Show Us the Best Picture You’ve Ever Taken

Post the best picture you’ve ever taken. Lots of definitions of what makes a picture great, so feel free to get creative. Add a description or the story behind the photo if it’s called for.

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Tim’s Answer: This isn’t the most striking picture I’ve ever taken, but the setting makes it my favorite. I took it this summer, in Greenland, in the 46-person village called Oqaatsut. What you’re seeing is basically the entire town. 46 people and a bunch of Arctic wolves. It’s way, way up above the Arctic Circle and to get there took a bunch of flights and a long boat ride—about as isolated a human inhabitance as exists on Earth. It’s a bit north of the Ilulissat glacier, the giant glacier that breaks off into a stunning ice fjord and whose pieces travel hundreds of miles, including as far as Oqaatsut, which is why there are huge icebergs floating in the water at all times. (You can read much more about this in my Greenland post.)

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Show us your coolest photo. It can be amazing because of the magnificence of the photo itself, because of what it shows, because of the story behind it—get creative. Can’t wait to see what gets posted here.

  • Travis Owens

    Above the inversion in Boise, Idaho. Taken from a quadcopter.

    • Tim Urban

      Awesome. What’s the inversion?

      • Steph Lewis

        a weather system in which clouds and cold air settle into valleys. normally, it’s warmer near the surface of the earth, but when air is trapped in valleys or bowls surrounded by high mountains, it follows the traditional physical process in which the colder, denser air sinks and the warmer, less dense air rises. creates a phenomena where it can be warmer higher up the mountain, and the mountains look like islands among the fog.

      • Travis Owens

        Our inversions are due to differences in temperature between the valley and mountains. A hazy fog can get trapped over the city for weeks at a time during the winter. If you drive (or fly) up the mountain, it’s completely sunny outside.

    • Pepperice

      Why can’t I see any of these photos?

  • Guest

    Tayrona National Natural Park, Colombia, let the pic spec for itself.

    • Tim Urban

      Luscious.

  • Yiorko Chaz

    This is a photo of an climber on one of the most iconic rock climbing routes on the island of Kalymnos in Greece. I don’t consider it to be my best photo, but it is the one that defined me in many ways. Its rockclimbng and photography combined, the two things i love to do most. It is taken on a beloved place, a climbing paradise before it was known worldwide. It is also my first photo that ever got published in a magazine and the one I have seen floating around random blogs over the internet wit no clue how it got there.

    • Tim Urban

      Unbelievable photo.

    • jasvisp

      Is it just my imagination or do I see legs hanging from way on top?

      • Yiorko Chaz

        no its not legs, its just a huge stalactite:)

  • Steph Lewis

    This is with my old point-and-shoot, so not very high quality. I took this picture on a (relatively) large lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada- Point Lake. It was about halfway through a six week canoeing trip that I was leading with six eighteen year-old young women. This is one of my favorite pictures because it captures the sheer enormity and emptiness of the place through which we were traveling. We were able to travel with all our food and gear for the entire trip in our three canoes, and only saw four other people during that time, in the span of a few hours. It was just us seven women and our gear, surrounded by endless water and sky.

    • Bill

      Gorgeous!!

  • I’m from Ottawa, Canada and I took this shot a few days after the recent shooting that happened. You can see the flowers at the site of the shooting, which is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a war memorial in general. The beauty of the day after the prior grief, gave me a little hope, that though it was a dark day, yes, tomorrow would indeed be brighter
    http://instagram.com/p/us8pxOuqW9/?modal=true

    • Tim Urban

      I came across Moscow’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and found it really moving. A memorial to all the nameless soldiers who have died is such a heartwrenching concept.

      • Gokhan Arslan

        This is also from Moscow. Those things chained down the ceiling are “teardrops”, for those who lost their lives in the “Great Patriotic War” against the Nazi Germany. There are tens of thousands of them. My phone couldn’t get a good shot due to the poor illumination but it is way more impressive than it seems on the photo.

    • Tabatha

      I too live in Ottawa and remember walking past the Memorial soon after the shooting and thinking how beautiful it was. Thanks for sharing this great shot.

    • Thanks for posting this Lloyd. I was also living in Ottawa at the time and remember how powerful it was to walk by the memorial a few days after the shooting happened.

  • ratpick

    Hard to narrow to just one but I do long-distance bicycle riding (randonneuring) and come across wonderful sights all the time. This one I took at 5am, at the end of a 400 km (250 mile) ride, crossing back over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a throw-away, out-of-focus photo but I realized that with a bit of photoshop, it could capture the blurry, imprecision of thought after being on a bike for 24 hours, riding into the dawn.

  • Anaïs Dragoumis

    Taken from Acropolis! What a wonderful place!

  • František Ficek

    Even though I have some cool travel photos as Tim does (not as cool, duuh) I’m choosing this one I took during the transit of Venus across the Sun back in 2012. I’m choosing this one as the best I ever took because I had only one shot and I took it. I could only take a picture of it again if I lived to be 126 (in the year 2117) and that probably isn’t happening… I can visit Southeast Asia or the Himalayas again in the future and see beautiful sceneries and people. But the transit of Venus? No. That was it for me.

  • Beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. We are truly blessed with natural beauty here in Western North Carolina, and this scene is off of the Blue Ridge Parkway right in the middle of Pisgah National Forest. You can literally look in 360 degrees and see only mountains and trees. 🙂

    • Brian Gottfried

      Ah, love Pisgah! Did a couple of trips through the Wilson Creek area through my university’s Outdoor Education Center and fell in love with backpacking because of it.

  • Pepperice

    This was taken trying out my new camera this summer, just an ultra-zoom point and shoot, but I like playing with the settings. I don’t see myself getting seriously into SLR style photography, because the cameras today are too big and unwieldy (I enjoyed using a film SLR at college) and expensive, and I’m worried I’ll drop one off the side of a mountain or something.

    Anyway, my favourite thing about this photo is the way that the fire looks – you don’t often get to see fire frozen in time so sharply and it looks almost like molten lava. Cool! (It looks better in full resolution but I had to cut it to meet the file size limit.)

  • SaraNoH

    The Grand Canyon right before sunset in July 2013. Those are people standing on that bluff.

    • Tim Urban

      WOW.

      • SaraNoH

        Right? And I remember looking at my camera and then back out at the canyon and being sad that I could NEVER capture it. Everyone needs to see this in real life.

  • Kok Fong

    I took this picture few years ago while I walking across a footbridge, and suddenly this cat stop in front of me and stare at me, so i took out my camera and take this picture, and the result was good. It does capture the emotion and the sparks of the cat.

    • Pepperice

      This is stunning!

      • Kok Fong

        Indeed it is 🙂 has been using it as one of my wall paper ever since I took it.

    • Tim Urban

      Jesus!

      • Kok Fong

        🙂

      • jaime_arg

        No it’s a cat Tim not jesus

    • Meredith

      That’s incredible!

      • Kok Fong

        Thanks 🙂

    • Wousje

      Wow!

      • Kok Fong

        Thanks.

    • Rebecca George

      That was actually Professor McGonagall.

      • Kok Fong

        That’s certainly possible 🙂

    • Elizabeth J.

      Gorgeous!

      • Kok Fong

        Thank you.

  • Kenneth O’Shaughnessy

    Without trying to, I managed to capture the girl as still, and the rest of the photo in motion.

    • Zach

      thats insane!

  • Paal

    From Lofoten Norway. Amazing place!

  • Guest

    I took this photo in Milan after an assignment in Venice. I had dropped my main camera (a Hasselblad worth like $30k) in one of the Canals, gotten pneumonia, and lost a lot of what the client had paid for in the bottom of that canal… This made it a little better 🙂

  • Meredith

    New Year’s Eve 2012 at a concert in Nashville.

  • Bette Pollex

    Taz was a 4 week old kitten when we rescued him, and was an inside cat from then on. This picture of him looking out the window always made me think of the outside world he was missing, even though he was much safer inside.

  • Daniel Rutkowski

    This one is my favorite. I have a photography tumblr that I will update sometime soon in the future, as I have a good chunk of new work for my senior multimedia project this year. http://ditchmooski.tumblr.com/

  • Jed

    I took this photo in Milan after an assignment in Venice. I had dropped my main camera (a Hasselblad worth like $30k) in one of the Canals, gotten pneumonia, and lost a lot of what the client had paid for in the bottom of that canal… This made it a little better 🙂

  • Serena Lommasson

    This is the view from my dad’s porch in Florida. I took it the first time I flew to see him after he moved.
    And one of Florida’s only redeeming factors is the sunsets.

  • Sid W

    South Koreans protesting police brutality in the streets of Seoul. Some things truly are common across the entire world.

  • Guest

    This is a photo I took of a Hellenistic theater on a school trip in Priene, Turkey

  • Bonnie

    This is a photo of a Hellenistic theater looking over the city which I took on a school trip in Priene, Turkey

    • Gokhan Arslan

      Great view! I visited there too when I was a kid, it is 100 kilometers south of where my parents live. Those ancient Greeks were way too sophisticated for their time. Glad you liked it.

  • Gokhan Arslan

    One of my good ones. I was on a train to Strasbourg, France from Germany, on September 2013. This is the Rhine River which stretches along the French-German border.

    I’ve read and watched a lot about how many battles took place around it, back from Roman Empire era to WW2. When I saw the river I managed to take a picture while imagining Vandals, Huns and Goths walking on it when Rhine is completely frozen around 1500 years ago. I still consider this a magical moment.

