“Beauty That Exists in the Most Minute Things”


Macro photography is sort of like slow-mo in movies. Technically demanding and sometimes overused — Yes, I’ve abused the Micro setting on my Canon pretty badly in the past, if you must know — but capable of showing you things otherwise impossible to see and wonderful when used appropriately. Take these images from photographer Alejandro Ferrer [Read More...]

Petra By Night with Peter West Carey


Stumbled across this image a few days back. Picked your chin back up off the ground yet? Take your time. I can wait. Those photographs come from Peter West Carey, and they’re spectacular. But I had no idea what I was looking at when I first saw them, other than knowing that it was Petra, [Read More...]

Andy Lee’s Incredible Infrared Images of Iceland


A couple of days ago, I stumbled across the astonishing imagery of UK-based photographer Andy “Large Welsh fella with camera” Lee: Infrared and Iceland, a match made in heaven. “A match made in Heaven,” he says? Hard to argue with these results. These particularly images come from a pair of Lee’s Iceland-centric portfolios — Iceland [Read More...]

“The Power of a Smile”


One of the more intriguing photographic features on the National Geographic website is something called “Your Shot,” described thusly by the NG folks: Our mission is to tell stories collaboratively through big, bold photography and expert curation. …Contribute your best photos and captions to an assignment, and our editors will handpick their favorites. The result? A published story [Read More...]

Life Got You Down Lately? Here’s A Visual Antidote.


Maybe it’s not life that’s tripping you up. Maybe it’s just Thursdays. Either way, try this. Step One: Go to Google Image Search. Step Two: Search for “harry finder silhouettes.” Step Three: You’re welcome. If you’re not comfortable with Google Image Search — and there are reasons to avoid it, I know — you can [Read More...]

Catching a GLIMPSE


WOW. Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. [Read More...]

The Fruit Dove: One of Nature’s Sharpest Dressers


Before today, I had no idea Fruit Doves even existed. Now that I know, though, I’m the richer for it. The fruit doves, also known as fruit pigeons, are a genus (Ptilinopus) in the pigeon and dove family (Columbidae). These colourful, frugivorous doves are found in forests and woodlands in Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is [Read More...]

The Stunning Images of Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”


A few days ago, a friend and I watched Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker for the first time. As I’ve remarked in the past, I love Tarkovsky. I find him brutally, brutally difficult — almost hopelessly obscure, undeniably challenging, deeply metaphysical. And Stalker is certainly no exception. I have thousands of ideas about what it means, and exactly [Read More...]

The Ural Owls of Sven Začek


These images are stunning. Breathtaking, no? They’re the work of Estonian wildlife photographer Sven Začek, whose spectacular images are growing rapidly obligatory/ubiquitary on my computer desktop. That last shot of the Ural Owl staring straight into the camera as it zooms past is my personal favorite, both as an amateur photographer (whose mind is boggled by [Read More...]

The Most Astonishing Picture I Saw Last Year


That’s not a picture of folks leaving the Green Bay Packers game this past weekend, or of my Chicago-area friends traveling to-and-from work over the past few days. That’s the Hillary Step. On Everest. You heard me. Mount Everest. Highest of heights. One of the most prestigious (and simultaneously most infamous) climbing destinations in the world. And [Read More...]