December 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hoisting an Escalator to the 101st Floor of 1 WTC

Hoisting an Escalator to the 101st Floor of 1 WTC

On December 12, 2012, ThyssenKrupp Elevator team members hoisted an escalator using a rooftop crane to the 101st floor of the One World Trade Center. This is one of 11 escalators and 74 elevators being installed on the project which will include the fastest elevators in the western hemisphere. Technical specialist and ThyssenKrupp Elevator…

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December 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Picture of the Day: Lightning Strikes a Fairway

Picture of the Day: Lightning Strikes a Fairway

LIGHTNING STRIKES A FAIRWAY Photograph via SmangAllDay on Reddit Redditor SmangAllDay shared this photo earlier this week of his local golf course after being struck by lightning. The fascinating fractal pattern you see on the fairway is known as a Lichtenberg figure which has been featured on the Sifter previously. For those…

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December 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Capturing a Tornado as it Forms

Capturing a Tornado as it Forms

On April 3, 2012 a series of tornadoes broke out across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including an EF3 in Forney, Texas. Freelance designer and photographer Parrish Ruiz de Velasco, who says he never leaves home without his camera, was driving that day and witnessed one of the tornadoes first hand as it developed. Knowing…

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December 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

Adding Color to Historic Photos [20 pics]

Adding Color to Historic Photos [20 pics]

Artist Mads Madsen has an amazing skill for colorizing old black and white photographs. Even beside their original counterpart the results are impressive, bringing a new dimension of realism to historic images. An American Civil War buff, Madsen’s 450+ portfolio of images can be seen on minus.com where he has amassed over 2.6 million…

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December 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Picture of the Day: The Crane Operator’s View

Picture of the Day: The Crane Operator's View

THE CRANE OPERATOR’S VIEW Photograph by MildlyReactive on deivantART In this fantastic shot by MildlyReactive we see what a crane operator’s view would be like at night. The photographer is not actually a crane operator, he’s an Urban Explorer or ‘Rooftopper‘ who likes to scale buildings and other objects of significant height…

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December 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

The Soreq Stalactite Cave in Israel

The Soreq Stalactite Cave in Israel

Soreq Cave, also known as Avshalom Cave or Stalactite Cave, is a 5,000 m2 cave on the western side of Mt. Ye’ela, in the Judean hills of Israel. Discovered by accident in May 1968 while quarrying with explosives, it is 83m (272 ft) long, 60m (197 ft) wide, and 15m (49ft) high. Like other…

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December 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

Indoor Clouds by Berndnaut Smilde

Indoor Clouds by Berndnaut Smilde

Berndnaut Smilde is a Dutch artist living and working in Amsterdam. Born in Groningen in 1978, Smilde received his BFA at Minverva Academy and his Masters in Fine Art from the Frank Mohr Institute. In his Nimbus clouds series, Smilde creates actual clouds, typically inside empty gallery spaces, and then photographs the results. The…

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December 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Picture of the Day: Reflection Affection

Picture of the Day: Reflection Affection

REFLECTION AFFECTION Photograph by Park Chowol | sidesee.kr In this fantastic night-time reflection photo, we see the beautiful Dongbaekseom Island (now part of the mainland) in Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea. Haeundae is an affluent, beach front community that attracts many Korean tourists and foreigners to what many consider to be Korea’s best…

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December 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Portraits of Unrelated Doppelgangers

Portraits of Unrelated Doppelgangers

I’m not a look-alike! is a project by Canadian photographer François Brunelle. His goal is to take 200 photographs of doppelgangers around the world (he’s half way there) with the hopes of turning the series into a book and international exhibit. Brunelle is fascinated by the resemblance between two unrelated people. On his site,…

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December 17, 2012 at 10:51 am

DigitalGlobe’s Top Satellite Images of 2012

DigitalGlobe's Top Satellite Images of 2012

DigitalGlobe is a worldwide leader in satellite imagery. Founded in 1993 under the name WorldView Imaging Corporation, it became EarthWatch Incorporated in 1995, before finally becoming DigitalGlobe in 2002. In 1993, the United States Department of Commerce granted DigitalGlobe (then WorldView), the first license allowing a private enterprise to build and operate a satellite…

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