Apple Found Its Newest Billboards On The Internet

They’re stunning. BuzzFeed News talked to some of the casual photographers who shot them.

Last December, when the Bay Area had one of its rare rainy days, Cielo de la Paz took her kids out to play. She’s an avid photographer, “willing to wake up at five in the morning and hike 10 miles to get that shot of the sunrise,” and when she saw the reflection of her red umbrella on the wet concrete, she knew she had a good one.

“It took a few shots,” she said, “this was the last one I took, I was finally happy with how the wind arranged the leaves for me.”

She edited the shot with Filterstorm Neue, uploaded the picture to Flickr (she was taking part in the photo365 challenge), where Apple found it.

Then, they put it on a billboard.

Apple’s latest ad campaign, Shot on iPhone 6, is crowdsourced using iPhone photography from around the world. It is taking photos found online, typically seen in a browser window, and plastering them up in massive sizes out in the real world.

The message is simple: it’s hard to believe that photos this good can come from the device in your pocket.

Apple found them by scouring online communities for photos that were tagged as having been taken with its newest iPhones.

“I suppose they found the picture on Instagram,” said Frederic Kauffmann, “I was surprised to get the call.”

Kauffmann lives in Barcelona, and the shot above was taken in Pamplona. “I shot it in the winter. Usually you see plenty of people dressed in white and red, music and crowds. I wanted to have a different picture.”

Kauffmann is one of many international photographers tapped for the campaign and, at just 778 followers on Instagram, an example of how good hobbyists are getting at photography.

Photographs like these are just one example of smartphones unifying everything you might use into one device. The gap between phones and cameras has been shrinking for years now, and every year it gets closer to being eliminated entirely. This ad seems like Apple’s way of saying it is already gone.

“I have the 6 Plus, and the photos rival some of my pictures from my DSLR,” says de la Paz.

The ad campaign is showing off the features Apple has packed into the phone, but it also lends credence to the idea that you might only need one device on you at any given time.

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What This Guy Does Will Make You Look Twice. It’s Not Like Anything I’ve Ever Seen.

Paris based artist Sébastien Del Grosso is pushing the boundaries of self-portraits. Del Grosso began his career as a sketch artist. Until of course he discovered a love for photography and sought to combine the two. The result is an amazing mixed media self-portrait series called “The Sketch of a Life.” They remind me of the iconic “Take On Me” music video from A-ha. Check them out below:  

“Killer Sketch”

“Self sketch”

“Sketch the life”

“The power of the sketch II”

“Anonymous Sketch”

“Catch and sketch”

“Sketch your mentor” The woman here is Del Grosso’s grandmother.

“The power of the sketch”

“Sketch your (x) dreams”

“Sketch the sketcher”

“Sketch the love”

Del Grosso’s showing how he creates his portraits.

H/T: The Spidees Now I know who I’m hiring to do my next family portraits. Share these amazing photos with your friends by clicking below.

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‘The embargo is a joke’: Kate Spade shares photos from sojourn in Cuba!/BellBelleBella/status/480414712312508416

Not even America’s royal couple, Jay Z and Beyoncé, were able to sneak off to Cuba without making it an international incident and offending freedom-loving people everywhere. So what was the editorial director of Fathom, a partner of designer Kate Spade, doing in Cuba earlier this year? Her postcard-perfect Instagram account tells (part of) the story.

“music is everywhere in habana vieja. so are men with pick-up lines.”

“we’re ending our stroll where the daiquiri blenders whirl non-stop: el floridita, one of hemingway’s favorite bars in old havana. thanks for joining us!!”

“here, a vintage car is the only way to travel.”

No, it really is the only way to travel.!/ClaudiaLately/status/480446725581455360!/survivor214/status/475425407324270593

An excerpt from that blog post:!/JessStandsOut/status/473882543360835584

Editor’s note: This post and the headline have been corrected to state that it was an editorial director of Fathom, a company partnered with Kate Spade, who visited Cuba. It was not Kate Spade herself. Twitchy regrets the error.


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Eclipse World Premiere: Twilight fans are the craziest, to see is to believe! (PHOTOS)

We can’t help it. There’s no escaping them: the Cullens, the Volturis, Jacob Black, Bella Swan. Vampires. Wolf pack. Twilight obsessed crazy devoted fans.

The cast of ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ lead by Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner headed to Nokia PLaza in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 24th for the world premiere of Stephanie Meyer’s successful 4-series novel turned film.

We were shocked to see these photos and read fans spending so much just to be at the site. American Idol fans are nothing compared to these die-hard fans! Unbelievable.

Camping Out

Days before that, as early as Sunday June 20 “The fans, virtually all female, are living on the concrete plaza of an entertainment complex, surrounded by blankets, tents, umbrellas and cardboard cut-outs of the film’s stars… [they] are being rewarded for their patience with guaranteed spots on the red carpet for the Thursday June 24 movie premiere of “Eclipse.” –Yahoo Movies

Spending $$ in this economy

Monica Siegel and her two friends dropped a total of $2,500 and flew hundreds of miles to camp out for four days on a gritty patch of sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles. On Thursday, it was all worth it.

Siegel, a college sophomore, spent more than $1,000 on airfare, camping equipment and a motel to make it to California with her two friends, whom she met through a Twilight Facebook page. The motel, at $60 a night, was for showers only: Siegel and her pals have been sleeping and living in their brand-new tent since Sunday.

“I’ve never gone camping in my life,” Siegel said. “We’re paying for a hotel room we can’t sleep in – but we can shower!”

Siegel, 21-year-old Amanda Willis, of Dallas, and 25-year-old Melissa Moorhead, of Seattle, are just three among thousands of so-called “Twi-hards” who have clogged the downtown premiere venue since early this week, camping out in a specially-designated tent city for a fleeting glimpse of stars such as Robert Pattinson, Kristin Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

Up to 9,000 people were issued wristbands for a chance to see the film. At least 550 early birds, like Siegel, were ensured a spot along the red carpet, which was black for the occasion.

Celebrities working their way down the carpet before the premiere were swarmed with screaming, frantic fans. Dakota Fanning, who plays the vampire Jane, said she was amazed by the fan presence – even in comparison with what she has seen in her own childhood acting career.

“It’s really exciting. I don’t think I’ll ever be part of something like this for the rest of my life,” she said. “It’s really kind of surreal.”

Stephanie Tregea, 19, drove 500 miles from Upper Lake, in Northern California, to attend the premiere. She wore a black T-shirt that said “Team Carlisle,” and held a sign that read: “My cat died while I’ve been in line. (Peter, comfort me during this sadness).”

It got her an extended embrace from Facinelli, who plays Cullen patriarch Carlisle.-Huff Post

Robert Pattinson has vampire lineage

In related news, Access Hollywood asked Robert about the recent revelation that he is related – distantly – to Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the myth of Dracula.

“I just heard about it,” Robert told Shaun about the news. “But I always knew.”

“You always knew?” Shaun asked.

“My middle name’s Vlad!” he laughed.

Will it outlive Justine Beiber fever? You bet!

Whether you are a fan or not, whether you understand the hype– the Twilight saga effect is unarguably the biggest phenomenon in pop culture worldwide in recent years. Fans, young and old embracing fantasy world- devouring the book and the film; captivated by the characters and the actors that play them.

It will stick around for years and years to come passed on from fan to fan; afterall vampires and werewolves (?) can live forever.