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.

Because it’s Friday: “Structure: A Microscopic Landscape in 4k” by Drew Geraci

The ordinary things around us are extraordinary especially when we get in close.

This video shows the world of ordinary organic things like Kiwi, Strawberry, Blueberry ad Garlic at 1000x magnification:

It all started with a single shot – a small frozen snowflake I captured using a 100mm macro lens. I’ve shot plenty of macro photography in the past, but for some reason this image ignited my imagination and passion to shoot. So I did what any sane person would do — bought a microscope with camera capabilities and I started to shoot every day objects at 1000x+ magnifications.

It was like a whole new world for me. I ran out to the grocery store and picked up as many different and unique looking organic foods I could find so I could capture them up-close and personal