A SPECIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS

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God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.

— Rudyard Kipling

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Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.

George Elliot
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Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.

Rachel Wolchin
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A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for 5 people, promptly says: I never did like pie anyway!

Tenneva Jordan
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“Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.”

Kate winslet

“Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain—your life will never be the same.”

Catherine jones

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL YOU MOTHERS…. FROM ALL OF US HERE AT 123PHOTOGO.

NEW CAMERA EQUIPMENT KEEPS GETTING BETTER:

We live in a technological world, where things change rapidly, and hopefully for the better. Just in the last year, this is what I see happening in the photography equipment:

  • Cameras are getting better faster now, than the cell cameras. The photos you take with the new generation cameras are way ahead of what they were just a few years ago.
  • It’s now so much easier to shoot without a flash, say for night photography or low light situation. Cameras are coming in with a settings for the ISO at 102,400! That is amazing.
  • With the new smaller digital cameras with interchangeable lenses, they are introducing are sharper, more colorful than any lens made before. Your photos are just sharper and more colorful than ever before. Have you noticed lenses from Sigma and others have lenses called: “Art” lenses. So good that they make things look so real, it has left people in shock.
  • Cell phone cameras are improving rapidly as well, but, realize their sensors still have to be small. They are limited to how well they can reproduce because of the size of the sensor. But, DSLR cameras, the sensors have always been big. And then to improve them to the point of 50.1MP, is astonishing.

Conclusion: This is probably a better time than ever to jump in to serious photography. Because things have improved so much that it makes photography fun.

Sony introduces the Sony A1!
Sony a1 Marries Stacked Sensor Tech With 50MP Capture | PCMag
New Sony A1 coming in Late February or March, coming in with a price tag of $6495.00 . Is this the new “Best Camera” out there?

Sony has announced a game-changing new camera, the Sony A1 – a 50.1MP, 8.6K camera capable of shooting bursts at up to a blistering 30fps, with 15 stops of dynamic range and real-time animal eye AF. 

Powered by a brand new stacked, back-illuminated Exmoor RS image sensor with integral memory, along with a Bionz XR processor, the Sony A1 can capture 50MP images at up to 30fps – with blackout-free shooting.

That huge sensor also supports 8K video, with up to 8.6K oversampling, and 4K video up to 120fps at 10-bit 4:2:2 All-I. In Super 35mm, 4K can be downsampled from 5.8K, with support for 10-bit S-Log 3 and 15-stop dynamic range. In addition, 16-bit RAW is supported over HDMI.

So, does the Sony A1 overheat as badly as the Canon EOS R5? According to Sony, it can record for a maximum of 30 minutes when filming in 8K or 4K 60p. 

The high resolution isn’t just limited to the sensor itself, though; the electronic viewfinder is every bit as cutting edge, boasting an astonishing 9.44 million dots and a refresh rate of up to 240fps. The resolution of the touchscreen isn’t yet confirmed, but it is a tilting screen rather than a fully articulating one.

The Sony A1 also introduces real-time Eye AF for birds, bolstered by the 759-point phase detect autofocus system with 92% coverage – which makes AF and AE calculations at up to 120 times per second.

To keep up with the lightning-fast 30fps frame-rate, the A1 boasts dual CFexpress Type A / UHS-II SD card slots, along with new anti-distortion shutter technology. Made possible by the super-quick readout of the new sensor, this combats the rolling shutter phenomenon when shooting electronically.

A cutting-edge camera deserves cutting-edge image formats, so the A1 will support HEIF, Light JPG, In-camera Crop and Lossless Compressed RAW. 

As you’d expect, the camera is also weather sealed and possesses 5.5 stops of in-body image stabilization. It also offers professional communication options, including FTP transfer, 1000 BASE-T LAN, and SuperSpeed 10Gbps USB 3.2.

Now, if all that technical jargon meant nothing to you, there is a few things on these specs that all people recognize, I think:

  • 50.1 Megapixel sensor. Yes, that is super sharp
  • Shooting speeds in bursts up to 30 frames per second.
  • The movies you make now with this camera are in 8K video. Super sharp and apparently some cameras overheated with shooting in that over a period of time, but, Sony’s has fixed that problem
  • 759 Points of autofocus. I remember when 13 was good.
  • I like this one: In-camera cropping. Sometimes you take a photo, and you have too much around the subject. So, in post processing you fixed it. Now you can do it inside your camera.
  • Camera body is weather sealed.
  • 5.5 Stops of image stabilization in the body. That’s the fastest yet.
  • Professional communication options. Why it might talk to you if you are lonely.

