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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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: PHOTOGRAPHY BY LANNY COTTRELL

Photos of the week can be of a particular subject, or It can be photos of the season, And it can be photos from a photographer. In this case, I, personally have had a request to display my photos. I have been involved in photography for many years, and taught photography classes, been a judge of winning photos at a County Fair, and recently have created this wonderful website you are reading now. Many people don’t know the name behind 123PhotoGo, but, it’s me: Lanny Cottrell. And after all these years, it’s time for me to put up my own photography. I hope you like them.

I am not one who likes winter, but, I love the beauty of a winter day. Especially like this one with the fog in the background.
I really appreciate a good seagull to come and pose for this photo. Taken on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake.
This is the beautiful cloud formations right after this valley seemed destroyed by East Canyon Winds. The wind roared through this valley at over 70 miles an hour. When things started to calm down, we got these beautiful cloud formations.
I always appreciate a good artist, whether they paint it themselves or take the photos. This wonderful Gentleman was painting a picture of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park. It was a good likeness of the place.
I have been experimenting with night photography with my Samsung Note 20Plus. It seems as this camera takes a picture at night time, the camera automatically brings up the exposure of the dark areas. This photo was taken at night time, and the only light on this photo is from the street lights.
About 20 years ago, when film was at it’s best, I took this photo with Kodachrome film. Found this beautiful rose outside, sprayed a little water on it to give it some texture, and the reproduction to digital was amazing. Film was a good thing in it’s day.
This photo, to me, is one of my best photos of the twilight colors mixed with sunset colors were available at the same time. The Great Salt Lake was a bit full this year, covering even some trees along the shoreline.
Another amazing winter photo of a big tree on a hill. Even a little fog adds to this photo.
I feed the birds around my house. One of the most colorful and unique birds is the “Blue Scrub Jay”. I can put peanuts in a shell, and they can come and even hang upside down to get these peanuts. They do not eat these peanuts immediately. They go and bury these peanuts for availability later on. The magpie birds don’t like to hang upside down on this, so, they don’t bother it much. It’s a feeder meant just for these birds.
A very recent photo of the docked sail ships that make their home at Bear Lake, Utah and Idaho. I had never seen this line-up of boats like this before, and it certainly was the perfect day to capture this unique photo.
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“Old Ironsides”. One of the most famous of the steam trains still in existence. This close-up of this train, gives you a feeling of its massiveness.
One of my favorite photos! Why? Not only is it an amazing sunset photo, but, because one of my sons is in the picture.
Everyone has a fall photo that you love. I love this one. Captured in Parley’s Canyon, just east of Salt Lake City. I love it when the clouds add to the photo.
The beautiful Maddison River in Yellowstone National Park.
This sepia toned photo is perfect for this type of photo. An old Pioneer home, still standing, now used probably to store feed for cattle.
Night photography, with fog! The ultimate way to make it happen.
Winter is a tough season, but, it is a beautiful time of the year. The snowstorms can produce such beauty. It’s the only thing I look forward to in the winter.
Another winter scene, with a field in snow, leading into a foggy morning area.
At the top of Logan Canyon coming down onto Bear Lake, Utah. There is a big lake under those clouds, and we are above the clouds. This is when the water is warmer than the air. Temperature at this site was about 16 degrees F. Temperature under the fog: 36 degrees. Water temperature: 39 degrees. That is why the clouds like to hang out where it’s warm.
Waiting for a concert at the famous Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. All of a sudden, “golden Hour” made this beautiful building turn from it’s granite grey color to this golden yellow.
I don’t know if this is fair, but, who cares. These two beautiful bald eagles were posing for me at an zoo for injured animals. So, they couldn’t fly away, but, they sure posed good for me that day.
Everybody loves a good sunset. This photo taken right off my deck. But, the cloud formations was the key to take this photo.
Another photo in the Bear Lake area. The clouds on the mountains and the mix of blue sky was wonderful.
I have had a fascination with the “crooked” quakie aspen trees. I am no tree person, but, it would be interesting to know how it grew this way.
This was taken with slide film about 25 years ago. With the sky and the clouds the way they were, I just had to try a red filter to get this effect.
Now you can see Bear Lake out in the distance. The old range here in front of it, is highlighted by the dormant trees, leading lines take your eyes back to the lake.
Once in a while, during sunset, the clouds are lit up by the sun in a golden color, making the whole valley golden. You can see the mountains are golden, and of course, the clouds are just beautiful. A natural phenomenon here in this valley.
An old broken down shed in the foggy, snowy day.
It’s scary to get so close to a bee while it’s busy. But, in studying up the different macro lenses available, I found out that the telephoto macro lenses will produce the same magnification as the normal macro lens, only you don’t have to be so close to the subject.
Another photo taken at night, at the city park. I love what light and fog do together.

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Pro Photographer shares mistakes he made along the way

Here is another great video obtained through Picture/Correct, and Sunny Shrestha shared the video made by: Brendan van Son. I watched this video closely and was realizing myself, that I make some of these mistakes. So, it’s worth watching and hope you enjoy this:

In photography, we often see people making common mistakes. But what matters more than the mistake is the recovery. We should quickly identify such mistakes and try to correct them. Being able to do so is an important step to becoming a better photographer. In today’s video, we have photographer Brendan van Son who shares nine common mistakes that beginner and professional photographers often make:

One very important mistake that van Son points out is how beginners get stuck on the notion that their photos must be technically perfect. This means using the perfect aperture, ISO and shutter speed. And in a race to achieve perfection, they fail to learn how mistakes impact their photos. It is important to realize that you do not have to follow the rules every time. Go on, make some mistakes: mistakes can be good teachers. And learning from experience is the best kind of learning you can get.

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A TECHNICAL MISTAKE, WHEN LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY!

Son further talks about behavioral mistakes such as not giving enough time on location, always expecting to shoot great-looking photos and being overly influenced by friends and families. He also sheds some light on how we make wrong gear-related decisions that could hamper or restrain our growth in photography, and much more.

Make sure that you watch the entire video. You’ll want to identify if you are making any of these mistakes and correct them early on. Otherwise, these very same mistakes can pile up and create bigger obstacles in your photography journey.

Have you been making any of these mistakes?

Here are some photos by professionals, that I think are done right:

anonymous man walking on sandy seashore in misty weather
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adventure beautiful boardwalk bridge
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landscape nature sky person
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