Gallery of all (?) 7 undercover NYPD cars disguised as yellow cabs

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Herman Yung is an enthusiastic photographer/taxi-spotter and over the years, he's managed to spot seven NYPD police cars disguised as yellow cabs (cab numbers 2W97, 6Y19, 6Y17, 2W95, 2W68, 6Y13, and 6Y21). Inspired by today's post about a Freedom of Information Act request about the cars, he's made his collection public for the first time, along with a spotter's guide for people who want to find their own. Read the rest

Bizarre panorama photo glitches

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Panorama photos of scenery are nice. Panorama photos of things that move from shot-to-shot are better. Huh magazine has a gallery of some great ones.

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Things Organized Neatly: a book of knollish greatness

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The Things Organized Neatly blog (previously), which celebrates the kentucky art of knolling, is now a gorgeous, essential book filled with photos of meticulously arranged wonders of all description. Read the rest

Award-winning, clever photo of Stonehenge

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Elena Marimon Munoz won the British Life Photography Award for this fantastic shot of Stonehenge, titled "Past Present."

"By the time the sun started to rise above the stones, hundreds, if not thousands of people, had gathered inside the stone circle, phones and cameras up in the air ready to record the magical moment," Marimon Munoz said. "In the picture, I wanted to capture the mixture of ancient history and modern technology, fused together - past and present."

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How Apple-featured photographer edits on his iPhone

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Kevin Mao, a designer in Shanghai, recently had two of his photos placed on Apple billboards to promote the iPhone 6S camera. He told Mashable how he edited the photos.

For this photo, he used TouchRetouch ($1.99, which "lets you remove unwanted content or objects from your photo"), Snapseed (Free, general purpose photo retouching), and VSCO (Free, general purpose photo retouching).

For this one, he used SKRWT (keystone- and lens-correction), Snapseed, and VSCO. Read the rest

White Heat 25 – A cookbook about a sleep-deprived, nicotine-fueled mad man in the kitchen

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

White Heat has long been my White Whale when searching through used bookstores. I’ve wanted this book for going on ten years. The first time I heard the name Marco Pierre White I had been reading a copy of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, wondering if I had what it takes to be a professional chef (I did not). Bourdain mentioned White’s book, saying that it was the first time he’d seen a “real” chef in a cookbook, a sleep-deprived, nicotine-fueled, mad man in the kitchen.

I thought that I’d finally found my copy when there was a re-release a few years back, but that paperback copy is the TV dinner to this 25th anniversary edition’s three-course meal. Can a home cook use any of these recipes? Maybe. The recipes are French. They’re complicated. And the ingredients include things like caviar, lobster, and pig trotter. But, the mistake is to think of this as a straight-up cookbook. You wouldn’t flip through a book on Picasso and expect to learn how to paint. This book is evidence in the argument that food can be art.

While you might not find a recipe for something to cook on a Tuesday night, you will find: Beautiful, gritty, black and white photography that makes you feel like you’re in the kitchen with this lunatic. A chef doing what chefs do, smoke. The word “fuck” on more than one page. A fresh-faced Gordon Ramsey before he started calling people “donkeys.” And a handful of recipes for dishes that allowed White to become the youngest chef to hold three Michelin Stars. Read the rest

Panorama: the largest photo ever made of NYC

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Jeffrey Martin writes, "Here is the largest photo ever made of NYC (more than 200,000 pixels wide). Shot handheld from the top of the Empire State Building with a 135mm lens and a 50MP fullframe SLR."

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Gorgeous photos show blue colored ice stacks on Great Lakes in Mackinaw City, MI

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Photographer Kelly Alvesteffer shared photos on Facebook of the ice below the Mackinac Bridge over the weekend.

View the entire gallery here. An interview with the photographer is here.

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God's trade show

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Religious paraphernalia -- from gilded goblets to huge Jesus statues to "high-tech" electronic rosaries -- is a $5 billion business. The International Exhibition of Church Furnishings, Liturgical Items and Religious Building Components, held in the north east of Italy, is like the CES of religion. Photographer Louis de Belle captured the high weirdness in a beautifully strange series "detaching for a moment all of (religion's) paraphernalia from the notion of faith."

