July 4, 2017

Natural fireworks

Cactus flowers open at night and last just one day, captured by photographer Greg Krehel in some stunning timelapse sequences.

Cassandra flower timelapse9 hours of a Cassandra flower blooming.

“Since I was a kid I’ve always loved succulents and cacti. One year I ended up at a local garden shop and picked up a cactus for my collection. A couple years later it put out these awesome flowers, unlike others I had seen. It just kept blooming. It really went to town.”

Daydream flower timelapse24 hours in the life of 10 Daydream flowers.

Antimatter flower timelapseAntimatter flowers.

The colour! Greg’s often asked if he uses Photoshop to enhance it.

“I do, of course, use Photoshop and Lightroom and other editing software. But not in the way most suspect. Rather than using these tools to overstate reality, I actually use them to reduce the intensity of the colours my camera captures. I have reduced the colour saturation in every timelapse clip in this video by a minimum of 10% and some ('Yes', 'Cabaret' and 'Antimatter') by 30% or more in order to have something that wasn’t just completely blown out.”

Greg Krehel cactus bloomRead about the “focus stacking” technique for maximising detail.

Fascination flower timelapseFascination flowers.


I’d never seen a cactus bloom. Turns out some don’t until they’re 30+ years old.

See more on Greg’s website Echinopsis Freak, with regular updates on Instagram. Via This isn’t Happiness linking to National Geographic.

June 9, 2017

Adding colour to historical photos

The video below gives a great insight into the colourisation process, taking away the impression that photos were captured in another time.

“Photo colourisation isn’t just colouring within the lines — it requires meticulous research to make sure that every detail is historically accurate. The colour of military uniforms, signs, vehicles, and world fashion spanning decades needs to be accounted for before even opening digital software like Photoshop. That means digging through sources like diaries, Government records, old advertisements, and even consulting historical experts to get the colours right.”

German panther tank, Normandy, 1944Three French boys looking at a knocked-out German panther tank, Normandy, 1944.

German panther tank, Normandy, 1944Coloured by Marina Amaral.

Tower Bridge construction, 1889Tower Bridge construction, London, 1889.

Tower Bridge construction, 1889Colorised by Dynamic Chrome.

David Attenborough, c1950-51David Attenborough, c1950-51.

David Attenborough, c1950-51Coloured by Mads Madsen.

Plenty more on Reddit’s Colorized History.

One of the commentators on this Photoshop tutorial (below) talked of adding colour to a photo of his great grandfather, to give it to his grandmother. Brilliant gift idea.

Vox video (top) via Paul Wilsdon.

October 2, 2016


“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”
— Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

June 10, 2016


Gabriel Scanu’s drone landscape photography is gorgeous.

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February 26, 2013

SODAE house

VMX Architects at work in Amstelveen, Netherlands.

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October 10, 2012

Buzludzha monument, Bulgaria

Captivating, otherworldly photos of Buzludzha, Bulgaria, by photographer Timothy Allen.

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July 9, 2012

Nicolas Ritter: One

Nicolas Ritter's photography project, One, caught my eye.

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March 27, 2012

Will Pearson’s 360 panoramic tours

Will Pearson panoramic toursFrom the summit of the Shard London Bridge.

"I grew up in the Peak District, Derbyshire and after a post-university stint in Nottingham headed south to London and have been a fixture here ever since. I’ve been a professional panoramic photographer since the mid-nineties. I love my job and each day is different, the opportunity to capture these images is a privilege and sometimes an obsession."
— Will Pearson

Will Pearson panoramic toursOverlooking Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

Will Pearson panoramic toursArisaig, Scottish Highlands.

Will Pearson panoramic toursFrom the base of the Jin Mao Tower, Grand Hyatt, Shanghai.

View these (and other) panoramic shots in full screen and interactive glory on Will Pearson's website, with large-scale prints available.

Via The Partners.

September 12, 2011

A short break in Tenerife

El Medano Tenerife

Photos from Tenerife, and the Parque Nacional del Teide. Such a beautiful place.

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June 17, 2011

Boat Magazine

This lovely publication dropped through my letterbox the other day — the first issue of Boat Magazine.

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February 28, 2011

Things Organized Neatly

wilting rosePhoto by Moochin Photoman.

MacBook iPad Moleskin camera

colored figurines

matchstick typographyThose are matchsticks, by Claire Fontaine.

Nerds candy spiralThe contents of a box of Nerds, organised by size.

Things Organized Neatly. Via The Crossed Cow.

February 7, 2011

Photos from New York

Just back from a break in New York where the Nikon D5000 handled itself well for my amateur photography needs.

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April 12, 2010

Forth Rail Bridge

14 kilometres west of Edinburgh, the Forth Rail Bridge is such an imposing construction that it’s easy to capture a good shot.

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January 31, 2010

Philip Bloom’s five days in Dubai

I've read a lot about Dubai that paints a sad picture, but Philip Bloom makes it easy to look beyond the dark side and witness the undoubted beauty of the man-made surroundings.

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June 2, 2007

Chase Jarvis photography in motion

Chase Jarvis created this uncut series of stills in five days to promote the 2007 Hasselblad Masters. Only 6 to 10 of the 2,000 images captured will ever be used commercially.

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