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This Instagram Account Reveals Scenes From Famous Movies With And Without Special Effects

Have you ever watched an old movie with amateur special effects and laughed how ridiculous they look? Well, we guess the movie industry is the one that is laughing now, because nowadays special effects are so incredible, you watch a movie believing it’s all real – only to have your expectations shattered.

One Instagram account that goes by the name movies.effects dedicated their platform to teach people about the power of CGI and how unbelievably these effects can change the entire movie. With over 398k followers this account finds unique never-seen before movie scenes and shows what happens before they are turned into magical shots.

But before you go any further, prepare yourself, because some of these before shots might change your entire understanding of the movie industry.

#1 Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

If Hogwarts was real, there would be mandatory CGI classes. Because if not for the visual effects’ wizards, the magic of the silver screen wouldn’t exist. Yet, on the other hand, a wooden magic stick is cheaper than a team of experts with all the necessary equipment. That being said, Harry Potter films cost from $100 to $250 million each. The higher the price, the more revolutionary the effects, which paved the road for a new generation of CGI standards in the industry.

#2 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Back in 2006 the world saw Davy Jones, the infamous squid-captain for the first time, and everyone agreed – this is one hell of a villain. Considering the fact that the movie was made more than 10 years ago, the CGI that was necessary to create the ghastly-looking character, was revolutionary. It must have cost a fortune to create it, but that didn’t bother producers, as the movie wrote itself into the top of all-time highest-grossing films with an astronomical $1,066,179,725 in the box office.

#3 Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014), tells the story of a group of intergalactic superheroes and their cosmic adventures. The superhero crew is far from usual, with a raccoon, together with a talking three, who belongs to it. Watching this film it’s evident that in order to make a movie like this, CGI is just as important as the cameras. Therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the budget of this movie reached $232.3 million.

Interesting trivia: the big, muscular guy Drax, in the picture above, is eye-catching for more reasons than the size of his biceps. His appearance is not generated with computers, which tells us a lot about the power of Hollywood makeup. Oh, and in the comics, Drax is green. The reason why they changed his color for the movie? Because that would have been too similar to the Hulk.

#4 Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde (2017), is an American spy thriller film with a story that takes place in Berlin. And here’s where the CGI comes in. The programmers had to recreate entire areas of Berlin. Traveling to Berlin and getting some aerial shots were not that easy, or in some cases, legal. The creators explain their decision logically: “Even if they were allowed to fly around in the skies over Berlin, it would have been 2017 Berlin of course so, we built the entire district from scratch.”

#5 War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

You know you’re gonna have to use a lot of CGI if you’re about to make a movie about monkey warlords and monkey soldiers. Yet, this animal-based cast was extremely appreciated by P.E.T.A. which expressed its support by saying that the movie “proves that computer-generated imagery, or CGI, has no limits, offering powerful anti-captivity, pro-animal rights messages along the way.”

#6 Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland (2010) is a computer-generated film finished done mainly with green screens. Directed by Tim Burton, famous for dark, eccentric horror and fantasy films, the movie portrays the bizarre and fantastical world of Wonderland in a believable way. Ironically enough it was criticized precisely for its overuse of computer-generated imagery.

Fun trivia: did you know that there’s a syndrome named after the main character of the story? Alice in Wonderland Syndrome refers to a neuropsychological condition that affects perception. It manifests itself as distortions in visual perception wherein objects can appear smaller, larger, closer or further away than they actually are. 

#7 Game Of Thrones (2011)

The night might be dark and full of terrors, but the budget for Game Of Thrones is big and full of 10 digit numbers. The series easily stands out as one of the most expensive TV series ever made, and it’s easy to see why, as the budget for a single episode, at least in season six, was estimated to be around $10 million. So, if you’ve got 10 episodes, then – well you do the math. Watching the show it’s not difficult to see why it costs so much moolah. The cast, the locations, the costumes and… A stress ball that becomes the most badass-looking dragon on the TV screen’s history.

#8 The Jungle Book (2016)

In 2016 the iconic boy of the jungles, Mowgli, was reborn. “The Jungle Book” offered a new and more realistic way of seeing Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa and others. Thanks to CGI everyone was able to encounter these jungle dwellers at a closer distance. The director Jon Favreau even received an award from P.E.T.A. for finding an innovative way to prevent exploiting and harming any animals for the production of the film.

#9 Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

If not for CGI programmers, Voldemort wouldn’t have had his iconic nose-less look. Even if it seems like a minor detail when compared to dragons or entire planets in other movies, it was essential in turning Voldemort into one of the most recognizable villains ever. One could argue that the use of CGI here is excessive and a professional makeup artist could do the job. Yes, but that would take too much time, therefore the final image of Voldemort was the result of combined efforts of makeup and CGI artists.

#10 The Matrix (1999)

Back in 1999, when “The Matrix” was presented to the world, it was applauded as a CGI revolution. The fights, the stopped bullets, the clones, the massiveness of the artificiality that looked so real was overwhelming. The movies’ cost varied from $60 to $150 million and even though some of the effects might look a bit aged today, no one can deny their legendary status.

#11 Beauty And The Beast (2017)

The Beauty And The Beast (2017) is another major step in the CGI books. The Beast, of course, is the beauty, if we’re talking about the effects. Yet not many know that The Beast was originally planned to be brought to life with just the use of prosthetic make-up. Eventually, CGI took over.

