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Check out this awesome set of photos at The Big Picture:

On January 13, 2013, the National Geographic Society will celebrate its 125th anniversary and its evolution from a small scientific body to one of the world’s largest educational and scientific organizations committed to inspiring people to care about the planet. The Society has shared some images that represent those moments of discovery and will continue in its 126th year, to provide a front-row seat to what’s happening at the extremes of exploration

The one accompanying this post was taken by Maynard Owen Williams in 1931:

1931 | AFGHANISTAN – In his favorite picture, legendary National Geographic photojournalist Maynard Owen Williams marveled how, in this Herat, Afghanistan, bazaar, no one blinked during the three seconds required to make the exposure.


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I don’t believe I’ve ever posted anything from 9-Eyes here before. It’s a collection of Street View pictures from Google Maps, curated by Jon Rafman.

I don’t have the slightest idea where this one is located in the world, but it is a pretty neat photograph.

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From the book description of photographer Michael Wesely’s book Open Shutter on Amazon.com:

Since the early 1990s, German photographer Michael Wesely has been inventing and refining techniques for using extremely long camera exposures to take uniquely compelling photographs. Through the use of filters and a very small aperture, yet one that is standard in a professional camera lens, he is able to diminish the amount of light hitting the negative to the point where he can extend the exposure many thousands of times longer than we would ordinarily expect. Some of Wesely’s pictures of the rebuilding of Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, for example, in a series completed in 1999, were continuously exposed over a period of 26 months.

The photo accompanying this post, courtesy of PetaPixel, is one of his Berlin rebuilding photos, specifically of Leipziger Platz. PetaPixel has several more photo samples, and you should absolutely check out every one.

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Hand Fixing Hand” is a photographic homage to M. C. Escher’s Drawing Hands, created by Shane Willis in 2007.

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Did you know that Dennis Hopper was a photographer? I had no idea. According to Wikipedia, he painted, sculpted, and wrote poetry too, which is pretty cool.

But back to his photography. After he died in 2010, a collection of photos that were exhibited from 1969–1970 were found in his house. They’ve been collected and printed in the volume Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album and are also being exhibited in Berlin. Le Journal de la Photographie has more info and a selection of the photos.

The photo I’ve chosen for this post, “Double Standard,” was taken in Los Angeles in 1961.

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So Juan Carlos Casado took this totally amazing and real photo of an aurora in Greenland in August. Astronomy Picture of the Day posted it (go there and you can mouse over the photo to see constellations highlighted), but that is insufficient. This picture needs to be everywhere. On all the things. Forever.

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My current desktop picture is this photo, “Camel Thorn Trees, Namibia”, taken by Frans Lanting for National Geographic:

Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park.

It’s one of several photos by Lanting that accompanied Alexandra Fuller’s piece “Africa’s Super Park,” but this is the one that stood out to me because how is this real

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Clive Rose took this photo for Getty Images of, presumably, some sort of elder sea creature devouring a helpless human. This gruesome shot was posted in a set from the 2012 Olympics at The Big Picture with this caption:

Sebastian Stoss of Austria and Derya Buyukuncu of Turkey compete in heat 1 of the Men’s 200m backstroke on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre, August 1, 2012.

Water: How Does It Even Fucking Work
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Sigurdur Stefnisson took some neato photos of a volcanic eruption at the Eyjafjallajokull ice cap in Iceland in 2010. A bunch of them would make pretty great desktop images if not for the fact that none of them are available larger than 640 x 426. Alas.

Anyway I chose to post this one, titled only with the identifier shs_n3_045824, because that is totally a lightning dragon flying out to the left. Check that shit out. That is a fucking dragon.

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From the Photos That Can’t Possibly Be Real files comes “Ambitious Dreams” by Brad Goldpaint.

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During the early morning of June 17, 2012, by pure coincidence, I had an amazing opportunity to witness and photograph the Aurora Borealis over Crater Lake.

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