Meanwhile, in Russia…a out-of-control driver turns an otherwise life-threatening drift into an epic parallel parking manoeuvre.
Marine biologist, Alexander Semenov, works at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) in northwest Russia and has posted over 900 photos of the undersea life around the station. The most captivating are of Cyanea capillata, or the hair jellyfish. Semenov changes his shooting angle to set the creatures against a backdrop that makes them seem like they’re aloft in the sky. Have a look at some of his images of Cynea in the sky after the jump.
Driving in Russia can be hazardous and so commonplace that a separate genre of YouTube clips has sprung forth. Some are horrible car accidents and you don’t want to look, but you know you’re going to. On a positive note, in this (still terrifying) dashcam compilation, the majority of the people managed to escape death just in the nick of time.
Kiev, Ukraine. A crew works towards their goal. They don’t have the best resources, but they make do. It’s cold. their workspace is cramped. And the heating hasn’t been on for a while. But their creative fire won’t be snuffed out. If that sounds like an underdog story from a video game, you might be surprised to find it’s closer to fact than fiction.
Ukrainian developer 4A games toiled through delays, the bankruptcy of their publisher THQ, and some rather unfavourable development conditions to bring their creation into the light, so to speak. Their triumph, Metro: Last Light, is the sequel to their previous effort, Metro 2033, an FPS set in the claustrophobic metro systems of a future, post-apocalyptic Moscow. PS3 gamers were kept in the dark, as Metro 2033 was released only on the Xbox 360 and PC, but get to enter the metro for the very first time. Is the trip worth it, or should Metro: Last Light be shunned to a dark corner? My review continues after the jump.
Vodka is the king of the alcohols in Russia with an estimated 1.417 billion litres sold in 2012. Alcohol abuse in Russia is reaching alarming levels, and it is estimated that one in every five male deaths is linked to alcohol. The consumption of beer in on such a rise that Russian government has taken steps to reclassify beer as alcohol, and not food.
Everyday I’m Drinking is a song by Russian band Little Big and tells of the nation’s obsession with alcohol and dire outlook on life. It’s bizarre, disturbing, and depressing given the statistics but it does have rather a catchy tune.
Thanks to the dashboard-mounted cameras on motor vehicles, we get to see life in Russia like we never have before. Recently, many Russians uploaded their dashcam videos of the meteorite that exploded over central Russia and injured more than a 1,000 people.
This little compilation of dashcam videos shows the variety of life in Russia from jet flybys and car flips to spilled
milk cows and a round of fisticuffs. It is set to wonderfully enthusiastic music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a”. Enjoy.
See more dashcam compilations on YouTube.
[via The Guardian]
Eurovision tends to bring out some of the …oddest…acts you’ll ever see. And sometimes, some of the most memorable. So here’s a video of a troupe of Russian grannies—the Buranovskiye Babushki (Burano Grannies)—with their Eurovision 2012 entry, Party for Everybody. If your feet aren’t tapping by the end of the song, then I fear you have no soul. You might want to have that looked at by a good (witch) doctor.
[via Huffington Post]
It’s not the first time that we’ve posted about the Alexander Semenov. The marine biologist works at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) in northwest Russia and photographs the most wonderful undersea animals as part of his job. After four years at WSBS, Semenov is now the chief dive master and a camera is always on hand when he journeys into the depths of the White Sea.
When I first began to experiment with sea life photography I tried shooting small invertebrates for fun with my own old camera and without any professional lights or lenses. I collected the invertebrates underwater and then I shot them in the lab. After two or three months of failure after failure, I ended up with a few good pictures, which inspired me to buy a semi-professional camera complete with underwater housing and strobes. I’ve spent the following field season trying to shoot the same creatures, but this time in their environment. It was much more difficult, and I spent another two months without any significant results. But when you’re working at something every day, you inevitably get a lot of experience. Now after four years of practice I get a few good shots almost every time I dive.
There are over 1500 known species of jellyfish in the world and Semenov has photographed quite a few, especially the Cyanea genus of stinging jellyfish. After the jump you will find some of the striking deep sea jellies that Semenov has encountered, more specifically photos of Cyanea capillata, the lion’s mane jellyfish.
Alexander Semenov is a marine biologist stationed at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS), a remote research centre that is located on the Karelsky Coast in northwest Russia. Semenov is part of the dive team at WSBS and during his excursions, takes close-up shots of the truly beautiful and bizarre fauna lurking in the depth of the White Sea.
Have a look at some of Semenov’s amazing undersea photography after the jump.