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A New Polaroid App Lets You Create Photos That Move

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Whether Polaroid asked us to or not, we're all familiar with the idea of shaking the self-developing film from a Polaroid instant camera to reveal an image. Now, the brand is encouraging you to tilt your snapshots, WIRED reports.

The Polaroid Swing app, released on iOS this week, isn't technically the brainchild of Polaroid. Instead, the program comes from a development team backed by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone that licensed the Polaroid name—but the startup hopes to have a similar impact on the photography world as the famous electronics company.

Polaroid Swing lets smartphone users take silent moving pictures exactly one second in duration. When you shift your phone, the photo—in one of four available filters—will move either forward or backward, creating a near-3-D effect. You can see the function in action by using your mouse cursor on the images below.

Polaroid Swing doesn’t actually take a single snapshot: the app captures images at 60 frames per second, creating a fluid, not-quite-still photo that’s different than the movement seen in Vine and other video sharing apps.

For now, you can download the app for iOs. An Android version is expected to follow shortly.

[h/t WIRED]

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This Photo of a Single Atom Won a Science Photography Top Prize
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While you've been busy finding just the right Instagram filter for your cat, a University of Oxford graduate student has been occupied with visualizing a single atom and capturing it in a still frame. And the remarkable feat recently earned an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council photography award. Why? It was taken with a conventional camera, and the atom can be seen with the naked eye.

Take a look:

A close-up of a single atom in an ion trap
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That tiny dot in between the two parallel metal electrodes is a strontium atom suspended by electric fields in an ion trap. It’s visible because the photographer, Ph.D. candidate David Nadlinger, projected blue violet light into a vacuum chamber. The atom absorbed and reflected the light, allowing Nadlinger to snap a photo in the split instant the atom was viewable. The space between the two points is just 0.08 of an inch.

Nadlinger dubbed the image "Single Atom in an Ion Trap" and took the Council’s top award. In a statement, he expressed enthusiasm that other people are now able to see what his work in quantum computing looks like.

[h/t Newsweek]

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London Photographer Captures the Dogs of the World in Their Own Habitats
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When snapping pictures, some travel photographers prefer to focus on people walking the streets. Highlighting the local residents can help ground a place in reality, but humans aren’t the only subjects worth capturing. For his project "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs", London-based photographer Alan Schaller documents the canines that he finds in all corners of the globe.

According to My Modern Met, Schaller started out photographing people he met on his travels. The high-contrast, black-and-white look of his work has earned him widespread recognition. For his latest project, he has chosen to showcase dogs in the same style.

Schaller described dogs to My Modern Met as “consistently friendly, unpredictable, and amusing” compared to humans. When he sees a dog he wants to photograph, he will first ask the owner's permission, then bend down to the pet’s level to gain its trust. He has photographed dogs in Norway, England, India, Thailand, Turkey, and plenty of places in between, and the personalities of the dogs he captures are just as diverse as their homes. You can check out his photography below and follow Schaller on Instagram to see more of his work.

[h/t My Modern Met]

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