PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: THE BEAUTY OF WEATHER!

Weather plays a big part in our lives, whether good or bad. We are approaching some volatile weather. Could you capture some weather-related photos?

Here is a collection of some of the best weather related photos. And is this week’s winning collection.

lightning and tornado hitting village
Photo by Ralph W. lambrecht on Pexels.com
lightning and gray clouds
Photo by Andre Furtado on Pexels.com
brown and beige wooden barn surrounded with brown grasses under thunderclouds
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
cityscape during nighttime
Photo by Lucas Pezeta on Pexels.com
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trees and cars covered by snow
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Photo by Lanny Cottrell / 123photogo
person riding a bicycle during rainy day
Photo by Genaro Servín on Pexels.com
Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash
big waves under cloudy sky
Photo by GEORGE DESIPRIS on Pexels.com
man pouring water from dipper on blue and grey house
Photo by hitesh choudhary on Pexels.com
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Photo by Lanny Cottrell / 123photogo
woman holding black flag
The Wind – Photo by Engin Akyurt on Pexels.com
Fog in the park – photo by Lanny Cottrell – 123photogo
view of cityscape
Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric on Pexels.com
light sea landscape water
Photo by Elsa S on Pexels.com
hot air balloons on the sky during sunset time
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
water droplet digital wallpaper
Photo by Sourav Mishra on Pexels.com
aerial photography of snow covered trees
Photo by Ruvim Miksanskiy on Pexels.com
nude man painting
Photo by Fillipe Gomes on Pexels.com
photo of mountain under cloudy sky
Photo by Evgeny Tchebotarev on Pexels.com
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happy family hugging outdoors
Spring is just around the corner – Photo by Elly Fairytale on Pexels.com
purple petaled flower field
Spring is just around the corner – Photo by David Bartus on Pexels.com
Are you brave enough to take photos in bad weather? Find ways to prepare to take photos in bad weather in tomorrows blog.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Experimental Photos !

Interesting subject for today’s Photos of the Week! There are a lot of talented photographers out there who deserve credit for their experimental photos. They try different things in their photography skills and have some real creative projects worth sharing. Take a look at these winners:

Photo by Eve Maier on Unsplash
Photo by Ryan Stefan on Unsplash
Photo by Federico Beccari on Unsplash
Photo by Isi Parente on Unsplash
Photo by Abdullah Ahmad on Unsplash
black and white dog on grass field
Photo by Sebastian Coman Travel on Pexels.com
man on mid air performing skateboard trick
Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com
Photo by Tengyart on Unsplash
Photo by Marek Piwnicki on Unsplash
Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unspl
Photo by Tinh Nguyen on Unsplash
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man sitting under a tree reading a book during night time
Photo by Josh Hild on Pexels.com
Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash
Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash
Photo by lionel abrial on Unsplash
Photo by Niilo Isotalo on Unsplash
Photo by Yash Raut on Unsplash
Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash
Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash
Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

There are some amazing, creative artists in photography. Hope you enjoyed these.

Here is one more for the road:

Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WINTER PHOTOS !

Whether or not you like winter, the one thing all people will agree on, is that Winter can be so beautiful. The snow seems to just put purity in the air, and make every thing so white and beautiful. If you are a photographer, winter will be one season you like, just for the photography opportunities.

Here is a collection of the best winter photos I could find from several sources. Hope you enjoy them:

landscape photography of snow pathway between trees during winter
Photo by Simon Berger on Pexels.com
Photo by Lanny Cottrell
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time lapse photography of curved road with vehicles passing
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Pexels.com
green trees
Photo by James Wheeler on Pexels.com
branches cold conifers environment
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Black and White photo of trees covered with snow. Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell Photography
brown wooden house covered with snow near pine trees
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
photography of road during winter season
Photo by Postmans on Pexels.com
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Berries covered in snow – Photo by Lanny Cottrell
landscape photography of mountains
Zions Canyon National Park just after a snowstorm. Photo by Andy Vu on Pexels.com
Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
Photo by Marcel Walter on Unsplash
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
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Photos of the Week: THE ART OF FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY !

Taking photos of flowers is something that everyone loves. But, there is an art to taking good photos of flowers. Ideally, you would want some type of close-up system, either a macro lens, close-up filters, or extension tubes. And it seems the good photographers have realized that you need to have the depth of field just perfect. So, let’s take a look at these amazing flower photos:

Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash

A reminder that Valentines Day is February 14th. Don’t forget the one you love !

Photo by Urel Landetne on Unsplash

Colorizing photo petals on Roses and other flowers is a new unique art provided by some custom flower shops. You want to give real color to your loved one, look for that in the local flower shops.

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

As a photographer, you have many choices to take in flower photography. This type of flower is generally called “wild flowers”, and often will grow anywhere their seeds will drop. This is something that attracts bees and birds as well.

