Wonderful toy photography reveals delightful alternate realities

Pro toy photographer Mitchel Wu creates these stunning scenes using "practical effects," physical effects created without computer-generated imagery.

I create and craft stories through toy photography...capturing the illusion of motion and emotion where none exist.

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A.I. reconstructs incomplete photos

Researchers from graphics company NVIDIA developed a deep learning system that automatically reconstructs corrupted images or fills in missing parts:

The method, which performs a process called “image inpainting”, could be implemented in photo editing software to remove unwanted content, while filling it with a realistic computer-generated alternative.

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Amazing birdseye photos taken by pigeons a century ago

In 1907, pharmacist and photography buff Dr. Julius Neubronner invented the "pigeon camera." Neubronner attached his cameras, with a built-in shutter timer, to his own homing pigeons and let them fly. Read the rest

Amazing photos of sports games combined into single chaotic images

Photographer Pelle Cass takes dozens of photographs of the same location and then combines the people into a single image. His photos of sporting events make the games look much more fun! Read the rest

China's falling space station burned up last night just north of the Spacecraft Cemetery

Last night, China's Tinagong-1 space station, about the size of a school bus, burned up as it fell over the Pacific Ocean. The Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques captured this hot image as the satellite was just 270 kilometers (170 miles) above Earth's surface. Read the rest

The Honey Hunters of Nepal

Here's a stunning series of images by photographer Andrew Newey of Nepalese honey hunters. Newey spent two weeks among the Gurung ethnic group in central Nepal, documenting their traditional beekeeping practices. Read the rest

The Silence of the Lambs, behind-the-scenes

Behind-the-scenes photos from Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). Several others below and still more over at Dangerous Minds. Read the rest

Dreamlike photos of miniature street scenes

Photographer Andy Rudak and model maker Luke san de Wiel created incredible (and unusual) street scenes in miniature that became the the subjects of gorgeous images. Read the rest

Art exhibition about urban legends

"Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends" is a new group exhibition at California State University, Fullerton's Begovich Gallery where artists were asked to create pieces about modern day myths that resonate with them in some personal way. Read the rest

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell (book review)

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell centers on a beautiful, reprinted collection of diabolical 1860s French stereoscopic cards. On each card is an image of a detailed, intricate clay diorama depicting life in hell. Read the rest

Caturday

"Spike with the 56mm," a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Benjamin G. Levy. "Spike obliges me while I test out the 56mm lens on the Fuji." Share your photos with us, if you'd like to maybe see 'em on the blog. Read the rest

Early Polaroid SX-70 photos from LIFE

In 1972, Polaroid introduced its iconic SX-70 camera. It was an evolutionary leap from the groundbreaking "Land Camera" invented in 1947 by Polaroid co-founder Edwin H. Read the rest

Artistically altered 19th century cabinet cards

Cabinet cards are a kind of photo portrait mounted on cardboard that were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century. Noted vernacular photography collector Robert E. Read the rest

LIFE photo essay of 1960s Wiccans in the UK

In 1964, LIFE magazine published a photo essay titled "Real Witches at Work," about Wiccans in contemporary England. They've just posted a number of those striking images plus others, including the beautiful shot above. Read the rest

International children with their favorite toys

Gabriele Galimberti photographed children in 58 countries with their favorite toys. Here is his brand new book of the photographs: "Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things" (via Smithsonian) Read the rest

Italian stock exchange flips us off

From my Instagram feed: In 2010, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was commissioned to create a sculpture for the front of Milan's Borsa Italiana, the Italian stock exchange. Read the rest

Time-lapse fireflies

Vincent Brady shot these scenes of swarming fireflies at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, and at his home in Michigan: "I used every trick I have up my sleeve to pull this off. Read the rest

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