Photo Geekery

Gigapixel Photos

I enjoy a nice photo, have been known to dabble in picture taking and have even sold a few photos too.

But what’s better than a photo that stays the same? One that changes, that’s what!

Check out these SUPER hi-resolution photo projects of various places around the world. Pan from side to side, up and down, and make use of the INSANE hi-resolution goodness and zoom in. And then zoom in some more!

Click here or on London above.

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One Second A Day For A Year

Saturday Night Live cast member, Brooks Wheelan, films one second a day for a year and the result is a video that is actually quite inspiring.

Song: Arcade Fire, Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

5★ Sochi

Russian Dos and Don'ts

So Sochi is in full swing now. Aside from the Olympic rings not opening properly (and these becoming available from appropriately named ‘DeadRingerDesign’), Germany’s AMAZING pro gay silent protest uniforms and there not actually being very much in the way of real snow at the Winter Olympics, everything has been win-win for Russia.

An Olympic athlete photographed and posted the above pic from the Sochi Olympic Village where he or she was staying. Just in case any of the athletes do not know how to use a toilet, Russian officials genius’s have come up with a how-to guide. The first two I get, but what the hell is going on with the ‘No Fishing’ and ‘No Cocktail Parties on the Floor’ graphics. Those are both totally acceptable in our household!

There’s been quite a bit of coverage about the Olympic Village athlete’s accommodations and their state of disrepair. Following on from the hugely successful London 2012, let’s face it, anything and everything was going to be crap in comparison. However the full extent of Sochi’s Village of Horrors can be seen here.

On a brighter note, best of luck to all the athletes competing. I am of course rooting for the Jamaican bobsled team. Cool Runnings!!

Felix Baumgartner

 

Check out this new footage of Felix Baumgartner’s amazing skydive from the upper reaches of our planet’s stratosphere. What an extraordinary feat and what a strong stomach Felix must have!

Google Zeitgeist 2013

Google sums up the year 2013 in a minute and a half. Bit short but there are some truly remarkable moments in this short clip. Be inspired!

Timelapse: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

This is a quite spectacular time-lapse video of a hot air balloon festival. You are never too old to appreciate a balloon (or several hundred!)

It’s also worth checking out Roadtrippers.com’s YouTube channel as their other videos are pretty great too!

Strangest Shop I’ve Been In

I visited Venice in March this year and my friend who I was travelling with said she wanted to visit this book shop – supposedly the one of the world’s most unique bookshops. In retrospect, it is definitely unique. A bookshop though, I question that part!

This was a hoarders paradise. There were books everywhere, which is good, it being a bookshop and all. But the appearance suggested otherwise. There was some kind of order in evidence, but for the most part, the books were more a form of furniture and appeared to be holding the structure of the building together. They were stacked floor to ceiling, holding up shelves, even being used as a staircase out in the canal-side garden. I didn’t want to touch anything for fear f the whole place falling down on top of me.

This video below (not mine) really does not do it justice as to how cramped and overstocked each shelf is. It is a book lovers dream/nightmare. Books everywhere and yet you dare not touch them for fear of death.

My favourite experience in here though has to go to the first point of contact with staff who offered me 3D glasses to look at a 3D book of naked people. What?! Yes that’s right! Luckily this place had a side door which meant I didn’t have to walk back out past this staff member. It did mean walking past the porn section though where old copies of Playboy were strewn across the floor for sale. Odd place indeed!! Oh yes, and there was a full size gondola inside too filled with books!

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