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How the…? These Mind Bending Perspective Pics Will Make You Question Reality. #23 Is Crazy.

The Eiffel Tower and Leaning Tower of Pisa are two of the most iconic places for tourists looking to take what are known as forced perspective pictures. You’ve definitely seen them before. They’re the pictures where it looks like someone is holding the Eiffel Tower in their hand, or propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Forced perspective employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. This how they used to make old monster movies, but the technique can also be used to create some great photos. Somehow though the best forced perspective shots always seem to be vacation photos. Here are some of the best ones we found:

1.) It’s pretty windy out there. – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

2.) Anyone in there? – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

3.) Hold on tight! – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

4.) Looks comfortable. – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

5.) I wish I was that strong. – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

6.) Amazing natural rock formations. – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

7.) Straight out of Jurassic Park. – Kansas City, Missouri

8.) He’s a giant. – Mojave Desert, California

9.) Let me just grab that real quick. – Laguna Beach, California

10.) I wonder how solid this rock is. – Arches National Park, Utah

11.) Get over here! – Spokane, Washington

12.) This doesn’t look comfortable. – Chicago, Illinois

13.) Umm…ok? – Chicago, Illinois

14.) Set it down here boys! – Washington, DC

15.) Where do you think you’re going? – Seattle, Washington

16.) Kind of like Inception. – Disney World, Orlando, Florida

17.) Be careful not to break it. – London, England

18.) Just putting the finishing touches on it. – Loughborough, England

19.) Go my minions! – Manchester, England

20.) Watch out below! -Stonehenge, England

21.) Of course we had to include the Leaning Tower of Pisa. – Pisa, Italy

22.) I wonder if he stuck the landing. – Pisa, Italy

23.) Whoa. I don’t even know how they managed that. – Florence, Italy

24.) What a view. – Rocca di Papa, Rome, Italy

25.) Don’t forget about the Eiffel Tower. – Paris, France

26.) On her tip toes. – Paris, France

27.) We’re sinking! Abandon ship! – Montmartre, Paris, France

28.) Very nice to meet you. -Cairo, Egypt

29.) Don’t lose your balance. – Cairo, Egypt

30.) Yum delicious. – Tokyo, Japan

31.) No PDA please. – Turkey

32.) Just making sure the ground is solid. – Sombrio Point, BC, Canada

33.) We’ll just leave this here then… – Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau, Swiss Alps

34.) Please don’t push me! -Yealgiri, Tamil Nadu, India

35.) His cup runneth over. -Scotland

36.) Boop! – Rio Claro, Sao Paulo, Brazil

I still can’t get my head around #23, that’s amazing. Share these crazy photos by clicking below.

What This Woman Photographs Is Stunning, But It Has A Dark Side

Back in 2012, photographer Helene Schmitz was tasked with capturing images of a stunning natural phenomenon that actually wreaks havoc on every inch of ground that it covers. Known as Kudzu, this invasive plant series was brought as a gift to the U.S. by the Japanese at the1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

The rapidly growing plant intrigued people at first, but since it arrived on the scene, Kudzu has taken a serious toll on everything in its wake (naturally occurring or otherwise).

It may look incredible, but the cons of this species’ presence have proven to far outweigh the pros. These photos, which were taken by Schmitz in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina, reveal the immensity of this plant’s power.

Kudzu expands its damaging reign about by about 30 centimeters per day. As you can imagine, that really adds up after a few decades.

“The notion of a plant being ‘invasive’ was intriguing,” the photographer writes, “since it is described with a term normally used to describe actions of war. Bringing war terminology to mankind’s relation to a singular plant and its germination might even describe something about our relation to nature itself.”

The eerie series speaks to the sometimes baffling power of nature, revealing the strange beauty of Kudzu’s devastating reach.

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While this invasion is of the natural variety, it’s important to note that this species was allowed to cover so much ground because human beings planted mass amounts of Kudzu well into the 1940s in order to prevent erosion near crops and alongside railroad tracks. From there, it erupted into the force of nature that Helene Schmitz captured so hauntingly in this series.

To see more of this photographer’s work, be sure to check out her website today.

These Photos All Have One Thing In Common, And It’s So Chilling

When it comes to capitalizing on loss, 19th-century photographer William H. Mumler was an expert…for a while, anyway.

In 1861, he noticed that a second figure appeared in the background of a photograph he was developing. Although it was obviously a flaw in the process, he knew that he could cash in on that error by capturing basic portraits, superimposing additional faces in the background, and presenting them as spirits.

Fittingly enough, the phenomenon of spirit photography was born in a small, Boston-based studio.

Up to that point, Mumler had little to no known attachment to paranormal activity.

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And he didn’t even delve into photography until after he worked as a silver engraver for a few years.

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As he was developing a self-portrait one day, he noticed that fateful second face in the image.

Quickly flipping the script on what was probably a rookie mistake, he claimed that the face belong to his deceased cousin. After that, “spirits” started showing up in more and more photos.

