Cool Stuff — August 12, 2013

Cool Stuff — August 12, 2013

Welcome to Cool Stuff, a recurring feature where we post our favorite links, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

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  • We think this one fall squarely into the “don’t try this at home, kids” category, but Nicholas Doldinger’s drone video montage of New York is, well, look for yourself.
  • Speaking of drones, that’s what the National Geographic is using to capture some pretty incredible images.
  • Shane Hurlbut is someone we follow pretty closely. A prolific DP, Shane has taken DSLR video to new heights, using it in indie films and blockbusters alike. In his always-educational blog, he breaks down his go-to lighting gear.
  • Our friend the Phoblographer has a neat review of the Olympus E-P5, which we now rent.
  • We love heartwarming stories. Here’s one, courtesy of PetaPixel, about a photographer who left his bag of gear on a train in Europe, and got it back thanks to a group of strangers.
  • And finally, because we like pretty pictures and there’s a bit of symmetry to ending where we started, here’s a timelapse of Mid-Town Manhattan that’ll leave you, well, take a look…

And now, for the Roundup!

That’s it for this edition of Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

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Sohail Mamdani is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter. You can find his blog at and his work on 500px.

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