So, hope that helps you with the jargon we are all familiar with. More on this exciting camera coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Last, but not Least:

I discovered some amazing photos of winners of photography. Could you take these pictures? Study them and see if you can tell how they were taken:

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Winner at the Florida Museum of natural history

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Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - The Atlantic
National Geographic winner of 2011

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Christmas around the World:

The Christian world celebrates Christmas soon, and I thought it would be fun to show photos of Christmas around the world. Merry Christmas everyone !

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London gets decked out for the holidays.
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Christmas is so different around the world. In Japan, a bucket of KFC chicken has become a favorite dish for Christmas

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels from St. Petersburg, Russia

In Finland a big tradition that is catching on is to take the whole family to the Sauna.

A giant Santa Claus stands in the lake in front of Phu My Cathedral outside Hanoi, Vietnam, on December 23, 2018. In Vietnam, a predominantly Buddhist nation, Christmas is not an official public holiday, but many people have adopted it as both a religious festival and a new cultural tradition. #
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Some people in the Philippines celebrate Christmas for five months.

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Santa figures in the Philippines.
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The Christmas season in the Philippines lasts for almost half the year, according to CNN.
Decorations start going up in September and the holiday fervor doesn’t end until the first Sunday in January.
Many people hang up paper lanterns called paróls and eat a big family meal on Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve

One Christmas tradition in Poland involves keeping a fish in your bathtub.

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Holiday lights in Poland.
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Christmas in Poland is celebrated with gift giving, church services, and fasting on Christmas Eve before a 12-dish feast, which usually features carp for good luck. 
Though most people simply buy a cut of fish from the market, according to The Independent, the old tradition was for the lady of the house to keep a live carp in the bathtub for a few days before preparing it for the Christmas meal. 
This tradition is also popular in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and Croatia, according to NPR. 
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Here is how Christmas is celebrated in India, for the Christians in India that is.

Christmas in Croatia can involve cleaning your shoes and avoiding Krampus.

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Santa is sometimes called Djed Mraz in Croatia.
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Like many places around the world, some families in Croatia celebrate Christmas with an Advent wreath made of straw or evergreen.
The wreath has four colored candles that symbolize hope, peace, joy, and love.
On the night of December 5, children in Croatia make sure to clean their boots and place them by the window for St. Nicholas to fill with treats, according to The Dubrovnik Times. But naughty kids might only receive a few twigs from the Christmas monster, Krampus.

In the United States, it is still a big tradition to go and get a “live” Christmas Tree for the house decoration.

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People in Greece might keep a fire burning during Christmas to ward off holiday goblins.

Photo by Oleg Zaicev from Pexels of presents that will go under that tree.

Because it’s summer in Australia, the best way they all celebrate Christmas is at the beach!

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Christmas takes place during the summer in Australia.
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Since December is a summer month in the southern hemisphere, most of Australia is bathed in balmy temps during the holidays.
Accordingly, those in Australia frequently celebrate Christmas with a lunchtime barbecue on the beach. Friends and family gather to indulge in prawns, lobster, and sweets before playing a game of cricket or taking a dip.

In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated from December 12th to January 6th.

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From December 16th to Christmas Eve, children often perform the ‘Posada’ processions or Posadas. Posada is Spanish for Inn or Lodging. There are nine Posadas. These celebrate the part of the Christmas story where Joseph and Mary looked for somewhere to stay. For the Posadas, the outside of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss and paper lanterns.
Dating? KFC? How People Celebrate Christmas Around the World
In Japan, a trip to the ski slope or to just visit the local Japanese Temple

In Argentina, watching the fireworks is a big tradition

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Fireworks are part of both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve festivities in Buenos Aires.
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In Argentina, many families put up their Christmas trees on December 8 — the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary — and decorate them with cotton balls to look like snow. 
Fireworks are typically launched at midnight on Christmas Eve after a late dinner, and families with children also often light paper lanterns to send into the sky.

