World’s Fastest Living Speed Machine


… a once in a lifetime chance to be shooting the fasted living creature on earth at eye level in the wild … that was the closing treat on the excursion down to Lake Pleasant last Friday and I did manage to get some absolutely beautiful shots of her before my gear malfunctioned. We decided to take one more run up Castle Hot Springs bay before packing it in for the day. We had already captured hundreds of wonderful shots of Ospreys and other birds.

Eric spotted a bird with its back to us about 50 feet away in shallow water off a small island. Kinda looked like a small heron with its back (blue-grey) pointed at us, but then it turned to look at us and wow, it was a Peregrine Falcon standing in a few inches of water. Her crop was bulging, but no sign of feathers (they feed primarily on birds) so maybe a fish? or just stopped for a drink after her meal? Dunno, and then she took off and circled back towards us before departing the area. What an amazing treat and an opportunity for shots of a lifetime.

Our speed machine is the fastest living creature on planet earth … they can fly at more than 100 mph in level flight and have been clocked at 240 mph in a dive. They gain altitude, spot their prey below and then stoop (dive) accelerating and hit the prey from above with their talons; some sources say they hit the prey with talons closed like a fist and others with the talons extended and rip them as they hit them. They then collect their prey in flight and are off for some fine dining.

The shot below is of her takeoff, water droplets trailing her talons as she rapidly rises into the air.Back to the lake in the morning so this is going out very early … spent the day re-calibrating and setting options in my cameras … a good thing to do every once in a while.

Have a beautiful day and make it a wonderful day for yourself and those you meet and greet! Like why not?

Cheers,

Ted

So each one to his wish, and as for me,
I sit tonight and wait
To find the answers to my soul in me,
And in the beauty of the sky and sea.

excerpt from I Sit and Wait by Max Ehrmann

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The easiest way to reach Mr. Grussing is by email: ted@tedgrussing.com

In addition to sales of photographs already taken Ted does special shoots for patrons on request and also does air-to-air photography for those who want photographs of their airplanes in flight. All special photographic sessions are billed on an hourly basis.

Ted also does one-on-one workshops for those interested in learning the techniques he uses.  By special arrangement Ted will do one-on-one aerial photography workshops which will include actual photo sessions in the air.

More about Ted Grussing …

Enhanced night photography, other notable improvements tipped


Apple is reportedly planning to widen the gap between its Pro and non-Pro iPhone models. Now, it looks like Samsung will be following in the footsteps of the Cupertino-based tech giant.

Samsung is prepping to unveil the Galaxy S23 series smartphones. While nothing is set in stone yet, some reports claim the Korean smartphone behemoth will launch the S22 series successors early next year.

In line with this, the highest-end Galaxy S23 Ultra model will be able to capture photos even in a low-lit environment. This unique ability will separate the Ultra model from the rest of the Galaxy S23 series phones, as well as its predecessor.

This piece of information comes from the noted leaker Ice Universe. As expected, Samsung fans took to the comments section to express their dismay.

However, IC begs to differ. He suggests this is the “most evident step forward” by the company’s flagships in the past five years.

So, it is safe to assume that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will take relatively better photos at night than the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Moreover, Samsung has reportedly improved the configuration of the cameras. These improvements include:

  • A 200MP camera that captures “natural details and less noise.”
  • Enhanced night mode photos.
  • The 12MP photos in daily mode will be enhanced.
  • The 10x telephoto lens will provide better sharpness.
  • There are some minor changes to 20x, 30x, and 100x zoom.
  • AI will be used more efficiently to improve telephoto shots.

The 200MP main camera will have superior analytical power. Moreover, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will adopt pixel-binning technology to minimize the negative effects created by the smaller pixels of the sensor.

Meanwhile, a report by SamMobile suggests Samsung might ditch the iconic Galaxy S series following the launch of the next foldable phones.

According to some reports, Samsung is prepping to launch the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 by the end of 2023. With the company’s focus on foldable devices, it is likely to stop launching phones under the Galaxy S lineup.

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Vital Impacts: stunning photography inspires wonder and curiosity for our natural world


By AG STAFF

December 5, 2022

Photography has the unique ability to transcend all languages and help us understand our deep connections to life.

