong Kong decided to do just that, and with LEGO bricks. Simply put, a Yashica 80mm F3.5 camera, Fuji Instax, and LEGO pieces were combined to create a unique device that prints photos instantly. It comes equipped with a preview screen up top that enables users to compose the photo, while a shutter button in front snaps the picture. The eject button is hidden behind a secret LEGO door on the side, and a simple push lets the instant film pop out from the top. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mars HiRISE

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment is basically a 143-pound camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It consists of a 0.5 m (19.7 in) aperture reflecting telescope, the largest so far of any deep space mission, which allows it to take pictures of Mars with resolutions of 0.3 m/pixel (about 1 foot), resolving objects below a meter across. This false-color subimage shows the north polar layered deposits at top and darker materials at bottom exposed in a scarp at the head of Chasma Boreale, a large canyon eroded into the layered deposits. Jan Frojdman wanted to see animated versions of these images, so he created a 3D conversion to make it a reality. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Photographer Rhino

Photographer / cameraman Garth De Bruno Austin was shooting a conservation film about rhino poaching in South Africa, when he was approached by a wild rhino. Thankfully, they knew each other, and the animal only wanted a belly rub. "If a rhino walks straight up to you while you're filming and wants some rubs... you better rub that rhino like your life depends on it! Lucky for me she left my URSA Mini 4K camera alone," said the photographer. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining WinRAR's never-ending 40-day trial.

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Artist Aydın Buyktas from Turkey turned the streets of Istanbul into surreal Inception-like scenes for his latest series, titled "Flatland." These images warp American landscapes into mind-bending worlds that defy the laws of physics. "The idea that I could depict surreal places that I saw in my dreams and thought of in my childhood gradually started to occur in my mind,. During my childhood and adolescence, I read science fiction series of writers such as Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells and scientific and technical journals. These books made me question issues such as wormholes, black holes, parallel universes, gravitation, and the bending of space and time. While I was reading 'hyperspace' by Michio Kaku, I was obsessed with the idea of a black hole occurring in the place we live, and how it would bend space, time and place," said Buyuktas. Continue reading for more pictures. Click here to view a few bonus images.

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Dried Lava Bodies

Photo credit: Reddit via Bored Panda

It's not everyday that you see a person standing on dried lava at the edge of a fiery pit, but that's exactly what this photographer captured. However, upon closer inspection, you'll notice that the lava somewhat resembles human bodies being pulled into the flames, or internet users may just have a case of pareidolia, or the psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none exists. Continue reading for more unbelievable, yet real, photos compiled by Bored Panda. Click here to view a few bonus images.

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Helicopter Blades Stationary


The helicopter blades in the video above appear to be stationary, but if you understand the science behind it, you'll realize this is just a clever optical illusion. That's right, the blades look the way they do because the camera shutter speed matches the helicopter's rotor. "Imagine you're shooting a 24fps video of a helicopter rotor that spins one full rotation every second. In the video, each rotation will thus be broken into 24 frames. You'll see the blades rotating normally, just moving one-24th of their full rotation each time. But, if the blades spin exactly 24 times each second, and you're still shooting at 24 fps, each full revolution will be represented by only one frame. The blades will arrive back in their starting place each time the camera captures a frame, so they'll look like they're standing still," according to HowStuffWorks. 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 molten copper being poured on a rubber band ball.

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