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Beautiful Photography Websites

July 31st 2009 12:31
Interested in or just enjoy good photography? Since the onset of the digital age, quality photography has grown in popularity and accessibility. The same applies to how it is presented and sold on the web.

Ten years ago websites were largely clumsy, HTML driven constructions. Today, contemporary photographers have powerful tools such as Flash, WordPress and DreamWeaver with which to develop their websites.
Thanks to Smashing Magazine, here are some of the best photography sites on the web with the reasons why. See the full list here.



Photography websites
Bottle Bell Photography
The graphic design of this website perfectly complements the fantasy world of the photographer’s vision.

Best photography websites
Jill Greenberg
A beautiful website from a master photographer. The photos are big, bold and colourful.


Sports Photography
Levon Biss
A bold and colourful design from one of the UK’s foremost fashion and editorial photographers.

Most attractive photos web pages
Steve McCurry
The warm colours of this website are unusual, and make the website stand out.

Different photo sites
Chris Phelps
A bold, graphic image on the front page, complemented by a simple navigation and design. A very effective portfolio presentation. All supported by a blog. Nice, very nice.

Photography websites of the world
Isabelle Ribeiro Photography
There’s a lot to like about this website; a strong, simple front page slideshow, beautifully presented photo galleries, and a blog!

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President Obama

July 29th 2009 11:51
U.S. President Barack Obama has already been in office for 6 months. In today's post we'll take a look at some images from his presidency thus far. These pictures and information were sourced from Boston.com. See more photos here.


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President Barack Obama addresses U.S. troops during his visit to Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq on April 7th, 2009.


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French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive on June 6, 2009 at the Caen Prefecture before the commemorations marking the 65th anniversary of the June 6, 1944 allied landings in Normandy, northwestern France.


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President Obama closes his eyes before he tapes his weekly Radio Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 2, 2009.


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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wear 3-D glasses while watching a TV commercial during Super Bowl 43, Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, in the family theatre of the White House on February 1, 2009. Guests included family, friends, Cabinet members, staff members and members of Congress.


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President Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2009, as final preparations are made for that night's luau.


President Barack Obama. Place setting. Dining Hall.
The place-setting for President Barack Obama's seat before a meeting with Congressional leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House.

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Running of the Bulls

July 27th 2009 11:32
The Running of the Bulls San Fermín festival in Pamplona, Spain.



Running of the Bulls. Pre Race celebrations
The Pre-Run 'Chupinazo' Fair


Running of the bulls. Pre-Race Fair
Pre-Run Celebrations


watching the running of the bulls from the balcony
Revellers run on Estafeta Street as people look on from the balconies during the run of the Alcurrucen fighting bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Tuesday, July 7. Thrill seekers sprinted through Pamplona in a swift and relatively clean start to the running of the bulls. No one was gored on Tuesday, but four people were hospitalized with bumps, bruises or scrapes.

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Participants rin in front of Alcurrucen fighting bulls on the first day of the San Fermin bull run on July 7, in Pamplona, northern Spain. On each day of the festival six bulls are released at 8:00 a.m. to run from their corral through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town over an 850-meter (yard) course. Ahead of them are the runners, who try to stay close to the bulls without falling over or being gored.

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Revellers run on Estafeta Street as people look on from the balconies during the run of the Alcurrucen fighting bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain.

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A reveller is tossed by a young calf in the bullring after the first bullrun at the San Fermin festival.


*Information and pictures sourced from The Sacromento Bee and Life.com.
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Perihelion and Aphelion

July 24th 2009 11:54
This year Aphelion, the point in Earth's elliptical orbit when it is farthest from the Sun, occurs tomorrow, July 4th. Of course, that doesn't affect the seasons on our fair planet. Those are determined by the tilt of Earth's axis of rotation and not Earth's distance from the Sun, so July is still winter in the south and summer in northern hemisphere. But it does mean that on July 4th the Sun will be at its smallest apparent size. This composite neatly compares two pictures of the Sun taken with the same telescope and camera on the dates of Perihelion (closest approach) and Aphelion in 2008. The image labels include Earth's distance in kilometers from the Sun on the two dates. Otherwise difficult to notice, the change in the Sun's apparent diameter between Perihelion and Aphelion is clear. The difference amounts to a little over 3 percent.
Perihelion and Aphelion



*Image and information sourced from NASA here.
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Animal Hands

July 22nd 2009 12:24
Animals and humans hands for the sense of touch, manipulating our environment and performance a vast array of tasks. However, not all animals’ hands look the same....


Animal Hands - Ape
Ape


Hands of Animals
Tarsier


Gecko's fingers
Gecko


Amphibian feet - tree frog
Tree Frog


hands and fingers of animals around the world
Pygmy Marmoset



*Images sourced from Environmental Graffiti.
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Daily Life

July 20th 2009 11:47
What constitutes daily life for you? School, office, construction site?
For billions of people around the world, their daily routines would seem nothing like normal to us. Thanks to the Scaromento Bee, here is an intriguing insight into the lives of people from different countries and cultures. Find many more examples here.

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Cheap Airlines

July 17th 2009 11:40
How do budget airlines do it so cheap? The info graphic below will explain it all to you!
Image source here.

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Endangered Sharks

July 15th 2009 10:51
Around the world many shark species are being hunted to extinction, mainly for their fins to make soup. Thanks to the guardian.co.uk, here are some pictures representing the most endangered shark species and some of the reasons why. Read more here.

Shark Fin Soup
Shark-fin soup being served at a wedding banquet in Hong Kong. The taste for shark fins is driving some of the ocean's most ancient creatures to the brink of extinction, and in the process upsetting the balance of marine ecosystems


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Pretty Money

July 13th 2009 10:05
Paper money, otherwise known as notes or bills isn't renowned for its attractive designs. However some countries have bucked this trend and created money you'll want to take home from your holiday. The notes and information below was sourced from Woman's Day here.


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Statue of Liberty Reopening

July 8th 2009 11:24
The Statue of Liberty, closed since 9/11 reopened on the 4th of July 2009. Thanks to the National Geographic, here is some rare pictures and information from inside the statue. Read more here.

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Photographed from a rare vantage point, several of the Statue of Liberty's 25 observation windows look out over New York Harbor

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4th of July

July 4th 2009 10:53
Independence Day, known as the 4th of July is that National Day of the United States of America. It is celebrated annually with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the USA.
Thanks to Life.com, here are pictures from 4th of July celebrations over the years. Some more photos can be seen here.

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Places to Watch What You Wear

July 3rd 2009 11:33
Thanks to the Daily Telegraph, here is some good advice for anyone heading for a trip abroad. See the full list here.


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Motels of America

July 1st 2009 10:49
From Thomas Hawk's collection on Flickr, here are some of the sights you will find when road tripping over the USA. See the remainder of the collection here.


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