The brainchild of legendary wildlife and endangered species photographer Ami Vitale, and supported by conservation hero Jane Goodall, Vital Impacts sells prints by the world’s most lauded nature photographers to raise money for grassroots conservation and humanitarian projects. The photographs from all the artists are diverse but have in common a shared commitment to the environment.

This year’s collection features six Australian photographers who use their visual storytelling talents to shine a light on the fragility of our region:

‘Loss of Sea Ice’ by Michaela Skovranova

This work has been chosen from Michaela’s ongoing documentary project ‘End of the World’ investigating the impacts of climate change in Antaractica. “I see climate change in a similar way to an illness that takes hold of your body. It starts silently, unnoticed. By the time it’s deeply visible the entire ecosystem is in a cytokine storm almost impossible to control. Perhaps it starts underground after years and years of droughts draining the life out of the soil much like in Australia. Or perhaps the changing winds and warmer currents rot away the core of the glaciers.

“On 6 February 2020, weather stations recorded the hottest temperature on record for Antarctica. Thermometers at the Esperanza Base on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula reached 18.3°C (64.9°F) The warm weather caused widespread melting on nearby glaciers. I imagine all the tiny snowflakes that had fallen over many lifetimes to build this masterpiece and all the life that depends on it. With the loss of sea ice, we face mass extinctions of wildlife and sea-level rise, which will ripple all across the globe.”

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Michaela Skovranova/Courtesy Vital Impacts

‘Nature’s Lungs’ by Stephen Dupont

These grand eucalypts are the famous Bennelong Twins near the Sydney Opera House, dating back to Sydney’s 1788 settlement when the trees would have been saplings. The huge red gums on Bennelong lawn are the only surviving eucalypts from the natural forest in area. Stephen reflects that these trees would have seen Cadigal men brandishing spears as the First Fleet dropped anchor, then the convict parties landing, tents erected, metal axes ringing and surrounding trees falling.

Stephen says he chose to photograph the giant gums simply for their national heritage, historical and environmental significance. When he was framing the scene he noticed that the foliage of the trees looked like lungs if he pointed his camera upwards. He was able to show the power of nature by making the trees appear almost colossal, ending with the appearance of a set of lungs above.

This images is taken from Stephen’s series ‘Are We Dead Yet?’ He says the work is “centered around our planet’s climate crisis focused on recent disasters and events in my own country Australia. From one of the worst droughts in living memory, to the recent catastrophic black summer bushfires and floods to the destruction of native forests. I want my photographs to reflect both the consequences of our current path as well as signal the urgency to find new ones, while motivating viewers to question their roles and responsibilities in this real-time catastrophe. I’m looking at this as an artistic kind of canvas, a way to view the tragedies and the trauma of the Earth, but to find some sort of beauty in it as well, in the colour palette and patterns of the landscape. I’m highlighting the catastrophe to agitate viewers to gaze deeper. These photographs might be beautiful, but if you look at them really closely, there’s a very deep message in all of them and there’s a real sense of urgency in what I’ve captured.”

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Stephen Dupont/Courtesy Vital Impacts

‘Bubble Lion’ by Matt Bagley

Photographed in Port Lincoln, South Australia, between lockdowns.

“I have felt a deep connection with the ocean for as long as I can remember,” Matt says. “Saltwater is in my blood, and when submerged I find peace and wonder. With a camera in hand I follow light paths, diving down into cold free-flowing waters. A handheld torch accompanies my single-breath dives, illuminating instances that captivate and connect. Whether it be the morning light bouncing off the ocean’s surface or the darkness that comes before the moon. There is so much beauty that it’s hard to look past, I’m drawn to them. Not only to capture but to experience them.”

@petrichor.mb.

Matt Bagley/Courtesy Vital Impacts

Ascension’ from Tamara Dean‘s series ‘Palace of Dreams’

Tamara Dean makes large-scale fine art photography exploring our connection to nature.

“In the gardens of memory, in the palace of dreams, that is where you and I shall meet” – (The Mad Hatter) Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1871.