#12 Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool 2 (2018) is pretty badass, even if we’re talking about the movie itself, not about the character. 48 hours until the creators received the permission to make the movie, the budget for the whole project was cut down to $58 million. Yet $786,717,745 is how this movie’s worldwide box office looks like. That’s a success. Obviously, thanks to CGI.

#13 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

When CGI programmers create entire oceans, islands, continents, ships and undead armies for a single movie, the result can be quite expensive. In fact, Pirates Of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth movie of the saga, was the most expensive movie ever. The cost of creating it reached $379 million, easily crowning it with this achievement.

#14 The Avengers (2012)

Back in 2012, when The world saw The Avengers for the first time, it became pretty obvious. CGI is here to stay for real. Every Avengers movie is either one of the most expensive movies ever, or one of the highest-grossing movies ever, or both. 

#15 Pirates Of The Caribbean (2003)

No surprise that Davy Jones and his crew from Pirates Of Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), receives attention more than once in a list, dedicated to CGI masterpieces. The flawless character will go down in CGi history books and it’s easy to see why.

#16 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) is often praised as an example of how to use CGI creatively and originally. One only can imagine what will follow in the future.

#17 Doctor Strange (2016)

Upon its cinematic release, fans were sure that this movie is about to change the CGI game. And yes, it surely did. Many scenes were unusual, unseen and multi-layered, which itself raised the bar for upcoming CGI-based movies. As someone put it: “Doctor Strange is Marvel’s marvel”.

#18 Jurassic Park (1993)

Back in 1993, Steven Spielberg released what we now call a cinema classic – Jurassic Park, which won 3 Oscars and set a whole new standard for dinosaur movies. Interestingly enough, despite the dinosaurs being the biggest selling point of the movie, “Jurassic Park” features only 15 minutes of actual footage with the creatures, but its lasting effect on movies has been monumental. In addition to this, back in the 90s, CGI was still largely unproven in the movie industry and Hollywood was hesitant to gamble on high-tech special effects due to it being too expensive. However, it seems as if it really paid out as the film eventually became the 31st highest-grossing movie in the history of US cinema.

#19 Harry Potter (2001)

If you go and search ‘Quidditch’ on Youtube, you can easily see what the game of quidditch looks like when played by muggles. Thanks to CGI magic, we were granted the gift of witnessing something way more out of this world.

#20 Deadpool (2016)

Interesting fact: the iconic Deadpool costume is actually a real, physical costume and is not generated by CGI.

#21 Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)

Written by none other than the legendary J.K. Rowling, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them depicts the adventures of one writer in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards. The movie was to portray New York City in the roaring 1920s. Surprisingly (or not), the movie used a whole lot of CGI – the background buildings, and even their doors – most of them weren’t real. However, the movie did pretty well and while the budget for it was roughly $200 million, it grossed $814 million in return after its release in November 2016.

#22 King Kong (2005)

King Kong, an epic remake of the 1933 film of the same name, was co-written, produced, and directed by Peter Jackson and was filmed on one of the scenic islands of New Zealand. While the budget for the film was originally set to $150 million, over the course of production it reached a then-record-breaking $273 million over additional visual effects and extended film’s running time. Interestingly, it took eighteen months for the filmmakers to craft the CGI version of the Empire State Building, while the real thing was built in fourteen months.

#23 Ghost In The Shell (2017)

Interesting fact: Visual effects were used for more various purposes than simply generating spaceships, monsters, and explosions. It was reported that the producers of this movie tested the effects to make white actors appear Asian.

#24 Iron Man 2 (2010)

The actor behind Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. Would only wear the helmet, sleeves, and chest of the costume over a motion capture suit. No need for the whole thing, there’s CGI for that.

#25 Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018)

Benedict Cumberbatch knows how to be in the right place and on the right time each time CGI technology advances one step further.

#26 Avengers: Infiity War (2018)

Avengers: Infiity War (2018) holds the record of the highest opening weekend and single weekend gross, which is a modest $640.5 million. Thanks to CGI, of course.

#27 Avatar (2009)

James Cameron waited 10 years until the CGI got advanced enough to make his grandiose vision of AVATAR (2009) possible and affordable to make.

#28 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Once Thanos entered the big screen, he was quick to become as iconic as other Marvel villains. Maybe ever more. Yet his appearance did not convince all critics. Some even descrbed Thanos as “an eight-foot purple madman”.

#29 The Avengers (2012)

Yeah, who would have though that the Incredible Hulk is actually… A weirdly shaped, deformed green man. Yet The Incredible Hulk is constantly evolving, since the technology to generate the always-angry superhero is evolving just as much.

#30 Terminator Genisys (2015)

During the production of Terminator Genisys, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been cooperating with CGI programmers in order to recreate his current and younger CGI body models in order to create this movie. 

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The Winners Of The 2018 Underwater Photography Competition Will Take Your Breath Away

Underwater photography opens up a dimension of Mother Earth we don’t normally see. Blackwater diving and shallow reef paddling would be incredibly hard to explain if it wasn’t for the vivid images people brought from beneath the surface. Celebrating the beauty of waters from all over the world, the 7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest has just announced its winners, and the pictures speak for themselves.

