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Google Earth Airport Snapshots as Art? Yeah, Okay, Sure.

June 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM | by | ()

Yesterday CNN published an article in its Travel silo, under its "CNN Style" brand, cross-posted from its Wired sister publication, about airport tarmacs. That doesn't have anything to do with the content of the story itself, it's just something that we found odd and thought we'd bring to your attention. It's just not a travel news combination that you see every day. You're welcome.

In any case: meet Lauren O'Neil. The Brooklyn-based designer finds pictures of airport runways on Google Earth, crops and colors and adjusts them until they become something approaching art, and then posts them on her Tumblr page. If you're an airport geek - or an art geek, we suppose - you should already have clicked on that link and be looking at the photos. Go do it, and then come back to learn about the rest of the CNN article. Seriously.

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What's the Most Popular Travel Instagram Account?

Where: Australia
February 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM | by | ()

Social media is one of the best ways for travelers both real and "armchair" to have a window into new destinations and inspiration for yet more travel. When it comes to Instagram, there's no other account that gets as many likes as the folks behind the Tourism Australia profile. These are the same people who posted the full-frontal pic of a kangaroo? Yeah, same guys.

The @Australia account belongs to the tourism board and uses photos snapped by locals and visitors, then uploaded and tagged with #seeaustralia. On average, each Aussie post receives around 8,200 likes, which is in stark contrast to an average 360 likes for photos on other tourism board accounts.

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Photographer Jeffrey Milstein Shows Off Some Awesome Airport Aerials

April 9, 2013 at 9:42 AM | by | ()

You know that we love us some airports. From terminal design and ticket counters to restaurants and lounges—we’re all about it. That’s why we’ve been wasting a few minutes of our day checking out some awesome aerial airport photographs from Jeffrey Milstein.

The photographer’s series Flying illustrates the twists, turns, and everything else from high above the airport. These photographs are taken just high enough above the ground to get a great view of the scene, but some of the little details are just out of sight—no matter how hard we look for the baggage handlers down on the ground.

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Camera Lost in Hawaii Found in Taiwan, Complete with All Photos

Where: Taiwan
April 8, 2013 at 7:10 AM | by | ()

If you’ve ever lost something on vacation you know that it can be quite the bummer. Doesn’t matter if it’s a cell phone charger or just a shirt left behind in the hotel closet—still sucks. Usually we just suck it up and move on, but in the future—besides keeping a better eye on our stuff—we might just try to be a little more optimistic.

In the feel good story of the week a woman’s camera that was lost on a scuba trip over in Hawaii a few years back was recently found, and after a little internet research it was linked back to her. Amazingly things still appear to be in decent shape, and the memory card has held onto those underwater photos for the last few years.

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No Photos Allowed! Hawaii Ponders Punishing Paparazzi with 'Steven Tyler Act'

February 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM | by | ()

There’s so much to photograph across the islands of Hawaii. There’s the sun, the sand, the waves, and even the celebrities doing their thing over in paradise. Sure you might not work for TMZ, but sometimes it’s hard to resist snapping a celeb shot while they work on their rest and relaxation. Better get those shots in quickly, as it sounds like Hawaii might be tightening the rules when it comes to what you can and can’t photograph in paradise—don’t worry, the waterfalls are still fair game.

Over two-thirds of the state senators over in the Aloha State have already signed on to a new piece of legislation, as they look to protect the right to a little bit of privacy for vacationing celebrities. It would give the rich and famous the right to sue over unexpected snapshots of them doing their thing while having a little fun in the sun. Of course we wouldn’t enjoy someone following us around while doing our thing in Hawaii, but celebrities love the attention—right? Ha.

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Old and Busted: Tilt-Shift Photography; New Hotness: Light Trail Photography

December 19, 2009 at 12:55 PM | by | ()

Most avid travelers are inseparable from their cameras, always on the lookout for different ways to capture the essence of a place. For a while, tilt-shift photography provided a unique perspective, "miniaturizing" everything from Red Square to the Statue of Liberty in countless vacation photos, but an old technique has recently been revived by a few talented photographers who turn off their flashes and use a slow shutter speed to convey the light, depth, and motion of night scenes.

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Vintage Disneyland Photographs Reveal the Evolution of Cuteness

December 5, 2009 at 2:44 PM | by | ()

There's something comforting about these vintage pictures of Disneyland from the fifties and sixties, which evoke a carefree era when father knew best and more doctors smoked Camels than any other cigarette. The park opened in Anaheim, California in 1955, blending classic Americana with future modernism and fantasy, and it defined the idea of the family vacation for years to come.

