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Unusual Long Exposure Firework Photographs by David Johnson

Unusual Long Exposure Firework Photographs by David Johnson
While attending the International Fireworks Show in Ottawa, Canada earlier this month photographer David Johnson had his camera in hand to document the night. When Spain’s entry into the competition begin he decided to try something a little different resulting in the photos you see here which are unlike any long exposure firework shots I’ve ever seen. Via email David tells me how he accomplished the effect: The technique I used was a simple refocus during the long exposure. Each shot was about a second long, sometimes two. I’d start out of focus, and when I heard the explosion I would quickly refocus, so the little stems on these deep sea creature lookalikes would grow into a fine point. What’s interesting is that unlike usual firework photos that seem to make long trails across the sky, Johnson’s photos look like flowers with little triangular plumes coming to a point.

Why drawing needs to be a curriculum essential | Culture professionals network | Guardian Professional Drawing has seen something of a renaissance in the last twenty years in the UK. From the Campaign for Drawing to the Drawing Research Network, from the Drawing Room to the Rabley Drawing Centre, we've witnessed a proliferation of passion, effort and energy matched by increased museum exhibitions, dedicated degree courses, professors, publications and conferences. All of the above have been established in pursuit of understanding, developing and promoting drawing, and many inside and outside the sector endure to evidence drawing as both the most sophisticated means of thinking and communicating, and an activity for all. In the 1990s dedicated resources for drawing were much thinner on the ground. At Gloucestershire College of Art (now University) my team taught a structured programme that started with an intensive drawing course as the introduction to the underpinning systems and principles of visual language and painting in particular.

The Pleasure Of: A Video Compilation of Life’s Most Pleasurable Moments by Vitùc Taking the first bite of a watermelon. Cracking an egg. Floating in the ocean on a sunny day. These are brief, seemingly inconsequential moments that almost immediately slip from memory as they pass, neither life-altering or particularly remarkable, and yet taken together they become a sort of texture of our lives. Filmmaker Vitùc recognized the importance of these small moments and collected several dozen of them in his new video short called The Pleasure Of that was shot in part with an iPhone 4s.

Bottle Cap Portrait Artist Mary Ellen Croteau was working on an artwork involving plastic bottle caps, creating tall endless strings that are strung vertically in colorful columns. She repeatedly noticed how some of the caps would fit neatly inside of one another creating new color combinations similar to the portraits of Chuck Close. Inspired, she became sidetracked and embarked on her own self portrait using the colors that “naturally” appeared in the bottle cap plastic. This work was submitted by John Mangahas as part of the Curatorial Contest of Awesomness that was held this past week on Facebook. Missed out on all the action?

Good Bye Summer: Collection of the Summertime Photography Can you believe that the summer is basically over? We feel the cool breath of autumn more and more day by day. It’s a little sad that the summer has passed so quickly and cold winds are taking it away. If the summer was endless, we wouldn’t love it so much as we do. Without a doubt I can say that summer is a small life. At the long cold winter evenings, we think about summer as it’s the greatest dream. I went in search of some pictures that have perfectly captured this season. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

50 Powerful Photos Capture Extraordinary Moments In The Wild These amazing photos show animals in a way that you’ve never seen them before. Each image serves as a reminder that we share the planet with some truly awe-inspiring creatures. John Chaney / National Geographic Ian Schofield / National Geographic Goat kids playing at 14,000 feet Simon Chandra / National Geographic Underwater Experiments Continued: Wonderful New Photos of Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov Since first covering the photography of Russian biologist Alexander Semenov (previously) back in January his self-directed “Underwater Experiments” series has continued unabated as he releases other-worldy shots of the Earth’s most elusive creatures almost daily. Again and again Semenov captures some of the most jaw-dropping photographs of underwater life I’ve ever seen, most frequently an animal called lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) which is the largest known species of jellyfish in the world. What you see here only scratches the surface of his work over the last couple of months, definitely urge you to get lost in his underwater gallery.

Portrait Drawn with Ballpoint Pens Nope, not a photograph. This is an amazing portrait drawn by 29-year-old Portugal-based attorney Samuel Silva (he says art is just his “hobby”) based on a photograph by Russian photographer Kristina Tararina. Silva’s medium of choice is standard Bic ballpoint pens on paper and this particular portrait uses eight different colors, taking some 30 hours to complete. The drawing went gangbusters on Reddit last night and Silva fields a number of questions about his work over on deviantART. You can see many more of Silva’s drawings here.

Photographs from the Edge of the World Mikko Lagerstedt is a self-taught photographer based-in Finland who only started shooting back in December 2008. Since then, he has captured a number of hauntingly beautiful landscape photographs showing both stars and self-portrait silhouettes hovering over the horizon line. His latest project is simply titled “Edge”, and features “atmospheric photography” of the Finnish landscape. Lagerstedt writes, I’m a graphic designer and self-taught photographer from Finland [...] Kids Crafts: Clothes Pins Mermaids Welcome back to this week’s Kids Crafts – when we made clothes pins mermaids! Clothes pins mermaids have been “yet another” craft that have been on my mind/ to do list for AGES! I was waiting for my kids to be big enough to actually have a go and make some themselves. And as our clothes pins pirates showed it is very clear quite how much Red Ted LOVES colouring clothes pins. One week Red Ted’s nursery was “doing Mermaids and MerMen” and this was my opportunity. Red Ted was hooked. I then decide to make on for our Craft Book. Materials: clothes pins, pens/ paint, funky foam, glue and glitter. Red Ted’s: Painted his Mermens’ bodies in his chosen colours. I then cut out a semi circle out of funky foam, shaped it into a fin and we glued it in place. My mermaid: I painted the fin in a blue – the same colour as the fin. Done. Pip Squeak did have a go. Join the Kids Get Crafty linky party! This linky list is now closed. I hope you liked our Clothes Pins Mermaids and that you have a go too!

Composite Photographs Blend Scenes from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Present Day In this series of carefully photoshopped images, photographer Shawn Clover created composite photographs that blend historical scenes from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and his own present-day captures of the same locations. A number of other artists have created similar images, most notably Sergey Larenkov’s Ghosts of WWII, but Clover really seems to have put in extreme amounts of effort in trying to determine how each photograph precisely overlaps the other, resulting in some fascinating interactions between past and present. Clover’s work is broken into two parts, Part 1 was created in 2010 and Part 2 was completed just last month. (via Laughing Squid)

Top 50 Pictures of the Day 2011 Every day at 5pm the Sifter posts the Picture of the Day. Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 50 from 2011. It’s hard to imagine the year is almost over, time seems to fly faster each successive year so it’s fun to take a moment and look back at the year that was.