Archive for 'Interesting'

Oct
31

Recently on a trip to Ireland we stumbled across this abandoned church. It was originally built about the early 11th century but has been abandoned for many years…

It was spooky and surreal place. Replete with cawing Ravens, cracked tombstones, and hollow stained glass window coves.

We only had time to take a few iPhone snaps and here they are.

Happy Halloween!

 

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Oct
10

Cameras are expensive. We all know that. Like, really expensive right?

Actually not really…

Professional grade cameras have come down on a ‘bang for your buck’ or ‘real price’ basis a great deal over the last 15 years.

The digital revolution is largely to thanks but so to are new production technologies. This means that today you can buy a pro-grade camera that can make great images for around 1/10th the price of you could 10 years ago.

Thats not to say you can’t pay more for better. Leica have been building camera since 1849. We’re talking pre automobiles here – and they’re still building great quality products today, for those with deep pockets that is (like, really deep).

I know what your thinking right now. “Man, I just have too much money. This sounds great!”.

If thats you and your also in the market for a world benefiting tax evasion tactic new camera you too may be interested in the new Lecia one off for RED charity auction.

How much will it cost? £10,000? £50,000? That would be ridiculous right? It can’t be that. Well, your right…This one of a kind is going for five – hundred – thousand – bucks.

Thats £320,000 (give or take a 2004 Honda civic or so)

Woa.

Image courtesy of BBC

Check out the story here from the BBC

Think thats pricey? Thats not even a quarter of the value the most expensive camera in the world sold for. Again, its our friend Leica to the rescue.

David Douglas Duncan’s 1923 Leica O Series camera sold for $2.19 million in an auction in May 2012.

Here it is.

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Yipes.

Sep
30

The folks over at Top Gear have some fairly inspiring and truly epic road trip adventures both on and off the screen.

This months edition of Top Gear Magazine, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, celebrates those adventures and more – including one of our own!

Within its pages you’ll find my own photographical contribution to the world of ‘epic auto adventure’ detailing one such road trip in Iceland whereby I encountered glorious roads, a wonderful culture, and breathtaking landscapes of active volcanoes and towering glaciers. One such glacier nearly claimed my life and left me naked on the side of a mountain! (Personally I blame Loki)

Luckily, the Gods of Old Norse mythology chose fit to spare me, but took my camera as payment. Hopefully they took some great pictures.

You can read about the adventure in this months edition of Top Gear in ‘how Top Gear changed my life’ and also read about it in more detail including  some more pictures from the trip itself here on our site.

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Aug
12

50,000 still shots of New York made this insane timelapse happen. Favourite part? Row boats skimming about like pond skimmers in central park. Enjoy! Nice job District 7 Media!

Jul
30

So, apparently THIS is now possible.

Well, sorta…

Superman Crystals may be a ways off but scientists working at the University of Darmstadt, Germany managed to ‘trap’ light for up-to a minute in a super positioned crystal. That’s pretty crazy first of all, telling ‘hey light, your going too fast, chill out for a minute’ but the scientist went one step further. They stored DATA in the light, an image of three stripes. This opens up the door to quantum communications. “What does that mean?” you ask. See above.

If that’s not enough, well, researchers, led by Jingyu Zhang from the University of Southampton here in the U.K., successfully recorded a 300KB digital copy of a text file onto nanostructured glass in 5D using ultra fast and intense pulse laser.

Whats more the recording lasts for infinity and can even survive a lava bath at 1000c.

So your next wedding photography shots could be presented to you on your own crystal. Memories that would last more than a lifetime.