Each year TIME picks 10 images from 10 photographers to represent some of top news stories of the year. From the massacre at the Westgate Mall in Kenya, the Boston Marathon bombings, to the recent typhoon in the Philippines, the collection highlights …
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How do you spin such a heavy and expensive rig?
In May, we reported on a DIY way to do a Matrix-like “bullet time” using a GoPro and a ceiling fan motor. By spinning the GoPro around the subject at high speeds, it could be captured at all manner of angle. But engineer Mark Rober wasn’t satisfied, and decided to make the rig high-speed, with help from a Phantom high speed camera, and some impressive building skills.
Unfortunately, the Phantom itself was too heavy and expensive to put in danger. So instead, Rober got the help of another engineer friend, and together they constructed an incredibly impressive mirror rig. Rather than rotate the camera, a series of spinning mirrors are put in place that direct a beam of light down to the Phantom itself, which can capture the high speed footage.
The setup still has some problems, despite a number of redesigns. The mirrors and protection on the camera lead to the images looking very soft and fuzzy — especially when pared with the 50mm lens needed to let in enough light for the 7,200fps video. There’s more of a discussion about what went into the design and building over at Gizmodo, and it’s an intriguing build.
Even with its limitations, the clips the setup produces are astonishing. The work with water balloons is particularly impressive looking, even the ones which don’t pop. We can’t wait to see what Rober does next!
A century old dog book shows how far breeding has been pushed
One of the most incredible things about the widespread adoption of photography in the early 20th century is how well it allows us to compare our own times to what has gone past. A perfect example of this has been put together by the website Science of Dogs, which has culled historical images of dog breeds, and compared them to what modern specimins of that same breed look like.
The images come from a 1915 book called Breeds of All Nations, and the eponymous blog author has gone through, and created a series of matching modern images, that show the same breeds, in the same pose.
The author makes an excellent point about the extremes of the modern breeding circuit, and how the last century of “purebreeding” has lead to major genetic problems in a lot of these animals. What were once healthy, vibrant dog types are now prone to all manner of physical problems, such as spine damage in dachshunds, breathing problems in pugs, excessive skin in bassetts, and more.
What’s interesting is that the only reason we can make these comparisons accurately is due to these photographs. Prior to that, you would have to rely on artistic renderings of species, which might not always be as true to life — like was done with the attempts to create the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
But even in 1915, photography wasn’t that common — especially compared with its current ubiquity. But the rapid spread of cameras and film in the 20th century means that the more recently we look, the more widespread images to compare will be. And 100 years from now, who knows what old cellphone pics will be compared to.
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