“Like Alice through the looking glass, the world is turned on its head,” Tamara says. “Ordinary objects defy gravity, the compass is both physically and figuratively out of whack. Each night I watch the news, taking in images of daily disasters happening across the planet. My mind is filled with moments and snapshots, personal belongings washing away in floods, homes broken, humans in dire need. We are often reminded that we are living on the precipice of a tipping point. A point of no return. Then images from my garden float through my mind, my hands in the earth, flowers that disappear and reappear each year. The certainty of change and of cycles.”

@tamaradean

Tamara Dean/Courtesy Vital Impacts

‘Meeting Place’ from Morganna Magee‘s series ‘Extraordinary Experiences’

“Created in the streets near where I live, on the traditional lands of the Woi Wurrung, Bunurong and Boon Wurrung people, the images are made on places of traditional significance that are now open bushland,” Morganna says. “The resulting images come from an intuitive response to my surroundings, the images interplay with photography’s ability to make eternal what is fleeting. Through in-camera and in-scanner manipulations these images exist through intervention, sometimes by the artist, others by the unseen atmosphere that surrounds what is photographed.”

“Australians have long one of the western world’s most immediate understandings of the environment. Nature is where we play and where many of us live. Because of this the affects of climate change, habitat loss and wildlife extinction are relevant to every Australian regardless of if they live in the city or country- you simply cannot live here without understanding the environment’s health is paramount to all our comfort. For this reason, I think imagery of conservation in Australia can be more nuanced than straight reportage- we understand this land, we understand what is at risk. The beauty of Australia, to me, is unapparelled, as is the access to first nation knowledge of country and what existed pre colonisation. As photographers, this is exciting, we can make images of this ancient landscape with an informed knowledge of what is  does, should, and can look like.”

@morgannamagee

Morganna Magee/Courtesy Vital Impacts

‘To Dance with Shadows: Flight’ by Aletheia Casey

“This work explores the silent and fragile places of the post-pandemic landscape,” says Aletheia. “The images physically depict the aftermath of disconnection and isolation.”

@aletheiacasey

Aletheia Casey/Courtesy Vital Impacts

Vital Impacts is a non-profit platform and is hosting its 2022 print sale to support environmental documentary projects and fund the next generation of environmentalists. Visit vitalimpacts.org/collections/prints-for-sale

Related: Winners: Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2022



LoupeDeck Live S: Price, Specs, release date revealed


Loupedeck has made a name for itself as an innovative manufacturer with an impressive range of products that aid many creative professionals and enthusiasts. The products that made Loupdeck name included the impressive range of customisable consoles for applications, such as Lightroom, now widely used by imaging professionals. 

Now the company has launched the Loupedeck Live S, a new console specifically designed as a simple and affordable way for streamers to control and manage their streams. The new console essentially provides a hardware interface for the Loupedeck software in a compact package. This means that with direct controls at the streamer’s fingertips, valuable screen space is freed. 

Loupedeck has also aimed the Live S pricing at an entry-level price enabling more streamers to access these powerful controls rather than just those already pulling in huge audiences and revenue.

The Live S features multiple integrations enabling streamers to interface directly with cameras, lighting, as well as the more standard software. Utilising applications such as OBS as well as physical lighting sources, including Philips Hue, the streamer can utilise preset functions and features pre-installed or set the control board buttons through custom functions and settings. 

This means that all controls for the application streams from the machine are quick to access, as are live video and audio feeds as well as the streamers scene lighting. A major advantage of this system is that the software and hardware solution enables you to isolate streams so notifications from applications such as chat can be muted. 

Along with the new hardware comes an update to the Loupedeck software. This features an updated action set text editor, icons and more, giving even more customisable controls over the use of the hardware. 

Customisation options through the software enable you to drag and drop actions to a touch button to create centre controls for actions. This function expands on other customisable features that enable streams to expand the dial functionality. 

“Designing products that add value to the online user experience is part of our DNA at Loupedeck,” says Mikko Kesti, CEO and founder of Loupedeck. “The Loupedeck Live S is a natural extension of this mission as we continue to create and bring to market affordable, intuitive, and efficient tools that equip streamers with everything they need to optimise their creative process.” 

