Showcase of Beautiful Photography

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Sometimes, a picture can be powerful enough to be inspirational material all by itself. To provide you with some inspiration for the upcoming week, this sunday we feature some truly beautiful and impressive images from talented artists and photographers worldwide.

Whether in black and white or in colors, they are all related by a strong sense of composition and an emphasis on lightening and colors work. All images are linked to their sources, which you are encouraged to visit. Other work of the photographers we have featured here is certainly worth discovering as well. Please notice that some images are available as prints as well.

Beautiful Photography

Dreaming1
Amazing sleeping beauty, where the beauty is actually also the beast, by Peter ツ. Prints are available as well.

Beautiful Photography - dreaming2

Blue Sky3

Blue Sky4

Far And Away5

Far And Away6

Inside Capitol Hill7

Inside Capitol Hill8

The Endpoint9
By Jeannette Oerlemans.

Inside Capitol Hill10

Falling Up11

Beautiful Photography - 12

Song of Tide13
By Wira Nurmansyah from Indonesia.

Beautiful Photography - Song of Tide14

Blue15
By Earl A. Jones.

Beautiful Photography - blue16

Bunny Bokeh17
Happy bunny bokeh wednesday, by Little Miss Patricia.

Beautiful Photography - bunny bokeh18

The Cat19

Beautiful Photography20

Abstract21
By tanakawho.

Beautiful Photography - abstract22

Ink Sea23
By Hermin Abramovitch.

Beautiful Photography - ink sea24

Fan’s Eye25
A macro shot by LauHi.

Eye26

falltuer27

Beautiful Photography - falltuer28

Painter29
By Konrad Bąk30.

Beautiful Photography - 31

Ant, The Driver32
By Raphael Guarino.

Beautiful Photography - 33

A purple leaf34
By National Geographic.

Beautiful Photography - 35

Flower Petal36
By Alistair Campbell.

Beautiful Photography - flower petal37

Keeper38
By Wysseri.

Beautiful Photography - keeper39

Who Feels Love40
By Ciuky.

Beautiful Photography - who feels love41

In The Mood 4 Love42
By Antonio Navarro Wijkmark.

Beautiful Photography - in the mood 4 love43

Tunnel44
By Kleemass.

Beautiful Photography - tunnel45

Eyjafjallajökull46
By Skarphéðinn Þráinsson.

Beautiful Photography47

Susanna Majuri48
A disturbing yet insteresting serie of images by Susanna Majuri.

Beautiful Photography - susanna majuri49

San Torini50

San Torini51

Abandoned52
By tEdGuY4953.

Abandoned54

blue canary55
By Ursula I Abresch.

blue canary56

Bearded Dragon57
A macro shot by LauHi.

Bearded Dragon58

Ant (by Unknown)
Please let us know who is the author of this image in the comments.

Beautiful Photography

Light Paintings by Twin Cities Brightest59

Beautiful Photography60

Last Click

The Plugs61
Well, that’s not a beautiful photo per se, but we are confident that this image will spark your imagination for a more productive workflow — at least when it comes to handling cabels and plugs!

