Watchful eyes, thoughtful mind

Earth and us ….. past, present and future ….. connected?

TED Tuesday: Not-so-ordinary photography December 22, 2009

Filed under: photography,TED,unconventional — Radiance @ 10:00 AM

Taryn Simon exhibits her startling take on photography — to reveal worlds and people we would never see otherwise. She shares two projects: one documents otherworldly locations typically kept secret from the public, the other involves haunting portraits of men convicted for crimes they did not commit.

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TED Tuesday: Stats are boring, visuals are NOT October 13, 2009

Filed under: human interference,mathematics,photography,TED,unconventional — Radiance @ 9:00 AM
Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics — like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.


Sunday spotlight: As seen on Earth May 24, 2009

Filed under: earth,nature,photography,sunday spotlight — Radiance @ 12:00 AM

National Geographic’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. Hence they have created an ‘Infinite photograph‘ that is made up of hundreds of photos of the natural world, each submitted by users to My Shot (Submit a photo). Dive into this photo-mosaic portrait of the Earth to see it through the eyes of users like you. Move the yellow square over an area you would like to explore, click, and go. Double-click on an image to see more information about it. Keep clicking—and diving deeper into the Infinite Photograph—to get a truly boundless picture of Earth.

What inspires you? Send in your best photos of the natural world to NatGeo and it’ll be added to ‘Infinite Photograph—As Seen on Earth.’


Sunday Spotlight: Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) May 10, 2009

Filed under: environment,geology,photography,sunday spotlight — Radiance @ 1:39 AM
The recent Wilkins ice shelf collapse has provided us with one more danger signal that the global warming is for real. And more and more scientific studies are point towards the disturbing (at least it should be) possibility that IT IS already too late for us to stop the climate change. It is well and truly underway and all we can try to do is lessen its impact by slowing down its devastating march. The Earth is predicted to be in the middle of sixth mass extinction. So while we’re trying to get our act together in slowing down the climate change, it is also a good idea to try and record the ecology as it is today. Because after 20 to 30 years, many of its features will be extinct, such as various species or ecosystems. Extreme ice survey (EIS) is one such attempt at painstakingly recording the ice-features of the world before they start vanishing like the Wilkins ice shelf.
EIS describes itself as,
the most wide-ranging glacier study ever conducted using ground-based, real-time photography. EIS uses time-lapse photography, conventional photography, and video to document the rapid changes now occurring on the Earth’s glacial ice. The EIS team has installed 27 time-lapse cameras at 15 sites in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains. EIS supplements this ongoing record with annual repeat photography in Iceland, the Alps, and Bolivia.
The originator of this idea and project, James Balog, is an internationally acclaimed nature photojournalist and a mountaineer with a graduate degree in geomorphology. In 2006, while shooting for a cover story for National Geographic, Balog recognised that the features that took centuries to develop were being destroyed in just a few years or even just a few weeks. These changes were the most visually dramatic and immediate manifestations of climate change on our planet today.
The project was started with the aim of recording the movements, birth and demise of these magnificent white, glittery landscapes across the planet. The website showcases some fabulous videos, photographs and time-lapses that are a result of meticulous efforts of the EIS team. The website also gives some interesting information about glaciology and climate change that any visitor will find useful. But it doesn’t just stop at telling you how the glaciers form but it goes on to tell you what you can do to stop them from disappearing so fast.It is definitely a website and a project that is worth a look and think, a commendable effort on behalf of humanity to preserve the images of the present which might be lost forever to our future generations.

Best NASA pictures of the Earth May 5, 2009

Filed under: earth,photography,space research — Radiance @ 4:04 AM
In this blog post, I just want to share something with you all. No opinions, no thoughts, no debates. Just plain old getting fascinated by the amazing advances we’ve made in space observation and photography and it’s results.

NASA’s Earth Observatory announced the ten most popular pictures of our home planet from its ‘Image of the Day’ catalogue on 28th April, the culmination of a user-voted contest marking the tenth anniversary of the observatory’s Web site. These pictures range from the picture of Earth as seen from Saturn to the beautiful abstract painting-like patterns made by sea currents and wind in the Bahamas.

Go feast your eyes!


Within a blink of an eye April 4, 2009

Filed under: art,optics,photography,technology — Radiance @ 2:55 AM

[Image source: Alan Sailer’s flickr]

A few days back I posted about some really cool time-lapse videos on the internet. Today’s post is about the kind of photography exactly opposite to that, the high-speed photography. Time-lapse photography squishes very slow processes into a smaller time-scale and make them interesting to watch. The high-speed photography captures the fleeting moments of a very quick process by using high shutter speeds that make some fabulous visuals. A friend shared this link with me a few days back that shows some impressive shots taken by Alan Sailer. He uses an interrupted laser beam to trigger the camera at the precise moment when a bullet passes out of a given object and captures that “fragile” moment just before the object is blown to pieces. As destructive as it sounds, when you see his pictures, you will be left with a sense of awe and respect for his work! I’m sharing just one of many such fantastic images of his which I’m sure will more than whet your visual appetite :).

Time- lapsed nature March 27, 2009

Filed under: nature,optics,photography — Radiance @ 4:13 AM
Time-lapse photography / video have made the observation of a lot of painfully slow processes not so boring. In fact it makes the spectacle enjoyable in most cases. The technique involves recording a process, natural or man-made, onto film with very long exposure times. Or, as mentioned on Wikipedia, “Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique whereby each film frame is captured at a rate much slower than it will be played back. When replayed at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. Time-lapse photography can be considered to be the opposite of high speed photography.”Aaron Rowe, a blog author on the blog, has presented a list of what he thinks are the top ten time-lapse videos of naturally occurring processes. I’m not convinced that they’re all the best ones out there but they’re fascinating to watch for sure. It was difficult to decide which one to embed here in my post but I have chosen the ‘Thunderstorm’ video which is on #3 on Aaron’s list. The radpidly passing clouds constantly aglow due to lightening make a great spectacle. Follow the above link to the article for the rest 9. Happy time-lapsing!