Once in a while, you come across a few images that kind of take you away. I found this collection of interesting photos from the website: Picture/Correct. These photos are so good, they should be shared, so here we go:
Even everyday things can appear quite unique when we pay close attention to them. And this is the beauty of macro photography. This genre of photography allows us to get close and see a bigger picture of the everyday world around us. And random things can either appear stunningly beautiful or surprisingly weird this way. Take for instance the following image that was taken by photographer Younis. Even something as simple as putting jute twine through a needle appears seriously interesting:
The image is of a 2mm piece of jute twine being passed through a needle with a 1mm opening. He took the image using a Canon M6 camera, and the lens at 48mm with a 26mm extension tube. And since the depth of field was so shallow, he had to focus stack 10 images, each taken at f/11 and ISO 100.
The level of detail in the needle surface and the twine is exquisite. Who knew that a needle that appears so smooth and shiny to our eyes could be this rough when viewed closely? Even more interesting is the twine. The individual strands of fiber that we can see in this image might appear fascinating to some and disgusting to others. And since the twine is thicker than the opening in the needle, we can see the fibers obstructing the path. This further adds to the sense of discomfort in the image.
This is indeed an impressive shot by the photographer. It really gives us some mixed feelings
Symmetry in photography is one of those elements that requires a keen eye. And once you’re able to spot it and capture it, the image almost almost turns out to be especially pleasing to look at. That’s probably because we’re programmed to admire things that appear symmetrical. While finding symmetry in nature requires careful observation skills, finding it when photographing people requires sheer luck. Photographer NG Stephen got this gem of a shot of two fishermen in Myanmar and it’s nothing short of spectacular:
Stephen took the photo with his Sony a7RII and the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 lens.
What strikes you immediately when looking at this image is its symmetrical look. The way the boat and the basket is placed, the fishermen’s dress-up, and their identical body language gives a mirror-effect to the image. Even the hills in the background appear almost equally divided, which further adds to the symmetrical look of the image.
Besides symmetry, there are other elements as well that add to the beauty of this image. The warm tone in the image is an alluring indication that it’s the golden hour near sunset. And the elegant bokeh in the foreground also work as a leading line to draw us into the image towards the fishermen. Overall, the colors and the subject placement in the image is absolutely sterling.
The long exposure photography technique has so much potential. But practically, its usage has been limited to a few redundant concepts. If you try to get more creative, there’s much more scope to using the long exposure technique besides shooting light trails, light painting, and star trails amongst others. Take for instance the following image that was taken by photographer Jose Luis:
The image is actually a result of exposure bracketing that Luis did in order to cover the whole dynamic range. Then, he took another 4-5 long exposure shots at 0.6-seconds to capture the motion of the Koi in the pond.
“It was funny how the Koi came to wherever I was. So, I had to move around the pond to have them all around in the photos.”
The Koi are the hero feature of this fantastic image. The short burst of long exposure has beautifully captured the wiggling motion of the fish and made them appear like strokes made with colorful paintbrushes. The long exposure has taken the image to an entirely new level.
Further, the school of Koi in the pond also acts as a compelling foreground and an equally compelling leading line. They help in drawing us into the shrine in the background. Such a beautifully composed and well taken image!
Dogs – what would we do without them? Their unconditional love for us makes it such a joy to be around them. No matter how bad or difficult your day has been, going home to your dog immediately makes you forget everything. This feeling of joy must be the reason why the internet loves dog photographs so much. Reddit user Stirling_s took this gorgeous photo of their dog hiding during a hike, and it’s simply heart-melting:
The image was taken with Nikon D3400 with a Sigma 18-35mm Art lens at 1/640s and f/1.8
Considering how energetic dogs usually are, especially when outdoors, the image is quite special. If you have a pet, you know how difficult it can get to take a proper photo of them. What also makes this image special is that the dog was in fact hiding so that she could sneak up on her other dog – what a playful personality!
“She likes to hunt my other dog so she’s hiding from him so she could sneak attack.”
The mud on her paws and the dirt around her face is an indication that she enjoyed the hike to her fullest. This makes it look like a picture from a children’s book about a dog on a great adventure. Also, the illumination on her blue eyes adds a lot of life to this already beautiful image.
The way the photographer has taken this image is commendable as well. There’s a beautiful balance of light and shadows that adds a good deal of contrast to the image. Also, the way the dog is framed in the gap between logs adds further emphasis on the cuteness of this image.
Didn’t this picture just make your day?
Mount St. Helens, an active volcano in the state of Washington, is infamous for its deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States, which happened in 1980. However, looking at this amazing photo by Ross Schram con Haupt, the mountain looks far from dangerous:
Schram von Haupt took this photograph of Mount St. Helens after sleeping through gusty winds exceeding 50 miles per hour. However, in the morning he and his team were treated to this amazing sunrise. If we inspect the photograph closely, we can notice the ashes being blown around in the wind. However, Schram von Haupt was pleased on seeing the sunrise just because it was so colorful.