thank you god for showing me this picture xD62

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterprzybille/3915636451/in/pool-bestinshow
  2. 2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterprzybille/3915636451/in/pool-bestinshow
  3. 3 http://www.photosight.ru/photo/alone/3753521/
  4. 4 http://www.photosight.ru/photo/alone/3753521/
  5. 5 http://1x.com/photos/landscape/32947/
  6. 6 http://1x.com/photos/landscape/32947/
  7. 7 http://1x.com/photo/26325/
  8. 8 http://1x.com/photo/26325/
  9. 9 http://1x.com/photos/member/12605/30341/
  10. 10 http://1x.com/photos/member/12605/30341/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plantreesplease/3342156471/sizes/o/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plantreesplease/3342156471/sizes/o/
  13. 13 http://1x.com/photos/landscape/33004/
  14. 14 http://1x.com/photos/landscape/33004/
  15. 15 http://1x.com/photos/abstract/29585/
  16. 16 http://1x.com/photos/abstract/29585/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetpater/2609589837/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetpater/2609589837/
  19. 19 http://1x.com/OEfullSize/12873-fullsize.jpg
  20. 20 http://1x.com/OEfullSize/12873-fullsize.jpg
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28481088@N00/3360952107/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/28481088@N00/3360952107/
  23. 23 http://ahermin.deviantart.com
  24. 24 http://ahermin.deviantart.com
  25. 25 http://bigpicture.ru/?p=30526#more-30526
  26. 26 http://bigpicture.ru/?p=30526#more-30526
  27. 27 http://1x.com/photos/member/12605/21686/
  28. 28 http://fc01.deviantart.com/fs41/i/2009/003/f/c/Falltuer_by_5letters.jpg
  29. 29 http://digart.img.digart.pl/data/img/vol2/27/35/download/3137737.jpg
  30. 30 http://www.photodesign.pl/
  31. 31 http://digart.img.digart.pl/data/img/vol2/27/35/download/3137737.jpg
  32. 32 http://bigpicture.ru/?p=30526#more-30526
  33. 33 http://bigpicture.ru/?p=30526#more-30526
  34. 34 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/purple-leaf/
  35. 35 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/purple-leaf/
  36. 36 http://alliec.deviantart.com/art/Flower-Petal-Refraction-113405664
  37. 37 http://alliec.deviantart.com/art/Flower-Petal-Refraction-113405664
  38. 38 http://wysseri.deviantart.com/art/Keeper-137235159
  39. 39 http://wysseri.deviantart.com/art/Keeper-137235159
  40. 40 http://ciuky.deviantart.com/art/who-feels-love-118783096
  41. 41 http://ciuky.deviantart.com/art/who-feels-love-118783096
  42. 42 http://drivingyou.deviantart.com/art/In-the-mood-4-love-120269909
  43. 43 http://drivingyou.deviantart.com/art/In-the-mood-4-love-120269909
  44. 44 http://kleemass.deviantart.com/art/Tunnel-73770213
  45. 45 http://kleemass.deviantart.com/art/Tunnel-73770213
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/skarpi/
  47. 47 http://marieaunet.blogspot.com/2010/04/eyjafjallajokull.html
  48. 48 http://2photo.ru/15937-fotograf-susanna-majuri/full.html
  49. 49 http://2photo.ru/15937-fotograf-susanna-majuri/full.html
  50. 50 http://www.photosight.ru/photo/alone/3755361/
  51. 51 http://www.photosight.ru/photo/alone/3755361/
  52. 52 http://www.pixcetera.com/blog/2010/03/03/abandoned/
  53. 53 http://www.wix.com/egfines/Ted-Fines
  54. 54 http://www.pixcetera.com/blog/2010/03/03/abandoned/
  55. 55 http://1x.com/photo/25433/
  56. 56 http://1x.com/photo/25433/
  57. 57 http://www.eyefetch.com/image.aspx?ID=406362
  58. 58 http://www.eyefetch.com/image.aspx?ID=406362
  59. 59 http://www.twincitiesbrightest.com/
  60. 60 http://www.twincitiesbrightest.com/
  61. 61 http://observando.tumblr.com/post/466525800
  62. 62 http://observando.tumblr.com/post/466525800
  63. 63 http://polldaddy.com/poll/3457299/
  64. 64 http://polldaddy.com/features-surveys/

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  1. 1

    The first one is really amazing :)

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  2. 3

    really cool the blue sky photograph is really pleasing

    the

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  3. 5

    Great post… Photography can be a great source of inspiration during a creative burnout. Looking at these pictures surely refreshed my mind during this dry hour…

    However(with all due respect) i suggest you guys maintain the regular flow of articles rather than inspirational showcases and lists. Not that it is bad or anything, but I’ve been seeing such posts umpteen times on the web and I need to read more thought provoking articles on SM than these. I also see that this is a weekend post so I’m not going to go berserk on this :)

    As a regular reader, i get really enlightened by reading your articles and learn new stuff everyday. Although, I must admit that these pictures are good on a dull sunday evening.