“The purpose of the [competition] is to find and promote the world’s best underwater photographers and their work,” Underwater Photography Guide’s Managing Editor Nirupam Nigam told Bored Panda. “We’d also like to bring public awareness to the beauty of marine life and the necessity of its conservation. Ocean Art is about discovering and putting a spotlight on new/innovative photographic techniques, amazing animal behaviors, and the beauty of the world’s oceans.”

The judges evaluated thousands of entries from 70 countries before deciding which of them deserved to receive the over $80,000 in sponsor prizes across 16 different categories. “The 2018 competition was our most competitive year to date with a record number of entries. Images from this year’s competition show just how far underwater photographic technology and innovation from underwater photographers have come. As this innovation continues, we have seen a shift in preferred subjects for underwater photographers. It would seem that more photographers are now confident in shooting large pelagic subjects such as sharks, rays, humpback whales, and crocodiles. Although these are impressive subjects by themselves, we looked for the very best photos regardless of the subject. This year we saw an increase in entrants from Asia.”

Scroll down to check out the best images from the competition and read the stories behind them!

#1 1st Place, Wide-Angle Category, “Gentle Giants” By François Baelen

This unique encounter happened in September 2018 in Reunion Island (Western Indian Ocean) where the humpback whales come here to breed and give birth. The mother was resting 15 meters down, while her calf was enjoying his new human friends. Trust : this is what came to my mind, when this close to 30 ton-animal, still hunted today by mankind, allowed me to freedive behind her and take that shot. From…

This unique encounter happened in September 2018 in Reunion Island (Western Indian Ocean) where the humpback whales come here to breed and give birth. The mother was resting 15 meters down, while her calf was enjoying his new human friends. Trust : this is what came to my mind, when this close to 30 ton-animal, still hunted today by mankind, allowed me to freedive behind her and take that shot. From down there, everything seemed unreal: that huge tail centimeters away from me, the calf, my friend free diving symetrically. I knew I would not get a shot like this one again. The post production was all about getting a good white balance and reducing noise, because this photo was taken with natural light only, 15 meters deep.

#2 Honorable Mention, Portrait Category, “Curiosity” By Kyler Badten

My freedive parter and I were surrounded by green sea turtles feeding on algae that washed out from the rocky shoreline on Oahu’s North Shore. I turned to see this turtle swimming directly at me, which was a truly remarkable behavior that I have never experienced before. As I set up to capture the unique encounter, the curious turtle saw her reflection and continued to slowly approach until nearly bumping…

My freedive parter and I were surrounded by green sea turtles feeding on algae that washed out from the rocky shoreline on Oahu’s North Shore. I turned to see this turtle swimming directly at me, which was a truly remarkable behavior that I have never experienced before. As I set up to capture the unique encounter, the curious turtle saw her reflection and continued to slowly approach until nearly bumping my dome!

#3 Honorable Mention, Nudibranch, “Sheep On The Shot” By Chun Ho Tam

My dive master showed me this cute sheep during a dive in Lembeh, Indonesia. Its rouge face attracted me and I decided to take a face shot with snooting it to create a spot light effect.

#4 5th Place, Wide-Angle Category, “Eclipse” By Edwar Herreno

From August to November, golden rays migrate in large numbers in Costa Rican Pacific waters. No one knows the exact reason, but it can be to protection from predators or as a social/mating behavior. I was looking for this picture for years and after several weeks searching and working with biologist specialised in rays, I spotted a good place using my drone. I did several dives in this area and…

From August to November, golden rays migrate in large numbers in Costa Rican Pacific waters. No one knows the exact reason, but it can be to protection from predators or as a social/mating behavior. I was looking for this picture for years and after several weeks searching and working with biologist specialised in rays, I spotted a good place using my drone. I did several dives in this area and waited patiently, then When they came on top of me, I was shock and forgot that I had a camera in my hands. Any effort I did for this encounter, word it! Simply magic moment.

#5 1st Place, Macro Ocean, “Ancistrocheirus” By Jeff Milisen

One of the things that makes guiding a blackwater dive so rewarding is the chance to spread my passion to the 6 eager customers. But even guides have to let loose, and for that we find empty boat seats and tag along to hone our skills. On this night, I was going holo holo (for pleasure) when I found this sharp-eared enope squid just under the surface. Most enope squids…

One of the things that makes guiding a blackwater dive so rewarding is the chance to spread my passion to the 6 eager customers. But even guides have to let loose, and for that we find empty boat seats and tag along to hone our skills. On this night, I was going holo holo (for pleasure) when I found this sharp-eared enope squid just under the surface. Most enope squids are small and thus difficult to shoot. As they mature, the difficult paralarva comes into its own. Every detail in the arms, organs, and chromatophores blasts to life in radiant color. Such was the case with this gem of a specimen. At around 3 inches in length, it was easily the largest and prettiest sharp-eared enope squid I recall finding. I caught the guide’s glance and let him show it to the nearby customers, but soon the animal fled down, so I followed where the guide couldn’t. We descended past forty feet, fifty feet, sixty feet while I continued watching, studying, and shooting. Anywhere else and these would be shallow depths, but the middle of the ocean at night is a lonely place. I cruised slowly by seventy feet, the guide’s torch watching me. At eighty feet the kraken’s dancing and squirming still entranced me. Finally, at ninety feet deep, it was time to leave my new little friend at peace.