Photo by Alex Seinet on Unsplash

Taking photos of flowers in a setting of “still photography” is real popular for the art lover. Having flower petals just adds to the photo.

Photo by Phwar Cho

Do you want to get into real art with flowers, do your own setup of a “still photo” like the one above. Can you see that hanging on your wall?

Photo by Lanny Cottrell – 123PhotoGo

To add extra story to a flower photo, a bee is the key. Also, notice in this flower photo that it follows the rule of thirds. It’s like the flower has space to grow into.

Photo by Gaetano Cessati on Unsplash

One thing that flower lovers are looking for, is a new color to see. If you can find flowers with unique color and lighting, you have a winner.

Photo by Léonard Cotte on Unsplash

There are many ways to take photos of flowers. In their natural habitat is a great way to do it, especially if you can have the sunshine light up the flowers. This is a bit tricky, so if you want to do this, make sure you have the right exposure on the flowers.

Photo by James Wainscoat on Unsplash

If you can get a good photo, like this one, you appeal to the flower people as well as the animal or bird lovers. This photo is not an easy one to take. Hats off to James Wainscoat.

This type of flower photo is really popular because it shows the living area that they are in, giving you the feel of the surroundings. Looking through magazines, you will see this type of photo if you are being introduced to a particular home or area.

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”
Diane Arbus

Photo by Анна Хазова on Unsplash

People and flowers interacting can be nothing but special for the people involved in the photo, or their family and friends.

Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography – 123PhotoGo

Flowers in harsh environments are especially unique, because flowers just don’t usually like this kind of weather. So, capture it for something unique.

Still photo by Ela Drzazga

Another incredible artistic photo with minimal effect. But, so powerful with the subtle lighting.

Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

Here’s another great photo idea: Simplification. This above photo, in a frame will look so good in the right part of the house, like the kitchen. It will bring such joy.

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“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
Elliott Erwitt

Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell – 123PhotoGo

The flower above, was taken in the middle of a hot summer. But, sprinkling some water on it, makes it look more refreshing, and ideal for an interesting photo.

Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash

If you can do this with your subject, nothing is more beautiful than a pretty girl mixed in with pretty flowers.

Photo by Peter Hammer on Unsplash

Flowers with scenery is a great idea. Look for this type of opportunity.

Photo by Brandon k on Unsplash

What is the main subject in this photo? The butterfly or the flower? I’d say both, and each subject compliments each other. That pose of that butterfly is perfect. Love it.

NOW, JUST A FEW MORE GREAT PHOTOS OF FLOWERS:

Photo by Richard Loader on Unsplash
Photo by bady abbas on Unsplash
Photo by fred tromp on Unsplash

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

I have been doing this special almost every week for 5 years, finding the best photographs on the internet, had photographers present their own photos, and even did a photos of the week myself, and showcased my own photos.

When you go to the main search page of your internet carrier, and type in the search bar: “Photos of the Week”, you will get photos, mostly, from news agencies. Photos that have made the news, whether good or bad. Now I have always wanted to have a good reputation with my followers, and provide them with “artistic” type photos. And that is what I intend to keep doing. I clicked on CNN, Huffington Post, The Guardian, BBC news, etc. and all I get are the news stories. For some reason, that does not inspire me. I do, however, admire the photographers who are crazy enough to get photos when even their life may be in danger. The news photographers have guts, that’s for sure.

So, today, I am presenting a collection of photos from: UNSPLASH – Photos for everyone. This is a place where good photographers can go and display their photos, and then people can use them freely, or the photographers are hoping that their name will get out there. I have used the website: PEXELS before, and found their photos to be a place where amateur photographers can display their photos, as well as a few advanced, or professional photographers can show their photos. I am looking over the photos from Unsplash, and think they are a very good source for good quality images. So, enjoy some of these photos and think of the reason why I would pick these photos. Hopefully, you will be reminded of what makes a good photograph.

Photo by v2osk on Unsplash
selective focus photography of blue kingfisher
Vincent van Zalinge with Unsplash
Photo by Sabeer Darr on Unsplash
Photo by David Marcu on Unsplash
Photo by Amanda Phung on Unsplash
Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash
Photo by Waranont (Joe) on Unsplash
Photo by Aneta Foubíková on Unsplash
Photo by Martin Bisof on Unsplash
Photo by Petr Vyšohlíd on Unsplash
Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash
Photo by Michael Fousert on Unsplash
It’s a beautiful world we live in. It takes good photographers to capture this beauty. A learned photographer is one who captures feeling.

