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May 18, 2012

The Week in Pictures

Well, the sun came out where I live this week, and to celebrate I’ve jumped into Emanuelle’s shoes to bring you this Week in Pictures. There’s a heap to bring you, so let me get cracking!

via timesunion

1. Cannes Film Festival

The 65th Cannes Film Festival started this week in the sunny (presumably) South of France, and to celebrate a massive building-size poster of Marilyn Monroe was unveiled (continuing the Marilyn theme that Emanuelle started last week).

2. Wax Queen

No, someone isn’t painting the Queen’s nose while she sits motionless. It’s one of the best and most detailed waxworks I’ve seen, produced by Tussauds to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This is the 23rd waxwork that they have made of Her Majesty, and cost a staggering £150,000. That’s one expensive candle.

via Guardian

3. Merry-Go-Round

A little joy in an otherwise not so happy story for these children who have been displaced from their homes due to fighting in their villages. The juxtaposition of having a makeshift entertainment park in the middle of a refugee zone is a very moving image.

via Globe and Mail

4. 121-megapixel Earth

Captured in a single image (as opposed to previous efforts that have been composites) this image is a single shot, 121 megapixel photo that used both visible and infrared light sources. Areas that would usually be green are seen using infrared as brown, hence the unusual coloration. Neat though, right?

via News To Talk

5. Lightning/Rainbow Combo

Snapping a photo of lightning is notoriously difficult, and this pic from China not only manages to capture twin bolts spreading their fingers but also includes a rainbow. The patience, positioning and speed of shutter finger to take this image must have been phenomenal. Or extremely lucky.

via Daily Telegraph

So that’s the week in pictures. If you want to see any event featured here next week (or the week after), or you see a snap in the next days that you think deserves a place, drop me a link in the comments.