    Please don’t take this personally guys.. :) and I apologize if I irked any of your readers..

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    • 6

      Vitaly Friedman

      July 11, 2010 6:08 am

      Richie, indeed, this is a weekend post. Regular work days are dedicated to thought-provoking articles.

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    • 7

      with all due respect (as well) I disagree, I have noticed a trend of articles aimed to programers and developers rather than designers (I guess that’s what readers want), but; since I’m a designer I prefer inspirational showcases than web security tips or whatever… that’s why I check SM on weekends. nice list!!

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      • 8

        As a designer myself, I have to agree with Alfredo. It’s these types of showcases that I always enjoy and awe at, that keeps me coming back to Smashing.

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  4. 9

    Fan’s Eye is simple, but elegant. Simplicity wins for me!

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  5. 10

    Thanks Alot, I’m really inspired.

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  6. 11

    Thanks for this post. Cool ones… Blue Sky & Blue Canary :-)

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  7. 12

    These guys know what they’re doing, post production!

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  8. 13

    Awesome collection. I really like to catch a break from business once in a while, even though this kind of post still works for inspirational purposes and sparks creativity. I love photography! Very inspirational to me. Thanks guys!

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  9. 14

    Thank you very much smashing, these are really fantastic.. I am now picking up my camera.. :)

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  10. 15

    “The Artist” has a watermark showing copyright by Konrad Bak and a websute. Is he the website owner as opposed to the photographer?

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  11. 16

    The bottom-right credits the photo of the painter to Konrad Bąk of Photodesign.pl at least. Is this not right, since you’re asking the the artist?

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  12. 18

    Awesome Pics

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  13. 19

    Kitsch as kitsch can!
    Usually Smashing Magazine puts its emphasis on high quality works. These photographs might be technically very well executed, but there is much, much better photography out there.

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  14. 20

    Awesomeeee listtt

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  15. 21

    Moksha Solutions

    July 11, 2010 1:17 pm

    thanks for such a great collection

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  16. 22

    And they said I would have to leave my computer to se nature’s beauty. HA! It came right to me.

    Thanks!

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  17. 23

    The first one gives me a big shot, especially in the hot summer day,cool.

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  18. 24

    I love the colors in some of these photos!

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  19. 25

    Thanks a lot to SM for the post!!! I specially liked Far And Away, Falling Up, Song of Tide, Bunny Bokeh, Ink Sea Ant, The Driver. Really amazing photographs and very good inspirations.
    Keep posting articles like this.

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  20. 26

    all are nice. l love this post.

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  21. 27

    Some really amazing photos! I really love seeing some of these uber colorful macro works. Really fantastic stuff. I agree that some of the content matter is a bit cliche, but that only increases the impressiveness of these works. To make the mundane, or overused ideas seem new again takes a lot more skill in my opinion. Really great!

    Alec Schmidt
    Graphic Designer / Art Director
    Overscored / Phoenix, AZ

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  22. 28

    The first shot of the dreaming husky is absolutely beautiful. The colors are amazing. That’s a truly inspirational shot.

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  23. 29

    nurul amin russel

    July 11, 2010 10:42 pm

    nice share

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  24. 30

    More of these!

    btw: Finished the smashing book yesterday. Good one!

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  25. 31

    Most of the pictures are excellent. Still, there are loads of amazing photography out there enough for a whole new category ;) I would also love to see some portrait photography showcase.. Thanks, a great weekend post!

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  26. 32

    I loved the ‘Blue sky’ one. Its Greece, isnt it?

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  27. 34

    Last picture Wins…..

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  28. 35

    Last click,
    Darn good idea.

