‘The House that Time Forgot’, Belgium.

The following pictures are from an abandoned mansion in Belgium that has stood empty for over 30 years.
It’s not know why the house was originally abandoned, or why it has stood empty for so long.
But these stunning shots capture the beauty of the mansion and surreal atmosphere in the house.
Read on and see more photos via 23 Haunting Photos From The House That Time Forgot

The Tomatina Festival, Bunol, Spain.


Thousands take part in Spain’s Tomatina festival
Thousands of revelers painted the town red as they took part in the La Tomatina festival in Bunol, Spain.
Check out all the action from the annual tomato food fight.
See more Images via Tomatina festival in Bunol, Spain – Thousands take part in Spain’s Tomatina festival – NY Daily News.

The Bridge at Gablenz in Germany.


Senad Grosic rides his bike over a bridge in Gablenz, Germany.
Image Credit: Photograph by Lorenz Holder/Red Bull Illume.
Senad and I were on the way to a different location early in the morning, when we passed this scenic spot. We saw a sign from the street and I had some pictures in mind that I’d seen from this bridge on the internet.
When we got there the sun was just above the trees and it was lighting up the full color-spectrum of the autumn leaves in a very soft way.
One thing that was a little annoying was that the lake was covered with leaves which had fallen from trees, so the reflection of the bridge in the lake was just not there.
But sometimes you just need a bit of luck – I had been on a fishing trip some days before and still had my fishing-boots and a net in the car. So got the stuff and tried to clean the lake by hand. It took a while until it was almost perfectly clean – at least where it was relevant for the picture.
Luckily the sun was still very soft, so we had good light for the shot.I’d chosen a very low camera position to get an almost perfect mirrored scene on the water surface. The bridge looked like a perfect circle and the light was still very good.
When Senad was on the bridge, it took us two or three tries to get the shot. There was also no more time for another try because the wind came up and the perfect reflection on the water was gone.
We jumped back to the car and drove towards our originally planned spot. It was an awesome feeling to have shot this picture with more or less pure luck.
Without the sign next to the road, we would have passed one of the nicest photo scenes.
Source: The Winning Shots From This Action Photography Contest Will Leave You In Awe | Huffington Post

First Photograph of a Person, Paris, 1838.

The photo above is a daguerreotype – the first publicly announced type of photograph.
The technology of its eponymous creator, Louis Daguerre, daguerreotypes were, relative to modern photography, slow.
It took over ten minutes for a concoction involving silver halide and mercury (and a lens) to take the viewed scene and turn it into a photograph. Anything which moved out of the frame during this period would, by and large, be invisible in the finished product.
For this reason, the early daugerreotypes — typically, streets of Paris (where Daugerre worked and lived) — lacked people, as they’d not stay still (or even know to) for the period necessary.
The first exception: the image above, of Paris’ Boulevard du Temple, taken in 1838. At the corner of the tree-lined street appears a man getting his shoes shined by a young man.
No one knows who the people depicted are, as at the time, the historic value of their identity was unappreciated.
The daguerreotype would be used for portraits in the future.
In fact, the first known photograph of Abraham Lincoln, seen here, was one.
via Now I Know – The First Photograph of a Person.

Blue Tit by Markus Veresvuo.

Blue Tit On Berries By Markus Varesvuo, Helsinki, Finland. Winner Of Best Portfolio 2017 Category
Birds are a secretive and mysterious species, which makes them one of the hardest to photograph.
The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), however, is taking time to appreciate photographers around the world who have mastered the art of capturing the quiet, gentle beauty of birds, and they’ve just announced their winners for 2017.
The Bird Photographer of the Year competition was initiated in 2015, and reportedly received a flood of entries right away.
According to BTO Chief Executive Andy Clements, its aim is “to celebrate the artistry of bird photography and aid conservation by supporting the valuable work carried out by the BTO.”
Source: 10+ Best Bird Photos Of 2017 Have Been Announced, And They’re Truly Amazing | Bored Panda

Fairy Tale Architecture from Norway.

fairy-tale-viking-architecture-norway-11__880Think Norway, and the first thing that comes to mind are fjords, blonde people and Vikings – not fairy tale architecture.
Below, you’ll find photographs of architecture in the Norwegian countryside that looks like it’s been taken straight from a fairy tale.
The architectural styles range from Stave churches, which were built during the Middle Ages, to ghostly natural waterfalls and traditional wooden houses constructed in the Norwegian vernacular style (byggeskikk) during the 19th century.


See more images via 16+ Pics Of Fairy Tale Architecture From Norway | Bored Panda