Dream-Like Long Exposure Photos of Fireflies in Nagoya, Japan

If you are tired of the usual long exposure photos, then this post is for you. Japanese photographer Yume Cyan has spent the last month in the forests of Nagoya City, Japan, shooting some surreal long exposure photographs of fireflies.

His long exposure shots (often 30 seconds at ISO 800) were taken with a Canon 5D Mark III and 50 mm lens. The aperture was set at f/2.8 – this made the closer fireflies look like out-of-focus circles of light. Finally the photos were combined together into composite shots.

According to Wikipedia, there are more than 2,000 species of fireflies, but despite their name, only some species produce adults that glow. These lightning bugs produce the most efficient light in the world – nearly 100 percent of the energy in the chemical reaction is emitted as light. [Read more…]

You can usually take such surreal photographs during the rainy seasons, from June to July, when fireflies mate after thunderstorms. For more examples, be sure to check out Long Exposure Photos of Gold Fireflies by Yuki Karo.

Website: 500px | Facebook | via: thisiscolossal, petapixel

Long Exposure Photos of Gold Fireflies by Yuki Karo


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QUIZ: Which Of These Identical Twins Smokes or Has Been Smoking Longer?

A team of doctors and researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have gathered an interesting new take on tobacco and cigarettes by comparing pairs of twins in which one of them smokes. They attended the Twins Days festival in Twinsburg, Ohio and met 79 pairs of twins in which either only one twin smoked or where one of the twins had started smoking at least 5 years before the other did. Professional photographers then took their portraits and a panel of judges were asked to evaluate the twins’ faces and rate their signs of aging. [Read more…]

The judges gave the twins scores, but you can see the results for yourself. The smoking twins, in comparison to their siblings that did not smoke or had smoked for a shorter period of time, received worse scores for wrinkled and baggy eyes, baggy cheeks, nose wrinkles, jowls and lip discoloration.

Smoking can be a controversial issue. On the one hand you’ve got the tobacco lobby and enthusiastic fans of smoking who defend their habit, and on the other you’ve got plenty of public and private institutions amassing a growing pile of evidence that smoking tobacco is bad for your health.

Smoking is a personal decision. Some people enjoy it enough that they don’t mind the numerous health risks, while others are simply too addicted to quit. But if you haven’t started smoking, think twice before you do!

Source: journals.lww.com (Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins – Okada, Haruko C. M.D.; Alleyne, Brendan B.S.; Varghai, Kaveh; Kinder, Kimberly M.D.; Guyuron, Bahman M.D.)

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‘Seriously, guys’? The History Channel needs to ‘get it together’ [pics]; Updated


Boy, Sen. Grassley was really on to something when he said the History Channel was going to hell in a handbasket:

#TriviaTuesday: Which U.S. President is featured on the $2 bill?
A. John Quincy Adams
B. Andrew Jackson
C. Millard Fillmore—   (@HISTORY) June 24, 2014

Is that supposed to be a trick question?

$2 bill

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

$2 bill

Call us crazy, but that looks suspiciously like Thomas Jefferson.


In other words, History, none of the above.


For the record, John Adams does appear on the back of the $2 bill. Unfortunately, John Adams and John Quincy Adams are not the same person.

Maybe not History’s finest hour, but at least it’s got people talking.

Wait … RT @HISTORY: #TriviaTuesday: Which U.S. President is featured on the $2 bill?
A. John Q. Adams
B. Andrew Jackson
C. Millard Fillmore— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) June 24, 2014

LOL fail RT @HISTORY: Which U.S. President is featured on the $2 bill?
A. John Quincy Adams
B. Andrew Jackson
C. Millard Fillmore— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) June 24, 2014

LOL! RT@HISTORY: #TriviaTuesday: Which U.S. President is featured on the $2 bill?
A. John Quincy Adams
B. Andrew Jackson
C. Millard Fillmore— Scott Good (@SkidWillie) June 24, 2014


get it together HC… RT @HISTORY: Which President is featured on the $2 bill?
A. John Quincy Adams
B. Andrew Jackson
C. Millard Fillmore— Jack Bauer (@TypicalAssGucci) June 24, 2014

Thanks for the giggles, History!

