Space shuttle – Time lapse movie

In this unique time-lapse video created from thousands of individual frames, photographers Scott Andrews, Stan Jirman and Philip Scott Andrews condense six weeks of painstaking work into three minutes, 52 seconds.

All it took was astronaut Alan Poindexter, Scott Andrews, a photographer and technical advisor to Canon, Stan Jirman, a software engineer for Apple and a Canon 5d camera.

old Algeria color photo by Albert Kahn

Color Photographes From A Lost Age

In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world. As an idealist and an internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process, the world’s first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.

Kahn used his vast fortune to send a group of intrepid photographers to more than fifty countries around the world, often at crucial junctures in their history, when age-old cultures were on the brink of being changed for ever by war and the march of twentieth-century globalisation. They documented in true colour the collapse of both the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires; the last traditional Celtic villages in Ireland, just a few years before they were demolished; and the soldiers of the First World War — in the trenches, and as they cooked their meals and laundered their uniforms behind the lines. They took the earliest-known colour photographs in countries as far apart as Vietnam and Brazil, Mongolia and Norway, Benin and the United States.

At the start of 1929 Kahn was still one of the richest men in Europe. Later that year the Wall Street Crash reduced his financial empire to rubble and in 1931 he was forced to bring his project to an end. Kahn died in 1940. His legacy, still kept at the Musée Albert-Kahn in the grounds of his estate near Paris, is now considered to be the most important collection of early colour photographs in the world.

Until recently, Kahn’s huge collection of 72,000 autochromes remained relatively unheard of; the vast majority of them unpublished. Now, a century after he launched his Archives of the Planet project, the BBC Book The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn, and the television series it accompanies, are bringing Kahn’s dazzling pictures to a mass audience for the first time and putting colour into what we tend to think of as an entirely monochrome age.

View more photos here: http://www.albertkahn.co.uk/photos.html

London Pirate Radio

 

Pirate radio is everywhere in London, born in the 60’s from rusting anti-aircraft towers in the mouth of the Thames. Today’s broadcasts are hidden in plain sight, transmitting from secret tower block studios via homemade rooftop antennas.  Homemade antennas, hidden in plain sight on the tops of apartment complexes and abandoned buildings, broadcast pirate radio throughout London. But while the antennas themselves are conspicuous, the makeshift studios they link up to are hidden behind soundproof walls and security gates.

Click here to view a list of London’s FM Pirate Radio stations.

Kittey Kittey Tail Gunner

The first installment of our microEPIC kitty kitty series.

12 years in the making and pretty much as good as Avatar though considerably shorter. The bulk of the work on this micro has faded into the distant mists of time but if memory serves Damian Johnson did a couple of sketches of a cat once and Matthias Bjurstrum modeled it, Rodi Kaya rigged it and James Kirkham blessed it with soft downy fur. The rest of the work was done far more recently, Ben Crowe animated it and Antoine Perez worked his ass off rendering, comping and mending all of my stupid errors. Awesome job guys!

Nobody Beats the Drum music video for Grindin

I have always loved stop-motion animation and, just when I thought the The White Stripes lego video couldnt be topped, Nobody Beats The Drum puts out this video for ‘Grindin’. This sequence of 4085 photo’s was patiently created by NBTD’s VJ/visual artist Rogier van der Zwaag.

In case you don’t see it… those are hand painted wood blocks.
There is also a very funny ‘making of’ video.

Nobody Beats the Drum – Grindin

Outdoor green screen use in movie and shows

I have always been that guy who can spot the cgi in movies but this video was an eye-opener! Green or blue screens officially called Chroma Keying is used in movies to music videos but I never knew it was used so drastically.

Simon Coughlan has put together a list of studios that perform this magic. They all provide reel to show off their work.

Trans Siberian Railway The Google way

The great Trans Siberian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. The joint project of Google and the Russian Railways lets you take a trip along the famous route and see Baikal, Khekhtsirsky range, Barguzin mountains, Yenisei river and many other picturesque places of Russia without leaving your house.

During the trip, you can enjoy Russian classic literature, brilliant images and fascinating stories about the most attractive sites on the route. Let’s go!

It took 30 days for Google to film the 150 hours used in the YouTube videos, with two camera crews shooting out the windows of the train last summer. View the dedicated Google page with an interactive map and more.