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Conveniently enough, the receptionist at the studio moonlighted as a medium. With a little support on her part, Mumler’s technique turned into a full-fledged phenomenon in Boston.

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National acclaim soon followed. At that point in history, mysticism was on its way to being a prevailing school of thought over rationalism.

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For that reason, spirit photography could not have come about at a more appropriate time.

Because objective truth was not held in high regard in mystic circles, people rode the waves of this bizarre phenomenon without a shred of evidence in sight.

When Mumler made his way to New York City in 1869, however, a legal wrench was thrown in the gears.

The mayor wasn’t exactly enthused about the situation, so he sent a reporter into Mumler’s shop disguised as a client.

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After the photo was taken and Mumler added an additional face, he released it and claimed that the figure was the subject’s late father-in-law. There was just one problem with that.

His father-in-law was very much alive at the time, which meant that Mr. Mayor received a detailed report of the photographer’s fraudulent ways.

That landed the artist in court, but he was eventually acquitted for lack of evidence and testimony.

Although that dealt a crushing blow to his New York business, he was still revered in mystic communities in Boston.

But after a while, the Spiritualist movement — the same one that accelerated Mumler’s rise to fame — folded. Needless to say, that wasn’t good for business.

William Mumler died completely destitute in 1884.

While he did go on to make contributions to the photography industry — most notably with the discovery of a wood-cut printing method then known as the Mumler Process — his career didn’t really survive (much less thrive) after the court revealed his true colors.

(via Mashable)

These Abstract Photos Will Make You See Natural Beauty in a New and Amazing Way

Photographer Thorsten Scheuermann spends a lot of time hiking through various national parks in the western US, capturing the incredible feats of nature on camera. His photos range from grand, sweeping vistas of deserts, river valleys and forests to classic “portrait” style images of trees, waterfalls and animals.

And sometimes, he goes for something a little different, framing the images in such a way that the less immediately noticeable, but no less beautiful, parts of the scenery get their own time in the spotlight.

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Because of the way the photos are set up, the larger context is removed, and the viewer only sees the details, which now look like an abstract pattern of color, shape and texture. In this way, nature is presented in a beautiful new way that’s playful as well as mysterious. This is achieved by careful framing and cropping, and by eliminating any human presence or anything that can reference the scale of what you’re actually looking at. By removing size and location cues, we’re left with just the image, which might cover many square miles or only a few square inches, and we can simply absorb its beauty.

Tendrils

Palo Alto, CA

Born in Fire

Big Island, HI

Clear as Mud

Alvord Desert, OR

Sunset

Kirkland, WA

Clay Palette

Painted Hills, OR

Sequoia Light, Sequoia National Park, CA

Ice Bubbles

Columbia River Gorge, OR

Strawberry Swirls

Painted Hills, OR

(via Thorsten Scheuermann)

“I love hiking in America’s National Parks,” Scheuermann says, “[I] enjoy capturing both grand vistas in beautiful light as well as intimate scenes just waiting to be discovered by visitors with an open mind and open eyes.”

 

You’ll Swear These Colorful Animals are Photoshopped, But They’re All Natural.

We all know what pigeons, lobster, and crickets look like, and they really aren’t much to write home about. Sure, occasionally you might find one with an usual marking or two, but nothing too impressive.

That is, until you see these guys. Along with some other friends from the animal and insect kingdoms, each of these seem to have been tampered with on Photoshop or possibly taken a dip into a Lisa Frank factory. But trust us: they’re 100% real and you can totally find them in nature around the world. We promise. 

1.) Nicobar Pigeon

1.) Nicobar Pigeon Flickr

2.) Pink Orchid Mantis

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3.) Purple Snail

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4.) Regal Ring-neck Snake

4.) Regal Ring-neck Snake Imgur

5.) Pink Katydid

5.) Pink Katydid Bored Panda

6.) Rainbow Cricket

6.) Rainbow Cricket Flickr

7.) Texas Wasp Moth

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8.) Cobalt Blue Tarantula

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9.) Ayam Cemani Rooster

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10.) Pink Robin

10.) Pink Robin Flickr

11.) Lilac Breated Roller

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12.) Blue Lobster

12.) Blue Lobster Flickr

13.) Halloween Crab

13.) Halloween Crab Wikimedia

14.) Red Velvet Ant

14.) Red Velvet Ant Flickr

15.) Mandarin Fish

15.) Mandarin Fish Bored Panda

16.) Blue Grasshopper

16.) Blue Grasshopper Bored Panda

17.) Indian Bull Frog

17.) Indian Bull Frog Flickr

18.) Rosy Maple Moth

18.) Rosy Maple Moth Bored Panda

19.) Polish Pigeon

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20.) Red Cheeked Cordon Bleu

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21.) Red Slug

21.) Red Slug National Geographic

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Makes all those kids dying their hair crazy colors seem a bit more normal, don’t ya think? At least there’s some things in nature they match!

A Man Spent Years Taking Photos Of One Small Town. When You Look Closer, You’ll See Why.

Artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing one special town that he holds very dear to his heart. There is something that always drew him to it, and the images he created are simple, but stunning. They glow with small-town charm and innocence, reminiscent of days and decades past.