#6 3rd Place, Wide-Angle Category, “Two Inquisitive Friends” By Celia Kujala

The Australian sea lion is one of the most endangered pinnipeds in the world. One place they can be found is Essex Rocks in the Jurien Bay Marine Park. I was in shallow water, when two Australian sea lion pups swooshed in my direction. They were playing and zipping around each other in what appeared to be a beautiful underwater ballet. However, what happened next was even more special. As…

The Australian sea lion is one of the most endangered pinnipeds in the world. One place they can be found is Essex Rocks in the Jurien Bay Marine Park. I was in shallow water, when two Australian sea lion pups swooshed in my direction. They were playing and zipping around each other in what appeared to be a beautiful underwater ballet. However, what happened next was even more special. As they neared me, I must have piqued their interest because the two playful friends became two inquisitive friends and swam to check me out. I was able to capture them at the exact moment they were perfectly posed and staring at me with their curious eyes. I love observing wildlife underwater, but the moments when one connects with wildlife are even more extraordinary. I hope to share with people the magic that I felt.

#7 Honorable Mention, Mirrorless Macro, “Face To Face” By Rafi Amar

When I took this picture, a lot of sharks were walking around me, and my Buddy did not understand why I was diving with a macro lens, but I had to photograph this shy fish. For more than an hour I waited for this picture but finally it was worth it.

#8 3rd Place, Marine Life Behavior, “Love From A Father” By François Baelen

When it comes to clownfishes, we can safely say that Daddy does everything he can to make sure the next generation is safe. He takes care of the eggs by making them breathe with his fins; he removes dust, debris and dead eggs from the nest. This was a really lucky shot as I was trying a new wetlens (+20 diopter). It is pretty hard to use because its depth…

When it comes to clownfishes, we can safely say that Daddy does everything he can to make sure the next generation is safe. He takes care of the eggs by making them breathe with his fins; he removes dust, debris and dead eggs from the nest. This was a really lucky shot as I was trying a new wetlens (+20 diopter). It is pretty hard to use because its depth of field is so shallow that I had to focus manually. What a surprise it was to get this lovely behavior and the clownfish eye in perfect focus!

#9 Honorable Mention, Portrait Category, “Nemo” By Matteo Visconti

The relationship between the ocellaris clownfish that dwell among the tentacles of Ritteri sea anemones is a good example of mutualism. The territorial fish protects the anemone from anemone-eating fish, and in turn the stinging tentacles of the anemone protect the clownfish from its predators.

#10 2nd Place, Novice Dslr, “Smile Of A Friend” By Antonio Pastrana

In my photo dreams I always had the idea of capturing a wild crocodile. But even when I have seen many in the wild, I have never been able to get in the water with one. That morning we saw this crocodile called El Niño. I was told he was nice enough to let you get close to him. He was watching us for quite some time and, when we…

In my photo dreams I always had the idea of capturing a wild crocodile. But even when I have seen many in the wild, I have never been able to get in the water with one. That morning we saw this crocodile called El Niño. I was told he was nice enough to let you get close to him. He was watching us for quite some time and, when we decided to go in the water, I was nervous but excited. I approached him close to 10 feet when he started to move towards me, I got more nervous than before but he moved gently so I knew he wasn’t mad. He came towards me but dived underneath, so I turned around to follow him closely. When he turned around to face me, I had the opportunity to take this picture with a big smile. After getting the shot I edited in Lightroomma bit of exposure, less contrast, some highlights and less shadows and some clarity cropping the image on the right bottom side to get more close and giving the shot more balance.

#11 1st Place, Cold Water, “Grey Seal Face” By Greg Lecoeur

#12 Honorable Mention, Portrait Category, “Roar” By Jinggong Zhang

This kind of species chaenopsid blenny was found in rocky reefs around Japan, in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. It features a Mohican-like “haircut,” which is usually in red, yellow, or black. This photo of blenny cleaning up its lair was taken in Kanagawaken, Japan.

#13 2nd Place, Wide-Angle Category, “Paddle Boarders Sunset” By Grant Thomas

Stand up paddle boarders were out exploring the shallow reefs at sunset. I wanted to demonstrate the innate bond humans have with the ocean, whether we are physically in it or floating on the surface. Our inherent relationship with the ocean is eternal and we must care for it in a way that ensures sustainability for the future.

#14 2nd Place, Underwater Art, “Two Worlds Collide” By Jordan Robins

‘Two Worlds Collide’ is an over under photo captured of a vivid sunrise at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay. Above the water is clouds in the sky bursting to life with colour from the rising sun. Below the water is a series of parallel lines of sand formed by the continual rise and fall of the ocean.This photo took nearly six months to capture with multiple failed attempts along the way….

‘Two Worlds Collide’ is an over under photo captured of a vivid sunrise at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay. Above the water is clouds in the sky bursting to life with colour from the rising sun. Below the water is a series of parallel lines of sand formed by the continual rise and fall of the ocean.This photo took nearly six months to capture with multiple failed attempts along the way. I wanted to capture vivid colours in the sky contrasted with the crystal-clear water and unique formations in the sand below the water’s surface. On this particular morning, I was rewarded with an amazing sunrise and crystal clear calm water.I used my two inon-z240 strobes to light up below the water and balance the exposure with the sky. During post processing I added a little bit of blue to the water to create a dynamic contrast with the fiery reds in the sky, creating an almost psychedelic like scene.

