50 Stunning Underwater Photos

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Of all the different types of photography showcased on Smashing Magazine, underwater photography is probably one of the most difficult to practice. It requires a very specialized equipment and the knowledge of some advanced techniques to get a perfect picture. You need to get the correct exposure, accurate focus, controlled movement of your subject and a pleasing color balance; you also have to deal with low light. Underwater photos offen suffer from loss of color and contrast when taken at a significant depth. Such photos are always adjusted with color balance to help offset the blueish tint of the water.

Because underwater photography is a specialized art, relatively few photographers attempt it. But it offers many exciting and rare photographic opportunities for fresh and truly different vivid images. Most often, photographers use a traditional film or digital camera covered in a watertight casing. Professionals prefer to use special underwater cameras.

Below, we present over 50 beautiful examples of underwater photos, created by artists and professional photographers. All works featured below have the artists and photographers’ names linked to their portfolios or websites. At the bottom of this post you’ll fine some links to Flickr groups where you can find more similar and exciting photos.

Also consider our previous showcases:

50 Stunning Underwater Photos

Victor Amor6

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J.Lambusphoto8

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Scott (lundysd)10

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Numera Tokyo12

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National Geographics15

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Neverletmego23

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Kenvin Pinardy25
Dancing underwater.

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Sugarock9929

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Dustin Humphrey31

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Gattaldo34
Water just makes every situation more poetic and graceful.

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Anatoly Beloschin37

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Unknown41

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Zena Holloway43

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Camilo Acuña47

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Eldad Hagar49

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Oracle51

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John Carleton53

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Barbara Cole55

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Tintinian57

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Smodger59
Colorful scene captured using macro photography technique.

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Vanveelen61

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Tina Owens63
Blue crab holding an urchin on its head for protection.

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Saul Kondrotas65
Jellyfish

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Tornicoqui67

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Maytevidri70

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Tamergunal72

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Kawa03107475

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Paragon77

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Ian79

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Nik8182

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Rainan86

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Fangleman88

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digivangelist90

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David Doubilet92

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Last Click

1938 underwater photography94
By Bruce Mozertom.

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Further Resources

Links for further photographs and related resources.

