35 (Really) Stunning Photos and Pictures

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We love beautiful photography. In photos, the beauty isn’t necessarily reflected in an eye-catching combination of colors; perspectives, angle, composition and, most importantly, the idea behind the shot or the situation in which the shot was taken, are particularly important when it comes for our showcases.

Over the last months we have covered a variety of different photography arts, such as shadow photography, night photography, city photography, arial photography, urban decay and many others (you can find them in our section Inspiration1). This time we present you a “mixed bag” of some truly outstanding photos and images, created by talented photographers and designers across the globe.

Below you’ll find 35 truly stunning, beautiful and unusual photos. Every image is linked and leads to the source from which it was taken. Please feel free to explore further works of the talented photographers presented above.

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35 (Really) Stunning Photos and Pictures

María A.C. (ernieland)4

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Divya (Diamondee)6

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Sarah Lee8

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Akhilesh Sharma10

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Ahmed Shiham12

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Dominic Kamp14

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Si Micklewright16 (via17)

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~Anti-Pati-ya19

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Dieter Schaefer21

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Janusz Leszczynski23

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Unknown25

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Carlos Pardo27

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Miguel (miguelyn)29

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Dan Barron31

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Unknown33

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The Beach35

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Berryness39

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Unknown41

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Land Nick43

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Jorge Sato45

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Clark Little47

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Frank Daske49
“The rooftop pattern reminds me on a painting by Paul Klee, I’ve loved once. So, for me, it has a meaning. And for you?”

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Simon Shareef51

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Hubble Space Telescope53
“In January 2002, a dull star in an obscure constellation suddenly became 600,000 times more luminous than our Sun, temporarily making it the brightest star in our galaxy. The star is called V838 Monocerotis.”

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Perico Terrades55

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In Cherl Kim57 (South Korea)

