Hummingbirds have been slow to give up their secrets, but slowly, we've learned to understand them.
Thanks to a certain resemblance to an insect, the hummingbird is known in French as “oiseau mouche” (fly bird). Its fondness for the calyxes of blossoms has inspired the Portuguese names “beija flor” (flower kisser) and “chupa flor” (flower sucker), and the related Spanish “pica flor” (flower poker). In other languages, hummingbirds are known as “Kolibri,” a word likely of Caribbean origin, or Trochilidae, their scientific name (which was provided by Carl Linnaeus and, curiously, seems to relate to a different bird — a type of kinglet called “trochilus” by the ancient Greeks). These inventive names reflect the wonder and enigma that surrounds these creatures and the peculiar abilities and proclivities that set them apart from other birds.[more inside]
Dr. John Kitchin quit a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He calls himself “Slomo." But it's more than just a get-out-of-the-rat-race story; in the video, he has a lot to say about the neurological effects of skating as an activity. [more inside]
13 minutes of shooting through things (SLYT) in ARMA 3. Trajectories are colour-coded.
James Nares' new exhibition 'Street' is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in NYC. It is an HD video of pedestrians in Manhattan, slowed way, way down. Watch 2:17 of the 61 minute piece here, and another 2:01 clip here. Villlage Voice, New York Times, Vogue, and an interview with Nares in Interview. [more inside]
8 Hours in Brooklyn - Fantastic little compilation of slo-mo footage taken over the course of eight hours in BKLN. Extra good watched in fullscreen.
Footage of cute laughing babies, slowed down. Hyek hyek hyuh hyuh hyuhhh!! Haw haw haw haw haaaaw.... heh... Ohhhh hah hah hah... whoooh!
The Slow Mo Guys mix beautiful captures of life in slow motion with the sensibilities of Jackass and Beavis and Butthead. Best viewed fullscreen at high resolution. [ Intro/Interview • Smashing Disposable Cigarette Lighters • Hammer thrown through a television • the Coin Challenge • "Eggy-weggs? I wanna smash em!" • Skeet shooting at clay discuses, apples, and oranges • Air Pistol vs. Soda Can • The Front Flip, the Back Flip, and the Double Superman • Red Kites Swoop for Bacon in a Parking Lot [previously] • 0.6 seconds of colored droplets in two minutes • Shoot out the lights! ]
Red kites; slow motion; bacon. What's not to love?
Locked in a Vegas hotel room with a Phantom Flex high speed cinema camera (1080p, 2564fps). Tom Guilmette had some fun.
"In all my slow-motion work so far, I’ve used a static camera to capture a high-speed event. But, I wondered, what would happen if the camera was the fast-moving object? For instance, if you use a 210fps camera at 35mph, on playback at 30fps it’ll seem to the observer that they’re moving at walking pace- but everything observed will be operating at 1/7th speed." [more inside]
This is what cheerleaders and jello look like at 1000 frames per second. (For comparison, standard film is shot at 24 fps, and animation at 30 fps.)
One minute long video of bullets passing through objects in super slow motion. The best part is, from the looks of it, some of these objects totally needed shooting. (link goes to embedded wmv)
Interesting high-speed (super slow motion) video clips — including balloon videos (try water balloon thrown at face); videos of cans, bottles, and glass (try glass pane breaking); fun with food products (try egg drop and the amazing jello cube drop); and many, many, many others. (Please note: these are all smallish WMV files.)