#15 Honorable Mention, Underwater Art, “Light Beam” By Alexandre St. Jean

Cenotes are sacred places to the Mayans. They are doorways to Xibalbá – the Mayan Underworld. On an expedition through the Yucatan Peninsula, Professional Freediver Carlos Coste and I were brought to a very beautiful and remote Cenote by our friend and local guide, Pedro Castillo. There, we were privy to a beautiful, clear and unoccupied Cenote. As we got our gear on, a light beam appeared in the water…

Cenotes are sacred places to the Mayans. They are doorways to Xibalbá – the Mayan Underworld. On an expedition through the Yucatan Peninsula, Professional Freediver Carlos Coste and I were brought to a very beautiful and remote Cenote by our friend and local guide, Pedro Castillo. There, we were privy to a beautiful, clear and unoccupied Cenote. As we got our gear on, a light beam appeared in the water from above. For a couple hours each day, the sun peaks through the hole of the Cenote and shapes the light into a perfect tube. Needless to say, we used every second of light to capture photos of this wonderful phenomenon in order to show its mystical beauty. The sense of awe and tranquility felt in Cenotes are enrapturing. You can definitely feel the energy of Xibalbá.

#16 4th Place, Portrait Category, “Eye To Eye” By Shane Keena

A curious and quite playful humpback whale calf comes in for a close look in an amazing few seconds between two sentient beings. This calf was rolling around as its mom slept then swam towards me, turning and slowing down just long enough for us to make eye to eye contact.

#17 5th Place, Marine Life Behavior, “New Life” By Flavio Vailati

I usually dive in Capo Noli Italy. One morning in July I met a beautiful specimen of an octopus in a tube that was caring for its eggs.

#18 1st Place, Marine Life Behavior And Best Of Show By Duncan Murrell

Spinetail devil rays, (Mobula japanica) engaged in rarely observed or photographed courtship behaviour with two males pursuing one female.

#19 1st Place, Nudibranch, “Inside The Eggs” By Flavio Vailati

During a dive in Anilao, Philippines I found this nudibranch and I waited for the best time to make this shot.

#20 2nd Place, Compact Macro, “Red On Green” By Kate Tinson

North Sulawesi is Kate a wonderful go-to dive vacation spot. This shot was taken on our first day of the trip at Bunaken Island in June 2018 after arriving at 1am that morning. The colour of the coral and the beautifully symmetrical patterns are always attractive, and I was lucky enough to capture a very co-operative coral goby who posed like a real professional which produced these wonderful complementary…

North Sulawesi is Kate a wonderful go-to dive vacation spot. This shot was taken on our first day of the trip at Bunaken Island in June 2018 after arriving at 1am that morning. The colour of the coral and the beautifully symmetrical patterns are always attractive, and I was lucky enough to capture a very co-operative coral goby who posed like a real professional which produced these wonderful complementary colours.

#21 2nd Place, Portrait Category, “Croc In The Mist” By Christina Barringer

“Croc in the Mist” was a fierce shot. As quick as this young croc made its appearance, it charged towards my dive partner. With no camera to use as a barrier, she was vulnerable. As it kicked up the sand, visibility became poor. So I quickly pushed myself in front of my dive partner and dove down, using my large camera as a barrier. But first, I just had to…

“Croc in the Mist” was a fierce shot. As quick as this young croc made its appearance, it charged towards my dive partner. With no camera to use as a barrier, she was vulnerable. As it kicked up the sand, visibility became poor. So I quickly pushed myself in front of my dive partner and dove down, using my large camera as a barrier. But first, I just had to snap this shot!

#22 2nd Place, Marine Life Behavior , “The Fight” By Anders Nyberg

Me and my dive guide were looking for some Ghost Pipefish and other small critters, so I had prepared my Nikon D500 with a 105 mm macro lens. Swimming around and looking for small stuff, suddenly we saw these two two beautiful male Anthias fighting and spinning around. I was aware of my camera gear would be quite wrong for this to Anthias but I had to try to take…

Me and my dive guide were looking for some Ghost Pipefish and other small critters, so I had prepared my Nikon D500 with a 105 mm macro lens. Swimming around and looking for small stuff, suddenly we saw these two two beautiful male Anthias fighting and spinning around. I was aware of my camera gear would be quite wrong for this to Anthias but I had to try to take some pictures. The hardest part was that I needed to be a bit far from the Anthias because my macro lens, so there was a lack of light from my strobes. Despite that I managed to catch these two anthias fighting by using a long exposure so it has given the image an ethereal glow and energy. Neither me nor the dive guide had seen anything like it and it was a fantastic experience. For post-processing I used white balance, contrast, shadows, clarity, sharpening and dehaze

#23 4th Place, Macro Ocean, “Dance Of Love” By Jinggong Zhang

Sea horses usually have a long dance of courtship before mating. They will move in sync and swim around each other. After a few seconds, the female puts the eggs into the males’ pouch through ovipositor to complete the fertilization. Unlike most species, the birth of the sea horses are done by males. This mating photo was taken in Minamatashi, Kumamotoken in Japan. This species sea horses was officially recognized…

Sea horses usually have a long dance of courtship before mating. They will move in sync and swim around each other. After a few seconds, the female puts the eggs into the males’ pouch through ovipositor to complete the fertilization. Unlike most species, the birth of the sea horses are done by males. This mating photo was taken in Minamatashi, Kumamotoken in Japan. This species sea horses was officially recognized in 2017. To hide from natural enemies, sea horses usually swim out of hiding seaweed and mate at sunrise in the morning. After mating, they hide into the depths of seaweed immediately.