  • Vedrana

    Taken at the forest of Verzy in France. It was a foggy, rainy winter day and not a conventional time to take a walk through the forest but there was something magical about the stillness and heaviness of the air.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/vedrana_cvet/

  • v2da2dl

    How many people truly know what they look like when they sneeze? (This was before the selfie era. I think it was a film camera, even.)

  • Matt Sundell

    Does a digital medium count?? I think it should. This moment gave me the same sensation of awe as would real life. Video game is a terrible vernacular term in my opinion. Anyways, I took this screen shot playing TES V: Skyrim.

  • Wousje

    I took this picture in Havana, Cuba. Havana is the most beautifull city I have ever been to.

    • jasvisp

      Why? What makes it be the most beautiful city you have ever seen? I’d really like to know because this city must be the part of a country meant to be seen only by tourists . It certainly does not reflect the country and living conditions in which most Cubans live.

  • Sarah

    An ordinary moment, captured with my incredibly crappy mobile phone, but I love the light just after sunset. Made in the small village on the countryside where I grew up. I’m a huge light gradient addict and places-where-you-can-look-until-the-end-of-the-world-addict.

  • Irina Guţan

    Taken while on a trip to the US two years ago. I took many similar pictures of the skyscrapers but none of them really captured the awe, the bewilderment and the hint of anxiety I felt while looking up on NYC boulevards. Then I took this while waiting for the green light one day. I like it the most because it almost seems still and quiet, and you are left to imagine the buzzing life (and color) underneath.

  • Elizabeth Vernon

    I always go back and forth about my favorite images. I chose this one, today. This was a few years ago, and a couple of my friends agreed to go out and just have a fun shoot with me. Just to practice, because I was just starting to really get into photography. This is one of my very best friends. He wasn’t actually playing, because he hadn’t played in a while. So, we all had a little chuckle when a group of high-schoolers got out of a nice car, dressed to the nines. Apparently, we had decided to do this on prom night, or something.

  • Peter Moline

    I met two girls on the ferry between Egypt and Jordan, and we decided on a whim to travel together for a while. We all wanted to see Wadi Rum, so we left our backpacks at the police station, and just took a day pack with a sleeping back and some food & water. We slept out under the stars, and woke to this..

    • Yelena Key

      Awesome! I also picked a picture from Jordan! Too bad I never got to sleep under the stars in Wadi Rum, I definitely wish I did though!

  • Christy

    Solitary rhino in the Kalahari Desert. I like how the mountain is reflected in water and it somehow seems poignant given the plight of rhinos these days.

  • Anatol

    eiffel tower with the top cut off

  • Rebecca George

    Manly Beach- Sydney Australia. This picture will always be special to me because the time I spent in Australia was the first time I lived all by myself in a different country, where I made new friends and let go of my past. It was also a time of self discovery, and solo walks on the beach helped me reflect on beauty of this universe, my life and also on how fleeting everything is.

    • Brian Gottfried

      Love all the beaches that dot the Sydney area. Did you ever get a chance to visit Royal National Park, south of Sydney? There’s a trail there that just winds its way along the coast for something like 16 miles. Hands down one of the best ways to spend a Saturday!

      • Rebecca George

        Unfortunately, I could not go there Brian. But it is definitely on my go to list 🙂 thanks!

  • Brian Gottfried

    I spent a semester abroad in Australia and had the opportunity to take a couple of hiking tours through New Zealand before I left the area. The entire country is absolutely beautiful, but what really got to me was just how BIG everything was; having grown up in the Midwest of the United States, I just didn’t understand the scale of glacial-carved mountains.

    This specific picture was taken on the South Island, at Lake Ohau. We apparently caught it during one of the few still days of the year, which is why the picture still resonates with me. It was a perfectly serendipitous moment of beauty, which is what the entire trip ended up feeling like 🙂

  • SrBatracio

    Calmed walk close to the Fiords of Stavanger (Norway)…

  • sid

    I’m in my senior year of high school, and the days of clipboard-y, highly chaperoned field trips are coming to an end. But I’ve still got a few left, and there’s something about them that make me feel like a kid – even though I’m months away from being an adult. I love getting on a charter bus with a bunch of my friends, escaping desks and worksheets and whatnot for a day, basically flipping off the school and zooming off onto the highway. I love being in a bus full of teenagers who are all just as glad to leave class as I am. I love listening to music, and doing dumb shit with old friends, and going new places. I don’t have to worry about directions. I don’t have to plan anything. I have no responsibility in these situations but to not be an asshole. And it’s great. (This photo is a little after sunrise.)

    • sabs546

      Your response made me a hit sad to be near the end of my teenage years
      Im 16 and turn 17 in may 23rd
      Im gonna miss this awkward phase

    • Zach

      Im in the same situation, and I agree with it all. I don’t have a smartphone, so I don’t have any pictures of this, but it is a great feeling to have.

  • Ben Ellis

    A seagull i caught in New York, i was surprised by the sharpness of the image – it happened very fast.

    • jasvisp

      Jonathan Livingston Seagull! A book from way back when everybody was trying to ‘find themselves’. Actually, not a bad message after all these years.

  • Federico Quiros

    Every time I see this picture, it brings me back. This was in northern Vietnam, near Sapa, walking through the rice fields. Beautifull place and beautifull people.

    • Sarah

      Truly awesome!

  • Ankita Agrawal

    This is the pic taken from my samsung cell phone during one of my trekking expedition.This is a hill in India near city Pune. The name of the hill is ‘Tikona’ means Triangle. The name is due to fact that it is having 3 angles. It was actually a fort and it still has those fort walls. The view from the top is breathtaking.This was one of my most thrilling trekk because of its steep climbing.

  • Francesca332233

    this fire was trying to impress us by taking various shapes. it’s not my best ever image capture but it’s one of my dearest. 🙂

    • Peter

      It reminds me of the little fire guy in Howl’s Moving Castle.

      • Francesca332233

        exactly!! I thought of Calcifer too:)))

  • sabs546

    I guess it has to be one I took from the top of the highest hill in my town
    Its a panorama that turned out to be better when I looked at it later
    My friend is in the picture but his back is turned and hes off in the distance

  • Adam

    Its not nearly the most visually appealing image I have taken, but I like it. 3 Omon police chaps getting a Shawarma in St:Petersburg, taken through the mirror. Its funny when you think of the Russian policies regarding homosexuality.

    • Peter

      Oh, that is excellent!

      • Adam

        Thanks!

  • Jeremy WD

    The is the top of the Atalanta skyline on an extremely foggy morning. Quite surreal to see buildings popping through a low cloud line.

    • Zach

      It looks like the Cloud City in Starwars!

  • d

    I have taken thousand of images and there are probably many that are better than this one, but somehow, it is the first one I think of when asked ‘what is the best image you’ve ever taken’. I love the fact that I captured the movement of sand in such an elegant composition, plus there is a whole story behind this game and this particular day, that is very personal and meaningful to me. http://s6.postimg.org/nrzx4k0n5/boules.jpg

  • Adam

    I also like this one, from Varanasi, India. The white powder on his face is human ashes, and thats a painted human cranium in his hand, from which he eats his meals.

    • Commenter

      The eyes are SO deep..

  • Peter

    I took this with my phone from the top of a hill in the middle of the countryside in Mongolia last summer. This view encapsulated the trip for me — endless quiet empty space. Those white things are yurts where people live, and you can see animals grazing.

    • Peter

      btw, I noticed that it looks better when you click on it to expand.

    • Thea

      this is breath taking…

  • Haajar

    Captured the perfect symmetry of this still pond reflecting the brilliant Midwest fall.

  • Matt DeWolfe

    Sunrise in Vermont. I was living in an old converted one-room school house with my wife, dog, and many mice. The mice were up very early one morning, which got me up. I owe them that.

  • s

    “Pizza in Pisa” This was taken in Pisa, Italy. It was the best pasta & pizza I’ve ever had, that too with an amazing view :). http://mistrypictures.tumblr.com/

  • Haajar

    Captured this pond’s perfect reflection of the Midwest fall

  • dan

    Really hard to choose but this may be a favorite.

  • Phil

    As many others have said, I’d be hard pushed to choose what the ‘best’ photo that I’ve ever taken is – that’s good though, particularly as I’m new to the photography game!

    Anyway, this was taken a few weeks ago in Hampi, India. I love the fact the family is clearly a unit but nevertheless each member is lost in their own thoughts – they all seem very much individuals.

    Thanks for posting, everyone – some great shots here!

  • PRChica88

    I took this photo in my hometown of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on a Random Monday at the beach. Not at of people go to the beach on Mondays. The rain was coming in so it was half dark and half light. I took a picture of a little girl and her big sister playing in the sand. (Full disclosure: I photoshopped some random dude in the distance out haha)

    • PRChica88

      The name of the beach is Crashboat.

  • I took this perfectly timed beauty during the Wounded Warrior Fishing Trip in Port O’Connor Texas:

  • Jeroen

    A lamp in the Storkyrkan in Stockholm. The darkness surrounding it is an optical trick – a result of the lightbulbs’ brightness.

  • Karen

    I spent some time sitting in a little square on a gorgeous sunny day in July in Cusco, Peru. This little boy was playing with his string, whipping his brother with it. He came over to me, whipped my shoe and with a smile, I said “Muy malo!” I noticed he was losing his pants and had to wait a long time to get this shot just right. It’s my favorite I took all year – to me it encompasses travel, found moments, innocence, and patience all rolled into one!

