“Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.” -Ambrose Bierce
The most common emails I get about this blog are questions about physics, astronomy, and some very speculative theories. But second most common are questions asking where I get my pictures.
Well, except in rare instances, I don’t make them myself. Should you just make like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and,
So what can you do? You can copy the url or download the photo, and go here: http://www.tineye.com/.
And I can sort the results by “best match”, “most changed”, or — my preferences — “biggest image.” And when I do sort by biggest image, what do I get?
I follow the link to the biggest image, and that’s where it lives!
If I google the url, I get directed to this page, which looks like the following:
And I can use tineye.com to reverse-image-lookup anything I want, even something fantastic like this:
And after scrolling through just a few results, I get taken here, to NASA’s image of the day page, where I can find out that this was a combination image of Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Telescope data, and there are links to download the image in multiple resolutions, including the full-size version. (Which makes great wallpaper, FYI.)
So take a look at tineye, and have fun finding out all about your favorite web images!