In Big towns across the United States, a huge Christmas tree goes on display.

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Rockefeller Center in New York City puts up a huge Christmas tree every year.
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Families in the US often leave cookies and milk out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve in the hopes that they wake up to presents under the tree and in their stockings, which are hung by the fireplace.
Many families also have Christmas dinner complete with ham or roast beef and eggnog.
Cities typically put up lights and other decorations, and it’s common for families to do the same in front of their own houses. 
In New York City, people who celebrate Christmas often look forward to traditions like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree or the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. 
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Christmas in Portugal

In Europe, Santa Claus wishes everyone a Merry Christmas by boat

Christmas around the world: in pictures | Euronews
Photo by Euronews – Santa going up and down the river wishing everyone a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from 123PhotoGo !

And of course, the happiest place in the world, Disneyland, makes Christmas extra special !

Disneyland Christmas Ultimate Guide - Disney Tourist Blog
Video: Disneyland Christmas Secrets - Tips and Tricks/Must-Sees – /Film
Christmas Trees of the Disneyland Resort | Disney Parks Blog

“THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE” Issue #7

This is my annual series of “THE ART OF BLACK AND WHITE”, and now it is issue #7. This is a collection of some of the best black and white photos found on the internet in the last few months, from some of the most talented photographers in the world. I said last year that the interest in black and white has been developing for some time now, and this year the photos collected are the most amazing photos I’ve had to date. Congratulations to the photographers who’s photo was chosen for this presentation.

As far as how I pick these photos, here is some of the criteria I look for:

  • The photo must have good contrast, and have excellent blacks and whites.
  • Would this photo look better in black and white, than in color.
  • For facial pictures or portraits, the exposure must be perfect. No washed out tones and the greys are very nice.
  • Some black and white photos tell a story, and it can be best told in black and white.

With that in mind, here is this years winning photos:

