Saturday, December 24, 2011

Earthrise: A Christmas Postcard from Apollo 8

It's not Christmas Day yet, but this fantastic image is fit be shared on any season or occasion, although it has more weight on this day. The picture, called Earthrise, is by itself breathtaking enough to be featured on this blog, but it's doubly special because of the occasion on which it was taken by the crew of Apollo 8.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Voyager Golden Record: Images of Earth as Seen by Extraterrestrials

Last week's post on what the Earth looks like during an eclipse garnered a lot of Ooohs and Aaahs in the comments because of the unusual view it provided of the Earth. But what kind of view would extraterrestrials find of this planet? Fortunately for them, they won't have to travel too far to find pictures of Earth and her inhabitants as they can just look at the images preserved on the Voyager Golden Record.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What does the Earth look like during a solar eclipse?

A few days ago on December 10, 2011, a total lunar eclipse took place that was fully visible to people in most of Asia and Oceana, and partially visible to those in Europe and North America. Eclipses, both solar and lunar, are spectacular events that still evoke wonder in the eyes of people on Earth, but wouldn't it be equally fascinating to see what the Earth looks like during an eclipse like this?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Martin Schoeller: Up Close and Personal

Mole and Thomas' larger-than-life recreations of famous US icons may be awe-inspiring from afar, but there's nothing like looking into the eyes of a real person. In portrait photographer Martin Schoeller's appropriately titled "Close Up", viewers get up close and personal with Hollywood stars and celebrities in a refreshing and almost overly in-depth manner.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Arthur Mole and John Thomas: A Picture Worth A Thousand Men

How many men does it take to create the perfect portrait? This blog has on occasion featured group portraits, but nothing on this magnitude. Assembling a cast of several officers and enlisted men, Arthur Mole and John Thomas used their knowledge of perspective and photography in order to create a series of images that would inspire America. Almost a hundred years from that time, their pictures of a thousand men are worth more than tenfold in words.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sleeve Face: The Portrait within A Portrait

The money shot or banknote face featured previously was a nice diversion from the more serious portraits of this blog. If you tried to make your own money shot at home, you probably encountered some difficulty because of the small size of the bill. Not so with Sleevefaces or LP Portraits. If you happen to have any old vinyl record covers, simply put them up to your face, pose appropriately, and click the shutter. You now have yourself a sleeveface, the instant portrait within a portrait.