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Rhino Walks Up to Cameraman for a Belly Rub

While shooting for a conservation film about rhino poaching in South Africa, cameraman Garth De Bruno Austin was approached by a wild rhino who was apparently in search of a nice belly rub. The unusual encounter was captured in the 15-second video above.

“If a rhino walks straight up to you while you’re filming and wants some rubs… you better rub that rhino like your life depends on it!,” Austin writes. “Lucky for me she left my URSA Mini 4K camera alone!”

Austin’s girlfriend, environmental scientist Morgan Pelt, captured a slightly different view of the same bully rub:

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Austin notes that while this rhino was a wild one, he had built up a level of trust with it by filming it over the course of a few years.

“Do NOT try and do this with a truly wild rhino as it may end up with you being dead!,” Austin says. “FYI, I did not approach this animal, it was completely her decision to let me come into her personal space and touch her.”

(via Garth De Bruno Austin via Laughing Squid)

I May Have Captured the Last Shots of the Azure Window Standing

The inevitable just happened: nature has taken away what it created a long time ago. All parts of the world famous Azure Window in Malta are now gone — even its base was swept away by the sea.

I had seen the local weather forecast and planned to captured some images of the Azure Window with the rough sea, so I went to Dwejra on the evening of March 7th after going around Gozo shooting the storm. The wind and sea were so strong that I couldn’t get as close as I’m used to. Even shooting with a DSLR was impossible in those conditions.

I always carry a GoPro with me, and mounted on a tripod, it was the right tool to use in those extreme conditions. The winds were so strong that Tuesday evening that I had to put my weight on the tripod and push it forward to keep it stable, not to lose balance and be knocked backwards by the wind.

The Day it Collapsed

The following day, the 8th of March, had to be a full stormy day, so I planned to go back to the Azure Window that morning to take some more pictures and videos. I was not in a hurry as I was more interested in the afternoon light, but still wanted to go there early to scout around for different angles. Little did I know what was awaiting me there. The first thing I did when I arrived was to walk up to the Dwejra Tower so that I could have a view of the complete shoreline with the inland sea.

I was already feeling that there was something odd. I could not see the window from the Dwejra Tower, but I wasn’t sure if I should be able to see it as I’d never shot from this angle before. Then I noticed a police patrol coming down the hill, along with some private cars. My first thought was that someone might have been in trouble, been swept away by the sea. Then more and more cars came down, with people walking out to the only safe viewpoint. I could also start spotting news crews with their big tripods and cameras, so I made my way down to see what was happening. People were making phone calls with tears in their eyes. Without asking anyone, a chill went down my spine… is it possible? Had the window collapsed?

I walked out to the spot where I was shooting the day before and s**t! The Window was not there anymore! I got a bit lost, not knowing what to do, like when you receive terrible news and you go into shock for a couple of moments. Then I took out my DSLR and snapped a couple of shots before the lens fogged up with sea spray. I opened my tripod and shot some more video.

The Last Videos of the Azure Window?

Comments from friends and page followers on Facebook made me realise that these might be the last videos of the Azure Window standing. That somehow, without knowing, I managed to record history.

I decided to share with you the full video clips, to treasure every moment. These are just a few minutes of the 2 days of gale force winds and clashing waves that the window endured before it collapsed early yesterday morning. These videos say goodbye to our lost icon, battling the wind and waves as night falls.

It’s just a rock, you might say, but try to explain this to the people of Gozo and Malta, and to all those who, like me, have developed an emotional connection with it. A limb was severed off the Dwejra landscape yesterday and I felt like I’d lost an old friend which I’d got used to visit over and over again.

My Best Photos of the Azure Window

As a landscape photographer, I’ve been shooting this world famous natural landmark countless times over the past years. My most popular images are my astro landscape photography of the arch, with Perseids meteor showers, star trails and The Milky Way. I’m so honored that I at least managed to capture it under the full glory of the infinite night sky.


About the author: Gilbert Vancell is a landscape photographer based in Malta. You can find more of his work on his website, Facebook, and YouTube. This article was also published here.

