The Olympus PEN Story

Olympus have produced this wonderful stop motion video to celebrate 50 years of the PEN.

This is the PEN Story in stop motion. We shot 60.000 pictures, developed 9.600 prints and shot over 1.800 pictures again. No post production! Thanks to all the stop motion artists who inspired us. …

Rendezvous in Paris

Update: The video doesn’t seem to be on YouTube any more but a copy can still be seen on this website.

On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris.

The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit. The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 mph in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.

Wikipedia entry

Time-Lapse Photography Captures Galactic Core of the Milky Way

From gizmodo:

This gorgeous video is a compilation of shots taken with a Canon EOS-5D every 20 seconds over about nine hours at a star party in Fort Davis, Texas. It’s a humbling sight. Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo. Some specifics: The Canon was equipped with a fisheye lens (an EF 15mm f/2.8 lens) and powered with an external battery to capture all that goodness. The more interesting part is the replacement anti-alias filter the photographer, William Castleman, used: The Canon’s stock AA filter blocks out certain red wavelengths to achieve a “more desirable” skin tone, but if it’s replaced with a filter that lets those wavelengths in, you’ve got yourself a camera capable of shooting a galaxy, as seen here, even if we can’t see it with the naked eye. Really, really cool stuff. [Vimeo via Crunchgear]

Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo.

Japan Airlines B747 engine sucks up cargo container

BBC news report Not sure what the delay code would be for this!

Powder Video

Vanity, I know, but what the heck!