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May 24, 2016

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WORK BLOG / DRAGON LIGHT UP SLIPPERS

It's always exciting to work on new projects at Smoko.  We decided to take on the dragon light up slippers project.  It's already been month since we have started and we can't wait to launch this bad *ss dragon!  

Prototyping base on the concept

Other color ways we are working on

 

What colors do you like on them?

May 24, 2016

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Glow Worms Turn New Zealand Cave Into Starry Night And I Spent Past Year Photographing It

Something quite special dwells beneath the surface of New Zealand and these images prove that the country is just as beautiful below ground as it is above!

The Waitomo area is famous for it’s limestone caves and within these caves are one of the most magical insects in the world, the glowworm. Glow worms emit a phosphorescent glow that light up the cave and create a surreal environment.

Over the past year I have been back and forth to Waitomo’s Ruakuri Cave to master the art of photographing these magnificent little creatures – it’s been quite the experience! When the headlamps are out and all you can see are the glowworms, you can’t help but feel like you’ve stepped into James Cameron’s Avatar Pandora, it’s just unreal! Photographing glow worms is very similar to shooting the night sky, however the exposure time can be much longer. These images in particular range between 30 seconds and 6 minutes exposures. To achieve the shots, it required me to submerge myself and my tripod in cold water for up to 6-8 hours a day – it was totally worth it!

More info: shaunjeffersphotography.com

May 23, 2016

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May 23, 2016

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This Maternity Photo Shoot Turned Surprise Proposal Will Melt Your Heart

“[She and her husband] were the first people we told we were pregnant,” Pardo told BuzzFeed News of her friend. “We FaceTimed them right away, I think two days after we found out, before we told anyone else. And her first thing was, ‘We’ll set up your maternity shoot.’”

The friend arranged for her brother-in-law, who is a professional photographer, to take the photos for the couple.

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May 11, 2016

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Fantastically surreal animated GIFs by digital artist Carl Burton today

Digital artist and animator Carl Burton creates quick atmospheric GIFs that blend elements of science fiction and surrealism. Glittering illuminated tentacles appear to twist through the dark while neon lasers emerge from deep pools of water. Much of what you see here represents Burton’s personal experiments, but the NYC-based creative also lends his illustrative style to images for long-form publications around the web. He works primarily with Cinema 4D, Photoshop, and After Effects, spending several hours or even days on a single GIF depending on its complexity. You can see more of his work on Tumblr. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

May 11, 2016

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May 11, 2016

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Voltron Legendary Defender trailer: Netflix reboots classic ‘80s toon — exclusive

“Form feet and legs! Form hands and body! And I’ll form … the head!”

If you know what that means, congratulations, 1980s cartoon fanatic —​ you’re a step ahead. But for those who don’t remember the immortal words that marked the formation of the universe’s greatest defender, that’s okay — you’re about to get a new primer. 

DreamWorks Animation is bringing back the gargantuan robot formed from five mechanical lions with the series Voltron Legendary Defender, and EW has an exclusive look at the new trailer.

The show kicks off June 10 on Netflix with an hour-long premiere, followed by ten 22-minute episodes. Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos and co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery say their goal was to remake the Voltron show fans remember  rather than the one that actually existed.

via ew

May 10, 2016

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May 10, 2016

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Viral Mama Celebrates Quintuplet Birth With A Beautiful Photo Shoot

im Tucci of Perth, Western Australia, made a splash on the internet last last year when she posed for a pregnancy photo shoot on the beach.

The shoot was lovely, with the rolling waves and pale sands as a backdrop, but what really struck people was that Tucci wasn’t just pregnant, she was pregnant with quintuplets!

Needless to say, carrying five tiny babies was no easy task. Just ask Marcie Dela Cruz, Kathy Somoano, orDanielle Busby, all moms of quintuplets who had to make some serious adjustments!

But just like these other moms, Tucci wouldn’t have it any other way — even when it gets super stressful. After all, having one baby is stressful enough, so just imagine five!

Tucci’s quints were born in January of this year. They are four girls, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany, and Beatrix, and one boy, Keith.

And that’s not all. Tucci also has a 9-year-old son from a previous marriage, as well as two young daughters with her current husband. That means her family went from three kids to eight all at once!

But for the Tuccis, it’s all worth it. The five tiny new members of their family are settling in, and recently, they posed for a photo shoot with their mom with photographer Erin Elizabeth Hoskins.

Check them out below and get ready to smile!

via: Daily Mail

May 10, 2016

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NASA Just Announced 1,284 New Planets

NASA on Tuesday said 1,284 new planets had been discovered by the Kepler space telescope, marking the biggest batch of exoplanets ever announced at one time.

Nine of the planets could potentially be habitable due to surface temperatures that would allow liquid water to pool, NASA added. The Kepler telescope, which launched in 2009, has now discovered 21 exoplanets with similar characteristics.

Kepler is the first NASA mission to find potentially habitable Earth-size planets.

“This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth,” Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington, said in a statement.

via buzzfeed