(Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos

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Photography is a very powerful medium and a very difficult craft. Excellent photos don’t only display some facts — they tell stories, awake feelings and manage to share with the audience the emotions a photographer experienced when clicking the shot button. Taking excellent pictures is damn hard as you need to find a perfect perspective and consider the perfect timing. To achieve brilliant photography you need practice and patience. However, it is worth it: the results can be truly stunning.

Below you’ll find 50 brilliant photos and stunning pictures — some pictures tell stories, some are incredibly beautiful, some are funny and some are very sad.

All pictures are copyright of their respective owners. Please explore the further work of the photographers by browsing through their work. We’ve tried to cover different themes so that everybody will find something interesting and spectacular for himself / herself. All screenshots are linked und lead to the pages from which they’ve been taken.

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(Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos

Water and a Girl3
Beautiful composition, excellent scenery, amazing play of colors.

Mind-Blowing Photos - water4

The Ball is Coming!5
Analogue shot with Seagull 6×6 (Chinese clone of Rolleiflex), made in 1983. “The gulfball is suspended on a fishing line in front of the camera. It was a stormy day. So I had to shoot 5 or 6 films for getting one image with the ball in the center position AND a light reflection on the golf club.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Hey Tina! When you see this: Call me! I'm not angry with you any longer ....6

Sky7
The sky is reflected in a drop of water. Beautiful scenery.

Mind-Blowing Photos - : Sky8

Returning to the same ocean9
Beautiful sand textures, beautiful composition and somehow a very sad story hidden behind the image.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Returning to the same ocean.10

Tree11
A colorful tree from a different perspective.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!12

Gizmo13
How adorable is that?

Mind-Blowing Photos - Gizmo14

Glittery Ball15
“The reflection in this water droplet, it looks like the glitter is stuck to the water, but NO, it is reflections from the glitter on the feather.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Glittery Ball16

Yaw? Weeeee17
You probably shouldn’t try this in your local trains. Such pictures are unforgettable.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Yaw? Weeeee18

Leap of Faith19
What does being one step away from falling into the abyss feel like? The photo is taken by Paul Perton.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Leap of Faith20

Astronaut Self-shot Over Earth21
Could this be the best self-shot ever? It’s truly out of this world.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Astronaut Self-shot Over Earth22

Autumn in red23
Pure beauty. No words are necessary.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Autumn in red24

FlickrMeeting – Genova – G325
Blue baloon, a small detail, gives the picture an incredible power.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FlickrMeeting - Genova - G3 - [Ghe semmu + DieciCento + Milanoue!!W ]26

Sea in the sea27
Incredible scenery. Apparently, the shot was made on the boat in the middle of the sea.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!28

If I was an old building…29
“If I was an old building I would want to be by the ocean. Till’ the end of times”. Photographed at the old fishing piers of the Texas Bolivar Peninsula.

Mind-Blowing Photos - If I was an old building..... by `foureyes on deviantART30

Bee the Cat31
“It’s hard to get the right exposure, with them being white, and with the fact they don’t stay still unless they’re sleeping.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - bee32

Passing the Golden Gate Bridge33

Mind-Blowing Photos - Passing the Golden Gate Bridge34

Glow35
Smoke from a leaf pile.

Mind-Blowing Photos - g l o w by Haneck - DPChallenge36

Swimming pool37
Taking a look at the swimming pool. From a quite different perspective.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!38

Reflect39
A reflection from the louvre’s pyramid.

Mind-Blowing Photos - reflect40

Time To Go Home…41
“Tthe way the birds are lined up makes the composition extraordinary fantastic.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Time To Go Home...42

Seagull on a sign43
This seagull seems to have its own personal understanding of human’s rules.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Seagull on a sign44

Marshmellow girl45
A beautiful composition.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo46

Refashioned Dahlia47
Photo taken at Duncan Garden in Spokane, WA.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Refashioned Dahlia48

Bird and Meat49

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo50

Water drop51
A photo taken at the exact right time. Available as a desktop wallpaper in various resolutions.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Another 17 Fantastic Free Wallpaper Images | Crestock.com Blog52

Mt. Fuji53

Mind-Blowing Photos - Mt. Fuji54

Two ways at looking at a fish55

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo56

Blessed fog57
A shot of Grande Madre di Dio in Torino, Italy.

Mind-Blowing Photos - blessed fog58

Family of bugs59

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo60

Pigeon Point Lighthouse61
“Once per year at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse they shut down the weak insipid modern (presumably electric) light and switch over the the 5 kerosene lamps and fresnel lens of the original, as it was 135 years ago.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Pigeon Point Lighthouse62

Fire Shot63
Location: Changa Beach, Coquimbo.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FIRE SHOT64

A conversation65
Fox, bird and snow. This picture is titled “Good afternoon, my name is chikiricuatro”.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo66

Shanghai – Acrobatic67
Picture taken during an acrobatic show in a Shanghainese theatre.

