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Nigh unliftable!

The super-luxurious mondo giant sized edition of Sebastião Salgado’s new book, Genesis. On display at the Taschen store, London, for his book signing. In case it’s not obvious how huge this book is, those are power sockets down on the floor. It’s 18×27 inches in size.

Gorgeous photos, but I went for the standard merely large edition. More practical, you see.

The first animated movie

The British Museum has a fascinating exhibition on right now of Ice Age art - sculptures and artefacts created by our ancient ancestors tens of thousands of years ago. There’s tons of amazing stuff on show, but one of the most fascinating things to me was a simple bone disc.

The disc is carved with a picture of a bovine animal on each side. And there’s a hole in the middle. But the two images on each side line up perfectly.

So the theory is that this was essentially a really incredibly early thaumatrope. You know the simple trick of drawing a bird on one side of a card and a cage on the other? You then attach the card to two cords and spin it around its axis, and persistence of vision causes the two images to superimpose in our mind, creating the illusion of a caged bird. These were “invented” in the early 1800s.

Apparently not. It seems that persistence of vision was actually being exploited by ancient humans thousands upon thousands of years ago. Amazing.

(note: this isn’t an April Fools Day post - I just happened to visit the museum today!)

Those waterproof plastic shells work pretty well after all

Apparently an an ordinary consumer camera, encased in a waterproof diving shell, has survived a 5 year journey across the oceans!

Burning Man 2012

My photos from the Burning Man 2012 festival are now online!

http://burningcam.com/2012/

Fake photos; real memories

The BBC have a fascinating article posted discussing the very real problem of how our brains can vividly recall events that never happened - based on simple fake photos. A really interesting read!

Energy from an orange

Self-illuminated. But a crazy 14 hour exposure! Awesome!

http://calebcharland.com/energy-from-a-single-orange/

Prize winner

A hearty congratulations to my cousin Alma Haser for her fantastic fourth place win in the highly prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait competition!

The guts of a new Nikon

Ottawa’s Chipworks have done a very interesting dissection of a new Nikon D600 camera, revealing its complexity, difficulty level of repair (spoiler - very difficult), and Sony image sensor. Fascinating stuff. At least for the geek!

Night aerial photography

A couple years ago I photographed the temporary city of the Burning Man arts festival from the sky at night. And it was a real challenge! Even with a fast lens and high ISO, most of the shots were highly blurred. The fact I was shooting out the open door of a moving aircraft made it particularly difficult.

Well, New York magazine has a spectacular photograph of Manhattan in the aftermath of Sandy. And an impressive helicopter shot it is!

Martian self-portrait

Like tourists taking photos of themselves by holding out a camera on an outstretched arm, the NASA Mars rover Curiosity has taken its own photo on the surface of another planet. Pretty groovy. It’s also particularly trippy as the photo is actually a mosaic of many different shots, and the final picture conceals the outstretched arm that held the camera. (either that, or it’s all a big conspiracy like the lunar landing, and the shot was faked in a Hollywood studio!)