Monday, March 28, 2016



From my special source, I have collected a group of very interesting photos I thought you would enjoy this week.  Photographs that just make you go:  "WOW".....

Who needs panoramas when you can create tiny Earths on your smartphone? Notjsmooth7, who trekked up Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park, in British Columbia, Canada, only to eschew the namesake panoramic route and opt for a little sphere of wonder instead:
tiny earth photo
(Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
The photographer captured this shot with an old Nexus 4 phone and put it together with the Google Camera Photosphere app. If you’d rather go a different route, though, you can alsocreate these sorts of images in Photoshop.
Bombo Headland was the site of a tremendously scientifically important quarry in New South Wales, Australia. That’s where, in 1926, someone discovered the world’s longest geomagnetic polarity interval, near what would become the town of Kiama, giving the quarry its geological title of the “Kiaman Reverse Superchron”. Also, it’s really pretty: 
The basalt columns, once part of a quarry, allow the waves to shoot straight up, requiring good timing for the waterfall effect. (Via 500px. Click for larger image.)
The shot makes the water look like painted brushstrokes. Australian landscape photographer Peter Hill snapped it in August 2011 with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 45mm tilt-shift prime lens.  as part of his ongoing series capturing the lush greenery and harsh rock of Australian nature. Despite some critics of the photo believing it to be more processed than it is, Hill, on his 500px page, assures us it’s real:
“In the past at least one viewer has questioned the authenticity of the shot, so listen up when I say it is a real photograph and has not been manipulated. If I could I would show you the shots taken immediately before and after to prove it beyond doubt. More recently the shot has been replicated by others, shooting from the same spot, without acknowledging their inspiration was not entirely original. That pisses me off somewhat.” – Peter Hill
Encompassing Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, the Pacific Northwest is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful regions in the United States. Each state in the PNW contributes its own breathtaking natural landmarks, but Washington’s picturesque mountains and volcanoes easily command the attention of travelers.
California-based graphic designer and photographer Bryan Buchanan took this photo of one of Washington’s most well-loved peaks—Mount Rainier—from Mount Rainier National Park’s Tipsoo Lake viewpoint at around 10 p.m. on October 25, 2015:
mount rainier mountain washington 14er pacific northwest fourteener 14,000 feet olympic national park
“Mount Rainier Under The Moonlight” by Bryan Buchanan (Via Flickr. Click image to see full size.)
As Washington’s tallest peak, Mount Rainier, stands an impressive 14,417 feet, towering over its namesake city and surrounding coniferous forests and mountain valleys, with Seattle nearby to the northwest.
Buchanan created the photograph as a single frame long exposure. He mounted his Sony Alpha a7II ILCE7M2 and Sony 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* FE ZA lens onto a tripod and adjusted his settings to capture a 15 second exposure at f/1.8 and ISO 3200. He used a shutter release cable to minimize camera shake.
He revealed to a Flickr user that his post-processing methods included flattening the image by lowering contrast, brightening shadows, darkening highlights, adjusting the curves to restore contrast and detail, tweaking luminosity for greater rock and tree detail, and boosting the clarity and de-haze tools to emphasize the stars.
“Everything in the photo is pretty far away, even the trees closest to the camera were probably 200 feet [away], so I didn’t have to worry about focusing on anything too close up,” he wrote to a Reddit user. “The ice on the mountain was pretty bright, so I was able to use auto-focus at night to just focus on that… [and] I think the noise kind of hides some of the softness.”
Also on Reddit, Buchanan spoke positively about his experiences shooting with the new mirrorless Sony Alpha a7II:
“The focusing seems a bit slow for action, but I feel like it’s great for landscapes because it’s nice and small for traveling and has great dynamic range,” he said. “It almost feels like a cheater camera after coming from a Canon 3D because it’s so forgiving.”

 Sometimes, the most fortuitous shots come from the most annoying trips. Take Elia Locardi‘s example from Greece a few years back; the travel photographer waited for hours in a foggy Meteora, a sacred site in Greek Orthodoxy, to snap a photo of the famous sandstone pillars and gorgeous natural scenery. But the fog wouldn’t quit, even after Locardi hailed a cab and paid an exorbitant amount to get halfway up a mountain. But, as luck would have it, the clouds broke, and he managed to capture this shot:
valley of fog
“The Valley of Fog” by Elia Locardi (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
Locardi describes the whole ordeal on his blog, and ends on a note worthy of the photo itself:
“The giant fog monster was retreating down the mountain, leaving a path of wet winding mist, and what I can only describe as the most beautiful weather event that I’ve ever seen.”
According to 500px, he captured the moment with a Nikon D3 and a 24mm lens set at ƒ/9, a 1/640 second exposure, and ISO 250. But Locardi, who’s known for stunning HDR landscapes, likely composed the image out of several shots.