Mind-Blowing Photos - CHINA - Shanghai - Acrobatic68

Northern lights as seen from space69

Mind-Blowing Photos - Digg - Northern lights as seen from space (Pic)70

Crystal clarity71

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo72

Skier’s Paradise73
“Climbing partner at 17,000′ on Denali carrying his skis down to around 16,200′ where he will be able to ski down the rest of the way to base camp at 7200′.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Skier's Paradise74

Bird and Water75

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo76

Photograph Taken at the Exact Right Time77

Mind-Blowing Photos - Sawse - Stir it Up! » Blog Archive » 25 Photographs Taken at the Exact Right Time78

All alone.79
This shot is taken on a Norway’s cliff Prekestolen (also known as Preacher’s Pulpit).

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo80

Looking out of the window81

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo82

Above the clouds83
The shot taken during the flight from Vienna to Frankfurt, approaching Frankfurt.

Mind-Blowing Photos - above the clouds84

The Waves85

Mind-Blowing Photos - teahupoo_1.jpg (JPEG-Grafik, 1280x821 Pixel)86

The Waves. One more time.87

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!88

Cockfight89
Taken by Jan Sochor.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Cockfight – Photo Essay – Jan Sochor90

Polar lights91
Öxarárfoss in Iceland – Aurora Borealis taken by Arnar Valdimarsson.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo92

Concentration93

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo94

Cat and deer95

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo96

Here floats a bubble in the air…97

Mind-Blowing Photos - he floats a bubble in the air...98

A girl portrait99

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo100

Sources and Resources

You’ll find many more excellent photos, illustrations and pictures on the following sites:

  • Pixdaus.com101
    A social community dedicated to sharing photos. Pixdaus is a place where anyone can post his pictures, photos and others rate it. If it’s cool it gets to the main page and more people can enjoy it.
  • Ffffound.com102
    Image bookmarking. An invitation-based service.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/12/really-stunning-desktop-wallpapers/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  3. 3 http://www.flickr.com/photos/quizz/2305516912/
  4. 4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/quizz/2305516912/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/konderminator/1352838736/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/konderminator/1352838736/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7241355@N04/2443637808/sizes/l/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7241355@N04/2443637808/sizes/l/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alikhurshid/496143156/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alikhurshid/496143156/
  11. 11 http://ffffound.com/image/656fae7f58bd143f7f8dfc67e1b42299ac8d8257?c=800688
  12. 12 http://ffffound.com/image/656fae7f58bd143f7f8dfc67e1b42299ac8d8257?c=800688
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/todorrovic/2287792473/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/todorrovic/2287792473/
  15. 15 http://ninazdesign.deviantart.com/art/Glittery-Ball-II-43430022
  16. 16 http://ninazdesign.deviantart.com/art/Glittery-Ball-II-43430022
  17. 17 http://incredimazing.com/page/Yaw_Weeeee
  18. 18 http://incredimazing.com/page/Yaw_Weeeee
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulperton/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulperton/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22116941@N06/2207918764/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22116941@N06/2207918764/
  23. 23 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=16483
  24. 24 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=16483
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jody_art/1433425995/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jody_art/1433425995/
  27. 27 http://ffffound.com/image/d0bfcaa674f91ba195e37e2ac2bbe59ad73ce1b2?c=825271
  28. 28 http://ffffound.com/image/d0bfcaa674f91ba195e37e2ac2bbe59ad73ce1b2?c=825271
  29. 29 http://foureyes.deviantart.com/art/If-I-was-an-old-building-33538946
  30. 30 http://foureyes.deviantart.com/art/If-I-was-an-old-building-33538946
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lutty/2258884774/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lutty/2258884774/
  33. 33 http://incredimazing.com/page/Passing_the_Golden_Gate_Bridge
  34. 34 http://incredimazing.com/page/Passing_the_Golden_Gate_Bridge
  35. 35 http://dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=621334
  36. 36 http://dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=621334
  37. 37 http://ffffound.com/image/fc0cf35defd734d487da86d69d65facd1674baed?c=837090
  38. 38 http://ffffound.com/image/fc0cf35defd734d487da86d69d65facd1674baed?c=837090
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/franklumix/134418433/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/franklumix/134418433/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brncos3/2270202145/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brncos3/2270202145/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sameli/1898511953/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sameli/1898511953/
  45. 45 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=14245
  46. 46 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=14245
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/my_planet_by_jim/1397633226/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/my_planet_by_jim/1397633226/
  49. 49 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=11942
  50. 50 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=11942
  51. 51 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/another-17-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-96.aspx
  52. 52 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/another-17-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-96.aspx
  53. 53 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=6528
  54. 54 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=6528
  55. 55 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=22790
  56. 56 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=22790
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/regolare/2210994807/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/regolare/2210994807/
  59. 59 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=8402
  60. 60 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=8402
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mumbleyjoe/2043508173/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mumbleyjoe/2043508173/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/julio_salinas/215778708/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/julio_salinas/215778708/
  65. 65 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=32810
  66. 66 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=32810
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/92706698@N00/517330477/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/92706698@N00/517330477/
  69. 69 http://digg.com/space/Northern_lights_as_seen_from_space_Pic
  70. 70 http://digg.com/space/Northern_lights_as_seen_from_space_Pic
  71. 71 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=17713
  72. 72 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=17713
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/52756285@N00/1390662667/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/52756285@N00/1390662667/
  75. 75 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=1935
  76. 76 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=1935
  77. 77 http://www.sawse.com/2007/11/02/25-photographs-taken-at-the-exact-right-time/
  78. 78 http://www.sawse.com/2007/11/02/25-photographs-taken-at-the-exact-right-time/
  79. 79 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=1559
  80. 80 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=1559
  81. 81 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=33451
  82. 82 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=33451
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/photos/michi_p/1543561453/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/michi_p/1543561453/
  85. 85 http://www.ferket.com/jvlt/images/teahupoo_1.jpg
  86. 86 http://www.ferket.com/jvlt/images/teahupoo_1.jpg
  87. 87 http://ffffound.com/image/490122709f47a7c2198a02eb691d7e9560419140
  88. 88 http://ffffound.com/image/490122709f47a7c2198a02eb691d7e9560419140
  89. 89 http://www.jansochor.com/photo-essay/cockfight.html
  90. 90 http://www.jansochor.com/photo-essay/cockfight.html
  91. 91 http://flickr.com/photos/arnar
  92. 92 http://flickr.com/photos/arnar
  93. 93 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=12890
  94. 94 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=12890
  95. 95 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=19788
  96. 96 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=19788
  97. 97 http://www.flickr.com/photos/d_oracle/253625459/
  98. 98 http://www.flickr.com/photos/d_oracle/253625459/
  99. 99 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=26615
  100. 100 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=26615
  101. 101 http://www.pixdaus.com
  102. 102 http://www.ffffound.com
  103. 103 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/12/really-stunning-desktop-wallpapers/
  104. 104 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/

