NASA’s Earth Day Global Selfie 2014

The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching to space this year. NASA is marking this big year for Earth science with a campaign called Earth Right Now, and as part of this campaign the agency asked for your help on Earth Day, April 22.

NASA astronauts brought home the first ever images of the whole planet from space. Now NASA satellites capture new images of Earth every second. For Earth Day we created an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a collection of portraits of the people of Earth. As those pictures streamed around the world on Earth Day, the individual pictures tagged #GlobalSelfie were collected and used to create a mosaic image of Earth — a new “Blue Marble” built bit by bit with your photos.

http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/155294

360 Degree View of New York

Pretty amazing 360 view of New York from the top of 1 World Trade Center.

http://wtc.gigapan.com/wtc

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Kinetic East is an charming short video of south east Scotland in summer produced by award-winning film maker Walid Salhab, Lecturer in Media Practice at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Hidden miracles of the natural world

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Published on 9 Apr 2014.
We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

New Galleries from recent Break

I’ve just uploaded 3 new galleries taken during a recent break. Please view them below…

Museum of Army Flying
Shuttleworth Collection (Vintage Aircraft Museum)
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

I’ve started to dabble in Black and White – so hopefully you all like them!

The World Outside My Window – Time Lapse of Earth from the ISS

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Check out this YouTube Video created by David Peterson of sequences of video from the ISS. Totally amazing!

The World Outside My Window – Time Lapse of Earth from the ISS

Brighton Sea Life Centre

Thought I would put the new 70D through its paces in low-light conditions at the Sea Life Centre in Brighton. With ISOs at 2500+, the images look really good, considering it was the kit lens also with the lowest f/stop of f/3.5.

Check out the images here on Flickr: Sea Life Centre, Brighton

Also check out some video taken with the STM lens again in the Sea Life Centre on YouTube: http://youtu.be/KJKYS50Y-c8

New Camera – Canon 70D

Well, I now have a new addition to the camera family – the Canon 70D Mk2 with 18-55mm STM kit lens.

The amount of new features (it has a 600+ page manual!) over my 400D is going to take some time to work out to make sure I get the most from it but so far it looks pretty damn good and hopefully will last as long, if not longer, that the 400D.

Main reasons for the upgrade are the higher resolution, HD video, 7fps and articulated screen.

I’ll still be using the 400D when out and about with both cameras, but will probably be mostly using it with the the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens for landscapes and wide-angle shots.