“I haven’t seen many sunrises that can compete with this one. There was ridiculous color in all directions…360 degrees of EPIC!”
He shot the photograph using his Nikon D610 mounted with Nikon 16-34 f/4 lens. This image is in fact a blend of various exposures.
- Sky: ISO 100, 16mm, f/18, 106 seconds
- Mountain: ISO 100, 16mm, f/9, .4 seconds
- Flowers: ISO 800, 16mm, f/13, 1/10 second (6 shot focus stack for depth of focus)
Also, it’s noteworthy that he shot the flowers a day earlier at the exact spot because of windy conditions. This beautiful photograph is truly a result of skillful photography and post processing. What do you this?
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In photography, it’s never enough to reiterate the importance of having eye contact in an image – it’s that important. Eyes can inject life in an otherwise lifeless image. This is the sole reason why we always emphasize the need to have the eyes tack sharp. Besides adding a sense of life, eyes also convey emotions and set the mood of the photo. Consider the following image of a flamingo that photographer Melissa Cormican took at the Los Angeles Zoo. It’s the eye that speaks volumes:
With the bird peeking over its wings, it almost gives the impression that the bird is shy about having its photo taken. But the intense eye contact, on the other hand, leads us to believe otherwise. The eye in this image is such a small part, however, it’s able to capture our attention immediately. That’s really powerful.
“I was fascinated with the eye contact towards me and was curious as to what this inquisitive flamingo might be thinking.”
Another impressive aspect of this image definitely has to be the lighting. While one might think that this portrait was shot in a studio environment, it was actually taken in a zoo. Even the black background in the image is from the natural shade.
It’s evident from this single photo that Cormican has quite an eye when it comes to taking animal portraits. The lighting on the bird is perfect, the image is shot at the perfect moment, and the mood it conveys is astonishing. No surprise that this image bagged her an award.
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When it comes to attention to detail, nobody can possibly beat nature. The intricate detail in everything natural that surrounds us is simply unmatched. We just need to pay attention and have a closer look. For instance, consider the following image taken by photographer John Kimbler. The level of detail on the head of a Swallowtail butterfly is mesmerizing:
Kimber shot the image with the Canon 80D and the Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens set to just under 4x at f/11, 1/250-second exposure and ISO100.
It’s crazy how he’s captured such a detailed image of the creature’s head. The compound eyes of the butterfly show a very close resemblance to the speaker grills. The texture is so satisfying to look at. Even the proboscis looks like it’s made of something very solid. You could say that it’s got carbon fiber eyes and a gauge rind for a nose.
“Who knew that a butterfly could be so metal?!”
I would be remiss not to mention how incredibly crisp the image is. The level of detail is simply fantastic.
The year 2020 has been tough for pretty much everyone. Whether it be the global pandemic, or the unrest that’s going on against racial biases, things have been challenging. With tension so high, there’s been a desperate need for a more positive energy around us. And as a photographer, what better way than to keep your eyes out for heart-melting cheerful moments? Photographer Jessica Irani did exactly this by capturing this absolutely marvelous shot during the protests at NYC:
Irani took this image with her Sony A7III.
What’s fascinating about this image is how it appears like a scene straight out of a Spiderman movie. The lighting and the tones are cinematically spot-on. While the image from a technical standpoint is good, the emotion behind it runs deep. You get the feeling that this child is happy to have a hero on his side.
“This just shows that people that grow up loving superheroes will try to be one in anyway possible.”
Also the fact that the Spiderman is going for a fist-bump while the kid’s going for a hand-shake adds a bit of humor to the image. Simply an amazing capture by Irani. The image definitely has a lot of character and class.
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High in the Sierra Nevada, straddling the border between Nevada and California, you”ll find the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe—sometimes called Big Blue. Seventy-two miles in circumference, with an average depth of 1,000 feet, it has the sixth-largest volume of any lake in the US—only the Great Lakes are larger. For at least 6,000 years, the territory of the Washoe people centered around Lake Tahoe, but the arrival of non-native people in the 19th century led to a series of armed conflicts and eventual loss of land to farms and townships.
Welcome to Disko Bay near the town of Ilulissat, Greenland, where summer”s midnight sun will dip just below the horizon for only about an hour and a half tonight. In fact, for several weeks in the period around the summer solstice, the sun doesn”t set at all on Disko Bay. Technically, the “midnight sun” occurs in places north of the Arctic Circle or south of the Antarctic Circle when the sun remains visible at the local midnight. This natural phenomenon lasts from April to August in the northern regions of Greenland. (The opposite effect, polar night, occurs during winter months when the sun does not rise above the horizon.)
Spring means more than just April showers and May flowers. It”s also the season when many baby animals are born. The rainy, warmer days bring new plant growth, which means nursing and foraging moms can provide their newborns with larger amounts of higher-quality food. It also maximizes the “growing season” for spring babies, giving them time to increase in size and put on fat before winter arrives.