Sunday, 23 December 2012

Strong Photography


Strong pictures, 29 more images after the break...

Top 10 Deadliest Countries for Journalists

A free and fair press has always been a target for tyrants and criminals. As a result, reporters, photographers, and bloggers can find themselves in harm’s way while informing us of world and local events. Sadly, this situation has not improved much with time: as of this writing, 960 journalists have been murdered in the last 10 years.
The following are the “10 Deadliest Countries for Journalists”, as ranked by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). To humanize the grim statistics, each entry includes a passage describing a late journalist, randomly selected from victim rolls that are entirely too long.
NOTE: CPJ confirms a case only if it’s reasonably sure a journalist was murdered “in direct reprisal for his or her work, killed in combat/crossfire, or killed while carrying out a dangerous assignment.” Should you wish to contribute to its efforts, you may donate to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
10. Mexico 
Total Murders since 1992: 28

Since 1992, 89% of Mexico’s killed journalists were murdered, mostly by drug cartels and criminal gangs operating with near-total impunity. As could be expected from the failing drug war in Mexico, the victims’ beats typically focused on crime, with some overlap for covering government corruption.
One such victim was Luis Emanuel Ruiz Carrillo, a 21 year old photographer working for La Prensa. He was kidnapped along with his cousin (Juan Gomez Melendez) and a popular TV show host (Jose Luis Cerds Melendez). All three were later found dead with gunshot wounds to the head, next to fresh graffiti warning “Stop cooperating with the Zetas”. The Zetas are a major drug cartel, and operate with such freedom in Mexico that an armed Zeta walked into the police’s active crime scene and moved the bodies to a different location.
Ruiz was still in college, and winner of a journalism award the previous year. He had been on the job eight months. 09 more countries after the break...

Top 10 Countries That Disappeared In The 20th Century

New nations seem to pop up with alarming regularity. At the start of the 20th century, there were only a few dozen independent sovereign states on the planet; today, there are nearly 200! Once a nation is established, they tend to stick around for awhile, so a nation disappearing is quite uncommon. It’s only occurred a handful of times in the last century. But when they do, they completely vanish off the face of the globe: government, flag, and all. Here then, in no particular order, are the top ten countries that had their moment in the sun but are, alas, no more.
10. East Germany, 1949-1990
Created from the Soviet controlled sector of Germany after the Second World War, East Germany was probably best known for its Wall and its tendency to shoot people who attempted to cross over it. Now, it’s one (over-reactionary) thing to shoot foreigners who are trying to enter your country illegally, but these were its own people!
Basically little more than a Soviet satellite state, the collapse of the notorious Wall and, with it, the demise of the old Soviet Union brought an end to this failed experiment in Communism, and it was integrated back into the rest of Germany in 1990. Because East Germany was so far behind the rest of Germany economically, however, its reintegration with the west almost bankrupted Germany. Today, however, things are swimming along nicely, thank you. 09 more countries after the break...

Sky Habitat — A Luxury Residential Complex in Singapore


Singapore's CapitaLand construction company in 2012 started the construction of the most expensive residential complex in Singapore Sky Habitat. The snow-white 38-story skyscraper located on lush on 506 apartments planned to be completed in 2016. Luxury condominium project to be located in the suburbs of Bichat, by the famous architect Moshe Safdie, developed for him an impressive stage structure. 18 more images after the break...

Friday, 21 December 2012

Riddles of the Day

Jillian Northrup of Oakland, USA and his team created a cool project-oriented ... This tube, decorated for the technical pipe runs through the huge studio apartment. What for? Answer a few pictures. 11 More Images after the break...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Monday, 3 December 2012

Top 14 Recommended Methods of Prevention


01. Drink Red Wine
Drink Red Wine: Red wine is made from skin of grapes which contains resveratrol and other phytochemicals that have antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. Researches show that a glass of wine a day can prevent a wide range of cancers like leukaemia, skin as well as breast cancer. 13 more after the break...