#24 2nd Place, Mirrorless Macro, “Bubble Life” By Owen Yen

When I saw this green nudi in Boergeseniaforbesii(Siphonocladales), I felt that it looks like the HULK but more cute. It ate the chlorophyll and stay in Boergeseniaforbesii to make its own BUBBLE LIFE.

#25 2nd Place, Cold Water, “Burst” By Tyler Schiffman

: I was diving the break wall in Monterey bay and this week in particular had over 40 foot vis for 3 days straight. I had been shooting kelp bursts all day as the light was exploding amongst the canopy above. I had framed this shot waiting for a sea lion to swim by. After 5 minutes, one swam up and paused for a few seconds, I took…

: I was diving the break wall in Monterey bay and this week in particular had over 40 foot vis for 3 days straight. I had been shooting kelp bursts all day as the light was exploding amongst the canopy above. I had framed this shot waiting for a sea lion to swim by. After 5 minutes, one swam up and paused for a few seconds, I took 3 photos and as rare as it was the moment left in a blink of an eye.

#26 3rd Place, Nudibranch, “Frosted Pearl” By Bettina Balnis

Beside giant jellyfishes, octopuses, and seastars – all subjects too big for my macro lense – I suddenly saw this beautiful creature crawling on a kelp leave. Fantastic. I watched it until the end of the dive. Never saw such a beautiful nudibranch again

#27 4th Place, Wide-Angle Category, “West Coast Flowers” By Geo Cloete

Each year during the early spring, the normally barren looking West Coast landscape of South Africa undergoes a magnificent transformation as millions of wildflowers bloom and decorates the landscape in a kaleidoscope of colours as far as the eye can see. When I stumbled upon this scene of sandy anemones (Aulactinia reynaudi) whilst exploring the West Coast coastline, it immediately reminded me of the yearly flower season of the region. Only…

Each year during the early spring, the normally barren looking West Coast landscape of South Africa undergoes a magnificent transformation as millions of wildflowers bloom and decorates the landscape in a kaleidoscope of colours as far as the eye can see. When I stumbled upon this scene of sandy anemones (Aulactinia reynaudi) whilst exploring the West Coast coastline, it immediately reminded me of the yearly flower season of the region. Only in this instance nature treats us to this beautiful display year round and a wonderful reason to appreciate and give recognition to the wonders of our coastline much more. In order to capture as wide a field of view as possible, I relied on my trusty fisheye lens and applied a lens correction function.

#28 2nd Place, Nudibranch, “Polycera Quadrilineata Posing” By Fredrik Ehrenström

This image was taken in the early spring 2012 at 10 m depth in the algal belt surrounding the old ferry dock of Bremsnes in Norway. Spring time is nudibranch time along the coasts of Scandinavia. The one-year-old adults spawn and large amounts of fully grown adults (3-4 cm) can be seen on the leaves of Oar Weed (Laminaria digitata), together with their curtainlike eggmasses. Some individuals raise their bodies…

This image was taken in the early spring 2012 at 10 m depth in the algal belt surrounding the old ferry dock of Bremsnes in Norway. Spring time is nudibranch time along the coasts of Scandinavia. The one-year-old adults spawn and large amounts of fully grown adults (3-4 cm) can be seen on the leaves of Oar Weed (Laminaria digitata), together with their curtainlike eggmasses. Some individuals raise their bodies in search for something, maybe another nudibranch for mating? This behavior has been utilized to get an image with a clean composition.

#29 3rd Place, Macro Ocean, “Speedy Cuttlefish” By Fabio Iardino

During a night dive, I met this cuttlefish. Intrigued by his way of moving, I tried a technique of slow sync flash to get a shot with an effect of movement.

#30 1st Place, Mirrorless Wide Angle, “Spotted Dolphin” By Eugene Kitsios

Before you enter the water with a pod of dolphins, you never know what the interaction will be like. Sometimes you may have a great encounter, where the dolphins will curiously swim around you or show you some kind of playful behaviour. Other times they may leave you without interest. The best way to interact with them is to let them decide. Times where you are accepted by the pod…

Before you enter the water with a pod of dolphins, you never know what the interaction will be like. Sometimes you may have a great encounter, where the dolphins will curiously swim around you or show you some kind of playful behaviour. Other times they may leave you without interest. The best way to interact with them is to let them decide. Times where you are accepted by the pod are truly a magical experience. These intelligent creatures display so much interesting behaviour and in this case they playfully and curiously swimmed by me.