Here is an exceptional black and white photo, but, it’s color, but, it’s story is something you can’t pass up. I have never really had a photo, that is technically color, but, represents black and white so well. The meaning and thought to this photo is powerul. The photographer: Matheus Viana, who regularly posts his photos on Pexels.com, has some talent in his photography, and should be recognized.
Photographer Attila Hangyasi has come up with a wonderful portrait of this fine man. This black and white of this fine man struck me as one portrait that nailed it on exposure. The exposure is so right on. Plus, the pose is just so nice. I don’t usually pick a lot of portraits for this presentation, but, there is some real good ones this year. To see more of Atilla’s great photos, go to his FACEBOOK web page: https://www.facebook.com/attila.hangyasi.121
This photograph of this beautiful girl was also taken by Attila Hangyasi. I was curious if he was just lucky with one good photo of the older man, but, it appears he has black and white portraiture down to an art. Good exposure, nice grey tones. Certainly worth seeing two great photos from him. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/attila.hangyasi.121 to see more of his work.
Photo by PAUL ANTHONY WILSON (c). Now I know elephants are grey in color, but, to get this photo of the two elephants together was a job in itself. I really like how detailed the elephants skin is. It just makes you want to reach out and pet them. The black background was what really set this photo off. It just made this a winning photo. Paul Anthony Wilson has mastered his photography skill and has his own website. You should see some more of his photos. Please go to: http://www.paulanthonywilson.co.uk Great job Anthony!
Photo by Jim Miller (c). This photo is just amazing. Look at the rain in this photo. That is something that takes skill to create this type of photo. But, the composition is so good. Jim is a great photographer, and this is his second appearance in this series. He had another amazing photo in last years presentation. You can see his and other photos from other photographer by going to: https://123photogo.com/gallery/. Thanks Jim for always coming through.
Photo by Jessica Lewis from Pexels Photos. This black and white photo was chosen because of the guitar being vintage, and then the photographer had the mindset to put it up against an old door and a very old looking floor. It just takes a current photo, and made it look old. Congratulations Jessica, this was well done.
Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell photography. This black and white photo, compared to the color version is about the same. That is what makes some winter photos do so well in black and white. Other than a slight tint to the wood, they are almost identical. The contrast between black and white is amazing for sure, and makes this winter photo look delightful.
Photo by Herman Van Bon (c). An animal done as a perfect portrait, I love the face on this sheep, and how it makes you just want to maybe keep your distance. The detail of the face, and then to vignette the photo, I think, makes it a real class photo. He lives in Napier, Western Cape, South Africa, and has developed an amazing talent in photography. He has his own website, and if you want to see more great photos, you really need to go to his website and check them out: http://hermanvanbon.com
Photo by Steve Brown (c). This long exposure of the mountain stream is really nice in black and white. Normally, I wouldn’t pick this type of photo in black and white, but, this one was just nice. The blur of water in the stream, the leaves in the stream and along the banks of the stream, just seemed beautiful in black and white. Thanks Steve for sharing your talent.
Photo by Javant Kalkarni and was displayed on Pexels website. There is such a popularity of this type of photography. The simple photo with lots of background is really nice. This is the type of photography that is going on the walls now. This photo is way awesome because you can see the story behind a couple of men on a boat, whether they are fishing or not, it just seems to grab you, and draw your eyes to the main subject. It is done very well.
Photo by Jaoa Cabral from the Pexels web site. Fog and misty photos are really good in black and white. This just is one great example. The color seems to be taken away because the light is so subdued. And the subject in the photo is placed to tell as story. I have a feeling that wherever this is, it’s very typical of this weather.
This is another photo from Joao Cabral. Pexels is a great site to capture good, new young aspiring photographers. This photo is of fog again. I think maybe Joao is fascinated with these types of photos, because he is very good at them.
Photo by Kayln Kostov. The reason this photo was chosen, is because the exposure is real good with this, plus, the freckles on this person, in black and white are amazing. I think a portrait of a person with freckles is just amazing, and the person doesn’t need to be shy about having them either. Is there anyone who doesn’t like freckles? This is just a wonderful portrait.
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels. This is a photo that works really good on black and white. The good contrast, the subject material, the expression on the person’s face all contribute to this wonderful photo. I don’t think I want to be kicked by him.
Photo by David Pearce (c). From looking over David’s Facebook website, it appears that this is a walk he takes often. And I can see why. This natural foggy scene, with those beautiful trees, are just spectacular in this kind of weather. The fog on this one photo is nice because it’s just thick enough to create a wonderful fade to white. A great capture of this weather. Thanks David.
Photo by Todd Trapani. I have seen photos of this site many times, but most people don’t take the time to get different angles of this monument. And I really just liked to see that a photographer was willing to beyond the norm, and get a photo of this monument from an angle that we don’t normally see. Now you can get an idea of just how rugged this area is, and besides it being a famous tourist site, makes this interesting photo.
Photo by Nika Akin from Pexels. We have all seen photos like this before from older photography. The exposure is spot on, because you have perfect blacks, and perfect highlights. This was done on purpose to lighten the image on the half of the face. Hardly any grey tones to this photo, but, this one works. It just makes the model more mysterious this way. This is a technique that only works when done this way. Very well done. And it’s good to see the talent put forward on this.

This concludes this year’s ART OF BLACK AND WHITE, VOLUME 7. Thanks to those who let me use their photos. You have amazing talent and perhaps we may use your photos again.

INTERESTING PHOTOS THAT YOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY SEE:

I have said many times, that some photographers become famous because they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. If you take your camera with you all the time then those odds will be in your favor as well.

Here are some amazing photos that I think you will enjoy. Don’t you wish……..

What cameras capture isn’t always what exists in real life. Drawing different meanings out of images is one thing, but sometimes the photographer can be so skillful that they can make you see things that aren’t even there in the first place. Take, for instance, photographer Nikolay who specializes in long-exposure images. He took the following image of a tree surrounded by fireflies at night, and the image looks absolutely breathtaking. Although, on second glance—are they really fireflies?

“Light Painting in the Forest” by Coty Spence (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Nikolay took the image on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera with the 12-40mm lens at f/4.5 and ISO 200 using the live composite mode in the camera for light painting. For ambient lighting, he used a red LED light. It adds a beautiful vibe to the image while highlighting the textures on the tree trunks and illuminating the fallen leaves. The main highlight of the image, however, has to be the way the tree is surrounded by those little fireflies.

