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A Perfectly Symmetrical Photo of a Kingfisher Diving for Prey, Nearly 6 Years in the Making

A Perfectly Symmetrical Photo of a Kingfisher Diving for Prey, Nearly 6 Years in the Making

November 27, 2015

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Christopher Jobson

For the last 6 years, Scottish wildlife photographer Alan McFadyen spent an estimated 4,200 hours seeking the perfect shot: a symmetrical image of a kingfisher diving into its own reflection in search of prey. Last month, after 720,000 exposures he finally got it. McFadyen certainly snapped hundreds of other successful images along the way, but this particular photo—as it existed in his imagination—eluded him for years.
“Kingfishers dive so fast they are like bullets, so taking a good photo requires a lot of luck – and a lot of patience,” McFadyen told the Daily Mail. More



Photography

Remarkable High Speed Photos of Birds Catching Fish by Salah Baazizi

Remarkable High Speed Photos of Birds Catching Fish by Salah Baazizi

Sep.2.15

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Christopher

Photographer Salah Baazizi has an amazing knack for photographing birds up close and personal as they pluck fish from the waters around Bolsa Chica in southern California. The split-second shots of terns, herons, and cormorants give the illusion Baazizi is sitting just inches away, practically sticking a camera down their beaks, but in reality he uses a 400mm super telephoto lens and positions himself at great distances. This is only the smallest fraction of the hobbyist photographer’s wildlife photos, you can explore hundreds of additional shots over on Flickr. More



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New Photographs of Crashing Ocean Waves Frozen in Time by Pierre Carreau

New Photographs of Crashing Ocean Waves Frozen in Time by Pierre Carreau

Feb.10.15

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Christopher

Fascinated by the mysteries of the ocean his entire life, photographer Pierre Carreau (previously) documents the power and serenity of ocean waves in his now decade-long project AquaViva. After obtaining a business degree and going into IT, Carreau dramatically changed course in 2004 and moved with his family to the Caribbean island of St. Barthélemy where he now photographs waves as an artistic pursuit.
Carreau’s high-speed photos capture waves that appear frozen in time, giving them an almost sculptural appearance. More



Photography

Wacky High-Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid-Shake by Carli Davidson

Wacky High-Speed Portraits of Puppies Caught Mid-Shake by Carli Davidson

Oct.28.14

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Christopher

Published today from Harper Design, Shake Puppies is the latest jowl-flapping canine photo book from Portland-based pet and wildlife photographer Carli Davidson. The dangerously adorable collection of images is a follow-up to her 2013 book Shake that similarly featured high-speed photos of adult dogs caught mid-shake as their ears, lips, fur and drool flies in every direction.
Davidson began photographing animals while on staff at the Oregon Zoo, a passion that eventually led to a career shooting portraits of exotic animals, pets with disabilities, and a plethora of cats and dogs. More



Art Photography

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

Jun.23.14

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Christopher

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.

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New Underwater Ink Plumes Photographed by Alberto Seveso

New Underwater Ink Plumes Photographed by Alberto Seveso

Apr.1.14

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Christopher

Photographer Alberto Seveso (previously) just released a new series of ink plumes photographed underwater against a black background titled Blackground. The Italian photographer and illustrator now lives and works in Bristol, UK where he does commercial work for digital brands, magazines, and album covers. Seveso was also kind enough to let us use an image from Blackground as part of small Colossal design refresh for the next few months. More



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Sand Creatures Suspended in Midair by Claire Droppert

Sand Creatures Suspended in Midair by Claire Droppert

Mar.25.14

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Christopher

For her latest photographic series titled Sand Creatures, Rotterdam-based photographer Claire Droppert hurled clumps of sand through the air and captured the peculiar shapes with a high speed camera. Looking at the final images it was hard not to see the abstract forms of animals and other creatures that emerged from the weightless plumes of sand. Droppert has been sharing the series on Instagram, and you can see more photography on her website. More



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High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X-Rays of the Human Brain

High Speed Photos of Combusting Alcohol Look like X-Rays of the Human Brain

Feb.28.14

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Christopher

The plume from an exploding bomb. Black and white flowers. X-Rays of a human brain cortex. These all seem like valid guesses when looking at this new series of photos by Fabian Oefner (previously here, here, here), but the truth is more amazing: it’s fire. To create the photos Oefner added a few drops of alcohol into a large glass vessel and waited for the fumes to fill the void. More



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High Speed Sea Foam Photographed by Ger Kelliher

High Speed Sea Foam Photographed by Ger Kelliher

Feb.13.14

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Christopher

Back in January, photographer Ger Kelliher snapped this high speed photo of angry sea foam captured on Coomeenole beach in West Kerry, Ireland. The lighting and perfect timing make the water look almost sculptural in quality. If you’re interested, he has the image available as a high resolution download over on Etsy so you can make your own prints. More



Music

High-Speed Strings: Video Trickery Creates Wobbly Slow Motion Effect

High-Speed Strings: Video Trickery Creates Wobbly Slow Motion Effect

Dec.1.13

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Christopher

This brief clip demonstrates what happens when you film an upright bass while synchronizing the vibration of the strings with the frame rate of the camera. The resulting video makes it appear as though the musician is playing in slow motion when the video is actually playing at normal speed, not unlike the effect of a strobe light. (via Devour)
Update: According to Create Digital Music this phenomenon might have more to do with how a digital cameras capture an image by scanning images quickly from top to bottom. More



Art Photography

Orchid: Exploding High-Speed Paint Flowers by Fabian Oefner

Orchid: Exploding High-Speed Paint Flowers by Fabian Oefner

Nov.5.13

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Christopher

For his third and final investigation in his “Paint Action” series Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner (previously here and here) created a series of flower-inspired paint formations titled Orchid. To make the images Oefner poured numerous layers of paint with a top layer of either black or white onto which he dropped a colored sphere. The resulting splash forced the colored paint up and out of the top layer resulting in the crowning splashes of color you see here. More