Wildlife photographer and filmmaker Kim Wolhuter had been filming a mother cheetah and her four cubs in Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana for six weeks before this incredible picture was taken. Wolhuter, it seems, had built up such trust with the cheetah family that the young female decided to come in for a closer look of the photographer, a little inspection… and a little lick of his toe:
cheetah licks foot photo
Cheetah licks photographer’s toe by Kim Wolhuter (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
On this particular day, Wolhuter had been following the cheetah family after a morning kill. Since their bellies were full, the big cats decided to have a little rest, and Wolhuter himself took a little break under the shade of a small Shepherds tree about seven or eight meters away. As he writes on his Facebook page,
“How they’ve come to accept me like this is insane. It is just what it is and I can only treasure the pure privilege.”
Surrounded by giraffe, the photographer and cheetahs dozed in the heat. Between napping, Wolhuter snapped some shots of the family and at one point one of them got a bit curious.
“The sun was peeping through a gap in the clouds on the horizon when the young female cheetah got curious. She came to me, bent down and gently nibbled my toe! I slowly pulled it away not knowing how long the gentle would last. She wasn’t too [fazed] and went back to her siblings as if proving to them she’d pulled off the ‘dare.’ Such a privilege!”

 Check out this enchanting image taken by photographer Ann-Marie Westwood at the Finnich Glen, also known as The Devil’s Pulpit, located just outside of Glasgow in Scotland:
Finnich Glen
The image was taken using a Nikon D200. To capture the entire scene, Westwood used a wide 32mm focal length while shooting at an ISO of 100 and small aperture of f/22. The soft water effect is done using a long exposure technique, in this case a full 30 seconds, which captures the movement of the water and gives a milky look.

Selfies are all the rage nowadays, and selfie sticks are probably the most popular type of stick sold right now. Humans aren’t the only ones who love taking selfies. The popular scandal involving a monkey who took a photo of himself, and the subsequent copyright issue proves it. Now, it seems like the selfie craze has reached the Internet’s most popular animal—cats:
cat selfie
(Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
Apparently, this cat loves to take selfies, as the author’s Instagram page shows. He, and some of his canine friends, know how to have some fun with the owner’s GoPro. camera.
So, after having their own selfies and Instagram accounts, I wonder what’s next for our furry friends. Will they start ordering their own food off of Amazon?


Kilauea is a massive shield volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. As anyone who’s visited can tell you, it’s a frightening, awesome, captivating experience; you can walk on cracks with glowing orange lava deep beneath and feel the heat pulsating from the center of the earth. In this photo, Hawaiian photographer Tom Kualii captures beautifully the meeting of lava and ocean:
A long exposure smooths out the water and lava while keeping the sun bright behind. (Via 500px. Click for larger image.)
The shot, called “Still Flowing After Sunset”, is typical of Kualii’s majestic style. It almost resembles a watercolor painting, but the starkness of the dangerous subject matter distinctly clashes with the serenity of the background. Well composed, well thought out—and it really makes you want to visit Hawaii for something other than just beaches and sun.

Taking a great looking 10-minute exposure is a challenge at the best of times. But, in the daytime, it can be an especially finicky process. Photographer Stanley Klasz has taken many long exposures and has found 10 minutes to be the magic number for the look and feel he’s going for. This particular shot by Klasz, taken at Hamilton’s Fifty Point Conservation Area on Lake Ontario, is a 10-minute exposure at sunrise, resulting in a smooth, warm, and peaceful image:
sunrise long exposure photo
Duality by Stan Klasz (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon 24mm TS-EII
  • Focal Length 24.0 mm
  • Shutter Speed 608.0 sec
  • Aperture f/8
  • ISO 100
Although he used a tilt-shift lens, neither position was applied. Klasz used Formatt-Hitech filters – 16 Stop NDCircular Polarizer and a Reverse Graduated filter, which he prefers because of the lack of color cast when shooting longer exposures. He used a Promote Control remote shutter.
“I’ve done a number of 10 minute exposures, I don’t know why I arrived at that particular number but for the feel of the image I’m trying to make it works for me. I approach a shot like this very carefully. It takes a lot of prep before the shot is taken, you have to double check everything. Focus, exposure settings, composition. 10 minutes is a long time to waste for one shot when the conditions are right. I’ve been to this location many many times, so I always have an idea of what I want to shoot before I get there. I do make judgement calls on everything on site, because there are so many variables that come into play with mother nature. And I’ll always do a multitude of different shots to keep all the bases covered.”


Not only interesting photos, but interesting to see some great photos and how they were created.  Special thanks to the photographers and to PictureCorrect for supplying these great photos.


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