#31 6th Place, Marine Life Behavior, “Cleaning” By Liang Fu

A white-banded cleaner shrimp hopped into the mouth of a grouper to have some leftover food. While at the same time, the grouper has its mouth cleaned by the shrimp. This cleaning behavior ensures both species mutually benefit from this symbiotic relationship. I am fascinated by this behaviorbetween the grouper and the shrimp. To capture this moment, I tried to use a snoot with side-back lighting to create a strong…

A white-banded cleaner shrimp hopped into the mouth of a grouper to have some leftover food. While at the same time, the grouper has its mouth cleaned by the shrimp. This cleaning behavior ensures both species mutually benefit from this symbiotic relationship. I am fascinated by this behaviorbetween the grouper and the shrimp. To capture this moment, I tried to use a snoot with side-back lighting to create a strong shadow of the body of the grouper while at the same time lighting up the mouth. Lucky enough when a shrimp jumped just on the edge of the mouth, I got the photo that I was hoping for.

#32 1st Place, Underwater Art, “Disco Nudi” By Bruno Van Saen

I was trying to create an image right out of the camera using special own-made backgrounds. But at the end, it was the photoshop filter ‘swirl’ which helped me a lot to end up with this creative image.

Somebody Compares Home Alone 1990 Vs 2018 Ad Side By Side, And People Notice Macaulay Culkin Looks Healthy

The internet can argue all day long about whether or not ‘Die Hard’ is a Christmas movie, but I think we can all agree that ‘Home Alone’ is definitely a holiday classic. Recently, much to the delight of all the 90’s babies out there, Google teamed up with everyone’s favorite prankster Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) to recreate some classic scenes from the film. These shot for shot remakes are perfect it’s the Christmas present we didn’t know we needed.

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Macaulay Culkin was first introduced to us as Kevin McCallister in 1990 when he was 10 years old. Almost 30 years later the 38-year-old star is back and looks better than ever.

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Many people may not know but the role of Kevin McCallister was written specifically for Culkin by John Hughes who got the idea for the film during the filming of ‘Uncle Buck’ – also starring the child star.

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‘Home Alone’ was so successful that it held the Guinness World Record for over 25 years as number one at the box office, making $17,081,997 in 1202 theaters.

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As with many childhood stars fame took a troubling toll on the actor. In 2004 he was arrested for marijuana possession and two controlled substances. Culkin was briefly arrested then suspended after pleading guilty.

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His fight with the limelight led him to retire at 14 and get married at 18.

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Viewers were not only delighted to see a nostalgic remake, but see the former actor back on their screens looking healthy and happy. The now self described actor, writer and painter is a living Christmas miracle.

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Accompanied by AI technology from Google, the older and wiser ‘Mcallister’ doesn’t experience nearly as much chaos as he did in the earlier film. Watch the ad below!

Image credits: Google

People in the comments loved that the actor agreed to the hilarious reprise

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/google-assistant-commercial-home-alone-comparison-1990-2018-macaulay-culkin/

Im Honestly Fed Up With All The Bad News So I Illustrated The Best News Of 2018 (And Recent Years)

I’m honestly fed up with all the bad news everywhere. I am not a journalist or an influencer, but I want to use my art to spread some positivity.

I wanted to create something positive as an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media.

That’s why I want to share some of this year’s positive news from around the world in the hope that it brings you some happiness and inspires you to spread some good news yourself!

Art, technology, food, science, animal rights, human rights… we have progressed in so many categories and it’s necessary to let the world know that, despite having much more to do, we’ve accomplished some amazing things in 2018.

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Artificial Intelligence Creates Portraits Of People Who Dont Exist And Its Creepy

Who said robots couldn’t be creative? artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer the stuff of science fiction films and now this technology is tapping into the art world. In a new paper published by NVIDIA researchers, they released portraits completely generated by artificial intelligence (GAN) but with a twist – none of the people in the images actually exist.

Image credits: Tero Karras, Samuli Laine, Timo Aila

According to The Verge GAN was introduced in 2014. The portraits at the time were semi life-like, grainy and in black and white. Jump forward to the portraits today and the resemblance to a real person is so accurate that most people can’t tell the difference.

The current researchers were able to use their AI to copy the ‘styles’ of various face sources then create blends of these originals to create completely new “people.”It took 8 weeks for the researchers to train the AI, using powerful GPUs.

Faces generated by “A Style-Based Generator Architecture for GANs”

But this revolutionary technology doesn’t stop at faces, in 2014 75% of IKEA’s catalogue photos were computer generated. Just like with any technological advance there could be negative repercussion. With the ability to create faces, furniture, cars and real estate it calls into question the future for stock photographers and where their place will be in this new digitized world.

“These datasets were trained using the setup for the duration of 70M images for ‘bedroom’ and ‘cats’, and 46M for ‘cars’”

Watch how AI has progressed in this 6- minute video

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/ai-image-generation-fake-faces-people-nvidia/

Someone Proves Microwaves Are Very Dangerous, All Their Facts Get Debunked One By One

The microwave oven is generally believed to be invented by American engineer Percy Spencer, who, while visiting a lab that was testing radar technology after WW2, felt a peanut bar start to cook in his pocket.
His curiosity piqued, he did further research by harnessing the microwave energy in a box and directing it towards some popcorn and an egg. The popcorn exploded all over the place, while the inside of the egg heated up so quickly it burst the shell and left an assistant with egg on his face. Soon after in 1946 his company, Raytheon, patented an oven that heated food using microwave energy, and the microwave oven was born.