Loupedeck Live S is for both Mac and PC

Loupedeck offers plenty of compatibility for Mac and Windows systems and shops with the same software as Liupedeck Live and CT. The hardware itself features a touch panel arranged in a three-by-five grid of buttons that can be expanded by up to 14 pages and activated with a swipe, as well as the touch interface; the Loudedeck Live S also features two dials and four analogue buttons.

Key Loupedeck Live S features include: 

  • Native software integrations support popular streaming tools like Twitch, OBS, Streamlabs, or Voicemod. Plus, optional plugins for creative programs like Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro and integrations for additional creative work.
  • Full control over audio and lighting with freely assignable dials for precise adjustments to volume, backlighting and more, as well as a dial push function for mic muting. 
  • Loupedeck Marketplace to download profiles, plugins, icon & sound packs and more from external providers, partners and influencers from a constantly growing content library (currently more than 200 downloadable items). Some of the key Marketplace plugins and profiles include:
    • Microsoft Flight Simulator
    • Twitch Studio
    • Light control plugins for Philips Hue, Nanoleaf, Razer and Elgato 
    • Voicemeeter
    • Davinci Resolve Color Panel
    • Notion

“As a music streamer, I love the dials to control the different types of volumes like system volume for videos and Spotify volume for background music,” said Jayne Rio, Twitch Partner. I also love how slim the Live S is, which makes it easily packable.”

The Loupedeck Live S is available online and in stores today for $179. Learn more at https://loupedeck.com/us

30 Funny & Hilarious No Context Images Shared By This Instagram Account





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Here are the 30 funny and hilarious no context images shared by “I Want To Leave” Instagram account. This page in question is on a quest to collect the weirdest pics of humans and animals out there, and it’s hilariously bizarre. This page followed by more than 215K followers around the globe. Click here to check more amazign photos.

Scroll down and enjoy yourself. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.

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Army widow’s photography to be featured in Help for Heroes’ 2023 calendar







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Army widow Tanya Warren’s image of highland cattle surrounded by winter frost at River Bourne Community Farm will represent the month of December in Help for Heroes’ 2023 calendar. (Image: Tanya Warren)

THE widow of a Salisbury Army veteran has won a competition to have her photography featured in Help for Heroes’ new 2023 calendar.

Tanya Warren, 57, is one of six amateur snappers from the Armed Forces community to have her talents showcased in the calendar, which celebrates the great outdoors and is on sale now.

Her photo, which illustrates the month of December, captures Highland cattle on a crisp morning at River Bourne Community Farm.

Tanya said: “I was a carer for my husband, Bill [Brig. Robert William Warren, MBE], after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He reached out to other charities, but Help for Heroes was the only one that could offer emotional support.”

Bill received counselling from Help for Heroes and Tanya was introduced to its fellowship events, including gardening workshops, a respite weekend, and photography courses.

Tanya said: “I felt really isolated being a carer. Meeting people during this difficult time in my life helped me to look after myself, so I could look after my husband.”

Tanya’s husband passed away in 2019 at the age of 58, having lost his battle with bowel cancer. She said Help for Heroes helped her cope with her loss, which was made even more difficult due to isolation caused by the pandemic.

Tanya said: “After I lost my husband in 2019, the pandemic hit – grief and facing the unknown felt overwhelming. Help for Heroes gave me hope and a sense of belonging.

“During the pandemic, I signed up to the Help for Heroes online photography courses. These courses have been a lifeline. I’ve met some amazing people on the way, learnt new skills and developed a new hobby which I’m passionate about.”

Tanya said the course leader is very approachable, knowledgeable and gives excellent guidance.

She added: “When I found out that my image would be part of the 2023 calendar, I was over the moon. I can’t wait for other people to enjoy the calendar.”  

Help for Heroes’ launched photography courses during lockdown to help veterans in their recovery through fighting social isolation, providing a routine and generating a sense of pride and achievement.

Since then, the virtual and face-to-face meet-ups with professional photographer Siorna Ashby have attracted hundreds of veterans and their families. who all learn how to improve their picture-taking skills, whether they are using a camera or a mobile phone.

To ensure delivery before Christmas, the deadline to order the Help for Heroes 2023 veterans’ calendar is December 16.