  • Life Aquatic961061041029997
    The Life Aquatic group welcomes pictures of, but not limited to, amphibians, annelids, abalone, anemones, aquariums, aquatic plants, birds, bryozoans, chambered nautilus, cnidaria, coral reefs, crustaceans, coelenterates, ctenophores, fish, freshwater fish, jellyfish, marine mammals, mollusks, octopi, reptiles, sea snakes, sea squirts, sea turtles, sharks, sponges, squid, starfish, tunicates, etc.
  • Aquatic Turtles981061041029997
    All species of aquatic turtles
  • Aquatic insects 100
    Photography of benthic macroinvertebrates, including dragonflies, mosquitoes, mayflies, stoneflies, water striders, beetles, etc.
  • Digital Underwater Photography1011061041029997
    Scuba and other underwater photos.
  • Underwater Indoneesia1031061041029997
    Photos taken underwater in Indonesia, including Bali, Java, Moluccas, Papua (Irian Jaya), Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), and other dive spots in Indonesia.
  • Underwater Maldives1051061041029997
    Photos taken underwater in the Maldives Islands.
  • Underwater Videos107
    Underwater, scuba, diving or snorkeling videos.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/05/celebration-of-smoke-photography-and-smoke-art/
  6. 6 http://flickr.com/photos/cronos/
  7. 7 http://flickr.com/photos/83291108@N00/514997452/
  8. 8 http://jlambusphoto.com/
  9. 9 http://jlambusphoto.com/content/DSC_0951_large.html
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lundysd/sets/72157594367614712/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lundysd/2904926085/in/set-72157594367614712/
  12. 12 http://wickedhalo.blogspot.com/2008/08/subaquatic-beauty.html
  13. 13 http://wickedhalo.blogspot.com/2008/08/subaquatic-beauty.html
  14. 14 http://wickedhalo.blogspot.com/2008/08/subaquatic-beauty.html
  15. 15 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-cowfish-newbert.html
  16. 16 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-cowfish-newbert.html
  17. 17 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/marine-marvels.html
  18. 18 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/marine-marvels/sculpin-fish-laman.html
  19. 19 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-squid-newbert.html
  20. 20 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-jelly-larva-arndt.html
  21. 21 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/wallpaper/hooded-nudibranchs.html
  22. 22 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/underwater-portraits/male-jawfish-photography.html
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/_never_/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/87185222@N00/317357725/
  25. 25 http://kenvinpinardy.deviantart.com/
  26. 26 http://kenvinpinardy.deviantart.com/art/dancing-underwater-66037749
  27. 27 http://www.pinardy.com/index.html
  28. 28 http://www.pinardy.com/index.html
  29. 29 http://sugarock99.deviantart.com/gallery/#Underwater
  30. 30 http://sugarock99.deviantart.com/art/Underwater-27-100060405
  31. 31 http://blog.photoshelter.com/2008/07/riding-a-wave-with-insights-dopamine.html
  32. 32 http://blog.photoshelter.com/2008/07/riding-a-wave-with-insights-dopamine.html
  33. 33 http://blog.photoshelter.com/2008/07/riding-a-wave-with-insights-dopamine.html
  34. 34 http://www.behance.net/Gattaldo
  35. 35 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Underwater/54798
  36. 36 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Underwater/54798
  37. 37 http://community.livejournal.com/sensuality_art/1162845.html?style=mine#cutid1
  38. 38 http://community.livejournal.com/sensuality_art/1162845.html?style=mine#cutid1
  39. 39 http://community.livejournal.com/sensuality_art/1162845.html?style=mine#cutid1
  40. 40 http://community.livejournal.com/sensuality_art/1162845.html?style=mine#cutid1
  41. 41 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=59005
  42. 42 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=59005
  43. 43 http://www.zenaholloway.com/
  44. 44 http://www.zenaholloway.com/
  45. 45 http://www.zenaholloway.com/
  46. 46 http://www.zenaholloway.com/
  47. 47 http://www.bubbleshare.com/users/profile/69772
  48. 48 http://www.bubbleshare.com/album/76235/overview#2560821
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldad75/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldad75/489632956/in/photostream/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographicdesign/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographicdesign/2122244637/
  53. 53 http://flickr.com/photos/johncarleton/
  54. 54 http://flickr.com/photos/60717073@N00/83723497/
  55. 55 http://www.barbaracole.com/bcIndex.php
  56. 56 http://www.barbaracole.com/bcIndex.php
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/e10photo/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/e10photo/320571269/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cattanachs/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cattanachs/2486211668/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/veelen/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/veelen/376286064/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50793212@N00/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50793212@N00/286971924/
  65. 65 http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/861795
  66. 66 http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/861795
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/tornicoqui/
  68. 68 http://flickr.com/photos/80932430@N00/488313617/
  69. 69 http://flickr.com/photos/80932430@N00/488313617/
  70. 70 http://flickr.com/photos/maytevidri/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maytevidri/805889243/in/photostream/
  72. 72 http://tamergunal.deviantart.com/
  73. 73 http://tamergunal.deviantart.com/art/underwater-60839871
  74. 74 http://flickr.com/photos/the_road_ahead/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21066340@N05/
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/photos/the_road_ahead/130772137/in/set-72057594110408503/
  77. 77 http://flickr.com/photos/paragon1/
  78. 78 http://flickr.com/photos/paragon1/2018321561/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/big-e-mr-g/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/big-e-mr-g/1545969581/
  81. 81 http://www.myshutterspace.com/xn/detail/u_2caqssi6k55lg
  82. 82 http://www.davidrose.com/
  83. 83 http://www.myshutterspace.com/xn/detail/u_2caqssi6k55lg
  84. 84 http://www.myshutterspace.com/xn/detail/u_2caqssi6k55lg
  85. 85 http://www.myshutterspace.com/xn/detail/u_2caqssi6k55lg
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabar/
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabar/2881240159/
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinkemmerer/
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinkemmerer/2612502694/
  90. 90 http://flickr.com/people/digivangelist/
  91. 91 http://flickr.com/photos/digivangelist/425448593/
  92. 92 http://www.daviddoubilet.com/
  93. 93 http://www.daviddoubilet.com/
  94. 94 http://community.livejournal.com/vintagephoto/3215898.html
  95. 95 http://community.livejournal.com/vintagephoto/3215898.html
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/groups/50619606@N00/
  97. 97 #
  98. 98 http://www.flickr.com/groups/37996584469@N01/
  99. 99 #
  100. 100 http://www.flickr.com/groups/aquaticinsects/
  101. 101 http://www.flickr.com/groups/42602747@N00/
  102. 102 #
  103. 103 http://www.flickr.com/groups/underwater-indonesia/
  104. 104 #
  105. 105 http://www.flickr.com/groups/underwatermaldives/
  106. 106 #
  107. 107 http://www.flickr.com/groups/775325@N25/

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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

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  1. 1

    ok….varey good

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  2. 52

    かとうせいじ

    November 2, 2008 2:25 am

    とてもすばらしいです!!

    It’s very beautiful.

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  3. 103

    The shot by Gattaldo is called ‘The Kiss’ and can be viewed at:
    http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Underwater/54798

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  4. 154

    The unknown shot is by legend David Doubilet

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  5. 205

    Such a pleasure to see. Thank you for your creativity…

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  6. 256

    Some of these are very good. However, i don’t believe the 2 shots of the orange jellyfish in a tank with a blue background taken at aquariums from the dry side of the glass belong in this set. Every amateur with a semi-decent camera that has been to an aquarium with a jellyfish display has nearly identical pics… hardly “stunning”.

