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Structure: Moving 4K close-ups shot at up to 1000x magnification

18 Jan

District 7 Media owner Drew Geraci recently published a short film titled “Structure” that takes viewers on an up-close journey inside everyday objects. The video was shot with a Sony A9 camera, as well as an AmScope Microscope with a camera attachment, Kessler Second Shooter control unit with a Stepper Motor, and Manfrotto Lykos Lights.

Geraci uploaded the video to Vimeo, where he explains that “Structure” presents organic objects magnified up to 1000x. Those objects include a variety of fruit, bell pepper seeds, mushrooms, carbonated water, soap bubbles, beet leaf, and more.

Everything was shot in 4K using the Sony A9, according to Geraci’s video description, where he explains that the process took place over 30 days, after which the shots were edited into the two minute video using Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 and After Effects CC 2018. In describing the inspiration for “Structure,” Geraci said:

It all started with a single shot—a small frozen snowflake I captured using a 100mm macro lens. I’ve shot plenty of macro photography in the past, but for some reason this image ignited my imagination and passion to shoot. So I did what any sane person would do—bought a microscope with camera capabilities and started to shoot everyday objects at 1000x+ magnifications.

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Master drone pilot captures video while flying around, inside, and under a moving train

25 Sep

Absolutely, positively never try this yourself. By all accounts, this flight was highly illegal and DPReview in no way condones this activity.

If you’re at all plugged into the world of drone news, you’ve probably seen this video floating around the past week. Captured by master First Person View (FPV) drone pilot Paul Nurkkala, it shows his “flight of the year” in which he flies around, inside, onto, and under a moving train… barrel rolls included.

Nurkkala captured the video using his custom built drone, which is equipped with a GoPro Hero5 Session and piloted from afar using special FPV goggles.

The video has split the internet into two predictably conflicted camps. The first thinks it’s just the coolest footage to ever come out of a drone, because Nurkkala is clearly such a talented pilot. The second is infuriated that he would do something so obviously illegal, post the results online, and receive so much praise and adulation (and so many views… at last count his 5-day old YouTube video had accrued nearly 850,000 views).

No judgement if you find yourself both entertained and a little bit annoyed/angry while watching the video.

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Moving Performances: 50 Outdoor Mini-Plays Staged for Passing Trains

13 Sep

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

Turning the local landscape into an outdoor theater set, hundreds of volunteers in Germany’s Saale Valley staged a series of live performances for the viewing pleasure of train passengers zipping by.

Spanning nearly 20 miles, the Bewegtes Land (or “Moving Land”) project featured a series of fast-moving vignette pieces designed to entertain and amuse, featuring things like a surprise (fake) lake shark and scampering.

Organized by media artists and Bauhaus professors Jörn Hintzer and Jacob Hüfner, the idea was to grab attention for just a few moments at a time (much like we are used to in today’s digital world). The action goes fast indeed, often unfolding in seconds.

Across the rural area in which the performances played out, over 400 residents volunteered their time to take part, turning the enterprise into a community-building experience. It was also a nice way to put the place on the map.

“For one thing, it’s a great weekend, but also people get to notice the beauty of the countryside,” a local mayor reported. “This is not a typical tourist area so maybe this will attract more people.”

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The Last Portrait: A moving tribute to a friend and neighbor

12 Sep

Photographer Jared Polin of Fro Knows Photo recently put together an incredibly personal photo story—a project he’s calling “one of the most powerful photo/video projects we’ve ever done.” The story features Arty, Jared’s neighbor of several years who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

For Jared, Arty’s diagnosis struck a very personal note.

“When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it reminds me of my mom,” he explains in the video. “Because she passed away from cancer and I dealt with it in a different way from a lot of people, I chose to hide behind the camera.”

He told his mom’s story as a way to “show the good with the bad,” and as he got to know Arty and connect with him, Jared saw an opportunity to tell another story—to capture this man’s life for his friends, his family, and even complete strangers because almost everybody has been touched by this disease in some form or fashion. The video above and the photographs below were Jared’s way of capturing Arty, of writing down his personality in pixels and ink.

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Arty passed away shortly after the filming of this video. If this story moved you, or if you think it will touch a loved one or friend, please be sure to share it with them. And if you’d like to make a donation to help support the fight against cancer in Arty’s name, click here.

