There are photographers who often just run into, or create their own, real interesting photos. Here are just a few recent ones:
Landscape photographers are crazy about lighting, patiently waiting for the right moment to capture scenery in all its full glory. Award winning landscape photographer Albert Dros captured this amazing image of the mountains in Kyrgyzstan, where the lighting was just splendid:
While the lighting amidst the mountains and clouds is beautiful, the eagle circling the rugged peaks adds further interest to the photo. The giant bird of prey provides scale that demonstrates the majesty of the mountains.
A photographer’s skill plays the biggest role in determining how good an image turns out. But having a little luck on your side can help. Take, for instance, the following image that photographer Chaibhav took from Rattlesnake Lake, Washington. Although he was out there to photograph the Milky Way, he got to capture a shot that is definitely one in a million:
He shot the image using a Nikon Z6 and a 20mm f/1.8G lens at f/1.8, 15s and ISO 1250. He was shooting a timelapse of the Milky Way when this bolide from the Perseids meteor shower made its way into the shot. And, boy, is it spectacular or what?
“This is one image from a series of 300+ images I took of the Milky Way for a time-lapse. I believe this was one of the last 5 frames and so I got really lucky.”
What really makes this image special is the fact that the meteor appears to be split in half while being burnt up in the earth’s atmosphere. This is why you can notice the two-headed structure on the right. And the intensity with which it is burning up must’ve been phenomenal. It’s so bright that you will be forgiven for missing the Milky Way entirely—the original subject of the image, toward the right.
The photographer was indeed very lucky to have been able to capture this shot. Had you witnessed this shooting star, would you have prayed for one wish or two?
Nature can surprise us in many ways. Take the following image, for instance. Australian photographer Matt Burgess took a photo of a wave that looks like a swan, and it’s absolutely amazing:
It’s not just the overall shape of the wave that looks like a swan but also the textures and details that remind us of the beautiful creature. Not to mention the wonderful lighting from the sun and the cloudy sky that adds further drama to the image.
Mother Nature really is amazing, isn’t she?
Remember that squirrel photobomb picture that went viral a few years back? The one where the curious little guy jumped in front of the camera of a camera in Banff National Park? Well this isn’t it. But, this perfectly timed photo of two squirrels playing is just as cute and funny. It looks like one of the squirrels is using magic—or some kind of Force-like power—on the other one! Don’t mess with this guy:
Vadim Trunov, the Russian photographer behind this Jedi squirrel photo, has a whole series of really funny and playful images of these curious little animals, including a photo where one squirrel becomes the photographer!
If you only head out to take landscape photos when the conditions are right, you’ll miss all the diversity that unpredictability can bring. If you put effort into photographing landscapes when the conditions are working against you, there are greater chances that you’ll end up with something much more exciting. For photographers, bad weather can be much more rewarding than a perfect sunny day. However, you’ll need a good deal of perseverance and a little bit of luck on your side. Take, for instance, the following image by photographer Kevin Hasse near Vent in Austria. While some photographers would have ruled out the option of snapping this photo due to the cloudy conditions, he took the chance and the result is truly magnificent:
The image was taken with a 30-second exposure on Hasse’s Canon 80D with a Tamron 18-200mm lens at f/9 and ISO 100. To be able to take a long exposure during this time of the day, he used an ND1000 filter—a 10 stop neutral density filter.
It’s fantastic how the clouds have perfectly formed a smooth curve around the mountain. The gap frames the rock formation perfectly. Also, the long exposure allowed Hasse to capture the motion of the clouds. The motion blur works perfectly since the clouds act as subtle leading lines to draw viewers right into the image.
Some viewer even see the image as that of a giant whale turning in the water. Do you see it?
This photograph taken by Masashi Wakui of a rainy street scene in Tokyo is somewhat ethereal. While cityscapes shot from a distance tend to give a broad perspective and those shot from the air givesa birds-eye view, the real action is undoubtedly down at the street level:
Wakui seems to have captured that beautifully in this image of a rain-soaked evening in Tokyo.
Have you ever come across an image so mesmerizing that you can’t figure out if it’s real or not? This often comes up when a photographer is able to capture a very true beauty in front of the camera. Take for instance the following image taken by photographer Paul Wilson. It’s so well-taken that it’ll definitely make you question reality:
The image is a composite of two frames that Wilson took on two different evenings in The Catlins, New Zealand. He took both of these images using the Canon EOS R camera. For the foreground, he exposed for 0.5 seconds at f/22, ISO 100 with the EF16-35mm f/4 lens at 20mm. And for the sky, he exposed for 150 seconds at f/2.5, ISO 800 with the 105mm Sigma Art lens.
“The large bright spot shining through the moisture in the air is Jupiter, the orange star is Antares in the Scorpius region.”
If no one told you about the image, you’d probably think of it as a scene from some sci-fi movie, or maybe even as an elaborate work on Photoshop. When in reality, it’s just a fantastic composite with no other manipulations. For the finishing touch, Wilson did have to exaggerate the colors captured by the camera that we can’t see with our eyes naturally, of course.
We think the way Wilson has composed this image is perfect. The rocks in the foreground with some interesting patterns set the scene impeccably to make you feel like you’re viewing some alien planet. Also, the way they’re highlighted by the ambient light, forms a subtle leading line drawing our eyes right into the image up towards the magnificent sky.
Sometimes, there is something so serene about water. When it’s at its calmest, still and quiet, void of passing boats, noise or people. The stillness can wash over you. Here is that feeling captured through photography by reddit user sakelazy. Captured about an hour after sunrise, the photographer took in eight minutes of peace by the water while waiting for this long exposure:
The photo is breathtaking and does a great job of portraying a feeling of complete peace and calm. It’s almost as if you’re standing on the beach, can you smell the cool air?
Equipment and Settings
- Canon 5D Mark II
- Canon 17-40 f/4L at 21mm, f/11, 487 seconds, ISO 100
- Formatt Hitech Firecrest IRND 16-stop Filter
- Formatt Hitech 105mm Circular Polarizer Filter
There’s something about ballet dancers that’s absolutely mesmerizing. Their strength along with their grace together adds a sense of beauty to their character that is of an entirely different level. The following image taken by photographer Levente Szabo is an excellent example of this:
The stance that the dancer holds in the image is a testament to her strength. And the motion in the scarves that she’s holding in her hands adds an angelic vibe to her beautiful character. The pose almost makes her look like an artist who’s painting in the space.
Another great thing about this photo is that Szabo was able to freeze all of this without using any flash. Shooting near a large window did the trick. The excellent choice of colors is another factor that makes the image so noteworthy. While blue dominates the image, the dancer’s warm skin tone and the purple scarf stand out beautifully.
Excellent job by the photographer in capturing this dancer’s strength and the grace.
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This photo takes long exposure to the next level. Photographer Kevin Paschal expertly captures stars in the sky, movement in the water, and the lights from a radio-controlled (RC) plane doing tricks over the water. Paschal flies RC planes as a hobby and has incorporated it into his photography. There are LED lights on the wing tips and the plane was doing a maneuver called a rolling harrier, which is rolling the plane while maintaining its level:
The photo was taken in Malibu, California. Paschal does a lot of light painting and long exposures so the majority of his portfolio was taken at night and uses a lot of creative lights and colors.
All photos courtesy of Picture/Correct.