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Photography is an art I lust and skill I envy.

Son Doong, the World’s Largest Cave

Man, Earth is beautiful. If you do nothing else on the internet today, scroll through these photos.

“If ‘other people have experiences incorrectly’ is annoying to you, think how unbearable it must be to have a condescending stranger tell you they hate the way you’re experiencing your life at just the moment you’ve found something you want to remember.”

— Randall Munroe

The Final Ride of Shuttle Endeavour

A beautiful time-lapse of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission from Florida to LA. How one could watch and not tear up at the shuttle program’s end is beyond me.

The Lake That Petrifies

Rowan Hooper for New Scientist:

According to Dante, the Styx is not just a river but a vast, deathly swamp filling the entire fifth circle of hell. Perhaps the staff of New Scientist will see it when our time comes but, until then, Lake Natron in northern Tanzania does a pretty good job of illustrating Dante’s vision.

Time Is a Dimension

A beautiful photograph series by Fong Qi Wei.

Regular People Have No Idea How To Manage Photos On Their iPhone

Bradley Chambers:

I’m serious, they don’t. They don’t know that they don’t, but they don’t. If you grab a co-workers iPhone and they have 2500 photos on the camera roll, then you know they don’t. They’ll just keep taking photos and assume “the cloud” or whatever is backing it up. For a time, it is. That is until their backup hits the mythical 5GB mark and iCloud starts pestering them to remove data or buy more space.

SLR and Micro 4/3 Feel the Effect of the Smartphone Camera

Maria LaMagna for MarketWatch:

Consumers in the U.S. spent $1.9 billion on digital point-and-shoot cameras between June 2012 and May 2013 — a 26% drop from the year before, according to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service. Yet Americans spent $2.1 billion on detachable lens cameras during the same period, up 5% from the previous year.

(There’s also this tidbit:

Now, 70% of phones sold around the world contain a camera, said Carolina Milanesi, a vice president of research at Gartner, in a note.

Which I can’t really believe. Only 70%? Where are all these cameraless phones?)

Flickr and Instagram

Shawn Blanc:

My Olympus photography workflow looks something like this: Snap pictures → import from SD card into Lightroom 4 → delete the blurry ones → pick out my favorites from the bunch → make edits and adjustments → upload to Flickr → cricket noises.

A simple desktop photo sharing app would be a hit1, I think. Instagram keeps dropping hints that they want in, but they’re moving awfully slow.

  1. Preferably not limited to 1:1. ↩︎

iPhoto and iMovie in an Instagram World

Nathan Ingraham compared the relative successes of Vine and Instagram over iPhoto and iMovie on iOS:

It’s the “good enough revolution” all over again — while a six-second video clip may lack the depth of a more elaborately produced piece, it’s a quick, highly shareable piece of content. And while smartphone photos don’t yet match up to images from a DSLR, they generally look pretty great on other smartphone’s screens — and for a lot of people, that’s all that matters. To use Steve Jobs’ favorite phrase, apps like Instagram and Vine “just work.”

Four for the Price of One

A single photograph arranged intricately to look like four individual photographs. The coolest thing I’ve seen all week.

Why the Smartphone Camera Changed Photography Forever

James Bareham:

In 1913, Oskar Barnack at Ernst Leitz Optische Werke designed a revolutionary small, light camera that used 35mm cinema film — the Leica. Barnack wanted to make photography accessible to far more people; to give those people greater opportunity to photograph the world around them without having to relying on bulky, expensive equipment; to shoot candid, real pictures of their lives — a radical departure from the stiff and formal portraits of the time. He designed his camera to be an “integral part of the eye” or an “extension of the hand.” Barnack’s invention of the Leica led directly to an explosion of a totally new kind of photographic social documentation of real life; something that had never been seen before.

In 1913, the Leica camera enabled photographers to take an entirely new kind of picture, and its success had very little to do with better image quality. Ninety-four years later, the iPhone helped kick off another revolution that not only changed the way we take and view photographs, but changed the way we view the world.

Flickr and Vimeo Integration Likely in iOS 7

I don’t often link to rumors, but this one feels1 realistic. Vimeo and Flickr are already integrated into OS X and Apple TV. It actually seems odd they aren’t already sharing options on iOS.

  1. Feels, because I have zero inside knowledge. ↩︎


Cabel Sasser has noticed an interesting phenomenon:

Yes, throwing garbage on the ground is literally littering. But beyond that? Well… that’s where things get a little dicey.