Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller from the Brno University of Technology reveals the awesome beauty of the solar corona with these amazing composite images that he created by using 47 photos taken during a total solar eclipse.

To achieve the crystal clear effect the shots are comprised from some 40+ photos taken with two different lenses. Additional clarity was achieved due to the incredibly remote location chosen to view the eclipse from, a pier just outside the Enewetak Radiological Observatory on the Marshall Islands, smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can see several more images from the project at Druckmüller’s website and don’t miss this much higher resolution version including some 209 stars.

[via Colossal]


Taking a single large format photograph on its own is no easy task, so you can imagine how time-consuming it is to merge dozens of large format photos of the same scene.

Wolfgang Hildebrand did exactly that. He captured the same scene at different times of the day and combined the images into a single composite photo.

Combining Dozens of Large Format Photos of the Same Scene

via Faith is Torment


(an experiment in layers, blending, and multiple images to create a visual symphony)

I like to ‘paint’ using my original photographs. Often the result is most pleasing to myself at least, if not to anyone else… They may look like an awkward attempt at a Hallmark card, but I personally think some of those are pleasing images also.

All I know is it feels good when I’m able to say: “I Made This!”

There really is a child residing inside this decrepit old body.

Yuzuru Hanyu’s Spread Eagle-Triple Axel-Spread Eagle Composite Image
To view full size images remember to click the image links (note this doesn’t seem to work on mobile).

I’ve been wanting to create a composite image of Yuzuru’s triple axel and what better triple axel than the one in and out of a spread eagle? I think that Image Composite Editor seems to work better with fancam footage as that’s what it was designed for. Anyway, I decided to try this out on this fancam footage of his SP from 2014 Cup of China which was the only time he performed the spread eagle going in and out of a triple axel in competition. Yuzuru earned the maximum amount of points for this triple axel:

8.5 (base value for 3A) + 3.0 GOE = 11.5 pts

He got almost straight +3 on GOE from all the judges (except for one who only gave him a +2!).

You’ll notice something a little different with this particular composite image, the Yuzurus overlap! For those that have seen the other composite images in my posts you’ll know that Image Composite Editor does not handle overlap of your selected object - at all. You get missing body parts.

I knew after watching the video that Image Composite Editor wouldn’t be able to compose the full jump and the spread eagles correctly so my original plan was to just do the first spread eagle into the triple axel, then another composite of the ending spread eagle and keep them separate. Below is what I ended up with.

After looking at the two images it looked like I could align both images pretty easily and use this tutorial on how to make a composite action sequence to make the correct parts of the layer visible. The two images aren’t perfectly aligned (it’s a little off) but it was good enough. I’m really happy with how this turned out! I still wanted to show the full triple axel on it’s own though so I included it in this post along with the ending spread eagle.

Observatory, Mountains, Universe : The awesomeness in this image comes in layers. The closest layer, in the foreground, contains the Peak Terskol Observatory located in the northern Caucasus Mountains of Russia. The white dome over the 2-meter telescope is clearly visible. The observatory is located on a shoulder of Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, with other peaks visible in a nearby background layer. Clouds are visible both in front of and behind the mountain peaks. The featured three-image composite panorama was taken in 2014 August. Far in the distance is the most distant layer: the stars and nebulas of the night sky, with the central band of the Milky Way rising on the image right. via NASA


A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to be supplying the cover art for one of my favorite bands new records. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to finalize the whole deal, so the image is no longer being used for that project.

However, that now leaves me with this super awesome photo that would have gone undone/unseen without the initial interest!

I believe Mr Model Friend Steve Kopacz snapped the shutter on this in Pismo Beach, California on the Lucky Street Tour.

The image is actually a composite of 4 or 5 images. 2 separate skies, the rock and the water are all pulled from different images. The rock in the water actually has Steve and GR’s old tech Ryan on it, but I photoshopped those little nerds out.

Anywho, that is the story of this photo.

Composite Image of Yuzuru Hanyu’s Layback Ina Bauer from the 2013 Japanese Nationals Men’s Free Skate

Nearly 270 degrees of Yuzuru’s Ina Bauer goodness!

Video source for this composite image was from the Yuzuru’s Time of Awakening DVD (too bad I don’t have a bluray reader, the bluray quality would’ve probably been even better and I probably wouldn’t need to deinterlace).

I had a hard time overlaying this and the skew and overlap is not quite right so I took a best guess at aligning things using the boards as my guide. I think the arc on the Ina Bauer in his Romeo & Juliet 2 program is the best so far (seems even more dramatic than in Phantom of the Opera).

…that’s it! No more Ina Bauer composite images for a while - they were driving me crazy. I actually finished this last week but with all the outpouring of news from Fantasy on Ice I got caught up watching all the videos. This final product was probably my third or fourth attempt along with the other two I posted the other week to capture his Ina Bauer. I tried creating this for the longest time with the 2013 GPF video but it wouldn’t align  (I blame the ads on the boards). Nice thing about using the video from the DVD is I don’t have to worry about the tech counter or broadcast station logos.

Remember to click the link to view in full size.

The Infrared Visible Andromeda: This remarkable synthetic color composite image was assembled from archives of visible light and infrared astronomy image data. The field of view spans the Andromeda Galaxy are also included in the frame. via NASA