Friday Photo News Roundup: Breathtaking Images

I haven’t done a round-up in a little while. Not that I haven’t found anything interesting,  just that I fall into the habit of posting items piecemeal on my Facebook Fan Page.

So let’s start with an amazing composite image of lightning strikes captured over the course of half-an-hour.

Lightning Strikes

Chris Kotsiopoulos

You can see more of the photographer’s work here. He’s got some pretty cool galleries of celestial events.

You might also remember a past blog post where I mention a photographer who captured lightning hitting the Statue of Liberty.

Next, check out the “World’s Best Underwater Photographs of 2010”

'Hitting sailfish' - Sailfish attacking schooling fish in Port St Johns, South Africa

Photograph: Alexander Safonov /Barcroft Media


Keeping with the theme, Reuters has a 55 photo slideshow of its best photos of 2010. What I really like about this gallery is that the photographers give extended descriptions in the captions along with the gear and settings they used. Warning: some of the photos are graphic.

Lastly, is this 360-degree, 80 gigapixel (that’s 80 billion pixels) panoramic image of London. The page is a little slow to load, so be patient. Then click “cancel” on the window that explains how to pan and zoom. I love how you can zoom in to see people on the street and inside buildings. In fact, this article gives you more details behind the work and says the photographer had to censor some naughty activity.

If you like gigapixel images, I posted this 1.2 gigapixel image a month ago from game one of the National League Series.  Again, use the tools to pan and zoom. If you see yourself or someone you know in the stands, you can actually tag them!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!



A Giant Lens and a Giant Megapixel Image

Silly restraining order keeping you away from Angelina Jolie? Pfft. Meaningless when put up against the “Mother of All Telephoto lenses. To quote “The Canon 1200mm f/5.6 L lens is a legendary optic that B&H calls “The Mother of all Telephotos“. It’s a 36 pound behemoth that costs $120,000 if you can find one for sale — only a handful of them were made at a rate of 2 per year (delivery time was 18 months). When coupled with a crop factor body (e.g. the Canon 7D) and a 2x extender, the lens is the equivalent of a 3840mm f/11.”

See it in action here:

And now baseball fans….check out this image from Game 1 of the National League Series. It’s a panoramic made up of 280 images and totalling 1,242 megapixels…that’s 1.2 gigapixels! What’s really cool is that if you use the tool to zoom in, you can actually see people in the stands! I see you picking your nose!