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To Really Remember Something, Don't Take Pictures Of It | PHOTO - MEMORY

To Really Remember Something, Don't Take Pictures Of It | PHOTO - MEMORY | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"[....] When people rely on technology to remember for them — counting on the camera to record the event and thus not needing to attend to it fully themselves — it can have a negative impact on how well they remember their experiences,” she explains. [...)"

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Pictures help remember past events (people, places...) though ! As a calculator might "weaken" our own calculating abilities, would taking pictures decrease our ability to remember ? I'd never considered the issue from that point of view -paradoxical, yet it might well be true...

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2013 Wildlife photographer of the year competition | The Guardian

2013 Wildlife photographer of the year competition | The Guardian | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it
Photos of gorillas, dugongs and mushrooms were among the 43,000 entries from 96 countries. The Natural History Museum will announce the overall winners in October
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The power of photography : time, mortality & memory

The power of photography : time, mortality & memory | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it
We take thousands of pictures nowadays, but do we still cherish them?
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"We asked writers and artists, including Grayson Perry and Mary McCartney, to pick a shot they treasure – and tell us the role photography has played in their lives."

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Photographic Illusion or Hyperrealistic Painting ? | Jason de Graaf

Photographic Illusion or Hyperrealistic Painting ? | Jason de Graaf | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it
We recently came across Jason de Graaf's incredible artwork via The Daily Mail. The Canadian painter created an astonishing series of hyperrealistic artworks that must be seen to be believed.
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Silvery golden New York City

Silvery golden New York City | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it
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As Chris Hadfield (NASA) says... the City looks lit up like a bulb : "the Statue of Liberty is clearly visible in the night from above".

It's been a while since when I last hung around on the NASA website... well, it's still and always worth surfing on it : gorgeous photos  :-))

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The best photographs of 2012 - in pictures | The Guardian

The best photographs of 2012 - in pictures | The Guardian | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it
From the camaraderie of the Tour de France to snipers in Syria, Sarah Gilbert selects her favourite pictures of the year
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The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it
The best photographs in news and culture from around the world
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"The City" by Navid Baraty | Photography

"The City" by Navid Baraty | Photography | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

 

Navid Baraty's website made my morning and 'The City' page is really worth visiting... well, so are all the others :o)

 

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How to photograph fireworks | the Guardian

How to photograph fireworks | the Guardian | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

Guardian photographer Martin Argles shares his tips on how to make your bonfire night photography go with a bang...

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National Geographic | World Wide | flickr group

National Geographic | World Wide | flickr group | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"Come and see some of the most interesting pictures from around the world we live in today. We are by far the best National Geographic flickr group on the site. We filter our images so you will only see the best National Geographic pictures taken by the best photographers in the world."

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Tolkien Can Draw ? Who Knew ! 7 Beautiful Hobbit Illustrations

Tolkien Can Draw ? Who Knew ! 7 Beautiful Hobbit Illustrations | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

 

J.R.R. Tolkien was also an accomplished amateur artist.

Friday is the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. Turns out, J.R.R. Tolkien was also an accomplished amateur artist. He made drawings and painted color plates of some scenes from the novel. Here are seven beautiful illustrations he made, collected in The Art of the Hobbit.

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Amazing Microscope Shots | PHOTOS

Amazing Microscope Shots | PHOTOS | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it
These microscope pictures are taken from the book ' Microcosmos', created by Brandon Brill
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The book displays many scanning electron microscope (SEM) images : insects, human body parts and household items -all too small to see with the naked eye.

Unlike the picture above, most of them show something we cannot identify unless we read the corresponding caption...

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Photos of the Day | The Washington Post

Photos of the Day | The Washington Post | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"A young boy looks inside a rusted car body in a square near the remaining walls of buildings in the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane. [...]"

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Rusted cars, astounding moustache, children's headed-radiant circle... and many more surprising shots : they're all worth a glance ;-)

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Underwater PHOTOS | weirdworm.com

Underwater PHOTOS | weirdworm.com | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it
Few people are concerned about fish they don’t find delicious. However, fish can be very unique creatures with bizarre attributes that make them fascinating.
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Go and have a look at these pics  -the blobfish might well play the lead in an animated film ;-)

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The picture illustrating the post is not part of this 10-shot series & comes from :

--->  http://www.weirdworm.com/7-amazing-photos-taken-underwater/

 

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... Bleach-friendly strawberries ?! | BBC's Weird & odd pictures

... Bleach-friendly strawberries ?! | BBC's Weird & odd pictures | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it
The best weird and odd pictures from around the world
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At first I thought the pic had been 'photoshopped', but it hadn't...

These genetically modified strawberries are "pineberries" that look like strawberries as far as shape is concerned. Yet, their red has turned to white and  their pips' yellow-green... to red ! Besides, they're said to taste like pineapples.

Such ice-age faded colour definitely contrasts with the 'classic' strawberry's red -guess which I'd rather crunch ? :o).

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Elena Simona Craciun's photographs

Elena Simona Craciun's photographs | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it
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On stumbleupon.com, XAXOR showcases "the best pictures online". Elena's are tagged "Photography" -have a look, some series are great !

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Nature - Week 13 Gallery | National Geographic Photo Contest 2012

Nature - Week 13 Gallery | National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic magazine sets the standard for photographic excellence."

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"A bio luminescence light show phenomenon was put on for a few privileged onlookers in Stanwell Park, NSW, Australia. It was like an underwater lightening storm as bolts of electric blue light shot vividly across the surface of the breaking waves. I shot it for a couple of hours with no other photographers in site." [Matt Smith]

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Best Space Photos of the Year 2012 | Wired.com

Best Space Photos of the Year 2012 | Wired.com | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"We round up the most amazing, mind-blowing, spectacular, and jaw-dropping photos of planets, moons, galaxies, and nebulas from our perennially popular Space Photo of the Day gallery [...] This year has seen some amazing space photos, including gloriously shining dust in the Orion nebula, Saturn wreathed in rings and accompanied by its moon Titan, spectacular shots of Earth’s Arctic region, and an artful dust devil on Mars. Here we present our favorite shots taken in 2012 that show off the wonder and unbounded beauty of the cosmos."

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Macro Photographs of Snow Crystals & Snowflakes

Macro Photographs of Snow Crystals & Snowflakes | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

A series of snow crystals and snowflakes shot with a macro lens by the Moscow-based photographer Andrew Osokin.
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Space Slideshows | NBC News

Space Slideshows | NBC News | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo's tweet [ http://bit.ly/SDRLUe ] I started viewing several NBCnews site pages this morning... and happened to discover this one.

It displays various kinds of illustrations related to space . Help yourself & pick some up in diverse categories :

- web extra videos ;

- eclipse images ;

- series of photos illustrating space history...

… and more !

These might well help illustrate ESL-EFL lessons for science series studesnts as they focus on the science & space field.

             … A feast for the eyes :o)

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Facebook: mapping how viral photos spread | Stamen Design

Facebook: mapping how viral photos spread | Stamen Design | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"Ever wondered what the sharing patterns of a viral online image look like? Well, you're about to find out."

"Following up on last month's map of the world's friendships on Facebook, we've released another visualization of relationships across social networks today. Called "Photo-sharing Explosions," these visualizations look at the different ways that photos shared on George Takei's Facebook page go viral once he's posted them."

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Using Photos With English-Language Learners | edutopia

Using Photos With English-Language Learners | edutopia | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"A picture is worth a thousand words." -- Unknown Though the origin of this popular adage is unclear, one thing is clear : using photos with English-Language Learners (ELLs)..."

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