Revealed: The clever filmmaking trick behind the epic continuous shot of “Birdman”

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Ever wonder how “Birdman” director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki got that one incredibly long continuous shot? Well, technically, they didn't.

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MAKE: an open hardware, 3D printed cellphone photo-studio

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Paolo Kiefe writes, "I love 3D printing and the maker movement. I thought that you might like this design from an open hardware project called #3DBenchy that aims to create more public awareness for applied 3D printing. This is a photo-studio that makes it easy to hold a smartphone to consistently take photos and videos of objects." Read the rest

Incredible winners of "Small World" microscope photography competition

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This is the eye of a honey bee peppered with dandelion pollen, magnified at 120x.

The image, by Ralph Grimm, won Nikon's Small World 2015 Photomicrography Competition.

“In a way I feel as though this gives us a glimpse of the world through the eye of a bee,” says Grimm. “It’s a subject of great sculptural beauty, but also a warning- that we should stay connected to our planet, listen to the little creatures like bees, and find a way to protect the earth that we all call home.”

Below, the second, third, fourth, and fifth place winners.

Kristen Earle, Gabriel Billings, KC Huang & Justin Sonnenburg's "Mouse colon colonized with human microbiota (63x):"

Dr. Igor Siwanowicz's "Intake of a humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba), a freshwater carnivorous plant (100x):"

Daniel H. Miller & Ethan S. Sokol's "Lab-grown human mammary gland organoid (100x):"

Dr. Giorgio Seano & Dr. Rakesh J. Jain's "Live imaging of perfused vasculature in a mouse brain with glioblastoma:"

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Muir Beach, October 11, 2015

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As shot.

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Ocean life or acid trip? Photos of psychedelic jellyfish

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No, you're not tripping. And these aren't CG. You're looking at Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish captured by Florida-based photographer Aaron Ansavor who finds them on a local beach.

"It's an opportunity to explore a new world," he told National Geographic.

More images at his site Ansarov.com. (via Jux)

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Photo of Jesse James and the man who killed him

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Sandra Mills of Spokane, Washington claims this photo depicts infamous outlaw Jesse James and Robert Ford, a member of James's gang who shot him in 1892 to score a $10,000 bounty.

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Argentina wants to extend photographic copyright by more than 100 years

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It'll go from 20 years from publication to 70 years after the photographer's death, and it's retroactive, meaning that millions of presently public domain photos reproduced online and in books will suddenly become copyright violations with gigantic penalties for all concerned. Read the rest

Rock tour photography show opens in Seattle tonight!

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My friend Rachel Demy has spent a decade managing tours and doing production for bands like The National, St. Vincent, Death Cab for Cutie, and many others. For all those years, she's always had a camera around her neck, seizing rare opportunities to capture fleeting moments of art, joy, sadness, and friendship on and off the stage. Tonight at 7pm, Seattle's The Piranha Shop opens a beautiful show of Rachel's photography and that of Tyler Kalberg who has documented musicians like The Head & The Heart, Damien Jurado, and Modern Kin. The exhibition, titled "Green Room," will be on display until October 4. Catch a glimpse.

GREEN ROOM exposes life on tour through the small, secret moments not seen under the house lights. Using the dichotomy between Rachel Demy’s color photography and Tyler Kalberg’s black-and-white, you see the highs and the lows, the camaraderie and the solitude, the exhilaration and the exhaustion that compose a story much deeper than the performer on stage. It’s a story of the people who make the music, and why it’s important that the long road leads home.

Above, Rachel's "Laura Marling. Pittsburgh, PA. 2010." Below, Tyler's "Jesse Hurlbut, Damien Jurado. Stuttgart, DE. 2012."

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A Belgian photographer was allowed to photograph the inner circle of Japan's yakuza

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In 2009, Belgian photographer Anton Kusters went to Japan and gained the trust of high-ranking members Japan's organized crime families, known as the yakuza. He was allowed to photograph them for two years, giving Westerners a revealing glimpse into the secretive underworld syndicate. He published a book in 2011, called Odo Yakuza Tokyo. Earlier this month The Economist produced a short film about Kusters' project, called Japan's Yakuza: Inside the syndicate. Read the rest

The future of photography, education, sharing, news, privacy and learning (seriously)

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Jonathan Worth is a celebrated, successful, internationally recognized award-winning photographer who saw the writing on the wall for his business -- selling pictures to magazines -- when he found himself threatening a young girl for pirating his pictures, and decided there had to be a better way. Read the rest

Photos of sweet treats carefully arranged into pyramids and abysses

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Photographer Sam Kaplan organized candy, cookies, sandwiches, and other tasty snacks into astounding architectural forms and wondrous wormholes of food. The series is titled "Pits & Pyramids." (via Laughing Squid)

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Startling animated MRIs of fruits and vegetables

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Andy Ellison, an MRI technologist at Boston University Medical School, put fruits and vegetables through the medical scanner and created these remarkable GIFs. Above, tomato. Below, jackfruit, corn, and onion. See many more at Andy's blog: Inside Insides

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10 photos of dogs that sure do look funny floating mid-air

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Pups of various breeds lurch, flop, and float through the air in German photographer Julia Christe's wonderful “Freestyle Series.”

Surely this is the most Norman Rockwell photo ever taken of President Obama meeting a little boy

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“President Barack Obama meets 4-year-old Malik Hall during departure photos with Malik's uncle, Maurice Owens, center, in the Oval Office, Sept 4, 2015.” Read the rest

Auto body shop with a massive Man Ray collection in the back room

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In the backroom of a Long Island auto body shop sit 16 huge safes containing more than 4,000 artifacts from the estate of surrealist/dada artist Man Ray. How did the items -- ranging from hundreds of his photographic prints to his briefcase to his own art collection -- end up there? Read the rest

Jill Freedman's gripping 1970s NYC documentary photography

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In the 1970s, documentary photographer Jill Freedman, now 75, embedded herself with New York City firefighters and police officers, capturing the grit, humor, and humanity of those individuals and others she encountered in her travels through the hidden narratives of Manhattan. NYC's Steven Kasher Gallery has a show of Freedman's work opening September 17 and CNN interviewed the photographer about her life behind the lens.

"I wanted to tell stories, and if nobody would send me," she said, "I would just go."

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Hubble captures shimmering, luminous Twin Jet Nebula

Bipolar planetary nebulae occur when a twin star system lies at the center, forming beautiful wing-like symmetrical lobes. The Hubble team estimates this translucent beauty occurred only 1200 years ago. Read the rest

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