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“Natural Phenomena” by Reid Gower

Reid Gower found himself on a 6-month trip travelling between five U.S. states and to seven other countries. He decided to make his first ever time-lapse video. Entitled Natural Phenomena, Gower’s compilation shows not only the beauty of nature but also of our urban jungles.

Aside from the flashing lights, picturesque mountains, shiny sun dogs, and the quintessential aurorae, the video includes a very special view taken from the edge of space. Have a look at Natural Phenomena below.

[via Mashable]

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Stunning “Little Planet” Panoramas

Little planet photography is clearly a popular pastime given the thousands of photos you see on Flickr. The Create your own planets group is a great example. Some of the images are just bizarre and surreal, and others are magically beautiful.

Catherine Nelson, who describes herself as a painter with a camera, uses her experience in creating visual effects for films like 300, Troy, and Moulin Rouge to produce some of the most incredibly beautiful spherical panoramas.

Nelson takes hundreds of photos of her surroundings during the different seasons, and then spends months digitally stitching them together to create the most picturesque planetoids. You must seem them, after the jump.

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Google Street View Cinemascapes by Aaron Hobson

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think photographer Aaron Hobson is an extremely well-travelled individual. A look at his gallery shows some very picturesque photos from Spain, France, Scotland, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa. These images aren’t his. Hobson is the curator of Cinemascapes GSV, a collection of photos that were actually taken by the cameras atop the “aesthetically-neutered” Google Street View vehicles as plod their way through the world.

Have a look at some of the artistic photos taken by the Google Street View cars after the jump.

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Amazing Arizona Landscapes in Time-Lapse

Time-lapse videos are so calming aren’t they? And it seems the state of Arizona provides some wonderful vistas for time-lapse photographers.

Dan Eckert captured the beauty of Arizona in his “hyper lapse” video and now cinematographer Dustin Farrell shows off a year’s worth of time-lapse footage that he made in his home state. In Landscapes: Volume One, Farrell captures the majestic landscapes of Arizona and the incredible city of stars above it. It’s absolutely breathtaking. You must see it.

In his second time-lapse video, Farrell travels to Utah and shoots some of the iconic, rugged landscapes there. Landscapes: Volume Two can be seen after the jump.

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The Brushless Paintings of Amy Shackleton

Believe it or not, Toronto-based artist Amy Shackleton uses no paintbrushes to create her landscape paintings. She uses squeezy bottles to apply different colours of paint to her canvas, and harnesses the power of gravity to control the flow of the paint. She rotates the canvas as she pours the paints and also works on the floor, to pool the thicker enamel paint and shape it into the forms that she requires.

Have a look at some of her brushless paintings and a time-lapse video of her process after the jump.

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Canary Sky Time-Lapse is Dreamy

Astrophotographer Daniel López spent over a year collating the footage he took of Tenerife and the heavens above it. His time-lapse — or as he calls it, astro-timelapse — film contains majestic mountain scenes, floaty cloud movements, and even double rainbows. Have a look at López’ Canary Sky – Tenerife below.

Muy bueno, no?

[via My Modern Metropolis]

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The Mountain and Stars, Caught in Time-Lapse

You may remember Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd for The Aurora, a wonderful time-lapse video of Aurora Borealis. This time, the intrepid photographer happened to be visiting Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain and reportedly one of the best places in the world to capture the stars.

During the eight days that Sorgjerd spent there, he captured the beauty of the landscape around him and that of the stars above him. He even experienced a sandstorm during his filming. Have a look at his incredible time-lapse creation, The Mountain, below.

[via Oolex on Twitter]

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Stupendous Southwest Timelapse

If you liked the beautiful time-lapse videos by Tom Lowe and Dan Eckert, chances are you’ll enjoy the works of Eric Billman. Using a custom rig he built, Billman also shoots his time-lapse videos of the rugged mountains and scenery in southern Utah. Have a look at his wonderful piece, Southwest Timelapse, below.

See Billman’s Southwest Timelapse photos on Flickr.

[via The Awesomer]

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Purdy Wallpapers to Brighten Your Desktop #2

Today has been a total non-starter for me. After a night of pool and beer, I’m a touch unstable. Case in point, I nearly fell off the toilet just a few moment ago! But to my defence, the seat had somehow come loose, aiding to the unpleasant meeting of my head and the faux marble wall. Luckily the contents of my bowel stayed put during the unexpected event. But I digress.

After our previous post on purdy wallpapers to brighten your desktop, I thought another one would be appropriate. So see below for some fantastical widescreen wallpaper.

See the full list of 99 widescreen wallpapers at instantShift.

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Amazing Dream Worlds

I like to think I go to fantasy realms in my sleep, but it’s usually to the MacDonalds on all-you-can-eat day, or to a clothing store where everyone actually pays attention to me. Other people, however, have more vivid locations in mind, and with the help of Photoshop, they can bring these lands to life.

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A few more fantasy landscapes lie after the jump.