Public domain images are often either of poor quality or so esoteric as to be without any real interest. So hats off to The Public Domain Review, a not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works that are also of high quality. One of the notable aspects of this site is its curated collections of films, audio and images, spanning visions of the future from the late19th century to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fairy photographs, accompanied by text placing them in a historical perspective.
Hyper-lapse videos — made by combining time-lapse photography with camera movements — have been popular for a while now. But digital experience builder Teehan+Lax has now released a free tool that makes it possible to create these using shots from Google Street View. Appropriately dubbed Google Street View Hyperlapse, it can be used as-is or the open source code can be tweaked to manipulate such things as frame rate, image quality and camera movement. The clip below shows what it's capable of.
It's certainly an experience familiar to New Yorkers, who live in what serves as the setting for countless movies — that sense of suddenly feeling that your locale is familiar, without quite being able to place it. When in fact you've previously only experienced your current location within a movie. Christopher Moloney had the inspired idea to take photos of locales used in movies in New York and around the world. He then superimposed on them stills from the movies themselves, while right on location, as it were.
While "to Photoshop" is now synonymous with altering a photograph with intent to deceive, this not only pre-dates our digital era but can be traced back to the early years of photography itself. Having a product become closely associated with dubious practices might be seen as a negative thing but Adobe would seem to have adopted Mae West's famous adage, who once said: "Honey, there ain't no such thing as bad publicity." At least, that's one interpretation of its sponsoring role in a current exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
There's just something compelling about panoramic images. And while there's certainly no shortage of tools to create these, newcomers are always welcome that manage to combine simplicity and image quality with a low price point. Enter Occipital's 360 Panorama for iOS and Android. This dumbs things down nicely by simply requiring the user to tap the screen and pan, with the app creating a panorama in real time. Once complete you can save or share it, with viewing possible as a photo or an immersive experience. Fun stuff.
The Marquis de Sade once pointed out that, "Those who define are the masters." And it's hard to argue with the fact that those who make the rules, run the game. In commerce, this shows up when firms coin a new term that they hope will redefine the marketplace, thus providing a competitive advantage. I thought of this recently after receiving a press release from StockFood.com, which describes itself as "the world’s largest food media agency."