The big picture: Bill Brandt’s windows into the mind | Photography


Bill Brandt’s first book, The English at Home, published in 1936, exhibited a brilliant fascination not only with light and shade, but with the costumes of class divide – miners’ caps and public school boaters, maids’ pinnies and cricket whites. By the 1950s, however, his English interiors had tended to do away with clothing. His postwar series of nudes found ways of making flesh both sensual and abstract; his camera always seemed as interested in the rooms in which his models lived as in their bodily presence.

This picture, included in the current Tate Britain exhibition of Brandt’s work, is a celebrated example of that tension. The contours of the girl’s face lend her a sculptural quiet; the darkness of her single visible eye lies in contrast to the pair of windows staring out from the frame, one open, one shut. Light crashes in. Squint a little at the chest of drawers and the girl disappears into the setting entirely; focus on her and the rest becomes a place of her Alice in Wonderland imagining.

There is of course a third presence beyond the girl and the room, that of Brandt himself. Biographers have read into images like this one the controlling instincts of the voyeur. The quiet Anglo-German – with a whispering voice his editor at Picture Post described as being as “loud as a moth” – insisted that his intention was not to dominate but to withdraw from his compositions, to let strangeness take its course. Often in this period he used the wide angle of an old wooden Kodak camera used by police at crime scenes, which took all the evidence in. “Instead of photographing what I saw, I photographed what the camera was seeing,” he said of these pictures. “I interfered very little and the lens produced anatomical images and shapes which my eyes had never observed.”

Artist Wanda Comrie Creates Beautiful Hyper-Realistic Still-Life Paintings


Australian fine artist Wanda Comrie creates beautiful hyper-realistic still-life paintings with vivid and vibrant colors. Wanda responds to shadow play in domestic scenes and locally found botanicals, she reflects on the beauty and complexity that everyday living can provide. Many years after studying graphic design, her work retains a solid graphic influence with a strong colour palette.

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National Geographic spotlights extraordinary photography as ‘Pictures of the Year’: Here are 10 great shots


National Geographic has released its roundup of the most intriguing photos of 2022.

The brand’s “Pictures of the Year” issue showcased stunning photography captured in locations all around the world — and right here in the U.S. as well.

Of a whopping 2,238,899 total photos snapped by NatGeo’s team of photographers, 118 were selected as the top shots.

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The pictures were taken with the help of 4,000 pounds of gear shipped into the field by NatGeo staff photo engineer Tom O’Brien.

The images capture everything from scenic Mount Everest views to a tapir strolling through Emas National Park in Brazil.

The cover of National Geographic’s December 2022 issue is shown here.
(National Geographic)

Here are 10 of National Geographic’s best photos of the year.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch over Blue Cypress Lake, Florida

Photographer Mac Stone caught the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching from Cape Canaveral in the early hours of June 19, 2022.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, launched from Cape Canaveral in the early hours of June 19, streaks above a stand of bald cypress trees.
(Mac Stone)

The rocket left a bright streak in the sky over bald cypress trees in Florida’s Blue Cypress Lake.

This was the second time a SpaceX rocket snuck into one of Stone’s frames while he was photographing at night in a remote swamp, according to National Geographic.

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Stone said in a statement that the increased frequency of launches without fanfare “suggests that we have crossed over into a new era where cosmic missions are simply business as usual.”

‘Combined’ photo of Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

Photographer Stephen Wilkes told Fox News Digital that he and his team endured rough terrain and windy weather to grab this unique shot of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

To create this image of Bears Ears, Stephen Wilkes took 2,092 photos over 36 hours, combining 44 of them to show a sunrise, a full moon and a rare alignment of four planets. This landscape in southeastern Utah shows the risk to some of the country’s unique, irreplaceable places. The national monument is rich in archeological sites, including the Citadel, an ancient cliff dwelling now popular with hikers.
(Stephen Wilkes/National Geographic)

Wilkes took 2,092 photos over 36 hours and combined 44 of them, according to National Geographic, to show the sun, a full moon and the alignment of four planets.

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“Beyond the sense of awe and beauty, there’s a palpable sense of history with every step you take,” he said.

