Stop-motion animation already requires saintly amounts of patience, but it’s especially tricky when you’re working with a medium as messy as water.
In the making-of video below (folks who don’t speak Portuguese should turn on the translation captions), animator Rodrigo EBA! explains how he put Cachoeira together—and it wasn’t easy. He was hoping to use larger areas of water, but found that with his surface, droplets worked best. Coffee, on the other hand, left scratches on the surface, adding an unexpected texture to his film.
Amazing photos of a polar bear emerging at an ice flow at the link.
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I’ve wanted to photograph polar bears for years. I started in Svalbard, chartering steel-hulled sailboats and cruising around the high arctic, spending thousands of dollars for the pleasure of standing up on deck for endless hours in the biting cold, freezing slowly while scanning the pack ice for the slightest hint of a polar bear. Even as my shipmates sat downstairs warming their toes and sipping hot chocolate. When a bear was spotted, everyone would jockey for position on deck, and we’d all make the same pictures. It’s a good introduction. But now I wanted to strike out on my own.
I thought about the polar bears of Hudson Bay. I knew that Churchill, Manitoba is home of the Tundra Buggy and the birthplace of mass polar bear tourism. I’m glad it’s there; thousands of people have been able to see these incredible animals in the wild. All well and good, but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to break much new ground while rumbling across the tundra in a bus filled to overflowing with tourists and other photographers. I wanted to show the bears in a new way.
Itzhak Perlman was abandoned by a disability assistant at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Monday, and forced to make his own way through customs with his luggage and violin, it has been reported.
The leading violinist, who contracted polio at the age of four and moves around via mobility scooter, complained that the unidentified assistant ‘walked me to an elevator and said “that’s where I’m leaving you”’.
When Perlman gestured to his luggage and asked how he would carry it through customs, the assistant replied: ‘Look, I’m not your personal assistant, you’re not paying me for this, you’re the one who chose to carry an extra bag with you.’ The violinist was forced to load up his lap with his bags, crutches and violin.
I just had to share this from IO9.
We absolutely love these recycled and repurposed steampunk-ish objects made by Susan Beatrice. Check out this gallery of incredible art she’s created.
Embiggen at the blog if you like. D_L and I both have some images here. Bright beautiful sunny day for the spring light.
Good Day With New Hummingbird
We seem to have a new kind of hummingbird feeding. He or she has this distinct cinnamon color with red flashes about the neck. Used the Canon 7D and mostly a sigma 105mm Macro lens. Shutter speeds averages 1/2000 F2.8 ISO 400. Lots of light at about 3:00pm on a really clear breezy day. These images have been cropped and contrast adjusted. Clarity was enhanced a bit in the flip from RAW files.
A German man who for years had hidden away art plundered by the Nazis during World War II has agreed to return the valuable works to their Jewish owners or their descendants, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Cornelius Gurlitt will start with returning Matisse’s Seated Woman/Woman Sitting in Armchair to the descendants of Paul Rosenberg, who was a French art dealer whose descendants recognized the painting when details of the stash were made public in November.
Gurlitt, the son of Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, hoarded the paintings, with an estimated value of $1.35 billion in his Munich apartment. The stash includes not only works by Henri Matisse, but also Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
The filmmakers behind this video claim that it’s the “first documented drone flight inside an ice cave.” We’re not 100% certain of that, but it does certainly offer a spectacular look at one of the side effects of a melting glacier.
The video, dubbed “Bigger than Life,” explores the ice caves that have been carved by glacier meltwater in Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier. Filmed by Firefight Films, producer and drone pilot Christopher Carson told us that the team used a DSLR Pros’ DJI Phantom quadcopter and GoPro’s HERO3+ Black Edition to shoot the footage.
Earlier today, Lawhawk noted that Adorama was having a contest where you’re to enter your best image from last year. Since the voting is Facebook “Likes” based, my taste in photography has a snowballs chance at the devil’s prom ;)
But on the other hand, as it has been noted, you can not win if you do not play the game. So after sorting through my 2013 work I’ve set aside 7 images I think are the best of the year. For the fun of it, I figured I’d post them here and see what the lizards thought was best as a rather more rational sample than that of Facebook.
So in no particular order are my favorites of 2013. Which do you think I should enter?
The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life.
Meyers joined Morning Edition guest host Linda Wertheimer in NPR’s studios to demonstrate the historic instrument’s unique character and the extraordinary gamut of color it is able to produce.
“I had to try it, and instantly fell in love,” Meyers says. “It was an incredible chemistry that occurred.”
The violin is named for its most famous owner, the leading 19th-century Belgian virtuoso and composer Henri Vieuxtemps, who loved it so much he wanted to be buried with it. “I think every violin has its own soul, and the soul has been imprinted by a previous performer,” Meyers says. “So I definitely feel the soul of Vieuxtemps on this violin.”