ESO Used A Galaxy-Sized Magnifying Glass To Capture Two Galaxies Collide 7 Billion Years Ago

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If you thought that the Canon 1200mm is big, wait till you see what the ESO (European South Observatory) used to capture two galaxies collide.

Turns out  that if you have the means you can use another galaxy as a lens in a process called gravitational lensing. A gravitational lens is a big (I mean galaxy-big) object in space, when a celestial object aligned behind it, it acts as a lens, bending the light that goes around it, creating a defacto lens.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Codecs And Why They Matter

If you’ve done any video work in your life, there is more than a slight chance that you were staring at Adobe Premiere (or Avid, Or Final Cut) export screen and drooling a bit while you were trying to understand what the heck all those dials on the screen mean.

David Kong just release what I would as the best primer to codecs I have ever seen.

David covers everything from what codecs are (compression and decompression); what is the difference between a codec and a container; what are the pros and cons of using each codec and touches a bit about his workflow.

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Zeiss Starts New Manual Focus, Manual Exposure Loxia Line

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Zeiss believes that the digital market has not lost its passion for manual glass and are announcing a new family of lenses – the Loxia. Those are manual-focus, manual-aperture lenses.

Te lens will come in two flavors, both with max aperture of f/2 – a 50mm version and a 35mm version. Both lenses are compatible only with Sony e-mount. The list of features (which we’ll address shortly) suggests that Zeiss is targeting video shooters as well as high-end stills photographers in the same lens.

Aside from the optical qualities, both lenses are winking at the video market with an interesting set of features:

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Squirrel Confuses GoPro For Lady-Squirrel, Sexually Assaults The Camera

Small animals are aware of humans and behave differently (or disappear entirely) when humans are present. This is why nature photographers often leave their camera with a remote (or simply rolling) to capture the natural behavior of those animals. And this is exactly what youtuber delicious fishes did when leaving some sunflower seeds and peanuts along with a rolling GoPro camera (all set up on a cute little stone table).

After being done with the food, the little squirrel seems to be feeling alone in the world and turns to the gopro to fulfill his emotional (and sexual) needs. Looks like the photographer did not appreciate the act: “Caught this perverted little buggar loving up my GoPro. Filthy little beast!

[Squirrel Humps My GoPro | h/t Jim]

Sony’s KW1 Does Not Squirt Purfume It Takes Selfies

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In ancient times, before smartphones were around the fight was over cell phones. At one step Motorola changed the market forever when they introduced the a pink version on 2005. This was one of the first statements that the way a cellphone looks is just as important as its features.

Now it looks like Sony is trying to take a similar route on cameras with the introduction of the KW1. The camera is not the best in the market for its size, nor is it the cheapest (pre-orders at $485 if you read Chinese).

But! it is a (hideous) fashion statement. The phone inspired by perfume bottles actually looks like a perfume bottle itself. Tech-wise it employs a 19.2-megapixel sensor and a 21-mm equivalent F2 lens and a 3.3″ OLED screen. The lens rotates so you can really look like you’re spraying scents while you are actuality taking a selfie.

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34 Edits To A Single Road Photo – And Who Won The Best Edit Challenge

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A few weeks back we held a fun contest revolving around editing a photo. We started out with a photo by Dave K. Piper with strong compositional elements, but used a ‘naked raw’ file to let anybody who wants to try and tweak it to their likings.  The winner, chosen by Dave  (and announced at the bottom of the post) gets a a sweet Blue CityWalker 20 camera bag from Think Tank Photo.

Results have been staggering. Several wonderful looks have been submitted, as well as a few composites. Here are some of the many wonderful submissions, followed by Dave’s selection of the winner: (if you just want the winner scroll to the end)

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Portraits of Topless People Shot With A Taser

Usually we try and look our best when we get our portraits taken, but how can one look good while being stunned with a taser seconds before the shutter snaps? Photographer Patrick Hall worked his charms to get volunteers to have their portraits taken just like that. After being stunned. With 300,00 Volts. By a significant other.

While the portraits are interesting as whole, the experience is worth noting as well. Patrick shares:

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How To Turn A $4,000 D800 Into A Spiffy Peephole

You know those places that look like the perfect place to live in? Like the apartment at friends or the one in Seinfeld? Well, those just got demoted to a shack statue with Jared Polin’s introduction of the $4,000 peephole.

Now, over the years we did share a hack that converted a peephole into a fisheye lens, but this is, I think, the first time we are sharing a lens (and DSLR) turned into a peephole.

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Jellyfish Stinging In Microscopic Slo-Mo Shows They Don’t Rub Against You, They Use Syringes

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Have you been to the beach in the last few years? If so was the only thing you could think about was “Please don’t let that jellyfish touch me! Please don’t let that jellyfish touch me! Please don’t let that jellyfish touch me!”. And was that because of those slimy tentacles that smear venomous pain-inducing mucus on you?

I had those thoughts too. But it turns out that if you actually take a strong microscope coupled with a 2,200 fps Phantom Miro camera you see that it is not the slime that hurts you, it is millions of small syringes that extend from the jellyfish and inject venom into your skin.

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