USA Election ILustrated Using Fast Food


Soon after the US election was over, Berlin-based artists Lisa Rienermann and Anna Lena Schiller decided to create an infographic illustrating the most important facts about the US presidential election. The duo decided that burgers and fries, the stereotypical American meal, was the most appropriate medium for visualization.
The project, named "Binders Full of Burgers," is a reference to the Internet meme sparked by a Mitt Romney debate response about how he used "binders full of women" to find female staff for his cabinet as governor of Massachusetts. Using burgers as pie-charts and mustard and ketchup to write and draw graphs, the images illuminate how many Americans have the right to vote, and how big the turnout will likely be, among other things. Further images show poll results illustrated with zigzagging lines of ketchup and mustard. The illustrators use hot dogs, of Frankfurters, to illustrate contributions made by German corporations to the the Obama and Romney campaigns, and fries to depict countries whose names came up most often in the presidential debate on foreign policy. 13 more images after the break... 

City of Bright Colors


Kiev — Residential Complex
In some cities, the bright colors become a feature of the city's architecture.
Most of the city's buildings are painted in gray color, contributing to our already gray days. And as a ray of bright light breaking through their bold colorful designs, diluting monotonous architectural scale bright palette. Moreover, the "revival" sometimes subjected to not a single house, and the entire complex and residential quarters. Over the years, the bright colors in the architecture becomes more and more, including in Russia. One Anadyr is worth something! 24 more images after the break...

Natalia Pereverzeva Delegated Miss Earth 2012


Natalia participated in Miss Russia 2009, holds the titles of Miss Kursk 2006 1st runner up, Miss Moscow 2010, Russian Beauty 2011 (Krasa Rossii) and now delegated from Russia to Miss Earth 2012. 22 more images after the break...

Namba Parks — Japans 8 Level Roof Ggarden with Waterfalls


Namba Parks was conceived when Osaka Stadium closed down, presenting a great redevelopment opportunity for a new commercial district right next to the Namba Train Station, which is just one stop away from Kansai Airport. Since it's one of the first places that visitors to the city might see, owner Nankai Electric Railway asked the Jerde Partnership to envision the new development as a gateway that would redefine Osaka's identity. 11 more images after the break...

Czech Republic Tereza Fajksova - Winner Of The Title Miss Earth 2012


The 12th annual Miss Earth 2012 pageant held in Manilla, Philippines came to a close with Miss Czech Republic Tereza Fajksova as Miss Earth 2012, Miss Philippines Stephany Stefanowitz as Miss Earth Air , Miss Venezuela Osmariel Villalobos as Miss Earth Water and Miss Brazil Camila Brant as Miss Earth Fire. Over the month long event, 80 delegates have strived hard to achieve the Miss Earth crown, there were many favourites including Miss Prachi Mishra who represented India and had bagged the Friendship subtitle at Miss Earth 2012. The evening got an awesome start with Billy Crawford's breathtaking performance and a spectacular evening gown competition by the 8 finalists. 09 more images after the break...

Kuwait’s Golden Jubilee Fireworks Enters Guinness World Records

 November 10, 2012 marked the golden jubilee of Kuwait’s constitution and the country celebrated it with a spectacular $15-million fireworks display which earned the wealthy Gulf state a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.  Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis and expatriates filled the seaside Arabian Gulf Road to watch the dazzling display of colors and light that saw a staggering 77,282 fireworks launched over a period of one hour. The visual presentation marked 50 years to the day since the late emir Sheikh Abdullah al-Salem al-Sabah announced that Kuwait had become the first Arab state in the Gulf to issue a constitution and have a parliament. 08 more images after the break...

Massive Arch Bridge — Melkweg Bridge


 Images by Jeroen Musch and NEXT Architects
The Melkwegbridge is located in Purmerend, the Netherlands. The bridge is part of the masterplan ‘De Kanaalsprong’ and connects the historic city center with the towns’ new district. The most striking part of the bridge, designed by NEXT Architects, is a massive arch which reaches the height of 12m above water level and stands in a continuous line with the Melkweg-road, thus offering an incredible view over the city. The high lookout is an attraction in itself and lets pedestrians fully experience the relation between the new and historic center of Purmerend. 12 more images after the break...