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Aubrey (Aubirdy)59

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Nejdet Düzen61

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Brad Harris63

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John Kirkwood65

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Majed Sultan Ali67

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Indah Susanti69

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Joel (photo61guy)71

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Jill Buschlen73

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Daniel Cheong75

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Claudia Domenig77

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Dave Alexander79

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Azzam Merchant81

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Steven (merriewells)83

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John Carleton85

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Jaime Fernandez87

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5348 Franco AWAY89

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Gavin Will91

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Mayela Fabbiani93

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Phil Warner95

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Last Click

Rosie Hardy97

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/category/monday-inspiration/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  4. 4 http://www.flickr.com/people/ernieland/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ernieland/1845144138/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/people/divs_passion_for_photography/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/divs_passion_for_photography/2467662497/
  8. 8 http://vivantvie.com/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/clashed/2831951893/
  10. 10 http://jpgmag.com/people/Akhilesh
  11. 11 http://jpgmag.com/photos/11814
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/people/ashiham/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashiham/2389530870/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/people/dominic_kamp/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominic_kamp/3244766389/sizes/o/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/people/sivoodoo/
  17. 17 http://lightpaint.tumblr.com/post/77147969/bus-long-exposure-by-si-voodoo
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sivoodoo/2056188328/sizes/o/
  19. 19 http://anti-pati-ya.deviantart.com/
  20. 20 http://anti-pati-ya.deviantart.com/art/camera-105420559
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/people/beachwalker2007/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachwalker2007/2712592098/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/people/januszbc/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/januszbc/2597363478/
  25. 25 http://ffffound.com/image/3e11bbcfaf0a57e5e33588fff5830483b927da2f
  26. 26 http://ffffound.com/image/3e11bbcfaf0a57e5e33588fff5830483b927da2f
  27. 27 http://www.m4de.com/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/m4de/92259328/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/people/miguelyn/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguelyn/2432433988/
  31. 31 http://www.danbarron.co.uk/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/danbarron/3341382593/
  33. 33 http://overflowing.tumblr.com/post/85689615
  34. 34 http://overflowing.tumblr.com/post/85689615
  35. 35 http://incredimazing.com/page/The_Beach
  36. 36 http://incredimazing.com/page/The_Beach
  37. 37 http://weheartit.com/entry/141958
  38. 38 http://weheartit.com/entry/141958
  39. 39 http://berryness.deviantart.com/
  40. 40 http://berryness.deviantart.com/art/Ode-To-Spring-83674457
  41. 41 http://isthisblood.tumblr.com/post/79859629/via-cacaococoa
  42. 42 http://isthisblood.tumblr.com/post/79859629/via-cacaococoa
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/people/nick_land/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nick_land/2633209293/
  45. 45 http://www.jpgmag.com/people/sato
  46. 46 http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/982557
  47. 47 http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2009/feb/27/clark-little-photograph-waves?picture=343884998
  48. 48 http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2009/feb/27/clark-little-photograph-waves?picture=343884998
  49. 49 http://1x.com/member/14936/frank-daske/
  50. 50 http://1x.com/photos/popular/week/23261/
  51. 51 http://www.randomrefractions.com/
  52. 52 http://forum.smashingmagazine.com/photography-f45/post-your-best-t465-30.html#p6297
  53. 53 http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/12/hubble_space_telescope_advent.html
  54. 54 http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/12/hubble_space_telescope_advent.html
  55. 55 http://www.pericoterrades.com/
  56. 56 http://www.pericoterrades.com/www/index.php?showimage=246
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/people/floridapfe/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/floridapfe/2114302589/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/people/aubirdy/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/aubirdy/3330862481/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/people/nejdetduzen/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2515898795/
  63. 63 http://www.bradharrisphoto.com/
  64. 64 http://www.booooooom.com/2008/11/07/brad-harris/
  65. 65 http://www.jk247.co.uk/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnboy2007/2571471440/
  67. 67 http://majedali.com
  68. 68 http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=6715015&catID=28851
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/people/indahs/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/indahs/2269343444/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/people/52756285@N00/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/52756285@N00/918014575/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/people/jbusch/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbusch/438416812/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/people/danielcheong/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielcheong/3209750863/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/people/cdomenig/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdomenig/2806735723/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/people/playing-with-light/
  80. 80 http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/onblack.php?id=3092449676&size=large
  81. 81 http://www.azzammerchant.com/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/3347844068/in/pool-magiceye
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/people/merwells/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwells/2783707423/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/people/johncarleton/
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johncarleton/83723497/
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/people/flashmonger/
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24026191@N02/3353222455/
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/people/12708811@N07/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/12708811@N07/2934798003/in/set-72157602373742215/
  91. 91 http://www.gavinwill.me.uk/?page_id=26
  92. 92 http://www.gavinwill.me.uk/?page_id=26
  93. 93 http://www.flickr.com/people/waricha/
  94. 94 http://www.flickr.com/photos/waricha/1066678834/
  95. 95 http://www.flickr.com/people/philwarner/
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/photos/philwarner/3312028634/
  97. 97 http://www.flickr.com/people/rosie_hardy/
  98. 98 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosie_hardy/3146711244/
  99. 99 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  100. 100 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/

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  1. 1

    janusz leszczynski’s foto isnt amazing is dull and boring -and there is nothing stunning

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    Leland Clemmons

    March 16, 2009 1:52 pm

    That helicopter light-painting is incredible! The amount of work that must have gone into preparation is astounding. That last photo looks great too, but I’m not sure if that rainbow-esque spectrum is attributed to processing.

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      “That helicopter light-painting is incredible! The amount of work that must have gone into preparation is astounding.” Thanks…it was friends helicopter and it’s amazing to see in person. It’s a one of a kind.

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  4. 205

    Careful, or you’ll wear out that link-bait strategy that has served you so well till now. This post was definitely sub-par.

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  5. 256

    you guys could really use a photographer on board because these photography posts of yours are getting more and more average.

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    Rosie Hardy as your last picture? You know she steals people’s images right? google “rosie hardy plagiarism”…

    Not cool

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  7. 358

    Gorgeous picture … Great

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    Clark Little, 5348 Franco AWAY, Daniel Cheong …. really STUNNING…!!!!

    thanks a lot!