"This trade fair's functional infrastructure, stocked with clergy apparel, liturgical items and cult objects, becomes the backdrop of a "counter–reality" made of bored salesmen, busy nuns and misplaced items," de Belle writes. "A last supper is hanging before a modest refreshment, agonising crucifixes are being quickly deposited, while industrious sisters do their business."

See more of the series: Besides Faith

Buy the "Besides Faith" book.

Read an interview with de Belle in Wired.

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Tourist photo attraction likely set on fire by tourist photographer

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A beached boat in Inverness has been the subject of many, many, many a photographer's afternoon. If the sky and reflections off the water near the Point Reyes were right, you could expect to find quite a few folks trying to get the shot. Seems someone tried a little too hard.

Apparently a photographer working to capture the boat in a shower of sparks set it on fire.

PetaPixel has the story.

Fire Chief Jim Fox tells the Marin Independent Journal that someone had called to clear their name of the blaze, and that it’s likely that no further action will be taken to identify the culprit.

“We won’t investigate something when there’s no evidence of a crime or actual damage,” Fox says. “This was already a derelict vessel. I don’t know how you can damage something that’s already broken.

Here is my less destructive rendition from 2006 or 2007.

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Inside a sex doll factory

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Photographer Robert Benson visited the uncanny valley to capture the making of a RealDoll, the $6500 hyperrealistic sex doll first made famous by Howard Stern. His photo series is surreal, provocative, and beautifully odd.

"Everyone was super passionate about what they're doing, and they take the work seriously," Benson told CNN. "I guess the fascination wears off after a week and it becomes like any other job."

See more here: Sex Dolls (NSFW?)

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Headbangers caught in the moment

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Danish photographer Jacob Erhbahn captured metalheads mid-headbang at music festivals around Europe. The result is Headbangers, a full-color book compiling the best of these unrestrained moments of metal bliss.
In this collection Ehrbahn’s camera stops time and captures the surprising and life-affirming moments when the headbangers abandon all semblance of vanity and surrender to the rhythm. Ehrbahn transports us to an intimate world disconnected from time and space—a universe where it’s possible to transcend the frenzy and enter an altered state that brings calm, joy, and relief.

Headbangers by Jacob Erhbahn (Amazon)

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How to remove all tourists from your travel shots

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On Reddit, OmerRAnderson explains how to remove people from a photo. The idea is to put a camera on tripod and take several pictures every ten seconds or so over the course of a few minutes or more. Then open Photoshop and go to File Scripts Statistics, and select "median." This operation will remove the things that don't appear in every photo, leaving only the things that didn't move. Read the rest

To do in LA: '30/90,' photo essays by Star Foreman, Jan. 29

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Star Foreman is one of our favorite photographers. She recently embarked on a mission to shoot 30 photo essays in 90 days. With so many different shoots to imagine and arrange, Star never ran out of ideas. In the resulting body of work are amazing portraits, some of familiar faces, and fantasy scenes from a life spent in and around Hollywood. Star's work is painstakingly beautiful.

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Woman takes photos of penises dressed in outfits, sells them for $10,000

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NYC photographer Soraya Doolbaz has a business selling merchandise with photos of penises dressed in outfits. The videos above and below are probably NSFW as they show penises dressed in outfits. She recently exhibited her photographs at Art Basel, selling prints for $10,000. Doolbaz has also created an app so people can dress up photos of penises by dragging and dropping articles of clothing, eyeglasses, and moustaches onto the photos. From Cosmo:

To get the most out of the shoots, Doolbaz says she enlists confident men who can laugh at themselves, and being in a relationship is a must. "It's necessary for the model to have a partner to assist with the shoot," Doolbaz says. "To help with costume changes and, of course, erection maintenance."

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Portraits of imprisoned Iranian girls awaiting capital punishment

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Though Iran won't actually execute people under 18, their courts will readily sentence children as young a nine to physical punishment, including death, and hold them in inhumane, crowded conditions until they are old enough for their sentences to be carried out. Read the rest

Gorgeous images from National Geographic Photo Contest

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This is James Smart's breathtaking photo of an anti-cyclonic tornado touching down near Simla, Colorado. The image is the grand prize winner of the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest. Below, two of the other incredible honorees: Tugo Cheng's photo of the Tian Shan mountain ranges in Central Asia; Andrew Suryono portrait of an orangutan in the rain in Bali, Indonesia.

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