Maps go underwater now as Google has added panoramic imagery of Hawaii, Australia, and the Philippines. From the Google Maps Blog:
Find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray and experience the reef at sunset. in the Great Barrier Reed. At Apo Island, a volcanic island and marine reserve in the Philippines, you can see an ancient boulder coral, which may be several hundred years old. And in the middle of the Pacific, in Hawaii, you can join snorkelers in Oahu’s Hanauma Bay and drift over the vast coral reef at Maui’s Molokini crater.
The images are stunning as seen in this video.
The feature works like Street View in Google Maps. And the images were captured using an SVII specialized camera while traveling at 4 kilometers an hour.
Called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, the photo was assembled by combining 10 years of Hubble photographs taken of a patch of sky. The XDF is a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full moon…and contains about 5,500 galaxies. The faintest galaxies are one ten-billionth the brightness of what the human eye can see.
As a force in visually defining the sport of surfing Aaron has pursued his photography to the far ends of the earth. For 25 years, as a senior photographer for Surfing magazine, Aaron was at the core of the surfing world discovering new talent and surf spots on a global scale. Having traveled to 40+ countries in search of the perfect adventure Aaron’s work has graced the covers of over 100 magazines.
If you want to peek inside the barrel or get up-close-and-personal with marine life, then you will love Aaron Goulding’s work. He loves grabbing those inside-the-tube shots and quiet ocean moments. But everyone wants a self-portrait of themselves catching a wave and in the barrel.
Morgan Maassen is possibly the world’s most talented surf photographer. All you have to do is look at these shots and you will be impressed. He is also a past winner of the Follow the Light Foundation.
Here are 8 of his images pulled from his public Facebook page, where you can find tons more. He can also be found at:
*Enjoy handplanes set themselves apart in the bodysurfing industry by turning their creations into one-of-a-kind art. It is amazing, the creativity and beauty they put into these little planes, with everything from DIY craft to pure artist illustrations, simple coloring and classic lines.
Of course, one has to mention that all of these handplanes are made from recycled and reused material. They use old, trashed surfboards and environmentally responsible resin for glassing. Definitely a part of the Zero Waste mantra.
Take a look and you might just be tempted to buy one. You can also join the *Enjoy community by visiting their vibrant Facebook group.
Here is the perfect Pinterest account to follow, The Los Angeles Times. The paid photographers of newspapers and magazines are the ideal users of Pinterest. After all, they are trained professionals in the art of awesome photography.
While most of us are creating boards called “Things I like” and “My Style” they are doing things like “Cityscapes at Dusk” and “Photos of Celebrities at the Oscars”. Getting to places we often can’t get to and going to places we are too busy (or lazy) to go to.
At least, that’s my thought on the subject, and my argument for print publications to rock Pinterest. They can only make the site better.
Because, I mean, haven’t you fallen in love with Pinterest?
It’s summer and I feel like this orangutan (loungin!)
Our neighborhood now has raccoons, two of them. They are weird too. Last week, I was writing outside and they popped up on the fence, right in front of the dog, and started cooing at me. Like they wanted milk or something. Then the other night, like 3am, there was an epic battle on a neighbor’s tree between the raccoon’s and possibly the possum who used to patrol this territory. There was all sorts of scratching, hissing, branches shaking, and yelling to wake us up.
Just to show you how awe-inspiring the gallery is – Dolomites, Italy (part of the Alps).