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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Portraits of the women of Botswana's heavy metal subculture

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South African photographer Paul Shiakallis produced a series of photos, "Leathered Skins, Unchained Hearts," of the "queens" of Botswana's heavy metal "Marok" scene, mostly in their homes. Read the rest

Britons will need copyright licenses to post photos of their own furniture

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The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 is set to kick in, and with it will come an extended term of copyright for designer objects, such as furniture, which will endure for 70 years after the creator's death -- meaning that you'll need a license to post photographs of your own belongings. Read the rest

Body-painted models disappear into the Wonders of the World

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Trina Merry (previously) has created "Lost in Wonder," a series of trompe l'oeil photos in which painted models are posed against many of the world's great wonders, vanishing into the background. Read the rest

Check out the hot women in the 2016 Pirelli Tire Calendar

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For 50 years, the Pirelli Calendar has featured mostly naked models captured by famed photographers in exotic locales. Not this year.

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Ethiopian hats and wigs made from recycled consumer goods

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Eric Lafforgue is a prolific, talented photographer who's travelled the world, living among people in many hard-to-reach places and telling their stories with his camera. Among the most striking sets of images in his deep portfolio is his 2013 portraits of Daasanach people in Ethiopia, who have created exuberant wigs and hats from mass-produced consumer goods, both new and discarded, that have recently reached their part of the world. Read the rest

Facebook won't remove photo of children tricked into posing for neo-fascist group

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The mother a 13-year-old girl has been unable to get Facebook to remove a photo that her daughter and a 12-year-old friend were tricked into having taken, which is being used to promote the violent neo-fascist group Britain First. Read the rest

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