Morgan Freeman RT @HISTORY Which U.S. President is featured on the $2 bill?
A. John Quincy Adams
B. Andrew Jackson
C. Millard Fillmore— Matthew (@Matthops82) June 24, 2014






Took a while, but History finally wised up to its mistake and gave it another shot:

#TriviaTuesday: Which U.S. President is featured on the $2 bill?
A. Millard Fillmore
B. Thomas Jefferson
C. John Quincy Adams—   (@HISTORY) June 24, 2014

Good for them. But while the original “Common Core” version has been deleted from History’s feed, it remains preserved here on Twitchy, for ourselves and our posterity.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/24/seriously-guys-evidence-that-the-history-channel-needs-to-get-it-together-pics/

This Week’s Top 5 User Submitted Stories #29

If you have a story that’s interesting to more people than you and your mother – share it with everyone else! The best stories will be featured on BoredPanda.com home page and will have a chance to cure 10,000 people from boredom everyday.


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This Guy Turned His Wife’s Shopping Trips Into a Hilarious Game

What to do while your significant other shops is a question that Western men have had to deal with since the birth of the shopping mall. Enterprising husband Steve Venegas has come up with a creative and fun game to play that will make shopping fun again. [Read more…]

The game is simple – dress up as a mannequin at the store you (or your significant other) is shopping at and take a picture. Venegas’ pictures are hilarious because, in most of them, he does his best to strike the same pose as the mannequin next to him. Each picture looks like he’s posing with a pale, decapitated twin brother. He shares the pictures, part of his Gap Mannequin Project, on the project’s Tumblr, gapmannequinproject.tumblr.com.

Now, instead of wasting money at cafes, bars or electronics stores, guys will finally have a way to have fun while their second halves shop. And obviously, the game translates well to women who are bored of shopping as well. If you try this “game” out, send us your pics!

Source: gapmannequinproject.tumblr.com (via)


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Guy Re-Enacts Famous Movie Scenes With His Boss’s Dog

Redditor mmsspp‘s boss brings her dog Wrigley to work every day, and for the past month they’ve been reenacting romance scenes from famous movies. It all started with a silly Titanic photo, but things escalated quickly..

“We only ever do this for 5-10 minutes during lunch. I can’t say where we work, but it’s a large theater company that likes to think of itself as an Awesome Factory” [Read more…]

One month has passed and we’re presented with a handful of newly revived movie scenes with an amusing twist. From 80s classic “Say Anything” to “Brokeback Mountain”, from “Dirty Dancing” to “The Hunger Games”, here’s a collection of some delightful laughs!

Source: reddit.com

It all started with a single photo…Titanic (1997)

But things escalated quickly.. Dirty Dancing (1987)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Top Gun (1986)

The Notebook (2004)

Ryan Gosling (1980- )

The Graduate (1967)

Ghost (1990)

Say Anything… (1989)

The Hunger Games (2012)

Spider-Man (2002)


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This Week’s Top 5 User Submitted Stories #37

If you have a story that’s interesting to more people than you and your mother – share it with everyone else! The best stories will be featured on BoredPanda.com home page and will have a chance to cure 10,000 people from boredom everyday.


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50 Mind-Blowing Examples of Landscape Photography

How many of you have an expensive camera collecting dust instead of making photos? If you have the same problem like me, then you need some inspiration!

That’s why I want to show you a breathtaking collection of landscape photography. Hopefully, these pictures will be enough to get you moving (if not, you can put your camera on Ebay – you don’t need it anyway). [Read more…]

But before you go out to take pictures, don’t forget that an important element of landscape photography is the light to the scenery. It’s best to take photos at dusk or dawn with low angle light. This light renders the landscape with low contrast and sidelight giving a nice feeling of depth. Also, low contrast allows to capture more details.

Unfortunately, the perfect light goes away very quickly, so be sure to find the right angle in advance. When you’re done, come back and post your results in our comment section!

