Two extremely rare rainbow blanket octopuses were captured on camera during a night dive off the coast of Romblon, Philippines by Joseph Elayani. Its rapid color change is due to a reaction it has to the different light levels from the camera, and doubles as a defense mechanism against would-be predators. This rare species of cephalopod is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions deep down under the waves, thus they rarely m,ake contact with humans. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured this incredible image of the Curiosity Rover from space on May 31, 2019, which appears as a bluish speck. Curiosity was examining a location called “Woodland Bay” in an area referred to as the “clay-bearing unit” on the side of Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-tall mountain inside of Gale Crater. When it was photographed, the rover was facing 65° counterclockwise from north, placing the mast in the right location to produce this bright spot in the upper-left corner. Read more for another video and additional information.
Weighing in at just 370g (without battery or lens) and measuring 112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3mm, the Sigma fp is touted as the world’s smallest full-frame mirrorless camera, thanks to an electronic shutter instead of a mechanical one for quieter shooting. This rugged go-anywhere camera boasts a die-cast aluminum alloy body, which is dust as well as splash-proof, and features 4K video capture at 24fps using its 24.6MP BSI-CMOS sensor. This sensor is weather-sealed and equipped with a 3.2-inch 2.1M-dot touchscreen. Other features include an SD card slot, HDMI port, flash sync port, mic / headphone ports, USB 3.1 port, and a remote shutter port. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Albert Dros
This year’s only total solar eclipse passed over parts of the Pacific Ocean, Chile, and Argentina on Tuesday. The full eclipse was visible on land for more than two minutes, where tourists, locals, and scientists all gathered along its path to observe, take photos, as well as study the sun’s atmosphere. Photographer Albert Dros might take home the award of coolest photo of the eclipse along with his model, Bart Lablans, who was captured holding it at totality. No Photoshop trickery was used to compose the image, just a 100-400mm lens and 1.4x teleconverter. Read more for a few more images from the shoot and additional information.
Photo credit: Lucas Landers via Peta Pixel
If you’re unfamiliar with view cameras, they’re essentially a large format camera in which the lens forms an inverted image on a ground glass screen directly at the plane of the film. In other words, the image viewed is exactly the same as the image on the film, which is then replaced by the viewing screen during exposure. Photography and camera-making enthusiast Lucus Landers decided to create the world’s smallest version, and calls it the “Mini View Camera”. This camera was built for a contest held by desktop milling machine maker Bantam Tools, in which the requirements called for entrants to make something that fits inside a 1-inch cube. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Unlike other conveyor belts, Celluveyor is an omnidirectional conveyor belt that can move objects freely in any direction, thanks to several small hexagonal cells driven by omnidirectional wheels. How did this idea come about? Well, the inventors were inspired by soccer-playing robots, so they decided to take the robots, place them upside down and use the wheels to move packages around. The path for any parcel can be set using software on a tablet, while its direction can be changed by pressing a single button. Read more for this week’s selection of interesting images from around the web.
Apple has joined in on the 2019 Cricket World Cup fever, currently going on in England and Wales, with a brand new “Shot on iPhone XS” advert. This 38 second clip features groups of people playing cricket on a traditional field, beach, and there’s even a pick up game going on in an alley, with music from the Dreadlock Holiday, by 10cc. chorus. “It’s the spirit of India, captured in a game, a love story that spans more than a billion hearts. Come, celebrate cricket the way India does,” said Apple. Read more for the video and additional information.
Photo credit: Engadget
Oppo released a teaser of its innovative under-display, front-facing camera technology earlier this month, but today, they officially showcased it at Mobile World Congress Shanghai. Simply put, when you’re not using the camera, the screen looks normal with no notches or teardrops in sight, but if you look closely, you’ll see a highly-transparent material covering it. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on when we’ll see this in a mass-produced smartphone. Read more for a video and additional information.
Raikoke Volcano, located on the Kuril Islands of Russia, south of the volcanically active Kamchatka Peninsula, erupted last weekend for the first time in 95-years, and astronauts aboard the ISS captured this incredible image. You can see a large plume of ash and volcanic gases shooting up from the stratovolcano’s 2,300-foot-wide crater, which eventually streamed eastward, as it was pulled into a storm system over the North Pacific Ocean. Read more for a video and additional information.
A trip to the Maldives wouldn’t be complete without a stay in an over-water villa, but if you demand sheer luxury, then look no further than the Soneva Jani Resort. Some of their ultra luxurious villa amenities include two-story water slides, glass-bottom lounges, retractable roofs that let you sleep under the stars, literally, and even a floating cinema. Read more for an in-depth video tour, additional pictures and information.