  • artli

    Unfortunately, I don’t take photos so here’s a couple by my friend. I’m simply overwhelmed by the scale of the landscape.
    If it doesn’t look that impressive to you, mind that the place marked by red rectangles (it’s the same place on both pictures) is suitable for a group of people. And there actually is a group of people there on the second picture, zoom in to check.

  • FabianK

    I took this photo on christmas in Augsburg, a german city.
    To me, it´s one of my best shots so far, because it´s gritty and i love the surreal colors so much, even though im colorblind 😉

    • marcex

      so how do you know the colors are surreal? 😛

  • Marcus B

    One of my favorits, it has a special meaning to me as it’s from my home window and that’s a beautiful island just in front of my home surfing spot (Ilha do Campeche, Brasil). Plus the rain and the nice tree. I reckon it’s good enought to be chosen.

    • Awesome to discover a WBW reader from my home town! Amazing picture!

  • artli

    Unfortunately, I don’t take photos so here’s a couple by my friend. I’m simply overwhelmed by the scale of the landscape.
    If it doesn’t look that impressive to you, mind that the place marked by red rectangles (it’s the same place on both pictures) is large enough for a group of people. And there actually is a group of people there on the second picture, zoom in to check.

  • Zach

    I don’t take many photographs, due to either my forgetfulness in bringing a camera or being so caught up in the moment itself I forget to take a picture. So my ‘mental camera’ has (the best)/(all the) pictures of ‘scenery’, my friends, my family, … anything where taking a picture would remove me from the thing. Of the pictures I have taken, almost all of them are things which I go out of my way to take, which are almost always kites or snowmen. I think that this is my favorite, because I made it with a friend and it turned out amazingly well. At the time the snow was stupidly dense, so it was an great way to solve the problem, and brings back happy memories.

  • Bia

    Sunset in Brasília, Brazil while I was driving home. No effects or anything, it’s beautiful because it reminds me of home.

  • Crossbow McStabby

    bamboo fence, Philippines. This stubborn little piece jutting off in the direction of the viewer is the result of someone twisting off a segment when the bamboo was still green — reminiscent the ways that nature persists in unexpected ways in spite of our manipulations.

  • Jiri Roznovjak

    This picture is special because it’s one of the first pictures I’ve taken with my own camera. Couple years ago I was in Northern California with my brand new camera (never had a camera before), while I saw several vultures sitting on a tree. I raised my camera the moment one of the vultures decided to fly away.

  • Guest

    I took this picture in the fall, on my way to lunch with friends. I don’t know if it my favourite, but it was the first that came to mind. I think it’s neato.

  • Maya Djordjevich

    My favorite photo is a candid black and white of my little brother. But I’m not ready to put him on the interwebs yet. So, this is my 2nd or 3rd favorite photo.

    A little background: I took this photo three years ago (gosh, time flies) in The Bradbury Building located in Los Angeles, CA. It’s an architectural beauty, if you haven’t been, it’s worth a visit.

  • Michael

    My boss had me watch her baby while she was in a meeting. I put him on my chair and slowly spun him around once or twice, then went to take this picture of him… just as he began to throw up. What I love about this pic is how he has no idea that he is vomiting, and how much his vomit looks like string cheese.

  • Laura

    I took this picture with my phone as I was travelling on a city bus in Budapest. On a hot summer day a heavy rain caught many of us on the streets, and it was somehow fantastic, even beautiful to me that it became so dark the bus driver had to turne on the lights in the cabin, and the flow of the water on the window changed the whole world outside… I quickly turned on my ‘camera’ and I was lucky enough to capture this moment from the moving vehicle. 🙂

    • Phil

      Lovely.

      • Laura

        Thanks Phil! 🙂

  • Damian Diccox

    Although I like photos of beautiful places, I would take a photo of my kids any day. This is my son Marcus and his friend launching a water rocket that we built, I love the look in his eyes, and in a world that can be too serious sometimes, I like that when looking at this I can see the pure joy of childhood.
    Damian Diccox

  • Arnoldas Trumpickas

    Few years ago while driving with car I saw this beautiful sunset, clouds were very dark and I also slightly manipulated the light contrast so it appears even more amazing.

  • Duncan Willis

    This is my eldest daughter Pippa. I took the picture many years ago (she is now 21) when she went for her first-ever flight in her great-uncle’s microlight aircraft. Pippa was, and still is, always up for an adventure. You can see from her expression of pure joy that this was a great experience for her – to fly in a tiny aircraft with a cockpit which was open at the sides, hauled into the sky by a single tiny engine bolted to a canvas-covered wing above her head.

    THAT’S MY GIRL!

  • Phil Brown

    Meet Seraphim, the most aptly named guide I had when I summited Kilimanjaro in 2014, if it wasn’t for this man I probably wouldn’t have made it to the top. He was quite stoic, quiet and reserved, the money he made from being a guide on the mountain was putting his children through school.

  • Harris Raza

    This is literally just a super close up of a slice of lime that I took with a ~$16,000 Hasselblad camera a friend let me borrow. I’m choosing this as my favourite because it goes to show that there’s such beauty all around us- especially in the little things- only we seldom ever appreciate it.

  • Not trying to say anything political about this. It is just the way the world spins. But here is the setting…
    Desert Storm. We flew some “Sneeky Petes” into Iraq but the war moved faster than communications and our drop point had moved and nobody was where they were supposed to be and we were running out of fuel trying to find them. We kicked our guests out in the middle of nowhere and headed back looking for a convoy who might have a tanker truck with fuel we borrow. Found one but we had to pick up all their POWs in exchange for fuel, then we flew around trying to find a place to drop them off. The only place that would take them was an all-female MP unit.
    Can you imagine the mental struggle the male POWs had with being told what to do by a bunch of t-shirt wearing females brandishing automatic weapons?

  • Harris Raza

    This is literally just a super close up of a slice of lime that I took with a ~$16,000 Hasselblad camera a friend let me borrow. I’m choosing this as my favourite because it goes to show that there’s such beauty all around us- especially in the little things- only we seldom ever appreciate it.

    • Yelena Key

      There is something so painterly about this image, I love it!

      • Phil

        I’d be interested in getting to know your friend. 😉

        Great shot.

        • Harris Raza

          Yeah, I bet you would :p Thank you!

    • Rex Stocklin

      Beautiful close-up lime section. I’d like to know the settings? Macro obviously, but ISO? f-stop? lens? lighting?

  • Michael

    I managed to get the proboscis in three different places in the same brief exposure. Cool!

    I miss having an SLR. Putting a halfway decent camera in my phone made me lazy, and cheap. Why spend $500 or more on a new camera when I have the phone? Yet no matter how high they rack up the megapixel count on phone cameras, there’s just no substitute for good glass. I just went surfing back through my old photos looking for this one, and reminded myself what I used to be able to do with a camera.

    Maybe this will be the year I finally buy a new camera and put this old glass back into service.

  • danmanning

    this is a picture I took of my chess set, which I carved, and I’m so proud of it. The bishops are pretty cool looking.

  • Shayz

    I had a hard time choosing this, but ultimately ended up picking the one I felt most happy about…the one with as many pokemon things as I could fit in a single picture.

    At first it just looks like I’m this super nerd who is obsessed, but I rarely pull these things out anymore.

    The reality is I just broke up with my girlfriend of 3 years and this was something we both enjoyed. Long story short she became a DJ, moved to Seattle, and I didn’t want to go. I figured I needed to take my mind off things for a while and the best way I do that is by organizing.

    This is slightly a “joke” of a picture, since I set everything up a bit more organized, but my room looked like this for a few days while I sorted all of my pokemon cards again while watching pokemon on netflix and playing the new X/Y game.

    But more than that I took a step back at this and realized that I can be weird if I want to be and people will still appreciate it. Looking back, it shows just how much I’ve changed from being a closed off “normal” person, to being expressive and open about my passions.

    I haven’t pulled these things out for six months because I’ve been busy with the usual life stuff, but maybe today I’ll go dig in my closet and flip through the collection once more.

  • Olubunmi

    This was taken about 12 hours ago at Sabon-gari settlement in Kano State, Northern Nigeria where l have been providing support for polio vaccination. It was my first time getting that close to mules/donkeys…not sure which, but l couldn’t resist taking this photo. Not my absolute favourite but an enjoyable one.

  • Kim

    This is one of my favorites. It was taken from the top steps of the Palace at Versailles looking down at the main fountain and the canal. I was just learning to use my Canon AE1 and some new lenses. It’s also special to me as it was my first ‘grownup’ vacation financed by ME (not parents). I was visiting a friend in Belgium and we spent a few days in Paris.

    • jasvisp

      Was this taken many years ago by any chance?

  • Guest

    My uncle has been backpacking for 40+ years. He knows the state of Washington like the back of his hand. I’ve tagged along a couple of times, and the views are always stunning. I think this is my favorite view. What blows my mind is how unvisited these places are.

    Stop by Mount Rainier and the visitor’s center is flooded. But vistas like these are uninhabited; the trail was overgrown and we didn’t run into a single other person in the valley.

  • Guest

    My uncle has been backpacking for 40+ years. He knows the state of Washington like the back of his hand. I’ve tagged along a couple of times, and the views are always stunning. I think this is my favorite view. What blows my mind is how unvisited these places are.

    Stop by Mount Rainier and the visitor’s center is flooded. But vistas like these are uninhabited; the trail was overgrown and we didn’t run into a single other person in the valley..