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A Few Thousand People Would Like to Reunite This Nice Family With Their Camera

October 18, 2009 at 1:16 PM | by | ()

Do you know the nice looking family in the photo above? If you do, please tell us how to contact them, because there are a few thousand people who want to reunite them with their lost camera. If the internet can be trusted (of course it can), they lost the camera while on a recent vacation in Maui, and some random person found it and looked at the photos on the memory card. He or she then decided to share one of the photos on the social media site Reddit in the hopes that the vast community of Redditors can make the magic happen once again and locate the owners.

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The Galapagos Continue To Be National Geographic's Favorite Travel Prize

June 8, 2009 at 1:02 PM | by | ()

It seems that the people at National Geographic just love giving away Galapagos Island trips. Yep, the Galapagos are turning into a not-very-original (but still pretty damn good) prize from them these days, and this time all they want out of you is a scenic picture.

The Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest wants you to send in your absolute best photo which fits into one of six categories: Wildlife, Nature, People, Travel, Weather or Inspiration. The big prize is the Galapagos trip, plus your photo being published in National Geographic, but we can't ignore the ton of other finalist prizes, including framed prints, scanners, books, and long-life batteries.

If you haven't already taken the photo of your lifetime you'd better get out there, because entries close on June 30. In July, photo judge Jim Richardson will pick two finalists for each category, and come mid-July we'll all be able to vote for the one we like best. And then like all good contest winners, the best photographer will have to traipse off to the Galapagos Islands. Let the best budding photographer win.

Related Stories:
· Energizer Photo Contest [National Geographic]
· What Is A Trip With Alex Trebek To The Galapagos Islands? [Jaunted]

[Photo: sly06]

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Cardiff at Night Photos Capture the Ugly Side of Partying

May 16, 2009 at 11:33 AM | by | ()

I love a good night out on the town, quaffing pints in pubs and swapping stories with friends, but I try to pack it in before things get ugly. I'd rather not be around when the drunken hordes spill into the streets, shouting at each other, getting in punch-ups, and vomiting at bus stops. Maybe that's why a series of photos by Maciej Dakowicz is so chilling. The Polish photographer created an unlikely viral hit with his Cardiff at Night series, capturing the dark side of partying with decidedly unglamorous scenes of blood, trash, and extreme inebriation on the lanes of downtown Cardiff, Wales over a series of Friday and Saturday nights.

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Taking In Museums Through the Flickr Commons

May 7, 2009 at 12:16 PM | by | ()

When it comes to armchair travel, there's always The Travel Channel and those coffee table books featuring aerial views of European cities that you've probably got sitting around somewhere, but why not surf the Flickr Commons as an alternative to dusting off those books?

Just this week, Chicago's venerable Field Museum joined the Commons, adding over 480 images from their collection to the open-use, copyright-less area of Flickr. The Field Museum now joins other Commons partners like The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian, National Galleries of Scotland, and Quebec's Musée McCord.

The move of some of these museum photography collections to the internet marks the development of a new sort of museum travel, whereby prospective visitors, the homebound, and those who are already fans of the collections may explore beyond visiting hours and guided tours. Even the avid photographers on Flickr are taking it upon themselves to capture a museum's content for posterity; The MoMA Project group on Flickr boasts a staggering 30,200+ photos taken within the confines of the New York City museum alone.

Flickrization is also another step to preservation of urban history in the virtual realm, as the Field Museum has added a gallery of their 1893 World's Columbian Exposition images and vintage photos of attractions like the Lincoln Park Zoo. With open and free access to these archives, staying in on a rainy day to indulge in a little armchair traveling has never seemed so enlightening.

Related Stories:
· The Commons welcomes the Field Museum Library [Flickr Blog]
· Flickr Commons Partners [Flickr]
· Photography Travel Coverage [Jaunted]

[Transportation Pavilion image: Field Museum]

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Share The View (and Your Memory Card) with Photochaining

Where: Madrid, Spain
March 10, 2009 at 1:35 PM | by | ()

Losing a memory card at the end of the trip can be tragic. But what if you plan to leave it behind on purpose? The Photochaining project encourages photographers to willingly leave behind cheap cards for others to find and add to. It's like Where's George, but for pictures!

Currently there are 16 memory cards out there, some with people names (Ben, Lola) and others with themes (Gimme, Love, Landscape). Most of them have only been found once in places from Madrid (where a card with the above photo was from) to San Francisco. As much as we like to hang onto our cards, this could work as long as people remember to let their findings go. Yours could be next!

Related Stories:
· Leaving Camera Memory Cards in Public Places! [Photochaining.com]
· O'Hare Airport Stars in Chicago Photography Exhibition [Jaunted]
· TravelMuse Wants Your Vacation Snaps [Jaunted]

[Photo: "Anna" memory card]