In fact, they aren’t fireflies at all—he used a tiny LED light with the camera in live composite mode to create his own “fireflies”. As a result, everything in the image appears perfectly balanced. The color contrast is also excellent, as the reds and the blues balance each other out really well.

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If you’ve ever been to Königssee in Germany, you know why it is regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful Alpine lakes. The name literally translates to “King’s Lake”. The picturesque setting, with surrounding mountains and high forests, makes the area very popular with tourists, hikers and—of course—landscape photographers. To get an idea of how beautiful the place really can be, have a look at the following image by Reddit user Ragdoll20:

“Early Morning at the Königssee Lake” by Ragdoll20 (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

The photographer took the image on a Fuji X-T2 with a 35mm f/1.4 lens at f/8. While most people wouldn’t think of photographing a landscape with a 35mm on an APS-C camera, there is nothing to complain about in this image. The framing and composition are lovely, and the early morning light adds to the serenity of the landscape.

“A lot of it was nature helping out with the beautiful lighting.”

It’s the light peeking in from behind the hills that elevates this image to the next level. The sun rays passing through the misty air in the early morning adds so much atmosphere to the image. You’d be forgiven if you thought this was some 19th-century landscape painting.

Wouldn’t you love starting your day off with such a magical view?


When it comes to design, Mother Nature can be the best inspiration. This is why many designers study and try to learn from her elegant, efficient or mesmerizing patterns. Looking at nature from different perspectives only amplifies the impact. Have a look at photographer Jay March‘s following image for reference. The braided river system in one of the rivers in Iceland is a real joy to behold:

“Abstract Landscape in Iceland” by Jay March (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

At first glance, it seems as though this is a long exposure of the river system. However, you may be surprised to learn that the photographer took this image at just 1/30 seconds using a drone. “The river and its fanned streams look this soft from a drone,” March explains.

If you are familiar with this type of braided river system, you might know that they are formed in areas with steep slopes on otherwise flat terrain, and can be due to high sediment amounts in the water. Regardless of how they’re made, they’re beautiful to see, like an alien planet. But the colors, contrast, smoothness and randomness are soothing to the eye.

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We all know not to play with fire. But if you’re careful, willing to take a risk and running with a clear idea in your head, you can easily capture some amazing shots. Take, for instance, the following self-portrait that was taken by photographer Kritagya Nayyar. As you can tell, the image is really lit:

“Burning News Self Portrait” by Kritagya Nayyar (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Nayyar, an amateur photography, didn’t let a lack of technology hold him back. He used a Sony A7RIV with a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens—and the help of his father.

“I set up my camera on a tripod and asked my dad to press the shutter button continuously as I burned the newspaper. The fire looks this intense as the wind was strong and thus the fire was burning vigorously.”

The fire definitely is the hero in this case. And by the looks of it, you can tell that the newspaper was burning with quite some intensity. However, the calmness on Nayyar’s face speaks otherwise. The contrast in emotions makes you think about what’s happening in the image.

It’s also worth noting how Nayar used the fire as a light source as well as a focal point, to illuminate his own face.

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The Sea Cliff Bridge in New South Wales, Australia, is popular for the scenic beauty that it presents. It is one of only seven off-shore parallel to coast bridges in the world. If you’ve ever thought of taking a thrilling drive along the ocean shore, this is the perfect place to visit. Photographer Steward Hamilton took this beautiful image of the bridge at sunset:

“Light Trails in Sea Cliff Bridge” by Stewart Hamilton (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

The image is a 30 second exposure at f/13 and ISO 200 that Hamilton took using his Fujifilm XT20. To ensure that the shot wouldn’t be overexposed, he used a 10 stop ND filter as well.

The most striking feature of this image is definitely the steady light trails. Their colors go well with the moody sunset and bring about a balance between the sky and the ground.

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Have you ever been camping in the winter? I mean, really camping—tent, sleeping bag, in the wilderness, under the clear, crisp winter sky, sleeping on snow? Colorado photographer Lars Leber lives for this kind of stuff and frequently hikes the beautiful, natural areas of Colorado to photograph its picturesque landscapes. Here, he captures his typical camping setup in the Lost Creek Wilderness against a stunning winter night sky:

Winter Camping by Lars Leber (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)

If you’re wondering why Leber didn’t just use one of the cabins in the background, it’s because they are old, abandoned cabins that were built for the Antero and Lost Park Reservoir Company between 1891 and 1913. Instead, he uses his modified Shangri-La shelter and a titanium wood stove. You can see the embers of the fire shooting out of the tent “chimney.”

