The panorama was created by installing four cameras around the outside platform of the 29th floor of the British Telecommunications tower. The cameras were then attached to robotic mounts timed to take four frames a second. It took three days to snap the images and three months for a computer program to stitch together all 48,640 individual shots. (via 320-Gigapixel Photo Shatters Record : Discovery News)
The way I captured the photos was actually pretty simple… it just required good timing. Having the camera in Bulb mode (exposure is as long as I hold down the shutter) was key. I put the camera out of focus and would start an exposure when I could see the fireworks going up. Once they exploded, I quickly refocused the camera. This created an effect of blobbed/out of focus light that slowly converges into fine points. Makes a regular explosion look like a deep sea creature! (via How a Photographer Created Images of Fireworks Unlike Any You’ve Ever Seen - Megan Garber - The Atlantic)
Source: The Atlantic
Authorities near Penipe, Ecuador upgraded a possible eruption warning from yellow to orange on Nov. 28, 2011, as the activity of the Tungurahua volcano raised suddenly. Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute says increased activity that began Sunday is billowing columns of ash, sending superheated clouds of gas down the slopes and cascading hot rocks from the summit. (AFP)
This spectacular display of the Aurora Borealis was captured by photographer Ray Hoffman in the Skaftafell national park in Iceland this month. (via The week in pictures: 18 November 2011 - Telegraph)
On Sept. 17, 2011, activists decrying corporate greed and the financial world’s influence on U.S. politics began camping out in New York City’s financial district as part of the “Occupy Wall Street” campaign. The protests — which have spread to other cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston — resulted in some clashes with police and hundreds of arrests in the Big Apple. Go in for a closer look at the ongoing demonstrations.
Taking it to the street — Occupy Wall Street: The Photos