(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

    Those “right time” shot are exceptional. Bravo They aught to be put on billboards instead of those may meaningless ones. Beautify or towns and cities with talent and exppression such as yours. I thank you for your sharing and bid you continued drive and success…

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  2. 202

    Absolutely exquisit: I’ll have to review them many times. I applaud the work of the artist or artists.

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  3. 403

    Makes me want to look for the “moment” to capture. Reminds me of the Jacobean poets who would go from the large flights of mind to the miniscule…the beauty in the water droplets vs the sweeping clouds. Nice juxtaposition …and I like the philosophical discussion of art in photo vs snapshots.
    Photoshop must have changed the saying to: a picture is worth a thousand lies. Good to be wary, but why not enjoy the impact of the picture?

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  4. 604

    All of the pictures above are realy astonishing, specially pictures which clrealy indicate “right time” capturing of the nature. The picture Polar Light is very impressive.

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  5. 805

    Damm, wheres my camera…

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  6. 1006

    Very interesting pictures! Creative ideas. there are some that could be better…but overall, nice job. I really enjoyed Taw? weeee.
    Girl and water, bee the cat, seagull on a sign (cute idea), bird and meat, bird and water, cockfight, and family of bugs ( I have done many ladybug pictures my self)
    Even if these aren’t “real photography” like some might say, there are real art. They have impact!!! SO as an artist a give you an A for the day:) ~LeeAnna

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  7. 1207

    Very nice photos, but cockfighting is illegal in most places. I sure wouldn’t want my name attached to a photo like that, even if it is legal where it was taken. It’s a cruel sport and most people don’t want to have any part in it.

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  8. 1408

    blew my fragile little mind away. enuff said

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  9. 1609

    I bought myself a digital SLR last Christmas. These pictures make me feel like throwing it away. If I ever produce a photograph half as good as some of these, it would make me a very happy man.

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  10. 1810

    Take what you need, want and leave the rest

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  11. 2011

    Wow, incredible!

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  12. 2212

    Some of the photos are very beautiful but these are mostly the ones which are taken of natural landscapes, anything staged (like the gull, golfball or cat,child, goldfish) lacks in potency. Good work, but photography really is a lot about having the right instinct

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  13. 2413

    absolutly inspiring…some touch deeper than others…staged are hard ones…some relate and some don’t…I think you covered a lot of areas for viewing pleasure…thank you

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  14. 2614

    I sorry but anybody that didn’t like these pictures should go somewhere else, because I thought that these pictures were better that the ones that I take with my camera. WOW!!! That’s all I can say!

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  15. 2815

    For those few with the nasty criticisms- Grow up! These shots were shared for the enjoyment of others. They certainly made my Monday morning a little more pleasant! Thanks to those who took the time to post them.

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  16. 3016

    All stunning photographs specially ALL ALONE took my breath away. As regards all those
    comments against cockfight photos i hope all of them are vegetarians because if you dislike
    cockfight you should also dislike eating them. Cheers! :o)

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  17. 3217

    Bee~u~tee~FULL Pictures~!! “Thank *U for sharring”~!!

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  18. 3418

    49 of these pictures are indeed beautiful, whether real or not, I do however find #45 to be disturbing as cockfighting is a cruel, vicous and disgusting “sport” that I don’t find to be beautiful at all and wish that it hadn’t been included in with these others.

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  19. 3619

    beautiful

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  20. 3820

    I love the catching of beauty in a moment in time as these photos all do with the exception of the “cockfighting” – these is nothing beautiful in what these animals are required to do without asking their permission.

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  21. 4021

    wonderful pictures of God’s creation

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    Vicki Wizard USA

    May 19, 2008 7:41 pm

    such stunning images…captured forever…awesome!

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  23. 4423

    amazing!

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  24. 4624

    i have no words. photos were wonderful and amazing.

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  25. 4825

    Ted Danson is the greatest actor of our time! The pictures are ok, I guess. Seriously, have you guys ever seen Cheers?

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  26. 5026

    I agree w/Angie – the cock fight photo is awful and should not be included.

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    ANTONIO CARLOS PATROCINI DA SILVA

    May 20, 2008 9:42 pm

    Photo fantastique, oh yesssssssssssss!!!!

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  28. 5428

    I really enjoyed seeing everyone one of these photo’s. Some more than others. Those that have such negative opinions should just keep there LOUSY comments to themselves, and let those that ENJOY them do just THAT….enjoy.

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  29. 5629

    Pictures are superb, i have made posters of few of them

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  30. 5830

    The images are “unreal”, colors are unreal, light is unreal. It is OK to tweak an image a little, but face it, these colors & light combinations are not available in nature. That is exactly why you like these, because they are unreal, dreamy, movie-like.

    Many of you who like these pictures will not get the same joy from pictures of pre-computer era. In those oldies, skies are sky blue, not parliament blue.

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  31. 6031

    Amazing ! all photoes are very nice. I can’t compare.

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  32. 6232

    very nice collection .

    there are some really nice pictures between.

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  33. 6433

    truly stands for the title…

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  34. 6634

    the poster “bob” who commented that these are photoshop pictures is an idiot, same with the people who are crying about the cock fight. keep your self-righteous, tree-hugging opinions out of it and just recognize art for what it is.

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  35. 6835

    The professional photography. Truely nice to see.

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  36. 7036

    I agree, the silhouette matches the bird perfecftly. And despite the texture of the paint – why on earth would there be a sign prohibiting seagulls? Who’s it for?

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  37. 7237

    Rogerio E. Izidorio - Brasil

    May 23, 2008 7:42 am

    Simplesmente fantátisco.

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  38. 7438

    Are you looking at photographs to see beauty, to see reality, or to see art?

    That’s the answer to all the complaints on this page. If you’re looking for beauty, the cockfight is abhorrent because it shows blood and cruelty. If you’re looking for reality, the cockfight is just a piece of the good and the bad that the world has to offer, but the seagull image and many of the other edited ones are artificial. If you’re looking for art, then some of the cute animal photos are a waste of time.

    Just accept that everyone has different priorities when they look at photos on the internet.

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  39. 7639

    stunning outstanding mind blowing

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  40. 7840

    ALL THE PIC R VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL

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  41. 8041

    um I hope you know that some of these are photoshoped, like the bird on the sign. but these photos are beautiful, (even some of the other photoshoped ones) and to Geeky, I also Hope you know what you are talking about, think about the professional photographers in the old days, take a look at the pulitzer prize photos and then look at ansel adams and tell he used a computer for those! even the old photographers could tweak their photos in the dark room! but yes some of these are photoshoped and for the people who say that they aren’t take a look at worth1000.com and study those for a while.

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  42. 8242

    extremely impressive pictures.

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  43. 8443

    These photos literally took my breath away ~ thank you SO much for sharing these with us!

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  44. 8644

    All the photos are very impressive but confused to see the All Alone. How one can reach and sit there ?

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  45. 8845

    Priceless!

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  46. 9046

    Nice shots.
    I just have one question. From the title, which of these are pictures, and which are photos?

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  47. 9247

    wonderfull

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  48. 9448

    Beautiful pics. I am in LOVE with each one of them

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  49. 9649

    Really its a dam good in the photo picturisation…….i hope we would like to c such a smaching photos here after………

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  50. 9850

    it’s very nice pict… beatiful work

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