Leber hiked about four miles from the Goose Creek Trailhead to find this beautiful backdrop. This shot was taken using a single 30-second exposure.

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Sometimes, a photographer is lucky enough to be in just the right place at just the right time to capture a once-in-a-lifetime shot. In that respect, professional landscape photographer Marc Adamus is extraordinarily lucky:

“Spring Showers” by Marc Adamus (Via 500px. Click image to see full size.)

Adamus’s portfolio is full of striking, almost otherworldy landscapes like the one above—a perfectly framed combination of sunrise and double rainbow in the background, gnarled, lonely tree in the middle ground, and a splash of complementary-colored wildflowers in the foreground.

Adamus describes his own photographic style as:

“…one best defined by bold, dramatic imagery that stems from my love of unusual weather and getting far off the beaten path.”

As something of a nomad, Adamus travels the world in pursuit of more locations that are off the beaten path. This particular photo was taken in Columbia Hills, Washington.


Paintings that are amazingly done are often compared to photographs. And when photographs turn out well, they’re often compared to paintings. This image from Yosemite Valley taken by photographer Jim Wiltschko on a winter morning is an example of the latter case. The scenery looks so surreal that it’s easy to mistake it for a painting:

“Winter Morning in Yosemite” by Jim Wiltschko (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Wiltschko took the image using his Sony a7R III with a 28–70mm lens at 33mm. He took three shots and merged them to capture the huge dynamic range.

The composition is quite amazing considering that Wiltschko managed to have the El Capitan rock formation on the left, the Half Done in the middle, and the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls on the right. Moreover, the fog looks like some kind of magic pouring out from the falls.

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Best known for its distinctive scenery with dramatic mountains, open sea, sheltered bays, beaches, and untouched lands, Lofoten in Norway is a place avid travelers love to visit. What’s amazing about this place is how the mountains meet the sea. And this image by landscape photographer Max Rive exactly pictures what we can expect to see in this beautiful archipelago:

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“Lofoten, Norway” by Max Rive (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Rive captured this image from an interesting perspective. The coastline and the roadway make for great leading lines, forcing you to imagine how it’d feel to drive there.

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Have you ever come across something so beautiful that it makes you question reality? Well, believe it or not, there are places on earth that can give you this feeling. Beauty so pristine that the location seems unreal. Take the Oeschinen Lake in Switzerland as an example. The lake and surrounding landscape are so beautiful, it might make you cry. Photographer Christian Scheiffele did an excellent job of photographing the scene in the following image:

“Jewel in the Mountains of Switzerland” by Christian Scheiffele (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

The image is a blend of multiple exposures that Scheiffele took to cover the dynamic range in the scene.

“I took a few shots with varying lighting and blended those into a single one. And I took another darker exposure for the sky and blended them together.”

The very first thing you notice when you look at the image is the lake itself. With water so blue, you might question whether that’s its real color. However, those who have visited the place know how blue the lake truly is. It’s so blue that it looks almost unnatural when you’re standing right next to it.

It is also worth pointing out how beautifully Scheiffele has composed the image using layers. The cliff with two trees makes for quite an interesting foreground and provides a beautiful scale. The lake is the jewel of the image, and the mighty mountains in the back compose a majestic background, completing the image.

This image definitely has the potential to leave a lot of nature enthusiasts speechless.

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It actually can only be seen perfectly at 11:11, on 11/11 each year:

Veterans Day Memorial Perfectly Aligned with the Sun for a Moment Today (Via Imgur, Click to See Full Size)

Dedicated on 11/11/11 at 11:11 Am. The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem Arizona was funded mostly by donations:

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The Tre Cime di Lavaredo comprises three distinctive peaks in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy and are one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps. Besides being a natural marvel, the place is also a historically important one, because the front line between Italy and Austria during the First World War ran through the Tre Cime peaks. So visitors can still see a number of bunkers, fortifications, tunnels and commemorative plaques around the area. Photographer Alex Armitage took the following image of the peaks during a fine sunset and it is simply spectacular:

“Tre Cime di Lavaredo During Sunset” by Alex Armitage (Via Redit. Click image to see full size.)

