How Google Street View Gets Its ImagesGoogle Street View vehicles have been traveling the world, taking pictures of everything, for 15 years now. Ethan Russell of Google Maps takes us through the app's history, from the initial idea to what it is today. The way they take pictures began with the now-familiar street view cars with huge mounted cameras and a backseat full of processors. But they've developed some neat cameras that weigh less and work better. As the technology evolved, Google Street view ventured into places where vehicles can't go, with cameras carried by walkers (the living kind), snowmobiles, camels, and even sheep! You'll also hear a few fun tidbits, like how the project has to adjust for cultural differences around the world. The cameras' abilities to account forcamera movement, meld images together, and even read signs has evolved, too. And the cameras have grown cuter, too!Street View explores new locations, and constantly goes back to popular places like big cities with its improved technology. But here in the hinterlands, I know I can always turn to Street View and see what my house and my entire small town looked like in 2008. -via Digg ​#mapping #GoogleMaps #GoogleStreetView #camera
The Velveeta Shells & Cheese Dinner CameraThe website Cardboard America is a showcase of kitch and common paraphernalia of American life, mostly but not entirely that from the post-World War II era. It features roadside attractions, photos of disasters, and the sights and sounds of the CB radio era.The anonymous blogger behind this project also collects physical objects. Recently, s/he posted photos of this unusual merchandise item: a film camera styled to look like a box of Velveeta brand shells and cheese.
See the Inside of a Chewing Shark's MouthThis had to be a scary experience. Self-described film director, pirate, cinematographer, and conservationist zimydakid was scuba diving when a tiger shark decided to take a bite of his Insta360 camera. The shark chewed on it for a minute, then decided it didn't taste all that good, and so discarded it. Surprisingly, the camera still worked fine, with only a couple of scratches as souvenirs of its time in a shark's mouth. Oh yeah, and there's the footage, too. How scared was zimydakid? Judge for yourself from some other footage of him recording tiger sharks.
The Tsuzuri Project: Canon Captured Japanese Art "The Wind and Thunder Gods" by Tawaraya Sotatsu in 4.2-Gigapixel ImageThe Tsuzuri Project is a joint effort by the Kyoto Culture Association (NPO) and Canon to create and donate a high-resolution copy of the Edo period artwork“The Wind and Thunder Gods” by Tawaraya Sotatsu. The project, also known as the Japanese Cultural Heritage Inheritance Project, produced a 4.2-gigapixel photo that is a visually identical copy of the artwork thanks to the combination of modern and ancient techniques. The original work was first photographed with a Canon EOS R5 multiple times. The massive resolution was the result of combining all the photos taken by the camera. After the high-resolution image was produced, it was then printed onto silk paper. Authentic Nishijin craftsmen, or “leaf” artists then applied gold leaves to the print and shaped it to fully recreate the original artwork. The artwork was then placed on an authentic Japanese sliding door. Image credit: Canon, The Tsuzuri Project #Japan #art #heritage #TsuzuriProject #TawarayaSotatsu #Canon #camera
Like a Galactic Lightsaber Piercing a Celestial Heart: Hubble's Wide Field Camera3 Captured a Herbig-Haro ObjectThe unusual celestial phenomenon seen in this stunning picture is known as a Herbig-Haro Object. This specific object is named HH111 and was captured by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 or WFC3. These picturesque objects are formed under specific conditions where newly formed stars are very active and, in some cases, expel narrow jets of rapidly moving ionized charges. The stream of ionized gas then collides with the clouds of gas and dust around the newly formed stars at insane speeds of hundreds of kilometers per second.Herbig-Haro objects emit a lot of visible light, but they are surrounded by gas and dust, which absorb the light. WFC’s ability to observe at both optical and infrared wavelengths mean that it is able to observe the Herbig-Haro objects as infrared is not affected by the gas and dust.#Space #Hubble #Astronomy #Camera #HerbigHaro #NASA #ESA​Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, B. Nisini
Moving Through Objects Like A BulletSpecifically made to zoom into tiny objects, the Laowa 24mm probe lens allows us to see even the tiniest details of everyday objects. Cinematographer Ben Ouaniche, founder of the Macro Room, demonstrates the capabilities of the probe lens by zooming in inside a bottle with leftover orange juice, a glove, between the pages of a book, and through a cleaning brush.While the probe lens does not really fire bullets, Ouaniche presents it as if it was a sniper rifle. He adds both visual and sound effects on the video. The result is a mesmerizing experience.#Photography #Camera #ProbeLens #Cinematography #VisualEffects #BenOuaniche #MacroRoom(Image Credit: Macro Room/ YouTube)