photography

“Miniature Calendar” reveals a magical world where tiny people live among our things【Photos】

“Miniature Calendar” reveals a magical world where tiny people live among our things【Photos】

Have you ever been in a situation where you could have sworn you left an object in a certain place, yet couldn’t find it when you needed it, but it pops up at some unexpected place some time later? Have you ever thought that, perhaps there are tiny people hiding in your room, mischievously fiddling with your things?

That’s probably what fills the mind of Japanese designer and photographer, Tatsuya Tanaka, as he shows in his imaginative portfolio of miniature people having fun among everyday items around us!

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How photos of food look when taken by a professional photographer vs a guy with an iPhone

How photos of food look when taken by a professional photographer vs a guy with an iPhone

Here at RocketNews24 we often cover food whether it’s weird, wonderful, or a waste of money. As such, we often have to take pictures of it. However, since none of us are photographers by trade, we often make do with whatever is lying around, be it iPhone, SLR, or Game Boy Pocket Camera.

We’re not alone either as many a Facebook or Instagram page can be found flooded with images of people’s dinners. However, even though that picture of last night’s pastitsio looks really good to us, how does it actually compare to someone who takes pictures for a living? Has the technology gotten to the point where anyone can make gorgeous food shots, or has it only fueled our own delusions of photographic grandeur? We decided to do a direct comparison using two people and one dish.

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Cat selfies are taking over the internet and they’re too funny to ignore!【Photos】

Cat selfies are taking over the internet and they’re too funny to ignore!【Photos】

Let’s be honest, if selfies (self-portrait photographs) were a crime, most, if not all of us would be found guilty. With a million and one smart phone applications created to satisfy our narcissistic photography habits, catering to the needs of every possible user group; from hardcore selfie maniacs to tech-newbies, even preschool kids are selfie experts these days.

If you are one of the rare few who have yet to jump on to the selfie bandwagon, get this. Even cats are taking selfies, and they’re surprisingly good at it! Not only do they look cute and fuzzy as always, they make some of the most hilarious expressions too!

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Photo collection shows Chinese families with everything they own

Photo collection shows Chinese families with everything they own

If you’ve ever travelled light for an extended amount of time, you’ve probably been surprised at just how little we really need to get by. While it’s easy to get carried away on the waves of consumerism and caught up in the throes of the technological age, it’s just clothes, some food and a roof over our head that’s really on our list of basic needs for survival.

One photographer in China has been challenging people to consider their own lifestyles and necessities with a thought-provoking series of photos of Chinese households. By photographing people surrounded by their belongings, these pictures seem to ask the question, “What do you need to survive?” and “What makes for a happier household: some company and the basic essentials or a modern lifestyle full of slick and shiny extras?”

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21 breathtaking photos of Asia

21 breathtaking photos of Asia

We here at RocketNews24 know there’s a lot to love about Asia. With unique traditions, fascinating people and awe-inspiring landscapes, there’s a certain atmosphere and sense of beauty that has us hooked.

While it’s not always easy to translate the magic onto film, one photographer from Thailand is leading the way with an amazing collection of stunning photos and an open invitation for others to join him on his photo travels across the Asian continent. From Myanmar’s mist-shrouded temples to the quiet rivers of China and India, these photos will simply take your breath away.

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China’s hauntingly beautiful lost city is no myth

China’s hauntingly beautiful lost city is no myth

Deep beneath the placid blue waters of Qiandao Lake in China lurks a beautiful and haunting sight. You’d be forgiven for thinking the above photograph was a digital manipulation, and it’s true that sunken cities have often remained confined to myth, but this mysterious place really does exist. Read on for more stunning photographs of the hidden wonder.

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Stunning rediscovered photos show life in Japan 100 years ago

Stunning rediscovered photos show life in Japan 100 years ago

A worker pulls a passenger cart over a wooden bridge, Mount Fuji’s snowy peak rising in the background. Men wear long dark robes as they catch fish from traditional Japanese boats, and women dive for pearls in the river. Looking at these photos of rural Japan, it’s hard to believe they were only taken 100 years ago.