The image is a four-second exposure that Armitage took on a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 16-35mm f/4 L lens at 16mm, f/16 and ISO 100. He also used a circular polarizer filter.

The striking feature of the image has to be the amazing colors and depth that he’s captured in the image. The flowers work beautifully as a foreground element and the hiking trail works as a natural leading line, drawing us right toward the peaks. And you can really see the magic that the setting sun casts on the peaks. The golden glow of the sunlit portion of the peaks dramatically contrasts the darker side. This adds a beautiful contrast in the colors.

Also, if you zoom into the image, you can see people the size of ants right near the base of the peaks. This gives a fantastic scale of how big the structure is in reality.

Note: all photos and articles obtained for this blog were from the website: Picture/Correct. These are used here to help promote Picture/Correct and the photographers whose photos were used.

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New Interesting photos:

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:

“Glowing Ala-Archa mountains in Kyrgyzstan” by Albert Dros

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.

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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:

“An Exploding Meteor” by Coty Spence (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

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?

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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:

Swan in an Ocean Wave (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

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?

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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:

Two squirrels have magic power battle. By Vadim Trunov. (Via 500px. Click image to see full size.)

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!

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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:

“Clouds Curling Over a Mountain” by Kevin Hasse (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

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?

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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:

A rainy night in Tokyo. (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)

Wakui seems to have captured that beautifully in this image of a rain-soaked evening in Tokyo.

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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:

“Magical Nightsky from The Catlins, New Zealand” by Paul Wilson (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

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.

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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:

8 Minutes of Peace by sakelazy (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)

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

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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:

“A Ballet Dancer with Scarves” by Levente Szabo (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

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:

“RC Light Painting” by Kevin Paschal (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)

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.

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All photos courtesy of Picture/Correct.

Interesting photos to enjoy:

Time to take a break from the normal blogs, and give you some interesting pictures to enjoy. I found these photos on PictureCorrect.com, and I like this series of photos because it has the story to these photos from the photographer. We can all learn from that.

Interesting Photo of the Day: Perseid Meteor Shower over Mt. Rainier

Astrophotography can turn into a fascinating passion. It allows you to explore the magnificence that hides in plain sight amidst the dark sky. Of the most common magical phenomenon, taking photos of our own Milky Way and occasional meteor showers almost always hit the spot. In the following photograph, photographer Matt Dieterich was able to capture both of them on the same night over the beautiful Mount Rainier. The result is an image that’s truly out of this world!

The image is a composite of over eighty images that he took using a Nikon D750 and 24mm f/1.4 lens. The images were taken at 24mm, f/1.4, ISO 6400, each at an 8-second exposure. He first shot the image of the rising Milky Way which beautifully aligned with Mount Rainier. He then separately shot the images of the Perseid Meteor Shower in timelapse mode for over two hours. To get the final image, he manually aligned the sky so the meteors were positioned in the correct location.

The composite has done justice to the lovely Milky Way with those feisty meteors raining down. Dieterich’s effort and time to create this image were well worth it in the end. Having the Milky Way aligned perfectly with Mount Rainier, it appears as if the volcano is expelling a bunch of magical stardust, and the bright meteors also seem to be the result of the volcanic explosion.

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Ballet Dancer with Scarves

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 photo.

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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A Foggy Morning in Venice

It’s impossible to think of Venice without thinking of the canals. And then there are the gondolas and bridges along with the hustle and bustle of the tourists flocking the old beautiful streets. The city is such a popular tourist destination that it’s unreasonable to imagine you’ll have any tourist-free scenes to photograph. However, photographer Matt Horspool got really lucky during a foggy morning. He practically had the entire location to himself. It was then that he was able to photograph the following beautiful image of the Bridge of Sighs!

This image is undoubtedly a brilliant example of strong composition and excellent post-processing. The first thing that you notice about this image is the way Horspool has framed the image. The frame beautifully emphasizes the Bridge of Sigh over the canal, lightly covered by fog. Further, the strong leading lines in the frame direct our eyes straight into the image and create a lot of interest as well.

