You’ve Never Seen The Milky Way Look Quite Like This

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Feb 292016
 

Experience the Milky Way in a brand new light.

On Wednesday, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) unveiled a stunning new image of the Milky Way’s galactic plane taken by the APEX telescope in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

A composite of more than 700 observations captured by the telescope, it’s the most detailed image ever created of our galaxy from the Southern hemisphere, and the first time that the southern Milky Way has been shown at the submillimeter wavelengths between infrared light and radio waves:

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Willem Jonkers: The Fisheye Master Of Street Photography

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Jul 092015
 

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I started out with a 23mm and a 14mm prime, but quickly came to the conclusion that those lenses pushed me too far back from my subjects and my frames were like the many we see all the time. About a year ago I met Steven Gonzalez on Facebook who was using an 8mm fisheye on the streets and thought it was very interesting. This inspiration enabled me to take my urge to get closer to the extreme.

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Nowadays I feel at one with that lens. It gives my subjects the stage I think they should have and how I envision them in the final photographs. By shooting at distances of sometimes less than one foot, my subjects fill the frame completely, but still with a good sense of the surroundings they are moving around in because of the wideness of the lens. The intended distortion of a fisheye lens makes that framing possible.

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Very often I photograph just right in front of someone’s feet from a very low angle and you’ll get that “Gulliver” effect which gives my subject that ‘greatness’ in my frames. On the subject of gear, it’s my opinion that gear will not make you a photographer. Vision does. Gear is a tool to make you display that vision. It has nothing to do with expensive cameras or lenses. My camera is a Fuji X-T1. It can handle very high ISO values, which I need in order to use very fast shutter speeds and still keep a high quality RAW file without too much noise.

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15 More Gorgeous Entries In This Year’s World Photography Awards

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Dec 282014
 

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For the past several months, photographers around the world have been submitting works to the annual Sony World Photography Awards, a competition that attracts amateur and professional image makers from nearly every corner of the globe vying for online prestige.

As we’ve outlined before, photographers compete across several contests — professional, open, and youth, entering images in categories like travel, arts and culture, nature and wildlife, architecture, people and “split second.” So far, the 2015 edition has seen aerial impossibilities from Romania, perfectly framed animals in Indonesia, manmade abstracts in the Netherlands and frozen landscapes in Russia. The photos are a wild nod to the diversity of life on planet Earth, celebrating moments that often span just the time it takes to close a shutter.

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