    What rock have I been living under all these years!

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  29. 36

    go to deviantart, click on “order by popularity”
    save images and URLs
    go to 1x.com click on “latest popular”
    save images and URLs
    goto couple of other sites do the same

    here is this article probably took about 15 minutes
    good job !!!

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      Vitaly Friedman

      July 12, 2010 3:23 am

      These photos have been bookmarked over 4 months. I am sorry if you feel that this post took about 15 minutes to prepare. Please notice that it is not an article, it’s merely an inspirational post.

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  30. 38

    Thanks, this article really helps me learn about web design and development – NOT. Another worthless article from Smashing.

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    • 39

      Vitaly Friedman

      July 12, 2010 3:21 am

      JN, please feel free to ignore this post. It was an inspirational piece, and it was published on Sunday, so this is a weekend post. I am sure you’ll find many other interesting pieces on Smashing Magazine.

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  31. 40

    It’s amazing how different people’s tastes can be. I dislike all but the Bearded Dragon picture. That however is extremely well shot and beautiful to my eye.

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  32. 41

    these images are medicore at best

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  33. 42

    a few of these are interesting (eg falltuer) but most of them are slick and dull (or, to paraphrase some of the other comments, soulless kitsch), some positively cringe-making. a beautiful photo isn’t necessarily a good one. it’s obviously a matter of taste (and i’ve been crushingly outvoted on this one) but why waste space on this website with stuff i can get from (similarly popular) flickr pages?

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  34. 43

    Great, thank you!!!

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  35. 44

    Owh, my photo was there! Thank you very much :D

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  36. 45

    Nice collection!

    Btw, shouldn’t it be dive/diver not drive/driver? :)

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  37. 46

    Great collection! I’m surprised that some people think these photos are mediocre – I’d like to see them try to create such works of art. To those who made the list, you should really consider taking it to a commercial, professional level – I’d love to have some of these hanging on my wall – perhaps a company like eBay, DeviantART or DubLi could help you to market and sell?

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  38. 47

    Outstanding picture with a tremendous amount of quality.

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  39. 48

    Fascinating photographs, thank you.

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  40. 49

    Well I really like to see, from time to time, post dedicated to photography on SM.
    In fact I think that issue of photography deserve a bit more space in SM.
    But as usually, among mostly nice photos everytime slip some kitschy crap…
    Also I think that photo manipulation does not belong in “Showcase of Beautiful Photography”.

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  41. 50

    I think it’s interesting that there continues to be that ‘kind of person’ who ignores and dismisses these posts as fluff? SM provides a service to the community, let us not forget.

    The people that complain about the posts like this whine about SM not talking about developing… well I’m just curious, why would Smashing Magazine exist if there weren’t people making photography like this? What job would a developer have.. if there wasn’t content? Would you be developing web pages about new ways to develop web pages.. web pages about… oh wait… that’s right.. interesting stuff! Being able to recognize and see the value in content is essential to any developer, and if you’re part of the crowd that doesn’t or can’t recognize it… well, that’s just a shame.

    Thanks SM for your posts – I think people forget how hard you guys work at providing content for everyone. These posts are just as important as the next.

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  42. 51

    I fully agree with DIGITALLUSH.

    I mean you see what is post is about – Inspiration.
    If you don’t need it, then don’t read it and therefor don’t comment on it.
    So many people complain about SM these days, yet their quality of service has been very high over the course of years, all free of charge.

    It is so easy these days to get behind a pc and just complain and moan about stuff.
    If your not happy or content with SM then don’t visit their site anymore. If you want to criticize then do so with respect and in a well founded matter.

    That said, I love the pictures and sometimes it is hard to believe that PS was not used to create it. There is beauty all around us and thanks for those creative souls to capture it for us!

