It’s been two weeks now since Hawaii’s Mt. Kilauea erupted and it still shows no signs of slowing down. Since its initial eruption, we’ve seen a lot of videos and photos of its destruction. However, this photo taken by astronaut Drew Feustel from ISS is arguably among the most breathtaking.
With seven species of bees having been added to the US endangered species list only a month ago, photographs may soon be all we have left. Thanks to the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab (BIML), at least we’ll have those. For the past several years BIML have been creating stunningly beautiful macro photographs of all types of bee species. With over 3,100 images hosted on Flickr, they offer a special glimpes into these vital creatures.
Photographed by researchers at BIML, the images were created through focus stacking. Macro lenses have an extremely shallow depth of field when used with close subjects, and this process allows the photographer to have the entire subject in focus. Essentially, the photographer creates a number of photographs of the subject at various focus distances. These are then blended together in post to construct an image that is completely sharp from front to back.
The glaciers at Glacier National Park are rapidly shrinking. In fact, they’re melting so fast that the glaciers that can be seen today represent just one-sixth of the number of the icy bodies that were in the same park just 150 years ago.
It is imperative that scientists measure glaciers and follow their changes, and this is exactly where repeat photography kicks in.
By going to the same spot where a photo was taken a long time ago and recreating the composition, scientists are able to quickly learn (and share) how the landscape has changed over time.
The results, unfortunately, are alarming.