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  9. 460

    I absolutely LOVE Rosie Hardy’s photos. Thanks for the post.

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  10. 511

    Rosie Hardy ? Are you kidding ?

    She is a copycat.

    She copies the original photos of DeviantArt artists and sells the images.

    Ps : Please google : Rosie hardy Plagiarism.

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    @John – absolutely – she’s a fraud

    Read this

    This is a write up about her situation

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  12. 613

    I suggest you to remove “(Really) Stunning” from the title…

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    And truth to eat beautiful photos!

    Particularly gentle embraces…
    Thank!

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    WOW!

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    This is great!!!
    Waves photo’s photographer is too lucky with such this photo :)

    Thanks

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    I love the mood in Jaime Fernandez’s and the colour feast in Mayela Fabbiani’s!

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    Does what it says on the tin… some really stunning photos. Though I agree that some do use alot of photoshop effects, which is a shame.

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    Most of these are fantastic! But I don’t know why some of those are there.

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    One the images above has been placed on this site without my knowledge or permission, can anyone please tell me who I can send the bill to for the use of this image, thankyou.

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    Santosh Puthran

    March 17, 2009 9:00 am

    Excellent photos. My eyes are wide open.

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    Stunning…a few, but surely not all of them. Maybe I should start describing my own as amazing, extraordinary collections and they too will be Digged hundreds of times and soon enough I’ll be able to make a living doing this…hmmm…http://mackieimages.smugmug.com/

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    @John and @Tony, I had no idea about the “Rosie hardy Plagiarism”. That’s awful. I came across her photos through Flickr and really liked her style. I didn’t know that couple of her pictures were copied from other people’s hard work. She shouldn’t have done that cuz after all she has a lot of original work and that could ruin her career.

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    sum of this stuff is preaty cool but most of it sucks

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    What do you think about this one?

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    I just love to check out your site from time to time and see inspiring photos, artworks, designs, tutorials, etc. and this is right up there. Thanks for posting, especially for people like me who enjoy being inspired and love all types of media for creation, rather than act like some mightier than thou art critic who thinks they made CREATIVITY up! Keep em coming!

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    Incredible GOD!

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    Nice Photos and Images!!!

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    These pics are really great, as always. it always amazes me how you manage to find these pics. :)

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  30. 1531

    Some really great pictures! Thank you for showing!

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    Perico Terrades

    March 20, 2009 1:28 am

    Gracias por publicar mi foto, estoy realmente encantado

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    so beautiful!!!

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    I agree with 35, Stephanie…. most of these photos have been edited in someway.. some more than others… and I would agree that not all these are quite as earth shattering as you make out… I really don’t like too much photoshop editing. 1st photo was a good start and a few others but then a few others let down the notion that it is purely photography. Show me some photos which are purely photography and hardly any photoshop editing and I will be immensely impressed. I might as well add that my photos are awesome.. but I am biased :)

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    Great Photo’s

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    These are really stunning photos. They are actually smashing.

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    Most of these are pretty boring. A few are cool I guess.
    Nothing amazing.

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    All these pictures are phenominal!!

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    That was outstanding and exceedingly inspirational! Excellent job. :)

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    Prof Shah Murad Mastoi

    June 6, 2009 7:58 pm

    VERY NICE TO SEE PICTURES

    I M DR SHAH MURAD MASTOI

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    jOuao9 comment6 ,

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    hi chachoo im khalid mastoi

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    Amazing, all are really stunning beautiful, but I really like the first, and the last, and from these photographers Akhilesh Sharma, ~Anti-Pati-ya , Berryness, Azzam Merchant, Steven (merriewells), Mayela Fabbiani…. Thanks a lot for these stunning photos.

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    Awesome post – thanks for these awesome shots!

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    Awesome pics!

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    Unusual..Amazing pics….just superb photography !! Thanks and keep going on..

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  46. 2347

    Theses are really stunning! You always have the best posts!!!

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  47. 2398

    some of the photographs featured are not stunning at all..

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    just great…

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    really cool…n stuning…
    great………………………

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    SWEET HUMAS;S IMAGE

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