  • Guest

    In 2009 I was visiting my friend Roar on the west coast of Norway and he said he was taking me out in the Norwegian Sea fishing for the day with his friend, a free-dive spearfishing champion. When we got to the dock I was surprised to see that the three of us were boarding a 3 Meter wooden boat with an outboard engine. It was summer and the sea was very calm so we ventured almost 10 miles out to see what we could catch. We almost filled the boat of the boat with everything the sea could offer.
    We got so caught up in it that we almost lost track of time and the sun got very low in the sky. Being the middle of summer in Norway though it never really gets dark but I was able to snap this amazing sunset picture. It was about 10:30 pm and you can see the light reflecting beautifully on the bottom of the clouds and if you look really close you can see scattered showers in the distance.
    My apologies for the low resolution images but the hard drive with the originals failed.

  • Dane Harrington

    Unfortunately not the best quality due to the fact it was taken on an iPhone, but I love the story. I went to Myanmar last year and the second night I took an 12 hour overnight bus to Bagan (of which Gregorian chanting Buddhist music was playing for about 6 hours – apparently the buses break down all the time and the music is good luck) and I got dropped off around 4 am at a random parking lot. We couldn’t check into the hostel yet so we were able to get across the words “pagoda” and “sunrise” to a taxi driver who took us to a 150-200 ft pagoda in the middle of nowhere. We climbed to the very top in pitch black. As the sun started to slowly rise and light up the Bagan sky, it revealed hundreds of pagodas across a beautiful field. Shortly after, these hot hair balloons drifted across the sky. One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Myanmar was by far the favorite country I’ve ever visited and would recommend it for anyone who has never been!

    • Tim Urban

      Awesome. I was there last year. Best country ever.

  • Thomas Sato

    In 2009 I was visiting my friend Roar on the west coast of Norway and he said he was taking me out in the Norwegian Sea fishing for the day with his friend, a free-dive spearfishing champion. When we got to the dock I was surprised to see that the three of us were boarding a 3 Meter wooden boat with an outboard engine. It was summer and the sea was very calm so we ventured almost 10 miles out to see what we could catch. We almost filled the boat of the boat with everything the sea could offer.
    We got so caught up in it that we almost lost track of time and the sun got very low in the sky. Being the middle of summer in Norway though it never really gets dark but I was able to snap this amazing sunset picture. It was about 10:30 pm and you can see the light reflecting beautifully on the bottom of the clouds and if you look really close you can see scattered showers in the distance.
    My apologies for the low resolution images but the hard drive with the originals failed.

    • Thomas Sato

      Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, even harder to see is the Lighthouse on the fishing village island of Grip. It is the little bump on the horizon to the right of the sun. Barely visible.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grip_Lighthouse

  • Blair Boyd

    I took this last summer when my parents were visiting. It was only their second trip to New York. The first time, the weather was terrible. This time it was perfect, and so was the visit. I did all of the things I’ve never gotten around to doing while living here, including going to the Statue of Liberty. I took this picture on the ferry ride back to Manhattan. I like it because the Staten Island Ferry is positioned perfectly in front of the skyline.

  • Tim

    Taken at Phillip Island in Australia.

  • Yelena Key

    This summer was my first time traveling alone overseas but instead of testing out the waters of solo-young-blonde-female-traveler somewhere touristy like Europe, I ended up in Jordan in the Middle East. And anyone that knows anything about Jordan or Indiana Jones knows that the number one attraction, not to be missed, is Petra. Petra entrance hours are 6am-5pm and the few guidebooks that exist, all suggest if you want to beat the heat and the crowds, arrive before 6am. I (have a talent for always running late) showed up at 5PM on my last day. An epic fail… turned into one of my most memorable experiences. I begged my way in and for the next 3 hours got to hike/scale rocks/pretend to be Indiana Jones during the best light and with absolutely NO OTHER TOURISTS AROUND. I’m not going to lie, it was partly terrifying (maybe even stupid) but ending my adventure with a sunset in front of an empty Treasury was pretty fantastic! Except, I didn’t get to take many photos as I was being overly cautious with exposing my electronics so this picture feels that much more valuable to me.

  • T.

    I took this picture at an Evangelical Christian summer camp I attended while in an American college as a foreign exchange student. It was night-time and this was a “dance party” that played usual college-kid party music. Behind the disco ball is the video of some old-time Evangelical minister preaching (was it Billy Graham?).

    I find this picture very good as the ironical picture provokes thoughts from many perspectives. Questions include – Maybe the “born-again Christians” are humans too. Maybe they’re hypocrites. And, what is the purpose of church or organized religion in general? Should it be mingled with our social life? To entertain? Purely for the afterlife?

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150821773611775&l=4933fa71d7

  • Tim Manchester

    Taken at Phillip Island outside of Melbourne, Aus. The photo was totally unintentional and I didn’t notice how awesome it was until I started looking through my photos with friends a year later.

  • samia

    I went full paparazzi in Istanbul. No regrets!

  • CSabir

    Port Canaveral, Florida. 2014.

  • Dan B

    I’m an American from DC who did a study abroad deal back in 2008 when I was a junior in college – had the opportunity to live and work in Dublin, Ireland. This is an area called Howth on the north end of Dublin overlooking the Irish Sea. Traveling abroad for a few months was – incredibly cliche, I know – the best decision I ever made besides marrying my wife. Easily the most beautiful and meaningful (to me, atleast) photo I’ve ever taken.

    • Terry McG

      Hits very close to me, my grandmother was born on the hill in Howth. In late 90s, only the ruins of the cottage in which she grew up remained. Land was since sold and now a luxury vacation rental home sits there. Kind of sad, but progress (?).

  • hey man

    Testing 123

  • Diky Pratansyah

    I took this picture at a park in my home town Bandung, Indonesia. I don’t even know what’s the name of this flower. I just like the sort of feel that it gives, a lone small flower (no bigger than 2cm) that stands strong

  • Commenter4376

    I took this last summer here in Maine during a Jeep adventure. This is one of my favorites because I think it really conveys the experience. When I look at it, I feel how I felt while I was there doing it. The narrow trails under low canopy cover. The greenness, the roughness, the convoy feeling.

  • hal9thou001

    I got my nephew, Hayden, a Big Wheel for Christmas when he was 4. This is one of my favorite pics I’ve ever taken. Love the sheer joy beaming through.

  • Emily Anderson

    I spent all of last year in New Zealand. There are more photogenic places, but this place, Cape Reinga, which is the northern most tip of the North Island, was the most magical for me. It is where the Maori believe spirits of the dead depart for the next life, where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet (which is why there is a distinct line out in the ocean…they’re different colors!), and a place of contemplation and peace.

  • Jochen Kirn

    Most of my favorite pictures are with my kids. This one though I took with my old and trusted iPhone 4S in my driveway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, last May, in the afternoon. We see many halos here in the prairies, never saw them back home in Europe…

  • Jill

    A friend and I standing on the Salar De Uyuni of Bolivia. The salt flats become a giant mirror after it rains, so the sky becomes reflected in the ground. The effect makes you feel like you are floating in the heavens. It is the most otherworldly place I’ve ever been.

    • Harris Raza

      Wow, that’s genuinely breathtaking

  • Liam

    Not my “best” photo, but this is one of several I took while ascending
    by cable car into the clouds at Uludağ (Mount Olympus) in Turkey.
    The city below is Bursa – home to about 1.7m people. The tiny buildings you see are actually apartment blocks…

  • Vinicius Pinheiro

    São Paulo, Brazil, a year or so ago. I went out with a friend to the movies and while we were walking to the bust stop I just decided to take my phone out and take a random picture (that’s the reason behind the position). Didn’t expect it to turn out so good. The lights and the rush really capture the essence of this city, which btw completes 461 years today! (25th)

  • Liam

    Not my “best” photo, but this is one of several I took while ascending
    by cable car into the clouds at Uludağ (Mount Olympus) in Turkey.
    The city below is Bursa – home to about 1.7m people. The tiny buildings you see are actually apartment blocks…

    • Liam

      Maybe this will work…

  • Monica Spate

    It seems I only bother to take pictures for covering my ass legally or when there’s something amusing.

  • DeeDee Massey

    One of my most interesting captures is actually a video of an abandoned missile silo that I was allowed to tour. Parts of it had no light source available, but using my cell phone & flash, I snapped this image of some of the graffiti that trespassers had left over the years.

  • Liam

    Not my “best” photo, but this is one of several I took while ascending
    by cable car into the clouds at Uludağ (Mount Olympus) in Turkey.
    The city below is Bursa – home to about 1.7m people. The tiny buildings you see are actually apartment blocks…

    • Liam

      Sorry – I give up.
      This stupid Disqus thing refuses to display my photo.
      WBW, Please delete my posts (unless it magically appears in one of them).

      • Jonathan Jacobs

        Mine did too. I just posted it as a reply.

  • Monica Spate

    Guys, you see the little picture with two mountains in the grey space underneath this bit where you type your comment? You need to click that.
    Here’s another one.

  • Jonathan Jacobs

    It was moments before dawn in beautiful Agra when a friendly man approached me outside of the Taj Mahal. It was my first visit to the magnificent mausoleum and I was attempting to perfectly capture the beautiful scene in front of me. When the stranger approached, he complimented my camera and then gave me an offer I couldn’t resist; the exact tour he had given President Obama just a year before. He led me around the Taj, pointing out the perfect frame at every angle while showing me the marble floors that my President had stood on. I thought I was the luckiest guy in our study tour group to have run into such a helpful stranger!

    As he concluded his exclusive tour from the angle this photo was taken, he held out his open hand waiting to be filled with my American dollars . . . In that moment, as the equivalent of $20 USD left my wallet, I realized that President Obama never actually went to the Taj Mahal, and I was not the luckiest, but the most gullible guy in our study tour group.