Khan Shatyr — The World’s Tallest Tent in Kazakhstan


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Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, is an architectural project that is billed as the world’s largest tent. The “tent” is made of a transparent material and suspended on a network of cables strung from a central spire 150 meters high. The structure has a 200 meter elliptical base enclosing an area of 140,000 square metres. Underneath the tent, an area larger than 10 football stadiums, is an urban-scale internal park, shopping and entertainment venue with squares and cobbled streets, a boating river, shopping centre, mini golf and indoor beach resort. The transparent material allows sunlight through which, in conjunction with air heating and cooling systems, maintains a comfortable internal temperature between 15–30 °C while outside the temperature varies between -35 and 35 °C across the year.
To prevent condensation in the winter, three translucent layers of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene fabric or EFTE act to channel warm air. In summer, fritting on the outermost foil layer provides solar shading. Inside, low-level jets direct cool air across the space, while opening vents at the apex induce stack-effect ventilation. The transparency and scale of the tent stands out in the skyline like a beacon, changing colors at night and streaming in natural light during the day. 14 more images after the break...

American Landscapes — Photos of Timothy O’Sullivan


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 In the 1860-1870's of the photographer Timothy O’Sullivan has created one of the most famous collections of images in American history. Photos of Timothy O’Sullivan | Library of Congress. 18 more images after the break...

Roof gardens in London — Jason Hawkes


Photographer Jason Hawkes, flying in a helicopter over London, filmed on the roofs of buildings which are divided small gardens. 07 more images after the break...

World’s Biggest Flower Blooms in Switzerland


Visitors look at the Arum Titan "Amorphophallus titanum", the largest flower in the world, as it blossoms for a second time on late November 19, 2012.
The world’s largest flower has blossomed in Basel. The monster stinky plant, which boasts the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, is 2.27 meters tall and blooms for just a couple of days once every few years. Titan Arum, which originates in the jungles of Sumatra, is not just the biggest flower in the world – it is also one of the stinkiest. Its flowers release an odor reminiscent of decomposing flesh. Luckily, it rarely blooms outside its natural environment. The Swiss botanical garden was lucky enough to have two of the flowers bloom in just 18 months. The last time Titan Arum blossomed there was in April 2011. Before that, the plant blossomed in Switzerland only in 1936. The blossoming flower was constantly under the eye of online cameras, so that everyone keen to see the remarkable botanic event could take a glimpse. Others who are not turned away by the horrible smell of rotting meat visited the botanic garden in Basel to see the monster flower with their own eyes. The last floral appearance of the Titan Arum in Basel attracted some 25,000 visitors.  05 more images after the break...

Kazakhstan — Photographer Gregory Bedenko


 Lake "Middle Kulsay." Included in the system of three very beautiful ponds, cascaded. At this point in the national park.
South-East Kazakhstan — Photographer Gregory Bedenko, Kazakhstan - the land of mostly prairie. However, the south-east by the mountains of Tien Shan, known for its stunning beauty of landscapes. 23 more images after the break...

Studio Snapshots — Photographer Suresh Natarajan


Suresh Natarajan - a leading advertising and fashion photographer in India. Taught himself photography and does not believe that this is possible for someone to teach, if a person has no talent. She dreams of traveling, doing portraits and making movies. 35 more images after the break...

Top 10 Beautiful Tree Tunnels


Trees, The longest-living organisms on Earth, beautify and protect our environment by providing color, shelter, and shade. They renew our air supply by soaking up carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
10. Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Germany
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Each spring, a peaceful street, located in the German city of Bonn, transforms into an enchanting cherry blossom tunnel. Photographer Marcel Bednarz captured this stunning sight of cherry blossoms in full bloom. He explained to me that there are actually two streets in Bonn where cherry trees are planted, but the one you see in the above picture is called Heerstraße. As you may know, the average cherry blossom lasts only between 7 and 10 days, depending on weather conditions. 09 more after the break...

The Most Important Holy Places in the World


In recent years, religious tourism is becoming more popular. believers become more interested in religion wakes. Religious places, very charming, regardless of beliefs and religions out there that are promoted. People come to these places to close to God, have faith or cured. 
Kaaba

Kaaba - the most important sacred site of the Islamic world. The history of this place as sacred, stretches back long before the time of the Prophet Muhammad. Once upon a time there was a haven Arab statues of gods. Kaaba is located in the center of the courtyard the Sacred Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. 09 more after the break...

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