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 Link

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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Rosie Hardy97

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Footnotes Link

  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

    Hey Thanks a lot for these wonderful images.

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    You’re always amaze me …

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    amazing works
    I always feel free to view these pictures
    And to express in chinese, it is:太厉害了

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  4. 4

    nice collection

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    you’re tremendous, smashing!

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    Nice? Yes.
    Stunning? No.
    Good collection? Yes.
    Great collection? No.

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    each and every shoot has an idea a concept and meaning plus emotion attached to it :)

    thanks for sharing they are really nice

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    I feel an instant emotional connection with each and every of these beautiful photographic images. Thanks Smashing!

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  9. 9

    Some of these are pretty outstanding, some not. Love the ones from Jamie Fernandez, Steven (merriewells), Majed Sultan Ali, Brad Harris and Sarah Lee.

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    There are some outstanding shots but unfortunately just some. I think it would be better to make a smaller collection, let’s say 10 photos, to keep the quality high. Same goes for some of your other collections and lists. Anyway, thanks for this, it was a pleasure to view some beautiful photos!

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    Clark Little, Brad Harris, Perico Terrades, Jaime Fernandez, Azzam Merchant, Rosie Hardywow! You really stand out! Great works all of you!

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    Hey! great collections! really made my day! thanks

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  13. 13

    some are great, some are good…

    I would prefer collections about a certain topic.

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  14. 14

    Super collection, some very imaginative stuff.

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    They’re all good, clean photos with good qualities, but they all just seem so “stock” to me. the only one I really like which might even be the most simplistic, is the one that has “I MISS HER” painted on a wall. That’s the only one that really hits me.

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  16. 16

    nice stuff

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  17. 17

    A great collection…thank you for the inspiration.

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  18. 18

    Wow.. Thanks a lot – they’re beautiful

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    There are many beautiful photos, thanx. Especially with road.

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    Cool photos!

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  22. 22

    Wow wow wow! What an art !
    Awesome Photographs really ! =)

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    i love those bradharris.com photos

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    Absolutely stunning!! I love these posts ye do, they do my heart good! Although the one of the surfer makes me wanna cry, I need to surf NOW!!

    I really like Gavin Will’s shot, I do the same thing, leaning on the window watching the city go by, and it captures perfectly the feelings.

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    Some photos are REALLY bad

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    Wow pics. loved the one with the sun peeping between the wave.

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    Daniel Matthews

    March 16, 2009 3:33 am

    Simply stunning…. Love the inspiration.

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    Beautiful…

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    Sorry fellas, but I’ve seen way more stunning photos than these above. Anyway, nice try (bow)

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    These photos are just beautiful. Thank´s for the post.

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    honestly….. not that impressed.

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    great great great

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    Some photos are nice, but most of them are just colorful kitsch…

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    Even colorful kitsch can be beautiful..

    Daniel Cheong’s picture is wonderful. Overall a very nice collection.

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    Are close-ups of flowers really stunning, though?

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    It’s unfortunate that for photos to be considered “stunning” that excessive editing in Photoshop or 3d Max is needed. Many of these have been edited QUITE a bit – and I’m not talking about just boosting the saturation. HDR – different exposures layered over each other and cloning is visible in at least a couple of these pieces.

    I’m all for the use of Photoshop to boost my photos, but there’s a line to where it becomes computer art rather than photography.

    I’d prefer to see a post of actual photographs with minimal editing – let me see what you saw through the viewfinder, rather than a couple of hours of fiddling on the computer, editing a base image, applying a couple different exposures on top, cloning out this, removing that, adding that shadow in…

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    Beautiful photos

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    Lots of kitsch. I like photos that could be the beginning of a (short) story. Like the first one.

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    Very Nice

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    man, I am tired of HDR manipulation.

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    They are nice. However, not stunning.

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    47 photos != 35…

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  43. 43

    Some nice work but I feel the post could be split between photoshop modified and straight up photography.

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    Pretty much the slightly below average Smashing collection of “pretty.”

    Nice? Yes, with all the softness implied by “nice.”

    “Stunning?” Puhlease. Try harder and don’t be so lazy. You’ve done much, much better than this in the past. This selection verges on “Stock Photography.”

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    The kitty pic was my favorite! : ) Thank you for these!

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    I completely agree with Stephanie.

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    Smashing!!!!! Very Inspiring . Clark Little’s was gr8!!

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    The title of this article is “Stunning Photos and Pictures…” I will add with accent on Pictures.
    Yes some of them are really stunning.
    I noticed that editorial have tendencies for publishing HDR images, which I considered borderline with kitsch.
    About “stock looking photos”, internet audience is used to look at stock images, not just on internet there are tv commercials, magazines, etc., so with
    new generation of digital photographers, hobysts and everyone else with todays procurable
    digital cameras and software equipment, people are making stock looking photos consciously or subconsciously, we all are under influence of our enviroment.

    For those who never heard for Henri Cartier-Bresson, just type that name in google, and browse. Enjoy and learn something.

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    Buenisimas imagenes.

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    I have to agree with a handful of the folks here and say the overwhelming majority of the photos posted in these type collections on smashing simply are not stunning photographs.

    I mean, I get that people have their own tastes, and I’m cool with that, but for such a fine site to have such an amateur eye for photography is surprising!

    That said, there are 4 or 5 great photos in this collection. I won’t single them out so as to be rude, but I think most with a sensibility for photography can pick them out.

    I say – if you want smashing to be as good a source for stunning photgraphy as it is for web design, you should have a guest poster do your photo collections. Would be great I think…

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