Archive for November, 2011
Tokyo photographer Natsumi Hayashi’s self-portraits are so whimsical and unforgettable that they’re sparking an Internet sensation and garnering attention all over the globe. What makes them so unusual? Well, for starters, in each photograph Hayashi appears to be levitating.
She achieves this state of mid-air wizardry by jumping up and down. A lot.
“Sometimes I need to jump more than 300 times to get the perfect shot,” she explained. “I set the camera with the shutter speed of 1/500 second or faster to freeze my jumping movement.”
It can take Hayashi anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes to get the right shot. Sometimes she works alone and relies on a self-timer; in other instances, she asks a friend to come along and press the shutter.
Ha Long Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders and is the most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam. Ha Long Bay, situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and relatively unaffected by human influence. A distinctive feature of Ha Long Bay is the abundance of lakes within the larger limestone islands. For example, Dau Be island has six enclosed lakes.