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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gregg Boydston is one of the U.S. Forest Service’s “Hotshots,” a crew of fire fighters working to contain and extinguish forest fires. Boydston doesn’t just battle the intense flames. He also takes incredible pictures of what the Hotshots are up against and the aftermath of their fights against forest fires. The images are amazing and are hopefully the closest you’ll ever come to these fires. You have to see the blazes they go up against to believe them. They’re that crazy. Take a look.
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.
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.
Breathtaking. Share these inspirational photos by clicking below.