Seeing Venice so empty is almost eerie – as if it were an abandoned city full of ghosts. The colors only add to this haunted feel. The cool tones along with the cinematic moody look make this a very cold image, which is so unlike the Venice we often picture.

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Sunrise Over Nordenskjold Lake

Sunrise moments are mostly beautiful. The soft beautiful light, colorful sky, and dramatic clouds, all of them add up to a spectacular view. Throw in some beautiful landscape into the equation and you have a recipe for some jaw dropping photograph. This is exactly what photographer Casey Colomb captured while in Nordenskjold in Torres Del Paine NP, Patagonia!

Columb took this photograph as a part of his 24 day trip to Patagonia, which involved a nine day exploration of the fjords. He managed to capture this beautiful moment during sunrise with the beautiful cloud patterns, and the way he has composed the shot to frame the mountains using the foliage draws the viewer’s attention toward the landscape. We cannot tell if there is actually some mist in the air or if he has used some haze effect in post, but that sure gives a dreamy look to the photograph!

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A Mystical Pup

We’re very lucky to have such pure souls in the form of dogs as our best friends. They’re possibly the only creatures that love us more than they care for themselves. And at the end of the day, they’re living creatures that have moods and emotions of their own. So, it’s not unusual for them to feel down or sullen sometimes. Reddit user withherdogs captured the following moody image of her dog, and the vibe is quite chilling!

She shot the image on a Sony A7III with the 85mm f/1.8 lens.

“The 85 really makes everything look so dreamy.”

The way that she’s composed the image with the dog right in the center against a dark background, and backlit with natural light, draws your eyes directly into the subject. We immediately notice the dog doesn’t seem to be in a good mood. He looks very serious, even angry. The fact that he resembles a wolf makes the image even more chilling. Then there are the pup’s eyes – each a different color. This is called heterochromia, and makes his eyes look absolutely mesmerizing.

It’s almost like he’s not a dog after all, but a mythical beast. The overall lighting, composition, and the expression on the dog makes this a memorable and significant capture. It evokes emotions that range from fierceness to majestic serenity. Yet, it’s such an intimidating image.

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Ballerina in the Streets of Prague

A good looking portrait is not just about a pretty face. In fact, there are so many other elements to it. Besides the person in the frame, lighting, location, and the subject’s expression are important to consider. A portrait springs to life when the subject’s pose is dynamic. An effective way you can do this is by adding in a little bit of action with motion. You might think action and portraits do not mix well, but this is how you go about trying something out of the box. Take for instance the following image taken by photographer Anna Ulman. This portrait of a ballerina in the streets of Prague showing off her skills is nothing short of stunning!

Ulman took the image using her Canon 6D at 135mm F/2, with a 1/500-second exposure and ISO 125.

Thanks to her skillful pose and her long hair in motion, the ballerina beautifully stands out in the image. Her composure, strength, and posture might even make you confuse her for a tenacious anime character.

Besides the brilliant subject, the colors that Ulman has achieved in the background are equally stunning. The gentle and warm colors add so much character to the image and complement the subject.

This image is a testament to the fact that it’s not just the photographer who makes a photo brilliant. The subject has an equally important role to play.


The Painted Dunes

Volcanic eruptions are a terrible thing to experience. The ashes, boiling hot lava, gases, and earthquakes that accompany it are all pretty scary. However, in the long run, the geographical changes that a volcanic eruption brings about can be pretty amazing. This is especially true when it comes to the mineral deposits and the changes in land structure that are very interesting to see. One of the finest examples has to be The Painted Dunes of Lassen Volcanic National Park in California. As the name suggests, the place looks like a painting. Photographer Ben Haller took the following image of the place and it’s pretty surreal!

This image gets more and more interesting the longer you look at it. The immediate feature that you notice in the image is the landform. It’s unlike any typical landform that we come across on a daily basis. The dune-like structure is the result of the hot lava from the volcano melting anything that cross its path. Further, the interesting patterns on the ground which are results of mineral deposits add to the brilliance of this image. This is what makes the place appear like an oil painting.

It has also helped that Haller took the photo while the sun was low. The shadows have beautifully added depth and structure to the image. If it weren’t for the trees, you might think that the image was of some other planet.