Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

The strange beauty of the Martian landscape

March 18, 2017

Hat tip to

Click on this and this for more by photographer Jan Fröjdman.

The beauty of fog

February 18, 2017


I never thought of fog as beautiful.  Or that it could come in waves.


These photographs were taken by Nick Steinberg over an eight-year period in the San Francisco Bay area, using high peaks such as Mount Tamalpais as his vantage point.  What a labor of love that must have been!


It’s good to remember that there are other things in the world besides politics and economics.


Seeing with an eye of an eagle

February 4, 2017

An eagle with a Sony video camera flew off the top of Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building, in Dubai, enabling us to (sort of) see what an eagle in flight sees.   It’s too bad there is no footage of the eagle’s last few feet of flight before landing, but the footage is still something to see.

A photographer who paints with light

January 28, 2017

North of the Arctic Circle in Finland, there is a period of about 50 days when the sun never rises above the horizon, known as the Polar Night.

Artist and photographer Hannu Huhtamo uses this period of darkness to paint with light.  He makes his strange and haunting works of art by making a long-exposure photograph of a moving bright light source against a dim background.


Hannu Huhtamo Photography.  His website.

Light Painting Artist Hannu Huhtamo | Light Painting Photography.  An interview.

This Photographer Paints With Light in the Finnish Polar Night by Lisa Lanot for Konbini.

Polar Night and Midnight Sun articles on Wikipedia.

Kittens in mid-pounce

October 29, 2016


These photographs are from the Pounce portfolio of Seth Casteel.



Winning underwater photography of the year

March 5, 2016

Organizers of the 2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest shared some winning entries with The Atlantic’s In Focus feature.


Davide Lopresti’s photograph of a seahorse was the overall winner.  It was taken off Trieste, Italy, in a part of the Mediterranean set aside for the restocking of this endangered species.


Moon over Australia

October 24, 2015

Hat tip to my expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack and his friend Marty.

The beauty of the night sky

October 17, 2015


Bertrand Russell once wrote that when he was depressed about the follies of the human race, he restored his spirits by contemplating the beauty and majesty of the starry heaves and distant galaxies.

For more pictures like this, click on Photographer Dave Lane captures beauty of Milky Way above US National Parks from the Daily Mail Online.

Vertical panoramas of churches

October 4, 2015


Source: Incredible Vertical Panoramic Photos of Churches by Richard Silver.


The wonders of weather

September 30, 2015

1. Brinicle


Brinicles are the underwater equivalent of icicles. They form beneath ice when a flow of saline water is introduced to ocean water.

2. Volcanic Lightning

Volcanic plumes produce immense amounts of electrical charge and static. In rare cases, this can spark a violent lightning storm.

3.  Sprites, Elves and Blue Jets

These colorful shapes are the result of electrical discharges in the atmosphere.


The world at night

September 27, 2015


Source: Louder Than Words via Random Fandom.

I hope the lights stay on.

Is this the most beautiful library in the world?

September 26, 2015


Source: Bored Panda.

I like libraries and bookstores, and I like to post pictures of libraries and bookstores.

Above and below are pictures of the Klementinum Library in Prague, established in 1722 as part of the Jesuit college there.  It houses an estimated 20,000 books (I’d guess there are more).


Something you don’t see every day

August 22, 2015

CL8wC8NVEAAND7zPhotographer: Greg McCown.

Hat tip to Mike the Mad Biologist.

There are more things in heaven and earth worth noticing than the crimes and follies of the powerful.

Dolphins enjoy surfing

August 15, 2015

Hat tip to

The longest bridge in the world

July 18, 2015

1.Worlds-Longest-BridgeSource: The Top Tenz

The Danyang-Kushan Grand Bridge, completed in China in 2010 and opened to traffic in 2011, is 102.4 miles long.  It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest bridge in the world.

It crosses rice paddies, canals, rivers and lakes in southeastern coastal China, and provides a link in the Shanghai-Beijing High-Speed Railway.

1280px-Danyang–Kunshan_Grand_BridgeSource: Wikipedia.

The world’s second longest bridge, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the Tianjin Grand Bridge, also a link in the Shanghai-Beijing High-Speed Railway.  It is 70.6 miles long.