The town he photographs is quaint and beautiful.

It’s like each picture tells a story of how life used to be in the United States.

There’s not much going on in these pictures, but it’s obvious that this town is nothing but charm.

But, as it turns out, also not real.

Michael builds custom miniature models and sets, meticulously crafting every detail.

Then, the 60 year-old photographer creates the hyper-realistic images.

If you didn’t know any better, you might think these are vintage photos of a town from a few decades ago…

And NOT the extremely small models this man built.

He started building these models as an exercise. He wanted to practice his craft and also photography.

He never imagined it would be a “dream-like reconstruction” of the town he grew up in.

To Michael, this is what quintessential America looked like when he was a kid.

It is absolutely beautiful.

If “Elgin Park” were a real town, I would love to live there.

He creates the scenes by setting up Danbury Mint and Franklin Mint die cast autos and trucks in front of his models on card tables.

Then, he uses the surrounding scenery to make the backgrounds for the photos.

The perspective has to be JUST right…

Usually the resulting photos are completely convincing.

Even when you know what’s going on behind the scenes.

It’s all an illusion.

But Michael is able to make an incredibly convincing one.

His selfies aren’t part of the official photo series, but I think they just add to the charm of his work.

If you’d like to see more pictures of this perfect American town, visit the Elgin Park website. To learn more about Michael’s work, please visit the Craftsmanship Museum website for a full writeup on his talents and process. Source: Amusing Planet Michael’s work is a reminder of how things used to be (and how we may remember them). Share his unique photography with others.

This Is The Most Sick And Twisted Thing I’ve Seen In A While. Fortunately, We’re Killing It.

A demented trend that some senseless people are doing has recently surfaced… and it’ll make you sick to your stomach. If you haven’t noticed yet, many people are obsessed with their smart phones. Not only that, but they love to take pictures of themselves (known as “selfies”). Via Instagram and Twitter, it was discovered that these young people have started taking “homeless selfies.” And it has sadly caught on in a big way.

They have been showing a blatant disregard for their fellow man.

These young people, when they come across someone on the streets, take pictures with them.

They violate their rights.

Not only that, but it’s massively insulting.

These are people that are in need of HELP, not ridicule.

Seeing these pictures could make anyone’s blood boil.

That’s why a Tumblr is setting out to stop it.

Selfies With Homeless People is a website that gathers these disgusting photos…

They hope to make people angry.

Because if people get angry enough, maybe they’ll help donate to their local shelters or organizations that help the needy.

So if you want to see less of these terrible pictures, donate.

Help the homeless.

Don’t show them such disrespect, it makes others sick.

ViralNova, along with several other Web sites, have decided to take this sick trend and use it to raise awareness and money for the homeless. What we want to do is turn it into something good. If you want to do your part to help stop people from taking these awful pictures, please donate to City Harvest, Habitat for Humanity or any local charity that helps the homeless. And if you see anyone trying to take a selfie with a homeless person… well, take a selfie with them. Share this with others. End this idiotic fad.

Everyone’s Talking About What This Shy Photographer Did. When You See This, You’ll Understand Why.

A couple of years ago, Kyle Thompson became interested in photography. Unfortunately, his anxiety prevented him from talking to people, so he opted to experiment with self-portraits.

He would spend hours, even days, walking alone through forests and exploring abandoned houses. He’s been to over 50 of them. After taking hundreds of photos, he posted some of his best to Reddit. From there, his life changed forever.

During college, Kyle was interested in photography but had no idea what to do with his life.

He didn’t think he could survive as an artist.

This photo was taken with the use of flour. Yes, flour.

He climbed to the top of a mountain in Bolivia for this one.

After finding a broken plane in an old corn field, Kyle used smoke bombs to capture this fantastic shot.

His work is incredibly unique. When he took these photos, he had no idea that his talent would change his life.

Yes, more flour.

After posting some of his work to Reddit, it got over 4 million views.

He said he was even recognized in public.

Those are not headlights. Kyle clamped two desk lights to a chair and used a fog machine.

After his work went viral, Kyle decided to dive into photography full time. He even quit his job delivering pizzas. Good choice.

Kyle’s unique self-portraits were captured with a Canon 60D, a 50mm 1.8 lens, a tripod, and a timer.

He is now living his dream as a photographer. His work can be seen in multiple magazines. You can visit Kyle’s site, like him on Facebook, or check out his Flickr account.

You should definitely share this incredible photography as well as Kyle’s story.

These Breathtaking Photos Show The Power Of Simplicity. #12 Is Strangely Haunting.

Hungarian photographer Adrienn Balaskó is a producer of amazing minimalist photography. Her work focuses on single elements surrounded by wide open skies and far reaching landscapes. Occasionally she flips and manipulates her photos as a way of reinterpreting the scene. The result is almost surreal. We’ve compiled 15 photos from her latest series as well as 15 of our other minimal photography favorites. Check them all out below.

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Breathtaking. Share these inspirational photos by clicking below.