Since we have a long weekend ahead of us, we’ve got a special Thursday edition of Friday Links for you. Don’t forget to join us next Wednesday for our July happy hour at The Brixton on U Street.
Yes, of course there’s a Google “Sheep” view.
- The incredible Tuesday night storm woke most of us up around the D.C. area. Here’s what the non-stop lightning looked like in this 5-minute timelapse by Kaitlin Walsh.
Selfie enthusiasts rejoice: The White House has lifted its photography ban.
New York Times staff photographer Ruth Fremson takes a look back at the women — and men — who helped open the door for female photographers.
What happened to the 9-year-old girl smoking in Mary Ellen Mark’s photo? NPR found out.
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef gets a health check-up from UNESCO.
- Enter your best street photography into this new contest by Acuity Press. Deadline August 11.
- Exposed pal Brian Mosley, whose spectacular fireworks photographs have won our annual contest more than once (including last year), gives his advice on how to take your own.
From Tornado Alley to the Midwest, photographer Jody Miler races across America chasing supercell storms that spawn tornadoes.
Wedding photographer slips and falls, still snaps shot on the way down. The range of reactions in the subjects’ faces is priceless.
- A Phoenix man creepily hacked into a security camera in an unknown town to create a photo series called “The New Town.”
- Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed is a collaborative exhibit by a photographer and geophysicist/poet opening at National Museum of Natural History this week, and looks awesome.
- We’re big fans of the beautiful birds (and beautiful photos) at @AvianRecon. Inspired by the World Cup, they’re having an #InstaBirdBracket right now. Go follow along and vote for your favorite owl or raptor. (Psst: It’s this one.)