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  1. 1

    #40. Is incorrectly labeled. While it may be in Norway, that is not “Preikestolen”. Do an image search and you will see, plus I have been there and I knew Preikestolen, Preikestolen was my friend, and senator, you are no Preikestolen.

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  2. 152

    These photos are great! Sure, some of these might be Photoshopped, but who cares? They are still nice to look at.

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  3. 303

    Truly amazing pictures. A lot of them make me appreciate what our beautiful world has to offer. And why do so many think the seagull picture is fake? Because it’s ironic? Chill out people.

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  4. 454

    I really liked the last photo of the young girl…….absolutely beautiful……Thanks

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  5. 605

    Exellent Creation – God I appreciate the works of your hands!!
    Thanks for creating all of them.

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  6. 756

    really awesome….
    moments captured at the fittest time and the right perspective….
    Hats of to the photographers…!!!

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  7. 907

    I really like the bird and meat! Haha it’s not something you see everyday!

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  8. 1058

    The best picture collection on the web.

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  9. 1209

    superb photography…
    the beauty of god’s creation is well exhibited !
    cheers to the photographer!!!

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  10. 1360

    Mindblowing….Really amazing…
    great work done by great ppl….

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  11. 1511

    Really amazing……very nice photos….Really enjoyed a lot

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  12. 1662

    Excellent!!! Its all mind blowing…

    Superb photography….

    Never can be beaten up… Cheers!!!

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  13. 1813

    photoshopped all the way baby!

    One of the most obvious examples? The seagull on the sign… clearly the seagull image on the sign is the same as the one standing on the sign. Look at the outline…enough said. Way to over-glorify some mediocre shots that were digitally manipulated extensively (or faked all together) to make them look like more than they ever, EVER were.

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  14. 1964

    Por que toda la jente escriben ingles? No hay ningun inteilgente? La mayoria de los fotos son de maravillia pero algunos son mas que normales. Tengo monton parecidos. Pienso que vosotros tanbien.

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  15. 2115

    Absolutely beautiful, stunning photos. Those are some of the best I have seen.

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  16. 2266

    that is crazy, just too see this i am joyful

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  17. 2417

    these are just perfect…!!! i mean this post has a purpose.. sometimes you need this kind of post to freshen and loosen the pressured of everyone, especially the staff of smashing magazine. And the photography are great, every thing are great, if you don’t consider this a photography then what is this? Who set the standard? only you yourself has created the standard, but Good Job Smashing Magazine..

