We always like a giveaway here at Geeks Have Landed so not to disappoint suggest a create idea for an Anamorphic Illusion – there’s an amazon Voucher courtesy of Instantprint for the best idea submitted to Geeks Have Landed
It hasn’t even been two weeks since NASA’s Curiosity Rover finally touched down on Mars, but already we are getting some truly breathtaking images beamed back from the red planet.
This panoramic shot, stitched together by photographer Andrew Bodrov using images taken by the little robot, shows a complete 360 degree angle of a deserted area on Mars. What’s even better is that, if you view it on an a tablet or phone, you can use Gyro to rotate the device as if you were actually on the planet.
There has been a lot of hype recently surrounding the Nokia Pureview 808 mobile, mostly due to it’s 41 mega-pixel camera. Nokia have shown us pictures of people, buildings, scenery and animals, but there is one thing missing.
Nokia took it upon themselves to send Pureview to space, with a helium balloon, to see what images it would return. Annoyingly they only show us one picture, right at the end of the video below, but it’s pretty amazing to think that it was taken with a mobile phone. Technology is certainly moving very fast.
What would happen if your favourite childhood games such as Pac-Man and Sonic, were to invade some of the most popular scenes in the world? They’d have fun.
Artist Jamie Sneddon and photographer Kevin Rozario-Johnson have come together to create this ‘giant nod’ to 8bit gaming, in which some of the most iconic video game characters of the late 20th century appear to inhabit cities around the world.
You can purchase mounted prints of these (and more) images using the link to the left, and be sure to follow the official 8-bitscapes Twitter account.
A recently funded Kickstarter project aims to make printing your Instagram snaps an easy experience.
‘Snapstagram’ is a web service which logs into your Instagram account and displays your photos ready for selection. You then select a roll of photos you wish to see in reality, which is then printed off as high quality 4″ x 4″ prints.
A roll of photos is 12 images, which costs just $6 with free packaging and postage.
Part of what draws me to this service is that if feels like a very friendly and welcoming service. It’s not a corporate giant or new owners Facebook who are offering the service, it’s a few guys from Ohio, who have an excellent vision, and an eye when it comes to packaging.
It’s already been funded, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t contribute to make the service even better. Head over to the Kickstarter funding page to pledge your donation.
If you’re like me and only have a novice understanding of Photoshop, then adding cool effects to your photos can be a huge frustration, which usually leads to disappointment with the final product. Luckily, last night I stumbled across an extremely easy to use website called TiltShiftMaker, which adds a tilt-shift and bokeh effect to any image you upload.
I find it very difficult to explain what the tilt-shift effect is, so I advise you watch the video below. A YouTube user was imaginative enough to re-create a view of Battlefield 3, with a tilt-shift effect.
As you can see, it makes some things in the shot clearer, and blurs the rest which creates a sort of ‘miniature’ effect.
Below I re-created a wallpaper of a racing track, adding the tilt-shift effect along with some bokeh.
The photo above was the first image I edited with TiltShiftMaker, and I’d say the results were pretty good. The website can also be accessed from an app for Google Chrome. Below is a few more images created using the website. (Click images for photographer’s Flickr)