Posts Tagged ‘photography’

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What am I eating?

October 2, 2017

“This spectacular extreme closeup of a strawberry was taken by photographer Alexey Kljatov; he explains how he took the photo:

“Focus stacking + averaging (10 groups with different focus, each group contains 8 identical shots for averaging). The problem with this shot was that strawberry is too glossy (I put white plastic bag around berry to diffuse daylight).”

OK, now it’s biology time. In case you’re wondering what you’re seeing there, the little yellow-reddish thing is called an achene — it’s not a seed. Each strawberry has over 100 achenes, each with a single seed inside of them. So the achenes are the fruits, and the seeds are inside of them… so then what’s the strawberry? Well, the strawberry is not a fruit, and it’s not even a berry in the botanical sense. It is accessory tissue for an aggregate fruit, formed from multiple ovaries of one flower. But it can get even stranger than that. Strawberries can be hermaphroditic, with male and female parts, or with distinct genders. They do not even rely on seeds to reproduce.

So the strawberry is technically not a berry, it’s not even a fruit. It’s an aggregate from the plant’s receptacle, the thickened part of a stem from which the flower organs grow.

But that doesn’t make them any less delicious or nutritious. Studies have correlated strawberries with a decreased cardiovascular disease risk. Furthermore, phytochemicals present in strawberries have been shown to anti-inflammatory or anticancer properties. In our hearts (and stomachs), strawberries will forever be delicious and healthy fruits.

If you want to truly appreciate the beauty of this photo, check out the full 2695 x 2695 pixel resolution image here.”

From ZME Science

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Where am I traveling?

September 25, 2017

From the Red Sea to Hong Kong on a 30-day time lapse voyage on a container ship.  Filmed by photographer, Jeffrey Tsang.

Via This is Colossal

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

May 12, 2017

This week’s wonderful sappy cat photo comes from Carol at Light Words.

Look carefully at the upper left corner of the photo.  See the mockingbird mocking the poor, confused kitty? Thanks, Carol!

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Why am I glowing?

January 26, 2017

burrows3“Photographer Craig Burrows photographs plants and flowers using a type a photography called UVIVF or “ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence.” If you haven’t heard of it, that’s not a surprise, as it is a relatively unknown process which brings out the glowing fluoresce in plant matter through the use of high-intensity UV lights.

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Typically UV is removed through a camera’s lens, however Burrows photographs with a 365nm LED light which is passed through a filter to transmit only UV and infrared light. The dazzling plant life Burrows’ photographs absorbs this UV light and releases visible light at different wavelengths, which allows him to capture colors far more vivid than those seen in a typical viewing condition.

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Although Burrows has limited his photography to singular flowers and small arrangements, his next step is aimed at illuminating entire scenes, like gardens, glades, and greenhouses, with 100-watt floodlights. You can see more of the Southern California-based photographer’s glowing plant portraits on his Flickr and portfolio site. ”

Credit: Colossal

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What am I Sappy New Year blogging?

December 30, 2016

 

Thanks, Robb!

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How do I fly?

August 28, 2016

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These photographs are a project of Spanish photographer Xavi Bou.  Called chronophotographs, they capture a series of images of birds in flight, showing the net result of the motion – think Eadweard Muybridge and his photographs of human and animal motion that were taken 150 years ago.

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I love this one of ducks lifting off from a lake.

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more at Colossal

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What am I funny critter blogging?

August 26, 2016

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This little guy garnered an award of highly commended for Yuzuru Masuda in the 2015 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

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This is the winner by Julian Rad

More funny critters here at Colossal