1. Lavender Sunrise

Photo by Antony Spencer

2. Sunflowers

Photo by B’Rob

3. Deep Red

Photo by Marco Carmassi

4. Apocalypse Now

Photo by Miles Morgan

5. Bamboo Forest

Photo by Trey Ratcliff

6. Frozen Forest

Photo by Evgeni Dinev

7. Bolivia

Photo by Victoria Rogotneva

8. Bagan Balloons

Photo by Martin Sojka

9. The Church of the Good Shepherd

Photo by AtomicZen :)

10. Tulip Field

Photo by Pete Piriya

11. Terraced Rice Field At Sunset

Photo by Junya Hasegawa

12.  Winter Silence

Photo by Vittorio Poli

13. Spring Time

Photo by Krzysztof Browko

14. Three Colors

Photo by  taurus13

15. Symmetry

Photo by Atif Saeed

16. Aspen Cathedral

Photo by Ken Lee

17. Trees Watching Sunrise

Photo by Larry Lefever

18. Fields of Tea

Photographer: unknown

19. Blue Pond & First Snow

Photo by Kent Shiraishi

20. Autumn With Tractor

Photo by pawel uchorczak

21. Labyrinth

Photo by Lina Gunawan

22. Light Colors

Photo by Philippe Sainte-Laudy

23. Tender Nature

Photo by Philippe Sainte-Laudy

24. The Symphony of Northern Lights

Photo by Noppawat “Tom” Charoensinphon

25. The Russell Lupins Field

Photo by Padsaworn Wannakarn

26. Ephemeral Morning

Photo by Zack Schnepf

27. Skagit Valley Daffodils

Photo by Brad Mitchell

28. Bluebell Sunrise

Photo by Antony Spencer

29. Painting of Nature

Photo by hardibudi

30. Red District

Photo by Ales Komovec

31. La Magie d’Ayguebonne

Photo by Florent Courty

32. Magic Forest

Photo by deep21

33. Maravian Field

Photo by Marek Kiedrowski

34. The Road Goes Ever On & On

Photo by Gary McParland

35. Fields of Gold

Photo by Allard One

36. Tunnel of Love

Photo by Oleg Gordienko

37. Japan Flower Park

Photo by crazy-frankenstein.com

38. Netherlands Flower Park

Photo by crazy-frankenstein.com

39. Wisteria Tunnel at Pinces Gardens

Photographer: unknown

40. In the Mist’s..

Photo by Michal Ostrowski

41. On the Field`s Appeal

Photo by Pawel Kucharski

42. Under A Blood Red Sky

Photo by Ian Sane

43. Rain of Spring

Photo by Kouji Tomihisa

44. Rapeseed And the Tree

Photo by aspheric.lens

45. A Twankly Mess

Photo by ™ Pacheco

46. Purple

Photo by Erasmus T

47. Lost In an Ocean of Red

Photo by powerfocusfotografie

48. Sakuras

Photo by sullivan™

49. They Thought That It Was a Spring

Photo by Pawel Kucharski

50. Black Forest

Photo by andy linden

Can you suggest the 51st?


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Souvenir Optical Illusions by Michael Hughes

At first glance, it may look like the real Big Ben. But wait… what’s that hand doing in there?

Actually, it’s the hand of photographer and tourist Michael Hughes who creates cool optical illusions by placing cheap souvenirs in front of famous landmarks. Michael has discovered the technique back in 1998 when he held up a postcard he bought for his daughter on the tourist platform at the Lorelei cliffs next to the river Rhine. [Read more…]

“I was amazed because it just seemed to fill a massive grey hole that was in the sky and it was the exact position the photographer had taken the picture from,” said Michael to Daily Mail.

His Flickr site is now well beyond the 5 million mark, but the absolute high point was when he got an email from the producer of the Jay Leno Show. Unfortunately, “the ensuing telephone conversation was enough to persuade her that he would be utterly useless on TV, so he missed his big chance.”

Website: hughes-photography.eu | flickr


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Unique Ammonite Washbasin by HighTech Design

This unique washbasin by HighTech Design was inspired by the spiral shape of ammonite shell. In case you didn’t know, Ammonites are an extinct species of free-swimming molluscs who lived in the ancient oceans around the same time that the dinosaurs walked the Earth and disappeared during the same extinction event[1]. Our panda fans from Facebook loved it, but Andre and Darik pointed out that it must be “a pain in the ass to clean”.


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