Tuesday, April 5, 2016




First of all, I have to admit one thing, doing this blog on the computer, and then seeing it on the computer is exactly how I want it to turn out.  Then, when I look at the same blog on my cell phone, it is just not the same.  I don't understand it.  But, it might be different on other people's cell phones, so, I hope it looks good to all of you.  I am trying to make this look professional and something you like looking at. 

Anyway, I have found a few great photos that are just, can I say, "interesting"  that may not win awards, but, could win awards for "most interesting.  Maybe being at the right place at the right time to capture such events.  But, whatever, this is what makes photography fun.  So, let's take a look at these incredible photos:


Why you need an ND Filter:

Neutral density filters can transform your photography in ways you’d never imagine. Check out this side by side comparison of a photo taken at the same location with and without a long exposure:
long exposure photography
What a sunset and a long exposure time does for your picture. (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
The photographer used a 10-stop solid ND filter to capture the details in the shadow area while retaining a lot of details in the sky. The long exposure helped him to capture motion blur both in the water and the clouds. Along with the filter, his camera settings were f/11, 141 seconds, and ISO 100.
Though some post-processing may have been involved, this is still some transformation, isn’t it? It really goes to show what a ND filter and waiting for the golden hour can do for your imagery.
Inside a Buddhist Cave Temple:
For us, Datdawtaung Cave is the perfect setting for a beautifully lit and composed photograph. But for many Buddhist monks, it is a place of peace, meditation, and spiritual enlightenment. This image by Burmese photographer Lin Tun beautifully captures the cave:
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Inside Datdawtaung, a Buddhist cave temple in Myanmar. (Via Imgur. Click to see full size.)
Datdawtaung cave is located near the town of Kyauk Sel in the Mandalay region of Myanmar. Although no two are the same, the cave temples of Myanmar draw upon natural lighting to highlight the raw architecture of the cavern and the beautifully constructed alters within.
The photo was shot with a Nikon D90 and a focal length of 21mm. The camera was set at 1/60 of a second, f/7.1, and ISO 800.
“In this cave you can see and discover the secret of natural beauty and so many Buddha images and even a pagoda.”

Standoff between Heron and Hawk:

 The Internet’s favorite kind of nature photo is an anthropomorphic nature photo. Sure, we could look at pretty photos of birds if we wanted to, but isn’t it cooler to look at birds acting like humans?
heron vs hawk
“Hands up” by Georg Scarf (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
This moment—of a mighty grey heron threatening a hawk—was captured by Luxembourgish nature photographer Georg Scarf, who shot it with a Nikon D4S with a 300mm lens. Because nature photography calls for extremely fast shutter speeds, Scarf opted for a 1/1600 second exposure, compensated by an aperture of f/2.8 and an ISO of 1600.
An Erupting Guatemalan Volcano:
Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time. That’s what happened to Andy Shepard, a nature and travel photographer who hiked up a nearby mountain, set up his tripod, and fell asleep until 1:30 a.m., when a deafening sound exploded nearby; he woke up and quickly managed to capture this breathtaking image of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupting:
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Erupting Volcano (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
He snapped it with a 15-second exposure, balanced with an ISO of 1600. As Shepard explained on social media,
“This was actually all in-camera, one exposure. I had the tripod setup while I was sleeping. All I had to do was push the button when I heard it start to erupt. Moonlit at 4000m helped to light the volcano’s side and we were high enough that the moonlit didn’t cause haze and darken out the stars. I was very lucky to capture this with one exposure….I try to put myself in places where great things can happen, and it doesn’t always (actually amazing things are rare), but here I was is the right place at the right time with the skills to photograph it. So be passionate about learning, but be willing to take risks.”


Portrait of a famous Trapeze flier

Portrait of Kristin Finley, Trapeze Flier and Elephant Rider
at Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey's Circus.  
Taken as she powders her hands preparing for a trapeze act.
Photo taken by Stephanie Sinclair


Madagascar Baobab Trees:

The baobab trees of Madagascar are some of the most weird looking, yet incredibly beautiful, trees around. With high, stubby branches, the trees have an upside down appearance—like the roots are on their heads. Nature and travel photographer Marsel van Oosten captured this early morning shot of the Avenue of the Baobabs, which shows the size and beauty of the trees:
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Oxcart under baobab trees of Madagascar (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
As the sun rises over the Madagascar horizon, van Oosten waits for an ox cart to go by. As he says on his website, he normally avoids these types of wide angle distortion shots, but he purposely went for this look to really emphasize the height of the trees. The oxcart helps show the scale.
The 80-foot-tall baobab trees in the Menabe region could become the island country’s first national monument.
On the nose of a dog:
If you’re procrastinating on the Internet right now, you probably want to see something cute. Something like, I don’t know, a butterfly sitting on a bulldog’s nose, for example:
butterfly on bulldog's nose
(Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)
Austria-based photographer Anne Geier captured this adorable image with a Nikon D750 using a 50mm lens at f/2 to create the soft focus surrounding the pup, then balanced out the light by using a quick 1/1000 shutter speed and ISO of 320. If you like this photo, you should check out her website—she specializes in animal photography, and a lot of her work has the same magical quality as this one.
A Fisherman Casts his net:
The world is filled with terrific photographers unknown to the world, usually because they don’t speak perfect English or live in parts of the world where only a handful of artists can scrape together a living. Suloara Allokendek from Jakarta, Indonesia, is one such person. You probably haven’t heard of him, but his collection of breathtaking images captures life in rural Indonesia better than most foreign professionals could manage:
The sunlight illuminates the net naturally and beautifully. (Via Imgur. Click for larger image.)
Allokendek has a soft spot for fishermen and seems to always be ready at the right moment—when the shape of the net is full and majestic. He snapped this moment with a Canon 5D Mark II with a deep depth-of-field—probably zooming in from quite far away. The photo is called, simply, “jala”—the Indonesian word for “net”.

It is certainly fun and entertaining to find photos that we classify as "interesting".  Just photos that make you go:  WOW!  I hope you enjoyed this series of interesting Photos.  I like to find these and slip these in once in a while.  So, keep looking for these, and remember:
Thank you,