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  43. 52

    Vitaly, greetings to you.
    I understand that you find your self responsible for answering some “thumbs-down” comments, but I don’t know why you give it this much attention buddy. I’m a photographer and I love seeing other photographers’ photos. Professional people create a circle of inspiration, and SM brings us inside this circle. Don’t stop this work no matter what kind of art it is.

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    • 53

      Gotta agree with this. Not everyone will be a fan of your posts. With such a wide audience most likely you’ll always get a few negative comments, no matter what the subject. Ignore them as they are just a small, small fraction of otherwise completely satisfied users. Personally, being a creative, I love these types of posts. Keep them coming!

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      • 54

        Ignoring negative comments is a sure fire way to medicority.

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        • 55

          And paying attention to them exclusively is a sure-fire way to invite even more trollish negative remarks.

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  44. 56

    These photos are truly amazing and inspiring. I only wish my touching up skills were as good as theirs or my camera was powerful enough. Sigh.

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  45. 57

    I really loved this pictures :]

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  46. 58

    I have just one word to say “Awesome”

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  47. 59

    The first 8 photos in this collection just blow my mind!! Absolutely Fantastic!!

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  48. 60

    The Plugs is actually a photo from the Dutch department of Lifehacking. http://lifehacking.nl/kantoor-tips/nooit-meer-je-usb-kabel-achter-het-bureau-verliezen-voor-e1/

    Great photographs!

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  49. 61

    While the coloring and lighting is excellent, I especially like how many of these use real concepts so that the picture really does tell a story.

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  50. 62

    I love the first one of the pup in the flowers. Reminds me of my dog when he is sleeping.

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  51. 63

    the first shot is awesome

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  52. 64

    Santorini and Blue Sky are beautiful, great finds.

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  53. 65

    Beautiful images………
    i like it very much……….

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  54. 66

    Amaging..! very inspiring..!

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  55. 67

    I really like how the red flowers pop out around the wolf. The picture looks so crisp.

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  56. 68

    I really like how the red flowers pop out around the wolf. The picture looks so crisp. Don’t know if someone else said this, but I’m not duplicating smashingmag.

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  57. 69

    An aweeeesomeeee collections. Gracia..

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  58. 70

    Thanks for this. Appreciate it :) Nice to see something different every now and then.

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  59. 71

    Great.

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  60. 72

    You can see more interesting Photography @ http://www.megashot.net

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  61. 73

    How, these are truy amazing!

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  62. 74
  63. 75

    These kind of posts just make me more anxious to go travelling the world for a year.

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  64. 76

    remake up photos or direct just from camera?

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  65. 77

    As mentioned before. Don’t pass photoshoped thingies as photos. Many if not most will not even make it into a publication with relaxed rules on authenticity of photos. Beyond cropping, correctional dodging/burning or some filtering at the time of the original photgraph photos must be photos.

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    • 78

      Post production is (and always was) an important part of professional photography, from the early days of film, right through to digital. These images aren’t supposed to be factual, they aren’t shot for the National Geographic or The Guardian.

      Once you hit the shutter button, all cameras carry out their own series of algorithms and compression techniques. Nothing is “direct just from camera” as Jimba so eloquently puts it. You may as well just say that using a digital camera is cheating because the camera uses it’s own processing algorithms before it saves the image from sensor to memory card.

      Antje, you seem to think cropping, dodging and burning is acceptable but nothing beyond that. Why? You’ve started to manipulate the photograph at this point, so where do you draw the line? Once you start to crop an image you change it’s composition; you can drastically alter an image with simple cropping, but you seem to think this is OK? Could I add a slight vignette to bring my subject out, or would that be cheating in your eyes? What about that aeroplane I didn’t notice in the sky when I shot my image, could I clone it out? Why not? Photographers have been doing these techniques in darkrooms long before Photoshop.

      The commenters complaining about these photos being manipulated and therefore somehow less worthy, less artistic, or less impressive really need to take a closer look. Most of these images have been sharpened, had curves and tones adjusted but very little beyond that, there’s nothing that’s been done here that couldn’t be done in a darkroom.