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  7. 307

    awesome ,,,,
    vry beautful pics,,,,,thks 4 them,,

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  8. 358

    Its really beautiful….Great Pictures,Thanks.

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  9. 409

    super cool. suer beautiful. a big thank you!

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  10. 460

    Wow! Some striking photographs, and many with gorgeous color contrasts.

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  11. 511

    Thank you for the terrific pictures!

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  12. 562

    I like it

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  13. 613

    Realmente magnífico e o Homem destrói aos poucos esse mundo maravilhoso e submerso.

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  14. 664

    Awesome Awesome Photography, Cool Post !! Love’em all..
    But I’d say some pictures are cool but too odd (naked) ones.

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  15. 715

    it said 60 not 50

    March 20, 2009 7:05 pm

    it said 60! Not fucking 50! Whats the deal with that!

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  16. 766

    omg those pics r amazing keep up the good work

    ps. (my favorite pic was the last 1)

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  17. 817

    outstanding- my dream is to be an underwater photographer and these pictures inspire me so much!
    PS-
    the unkown picture about 25 shots down
    was taken by David Doubilet.
    he is Insanely brilliant!

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    very nice

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    Adeolu (Dsignprintz)

    April 10, 2009 8:44 am

    These photographys are amazing and extraordinary. It inspires creative minds. keep it up.

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    Jabbardast
    no match

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    ,,,la poesia de la primera foto de Gattaldo
    me ha impresionado , sin menospreciar las demas fotos, fue esa la toma que realmente me cautivo,,,simply,,,beautiful.

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    i loved all of them!!

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  23. 1123

    wow….FANTASTIC.
    Great photos.

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    wow ,excellent

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    منتديات ماى بكتشرز

    June 14, 2009 10:03 pm

    Good pic

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    oh my god!!!!these pictures are simply stunning and extraordinary!!!color contrasts are excellent!!!great work!!!thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures…..

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    WOW! What wonderful creatures, God is Great.

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    FYI the one by “Ian” is not an underwater photo. it is simply a photo of a chrysanthemum
    a flower which does not live under or in water.

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    Cool. I also have posted some of underwater creature in my blog,
    http://www.creativepics.org/15-beautiful-never-seen-underwater-creature-photos/

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    very touching and amazing colors

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    god is almighty & great.

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    Again, great selections!

    The toip pro and amateur underwater photyographers are pretty much all in these galleries:

    http://www.divephotoguide.com/underwater-photo-galleries/

    Enjoy!

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    These we’re amazing. I love anything to do with an ocean and this was the most amazing…..Thanks for sharing.

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    hmm…ol pix r gud!! bt last(1938 underwater photography) z awsomeeee :D

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  35. 1735

    this is awsome I have been wanting to be an oceanographer pretty cool

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  36. 1786

    oh my gosh..
    these are amazing photos…
    I love it

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    THESE WERE AMAZING.SIMPLY STUNNING!!!!!! .THE MOST OUTSTANDING UNDER WATER PHOTOGRAPHY I EVER SEEN.WAITING FOR NEXT!!!!!!!

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  38. 1888

    These photos are amazing but how would a human be able to breath underwater for so long and in the darkness?

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  39. 1939

    thank you for this amazing underwater photos. May you have a look on my underwater photos: http://www.stefanleitner.com/fotos/die-besten-unterwasserfotos/
    or
    http://www.stefanleitner.com/unterwasser-fotos/

    Stef

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  40. 1990

    Amazing.

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    Cheryl Pilkington

    January 23, 2011 10:02 am

    Take me with you.

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    these pictures are prity cool for losers

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  43. 2143

    Thank you for sharing :)
    Just started to take underwater pics, but just in a pool…
    Cant wait to take pics in the ocean..
    I love the world down under!!

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    That is so HOT

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    Beautiful collection of underwater photos, I wish you would have the EXIF info or list of underwater gear that was used. It would be great to learn from this.

    Here are some photos taken with a Nikon P7000 and Underwater Housing in the Bahamas: http://www.flickr.com/photos/underwater_cameras/

    and our photography store: housingcamera.com

    We just had a customer that asked some questions about Fashion photography and using these pictures I was able to give him some examples of what he intends to do . I wanted to recommend him some lights, thats why I wished I could see the different gear these shots were taken with.

    Anyway , great post , thanks.

    Tal

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    The photograph you claim is from sugarock99 is actually taken by Elena Kalis, so are several of the photographs on sugarock99’s webpage. You might want to change that and give the rightful photographer the credit…

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  47. 2347

    these pictures are really awesome and absolutely great hats off

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  48. 2398

    Amazing photos.. sooo beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  49. 2449

    i think there should be more pics and LESS COMMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!

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  50. 2500

    absolutely stunning!!

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