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This Is What The Metal Extracted From A Single Mine Looks Like

West O'okiep Mine, Okiep (1862 to the early 1970s) Over 500m deep, 284,000 tonnes of copper extracted

West O’okiep Mine, Okiep (1862 to the early 1970s)
Over 500m deep, 284,000 tonnes of copper extracted

Ever since we realized we could exploit our planet for its resources, we’ve been digging holes and just taking stuff. But of course, the holes are always much bigger than the total volume of stuff extracted from them. Ever wonder what it would look like if you put all the metal from one mine in one pile? Dillon Marsh did, and created the following series of images to illustrate this. This reminds us of this image from 2012, depicting the total volume of water on Earth in one spot.

Dillon’s project is called “For What It’s Worth”, and this is his description of it:

Whether they are active or long dormant, mines speak of a combination of sacrifice and gain. Their features are crude, unsightly scars on the landscape – unlikely feats of hard labour and specialised engineering, constructed to extract value from the earth but also exacting a price.

These images combine photography and computer generated elements in an effort to visualise the output of a mine. The CGI objects represent a scale model of the materials removed from each mine, a solid mass occupying a scene showing the ground from which it was extracted.

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Deal Of The Day: 38% On iZZi Slim, The 4 Lens-In-One Ultimate Photo Kit

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The slow death of the point-and-shoot in favour of the convenience of the cellphone camera means that a vibrant ecosystem of accessories always seems welcoming to yet another entrant. You’ve seen the detachable iPhone lenses that allow you to take macro, fisheye, macro and wide-angle shots, but you’ve likely not often seen them done in the way that iZZi Slim does it. This iPhone 5/5S case features a rotating wheel with lenses attached, which means you can quickly switch from one lens to another. This is convenient, because you don’t have to fish around your accessory bag while the shot you want to take vanishes. The lenses are a Fisheye lens, a 2x Telephoto Lens, a Macro Lens, and a Wide-Angle Lens. Normally costing $155, it’s $95 today.

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1-Hour Photo App Makes You Wait For Your Selfies

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In this day and age, it’s all about instant gratification. From same-day delivery and courier service to instant messaging and email, you can now get what you want in as little time possible. Digital photography is another example. When people had to use film, pictures were shot few and far in between because film costs money, and it costs more money to get the roll developed. That’s in contrast to today, where people snap away whenever and wherever as their memory cards allow.

Changing the pace is the 1-Hour Photo app, which, as the name suggests, lets you view the photo that you’ve taken after one hour has passed. A black-and-white film emulation is applied to the photo, enhancing it and giving it that old-world feel. What the app aims to do, though, is keeping those moments special, without the distraction of reviewing photos as they’re being taken.

By the time people check out the shots, the moment will have been a memory, albeit one captured beautifully. You can download 1-Hour Photo on iTunes for free.

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Deal Of The Day: 16% Off On The KICK, A Smartphone Controlled Photography Light

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A lot goes into taking a nice picture, beyond pointing your camera and pressing a button. Almost as important as composition is lighting, and the KICK light pictured above can help you elevate the quality of your photos. It works with any camera, whether it’s a DSLR, a smartphone, or even one of those old-fashioned handhelds.

It’s only about the size of your smartphone, but comes packed with a rechargeable panel of 40 completely adjustable RGB LEDs. At 400 Lumens (twice as bright as most Police flashlights) it’s powerful, but it’s also intelligent – once you pair it with the free KICK app (iOS and Android).

The app provides completely adjustable brightness, color temperature, animated light, and built-in video effects – but what really stands out is its ability to recreate any color or effect from the world around you. Point your smartphone at the effect you want to recreate, tap the screen, and KICK emits that light – be it a rainbow strobe, lightning flash, or flickering campfire.

It’s a cool device, which normally costs $179, but you can have it for $159 today. About the size of a smartphone itself, it’s easy to carry and is a must for anyone that takes photography somewhat seriously.

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For the Adventurous: theQ Waterproof and Social Camera

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Bright colors. Waterproof. Filters. 3G connectivity. What more can you ask for from a camera these days? TheQ camera isn’t made for editorials or photo shoots, but it should be more than enough for your social photography needs, AKA selfies, couple shots, groufies, and whatever else you post on social media these days.

Its built-in 3G makes sharing images a breeze, without having to go through the process of transferring your pictures to your laptop to do so. If you’re into filters, then tweak your shots on TheQ Lab online before uploading them to your profile.

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Deal Of The Day: 40% Off On Super-Fisheye iPhone Lens

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The vast majority of photos are taken on a mobile device these days, so it makes sense to make a bit of an effort to get a better quality picture. There are tons of lens attachments for the iPhone; the one you’re looking at is a “super fisheye” lens that’s a little different than other similar offerings. Instead of the regular 180°, you’re getting 235°. That’s a much wider field of view and can make for some interesting shots. It’s also easy to remove and install so you won’t have a large lens sticking out at all times. Normally you’d have to pay $49, but with this deal it’s only $29.

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Deal Of The Day: $30 Off On ProPhotoX For iPhone 5/5S

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The iPhone camera is one of the most used on the planet, responsible for documenting more than one colourful breakfast and duck-style smile over the years. But if only it was rugged enough, it could also be used for documenting action shots, instead of today’s default, the GoPro. Well, slip it into the ProPhotoX, and you can do just that. It’s a “rugged but sleek” case that is waterproof up to 33 feet, and offers drop protection up to 30 feet. Additionally, it features interchangeable lenses to amplify the types of pics you can take. “A Macro Lens for intense detail at 10x magnification, a Telephoto Lens providing optical 2x zoom for action shots, a 175° Fish-eye Lens to increase your field-of-view and a Waterproof Flat Lens to take your photography into the depths.”

It’s normally $150, but today you can use the following coupon codes to knock $30 off the price. For International customers, use coupon “photo1“, while US customers can use “photo“.

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Nova Light Is A Credit Card Sized Flash For iPhone Photographers

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You want a good picture, you need good lighting. It’s as essential as that. The Nova Wireless camera is about the size of a credit card and features 40 small LEDs behind its frosted white plastic panel. That’s enough power to light up your subject good and bright with a diffuse glow and increase your chances at a winning shot. You simply hold it with one hand while you shoot with the other, and since it connects to your phone, you can select any colour temperature. Its size means it’ll fit in a wallet or a pocket with ease, so you can take it with you next time you get an urge to document your breakfast, which, let’s face it, is every day.

It’ll cost $50 once it ships, which should be sometime next week.

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Lomo’Instant Camera: Instant Photos With Added Options

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Instant cameras aren’t anything new, but Lomography manages to bring something new to the table with the Lomo’Instant camera. If you’ve ever used a Polaroid or a Fujifilm Instax, then you know that shooting options for instant cameras are quite limited. Basically, you just point and shoot and hope for the best as you wait for your photos to develop.

That’s where the Lomo’Instant camera starts to differ. First of all, it’s packed with a bunch of additional options and extra features so you can tweak settings and shoot more creatively. It’s programmed with three shooting modes, so you’re in control when it comes to lighting. Plus you can shoot unlimited multiple exposures so you can experiment and combine multiple shots into one frame.

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