Friday, August 28, 2015

Teahupo’o From Above: Drone Footage Captures Big Waves on Tahiti


Watch some great waves and surfing in Teahupo'o, a village on the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, in this drone edit entitled Teahupo’o: Du Ciel (Teahupo’o: From the Sky) by Brent Bielmann and Eric Sterman.





Via Devour.

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A Milky Way Panorama, Shot at The Remarkables Ski Field, New Zealand


Jordan McInally did an amazing job by photographing the Milky Way at The Remarkables ski field, New Zealand.


A 21 vertical shot, 2 row panorama. This is the hardest panorama I've ever tried to put together! Photoshops photomerge did not like this one and I had to do heaps of hand stitching and puppet warping to get things looking ok.. Its still not perfect but it will do! Pretty stoked with how it looks, not too bad for a spontaneous 2 row panorama! I was just killing time and shooting the Milky Way between Aurora bursts =) Taken half way up The Remarkables ski field road

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Photo Series of the Abandoned Theme Park Six Flags New Orleans

A photo series displaying the abandoned theme park Six Flags New Orleans, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.








Image credit: Photographs by Seph Lawless.

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The Wealth Hockey Stick Chart of Warren Buffett: Reached a Billion at 56 Years of Age


Here, a hockey stick chart, showing the increasing wealth of Warren Buffett.


The Dadaviz blog put together the chart below with help from Dividend.com to show Buffett's journey from prodigious teen to the octogenarian behind Berkshire Hathaway.


Some notable Buffett milestones include his net worth topping the $1-million mark at around 30 years old and then taking out the $1-billion hurdle at 56 years old. The stretch from 59 years old to now hasn't exactly been unkind, either. […]

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Watch Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" in Blu-ray


In Michael Jackson's video for "Smooth Criminal", the light, special effects, and choreography are perfectly done, but watching it in Blue-ray certainly doesn't do it any harm. And the little kid who's emulating Michael's exact dancing moves, is the actor Brandon Quintin Adams.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The App VHS Camcorder Turns Your HD Footage Into Something from the 80's


The popular iPhone/iPad app VHS Camcorder will make your HD footage of today look like it's shoot in the 80's. What began as a fun small-scale project, has earned Thomas Worth, who works with visual effects, some serious sales in the App Store:


Thomas Worth swears he didn't expect any of this. He never expected that, 10 days after it launched, VHS Camcorder, his goofy $3.99 video app, would be No. 2 on Apple's chart for paid apps, second only to Minecraft. Or the torrent of email, tweets, and castigating for an Android version. (It's coming, by the way.) Most of all, he didn’t expect people to love this crappy retro look as much as he does.


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Worth is 38, a child of the '80s, and an unrepentant lover of that decade’s wacky graphics and messy technology. He's been doing post-production and effects in LA for years, and in his free time occasionally would screw around in After Effects and upload ultra-'80s takes on the logo of his company Rarevision. One, featuring laser-lit stencils flying in to the sound of an epic synth track, struck a particular chord. "I put it on YouTube just for the hell of it," he says. "People were like, 'Oh my god, that's so cool, can you show me how to do that?'" He realized there was something nostalgic but also flat-out appealing about the decades-old aesthetic. He wondered, Could you make an app that would make your video look like an old tape?


YouTube user Steve Mays demonstrates the app:



Via Highsnobiety.

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Past Present Project: Photographer Relives His Grandparents Travels in the 70's and 80's

With the photo project Past Present Project, photographer Christian Carollo honors and relives his grandparents travel experiences from the late 70's and early 80's. This project inspires me to both get back to photography, and journal writing, but also to start travelling more.


The Past Present Project began as a way to showcase my grandfather’s vintage photography from around the United States, but the project that resulted happened purely by chance. It all started in October 2012 with a randomly selected box of slides that contained his photographs of the Oregon Coast, which is exactly where I would be traveling a week later. Most of the images were scenic shots, but one shot displayed a building in the small coastal town of Winchester Bay. I wondered, what if I could replicate my grandfather’s photograph 30 years later? I did just that and my new mission was born.


Upon returning home, and seeing the interest that built around that single photograph, I wondered how many more I could possibly capture. With the help of my grandmother’s detailed travel journals from their cross-country trips, I have managed to discover the location of dozens of my grandfather’s images. A project that began by chance, now often determines where my next journey will take me.


Since I largely have my grandfather to thank for my love of travel and photography, I wanted to honor his memory by replicating the photographs he took from his trips all across America. This is my Past Present to him!


Groveland, California, April 1979 and May 2015:



White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, April 1979 and October 2014:



Cafe Du Monde worker in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1978 and April 2014:



Via @hacerfotos. H/t Fubiz.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Huge Collection of Propaganda Posters from the Soviet Union

Ben Perry has collected close to 1,500 images of propaganda and advertising posters from the Soviet Russia and Soviet Union between the years 1917-1991. The collection is impressive and full of good art, but unfortunately it's lacking with detailed descriptions, such as translations and the name of designers.


