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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 Inspiration). 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)3

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Divya (Diamondee)4

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Sarah Lee6

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Akhilesh Sharma8

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Ahmed Shiham10

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Dominic Kamp12

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Si Micklewright14 (via15)

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~Anti-Pati-ya17

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Dieter Schaefer19

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Janusz Leszczynski21

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Unknown23

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Carlos Pardo25

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Miguel (miguelyn)27

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Dan Barron29

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Unknown31

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The Beach

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Berryness35

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Land Nick36

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Jorge Sato38

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Clark Little40

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Frank Daske42
“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 Shareef

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Hubble Space Telescope45
“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 Terrades47

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In Cherl Kim49 (South Korea)

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Aubrey (Aubirdy)51

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Nejdet Düzen53

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Brad Harris55

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John Kirkwood

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Majed Sultan Ali

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Indah Susanti59

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Joel (photo61guy)61

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Jill Buschlen63

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Daniel Cheong65

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Claudia Domenig67

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Dave Alexander69

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Azzam Merchant

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Steven (merriewells)71

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John Carleton73

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Jaime Fernandez

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5348 Franco AWAY75

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Gavin Will76

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Mayela Fabbiani78

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Phil Warner79

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Rosie Hardy81

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

    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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  5. 5

    you’re tremendous, smashing!

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  6. 6

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

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    Naveed Ahmad

    March 15, 2009 9:52 pm

    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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    Antti Lehtinen

    March 15, 2009 11:31 pm

    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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  12. 12

    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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    Brandon Turner

    March 16, 2009 12:03 am

    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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  21. 21

    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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  29. 29

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

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  30. 30

    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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  33. 33

    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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  36. 36

    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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  37. 37

    Beautiful photos

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  38. 38

    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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