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Low-light filming is about to make a big leap forward

The low-light footage above is about 400,000 ISO. Imagine 4 million ISO, and you'll have a good idea of the newly-announced Canon ME20F-SH that indie filmmakers, wildlife documentarians, and investigative journalists are all discussing this week.

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Landscape astrophotography highlights stars in stunning locales

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This gorgeous vertical starscape taken near Death Valley by f1p4 is one of many examples of Reddit's landscape astrophotography group. Earthporn meets starporn!

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Father and son take same photo for 27 years

Quite moving, really.


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Gallery of infamously altered photographs

National Review, a periodical that Fox News viewers think of as the magazine their literate friends read, published this cover in 2012 showing Obama supporters waving blue signs that said "ABORTION." The signs originally said "FORWARD" before they were altered without attribution by the editors.

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Photos of 1970s cheap motels

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In the 1973, subversive street artist Mike Mandel would take snapshots of the cheap motels where he stayed while traveling the country. He's posted the series on Flickr.

Working on the Baseball Photographer Trading Cards, traveling throughout the country, my girlfriend at the time, Alison Woolpert, and I would stay at some, shall we say, "economy" motels. We pulled into one in Texas on a wintry night and upon waking in the morning we realized that the sheets had not been changed after the visit of the previous motel guest. When we indignantly complained to the owner he shot us back a dirty look, "What do you expect for five dollars?" What we did expect was that no matter how shabby, beaten down or forgotten a motel might have become, there was always a motel postcard to be had: a memento of a one night stop, a promotional calling card, a free mailable note card to report back on the progress of a vacation to those back home. We would often take the back roads, sometimes follow old Route 66, and we would find those sad, forsaken motels that had been sucked almost out of existence by the newer corporate chains situated just off an exit ramp on the newer highways. We bypassed Motel 6, Travelodge and Howard Johnson's. After all, their postcards were usually just the same design with a different address. But we'd go out of our way to stop at every independent motel we could find in hopes of finding a postcard that would be even more banal than the one we had just found down the road.

This led, inevitably, to my photographing the motels themselves: interiors, pool sides and architecture. The project was always there whenever there was an opportunity to travel.

"70's Motels" (Flickr, via Dangerous Minds) screenshot

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Audubon Society's 2015 bird photography winners

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The Audubon Society received 9,000 entires for their annual photography contest and chose nine winners, including Mary Angela Luzader's Fine Art Honorable Mention for her shot of fighting Purple Gallinules, above.

She took her shot at Venetian Gardens, a public park in Leesburg, Florida:

Venetian Gardens is a wonderful place to photograph Purple Gallinules in a natural, parklike habitat. Someone called my attention to this pair chasing and fighting each other. I have never witnessed this behavior, and I was so excited I almost forgot to snap a few shots! When the fight was over, the victor got the girl, and the loser was chased away, with a few less feathers . . . and perhaps a headache!

The Top 100 is well worth the time if you admire birds and or beautiful photography.

Announcing the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards (audubon.org)

2015 Top 100 photos (audubon.org)

Self portraits of pin-up photographer Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager was the nude photographer who discovered Bettie Page in 1954. She also took a lot of photos of herself, and Yeager's self-portraits and other work is now on display at Hollywood’s Gavlak Gallery in an exhibition titled “How I Photograph Myself.”

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What emotions are most sought in stock photos?

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Shutterstock, a stock photo services that sells images for ads, marketing materials, and the like, analyzed 500 million downloads to see what emotions their customers want to convey. Image above, "Cat feel lonely," from the "Sadness" collection.

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WATCH: Astonishing time-lapse of storms roiling America's heartland

Clouds darken and gather before they unleash fury onto wind-swept plains in The Chase, a remarkable new film by Mike Olbinski. Prepare for a memorable journey.

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War photo negatives sunburned onto skin in 'Illustrated People'

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Artist Thomas Mailaender placed negatives from the Archive of Modern Conflict on models' skin, then irradiated it with UV light to create a sunburn print in his book Illustrated People.

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WATCH: 8 great DIY smartphone photography tips

Cooperative of Photography released a great video with 8 DIY tips to improve your smartphone shots, ranging from super-simple and cheap to fairly simple and maybe cheap.

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Beautiful microscope photographs of drugs, legal and illegal: LSD, caffeine, GHB, meth, and more.

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MDMA Crystals ∅ Cross polarisation microscope with 200x enlargement. Photo: Maurice Mikkers/Medium.

In Medium's wonderful “Micrograph Stories” series, several spectacular photo-set of legal and illegal drugs, as revealed through microscope photographs.

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Amazing photos of jazz legends

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Photo and print dealer Limited Runs is touring a fantastic collection of jazz photos from the archives of Metronome, an influential music magazine that published from 1881 to 1961.

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Best drone aerial photos of the year

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Dronestagram and National Geographic posted the winners of their "2015 Drone Aerial Photography Contest."

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Gorgeous Taschen book: Art of Burning Man


NK Guy writes, "I've spent the past 16 years photographing the spectacular art of the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. And this book is the culmination of those years - 65,000 photos boiled down to a single volume representing the perfect day on the playa."

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Foo Fighters demand bullshit terms from concert photographers


If you're a commercial photographer attending a Foo Fighters gig, you get the right to run photos of their choosing exactly once, and they get all rights to everything you've shot forevermore.

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