    I got a sweet pic though!

    • Jonathan Jacobs

      the photo disappeared.

    • jasvisp

      He didn’t make it this year, either!

  • Andreas Febry

    This is Madakaripura waterfall, the resting place of Gajah Mada, a great leader of once a great and vast empire: Majapahit (you probably never heard it, google it will you?)
    It is said that his body died by moksha (reaching nirvana through meditation).

    This is not my best photo I think, but this is one of my favorites, because this place always give me the chill. (I think I could moksha too if I meditate there, it’s just so serene)

    Unfortunately though, this place now become a popular destinations for pilgrims and tourists. I always hope it stays shut and remote, but now it has so many accesses, sad.

  • Robert Loutzenhiser

    This I love because of the contrast between man and nature. This is on the Hood Canal and the mountains are the Olympics in Washington state.

  • Charmaine

    I was having a bad day at work, with a lot of stops and driving around in San Diego traffic, when I had a stop in Point Loma overlooking the Zuniga Shoal. There were sailboats, and clouds, and a quintessential southern California sea. If you look very closely, there are two birds sitting on a small jetty in the lower left, and Coronado in the background. I took a picture to remind myself that THIS is where I work… and live. I’m lucky.

  • Elizabeth J.

    My boyfriend, Bob, is a lot like the “Bob” you picture in your own mind: manly, gregarious, retro and playful. Early in our relationship, he would try to “help” me by directing me. I paid no never mind as I knew exactly how I wanted things: my way. He was mostly oblivious to that fact. I carried on and let him think that he was in charge when, no. I created some artsy pictures outlining this dynamic. This is me and Bob, circa 2008.

  • Andreas Febry

    This is Papuma Cape, East Java, Indonesia. It’s a year ago, my friend and I actually planned to go somewhere else, but we got lost and stumbled upon this place instead. But then I realized, nature has its way to shows its beauty, even at the most unexpected time or place.

    • Wow…

    • vancesca

      Holy poopsicles. Is this place real?

  • Elizabeth J.

    My boyfriend, Bob, is a lot like the “Bob” you think of in your own mind: manly, gregarious, retro and playful. Early in our relationship, he would try to “help” me by directing me. I paid no never mind because I knew exactly how I wanted things: my way. He was mostly oblivious to this fact. I carried on and let him think he was in charge when, no. I took some artsy pictures outlining this dynamic. This is me and Bob circa 2008

  • AnnaVana

    I chose this photo in honor of the snowpocalypse currently heading towards the US East Coast. I took this back in 2010 during one of a series of snowstorms that shut down Philly. My roommates and I spent our snow days playing in the snow in the abandoned lot across the street. We laughed our asses off at this shot of the two of them throwing themselves in the snow b/c we thought it looked like a stunt from a buddy action movie or something.

  • Jerome

    This is a picture of a flowering tropical plant. I thought it was interesting and beautiful the way the flowers are arranged.

  • Blissmariss

    I have absolutely no photography skills and got lucky…In the Serengeti and in Kasane on the Chobe.

  • Gerry

    Well, I am not going to say that this is the best photo I’ve ever taken, and it certainly doesn’t qualify as dinner table fare. But Tim did say to get creative…

    So we were traveling through the Republic of Georgia last year, doing research for the company I work for on new places to grow blueberries for the European market. We had driven to the peach growing region in the highlands a few hours east of Tbilisi. Good farmers, wrong climate, bad soil; that’s why we do the research. Anyway, on the way back to Tbilisi, multiple cups of morning coffee had used paid their rent in my system, and I needed to GO! The only place we could find was an abandoned service station along the highway, with a decrepit and long-unserviced restroom. Wishing to wash my hands after doing my business, I turned to the sink and found this. I was confronted with the dilemma of ignoring the basic rules of hygiene, or washing my hands in…

  • Lewi

    Trekked, bussed, hitch-hiked and camped from the Tanzanian coast (east coast of Africa) through Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana (Okavango Delta) to the Namibian coast (west coast of Africa). The Namib desert is completely different to the savannah that I see all the time living in the east. It turned on a pretty spectacular show that day!

    • Lewi

      Namib Desert

  • Steven L

    This is a photo of a sewage drain with a construction site in the distance near my house. During the daytime, it looks like any other part of a city, but I was walking by at just the right moment and captured this shot.

  • Jordan

    This is a shot of my friend “jugging” (climbing term) up the Corona Arch in Moab, UT. He was going to clean up the gear my friends and I had placed to create an incredible rope swing from the top of the arch. This was right after an epic downpour happened, causing us to seek refuge in a cave in the rock face. We all bucked up to see who would have to retrieve the gear once the rain stopped. My friend in the photo lost, but he got to be featured in this pretty awesome photo as a result. Every cloud has it’s silver lining, I suppose…

  • Deborah Rodgers

    His name was Guido Appoloni; we affectionately called him, Uncle Mocco. He was a tail gunner in WWII. He pulled 2 tours and never got a scratch. He worked as a postman, delivering mail on the same route for 30 years and never got bit by a dog. He started out as a professional bantamweight fighter and never got knocked out or a black eye. He beat the shit out of his brother-in-law (as he should have) when my grandfather raised his hand to strike my grandmother (that was last time he ever raised his hand to her). He taught countless inner-city kids at the Union League Boys Club to fight in the ring, instead of out on the streets. After hours he brought me in there to teach me how to, “Stick and Move.” He taught me how to play the piano and to appreciate the the smell of Hamms Beer. He owned a horse named, “Sunny Boy” and taught me how to properly ride bareback and sidesaddle.

    When it was all done, long before he left us, he forgot all he had done and all of us as well. But it don’t matter, I remember, and he will always be, my Uncle Mocco.

    • Brian Gottfried

      That picture is an incredible piece of history. That’s awesome 🙂

      • Guest

        Thank you very much for your kind words Brian Gottfried, and yes, it is. Funny thing about Alzheimer’s is that it will eventually take the memory but it can never steal the history.

      • Deborah Rodgers

        Thank you very much for your kind words Brian and yes, it is. Funny thing about Alzheimer’s is that it will eventually take the memory but it can never steal the history.
        This was him right before he left us. He didn’t remember any of our names or faces but he did remember how to dance, and dance he did.

  • erin

    Next door to my house, circa 2007, Barranca, Peru. If you could look left, it’s Pacific Ocean all the way to Papua New Guinea. A few months later there was a mild tsunami and the white house was flooded up to the porch. The street is paved with asphalt now. It’s the same street where I met one of my best friends ever, who’s coming to visit three weeks hence for a 7 year reunion in Chicago.

    • Rodrigo Gomes

      You forgot to put the picture!

  • Dhruvan

    On my way to my first peak in the mighty Himalayas.

  • Sooty Mangabey

    Lanikai Beach: my favorite beach in the world and in the state which has felt most like home. Home is where your best friends and your ohana are because it is almost always about the people, wherever you are happiest. Took this picture 4 days ago, a day after I arrived on Oahu after being away 2+ years. It is great to be back!

  • jessbench

    I took this picture in Cambodia, during a boat trip. I love how the shape of the fisherman’s net matches the shape of the buildings in the background.

  • Jonathan Wells

    I took this on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, using a long exposure. It was almost dark, you couldn’t see the water, but there was a bright light shining from one of the hotels quite far away onto the beach which was the only illumination.

    • rresaff

      The lighting is great!

      • Jonathan Wells

        Thanks. It was an unexpected opportunity to do a long exposure, with the boat lit in front and the darkening sky behind.

  • Guest

    São Paulo, Brazil.

    The sky was very beautiful this day. It was around 06:00 AM.

  • Soul
  • Guest

    São Paulo, Brazil.

    The sky was very beautiful this day. It was about 06:00 AM.

    • Frank

      Yeah, Sao Paulo is in the southern hemisphere, therefore it’s upside down!

      Nah, just kidding, this is a great shot!

  • Ugo De Falco

    I did many decent pictures in my life… I’m gonna pick this one because it shows that deep feelings are all around us, we just need to be sensitive. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sh4rp87/ for more interesting shots 🙂

  • TheInternationalAmerican

    I have traveled to many places and have seen many interesting things, but the sheer grand scale of this picture from the air is breathtaking to me. I have been waiting for the most opportune moment to share this picture, and I think this is it.
    Not much story behind it, either than I just woke up at the perfect time mid-flight to look out and see this majestic view.

    Somewhere over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.

  • TimmyB.

    Besides the fact that there seems to be an infinite number of urinals and someone clearly overestimated need, I’m fascinated by what made my son pick THAT particular one?

    • Rex Stocklin

      Where?

  • Frank Lehnen

    Lots of great pictures to see here.

    If I may add my favorite…. It was taken last year with a good old film camera (Olympus XA2) on Kodak Portra 160 on a nice afternoon with threatening thunderstorm clouds. I was on my way back to my car (the little Mini on the left), no pictures taken that day when this guy walks by me, the reflection of the sun, the dark gray sky… That had to be it, and click!

    • Frank

      OK, got it…… here’s the pic

      • Rodrigo Gomes

        What is this guy doing with a gun ?

        • Frank

          Waaaaa…. nooo that’s not a gun, it’s an umbrella! No terrorists in Luxembourg…..well, not yet.

      • Vivid

        Really great. Kinda surreal.

        • Frank

          Thanks Vivid, and there’s no image manipulation involved. This is really how the scene looked.

          I sometimes think it could be a scene from some film….