Collecting samples from La Palma’s Cumbre Vieja eruption in Canary Islands, Spain 

Spanish military emergency specialist Armando Salazar was photographed collecting samples from the eruption of La Palma’s Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge in Canary Islands, Spain.

Wearing a protective suit, Armando Salazar steps carefully across sizzling rock, carrying a chunk of glowing lava on a pitchfork.
(Arturo Rodriguez)

Photographer Arturo Rodriquez snapped a photo of Salazar doing his everyday duty as he steps across sizzling rocks and collects lava on a pitchfork.

Samples from the 2021 eruption can help scientists better understand the 86-day event and the site’s potential for future blasts, National Geographic explained.

This photo made the cover of National Geographic’s December 2022 “Pictures of the Year” issue.

Blur of tourists at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Lincoln Memorial, visited by thousands of tourists each year, celebrated its centennial in 2022.

A long camera exposure blurs the crowd of tourists gathered inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
(Sasha Arutyunova/National Geographic)

Photographer Sasha Arutyunova captured the hustle and bustle of tourism surrounding Washington, D.C.’s presidential monument made from 38,000 tons of marble, limestone and granite.

The long camera exposure blurs the crowds of different passersby who’ve treated the monument as a backdrop for protests, prayer vigils and celebrations of all kinds this year.

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“In using a long exposure, I was trying to capture a feeling of the sea of visitors to the memorial each year, while positioning the Lincoln statue as this steady constant,” Arutyunova said.

Mother and daughter shelter from bombings in Przemysl, Poland

Mother-daughter duo, both named Oksana Hapbarova, embrace for a photo taken by photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind.

Oksana Hapbarova (at left), 18, said that she and her mother (also named Oksana, 39), waited out Russian attacks in a Kyiv bomb shelter.
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The pair waited out Russian attacks in a Kyiv bomb shelter at the onset of the war in Ukraine.

“For six days in the shelter, I couldn’t sleep, because I was scared I would never wake up,” the younger Hapbarova said.

Sailing between two icebergs in Greenland

Photographer Renan Ozturk made a risky move when he launched his camera drone from a moving boat to grab this shot.

Five weeks into the journey of the National Geographic expedition ship Polar Sun, photographer Renan Ozturk found himself exploring a bay off the coast of Greenland. The boat played peekaboo with pale blue icebergs as Ozturk readied his camera drone and held his breath.
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The National Geographic expedition ship Polar Sun was five weeks into its journey when Ozturk went exploring off the coast of Greenland.

As the ship veered between two ice-blue icebergs, Ozturk told National Geographic that he took a chance on getting the photo from the air.

“Launching the drone from a moving boat is always a dangerous and exciting affair,” he said. “It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to shoot such a feature.”

A tapir beneath a harvest moon in Emas National Park, Brazil

Photographer Katie Orlinsky told Fox News Digital that this vivid shot of a tapir took a lot of patience and pure luck.

The tapir named Preciosa was spotted on a hazy morning under a harvest moon in Brazil’s Emas National Park.

Under a harvest moon on a hazy morning in Brazil’s Emas National Park, a lowland tapir known to park staff as Preciosa ambles down a road.
(Katie Orlinsky/National Geographic)

Preciosa wandered down the road as Orlinsky doubted ever spotting her again — but she noted how animals can behave strangely under full moons.

“It was definitely not this tapir’s usual route,” she told National Geographic.

The tapir species dates back some 50 million years as one of the few survivors of the Ice Age extinctions of megafauna — or really big mammals like mammoths.

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Today, tapirs like Preciosa help regrow Brazil’s degraded forests by eating fruit and spreading seeds, according to NatGeo.

Unfortunately, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, all tapir species are either threatened or endangered.

Recording baby brain activity – University of Virginia

Neuroscientists at the University of Virginia recorded the brain activity of nine-month-old Ian Boardman.

University of Virginia neuroscientists record the brain activity of nine-month-old Ian Boardman while brushing his skin to activate nerve fiber responses.
(Lynn Johnson/National Geographic)

Photographer Lynn Johnson caught the moment in which baby Ian looks up and smiles at a doctor who’s brushing his skin to activate nerve fiber responses.