The photographic techniques, however, are deliciously retro. Tinted in blue or sepia, the photos are overlaid with multiple exposures, soft-focused for a hazy glow. At the turn of the 20th century, this so-called “pictorial photography” was enjoying a brief international boom. Japan, meanwhile, was experiencing a period of rapid industrialisation which would see it move from a feudal to a modernised nation. These fascinating photos offer an insight into a way of life that was already disappearing.

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Taiwanese online retailer shows us the secret to increasing sales: BOOBS!【Photos】

Taiwanese online retailer shows us the secret to increasing sales: BOOBS!【Photos】

Boobs make the world a better place. For starters, boobs give life. I mean, mothers breastfeed their babies, right? Also, boobs make mundane everyday life more tolerable. Seriously, could you imagine a world with only man boobs? How depressing is that! Let’s not forget that boobs work wonders on the internet (trust us, we’ve seen the page access counts spike whenever boobs are involved). And of course, boobs are the invincible sales boosters when it comes to the retail business.

A young online entrepreneur in Taiwan jazzed up his biker gear auction pages with a model’s shapely bosom and saw an immediate increase in page views, with a 30% increase in sales to boot!

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Breakfast art: Instagramer photographs beautiful morning meals

Breakfast art: Instagramer photographs beautiful morning meals

Kei Yamazaki is a graphic designer in Japan who is a self-proclaimed breakfast lover. Her Instagram account is positively bursting with gorgeous images of her homemade morning meals that will make any challenged cook or hungry late-riser jealous. And we hear you, “Yeah yeah, it’s just breakfast, so what!” But 232,238 followers can’t be wrong; these are breakfast plates you’re going to want to see (and eat)!

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Want to smooch (and brag about it) but missing a partner? How to take a kissing selfie alone

Want to smooch (and brag about it) but missing a partner? How to take a kissing selfie alone

Everyone wants to feel the joy of a simple kiss; the intimacy, the passion, the physical closeness, it’s all so nice. But there are many hurdles to successful kissing – the biggest being the fact that you need a willing and kissable partner! So what about the single people of the world? How can they fill their friends’ Facebook feed with annoying photos of themselves caught in the moment and having a nice smooch?

Enter slightly eccentric Japanese blogger Keisuke Jinushi, who lives by the mantra “There’s no time like the present” and is a self-dubbed “perpetual loner”. After his hugely successful “girlfriend hand” selfies wherein he tricked the world into believing he had a real girl of his own to feed him food and wipe ketchup of his face, Keisuke now introduces us to a foolproof technique for anyone who wants to make people think they have a kissable partner! You might get a few funny stares, though…

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Waterlogue app turns ordinary photos of Japan into beautiful works of art

Waterlogue app turns ordinary photos of Japan into beautiful works of art

Japanese Twitter and Instagram users have discovered Waterlogue, an app that allows you to “transform your photos into luminous watercolors,” and now there is an endless surge of ordinary images turned artsy photos on both sites. We’re not sure if the following examples can be considered art since they were created with a few clicks of an index finger, but they are beautiful nonetheless.

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Offstage: Take a peek into the real lives of cosplayers! 【Photos】

Offstage: Take a peek into the real lives of cosplayers! 【Photos】

Cosplay is arguably the most popular subculture in Japan. While the costume play community has seen an explosive growth across the globe in recent years, many “normal” people still tend to look at those engaging in the activity with judging eyes; some even think that they’re “weird” for wanting to dress up like their heroes. But the truth is, beneath the elaborate costumes, cosplayers are just as normal as any one of us.

We’ve seen cosplayers without their costumes, but photographer Ching Yee Tan takes a step further by showing us a glimpse of their private lives. If you’ve ever wondered what a hardcore cosplayer’s room looks like, this is your chance to take a peek into one!

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Tokyo photographer shows us the fun side of hedgehogs

Tokyo photographer shows us the fun side of hedgehogs

No one ever really talks about hedgehogs anymore. Sure, there was Sonic, but after his video game debut back in 1991, little has been said about the roly poly spike balls. That is until now. Thanks to Tokyo-based photographer, Shota Tsukamoto, and his pet hedgehog, Darcy, hedgehogs are taking center stage on the Internet. This self-named “hedgehographer” shows us there’s more to hedgehogs than being adorable.