          • Vivid

            It kinda remind of some video game but I don’t remember which one. heheh 🙂

      • jasvisp

        Look at the similarities between your photo and the one above.interesting

  • Sue Condon

    I live at the end of the River Thames, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex, on the Estuary after it winds it’s way through London and emerges into the North Sea. It’s essentially a seaside resort, an escape for Londoners since Victorian times, but the day I took this photo was a very stormy one in January. I think I like our seaside best when it’s in this mood!

  • Ben

    Hiking alone along the Lycian Way, I detoured into the village of Kalkan in search of something to eat. As I sat sipping tea and waiting for gozleme, I looked across the back alley and noticed an old cat lazing in the warmth of the afternoon sun. Or maybe it’s just a picture of my cat outside the back door of my house in Texas. Whichever makes you feel better.

    • Rodrigo Gomes

      Really liked your text 😀

      I pick the first story, not for being the best, but for it is obviously the true one.

    • Deborah Rodgers

      That can’t be your cat outside your backdoor in Texas because I know that sleeping Turkish cat. His name is not Henry; it is Emrah and he is somewhat of a legend in that village.

    • Deborah Rodgers

      Ohhhh BTW Ben, I was so happy to see Emrah again that I forgot to write….Nice Picture; seriously, really striking composition.

      • Ben

        Thanks!

  • Renata Gukovas

    I’m between these two… The first one taken in Washington DC and the second one in Brasilia (Brazil). I really like the composition of the first pic, which was partly on purpose, partly by accident. The second one was taken last week, during sunrise, and it was taken with my cellphone…

    • Lynn

      I like the second one best– such gradients of light in the cloud!

  • Lynn

    I took this one of my nephew at the science museum in Raleigh, NC, with my IPhone 5S. I love the way it reflects his spirit of adventure and fearlessness, running over the hills even though they’re difficult to see because of the vapor clouds.

    • rresaff

      This would be a good one to save and show him years later.

      • Lynn

        It’s already framed and on his wall!

  • Chris Ojosverdes

    Here’s two pictures that I really love. They were both taken last summer when I visited a good friend of mine in a small village in Greece (Velanidia, Lakonia). The skies were among the darkest I have ever encountered, and since I am a city dweller, it was a unique opportunity for me.
    I am an amateur astronomer/astrophotographer with just the bare essentials of equipment. An entry level telescope, an equatorial mount and a DSLR.
    The first image is that of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) a favorite target of mine and the second is the Laggoon Nebula (M8).
    The reason I adore these pictures, apart from their inherent beauty, is the fact that they are a window to the past. They also remind me my place in the cosmos and they are always a good source of existential internal dialogue. I hope you enjoy them as well.

    • Vivid

      That’s beautiful, man. I too want to do the same but at this time it is incredibly hard for me to pursue it. I wish all the luck.

      • Chris Ojosverdes

        Thank you! I understand your reservations fully. It is a hobby I get to practice once or twice per month if I am lucky. In winter, it is even rarer. But worth it every time.

        • M.B.

          Amazing. I never suspected you could get such an amazing view of the Andromeda galaxy with entry level equipment. This might convince me to start doing some amateur astrophotography myself in the near future. Im wondering though, if you’re living in an urban area I guess it’s very hard to see anything? I’m not sure if there is any location close by for me to go..

          How much does it cost to get the starter level equipment etc. (ballpark)?

          Thanks for sharing, cool stuff!

          • Chris Ojosverdes

            Thank you for your kind comments!

            I am from Greece and live in the city of Piraeus, a city with much light pollution. On good nights, I might get to see 4-5 magnitude stars with the naked eye. With the telescope, I get a glimpse of up to 9 mag, but in nebulas and galaxies, everything appears washed out, unfortunately. However, since I can’t leave the city often, I get to practice up on the rooftop. I have gotten some pretty decent images from there as well.

            Now, to answer your question, the equipment I use is the following:
            Telescope: Skywatcher Black Diamond 150/750mm
            Mount: Skywatcher EQ5 steel edition
            DSLR: Nikon D5100
            Tracking motor: Skywatcher dual axis motor for EQ5

            The telescope, mount and tracking motor costed about 850-900€ where I live, whereas the DSLR I already had, which had cost me about 400€.
            Keep in mind though, that what is usually proposed for astrophotography equipment can easily cost much more, for instance an EQ6 Pro mount (1000€+), a Skywatcher BKED 80mm (650€) plus a CCD camera (~1000€) and the list can go on and on, until you have sold your house and you will have no option, but to live in the mountains where you can practice every night!

            Aside from the equipment, some study is required.You need to get acquainted with the night sky, learn to recognize constellations, positions of various objects of interest, learn to use a couple of software that are invaluable for post-processing, such as DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop, MaxIm DL, etc.
            And last, but not least, you need to be able to handle being under the dark skies for extended periods of time.

            As an example of what I can manage from my light polluted skies, the image is that of the Orion Nebula (M42) that I took a couple of weeks ago.
            If you have any more questions, I would be glad to answer them! 🙂

  • I took this along the Oregon coast, I travelled up to Portland from San Francisco with two of my favourite people and we stopped to look at how stunning the coastline is. The light was beautiful and there were all of these enormous rocks jutting out of the sand and mist creeping over everything… I don’t think this photo does it justice, but it takes me back to a really great time in my life with people I wish I could see more.

    • Suzanne

      I driven past this part of the coastline several times, and even have a few pics. But this is simply ethereal!

      • Thank you! I expect nature deserves most of the credit for this one 🙂

  • Chantal

    This was taken on a beach on the Magdalen Islands, which are in the Gulf of St Lawrence, North East of Prince Edward island. I lived there for ten years.

  • Bridget Overson

    Perhaps not my BEST picture but of interest nonetheless because of how it was produced. This image was shot in the Vegas Neon Sign Boneyard with a Mamiya 654 medium format film camera. I shot slide film and cross processed it in color negative chemicals, then post processed in my digital darkroom. These colors are straight out of the camera, with just a little correction for saturation.

  • Yael

    I took this photo (which I title “Kids being kids”) during my travels in southern Ethiopia, when I was witnessing a community “coming of age” celebration of the fascinating Hammer Tribe. I spotted these two kids and, after squeaking for a while because of their cuteness, I took a series of photos as they slowly approached each other slowly with curiosity. Following this particular photo, the baby goat reached over to try and eat the bread, at which point the baby human no longer wanted to be friends with the goat and walked away. Good times.

    • rresaff

      I squeaked a little at the cuteness as well.

    • Jana

      beautiful shot … the best i’ve seen so far ! Umbilievably cute and goregeous.

    • Jana

      Look at this pureness, this innocence and happiness. Touching, congrats!

  • Aaron Barbee

    I shot this picture just before Christmas, 2012. I went to this little village near us with my wife to check out the lights and do some shopping. Something about the fence’s decorations caught my eye, so I stopped, hunkered down a bit and tried to frame the perspective. This was shot with an iPhone, so I probably would have focused more in the middle of the fence. But, every time I see this picture I really enjoy looking at it. The leaves, the lights, the bows/greenery, the way the fence just fades away. Just one of my favorites. 🙂

  • The Volcano Fanatic

    I was trying to capture a picture of a hot water creek (during my volcano-obsession days) and my brother put his hand on the way just when I released the shutter. I was annoyed at that time. Not anymore.

  • Matty

    Taken as a Storm was rolling in during a sunset, Northern Ontario.

    • Cristian Guerra

      Astonishing! :O

    • detandenfee

      Looks like the place where haven and hell meet

  • Pia

    Taken in my hometown which I haven’t lived in for nearly 18 years, but visit every Christmas. For me the most beautiful place on earth. Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Tje

    On a church tower in a tiny town in the outskirts of Bolivia

  • PeteM

    The Arch of Constantine in Rome. Taken when I was living in the city on a study abroad year. Those months were among the happiest of my life and this is one of my favorite pictures from that time.

  • Suze

    November in Andalusia. All this Red of hair, sky, sun melting. As if winter at home was just a dream.

  • Katherine

    My beautiful Grandmother and my son, her first great grandchild. This was the first time she met him, and she couldn’t stop smiling.

    • Katherine

      ..

  • Jacqueline Avise

    I was ratsitting for a friend of mine. I kept him in a cage in the spare bedroom because I have three cats. Their favorite time of day was when I went in to feed him, and they got to see him. I love this picture because Travis (the rat) looks like he has no idea that death awaits him.

    My favorite part about having the rat is that he wasn’t terrified of the cats at all. When they came up to his cage, he would run straight up to them and push his nose against theirs like he was trying to push them away and look tough.

    • Karen Edgerton

      I love the look on the cat’s face.

    • Annie

      Soon.

  • bluerocky

    Sunrise in the Himalayas, taken during my 2400 km almost solo bike trip. There’s something about the mountains that is beyond words and makes you want to go back again and again. Apart from the exposure to pristine nature induced certain calmness and bliss it just makes you appreciate the enormity of the earth leave alone universe and what a tiny speck we humans are.

  • Meagan Carroll

    I took this a few years ago in Montana. It’s such a gorgeous state.

  • Howdy777

    This is the most technical image I’ve ever taken. In 2012 I was hiking in the Adirondack Mountains and on Mount Goodnow where there is decommissioned fire tower. It is open to the public but has fallen into disrepair as you can see here:
    http://cnyhiking.com/GoodnowMountain.htm
    When I got to the top the view is partially obscured by the window panes and glass so in order to get a clear wide angle shot one must hold the camera out the broken windows. This is a composite of 10 landscape shots that I stitched into this 360+ panoramic photograph. The original dimensions of the compostie are 37376×2936 (109.74 MP) but in order to upload it here I had to reduce the quality to 14950×1174 (17.55 MP) at 55pct Quality using Microsoft Image Composite Editor.