Let's Fulfill the Plan of Great Works by Gustav Klutsis, 1930:



Value the Bread!:



We Are a Sportive Family – Father, Mother, Brother and I:



Where a Liqueur Glass Is Leading to…:



Additional great resources with Soviet Union posters:


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How Graphic Design Was Made Before Photoshop



The graphic editor Photoshop celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Up until the release of this magnificent graphic tool, it was a time-consuming and skilled labour to design and produce printed materials.


Sean Adams, professor at Art Center College of Design, demonstrates the process of re-creating the mockup of a print ad, that are being sent to the printer with layout instructions. So many people were simultaneously involved in this process, which make their work even more impressive.



The documentary and Kickstarter project "Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production", due for release Summer 2017, will deal with this subject more extensively.


Via @alexred.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Dismaland is Artist Banksy's Very Own Amusement Park


Welcome to Dismaland, artist Banksy's own amusement park. Not the most colorful place on Earth, but probably one of the most honest ones.



Via Highsnobiety.


Featured image: Immigrants in the boat pond. Via The Telegraph.

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Caffeine Nap: The Power Nap and Caffeine Combo That Will Energize You


By drinking coffee before taking a powernap, you'll sort of getting a double energizing effect, since the caffeine starts to kick in after your powernap comes to an end after 15-20 minutes. This is one for my personal toolbox, which already includes breathwork, mantra meditation, Reiki, yoga, and hypnosis with the use of a "Inner Mental Room", all good alternatives for getting rid of tiredness.


The phenomenon was first studied by British scientists at Loughborough University, looking into ways to combat driver sleepiness. After measuring the participants’ brainwaves whilst in a driving simulator, they found that the caffeine/nap combo worked better than either caffeine or napping on it’s own, cold air, or a break with no nap. The caffeine nap was most effective at improving driving performance, virtually eliminating the mid-afternoon drowsiness peak that the other groups exhibited.


Featured image: A cup of espresso. Photography by stylist Ginny Branch. Via One Chapter A Day.


Via Swissmiss.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Graphic Designer Susan Kare's Groundwork Influences Today's Design of Computer Icons


You have probably one time or another seen her work – artist and graphic designer Susan Kare laid the foundation of how symbols used in graphical user interfaces look today. In the early 80's, Susan joined Apple, and is the one responsible for designing many of the typefaces and icons found in the original Macintosh operating system. After leaving Apple, she started to work at NeXT, a computer company co-founded by Steve Jobs after he was forced to leave Apple, which gave her clients such as Microsoft and IBM. Here, from Wired's piece "Meet the Woman Who Launched a Billion Clicks":


In the early 90s, when Wired was founded, Kare was designing icons for Windows, including the logos for Solitaire and playing card designs for Windows' games, some of which made their way into the book. Since then, she says, "The basic problem that you're trying to solve by designing an icon for a screen has not changed: you aim to create an image that's a visual shorthand for a concept. If you do your job well, that image becomes meaningful as a symbol – something easy to recognize and remember."


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"Visual complexity is not necessarily directly proportional to effectiveness," she says. "Key to the creative process is still the fundamental effort to present a functional image which works well as a symbol for its intended audience."


Featured image: Screenshot of Susan's website.

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Watch Some Thrilling World Record High Dives From the '80s


Laso Schaller is the new world record holder for the highest dive, jumping from 58.8 meters (192.913 feet) on 4 August 2015, in Maggia, Switzerland. A daring jump indeed, but jumps from divers like Dana Kunze, Randy Dickison and Rick Charls in the 80's are absolutely fantastic and terrifying to watch, since the divers also changed positions during their way down.


Watch Dana Kunze's world record high dive from 52.4 meters (172 feet), at the World Record High Dive Challenge in San Diego, 1983:



Rick Charls ties the new world record during the same competition:



Randy Dickison sets a new high dive world record with 53.2 meters (174 feet 8 inches), at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, 1985:



See the full footage from the World Record High Dive Challenge 1983.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A-ha's Morten Harket Goes Solo with the Album 'Brother' (2014)


The latest solo album from Morten Harket, the lead singer of A-ha, is entitled "Brother". The other day, I heard the album's single by the same name, which I found to be beautiful, both music and lyrics-wise.



Last year, Morten gave a great and intimate performance at NRK TV – Studio 1:



Featured image: Morten Harket together with a fan in the documentary "Hemland" by Sara Broos.

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Act Like a Dolphin with These Funny Water Toys


Oh, these water toys seem awfully funny to me. Just like a dolphin would; jump, dive, roll around.



Featured image: The watercraft Seabreacher X.

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