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More Beijing at Night

Tip for Noise at Night<p>I’m getting re-used to APS-C sensors! Man, you really gotta keep that ISO at 100 to keep the noise to an absolute minimum. The …

North Yorkshire seeks new UK mining boom

A new British mining revolution could be given the go-ahead as early as this week, with a key planning recommendation due that could lead to thousands of new jobs.<p>Sirius Minerals, an Aim-listed company valued at £373m, wants to develop a venture to mine polyhalite, a form of potash, on the North …

Unpacked

Featured<p>Quizzes and CompetitionsTravel news quiz: July editionWhat is Rotterdam’s new public park made from? And did a 25ft statue of a half-naked Jeff Goldblum really appear in London? Find out in…<p>CommunityLonely Planet Magazine contest winner shares highlights of a trip to ItalyIn 2017 Lonely …

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Articles about 4 striking east coast homes on Dwell.com - Dwell

Bar the bookcase and forswear the end table; a striking wall shelf may be all you need to refresh a sagging interior.<p>These innovative tiny home builders offer beautiful, efficient dwellings up and down the East Coast.<p>Taking a calculated turn from tradition, two Czech architects designed a modern …

Live webchat: holidays in France

From 1pm today, our panel of France experts will be answering your questions live. They will be on hand to offer hotel recommendations, help find a pretty town or beach, advise on the best things to see and do and generally help you plan for your holiday.<p>Our experts are Anthony Peregrine, the …

Night: Surreal Landscapes Lit with an LED Flashlight by Harold Ross | Colossal

<p>Fine art photographer Harold Ross uses delicate light painting techniques to create surreal landscapes photographed late at night. The photographer, …

Newfound peace has come to the divided paradise of Kashmir, where life’s pace is set by the gentle paddling of colourful canoes in glistening Dal Lake. Have you been to the place regarded as heaven on Earth? http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20130703-the-return-of-kashmir?OCID=fbtvl

Pictures: Rare Views of Statue of Liberty in Time for Reopening

The Statue of Liberty reopens on Thursday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. Take a peek at some rare views inside.

Articles about tiny architecture 5 modern outbuildings on Dwell.com - Dwell

It’s been awhile since we last visited the City of Light, so here’s a jaunt to five modern abodes we adore.<p>Laure Tixier's series of felt pieces for the show Plaid Houses explores the idea of architecture as fiction, born under the...<p>Architecture critic Alexandra Lange invites Dwell along as she …

Architecture

In Fez, a Moroccan city known for its craftsmanship, the fine art of pottery-making has been handed down from father to son. http://www.bbc.com/travel/video/roads-less-travelled/20130605-pt-1-moroccan-ceramics-and-the-moulding-of-tradition?OCID=fbtvlimg

The week in travel: June 24-29, 2013

http://designdautore.blogspot.it/ Rubber #Duck Sea In 1992 a shipping container filled with rubber ducks was lost at sea. Over 28,000 rubber duckies fell overboard on their way from Japan to the United States. Imagine thousands of rubber ducks floating on the ocean. Many of them have since washed up on the shores of Hawaii, Alaska, South America, Australia and the Pacific Northwest. Others have been found frozen in Arctic ice and made their way to Newfoundland and Scotland. How wonderful to find a rubber duck on shore one day! Perhaps what is more interesting and the key point of this story is it is believed there are over 2,000 of them are caught up in the currents of the North Pacific Gyre. The Gyre is a vortex of water that stretches between Japan and southeast Alaska. It is a vast churning area of water that holds anything that comes into it in a whirlpool for years if not forever. Now imagine thousands of rubber ducks churning around and around in a whirlpool of water for over 20 years.

#photography Dawn - Ruud van Empel 2008 Dutch artist Ruud van Empel has taken digital manipulation of photography to a new level. ''His colourful images are synthesized from a myriad of elements, manipulating their fragments and traces rather like an artist uses paint. With digital software he creates complex and exotic images, sometimes spending months working on the sydthesis of a particular photo-derived scenario. Van Empel does not pretend to represent the truth or convey reality, but so seamless is his work that the eye is unwittingly coaxed into believing in the reality of a total fantasy world. Beginning his career in theatre before moving on to graphic design and filmmaling, van Empel entered the world of photography in the early 1990s at the commercial end of the spectrum. Initially working in black and white, creating photo-collages od scenes from the natural world, he quickly graduated to colour photography and soon the enhanced oppotunities offered by digital manipulation presented him with a whole new palette of possebilities. Since the mid-1990s, he has devoted all his time to art photography. When van Empel exhibited his work at a gallery in the Netherlands, he showed a series of images depicting blonde, blue eyed girls and was both shocked and dismayed when he was labelled a racist and a Nazi for displaying images solely of white girls. This prompted his most distinctive series of images. In a riposte to his critics, he created Moon, World, Venus, depicting the innocence of childhood through a series of images mostly od black children surrounded by lush tropical vegetation are as contrived as the famous jungle paintings of Henri Rousseau, who derived his images from plants sketched in the Tropical House of the Jardin des Plantes, Paris. His work methodes are complex but, typically, van Empel will photograph four or five agency models in his studio, and then take a series of detailed shots of leaves, flowers, plants and insects. After collecting hundered of images, he carefully selects those images that can best achieve the required effect. These artificial paradise of van Empel’s appeal, of cource, to our romantic sentiments and are a hair’s breadth from outright kitsch, executed with such skill and aesthetic sensibility that the visual impact eclipses the satirical message. It is this threshold between the original and rhetorical that van Empel adroitly navigates in the creation of his ultimately seductive images.'' Ron Exley

Reader Charlotte Evans said that while she’s excited to move to Shanghai, she's interested in experiencing “nature-type excursions” over the weekends. Here’s what you suggested she do: http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20130604-reader-qa-weekend-excursions-from-shanghai?OCID=fbtvlimg

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