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Small World In Motion

Nikon have recently announced the winners of their Small World in Motion video competition this year (separate to their Small World Photomicrography competition) and the results are genuinely stunning.

If I didn’t know otherwise I would have said that any number of them could be human-made CGI or generative algorithms, but these are all genuine real life moments captured on film using varying techniques and degrees of magnification.

All of the top five chosen are worthy of their place, but my favourite is actually the entry that was awarded 2nd place – Perspiration on a human fingertip by Tsutomu Tomita and Shun Miyazaki.

It was recorded using stereomicroscopy and shows between 5x and 40x magnification of a fingertip, to the point where you can actually see individual droplets of sweat appearing on the surface of the skin.  Incredible!

See the top five and all honorable mentions from 2017 here.

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UVIVF Photography

UVIVF is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it?  Just when you thought acronyms were supposed to make things easier, “ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence” comes along and says otherwise.

But I’m inclined to forgive and forget on this occasion, because UVIVF is quite simply stunningly beautiful.

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Photographer Craig Burrows uses this UVIVF technique which appears to make the flowers glow by using high intensity UV lighting.  UV light has a shorter wavelength than the range of visible light that humans can see, but given the right light source, filters and camera settings you can capture the reflected wavelengths of light as a visible fluoresce from the subject matter.

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These resulting colours have a ghostly, ethereal quality that makes them look like something from a fantasy world, but by using natural flowers their shape is so instantly recognisable you know that they aren’t.

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My favourite is this close up of a dandelion seed head.

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Craig’s next step is to expand the scene and capture entire gardens using this technique, only with much larger light sources (Craig, if you need a lighting assistant just let me know!).

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Be sure to check out more of his work on Flickr.

Via This is Colossal.

 

10K Video

I’m just getting my head around how incredible 4K video looks (not that I’ve got much hardware that will actually display it accurately), and along comes photographer Joe Capra (aka Scientifantastic) with videos shot at 10K resolution!

Yes, 10K!

Highly recommend full screen viewing for this.

The video footage was shot on a Phase One IQ180 and is comprised of hundreds of 80 megapixel images.  Starting at 14% scale (to fit on a typical 1920×1080 display) the video zooms out to stops at 50% and 100% zoom.

The detail at 100% is incredible, though you’d expect it to be when each individual raw frame is 10328×7760 pixels!  Woh!

 

 

 

 

Like Ice In The Sunshine

Following a weekend of beautiful Summer-esque weather that has actually continued into Monday I’m beginning to believe that Summer is well on its way.

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What better way to celebrate than to feature Simone Rosenbauer’s deliciously simple Like Ice In The Sunshine series which takes an artistic look at slowly melting ice lollies set against a complimentary block colour background.

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Inspired by melting “bodies of different shapes and sizes” whilst sunbathing on Bondi Beach, Simone has captured that essence and translated it into something that everybody loves.  The saturated colours of the ice lollies so reminiscent of childhood summer holidays and the inevitable dripping and melting as the sun beats you to eating them.

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Nothing says summer like a Twister melting all over your shorts.

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Check out more of Simone’s work here.

Bioluminescent Forest

I’ve seen projection mapping on lots of physical objects and defined surfaces before, but this is the first instance I’ve seen it interacting with nature and the result is really rather beautiful.

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Photographer Tarek Mawad and animator Friedrich van Schoor spent six weeks on location to create the Bioluminescent Forest.  Immersed in nature it gives a glimpse into their imaginations if all elements of the forest had the ability to emit bioluminescent light.

As ever, worth hitting full screen on this one.

The drops of liquid light falling on the toadstools at around 2:15 is one of my favourite effects.

The final video is magical and ethereal mix, a “wonderland of blinking and twinkling organisms” that bring life to the more static areas of the forest.

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It must have taken high levels of patience to deal with the accuracy required, but the result is impressively worthwhile.

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They personified the forest to accentuate the natural beauty by creating luring luminescent plants and glowing magical mushrooms that speaks volumes to any visitor that enters the minds of the artists through viewing “bioluminescent forest”

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Using pretty much just a laptop, a projector and a digital SLR camera “everything you see was created live, without any effects added in post-production”.

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Behind the scenes footage can be seen here.

Satiregram

If you aren’t familiar with Instagram this post might not make a whole of sense (also, where have you been?).  But if you are aware of the filter-applying, image-tweaking, photo-sharing site then this will probably seem all too recognisable.

I use Instagram and I think it is great.  Some of my photos are better than others, some are drunkenly blurry, and some are woefully cliché.  But so what, that’s part of why I use Instagram.

I generally try and steer clear of littering my comments with (often inaccurate) hashtags and gorging them with (somewhat unnecessary) emojis, but every now and then some do sneak in.  And I unashamedly love it.

Recently  I discovered Satiregram and it’s hilarious.  It represents everything good, bad, and in between about Instagram in a witty and satirical account without really posting a photo of, well, anything bar a hand written post-it note.

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With wonderful simplicity it covers the full spectrum of users.  From those who take beautiful photos, to those who take photos to share with friends, through to those who document every outfit, meal, and action in their life with the sole aim of gaining likes.

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The epitome of a typical Instagram user 

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Admittedly I’m guilty of quite of few of these myself, but that’s part of the relatable charm this account has!

Follow Satiregram here and if that isn’t enough you can follow them on Twitter with their equally amusing account @SoPretentious.

Lego Banksy

Award-winning photographer Jeff Friesen has made quite a name for himself in his “other line of work” by using different combinations of Lego bricks and minifigures to create entirely new outcomes.

What started out as simply afternoon playtime with his daughter has evolved into The Brick Fantastic.

One particular project of his that caught my eye was his work as “Bricksy“, a Lego interpretation of the infamous artist Banksy.

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In researching the images used here it had never occurred to me that as big a fan of Banksy’s work as I am, I didn’t know the proper titles of many of his works.

Seeing them written below the work makes them all the more poignant and profound particularly when you consider what the likes of “Choose Your Weapon” and “Foreclosure” really represent.

More on the website gallery here.


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