German photographer Jakob Wagner has photographed many cities around the world at night. He scouts each city location for a perfect vantage point before setting up his tripod and capturing long-exposure photos of the cityscape. Shanghai, China, 2011
He says: “I think the most important thing is to be in the right spot at the right time. I was lucky to work as an assistant for a few renowned photographers while they were working all around the globe.” The Freedom Tower construction site in New York, USA, 2012
Baby Chinese water dragons line up for their family portraits
These lizards may be young but they already know how to strike a pose.
The Chinese water dragons stayed incredibly still for the family portrait, showing off their beautiful bright green skin.
The six-month-old babies even showed off their playful sides by climbing up to sit on their parents’ heads.
In one picture the father of the group proudly reveals his vibrant red neck while three of his babies use him as a bench.
The mother’s neck is a lighter pink and she sits calmly with two of the youngsters atop her head.
The breed is known for liking heights and climbing tree branches – so it’s no wonder they clambered over their parents.
Jordan Cadiot, 17, who owns the reptiles, took the pictures at his home in north-west France.
He said: ‘I originally saw a set of pictures of different reptiles and decided to stage my own photo shoot with a white background.
‘I was delighted with the results as the clear background allows you to really see the colour of the lizards.
‘The photos were taken at home, the luminosity is very good when the sun is shining there.’
The father is 75cms long, while the mother is slightly shorter at 65cms.
Mr Cadiot added: ‘The younger ones were playing when they climbed on the adult’s head – they prefer being up high.
‘I like showing how nature is beautiful and interesting.
‘It was great that I got to spend even more time with my animals, I love to watch them play and act natural.’
Attribution: Helen Lawson, Mail Online
An alert young fox stalks his way through long summer grass, bathed in the glow of a balmy evening.
A poppy field in full bloom, reminiscent of Monet’s painting of the same name, and a fluorescent maple leaf, perfectly framed against a foggy woodland backdrop.
All of these stunning images made it through to the final round of the Nature Photographer of the Year 2013 competition, organised by the Society of German Nature Photographers (GDT).
But this image of a red fox by Hermann Hirsch was deemed the quintessential portrait of wildlife, and won best overall image in all categories.
Eighteen-year-old Hermann, is a member of the GDT Group of Young Photographers, and is the youngest person to win the competition.
Hermann’s image ‘Evening Idyll’ came out on top in a field of 226 GDT members from nine countries, with subjects as diverse as wildlife, fungus, fungus and paint.
Landscapes category runner-up: ‘Landscapes in Bloom’ by Sandra Bartocha. In total 3,577 images were submitted into the competition, which is run exclusively for the Society’s members. It is reminiscent of Monet’s Poppy Field
In total 3,577 images were submitted into the competition, which is run exclusively for the Society’s members.
Every year the GDT organizes the International Nature Photography Festival with slide shows by photographers from all over the world, with photo exhibitions and seminars on latest subjects of the nature photography.
These images were submitted in the internal photo contest, with categories including mammals, other animals, plants and fungi, landscapes, nature’s studio, and this year’s special category, animal portraits.
An exhibition of the photographs entered in the competition will run from May 23 until September at the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in Bonn.
Attribution: Amanda Williams, Mail Online
The birth of the ‘teenage’ generation having a gas in 1940s America
Before Justin Bieber, One Direction and Gossip Girl, the carefree teens of the early 1940s sipped milkshakes, listened to records and went on their first dates – usually to the movies to catch a flick.
The stunning images by photographer Nina Leen, captured daily life of the American teenager as the country emerged from the Great Depression and World War II was waged abroad.
The photos highlighted a Life Magazine article published in 1944 about the birth of the so-called ‘teenage’ generation, which was marked by its own fashion, music and shoulder-length hairstyle.
One image shows a group of teens working together to push a Ford model T down the street after it wouldn’t start. Another shows a group of girls huddled around a record player, likely listening to Bing Crosby, the top artist of 1944.
An adolescent boy puts his arm around his date during a trip to the movies in one of Leen’s photos, as 1944 was a popular year for films. Casablanca won the best picture Oscar that year.
The young women of the day emerged as a distinctive generation between childhood and adulthood in post-Depression America.
As the feature in Life magazine put it: ‘There is a time in the life of every American girl when the most important thing in the world is to be one of a crowd of other girls and to act and speak and dress exactly as they do. This is the teen age.
‘Some 6,000,000 U.S. teen-age girls live in a world all their own – a lovely, gay, enthusiastic, funny and blissful society almost untouched by the war. It is a world of sweaters and skirts and bobby sox and loafers, of hair worn long, of eye-glass rims painted red with nail polish, of high school boys [not] yet gone to war.’
For the story, Leen followed around a group of 12 teenage girls in Webster Groves, Missouri, snapping various pictures as they hung out together, dressed alike and met up with boys at local sweet shops and movie theaters.
If alive today, the women would be between 83 and 85 years old.
Attribution: Thomas Durante, Daily Mail, LIFE
Four firefighters escaped injury when their fire engine sunk into a large hole caused by a burst water main in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles
Attribution: Uk Telegraph
From the, “What the Hell is wrong with this Country” file comes this travesty:
Parents take innocent bathtime photos in to be developed at Walmart and employee calls police
An Arizona couple falsely accused of taking pornographic pictures of their three young daughters are suing Walmart in a bid to win damages after an horrific ordeal which they claim robbed them of precious time with their kids and cost them $75,000 in legal fees.
