Nightscapes

Shanghai, China, 2011

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

 

The Freedom Tower construction site in New York, USA, 2012

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

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Lizard Family Portrait

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.

Five of the six-month-olds cuddled up for the camera but it wasn't long before they wanted something a little higher
Five of the six-month-olds cuddled up for the camera but  it wasn’t long before they wanted something a little higher
The six Chinese water dragon siblings posed together for this family photograph
The six Chinese water dragon siblings posed together for  this family photograph

 

The father's red neck was on show as the youngsters clambered over his head
The father’s red neck was on show as the youngsters  clambered over his head

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.

 

Mum stayed calm while two of her babies climbed up her body to sit on her head
Mum stayed calm while two of her babies climbed up her body to sit on her head
Pile on! The breed loves to climb wherever possible, even if it's only a few centimetres above the floor
Pile on! The breed loves to climb wherever possible,  even if it’s only a few centimetres above the floor

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

Nature Photographer of the Year 2013 Competition

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.

An alert young fox stalks his way through long summer grass, bathed in the glow of a balmy evening, in this image by Hermann Hirsch. It won best image in the Nature Photographer of the Year 2013 competition
An alert young fox stalks his way through long summer  grass, bathed in the glow of a balmy evening, in this image by Hermann Hirsch.  It won best image in the Nature Photographer of the Year 2013  competition

 

An adult fox prowls through the misty woodland in Fox in cloudy forest, by Klaus Echle. Dozens of images made it through to the final round of the contest
An adult fox prowls through the misty woodland in Fox in  cloudy forest, by Klaus Echle. Dozens of images made it through to the final  round of the contest

 

 

Pictures were submitted in the mammals, other animals, plants and fungi, landscapes, nature's studio, and this year's special category, animal portraits
Pictures were submitted in the mammals, other animals,  plants and fungi, landscapes, nature’s studio, and this year’s special category,  animal portraits. This rodent anxiously making its way across a forest floor,  pictured in ‘When Night Falls’ by Christoph Kaula, won third place in the  mammals category

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

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

 

Landscapes category third place: 'Piano Grande' by Heinz Buls. Every year the GDT organizes the International Nature Photography Festival with slide shows by photographers from all over the world
Landscapes category third place: ‘Piano Grande’ by Heinz  Buls.  Every year the GDT organizes the International Nature Photography  Festival with slide shows by photographers from all over the world
Animals portraits category winner: 'Capercaillie' by Klaus Echle.
Animals portraits category winner: ‘Capercaillie’ by  Klaus Echle. 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

 

Animals portraits category runner-up: 'Young Lion' by Carsten Ott
Animals portraits category runner-up: ‘Young Lion’ by  Carsten Ott

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.

A penguin colony makes its way back across a sea sprayed landscape, in Returning from the hunt, by Michael Lohmann. The image won Birds category runner-up and prize of the jury
A penguin colony makes its way back across a sea sprayed  landscape, in Returning from the hunt, by Michael Lohmann. The image won Birds  category runner-up and prize of the jury

 

This icy tableau won Birds category winner: 'A Frosty Resting Place' by Bernd Nill
This icy tableau won Birds category winner: ‘A Frosty  Resting Place’ by Bernd Nill

 

Dozens of images made it through to the final round of the Nature Photographer of the Year 2013 competition
Dozens of images made it through to the final round of  the Nature Photographer of the Year 2013 competition

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.

A spider is given an eerie makeover in this image 'Spotlight' by Klaus Tamm. It was named winner in the 'other animals category'
A spider is given an eerie makeover in this image  ‘Spotlight’ by Klaus Tamm. It was named winner in the ‘other animals  category’

 

Plants and fungi category runner-up: 'Maple leaves in Fog Forest' by Joachim Wimmer.
Plants and fungi category runner-up: ‘Maple leaves in  Fog Forest’ by Joachim Wimmer.

