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35 Photography Links to Blow Your Socks Off

With another terrific week behind us in the wide world of photography, Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all known corners of the internet …

Photography

Top 5 Castle Hotels in the World

Sleep like a king (or queen) at these regal properties across the planet -- literally! From Medieval-style English manors to an Indian palace in the middle of a lake, GAYOT's Top 5 Castle Hotels give guests the royal treatment. Centuries-old architecture is complemented by modern amenities and …

Last Straw: How The Fortunes Of Las Vegas Will Rise Or Fall With Lake Mead

Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.<p>The bathtub ring can be seen for miles. The 120-foot-high band of rock, bleached nearly white by mineral-rich water, circles the …

These photos Apple's first employees showed us from the company's earliest days are absolutely wonderful

The pair had successfully begun shipping their first computer, a naked circuit board called Apple I. It had neither a keyboard nor a screen, and functioned more as part of a kit that computer hobbyists could build into something more useful, if they knew what they were doing.<p>Two early Apple …

Why You Shouldn't Ignore The Video Mode on Your Camera

There has been a certain reluctance amongst some photographers to accept the fact that video is here to stay on stills cameras. It’s understandable, …

12 Reasons Photographers Still Choose to Shoot Film over Digital

This year will mark forty years since the invention of the first functioning digital camera, and despite it being a measly 0.01 megapixels, it …

What Are You Shooting For? 5 Goals That’ll Make You a Better Photographer

The turn of a new year may set you on a health kick, but what about a photo kick? We all need to give ourselves one of those once in a while, and …

Camera Modes Explained

If you’re just learning about your camera, then chances are you’ve taken a look at the top of your camera only to become immediately confused. …

Mosh is a Simple Web App for Glitching Your Photos

Web developer Felix Turner has created an interesting new browser-based app called Mosh that can apply a large number of “glitch” effects to your …

Can we trust scientists' self-control?

New biological techniques create the potential for catastrophe. The self-control of scientists is not enough to protect us, or to secure public trust. National governments must step in. <b>Filippa Lentzos</b>, <b>Koos van der Bruggen</b>and <b>Kathryn Nixdorff</b> argue that the US should lead the way.<p>There is a growing …

L.A.'s 15 Coolest Tattoos — & The Man Behind Them All

In Los Angeles, the only thing harder than scoring a table at just-opened Jon & Vinny's Pizza on Fairfax is getting on the books with tattoo artist …

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14 Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP

<i>Photo: Michael Matti</i><p>You've probably started a list already and spent countless hours behind your computer daydreaming...but here are a few of our favorites that you might want to take a look at.<p>1. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia<p>Hike through Croatia's largest National Park to a series of …

City Space: Street Photography as Psychological Art - Photographs and text by Clarissa Bonet | LensCulture

The urban space is striking. Its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, an endless sea of concrete constantly intrigue me.<p><i>City Space</i> is an ongoing photographic exploration of the urban environment and my perception of it. I am interested in the physical space of the city and its …

A TEDx Talk by TED’s Photographer on Finding Photos Right Before Your Eyes

Several times a year, Portland-based photographer Duncan Davidson is called upon by TED to shoot portraits of the notable speakers while they’re …

Photography

Lessons of the world’s most unique supercentenarians

There are a handful of people left on Earth who have been alive in three separate centuries, says Rachel Nuwer. What can they – and those of a similarly extreme age – teach us?<p>Reaching a hundredth birthday is always cause for celebration, but these days there are so many centenarians around that …

This Is What It Looks Like to Live in the Jungle With Your Family

Two months ago, my husband and I, and our kids ages 7 and 4, traded our stucco home in Colorado for a palapa in rural Mexico. It's a temporary trade--we'll be returning home soon--but it's been quite the experience, working and living in such a wildly different place. Here's a photo essay of a …

How Will You Encounter Experiential Travel?

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what is an experience worth? The experiences of travel are what make one's journey priceless. The memories of these experiences are what make travel last forever.<p>Perhaps this is because I have been to 85 countries, but when I travel, it's no longer stunning sites …

Living in: The world’s happiest places

The world’s top five happiest countries, all of which fall in northern Europe, have cities that delight residents with old town charm, cultural offerings and easy access to nature.<p>If, as Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina, happy families are all alike, what about happy countries?<p>The World Happiness …

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Why traveling in South America has given me a newfound respect for my parents

I check the clock for the third time in five minutes. It is now 11:40am, a good 40 minutes past the time we were expecting our transfer to …

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35 Books You Need To Read In Your Twenties

From Cheryl Strayed's Wild to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, these are the books you need to get through your own roaring twenties. Inspired by this post.

Two Countries, One Trip: How to See More on Your Next Vacation

Even if you're not the kind of traveler who wants to check off as many destinations as possible in a week-long vacation, you might get restless staying in one place for that long. With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to …

The Hautest Place In Paris Is... A Hostel?!

<i>by Lilit Marcus, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Most people hear the word "hostel" and think of smelly backpackers crammed into communal rooms. But those people haven't seen the Generator Hostel, which opened this month in Paris. It's perfect for solo travelers who want to mix and mingle but also value their …

QR Code Lets You Get Your Flipboard to the Web, Fast!

There’s a nifty new feature on Flipboard.com today: sign in with a QR code. This is useful for people who are logged into Flipboard on a mobile device and would like to bring everything they follow quickly to Flipboard on the Web. It’s also how anyone who’s been using Flipboard without an account …

7 smartphone photography tips | Take better pictures

Make the most of your camera and take better pictures with these easy smartphone photography tips.<p>1. Get to know your camera<p>You have a smartphone with a camera, so use it! The only bad pictures are those you don’t take. Experiment with shooting angles, take pictures you wouldn’t normally take and …

32 photos that will make you want to travel to Iceland

Most of the island is an uninhabited landscape of jagged lava rock, fields of bright green moss, hot springs, towering waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanoes.<p>Many visitors say that the country is reminiscent of another world.<p>Plus, it is a perfect place for any adventurous traveler — visitors to the …

9 Places That Are Surprisingly Cheap This Year

(Photo: Peter Zelei/Getty Images)<p>Call it the year of the bucket list. A strong dollar in destinations around the world is making this an amazing time to go farther and do more for much, much less in 2015. Find great value around the globe -- from usually pricey destinations like Japan and France to …

7 Vegetarian Dinners Even Carnivores Will Devour

Whether you are expecting a vegetarian guest or just want to mix up your family's dinner routine, you'll wow everyone with these meatless meals.<p><b>1. White Bean Ragout</b><p>A quick ragout of white beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs in a robustly flavored broth makes a satisfying vegetarian main …

8 Mobile Apps that Will Make You Love Your Next Layover

Prayitno / Flickr<p>Flight delays are impossible to avoid and even more frustrating to deal with. But there are a few smartphone apps that will make your next delay less of a headache. Whether you want to find the nearest airport lounge or yoga room, or just need help getting rebooked, you'll find …

13 Reasons To Get To Nicaragua Before Everyone Discovers It

Ahh, Central America. While most travelers spend their time plotting escapes to Europe or Southeast Asia, this little nugget sits unassumingly right under their noses (literally -- it's pretty much directly south, and a shorter flight than you'd think).<p>And Nicaragua may just be the best nation in …

How We Traveled The World On $40 A Day, And You Can Too

When we tell people that we traveled to 302 cities in 33 countries across 6 continents for our honeymoon, they generally assume we are millionaires--far from it. We just decided that life was too short, the world was too big, and the value of travel too great to wait until retirement, so we made it …