Western Arctic caribou herd in Kobuk River Valley, Alaska

Photographer Katie Orlinsky used a drone to photograph a group of caribou trekking across the Alaskan landscape.

Captured via drone, caribou from the Western Arctic herd gallop across a valley near the small town of Ambler during their spring migration.
(Katie Orlinsky/National Geographic)

The Western Arctic herd is seen galloping across the Kobuk River Valley near the small town of Ambler, National Geographic reports, during its spring migration.

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While caribou populations throughout North America are dwindling, the Western Arctic herd has also been whittled down to a record low of less than 200,000.

Hyenas at night in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

This nighttime photo, taken by photographer Jen Guyton with an infrared camera, catches two hyenas baring teeth — and a little one caught in the middle.

Photographed at night with an infrared camera, a spotted hyena that scientists nicknamed Palazzo submissively grins and lays her ears back as Moulin Rouge, the clan’s dominant female at the time, towers over her.
(Jen Guyton/National Geographic)

A dominant hyena female — named Moulin Rouge by scientists — towers over a submissive hyena called Palazzo, as Palazzo’s cub peers out in between them.

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The African predators showed their frisky nature, stealing a tripod from Guyton during the shoot.

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Stunning graphicically-composed photos win in 2022 ViewSonic ColorPro Award


Monitor manufacturer ViewSonic revealed the winners of its third ColorPro Award at a ceremony in London last week. 

Themed ‘Breakthrough’, the award is open to entrants around the world and a total of 11,000 works were submitted, across the Photography and Digital Art categories. 

The Photography award was won by Alireza Bagheri Sani of Iran, for his image ‘No.3’. Second place went to Callie Chee Yuen Mun from Australia for ‘Unfazed’, with ‘The Priest’ by Andrea Peruzzi of Italy took third place. 

Visitors to the event were able to get hands-on time with current and forthcoming ColorPro products, plus listen to talks about the range. 

Following its appearance in London, the ColorPro Award show moves on to Taipei in Taiwan, where the shortlisted and winning images will be displayed from 9-11 December. 

Click here to view the Top 10 and Top 100 images from ‘Breakthrough’ (opens in new tab)

During the introduction to the presentation in London, ViewSonic explained that ‘Breakthrough’ was a natural evolution from ‘New adventure’, the previous year’s theme. 

“As the world seeks full recovery from the pandemic, ‘Breakthrough’ represents overcoming an obstacle and permission for further progress. 

“With two times more submissions and three times more countries participating in the contest, this is a great embodiment of a breakthrough.”

2022 ColorPro Award: top three entries

“The older adult symbolizes long life, and the yellow color in number 3 represents hope. Minimalism, surrealism and street photography are all wrapped up into one seemingly simple image at first glance. However, the changing size of the doors, the central positioning of the subject, and the pop of yellow ensure the image doesn’t become flattened. Creativity doesn’t always have to be loud.”  (Image credit: © Alireza Bagheri Sani)

“The photographer ventured into Kyrgyzstan in search of eagle hunters skilled in their hunts and horsemanship. She wanted a never-done-before shot, a breakthrough perspective of the horsemen and eagle that is able to demonstrate the speed and control of the rider-animal dynamics. She lay flat on the ground (with no protection) and waited for the horses to gallop and jump very close and over her.” (Image credit: © Callie Chee Yuen Mun)

“Illuminated by the sun’s golden light, the elderly priest stops on the narrow and dangerous path that, overlooking the valley and along the rocky wall of the mountain, leads to the 12th-century rock church, of which he has been the guardian for 60 years. This Orthodox church, carved into the rock atop a mountain in northern Ethiopia, houses frescoes of biblical stories and ancient relics handed down to the present day.” (Image credit: © Andrea Peruzzi)

The ColorPro Award has opened another communication channel between the brand and the end user, although Kumar is keen to stress that the competition is not just a marketing opportunity. 

“We’re developing a community [with these awards]: we started off with 3,000 entrants, now it’s up to 11,000, and we are learning from what is being fed back to us. 

“It’s actually developing and working with a community of creative people, getting feedback from them and working with them, then bringing it back to our business unit in Asia… that is something we really crave. We want their input – it’s vitally important for us.” 

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