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Biker/Photographer gives Google Street View car taste of its own medicine

Biker/Photographer gives Google Street View car taste of its own medicine

In many countries around the world, they’re out there – watching you. They see your front porch, they see your place of business, the Google Street View cameras even see the tops of mountains. And yet, seeing one of them is almost like finding a four-leaf clover.

One motorcycle rider by the Twitter name of Goh Hazuki managed to catch one of these elusive beasts in its natural habitat on Highway 64 in Fukushima Prefecture. Above we can see him from the perspective of the Google car. Next, let’s take a look at the car from his personal street view.

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Yamanote trains become moving exhibition spaces

Yamanote trains become moving exhibition spaces

Weird and wonderful things happen on Tokyo’s Yamanote train line. From puzzle-solving challenges to weddings and men walking ears of corn, it seems the popular downtown route is a great way get on board with new trends.

From this month, Yamanote line trains will be continuing their tradition of innovation with a surprising collection of artistic photographs. Mounted at a perfect angle for the eye of the passenger, these photos will take you away from the discomfort of a crowded train and transport you to a much more beautiful place.

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Netizens threaten travel boycott over Iwate Prefecture’s upskirt pic thoughtcrime proposal

Netizens threaten travel boycott over Iwate Prefecture’s upskirt pic thoughtcrime proposal

The northern prefecture of Iwate has Japanese netizens furious over a recent proposal by police there to criminalize pointing a cell phone towards someone if it is suspected the would be photographer is trying to get an upskirt pic.

Police say that they want to “expand” their approach to catching perverts sneaking naughty photos, but critics say this proposed legislation will turn any man with a cell phone into a potential criminal, regardless of whether their finger goes anywhere near the shutter button.

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Not-so-blissful: Wedding doves captured by onlookers, dinner awaits

Not-so-blissful: Wedding doves captured by onlookers, dinner awaits

We’re not new to the combination of weddings and doves. Many couples fancy adding a romantic touch to their special day by releasing doves. To most of us, the white birds symbolize love and peace. But to some others, they simply mean: FREE FOOD!

A Chinese couple released close to a hundred doves after their wedding photography session, but little did they expect to attract a bird hunting crowd!

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101 scenes of old Japan: A collection of photos taken over a century ago

101 scenes of old Japan: A collection of photos taken over a century ago

We previously presented photos once used to promote tourism to Japan over 100 years ago. Now we’d like to show even more glimpses of life in Japan during that time. These photos show people at work, rest, play, and war. Some are black and white, others are meticulously handpainted in full color. There’s a lot of variety in these images but they all construct a bigger picture of what it was like to be here back in the 19th century.

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Dairy dolls: Classic pin-ups recreated with dresses made of actual milk

Dairy dolls: Classic pin-ups recreated with dresses made of actual milk

Pin-up girl illustrations hold a sexy and nostalgic fascination for men and women alike. There’s just something about the combination of their cute, open expressions and slightly erotic poses that captures and keeps a viewer’s eye.

That lasting fascination means that while the heyday of pin-up girl illustrations may have come and gone with the rise in photography, that doesn’t mean they aren’t still making appearances, and not just in vintage shops either. Polish artist Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz is using some famous illustrations as the basis for a new photography series that gives new meaning to the phrase “milk does a body good.”

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Photographer captures the beauty of traditional Japanese gardens at the Katsura Imperial Villa 【Photos】

Photographer captures the beauty of traditional Japanese gardens at the Katsura Imperial Villa 【Photos】

When it comes to traditional Japanese landscaping and architecture, the Katsura Imperial Villa (aka Katsura Rikyu) is often referred to as a paramount example of Japanese sophistication and refinement. Located in Kyoto, a city famous for its temples, shrines, and gardens, the unquestionable majesty of the Katsura Imperial Villa manages to wow not only the proud people of Japan but architects and aficionados from across the globe.

One might assume that beauty of this sort can only be appreciated in person, but in 2010 Yasuhiro Ishimoto, a well-recognized photographer and “Man of Cultural Distinction” as designated by the Japanese government, released a photo book which somehow captures both the beauty and the spirit of the space. You’ve got to see to believe the masterpiece that this man captured on film.

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