Ever since, rumors have circulated about the dangers of microwave ovens, with people most likely spooked by the word ‘radiation,’ and conspiracy theories making links to things like DNA damage and cancer.

Jump to 2018 and we are still at it. A post recently showed up on Reddit’s ‘MurderedByWords‘ sub, with somebody using a secondary school project as ‘evidence’ for the insidious nature of the humble microwave.

While the experiment itself was pretty cool and raises a few questions, this person took an inch and ran a mile, making some pretty outrageous claims on the back of it.
Now, there are responses, and there are responses. Carefully deconstructing the claims piece by piece, we learn about DNA, cells, radiation and vitamins, among other things, meaning that yes, you can go ahead and zap that popcorn in peace.

Here’s what people had to say about the word-murder

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/heated-water-microwave-plants-experiment-fake-explained/

50 Interesting Comparison Images That Will Give You A Different Perspective

Perspective is a wonderful thing. Sometimes you can only truly appreciate something by making comparisons with slightly altered parameters, for example of location, age or time.

This list, compiled by the helpful folk here at Bored Panda, gives the wonderful gift of perspective by doing precisely that. Side-By-Side comparisons of everything from a country’s favorite tipple over the years to technological advances in street lighting, make for a fascinatingly fresh look at things you may have taken for granted. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and gain a newfound appreciation for the changes (or lack thereof) in our everyday lives!

#1 I Did A Half Face Comparison Of Myself And My Daughter Today, It’s Kind Of Freaky

#2 Last Week Vs. This Week

#3 First Day Of Primary School Vs. Last Day Of Teacher Training

#4 On The Way To The Lake Vs. On The Way Home From The Lake

#5 4 Paintings Of The Same Sunflower By Each Of My 4 Children, All Painted At The Same Age Of 5

#6 The Arctic 103 Years Ago Compared To Today

#7 When I Was Looking Through My Photos, I Realized I Unknowingly Took Two Pictures Of The Same Bull, 5 Years Apart, At A Ranch I Visit In Texas

#8 Mums Vs. Dads

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#10 Beginning Of Nap Vs. Full Sleep Mode

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/interesting-thing-comparisons/

Girl Shares A Photo Of A Friend She Hasnt Seen In 12 Years, And It Gets 100.000 Retweets Overnight

Even though there are so many random things online that only a few could explain, the magical place of the World Wide Web can be used for something good – it can bring together people from all around the world. This weekend, the Internet once again proved its powers by helping a young woman to find her long lost friend. It’s moments like these that make us love technology even more!

This week, college student Brianna (left) posted a tweet about wanting to reunite with a girl that she met on a cruise back in 2006

A 19-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, later recalled: “I don’t think there were many kids our age on this particular dinner cruise, so I guess we just found each other and stuck together the whole time. The other night I was going through old scrapbooks and watching vacation videos and I saw her. So I was like: Wow, let’s see if Twitter can find her for me…”

Brianna’s tweet quickly went viral – she did not expect that people would react so fast

And was not sure if they would find the person she was looking for

But with over 120 thousand retweets, Internet quickly proved it can do basically anything

In less than 12 hours, the good people of the internet managed to track down Heidi Tran – the same girl Brianna met on a cruise 12 years ago

Since the two friends reunited, they’ve been making up for lost time, as Brianna said: “We’ve just caught up on life and school and everything.”

“I honestly thought it would take at least a week to find her. The internet is so amazing and showed me that it really is a small world after all.” – Brianna said

The Twitter was soon flooded with people’s comments and reactions as they were thrilled to witness such a reunion

A lot of people suggested that the girls meet up, but as they’re both college students, they don’t have the means to travel at the moment

Someone suggested putting up a Go Fund Me for them, but the girls declined and warned people not to send their money

Brianna said: “We attend college on two different sides of the country but we do plan to meet again once we get our funds together.”

And of course, the people of Twitter had the funniest reactions

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/friends-reunited-twitter-brianna-cry-heidi-tran/

Somebody Compared The Lion King 2019 To The 1994 Animation Side By Side

1994 was a big year. Nelson Mandela became the President of South Africa, The Channel Tunnel between England and France opened after 6 years of construction. And, of course, Disney released The Lion King, which eventually became the highest-grossing animated film ever (now, 4th).

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During the NFL’s traditional Thanksgiving primetime game in the US., the company released l the first teaser trailer of its remake, scheduled to come out next summer, and everyone’s losing their minds.

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A lot of fans were incredibly happy to hear it’s narrated by James Earl Jones, who plays king Mufasa in both the 1994 original and next year’s film. But arguably the most impressive thing about the teaser is how amazing the visuals look.

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To show how much technology has advanced over the past 24 years, someone has even created a video, comparing shots from the two releases side by side. Scroll down till the end to see the video comparison.

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The video comparison

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/lion-king-live-action-animation-comparison/

25+ Times Comics Perfectly Summed Up The Internet

We all love the internet! Since the World Wide Web became available in 1991, it has revolutionized life and society in ways we couldn’t possibly have foreseen, to the point that living without it is almost unimaginable today.

Something so universal for so many of us (although it must be noted that while worldwide access to the internet has grown, many people are still left out of the digital revolution), is a natural source of satire and humor. We here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of comics that make fun of our relationship with the internet, and all the ups and downs that come with life online. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

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