In 2008, Lisa and Anthony ‘A.J.’ Demaree took their three young daughters – then aged five, four and 18 months – on a trip to San Diego.
On returning home they took 144 photographs, mostly from their recent trip, to their local Walmart in Peoria, Arizona to have them developed.
What happened next was the start of a nightmare for the Demarees.
A Walmart employee, unhappy over the content of several bath time pictures, contacted bosses with concerns that they may have been images of child pornography.
Instead of receiving a batch of happy memories of a fun family outing, the couple were reported to the police and their children were placed into the care of the Arizona Child Protective Services Agency.
‘It was a nightmare, it was unbelievable. I was in so much disbelief. I started to hyperventilate,’ Lisa Demaree told ABC News at the time.
It was a month before the girls were returned to their parents, after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled the photographs were in fact harmless and a medical exam revealed no signs of sexual abuse.
The family was reunited but the damage had been done. The couple’s named went on a central registry of sex offenders, while Lisa was suspended from her job at a local school for a year while the investigation was under way.
The couple also had to spent $75,000 on legal bills.
‘We’ve missed a year of our children’s lives as far as memories go,’ Demaree told ABC News.
‘As crazy as it may seem, what you may think are the most beautiful innocent pictures of your children may be seen as something completely different and completely perverted.’
In 2009, the couple sued the city of Peoria and the State Attorney General’s office for defamation. They also sued Walmart for failing to tell them that they had an ‘unsuitable print policy’ and could turn over photos to law enforcement without the customer’s knowledge.
The couple lost the initial hearing after a federal judge sided with Walmart, ruling that employees in Arizona cannot be held liable for reporting suspected child pornography.
However the Demarees appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and on March 6 the court held a hearing before three judges.
The family’s lawyer has argued that Walmart committed fraud by not disclosing to customers that employees would look at their photographs and was also negligent because ‘untrained clerks’ were given the authority to make assumptions about the content of the pictures and report them to police.
Lawyers for Walmart argued that under Arizona statute employees who report child abuse without malice are immune from prosecution and there was no indication of malice in this case.
The Demarees are currently awaiting a verdict from the appeals court on the case against the city and Walmart.
Attribution: David Mccormack, Mail Online
The most breathtaking pictures yet of Russian meteorite
A professional photographer today told of the moment he feared a nuclear bomb had gone off when the Russian meteorite tore through the sky as he took pictures of an idyllic rural scene.
Marat Akhmetaleyev, 31, had just set up his tripod when the space rock lit up the crisp, morning sky almost where his camera was pointing.
Despite trembling with shock, he instinctively started to snap away.
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Atomic angst: This incredible picture o0f the Russian meteorite was taken by professional photographer Marat Akhmetaleyev who feared it was a nuclear bomb
Shocking: Despite trembling with fear, Mr Akhmetaleyev instinctively started snapping away as the space rock lit up the sky
Trail of destruction: The 100,000-ton space rock blitzes through the air before exploding with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombs
Right time, right place: Mr Akhmetaleyev had gone out to shoot some idyllic rural scenes when the meteorite blasted into view just where his camera was pointing
He told the Siberian Times: ‘When the flash was as bright as possible, I felt strong heat in my face and strong pain in my eyes of intolerable glare. It lasted just a split second.
‘My thoughts were confused and spontaneous. The first thing I thought was not a meteorite, but a nuclear bomb.
‘Then I remembered the media reports about a possible asteroid and its approach to the Earth. Then there was the idea that a plane had crashed.’
Around two minutes after the flash, Mr Akhmetaleyev said he heard a series of ‘clear and powerful’ blasts as the meteorite exploded with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombs.
Devastation: The meteorite exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, injuring nearly 1,500 people and causing widespread property damage in city of Chelyabinsk
Terrifying: Around two minutes after the flash, Mr Akhmetaleyev said he heard a series of ‘clear and powerful’ explosions as the meteorite plunged into the ground
Capturing chaos: Mr Akhmetaleyev, who stood there ‘stunned’ for quite some afterwards, has now released his incredible pictures
Stunning: A montage of all the images taken by Marat Akhmetaleyev of the meteorite as it hurtled over the Russian sky
He added: ‘Immediately after that there was a series of bombings over the pine forest, a large number of birds rose up and flew in all directions.
‘My heartbeat, breathing, and hand tremors only got worse. The shock was even bigger’.
Mr Akhmetaleyev, who stood there ‘stunned’ for quite some afterwards, has now released his incredible pictures.
The 100,000-tonne meteorite exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, injuring nearly 1,500 people and causing widespread property damage in city of Chelyabinsk.
The debris narrowly missed a direct and devastating hit on the industrial city which has a population of 1.13 million but spread panic through its streets as the sky above lit up with a blinding flash.
Ice hole: The meteor left this 50ft hole in a frozen lake on the outskirts of Chelyabinsk, in the Urals
Disaster: Some of the destruction caused by the meteor which exploded with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombs
Measuring around 55 feet in diameter, scientists claim it is the biggest space rock to have hit earth in more than a century.
It created a huge hole in a frozen lake when it crashed into the ground.
Scientists have found more than 50 tiny fragments of the meteor, allowing them to uncover information about its contents.
But local residents have been more interested in the black market value of the fragments since the dramatic incident, as a ‘gold mine’ has been kickstarted fior the valuable pieces.
As they search for their own pieces of the meteor, rocks have already been put on the internet for sale, and police are warning all purchasers to prepare for possible fraud.