Friday, April 21, 2017

'Into the Inferno' (2016): Werner Herzog's Volcano Documentary


"Into the Inferno" (2016) is the title of Werner Herzog's latest documentary that is released by Netflix. In the documentary Herzog explores active volcanoes from around the world.


From the synopsis:


Werner Herzog's latest documentary, Into the Inferno, heads just where its title suggests: into the red-hot magma-filled craters of some of the world's most active and astonishing volcanoes—taking the filmmaker on one of the most extreme tours of his long career. From North Korea to Ethiopia to Iceland to the Vanuatu Archipelago, humans have created narratives to make sense of volcanoes; as stated by Herzog, “volcanoes could not care less what we are doing up here.” Into the Inferno teams Herzog with esteemed volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer to offer not only an in-depth exploration of volcanoes across the globe but also an examination of the belief systems that human beings have created around the fiery phenomena.





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Short 'A Saturday Drive': How Canon PowerShot S110 Daytime Footage Looks


A couple of days ago, I released the short "The Car Wash" (if you can call it a short?!) in an attempt to showcase the Canon PowerShot S110's video capabilities during low light conditions.


Today, I released another video, this time showcasing the camera's video capabilities during daytime.


I shot the footage during a drive around the city of Gothenburg, color graded it slightly with a free 3D LUT from Lutify.me and named the video "A Saturday Drive".


The footage, I think, turned out a bit poor, but I doesn't think it is caused by either the camera or the LUT itself but the rendering of the video editor I'm using called Filmora.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

'The Car Wash': A Short Filmed with Canon PowerShot S110 in Low Light Conditions


When buying a new camera, it's a ood idea to see how it responds and operates in low light conditions. Some time ago, I bought the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS point-and-shoot camera that produces good audio and video with just one caveat – it works rather poorly when there are low light conditions.


So, I got myself an additional camera that can handle those conditions much better, a used Canon PowerShot S110 (Silver). It cost me 120 Euro on an Italian auction site and I've used it on an almost daily basis ever since.


To demonstrate how its video footage looks when captured in low light conditions, I took it with me when we had to take our car for a well-needed car wash. In the video editor, I added some minor color grading to the footage by using one of the free 3D LUTs from Lutify.me.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wildlife Is Flourishing in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone



Reuters' photographer Vasily Fedosenko's photoseries taken in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the contaminated zone after the '86 Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, shows that wildlife is flourishing despite the accident.


What happens to the environment when humans disappear? Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, booming populations of wolf, elk and other wildlife in the vast contaminated zone in Belarus and Ukraine provide a clue.


On April 26, 1986, a botched test at the nuclear plant in Ukraine, then a Soviet republic, sent clouds of smouldering radioactive material across large swathes of Europe.


Over 100,000 people had to abandon the area permanently, leaving native animals the sole occupants of a cross-border "exclusion zone" roughly the size of Luxembourg.


Featured image: Bisons at a bison nursery in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone near the abandoned village of Dronki, Belarus, January 28, 2016. Copyright Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters.

Friday, March 31, 2017

'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power': Vice President Al Gore Continues His Work for the Environment in New Documentary


Here is the trailer for the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power Trailer" (2017), produced by the creators behind the much appreciated "An Inconvenient Truth" (2006) that raised public awareness of the dangers of global warming. In this sequel, we once again follow Vice President Al Gore on his travels around the world and his work for the environment.


A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

'Last Night in Sweden – The True Story': The Photography Project That Presents Sweden in a More Truthful Way


The photography and Kickstarter project "Last Night in Sweden – The True Story" will present facts about Sweden that is much more thruthful regarding its everyday living than those that have been presented after Donald Trump's speech back in February.


Plenty of 'alternative facts’ about Sweden have been shared recently, most notably when, in February, Donald Trump mysteriously referred to ‘what happened last night in Sweden’ in a sinister tone. Many of the opinions being shared about Sweden in recent months are fuelled by ignorance or hidden agenda, and come from people who have never even been to Sweden.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Aerodrums: The Closest Thing to a Real Drum Set You Can Find


Aerodrums is the quiet and portable alternative to a real drum set – the only thing you really need in addition to the drumsticks is a computer, camera and pedals. Pretty Spectacular!


You can even use Aerodrums while moving around:


Meet the Loudest Purring Cat in the World


Merlin from Torquay, Devon, in the UK, is the loudest purring cat in the world according to Guinness World Records with a purr that measures 67.8 decibels.


With a Guinness World Records adjudicator on hand to verify, Merlin registered a purr measuring 67.8 decibels, beating the previous record of 67.68 decibels set in 2011 by Smokey – another British cat.


Speaking of her record-breaking pet, Tracy said: "Occasionally when he's really loud I have to repeat myself. When you're watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room, if he's eating he'll purr loudly. I can hear him when I'm drying my hair.


"If he's cleaning he gets louder and sometimes if the telephone rings I do get people asking me what's that noise in the background, I tell them it's the cat but I don't know if they believe me."


Via Holy Kaw.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A New Episode of "The Norden": Can the Maximum Security Attica Prison Become a More Harmonious Place?

In the very successful and beloved documentary series "The Norden", we get a good insight into the Nordic welfare model and the Nordic society from an outsider's point of view (you can watch all the epsiodes of "The Norden" here).


The creators of the series has now released yet another episode called "Breaking the Cycle". In this episode, the deputy warden Jan Strømnes from Norway's maximum-security prison Halden Prison travels to Attica Correctional Facility, a maximum security New York State prison, with the hope that some of the principles that Halden Prison is using, will be implemented at this place as well, making it a more harmonious place for both prisoners and employees.


Watch the trailer:



"Breaking the Cycle" (excerpt):



"Breaking the Cycle" (full episode):


The Swedish Bird Whisperer Who Can Replicate the Sound of 120 Bird Species

Andreas Hansen from Sweden who also is called Andris Fågelviskare (Andris Bird Whisperer), can replicate the sound of 120 bird species. Here, he demonstrates a few of them:


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