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Mystic Mist over the City of Qingdao, China

These shots aren’t your average Chinese cityscapes. The city of Qingdao is covered in a thick, clean, mystic mist (or fog, depending on what you want to call it). It was beautifully captured in these colorful panoramic photographs at just the right hour in May of 2012.

It may look like the city known for its exported beer, Tsingtao, is covered in a heavy smog, but what you see here is actually water vapor, not pollution.

I struggled to find the original source, or any information about the photographer or photos. The only thing I could find was this post on the messageboard for a Chinese travelling website, with the pictures originating from a Photobucket album by a user named Lhasaguy. If you recognize the photos and know the source, shoot me a message and I’ll fix it.

Mystic mist over the city of Qingdao, China

Mystic mist over the city of Qingdao, China

Mystic mist over the city of Qingdao, China

Mystic mist over the city of Qingdao, China

Mystic mist over the city of Qingdao, China

Mystic mist over the city of Qingdao, China

Mystic mist over the city of Qingdao, China

Mystic mist over the city of Qingdao, China

This entry was written by admin, posted on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM, filed under Cityscapes, Landscapes, Night photography and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Mars from Above; Space Photography by Michael Benson

All the (well deserved) hype about the amazing Curiosity project lately has reincarnated my love for space photography, and especially planetary landscapes. These shots weren’t taken by Curiosity, however, but almost three years earlier by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, on January 27th 2010.

The original photographs, courtesy of NASA, were taken at approximately 200 miles above the surface of Mars, and they were all originally black and white. Afterwards, multimedia artist Michael Benson gathered the raw data, of which he created high resolution images, and digitally added color to them. He also created large format prints of these photos, which he has shown in exhibitions and books. His next book Planetfall: New Solar System Visions was just published at the beginning of this month. It features beautiful large format color photographs created from various deep-space missions by NASA and the European Space Agency, digitally retouched and colored by Benson.

These amazing vertical panorama shots show us the beautiful and strange landscapes of our red neighbor planet. It brings us closer and gives us a more detailed view than most of the photos we’ve seen from that part of our solar system. What makes it even more interesting are those weird looking black spidery things at the bottom of the first photo. They don’t look like anything anyone’s ever seen before. Nobody really knows what they are, but they have been regularly captured by NASA’s cameras since 1998. Every spring (by the Martian calendar, that is) they appear on sand dunes like the ones in that photo, sometimes even over night. And then when winter comes, they disappear. Spooky? Maybe. Cool photography? Definitely.

Mars from Above Space Photography Panoramas by Michael Benson

Mars from Above Space Photography Panoramas by Michael Benson

Sources: NPR & New York Times
All photos © Michael Benson / NASA / JPL / University of Arizona / Kinetikon Pictures

This entry was written by admin, posted on October 6, 2012 at 11:40 PM, filed under Landscapes, Space and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.




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