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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 Link

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

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

A colorful tree from a different perspective.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!12

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

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

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 | 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

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


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 Link

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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    damn good moments!

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    Some very cool photos. The seagull on a sign isn’t real though.

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    Hii, Is the article posted by the individual in Mumbai. Its clear from the comment on the picture og guy peeping out of the train. Well thats the MUMBAI ki PEHCHAAN. really nice pics. Surely deserves bookmarking since its kudos to poster from Aamchi Mumbai.

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    Very, very nice.

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    Impressive collection of images. I have the Northern Lights seen from space as my desktop, i may have a few other options now.

    It doesn’t matter if they are all real or who took them, if you appreciate interesting images, good photography and creative digital enhancement, then it’s a great compilation.

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    wow was für geile Fotos … Ich liebe diese Art fantastischer Fotographien!
    need more!

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    Omg! stunning photos indeed!

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    Fantastic Article!! “smashing”;)

    I like the Train-Picture most! Great Idea.

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    Nice…….. truly inspiring….. :-)

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    absolutely stunning photos, thankyou for sharing :)

  14. 14

    Really great photos, thanks a lot for showing.

    I can’t say which one I like the most. The golf ball is fantastic. Autumn in red also. And the bug family! Well, I like them all :)

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    Really incredible Photos!

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    What’s happened to Smashing Magazine? Usually your posts are informative and well-written, the commentary provided on this post is banal. Most of it should just be alt text as it’s a just say-what-you-see. Bring back the posts with purpose!

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    I really love “Yaw? Weeeee”, “Family of bugs” and “Sea gull on a sign” :D They are great.

    The rest of the collection is also brilliant, but these are my favorites.

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    Some of these have got to be the best photographs, I have ever seen. Ever!

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    simply amazing! :)

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    April 28, 2008 3:46 am

    @Laura: thank you for your comment. We are not sure that these photographs need to be described any further. However, we’ll keep your remark in mind for the future posts.

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    Smashing is well out of its area of expertise here. Amongst other poor images are pictures of cats and dogs FGS. Get back on track hey? Or get some real photo experts on the team. Leave this sort of thing for the Flickr groups who know what they are talking about.

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    Stunning indeed. Bird on bird sign is one in a million.

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    Sigh. Greaaaat collection!

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    Some excellent, some total shoops…. CHARGIN MA LAZUR!

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    Daniel Edmundson

    April 28, 2008 5:06 am

    Sebastião Salgado
    (google his name)

    I have to agree that smashing is somehow out of expertise with this post…. but there are some nice pictures also.


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    [quote]This shot is taken on a Norway’s cliff Prekestolen (also known as Preacher’s Pulpit).[/quote]

    that is not Prekestolen. But the concept is the same.

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    really stunning!

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    I completely agree.

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    Cool and Amazing Photos…..
    Great collection with some repeated pictures.

    Good. Kepp it up!.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    April 28, 2008 5:32 am

    @all commenters: please notice: this post wasn’t supposed to showcase the best works of professional photographers – that is a different area we’ll maybe cover in the future. The intention of this post was different – to showcase some interesting and unusual pictures taken in real life.


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