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Moving Miniature: Tiny Landscape Made of Sugar, Spices, Salt & Sand

11 May

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

Nothing about the hazy sunlight, languid motion of a tire swing, branches blowing in the breeze or puffy white steam pouring out of a factory chimney gives you any idea that the scene you’re looking at fits on a tabletop. Not only is this landscape a miniature – it’s made out of ordinary household objects and materials. Artist Matthew Albanese uses salt, sugar, flour, sticks, moss and other easily procured items to craft stunningly realistic tableaus, but for the first time, he’s incorporated movement, sharing a video.

‘The North Jersey Din’ is a moving version of a tree that Albanese has frequently used in a series of images called ‘A Tree in My Backyard.’ The attention to detail that went into this work is pretty incredible. In order for the miniatures to look realistic in the final images, Albanese employs a mix of techniques perfecting the scale, depth of field, white balance and lighting.

“This video is my first attempt at creating a moving miniature. Everything is designed for movement. The tree itself is made from brass tubes soldered together with springs at every joint. The leaves were die punched and machine cut, each threaded one by one. This video was filmed with just an iphone set to slow motion at 240fps. The audio is a set of recordings I made in my backyard capturing the sounds of the typical North Jersey Din.”

On his YouTube channel, Albanese also shared a video that captures four months of work in 33 seconds. ‘Making of a Promised Land’ is a time lapse of stills documenting the construction of another diorama, giving us an idea of just how much work goes into creating a single one of these photos.

Some of the scenes use materials you’d never expect, like faux fur standing in for the fields and sifted tile grout for mountains in ‘After the Storm,’ above. Among the items used in ‘Wildfire’ were cooked sugar, Scotch-Brite pot scrubbers, yellow glitter, clear garbage bags and party bulbs. Click on individual works on his website to see more behind-the-scenes images.

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Apple is releasing its Live Photos API, which means more moving photos in more places

21 Apr

Apple has revealed the API for its Live Photos feature, meaning more app and web developers will be able to support the company’s short 1.5 second video ‘moving photo’ video clips. Apps like Facebook are already able to display Live Photos for users running iOS 9, but making the API available will allow any developer who wants to put a Live Photos viewer on their website or in their iOS app to do so.

Live Photos debuted in 2015 with the iPhone 6S. Owners of recent iPhones including the 7 and 7 Plus can capture the moving images in the stock camera app, and anyone running iOS 9 or later can play the video clip by pressing and holding the image.

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Invisible Buses: Photorealistic Prints Provide Moving Urban Camouflage

03 Sep

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

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The streets of Vilnius, Lithuania are full of ghost buses that blend right into their surroundings while passing through intersections as if only existing in translucent ethereal form. Matching up to the scenery beyond when glimpsed at just the right moment, the buses are momentarily camouflaged thanks to photorealistic printed imagery mounted to their exteriors for this summer’s Vilnius Street Art Festival.

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Lithuanian artist Liudas Parulskis collaborated with Studio Vieta to print full-scale scenes from the city onto public trolleybuses, a charmingly retro mode of transportation that has remained popular here despite being replaced by newer transit systems in many modern metropolises. ‘Vanishing Trolleybus’ is a temporary installation encouraging pedestrians to try to catch a glimpse or a photo of the effect in action at just the right ‘vanishing point.’

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One bus appears to be covered in imagery depicting traditional local architecture, while others capture specific street scenes around the city. Parulskis added a wolf running across an intersection to one of the buses, winking at the unofficial mascot of the city.

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23 Moving Images of Flowing Water

28 May

Water, especially that which is flowing, is a popular subject for photographers. You get to make artistic choices about whether to freeze or blur the water, and to what degree. That will affect how the final image looks.

Take a look at these images of flowing water and see how the photographers chose to capture the scene.

David Kingham

By David Kingham

Darlene Hildebrandt

By Darlene Hildebrandt

Little Shiva

By little shiva


By Christopher

Kamil Porembi?ski

By Kamil Porembi?ski

~ Lzee. . . Mostly Out

By ~ lzee. . . mostly out

James Bremner

By James Bremner

Nick Kenrick

By Nick Kenrick

Andi Campbell-Jones

By Andi Campbell-Jones

Andy Rothwell

By Andy Rothwell


By Crouchy69


By Crouchy69

Christian Barrette

By Christian Barrette

Billy Wilson

By Billy Wilson

Neil Howard

By Neil Howard

Christian Ronnel

By Christian Ronnel

Dirk Dittmar

By Dirk Dittmar

Nicole Quevillon

By Nicole Quevillon


By Jonathan

Marjan Lazarevski

By Marjan Lazarevski

John Fowler

By John Fowler

Susanne Nilsson

By Susanne Nilsson

Louis Du Mont

By Louis du Mont

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Dynamic Architecture: 13 Buildings with Moving Parts

04 May

[ By Steph in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

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Entire Italian villas spin in circles on wheels, solar-powered shades follow the sun, rooms zoom up into the air on telescopic stilts and windowless facades lift up on one end like shoebox mousetraps, all at the push of a button. These dynamic houses, apartment buildings, pavilions and offices have all sorts of moving parts, transforming as if of their own accord to change the views or keep the interiors cool.