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      • 79

        Most ‘photos’ are montages of other people’s stock photos. Not straight shots souped up a bit.
        Cropping is just like framing at the time of taking the photograph. It is part of the original work. Dodging and burning are just like contrast control required techniques to make the end result as much as possible as the situation previsioned at the time of the photo.
        Manupuled photographs may be an art form in itself like painting or drawing but have always been considered unaccepetable for documentary, press and reportage.

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        • 80

          I’d like you to point out a single image on this list that’s comped from stock photography.

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  66. 81

    Lol its “Santorini” (Σαντορίνη) and not San Torini :D

    Nice pics anyways.

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  67. 82

    Great selection of inspiring images.

    Photography like this sure lets you see how amazing the world is underneath the everyday rubbish.

    Also posts like these aren’t all that bad, I’m sure us designers and artists could use some inspiration now and again to refresh our view of things.

    Steven

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  68. 83

    Great collection!

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  69. 84

    That first image is ridiculously awesome.

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  70. 85

    Nand Kishor Singh

    July 15, 2010 8:57 pm

    Nice collection of gr8 photographs!

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  71. 86

    Patrick Wieczorek

    July 16, 2010 12:32 am

    Liked the last pic (cabel holder). In a practical sense, it’s very mind opening ;)

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  72. 87

    amazing pictures!

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  73. 88

    Definitivamente que son excelentes fotografías. La proyección, la simetría, la perspectiva, el color, el momento, el estilo, todo, todo,… Realmente son especiales. Transportan.

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  74. 89

    featured @ beautifulmac.com

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  75. 90

    Simply wonderful!

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  76. 91

    This should be in the list! anything from rianflynn.com is incredible!

    He did a twilight style shot for the Old Spice Guy!
    flickr.com/photos/rianflynn/4809031259/

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  77. 92

    I like the photographs but there is a LOT of post-processing. I don’t get it. In my opinion, a photograph loses its credit the moment you over post-process it. I absolutely despise HDR photography. To me photography is art and not everyone’s cup of tea. It takes a lot of effort to “make” a photograph. “Taking” photographs is very easy…

    If you want to see some inspiring photography, try Steve McCurry or Raghu Rai. Their photographs tell a story…

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  78. 93

    love it , i want to be a amazing photographer like those talented people :)

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  79. 94

    Look at these
    κατασκευή eshop

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  80. 95

    Awesome photography! very inspiring! I am going to use some techniques on my next shoots. Take a look at my studio work and let me know if you like my works.
    Thanks. Bluepoly Studios Photography

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  81. 96

    Great, thank you.

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  82. 97

    I think the fact that ‘Bunny Bokeh’ is before ‘The Cat’ adds to the whole idea of the cat hiding, almost waiting for it’s prey to walk past. Both beautiful images.

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  83. 98

    Wauuuuu, that is Sickage!!! I’m speechless…………………….. :-)

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  84. 99

    Last pic is very informative.

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  85. 100

    amazing and beautiful photos, they are incredible. This collection is so great as the collecton of photo”Around the world in 24 hours” blog.websitetemplates.bz/website_templates_news/around-the-world-in-24-hours.html#more-2550

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  86. 101

    The second one is in my country Morocco <3
    fantastic pictures!!!

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  87. 102

    Awesome pictures, mind blowing…….love it

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  88. 103

    I am the author of the picture ANT.

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  89. 104

    is a very nice . thanks for GOD alot.

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  90. 105

    stunning photographs your collections are just stunning am the author of incrediblesnaps.com

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  91. 106

    Beauty full, amazing photography is a very nice

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  92. 107

    vibhu chauhan

    May 8, 2012 8:21 am

    nice work…….keep working on this stuff

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  93. 108

    I was going to say the exact same thing. Technically flawless, but utterly lacking in spontaneity and “soul”.

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  94. 109

    Same here, a master photoshopper does not a beatiful photo make.

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