Sunday, March 30, 2014

Swarming Fireflies Timelapse by Vincent Brady

Time-lapse Scenes of Swarming Fireflies by Vincent Brady

Time lapse Scenes of Swarming Fireflies by Vincent Brady timelapse nature insects fireflies
Time lapse Scenes of Swarming Fireflies by Vincent Brady timelapse nature insects fireflies This is a fantastic feat of photography and editing by Vincent Brady who shot this montage of firefly timelapses in 2013 at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri and around his home in Grand Ledge, Michigan. To make the timelapse Brady had to master several different cameras, learn about photo stacking, 360° panoramas, and even how to pilot a pontoon boat to get all the requisite shots. While we’ve seen several articles featuring long-exposure fireflies it’s still fascinating to see them in motion like this. You can read about Brady’s adventures on his website, and learn more about the science of fireflies on It’s Okay To Be Smart. (via It’s Okay To Be Smart)


Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie ‘Bambi’


The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie Bambi pastel movies illustration deer animation
The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie Bambi pastel movies illustration deer animation
The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie Bambi pastel movies illustration deer animation
The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie Bambi pastel movies illustration deer animation
The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie Bambi pastel movies illustration deer animation
Painter, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer, designer and kite maker Tyrus Wong was born in China in 1910 and emigrated to the United States with his father at the age of 9. As a child his teachers noticed he possessed exceptional artistic skills which would land him a scholarship at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. By 1930 he was working in Hollywood for Warner Bros. and from 1938 to 1941 he became a “Disney inspirational sketch artist” where his lush pastel drawings of forests and deer would serve as inspiration for the movie Bambi where he served as lead artist on the film. Wong retired in 1968 and began a second career of making kites which he would fly on the Santa Monica Pier. He is now 103 years old.
Wong’s work was most recently featured in “Round the Clock: Chinese American Artists Working in Los Angeles” at the Vincent Price Art Museum in 2012. You can see more of his pastel illustrations over on Magic Forces. (via Magic Forces)
UPDATE: It’s also been brought to my attention that the Walt Disney Family Foundation in San Francisco actually just held a retrospective exhibition for Wong called Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. If you’re interested, the catalog for that exhibition is available here. (thnx, Kelly!)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Clouds Create a Waterfall on Canary Island

A Waterfall of Clouds on the Canary Islands mountains landscapes clouds Canary Islands
Photo courtesy Dominic Dähncke
While shooting on the Canary Islands late last year, photographer Dominic Dähncke snapped this jaw-dropping shot of clouds flowing over a mountain range on La Palma Island. The photographer shares via 1X:
This photograph was taken in the mountains of “Cumbre Nueva”, in the part west of La Palma, one of the most beautiful island of the Canary Islands, in Spain. To capture cloud’s movement I have set my camera speed to 70 seconds, using a ND filter to minimize the entry of light in camera sensor.
You can see more of Dähncke’s landscape photography over on Flickr.

Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Approaching Storm
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Approaching Storm, detail
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Gully
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Lost
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Lost, detail
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Pond
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Pond, detail
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Waterhole
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Waterhole, detail
Belgium-based artist Catherine Nelson (previously) just unveiled a new series of works titled Expedition. The digitally “painted” collages are made from hundreds upon hundreds of photographs that Nelson meticulously assembles into sprawling worlds that straddle the line between real and imagined. The five pieces you see here were nearly 10 months in the making.
Unlike her previous collages that resemble tiny planets, the pieces from Expedition subvert traditional landscapes with a horizon and single vanishing point and instead seem to sprawl in every direction, as if being viewed from multiple vantage points at once. Each landscape is quite large, measuring 60″ tall by up to 115″ wide and is rich with details like hidden snakes, bats and lizards, all elements influenced by Nelson’s memories of her natural surroundings growing up along the east coast of Australia.
Nelson will soon have work at the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney this May with Michael Reid Gallery and a solo show in August at Gallerysmith in Melbourne.

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