Category Archives: photography

Black and White Photography

I found a new web site to eat up chunks of my time. It’s Black and WTF.
Filled with old promotional photos, candids, postcards and pictures that have absolutely no seeming explanation at all. It’s a great site you can just pop in on and scan through a few pics or spend an hour looking at each and every mind-bending shot. Below are a few samples of what you’ll find there.

What’s more black and white than penguins? I don’t have any idea why they are chasing a young girl in the summer (according to her style of dress).

How about another set that’s always dressed in black and white? Nuns … however the fire-fighting aspect of their attire raises a few questions.

The site is also filled with pics of animals doing many a strange thing.

And strange people in strange circumstances.

If your brain gets tired of perusing the People of Walmart and trying to figure out what makes them tick, stop in at Black and WTF and realize people have always been strange.

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Elvis and Mama

Is it just me or does Mama have a little bit of an Elvis snarl and some hound dog sideburns? All topped off by Priscilla’s Aqua-Netted hair-spectacular.

Ahhh, the 70s.

And if I’m not mistaken the kid in this pic fell into the chocolate river and went on to be sucked up into the Fudge Room in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Poor Augustus Gloop.

I found this pic over at Gelmania, but if you want to see plenty more of the same ilk, don’t forget to stop by Awkward Family Photos. Oy!

Time Lapse Turtle and A Turtle Chasing A Tomato

I would name this turtle Zippy if it were mine.

It reminds me of this hungry hamster.

Now, a turtle chases a tomato.

It’s a lot of hard work for a red reward.

Bruce Springsteen’s Super Crotch

Sure, it was a memorable Super Bowl, that No. 43.

Santonio Holmes’ toes and Big Ben’s arm turned Arizona ecstacy into Cardinal crying in the final seconds.

I think it was all karmic payback to Kurt Warner. Remember 10 years ago, his Rams made a defensive stop on the gut-wrenching last play of the game to keep the Titans from winning it all. Take that Kurt!

But for me, likely the most memorable moment has to be getting up close and personal with the Boss’ crotch. Bruce Sprintsteen’s rock star knee slide gone out of control is probably giving one camera man nightmares for the next 10 years.

Also, was he wearing a cup? Because he never flinched. Bruce’s balls of steel.

Oh yeah, I forgot. The show must go on.

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Nano Nature

Earlier this week, I blogged about the National Geographic’s Top 10 pics of 2008.

I’ve found some more really cool images from nature.

They’re taken by a scanning electron microscope and included in a book titled “Nano Nature: Nature’s Spectacular Hidden World”  by Richard Jones.

The pic above is from the book and shows off the coiled up tongue of a hummingbird hawkmoth.

That groovy pic is a close-up of a fruit fly eye.

The Daily Mail has more of these scans.

One year in 40 seconds

We’ve covered super slow motion videos here before, but now I present to you a very tranquil time lapse video of a small thicket of trees shot during 2008. The audio track was also recorded during that span from the same spot.

It’s One Year in 40 Seconds by Eirik Solheim. Here are his details on how this was shot.

I think my love of time lapse photography goes back to the old Wonderful World of Disney TV show on Sunday nights (I think that’s when it aired). It would show those time lapse films like the one of seasons in the desert with the cacti blooming after the rare rainfall and mini flash flood surged over the landscape, etc.

Simpler times those were.

Top National Geographic Photos of 2008

It’s the end of the year so everyone is compiling their Best of 2008 lists.

National Geographic has posted their 10 most viewed photos of the year.

I certainly can’t argue with the top two.

Everything from tribal natives to squid to weather phenomenon to life and death battles. It’s National Geographic at its finest.

For those who are more aurally fixated than visually, listen to the Top 25 Pop Tunes of 2008 mashed together in one video.