If you’ve ever wondered how some of the better photoshop creations go together, photographer and computer artist Dave Hill has come to your rescue. Hill has put together some beautifully revealing videos featuring some of the many layers that go into his highly detailed photo manipulations. In his aptly titled “Adventure” series, plots the likes of James Bond and Indiana Jones face heros in the thick of action. For lots more, including videos expanding on his other projects, see Hill’s website: davehillphoto.com. [Read more...]
Taken in 1915, these fantastic pictures are from the dawn of color photography, and from an astounding event during the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.” Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew where in the midst of one of the most incredible expeditions and subsequent survival stories of the last century… and managed to photograph much of it in color.
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There is an area, above 8,000 meters elevation, where your body will no longer replenish its oxygen store. No matter how much you breath, no matter how much you have prepared, with an oxygen concentration only 1/3 of that which is at sea level, you have at most 48 hours before you run out. Only 14 mountains in the world allow you to step past this elevation, called the death zone. Everest is one.
Because at this elevation each individual climber is struggling for their own existence, most climbers reach a realization that if anyone is injured, they will have no way to help. An even more sobering realization is that if you make any mistakes, no one else will have the strength to help you.
Imagine floating on your back in a warm, sunshine-bathed lake. On the bank, light filters through the trees creating little sparkling reflections like silver coins floating on the surface. Hearing your friends splashing and laughing nearby your eyes relax lazily making everything go a bit out of focus… this is the life. [Read more...]
This weekend was the Yee Peng Floating Lantern Ceremony in northern Thailand, an event celebrating the Buddha. During the festivities, chanting monks and devotees release hundreds of white paper lanterns into the air, creating a magical, reverent atmosphere looking like a starry, jellyfish-filled sea. [Read more...]
Imagine a world where all your thoughts come to life, every amazing invention you can think is realized before your eyes and each adventure is a journey instantly manifested. In their new advertisement for Batelco, the filmmakers at Spyfilms create a reality where all ideas are possible… and it’s one amazing roller coaster ride.
The film is part of a rather confusing interactive Facebook campaign for the Bahrain based communications group Batelco. It invites viewers to take webcam shots of themselves, the slogan “Batelco. Bringing ideas to life” is pasted over their face and then they are supposed to put down their ‘ideas’. Where this is all going, and to what ends, left us a little lost… we think Batelco could implement an instructional ‘about’ video to great advantage. Regardless, it’s a thrilling film by the very talented folks at Spyfilm.
Need some inspiring adventure? Look no further than North Face climber Renan Ozturk. Not only does he climb some of the most challenging mountain routes known, but he also films his climbs and turns them into beautifully edited stories. Inspired by the scenery that surrounds his climbs, Renan also creates fine art paintings that have hung in galleries all over the US. For more on Renan and his many passions, check out his website, rockmonkeyart.com or his blog.