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A New 5-Hour Advertisement Records a Single-Shot Walkthrough of Russia’s Hermitage Museum

March 12, 2020

Grace Ebert

As travel slows due to the global coronavirus pandemic, a new advertisement released by Apple provides an expansive view of one of St. Petersburg’s most-visited institutions that’s accessible without having to venture into crowded spaces. Clocking 5 hours, 19 minutes, and 28 seconds, the single-shot video spans the Hermitage Museum in the nation’s cultural center. It includes a look at 45 galleries, 588 works, and even has live performances from Russian composer Kirill Richter and a ballet duet from the Hermitage Theater.

The ad was shot to showcase the iPhone 11’s battery life but also offers an impressive view of artworks by Rembrandt, Raphael Loggias, and Caravaggio. “This video to me is all about connection through time,” filmmaker Axinya Gog told ArtNet. “Art that is timeless meets modern life and state-of-the-art technology.” Using a complex system of handheld stabilizers, cranes to span rooms, and even a custom app to control the camera, Gog and the group behind the ad created the single-shot take during the course of six hours in the museum.

If you can’t commit to the full five-hour video, check out the one-minute trailer. For a similar look at the Hermitage, take a look at the 2002 film Russian Ark by Alexander Sokurov.

 

 



Amazing

Centriphone: A Skier Uses an iPhone and Sling to Film Dramatic ‎360° Footage of Himself While Skiing

February 5, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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After two years of tinkering and experimenting Swiss freeskier Nicolas Vuignier just shared a video of what he calls a centriphone, a device that works like a sling to hurl his iPhone 6 through the air while he skis down a mountain. Played back in slow motion the footage is incredible as Vuignier remains perfectly centered in a dramatic 360° loop. (via Reddit)

 

 



Photography

Highlights from Apple’s Favorite Photos Shot with iPhones

March 3, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Photo by Satoshi H., courtesy Apple

For a new promotional campaign celebrating the iPhone 6 camera, Apple reached out to a multitude of amateur and professional photographers alike to assemble a collection of 57 non-commissioned images. Collected here are a dozen of my favorites, but you can see the full collection in their online gallery which also mentions the various apps photographers use to process their images. (via Kottke, PetaPixel, My Modern Met)

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Photo by Dan C., courtesy Apple

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Photo by Andrew P., courtesy Apple

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Photo by Brendan Ó., courtesy Apple

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Photo by Cielo D., courtesy Apple

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Photo by Cole R., courtesy Apple

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Photo by Eric L., courtesy Apple

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Photo by Gayle T., courtesy Apple

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Photo by John L., courtesy Apple

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Photo by Paul O., courtesy Apple

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Photo by Shan L., courtesy Apple

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Photo by Siyuan G., courtesy Apple

 

 



Photography

Aerial Wallpapers: Satellite Wallpaper for Your Phone

December 12, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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If you’re looking for a snappy new wallpaper/home screen/lock screen image for your phone, Aerial Wallpapers is a great place to start. The site is created by João Paulo Bernardes who scours creative commons satellite imagery from NASA and Airbus Defence and Space for the best slices of Earth which he crops and scales to fit the iPhone 6 Plus, but should scale OK for other phones too. (via Kottke)

 

 



Design

Explore Eight New Mind-Bending Worlds in Monument Valley’s ‘Forgotten Shores’

November 15, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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It’s rare that we stop to consider apps and video games on Colossal, but when we do, it’s with good reason. Monument Valley (previously), a gorgeously designed Escheresque puzzle game for iOS, just released eight new levels, collectively titled Forgotten Shores. Over the last few months Monument Valley has proven so popular and ground-breaking that it picked up an Apple Design Award, released a soundtrack, and turned 10 of its levels into an open edition of giclée prints. I spent some time with my six-year-old son working through Forgotten Shores last night, and it’s every bit as fun and innovative as the first release. Get it here.

 

 



Photography

Winners of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

June 16, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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© Julio Lucas. Bradenton, FL United States. 1st Place / 2014 Photographer of the Year.

It’s amazing to see the stories we’re now capable of telling with a device that fits in our pocket containing a camera about the size of a dime (or maybe it’s even smaller now, I’m running out of currency/technology scale comparisons). One of the primary champions of photography taken with iPhones is the iPhone Photography Awards which just announced the winners of their 2014 competition. This is the 7th year of the IPPAWARDS, a global contest for photographs taken only with iPhones. This year includes 54 photographers hailing from 17 countries who competed in 17 different categories. Seen here are the top three winners and some of my own favorites, but you can see much more on their website. (via Tim Cook)

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© Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez. Madrid, Spain. 2nd Place / 2014 Photographer of the Year.

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© Jill Missner. Ridgefield, CT United States. 3rd Place / 2014 Photographer of the Year.

04-MICHAEL-O'NEAL-1stAnimals

© Michael O’Neal. San Francisco, CA United States. 1st Place / Animals.

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© Coco Liu. Illinois, United States. 3rd Place / Architecture.

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© Felicia Pandola. Providence, RI. 1st Place / Nature.

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© Juana Chaves. Madrid, Spain. 2nd Place / News & Events.

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© Terry Vital. Windham, NH. 1st Place / Others.

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© Hector Navarro. Zapopan, Jalisco Mexico. 3rd Place / People.

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© Coco Liu. Illinois, United States. 1st Place / Seasons.

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© Little Su. New Taipei City, Taiwan. First Place / Sunset.

 

 

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