Depressing Truth About Smartphones Nailed by Short Film ‘I Forgot My Phone’

This is a sad commentary on mobile technology today.

We are all so consumed by what is going on in our circles that somewhere on the path to the most amazing iPhone or Android smartphone we forgot to enjoy real-life moments. And it rings perfrectly true in this short film (above) written by Charlene deGuzman.

[via Planet5D]

Helmet Cam Video of Firefighter Saving a Kitten’s Life

As firefighters went into a burning home in Fresno, California, one of them found a lifeless kitten on the floor of a room in a house.  He then took the kitten outside and administered a tank of oxygen to it and poured water on it in an attempt to revive it.

Lucky the Kitten

That firefighter, Cory Kalanick, was wearing a helmet cam and caught the act on film. He edited the 15-minute ordeal down to about a minute by creating a faux movie trailer about saving Lucky the kitten’s life. [Read more...]

Watch a Golfer Take Out a $80,000 Camera at the British Open Today

Earlier today at the first round of the British Open, PGA pro Thomas Bjorn hit a ball out of the rough on the first hole and struck the camera that was capturing his swing.

Commentator Mike Tirico said the camera costs around $80,000. And while it appears to only be the lens that was damaged, those HD ENG zoom lenses generally cost a pretty penny themselves. [Read more...]

Watch This Video of Thieves Stealing a Lens Right Off a Photographer’s Camera on His Neck

This is a crazy operation in Russia where a group of thieves coordinate to distract a photographer while taking what looks like his Nikon 70-200 right off the camera that’s handing on his neck.

At first, we see the photographer/tourist approached by a group of people putting things in front of him in an attempt to distract.

Step 1 Distraction

Then, one of the thieves slips his hands under the papers held up and removes the lens. [Read more...]

‘Adrift’ Timelapse is Mesmerizing View of the Fog of the San Francisco Bay Area

This gorgeous timelapse film was created from footage captured over the course of 2 years around the San Francisco Bay area. Simon Christen spent many mornings on the Marin Headlands capturing scene by scene of what he calls “a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area.”

He shot these images with the Canon 7D and Canon 4oD in raw format with exposures generally occurring every 2-10 seconds. Exposure was set in manual mode. On the last shot with the fog engulfing the camera, both the he and camera got pretty well soaked due to all of the moisture from the dense fog.

He uses a sturdy Really Right Stuff tripods for keeping the shots steady and, when necessary, uses software stabilization in After Effects to smooth out some shots.

You can view more of Simon’s work here on his website.

[via John Nack]

Storm Chasers Capture Video of First 10 Minutes of the Moore EF5 Tornado

Storm chasers Justin Cox and Chance Coldiron were just a few hundred yards away when the massive tornado that eventually struck Moore, Oklahoma first touched down. They captured the first 10 minutes of the tornado as it grew to a massive size and watched it cross the interstate just in front of them.

They appeared to be directly in touch with the local radio station in an effort to warn Moore residents of the tornado’s projected path and vicious intensity.

Major kudos to Justin and Chance for sticking in there to capture such amazing footage while keeping residents in the loop.

Guy Sticks a Smartphone Outside a Storm Shelter, Gets Up Close Footage of Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

Charles Gafford took cover in his storm shelter as the massive tornado passed through Moore, Oklahoma. As the tornado approached his neighborhood, he stuck his smartphone outside of the shelter and captured some pretty stunning, close-range footage.

Before the first person complains, yes, he shot it vertically. And, yes, that’s normally frowned upon. However, I think we can all give Charles a free pass since he had the most powerful tornado on record coming right at him.

Below is a video of what Charles’ neighborhood looked like after the tornado passed and he emerged from his storm shelter. [Read more...]