    I Love it

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  18. 2568

    The description for #7 is inaccurate. The glitter _is_ on the surface of the water droplet, you can tell quite clearly on the original.

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  19. 2719

    that’s very very nice. ohh, it’s very wonderfull

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  20. 2870

    A very nice presentation of the beauty of everything captured at the exact moment. I love everything about this pixes.

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  21. 3021

    kheyli beautiful boodan :D

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  22. 3172

    Fantastic. I enjoyed a lot.
    “Seagull on a sign” :)

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  23. 3323

    THESE PICS ARE AMASING

    i wish i could take pics like these =]

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  24. 3474

    some r really nice pics

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  25. 3625

    I love “Above the clouds”

    But I would have called it “The eath is smoking / Steaming” don’t know, because it really makes a beautiful picture of human (polluting) activity

    Thanks for sharing it’s all great :)

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  26. 3776

    WoW! ThIs PiCtUrEs ArE aMaZiNg! XD

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  27. 3927

    id like to have some photographing lessons, these are amazing wonderful photos thank you for sharing

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  29. 4229

    head7over8heels

    May 10, 2008 3:23 pm

    To comment # 128 by “noone” : Yes, thank you. That’s what struck me as soon as I saw the “photograph”. At first, I thought it was funny that the bird was in the same position as the one on the sign, then I realized it could not possibly have perfectly mimmicked every angle and curve. I was frustrated that someone’s digital alteration project was posted on a website labeled “(Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos”. Let’s hail with actual talent behind the camera.

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  30. 4380

    SOME OF THESE SURELY MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING AND IS PROOF THAT BEAUTY ALWAYS SURROUNDS US IF WE LOOK FOR IT..I CAN’T EXPRESS MY THANKS ENOUGH,ESPECIALLY SINCE I WAS SO VERY SAD TODAY. TAKE CARE

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  31. 4531

    Breathtaking photos -reflection, striking color contrast, whimsical pictures
    cleverly, powerfully done

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  32. 4682

    AAAAAAWE SUM. Picturisque. Converse. Indingnant & jealous. Peace out . Ashwin……

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  33. 4833

    I totally agree, cockfighting is a brutal sport not an aesthetic pleasure.

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  34. 4984

    the seagul is real its real its real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. 5135

    congrats for these pics, crazy!!! a pleasant view! i invite to take a look at my flickr page hoping you would like the pics. flickr.com/photos/jacopobordin/

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  36. 5286

    really good images ohhhhhhhhhhhhh coolllllllllllllll

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  37. 5437

    I love it , that ‘s very very nice.

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  38. 5588

    Interesting, stunning and unforgettable images!! Thanks for sharing them.

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  39. 5739

    LEONELL VELASCO

    May 14, 2008 5:56 am

    GREAT…….PERFECTLY TAKEN AN ART IN EVERY PIECE OF COLLECTION

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  40. 5890

    very stunning. Seen most of them in DeviantArt – which the artist claim been ripped off or stolen. After seeing and stumbling many amazing photographs in different sites and photographers claiming the photos belong to them, I’m not sure ‘who stole who’….. But credits should be given to the real people who took them… I feel sorry for them though….

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  41. 6041

    PHOTOSHOPPED!!!!!!!!!!

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  42. 6192

    Muse, which photos are the artists claiming are stolen? That’s a bold statement to throw around without citing any examples.

    Some of these are photoshopped, but most of them are not. I think there’s some fantastic work here. Good photography? Most definitely.

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  43. 6343

    The one with the bird oon a sign cant be real, the bird is in the same position and has the exact same silouhette!
    Also the flower one ‘refashioned daliah’ looks like it has been drawn to me!
    Other than that absolutely great!

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  44. 6494

    All of these pictures brought no true emotion to the viewer…landscapes are easy…what would henri cartier bressen think? What about pain? Suffering….you should be ashamed of yourselves.

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  45. 6645

    these are great photos.
    i wish i could do this good of
    a job =]

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  46. 6796

    I am a makeup artist and would love to shoot with one of these photographers

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  47. 6947

    Awesome collection !!

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  48. 7098

    I m a web designer and i love the photographs it was assum.

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  49. 7249

    To cliphord: Not all photography should be pain and suffering. There are such a vast amount of emotions in the world, why only concentrate on the bad? I would absolutely love to see photographers show me something more than the sad, unjusts of the world. I WANT REALITY ALONG WITH DREAMS!!!

    And these landscapes, are beautiful! The first is my absolute favorite, and I can see why you put in as number 1.

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  50. 7400

    Very good photos… i wanna think that these are really taken and not edited by a computer program…
    well… congratulations and thanks for share!!!

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