Because it’s Friday: Massive “Time-Lapse” of London – all 7.3 gigapixels of it

London by day and London by night.

24 Hour London is a set of 24, 7.3-gigapixel, photos showing in intricate detail the change in London throughout the day. There are a few images below, but you really need to go to the site to get the full experience.

I prefered the nighttime images, being able to see how the lights changed, but also how much of London was still lit up at 4:00am.





Because it’s Friday: “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows” by John Keonig

I regularly find myself needing a word to describe something for which there isn’t yet a word. There’s are so many new experiences and life is changing all around us, yet we use the same old words to describe them, and these words are so often inadequate.

As an example, I have a family member who has a chronic illness and people ask me how she is and all I have to respond with is “OK”. I can’t say that she is “fine” because she isn’t, but she’s no worse than she was yesterday so it doesn’t seem right to say “ill” or “poorly” because somehow “poorly” describes a situation where someone is going to get better. So we resort to the inadequate “OK” and a facial expression that tries to indicate “OK Good” or “OK Not Good”.

John Keonig had the same experience and so he started collating The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

Watch John introducing the Dictionary and the idea behind it at TED:

There’s also a fabulous YouTube channel for the words:

Morii: The Desire to Capture a Fleeting Experience

This is something I regularly experience.

Sonder: The Realization That Everyone Has A Story

This is something I wish more people would experience more regularly.


Because it’s Friday: “The Life of a Camera” by Andrew Saladino

I took my first picture on an old 110 Kodak camera and the results were terrible, but soon I discovered 35mm film and loved it.

Then digital photography happened and it was time to move on. I still miss the anticipation that came from having to wait for a film to be developed.

This film tells the story of a 35mm camera and everything that it saw in it’s lifetime right up to the point where it was broken.

And all this on the day that Kodak Alaris announced that Kodak Professional T-MAX P3200 TMZ, 35mm film will be making a comeback.

Because it’s Friday: “The Sound of Ice” by Henrik Trygg – What it’s really like to skate on thin ice!

In the UK we have a saying for people approaching tricky situations, we say:

“Your skating on thin ice”

But what’s it really like to skate on thin ice? That’s what this video demonstrates – skating on 45 mm thick ice to be precise.

This is black ice, or congelation ice which forms without any air bubbles trapped inside, making it transparent and giving it amazing acoustic properties. The audio is a must for this one.

The results are amazing:

Because it’s Friday : Photos of Africa, taken from a flying lawn chair | George Steinmetz

The following TED Talk tells the story behind an amazing collection of pictures taken by flying low and slow over Africa.

If you want to see more of George’s pictures there’s a full story on George’s site, and lots of pictures on his Instagram account.

Alexi’s plane casts a shadow over hyper-saline waters of Lake Natron, Tanzania. The lake has an unusually high pH of 10, similar to pure ammonia. Under the sun of the Great Rift Valley, it can reach 120°F, giving rise to blooms of red #algae. I was flying over this lake with my #paraglider earlier that morning, and felt uncomfortable being so far offshore, as #paramotor engines are notoriously unreliable. So I wimped and went back to land on the beach, only to discover that my carburetor was messed up and I was a few minutes from running out of fuel. If I had GONE FOR IT that morning, I would have landed in that red soup, which is so caustic that it burns your skin. So, feeling lucky to still be walking, I asked Alexis to take me up over the lake in his #Cessna, and got an even better picture! If I had to choose being smart or being lucky, I’d take lucky! #adventure #karma To see a TED talk about my 39 years of field work in #Africa, try the link in the bio of @geosteinmetz

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Because it’s Friday: “Human Fountains” by Human Fountains

There are times when I try to pick something for a Friday that is artistic and fabulous, other times I pick something that makes me laugh.

This video by Human Fountains made me laugh, it’s wonderfully gloriously pointlessly daft.

You need to listen with the soundtrack:

Because it’s Friday: “ALIVE | Canada 4K” by Flo Nick

I love lakes and mountains, I’m also a big fine of time-lapse so this video of Canada is, for me, a winner.

I travelled 5500 km in six weeks exploring the vast landscapes of British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, always looking to place my camera gear in the most beautiful sceneries possible.

With 54.000 single photos shot along the way I created ALIVE – a timelapse film which takes you on a vivid journey through wild forests, along the shores of crystal lakes and up the hills of massive mountains.

Flo has also done an impressive film of Iceland called Eylanda.