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Cheetahs Are Ridiculously Fast

cheetahCame across this through StumbleUpon, which is turning out to be an amazing procrastination tool which throws out some really great stuff. This video (National Geographic) of a slow motion cheetah running is just stunning. As well as the sheer beauty of its motion, watch the timer in the corner, this animal is moving ridiculously fast (they can reach top speeds of over 70mph). Keep watching to the end when you get to see the camera track used to film it and the run in real time, these animals are incredible. (more…)

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AntWeb

casent0103190_p_1For someone as obsessed about insects as I seem to be, the AntWeb project (http://www.antweb.org) is a fascinating collection of information and photographs. The idea is to catalogue all 12,000 species of ants around the world, gleaned from museum collections and captured using innovative photography techniques to get the best possible resolutions (the image included here is not the highest resolution). I was first alerted to this site by a piece on it by the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/12880498) which includes a selection of these photographs, but they are so stunning you can’t help but peruse the current collection. The “About” section of the website captures how fascinating these creatures are quite well: (more…)

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Muybridge at Tate Britain

muybridge-tate I spent an enjoyable day down in London on January 15th visiting the Tate Britain, and in particular the Muybridge exhibition which was due to finish the following day. The main reason for visiting was due to my ongoing interest in animal gaits (insects and other hexapods in particular), and the Muybridge animal locomotion photographs have been an inspiration for many years as well as providing material for lectures and summer schools.

muybridge-yosemiteThe most striking impression of the exhibition, before you even reached the sequential photography for which he is most well known, is the outstanding landscape photographs from which he originally rose to prominence (many using a technique he developed to block out the sky to circumvent the problem of overexposing some parts of the plate). Alongside these were his famed lighthouse photographs (he was commissioned by the US Light House Board to catalogue all their buildings), 360 degree panoramic views of San Francisco from the balcony of his benefactor Leland Standford, and many of his stereographic pictures which really showed just how far ahead of his time he was (as well as how astute he was i marketing his photographs). His innovative techniques, at a time remember when photography was in its infancy and moving pictures were undreamt of, really did position himself at the forefront of his profession.

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