United States copyright regulators are agreeing with Wikipedia’s conclusion that a monkey’s selfie cannot be copyrighted by a nature photographer whose camera was swiped by the ape in the jungle. The animal’s selfie went viral.
“Fly through both space and time with this amazing new time-lapse video, showing beautiful star trails and city lights streaking over the Earth’s surface as seen from space.
Photographer Christoph Malin from Austria created the stunning film by stacking image sequences taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The results show off incredible patterns of light as the ISS zooms by. Along with the man-made metropolises, viewers can catch a glimpse of lightning corridors flashing within clouds, green auroras, satellite tracks, meteors, and even a quick appearance by the famous sun-diving comet Lovejoy at about 1:42.”
As we find ourselves in December once more, I’d like to present the third annual Hubble Space Telescope imagery Advent Calendar for 2010. Keep checking this page – every day, for the next 25 days, a new photo will be revealed here from the Hubble Space Telescope, some old and some new. This year there is also a temporary RSS feed for the calendar. I continue to feel very fortunate to have been able to share photographs and stories with you all this year, and I wish for a Happy Holiday season to all those who will celebrate, and for Peace on Earth to everyone. – Alan
Advent calendars have been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember; my parents still get a calendar for all the grandchildren every year. So finding this magical combination of family tradition and astronomy was quite pleasing.
National Geographic is once again holding their annual Photo Contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30th. For the past eight weeks, they have been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to rate them as well. National Geographic was again kind enough to let me choose some of their entries from 2010 for display here on The Big Picture.
People who know me know that photography is a major part of who I am. Looking through this small sample of submissions for this year’s National Geographic photo contest, however, has helped me realize that my own photography SUCKS!
Look at this amazing collection. Do it! Do it NOW!
Photographer Jamey Stillings speaks very casually about his relationship with
bridges. Even though his photo studies began over 20 years ago when he
was an MFA student. Even though he has been obsessively documenting the
construction of the Colorado River Bridge at the Hoover Dam for over year. Oh,
and he almost forgot to mention that his son’s name means “bridge” in another
language. In fact, Stillings seems almost surprised at the recurring