    • Howdy777

      I would recommend opening the picture in Chrome and adjusting the zoom for the best viewing. Firefox seems to cut it in half.

  • Jess

    Moved to Spain for a short time in 2011. Took the first pic while I was exploring Toledo. I was at the top of one of the churches and the view from there was beautiful.

    Second pic was of my most recent trip to Colombia (Bogota). I was walking down a small alley and emerged on this street. I just loved how it looked and how the light was peaking from the clouds.

    • jasvisp

      The top one is wonderful…the color, composition and architecture. It would make a great painting!

  • Carolyn G

    Taken over the tip of Denman Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island at low tide.I love the variations of colour and texture in this shot.

  • Vikram Kalra

    My inspiration.

  • Standa

    My hometown. Třebíč, Czech republic.

  • jess

    Ah! One more. This is my favorite picture, ever, of Ireland. My husband and I had decided to stop the car and explore a winding road that had lots of hills surrounding it. Upon climbing one of the hills, we discovered the most serene and peaceful lake I have ever seen. It looked like something out of a movie and the stillness of the location was something I’ve never experienced. I captured this with an iphone panoramic shot, and as you can see on the top left-hand side of the picture, I messed up a bit and it came out black.

  • Guest

    We almost didn’t see this wee little might of a kitty, sitting perfectly statue-still, perfectly camouflaged, in a shadowed alley of Dubrovnik (now part of Croatia). Dubrovnik is an amazing fortress city, surrounded by white stone walls and red sandstone buildings. This little guy literally matched the reds, whites and shadows of the rough and craggy colors of this unique city. An amazing expression of natural camouflage.

    When I visited Dubrovnik (late 80s), it was still part of Czechoslovakia … but now it is Dubrovnik, Croatia. It suffered tremendous war devastation in 1991, but it has apparently been much restored to its previous glory. But I treasure this photo because of its expression of Dubrovnik’s visual uniqueness. I’ve included a link to a photo (I did not take the second picture!), just included to give some definition to the perfect “match” of this kitty to its surroundings: http://croatia.hr/Images/t900x600-8976/Dubrovnik-%7C-Bokar-Fortress.jpg

  • mikefan

    I take lots of cat photos. They are ideal subjects, close at hand, photogenic, and they never raise an objection to having their photos taken.

    This might be my favorite cat photo of all. Technically, it’s not that great: a little blurry, and with a slight shadow from the flash, but the pose, composition and colors came out great. One thing to note is that the cat’s head and tail match the positions of the clock hands. That was just good luck. On Facebook I wrote “Charlotte doing her impression of a clock.”

  • Suzanne

    We almost didn’t see this wee little might of a kittycat, sitting statue-still, perfectly camouflaged, in a shadowed alley of Dubrovnik (now part of Croatia). Dubrovnik is an amazing fortress city, surrounded by white stone walls and red sandstone buildings. This little guy literally matched the reds, whites and shadows of the rough and craggy colors of this unique city. An amazing expression of natural camouflage.

    I treasure this photo because, of course, who doesn’t love a sweet kitty? But it is ultimately one of my favorite because of its depiction of Dubrovnik’s stunning visual uniqueness. I included a photo of the Dubrovnik coastline beneath, just to give some definition to the perfect “match” of this kitty to its surroundings. (I did not personally take the second picture below the kitty!)

    When I visited Dubrovnik (late 80s), it was still part of Czechoslovakia … but now it is Dubrovnik, Croatia. It suffered tremendous war devastation in 1991, but it has apparently been much restored to its previous glory.

    • putnik

      Dubrovnik was never part of Czechoslovakia. It was part of Yugoslavia. Nice pics though.

      • Suzanne

        Thank you for straightening out my often-misremembered sense of history. Can you tell me any more interesting details about Dubrovnik? Seems like it has a very complicated history.

        • putnik

          no problem. There is definitely a lot of history there, often complicated 🙂 I suppose I could tell you about it but it may be easiest to google it…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubrovnik although the Croatian version mentions habitation dating back to bronze age (http://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Povijest_Dubrovnika). The most interesting thing I personally know is that when I was there on holiday, this one time (1989), and couldn’t afford dinner, I played blackjack with my last money and won enough for me and my friend to have a tasty black squid risotto in one of the restaurants. Ahh…holidays…

  • Dean

    This photo was actually taken by my brother. It’s my sister and I doing gymnastics on the beach in Antigua during the sunset. He caught us in this perfect moment where we look like some sort of octopus or medusa creature.

    • jasvisp

      I just love this

  • rresaff

    This was just one of a bunch of small statues (and a few naked pedestals) at Pompey’s Pillar in Egypt with apartment buildings surrounding the hill. The entire trip I was astounded at the amount of ancient buildings, statues and piles of rock right in the middle of bustling cities. People didn’t ignore them, they are an integral pert of their economy through tourism, but they were commonplace. Pre-revolution it was also my first visit to a dictatorship, on a tightly guided tour that tended to avoid discussion of the modern state I tried to peek at regular people as much as possible. I was also surprised by the lack of scent in a dry climate, I never though how much humidity was necessary for scent to travel and permeate an environment.

    I love that pictures are usually worth a thousand memories.

  • Joanna Rene Rasmussen

    I took this self-portrait during my greatest solo adventure through the Southwest, last year. I brought my tripod and my Sleestak mask. Sleestak comes alive in front of the camera, whereas I’m usually pretty shy.

    I stopped here, at Spencer Hot Springs in Nevada, after a week of rock-climbing near Moab, Utah. I set up camp and met some creepy mountain people. One guy had scabs and sun-blisters on the whole left side of his face and arm. I assumed it was just from being on the road a long time, but I made sure to leave my gloves on when I shook his hand.

    I was the only woman for miles, so I got a lot of interest. An old bearded gentlemen in an RV towing a Harley, invited me inside for some “hot cocoa”. He was really selling it, too. I mean, he couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t want to be alone in his trailer, with barely anyone around, drinking his roofied beverage.

    Anyway, I fell asleep with a hatchet and a kitchen knife in my bivy sack, while listening to Ethan Hawke read “Slaughterhouse Five” through my headphones. It was a really great time!

  • Jana

    This is the way to Itaparica to Salvador by boat.

  • Jennifer W.

    One of the coolest experiences of my life. I was able to get tickets to be up close for the July 2009 space shuttle Endeavour launch at Kennedy Space Center. You never forget the sound the shuttle makes at lift-off and the looks of comlete awe and excitement on the faces around you. It was so amazing to see our advancements in Space travel up close. I saw 3 more launches up close before the end of the shuttle program.

  • Tim

    Here’s mine, just took it recently in Lake Tahoe. One of those rare photos I’ve been able to get where it comes out the same as it actually looked.

  • Very common for white people (especially the blonde ones) traveling in China. Chinese people want to have a picture with you! Taken in Beijing’s Forbidden City.

  • Kat

    autopsy on my old destroyed laptop…through the looking glass!

  • Guest

    this picture taken in 2010 of my ex-girlfriend in the city of San Bernardino, Paraguay, in front of the lake ypacarai.

  • Eins Zeero

    This picture which was taken in 2010, features my ex-girlfriend, in the city of San Bernardino in the country of Paraguay, in front of the lake Ypacarai.
    The photo was taken with a nokia n82, funny thing happened as i was taking a lot of pictures, and when i saw the preview of this picture i almost deleted it, because the colors in the screen looked awful, but since i was in a rush i didnt delete it, and continued taking pictures. the situation was very romantic, and was a very beautiful day, and one of the very few days in my life i considered myself…. happy.

    • Alex

      Oh cheer up! Happiness is temporary bliss anyway…most of life is just fine 🙂

  • Leeann

    These are two of my favourite pics, amazingly both taken with my iPhone. The first is a sunset on a stormy night over Anzac Beach in Phillip Island, Australia. Our annual family Christmas holiday destination which we all love. The second pic is of my family and I dog sledding in Banff Canada, one of the best experiences I have ever had and this pic reminds me of it every day.

  • Steven Bofferding

    Flying inverted over Moscow

  • AKMountainchild

    At the Maha Kumbh Mela gathering in India. Its considering the largest human gathering on Earth and takes place once every 12 years at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamua, and Saraswati (last one is mythical) rivers in northwest India. We slept on the floor of a Swami’s thatched hut for a few days around the main bathing day when there were 30 million people visiting to bathe in the confluence. No editing, colors are true to form.

  • Rob Armstrong

    A young child from one of Sarawaks many Penan tribes. The Penan are nomadic people that live in the jungles of Borneo and have a very close relationship with everything that lives there

  • Kelvin Au

    Taken from Wengen, Switzerland – managed to catch the milky way setting in the background. Part of of the Jungfrau range can be seen in the left foreground. Such magnificence only reminds you of how small and insignificant you are, compared the grandness of nature around us and how we often take that for granted.

    • Christian

      Amazing. Best one yet.

  • Terry Comparetta Wagner

    This photo is special to me. I took this because I loved the place so much – it is a favorite place to un-wind my head from life. That moment was special – the boys fishing, the bird hunting for scraps, the tug doing it’s daily work, and the lighthouse standing tall and guiding it all. And then my husband saw it, and asked me about “my pictures” and I told him about the dream to have a nice camera, to shoot beautiful scenes, to capture and to remember.
    Last year he got me that camera, and now I ‘go shooting often” and I have grown in my art and my love for the hidden places I find!
    tcwphotography.com

  • Boom. Done.