Phalanstery Module

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Envisioned as a house for zero-gravity, where all surfaces are treated equally, the Phalanstery Module rotates a full turn per hour, with one of the surfaces becoming parallel to the ground every fifteen minutes. Say the creators, “In the middle of every 7.5 minute conversation, two people are bound to collide. Architectural program and activities become overpowered by the instinctive interpretations of our bodies against measurable dimensions.”

Sharifi-Ha House
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At the push of a button, three wooden volumes tucked inside a main structure turn their glass-capped ends in various directions. The residents of the Sharifi-Ha House by next office i Tehran can choose whether they want these particular rooms to be shaded or illuminated by the sun, as well as the view they prefer. Rotated fully out of their containing spaces, they telescope out over the driveway.

Villa Girasole
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Set on wheels and rails, northern Italy’s Villa Girasole rotates to follow the sun as it arches across the sky throughout the day, just like its namesake, the sunflower. Built in the 1930sby a wealthy engineer the two-story house rotates from a 42-meter-tall tower at the center, moving about 4 millimeters per second. It takes 9 hours and 20 minutes for it to rotate a full turn.

La Caja Oscura
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From afar, this house looks like a giant shoebox mouse trap, one end tilted up to reveal an elevated concrete slab. The windowless exterior moves up and down to either open the interior to the elements, or seal it off completely when the owners are gone. Designed by architect Javier Corvalan as the vacation home of a filmmaker, the house transforms with a manual winch. When closed, a pinhole allows the entire structure to function as a camera obscura, projecting an upside-down image of the landscape outside onto the interior walls.

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All those moving elements: LensRentals looks inside the Leica SL 24-90mm F2.8-4

25 Feb

LensRentals Leica SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 teardown

The Leica SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 may not break any new technical ground, but when the SL’s ‘kit’ lens made its way to LensRentals headquarters, the team endeavored to take a careful look inside. With the solidly constructed lens partially disassembled, they got a closer look at its impressive number of moving elements. Take a look at some of the highlights here, and for a full look inside the 24-90mm head over to LensRentals.


Sliding the rear of the lens off took a little muscle according to LensRentals’ Roger Cicala, ‘as it’s very tightly sealed by the thick, greenish weather gasket underneath.’ Leica promises this keeps the lens protected from dust, moisture and splashes.

The inner barrel assembly

With the zoom key and six screws in the internal chassis removed, the outer assembly of the lens barrel can be removed, and Cicala finds that ‘the zoom and focus rings are one modular assembly connected to the main chassis.’

Not all focusing mechanisms are created equally

With the inner barrel exposed, part of the 24-90mm’s focus-by-wire linkage can be seen. Says Cicala: ‘I won’t argue with those who prefer a mechanical focusing linkage, and I agree that some electric focusing mechanisms feel sloppy and inaccurate. But I’ll add that they aren’t all made equally, and the Leica focus feels quite good and seems very accurate.’

A ‘complex dance’ of moving elements

With the casing and front barrel removed, the lens’ helicoid grooves are visible. These allow the moving elements to travel on their separate paths. ‘This is a really nice example of the mathematical formulas involved when you move elements. Notice none of those grooves are parallel; as you zoom the lens the various elements move in a rather complex dance.’

Focusing assembly up close

Although they’d sworn not to do a full teardown, Roger and company wanted a better look at the focusing group so out it came. And that’s where things got interesting. 

‘You can see the stepper motor (green line) of course. The actual focusing element is what Aaron is holding the group by. The larger group in the center is where the entire assembly is attached to the helicoid. One of the first things we notice (red arrows) is this group has 3 pairs of adjustable eccentric collars. These were thoroughly glued in place so we left them alone, but it seems each pair has one collar for tilt and another for centering of this group. None of the other moving groups had eccentric adjustment collars visible.’

A peek at IS

The teardown stops at this point, but not before a glance up the barrel toward the image stabilization unit. While those screws tempt Cicala and crew, memories of finicky IS systems kept them from going any further.

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