This Infrared Timelapse Reveals the Invisible Landscapes of Oregon

Photographer Sam Forencich recently created something really special. It’s a timelapse of Oregon’s beautiful landscapes that stands out from the hundreds (if not thousands) of other Oregon nature timelapses out there, because he shot it entirely with infrared converted cameras.

Forencich says the final timelapse, titled Invisible Oregon, is at least in part an exploration of the nature of reality. “It’s no secret that many creatures exceed our abilities to interpret the world around us,” he writes in the video’s description. “The idea that we have to process the sensory data coming into our brains makes it seem like we are already a step removed from the real world.”

Invisible Oregon seeks to close that gap, at least in part, by revealing “the subleties of new growth” and the “dramatic intersection of sky and Earth” that only the infrared spectrum can truly capture.

Through the use of both timelapse and infrared photography, Forencich is expanding our sensory abilities to traverse time at an incredible rate and view parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that humans aren’t usually privy to. Using an infrared converted Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark II, he reveals Oregon’s landscapes in a way we’ve never seen them before.

Click play up top and enjoy.


Image credits: Video stills provided by Sam Forencich and used with permission.

This Photographer Travelled Across New Zealand with a Gandalf Costume

What better way to explore the far reaches of New Zealand … uhh, I mean Middle Earth… than with Tolkien’s Gandalf as your guide? That’s what photographer Akhil Suhas was thinking when, while planning his 6-month trip across the country after university, he packed a Gandalf costume… just for fun.

“I wanted a recurring subject in my photos and with so many photographers visiting the country, I figured that I needed to do something to set me apart!” Akhil tells PetaPixel. “I was watching the LOTR for the 5th time when I figured New Zealand is famous for 2 things: its landscapes and the LOTR + Hobbit Trilogies. So why not combine the two by having Gandalf in the landscapes?”

It took him 2 months to hunt down an appropriately accurate costume, but before long, he was on his way—15,000km with both camera and a Gandalf costume at the ready.

At first, the idea was to create self-portraits, but it didn’t take long for Akhil to realize that this was a lot harder than it sounded.

“I tried the camera on a tripod with a timer shot, didn’t work for me,” he said over email. “So, I started asking the people I met along the way if they wanted to put on the outfit.”

Surprisingly, man “gladly said yes” because, in Akhil’s words, “who doesn’t want to dress up as Gandalf!?” That’s how a “silly” idea turned into a beautiful small-person-big-landscape tour of New Zealand… Darn It! I mean Middle Earth.

Have a look for yourself:

If you enjoy the series and want to see more, check out Akhil’s Instagram account or Facebook Page. And the next time you’re planning a trip across some beautiful landscape… don’t forget the wizard robes.


Image credits: All photographs by Akhil Suhas and used with permission.

Gorgeous 8K Timelapse Captures All Four Seasons in Norway

One year of planning, one year of shooting, and four months of post-production is a lot of time to spend on a single timelapse, but photographer Morten Rustad‘s creation SEASONS of NORWAY makes a good case for the old saying: good things come to those who wait.

Well, maybe “wait” isn’t quite right: more like “hike.” Good things come to those who hike. To capture his 8K masterpiece, Rustand travelled a total of 20,000 Km (not all on foot, but still…) and filled up 20TB worth of hard drive space with 200,000 photos from his Sony A7r II, Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, and Canon 5D Mark III.

It was, in short, a mammoth undertaking that set Rustand in front of some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth—all of them, as it happens, in Norway.

“With its imposing mountains, endless plateaus and echoing valleys, Norway is a country where nature takes the lead,” writes Rustad in the video’s description. “Using time-lapse, this film attempts to capture the ebb and flow of the seasons.”

The result is one of the most beautiful nature timelapses we’ve seen, and a great way to spend 6 minutes and 51 seconds this Friday evening. Watch the 8K timelapse for yourself up top (assuming your monitor and graphics card can even handle that kind of resolution) and then check out more of Rustad’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.


Image credits: All photos by Morten Rustad and used with permission.