Remarkable sculptures from around the world

July 11, 2015

Salmon Street, Portland, Oregon


DeVarrtkapeon, Brussels, Belgium

De Varrtkapeon, Brussels, Belgium


Rundle Mall, Adelaide, Australia

Rundle Mall, Adelaide, Australia

Click on 25 of the Most Creative Sculptures and Statues From Around the World for more like the ones above.

The amazing colors of China’s Buddhist temples

June 13, 2015
Monks in Kandze monastery in Ganzi, China

Monks in Kandze monastery in Ganzi, China

chengduWhen a photographer named Colin Miller visited Chengdu, China, he was struck by the colorful beauty of the nearby Buddhist temples and monasteries.  He spent two and a half weeks traveling through small towns in Sichuan province, taking pictures.

My expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack, who called my attention to these photographs, said many of these temples are Tibetan, or at least are dedicated to the school of Buddhism found in Tibet.

The lavish beauty shown in these photos is a contrast to the austere beauty of Zen temples and gardens in Japan.   Any religion that can inspire such beauty must have something good about it.


The many faces of contemporary Tokyo

June 10, 2015

Hat tip to my expatriate e-mail pen-pal Jack C

Monasteries of Ladakh

June 8, 2015

I like time-lapse videos.  They show me the world in a unique way.

I got a link to this one from my expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack C.

Ladakh is the northernmost region of India.  It is part of Kashmir, high in the Himalayas and close to the Chinese border.  According to Wikipedia, it is inhabited mainly by Shia Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists, who live in peace—most of the time.

Beautiful mosques of Shiraz, Iran

May 10, 2015
Interior of Shah Cheragh mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Interior of Shah Cheragh mosque in Shiraz, Iran

More photographs can be seen on this Slate web site.

Courtyard of Nasir al Mulk mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Courtyard of Nasir al Mulk mosque in Shiraz, Iran

When I look at these, I think about the devotion and care that went into creating so much beauty.

Prayer hall of Vaki mosques in Shiraz, Iran

Prayer hall of Vaki mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Source: Atlas Obscura via Slate.

Pictures of a vanished world

May 7, 2015
Self-portrait of Sergey Prokudin-Gorky

Self-portrait of Sergey Prokudin-Gorky

Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorky was a Russian pioneer in color photography who flourished in the early decades of the 20th century.  He received permission from Czar Nicholas II to document the Russian Empire, traveling in a special darkroom mounted on a railroad car.

My friend Jack Clontz called my attention to 30 Rare Color Photographs of the Russian Empire from 100+ Years Ago, which is a sample of Prokudin-Gorky’s work.   The photos give an idea of the size and diversity of old Russia.  Not every subject of the Russian Empire was Russian.

Alim Khan, Emire of Bukhara (1911)

Alim Khan, Emir of Bukhara (1911)


The photographer from Riga

April 25, 2015

The great photographer Inta Ruka has been documenting ordinary life in her native Latvia for decades—since before the tiny Baltic nation gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

The video above is a trailer for a documentary film about her life and work by the Swedish filmmaker Maud Nycander.  Click on The Photographer from Riga to see the entire film.  I strongly recommend it to anyone who has the least interest in photography or in a profile of a remarkable person.  (Hat tip to Jack Clontz).

The magnificence of baroque churches

April 5, 2015
Cathedral of Saint Francis, Quito, Ecuador

Cathedral of Saint Francis, Quito, Ecuador

These photographs of Baroque churches in Europe and Latin America were taken by Cyril Porchet as part of a book entitled Seduction.

You don’t have to be a Catholic or even a Christian to appreciate the love, talent and hard work that went into creating such beauty.

Asam Church in Munich, Germany

Asam’s Church in Munich, Germany



April 4, 2015

panoramic-photo-fail-cat-e-pillar-latestSource: Bored Panda.

A photographer was taking a panoramic time-exposure shot of his living room, when his cat walked through.  This was the result.

Some of the world’s most ancient trees

February 7, 2015



Beth Moon, a photographer based in San Francisco, has spent 14 years photographing the world’s most ancient trees.  These photos are from her new book, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time.