Attribution: Amanda Williams, Mail Online

Dawn of the Teenager

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.

A little help: A gaggle of teens try to push their broken down model T down the street in this image featured in Life magazine in 1944
A gaggle of teens try to push their  broken down model T down the street in this image featured in Life magazine in  1944

 

Flirting: A young women flaunts her charm while sipping a milkshake with some teenage boys
A young women flaunts her charm while sipping  a milkshake with some teenage boys

 

Gathering: If alive today, the women featured in the photographs would be between 83 and 85 years old
 If alive today, the women featured in the  photographs would be between 83 and 85 years old

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.

Dining out: A group of teens enjoy some fruit, cake and milk in one of Leen's images from 1944
 A group of teens enjoy some fruit, cake and  milk in one of Leen’s images from 1944

 

Time Life
Time Life
 Top, women listen to a record as two  boys glance at a magazine. Bottom, a young couple gets romantic  as they take  in a movie
Fashion firsts: The so-called 'teenage' generation, which was marked by its own style, music and shoulder-length hairstyle
The so-called ‘teenage’ generation,  which was marked by its own style, music and shoulder-length hairstyle

‘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.

Carefree: The women of 1940s America had little to worry about while World War II was waged overseas
 The women of 1940s America had little to worry  about while World War II was waged overseas
Dawn of a new age: The young women of the day emerged as a distinctive generation between childhood and adulthood in post-Depression America
 The young women of the day emerged as  a distinctive generation between childhood and adulthood in post-Depression  America

Attribution: Thomas Durante, Daily Mail, LIFE

A Sinking Feeling

Rescuers work at the site of a road cave-in in the Fengtai district of Beijing Rescuers work at the site of a road cave-in in the Fengtai district of Beijing

, 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 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

almost perfectly circular, sinkhole measuring 66 feet (20 m) wide and 100 feet (30 m) deep suddenly opened up, swallowing a three-storey building and a house in Guatemala City.Almost perfectly circular, sinkhole measuring 66 feet (20 m) wide and 100 feet (30 m) deep suddenly opened up, swallowing a three-storey building and a house in Guatemala City

An aerial photo shows a massive crater that appeared in a residential street in Schmalkalden, GermanyAn aerial photo shows a massive crater that appeared in a residential street in Schmalkalden, Germany

Rescuers look for survivors after a building collapsed into a large hole in Guangzhou, ChinaRescuers look for survivors after a building collapsed into a large hole in Guangzhou, China

huge crater opened at the construction site of the Pinheiros subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Huge crater opened at the construction site of the Pinheiros subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Attribution: Uk Telegraph

Parents Lose Custody of Their Children for a Month

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.

Lisa and Anthony Demaree were falsely accused of taking pornographic pictures of their three young daughters
Lisa and Anthony Demaree were falsely accused of taking pornographic pictures of their three young daughters
Demaree
The couple were reported to child protective services after a Walmart employee was concerned that some of the images being developed might be child pornography

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.

The Demarees have released some of the photos which a Walmart employee though might have been child pornography
The Demarees released some of the photos which a Walmart employee though might have been child pornography

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.’

The family is suing both Walmart and the city of Peoria, Arizona where they live
The family is suing both Walmart and the city of Peoria, Arizona where they live

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 most beautiful innocent pictures of your children may be seen as something completely different and completely perverted,' said Lisa Demaree
The most beautiful innocent pictures of your children may be seen as something completely different and completely perverted,’ said Lisa Demaree

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

Russian Meteorite Strike

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 bombAtomic 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 skyShocking: Despite trembling with fear, Mr Akhmetaleyev  instinctively started snapping away as the space rock lit up the sky

Trail of destruction: The 100,000-tonne space rock blitzes through the air before exploding with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombsTrail 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 pointingRight 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 ChelyabinskDevastation: 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 groundTerrifying: 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 picturesCapturing 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 skyStunning: 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 UralsIce 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 bombsDisaster: 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.