Category: Photography

Remarkable Macro Photograph of a Hummingbird by Chris Morgan

Remarkable Macro Photograph of a Hummingbird by Chris Morgan macro birds

Remarkable Macro Photograph of a Hummingbird by Chris Morgan macro birds

Photographer Chris Morgan snapped these great macro shots of hummingbirds in 2011 at Bosque De Paz, a 3,000 acre privately-owned biological reserve in the middle of Costa Rica. The top photo is a Green-Crowned Brilliant, a bird that only grows to a length of 13cm and is not known for its ability to sit for portraits. You can see more of Morgan’s bird photos here. (via Lost at E Minor)

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X-Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

X Rayed Toys by Brendan Fitzpatrick x rays toys

Photographer Brendan Fitzpatrick whose floral x-rays we first featured back in 2012, just released three new collections of x-ray photos including toys, creatures, and a new set of flowers, as part of his Invisible Light series. The photos are created with the help of a standard x-ray machine, but are artificially colored to help distinguish different materials. Prints of almost all of the images are available through Behance.

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An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

An Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Hides a Fishy Secret Thailand fish Bangkok
Photo © Jesse Rockwell

In most post-apocalyptic films when the camera pans down the abandoned streets of New York or Tokyo, long after people have disappeared and the buildings have fallen into disrepair, we see nature again thriving. Trees and plants take hold in the sidewalks and wild animals like deer, bears, and lions stalk the ruins left behind by humans. But after descending the staircase at a vacant shopping mall in Bangkok, professional cook and photographer Jesse Rockwell discovered a wholly different take on beasts inheriting the Earth: fish. Specifically exotic koi and catfish, teeming by the thousands in a secret subterranean aquarium. Rockwell shares via his blog:

New World shopping mall, a four storey former shopping mall. Originally constructed as an eleven storey building. It was found to be in breach of old town Bangkok’s four storey limit on building heights. The top seven floors were demolished to adhere to building codes in 1997. In 1999 the mall burned due to suspected arson committed by a competitor in the area. The disaster resulted in several casualties, and the building has remained abandoned ever since. Not having a roof, the basement floor remains under several feet of water year round.

At some point in the early 2000s an unknown person began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species. The small population of fish began to thrive and the result is now a self-sustained, and amazingly populated urban aquarium.

What an amazing discovery. It makes you wonder what else lurks in abandoned places around the world? You can see more of Rockwell’s photography over on 500px and on his website, Taste of the Road. (via James Theophane, The Verge)

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Amazing Solar Flare Eruptions Captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

Amazing Solar Flare Eruptions Captured by NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory sun space NASA
Credit: NASA SDO

This amazing composite image taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO) shows a series of significant solar eruptions that occurred over a period of three days back in January of 2013. The photo was created using three wavelengths of light that have been colorized in red, green, and blue to better show the dynamics of each eruption. You can read more about solar scientist Nathalia Alzate’s findings regarind the event over on this Facebook post. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

Mysterious Landscapes of People Exploring the World by Nicolas Bouvier travel landscapes

To explore the photography of French art director and concept designer Nicolas Bouvier is to become lost in strange new world, the inhabitants of which are dwarfed by the towering silhouettes of tree and mountains, or swallowed completely by eerie fog and haze. Though these landscapes are indeed real, shot in locations mostly in the Pacific Northwestern U.S., it may not be surprising that Bouvier’s day job is pure science fiction: he creates stunning concept art and illustrations for video games like Halo and Assassin’s Creed. While his concept art has gathered wide acclaim (he’s currently publishing a third book of his own illustrations), his photographic work has also flourished, garnering a significant following over on Flickr. We’ve featured his images several times right here on Colossal as part of our Flickr Finds series.

Currently based in Seattle, Bouvier first picked up a camera in the 1990s while in school, but it wasn’t until 2007 that he began shooting again in earnest. He has since amassed a collection of nearly two dozen cameras (he mentions he picked up a Lumix ZS40 just yesterday), all of which he experiments with as he explores locations around California, Washington, Oregon, Mexico, and France with his family who often appear as subjects in his surreal photos.

It was nearly impossible to make a selection of work for this post, so I strongly urge you to click this link, grab some coffee, and then press the right arrow on your keyboard about 1,100 times. You won’t regret it.

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Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures high speed

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures high speed

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures high speed

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures high speed

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures high speed

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures high speed

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures high speed

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures high speed

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures high speed

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures high speed

Cassandra Warner and Jeremy Floto of Floto+Warner Studio recently produced this beautiful series of photos titled Clourant that seemingly turns large splashes of colorful liquid into glistening sculptures that hover in midair. The photos were shot at a speed of 1/3,500th of a second, taking special care to disguise the origin of each burst making images appear almost digital in nature (the duo assures no Photoshop was used). They share about the project:

Colourant is a series of events that pass you by as an imperceptible flash. A fleeting moment, that blocks and obscures the landscape, a momentary graffiti of air and space. Creating shapes of nature not experienced by the human eye, these short-lived anomalies are frozen for us to view at 3500th of a second. Transforming the non-discernible and ephemeral to the eternal. The essence of photography—immortalize the transitory.

You can see several additional shots from the series on their website and prints are available through Vaughan Hannigan. If you liked this you can check out similar high-speed liquid works by Manon Wethly, Fabian Oefner, and Shinichi Maruyama.

Update: For those curious, the artists share via email that the colors/liquids used in the photographs are “non toxic and water based.”

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A Multi-Camera 360° Panoramic Timelapse of the Stars by Vincent Brady

A Multi Camera 360° Panoramic Timelapse of the Stars by Vincent Brady video art stars space panoramic

Michigan-based photographer Vincent Brady uses an elaborate 4-camera rig and lots of software to capture what he calls Planetary Panoramas. These are somewhat similar to the tiny planet videos we’ve seen the last few months, but the results are quite a bit more dramatic. He shares about his technique:

While experimenting with different photography tricks and techniques back in 2012, I was shooting 360 degree panoramas in the daytime and long exposures of the stars streaking in the sky at night. It suddenly became clear that the potential to combine the two techniques could be a trip! Since the Earth is rotating at a steady 1,040 mph I created a custom rig of 4 cameras with fisheye lenses to capture the entire night-sky in motion. Thus the images show the stars rotating around the north star as well as the effect of the southern pole as well and a 360 degree panorama of the scene on Earth. Each camera is doing nonstop long exposures, typically about 1 minute consecutively for the life of the camera battery. Usually about 3 hours. I then made a script to stitch all the thousands of these panoramas into this time-lapse.

You can learn more about how Brady makes these and see more of his photography over on his website. (via Colossal Submissions)

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