Lanny Cottrell – Creator of 123Photogo

Photo by Manuel Meurisse on Unsplash
Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash
Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash
Photo by Khamkéo Vilaysing on Unsplash
“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
Ralph Hattersley
Photo by v2osk on Unsplash
Photo by rolf gelpke on Unsplash
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
Don McCullin
Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash – Iceland
Photo by Jonatan Pie on Unsplash – Iceland
Photo by Cassie Boca on Unsplash – Iceland
Photo by Alex Knight on Unsplash – Japan
Photo by JuniperPhoton on Unsplash – Bamboo forest in Japan
Photo by Eea Ikeda on Unsplash – Japan
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
Dorothea Lange
Photo by Andre Benz on Unsplash – Kyoto Japan
Photo by Adam Jang on Unsplash – Japan
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WINTER SCENES

While we have winter going on in most of the northern half of the world, let’s put a collection together of amazing winter photos. I will admit, I am not one who likes the cold, but, I love it when it snows so I can go add winter photos to my collections. Enjoy:

house field and tree covered with snow near body of water
Photo by Luca Chiandoni on Pexels.com
grayscale photo of tree on a snow covered field
Photo by Todd Trapani on Pexels.com
pink leaved tree during daytime
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
photo of siberian husky
Photo by Kateryna Babaieva on Pexels.com
landscape photo of mountain filled with snow
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Pexels.com
snowy forest
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
white and black bird on tree branch
Photo by Erik Karits on Pexels.com
field covered with snow during sun rise
Photo by Tobias Bjørkli on Pexels.com
photo of reindeer in the snow
Photo by Annika Thierfeld on Pexels.com
snowy field near trees under golden hour
Photo by Tobias Bjørkli on Pexels.com
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Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography. Originally done in color, but this was changed to black and white. Black and white looks better, I think.
snow covering pine tree
Photo by Jill Wellington on Pexels.com
bare trees surrounding house
Photo by Tiziano Pedrini on Pexels.com
Fog in Bear Lake Valley, Utah. Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell photography
mountain cover by snow
Photo by stein egil liland on Pexels.com
photo of snow field near trees
Photo by Burak K on Pexels.com
Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
time lapse photography of curved road with vehicles passing
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Pexels.com
person wearing gray and white socks near brown fireplace
Photo by Taryn Elliott on Pexels.com
photo of deer on snowfield
Photo by Louis on Pexels.com
red fruit handing on tree branch selective color photography
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
depth of field photography of ice shards
Photo by Kevin Blanzy on Pexels.com
photo of orange trees
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Pexels.com
Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Amazing animals of Australia !

Australia, known for it’s strange animals and wildlife are so unique to Australia, that we thought it would be interesting to highlight these animals:
The “HEDGEHOG” is considered one of the most loved animals of Australia, and as of lately, they have been showing up in the United States as pets. Could you really cuddle this animal?
The “KANGAROO”, Probably Australia’s most famous animal, is definitely unique. It carries it’s babies in their pouch until they get too big.
The famous and cute Koala, is one that everybody loves. With the tremendous fires that Australia experienced the last 2 years, one of the most heart-wrenching things was to see these cute little animals, trying to escape the big fires, and some just couldn’t get away. But, there were lots of people trying to save them all. Here’s a video showing the rescue of these animals in Australia:
Watch this video
Here’s another one of the “cute” animals of Australia. This is called a NUMBAT. Not a large animal, about the size of a cat.
Are all the animals in Australia Cute? Here is another one! The WOMBAT is famous especially in Tasmania, an Island off the southern coast of Australia.
Now we are in to the ‘strange” animals. This is a Platypus. Only found in Australia.
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And of course the photo that went viral: The baby platypus. Now, it is a cute animal.
I don’t know how it’s camouflage works, but, it seems like the only place it could be hard to find is in a bunch of colored flowers. This is the beautiful “Lorikeet”
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One of the dangerous animals of Australia, the Australian Crocodile. Yikes !
Yes, this is for real. The Australian Goliath Spider. EWwww!
It was spotted on a beach in Broome, Western Australia, by the Reddit users’ mum and girlfriend – and has people online very confused.
One commented “What the heck?” at the sight of the tentacled being, while another wrote: “Quite the creature”.
Many thought it was an alien, with one Reddit user writing: “They look like a bacteriophage or some sort of alien.”
Another added: “What part of that thing is the mouth?” Eventually an answer was reached, as Reddit concluded it was an anemone flipped upside-down that had washed up on the beach.
A Reddit user wrote: “The armed anemone. Also called the striped anemone”.
Followed by “I think you are correct” from another commenter.
The armed anemone is common in the waters off Western Australia.
I don’t know what I would do, if I came out of my backyard and found this. This is a Giant Goana. That’s one big lizard.
What do spiders this size eat? Anything they want to. The famous “Huntsman Spider” will give you goosebumps.