    This photo was taken a few years ago when I was going through a very hard time in my life. I would often head to the beach for some “sunset therapy” and I would occasionally take my camera in case anything amazing showed up…which It did the evening this photo was taken. No filter – the sun and clouds did all the work on their own.

    • ThistleMy

      Thanks for sharing. I think we can all relate to a photo that represents those tough times. Thanks.

  • Kim

    I love taking photos of the plant and insect life in our backyard. This one was particularly photogenic and patient.

  • Claire

    This was taken atop the Grand Teton at 13,776 ft. After waking up at 2:30am and taking a very technical and difficult route, my team and I finally reached the summit at 7:10 am. Smoke from fires in Montana and Idaho decreased the visibility, but it was also able to capture the day’s first sunbeams.

    • Annie

      That’s amazing, you can see the light slanting through the clouds like you’re close to heaven or something

  • Angelique B.

    I went to visit Malaysia for the first time and went to the Batu Caves, not too far from the city. You have to be careful of the little monkeys because they like to steal food from people. I had a Sprite and they like sweet things so this monkey stole my Sprite an climbed up on a pole and drank it (to provoke me?).

  • Eli Peter

    My uncle has been backpacking for 40+ years. He knows the state of Washington like the back of his hand. I’ve tagged along a couple of times, and the views are always stunning. I think this is my favorite view. What blows my mind is how unvisited these places are.

    Stop by Mount Rainier and the visitor’s center is flooded. But vistas like these are uninhabited; the trail was overgrown and we didn’t run into a single other person in the valley. It’s 2015 and there are virtually untouched vistas all around us.

    • Jay

      This is incredible. I live in WA and am not particularly outdoorsy, but this makes me want to get out and explore. I’d love to see this spot in person, it’s just gorgeous.

    • Peter

      Amazing. Where is this, exactly?

      • Eli Peter

        This is the Napeequa Valley, as seen from Little Giant pass. It’s about 40 miles north of Leavenworth.

        It’s about a six-mile hike to get to the pass, another three to get to the base of the valley.

  • Adele

    St. Columba Church in Bavaria. I was trying to get to see the interior of the chapel but the reflection was included as well which I think looks really, really neat. You can see the Alps in the background as well.

  • Luke

    My brother took this photo in South Africa. I find it somehow hilarious and beautiful at the same time. ‘How to Pick Your Life Partner’ summed up in one picture…

  • Simon Barrington

    This was a professional shoot with my son Adam. A miracle shot, as anyone who has tried to get a nine month child to keep still will readily attest!

  • Andrius

    Somewhere up in the Corsican mountains (~2000 m above sea level). Three friends stopped for a moment to enjoy the glories mountains surrounding the horizon. And that moment was captured in black and white – the colours we were dressed.

  • Anna

    Just a stone somewhere at the seaside. 🙂

  • Vincent van Looij

    I took the first picture with my 13 year old compact camera in my sister’s garden. Thought you would appreciate it Tim =D

    The second one is my favorite so far. It was during an early morning run in spring that I took it. The same afternoon they were withered.

    Hope you like them!!

    • Annie

      *screeches in terror and scrolls down at lightning speed*

  • Dr. Katalin Balazs

    I have taken this picture in Porto Portugal. My husband went too far our and had to jump away from the wave.
    I love this picture becuase it’s as real as it can get. A random moment presented in a perfect way. There is no compsition, timing, photoshop, color change. It’s just a prefect memory..

  • During a trip around Eastern Europe in 2000, my trusty little travel companion, Minna the inflatable cow, had an encounter with the little forgotten man.

  • Sunrise in the middle of the Gulf of Finland, summer 2013. Had been sailing single-handed (no self-steering gear) for around 22 hours straight at this point and had been hallucinating all night. It looked a lot better in my mind but the picture turned out fine as well.

  • David L.

    Took this photo of my friends while vacationing in Phuket, Thailand. I don’t think it’s necessarily THE best photo I’ve ever taken as I have been very lucky to snap some cool shots around the world, however, it certainly is one of my favorites. Beach boredom at its finest!

  • Max

    Damn. These are all great. Okay. Contributing. This is a friend of mine at dune du pyla in france. We were doing backflips and stuff from the top into the dune. So for this picture, i was lying on the ground and he was doing this massive flip. This guy is such an athlete. I really like this one.

  • Paul Blum

    I took this while on a rinkydink boat in the middle of Lake Bunyonyi in the south of Uganda. I saw this woman and I she had an incessant smile dispite the simplicity and ruggedness of where I was, from my point of view anyway. Makes me smile every time.

  • JulianaMaz

    We were playing dress up, and the light was magical, that’s all. My favorite picture ever.

  • David Shanahan

    You just can’t beat flying down the Las Vegas strip in a helicopter at sunset after spending the day at the Grand Canyon. Made even more special because we met a street performer who put us in touch with a friend who did us a really great deal. Or even more special because we were in Vegas to see my little brother get married.

  • Blyxx

    Caught this last winter, a tree in my yard watching me.

  • MissM

    A Bee having a sip of my Rhum&Coke in Arizona.

    • Annie

      That bee knows what’s up 😛

  • shane knapp

    sunset in stockholm, april 2013…

    • Sooty Mangabey

      That’s beautiful. The orange sky kind of reminds me of The Scream. Different country but close enough I think?

  • susankelley

    So tough to pick one best. I have a “fan favorite” that won a contest. I was on a short flight from Malmo to Stockholm and the woman next to me somehow picked me out as a vegetarian. She told me about a vegetarian restaurant in Stockholm, so my husband and I went straight there for dinner. We got a seat outside with a view of the city, and as the sun set the hot air balloons began to rise. It was surreal and amazing.

    • Cabnboy

      That is stunning. The vibrant colors of the balloons contrasted against the ‘bland’ colors of the city (which in itself would have been a great picture) is just amazing!

  • susankelley

    Here is a sentimental one. My best friend and I took a day off work to run 26 miles near Mt St Helens. There was so much amazing about the route, but this view of Spirit Lake took my breath away. It looks like snow in the water, but that’s a log jam. During the eruption in 1980 thousands of trees were overtaken by displaced water and sucked back down into the lake. Out of sight to the left from this photo is the ominous open crater of Mt St Helens. It’s a powerful reminder.

    Also one I’ve printed a few times… a nice combination of blur, color and macro. The “treasure” at the center of a corn maze (around Halloween-time) were a bunch of gorgeous sunflowers, much enjoyed by bees.

  • Annie

    I like how everyone’s here holds sentimental value or some deeper meaning about life but mine’s just a photo of a freaked out chicken. This is Caramel; she’s a one year old Buff Orpington hen and at the time this photo was taken, she was trying to hatch a brood of chicks. I don’t know exactly what was going on in her head at the time but it just makes me laugh because it looks like she’s having some epiphany about the universe or some shit like she unified the theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity.
    I can just imagine her thinking, “Holy mother of God- the order of the alphabet is completely random.”

    • Bit

      Wow, that’s a hot chicken.

    • Jeremy Thompson

      Man.. that chicken has a future in the world of memes. She can go places.

  • AJG

    I have many pics I like, but the attached is a “beach” on the top floor of a mall in Astana, where I played vollyball with the Iraqi ambassador. It was the a cool experience and the pic is worthy.

  • Gnip

    Visiting Hahoe Village in South Korea is one of my favourite experiences during my stay in this lovely country. The zoomed in photo was the exact detail in the middle of the panorama photo. This trip began with walking through the village, and taking a little wooden boat to reach the other side of the river and hiked to the top to catch the whole view of the village. Thoroughly felt like travelling back to the past while looking at the well-preserved old village.

  • Borja Germain de Solís

    It took this picture in the Roman ruins of Lyon (France). I love it because whenever I watch this picture it takes me back in time and makes me feel like I’m standing overhead the albatross, listening to Echoes.

  • Rupa

    India is a such a feast for the camera. You cannot put it down for fear of missing something amazing or absolutely unbelieveable. I took this from the car on the way from Agra to Jaipur. How sassy is she?

  • Liam Walls

    I’m gonna say this up front. No photoshop was used.

    This one is a photo of a friend of mine. She was really a friend of an ex, but after a nasty breakup, I lost her and the whole friend group (I didn’t do anything bad – they were just my ex’s friends to begin with, and I moved to the UK to be with her). This pic makes me miss all those guys.

    Long exposure with a flashlight used to light paint her face in each position. Lightroom was used to clean up around her neck, and to desaturate / reduce noise.

  • Sabrina Sambo

    This was taken during the most wonderful trip of my life, a cruise to Antarctica and South Georgia. This place is Gold Harbour in South Georgia and it was one of the best moments of the trip. I took so many photos and this is not one of the “good” ones, but it just makes me remember how incredible the place was and the sense of wonder I felt. The bay was full with penguins and seals, and we humans were just guest. I felt so small and insignificant in front of Nature and after this photo I just stopped taking pictures for a while and just enjoyed walking around, looking, listening, feeling.

  • Jake

    This was a hard choice and I don’t have access to most of my photos right now but here is a photo I personally love on Yellowstone Lake taken about 4 years ago. I used to guide people in sea kayaks in the non-motorized areas of Yellowstone lake.

  • Jonathan Wells

    My late cat Professor Goggles was an excellent mouser. She would always proudly bring her latest catch to show me, sometimes in the middle of the night in my bed. In this instance, she was running up to a window I would leave open to let her come in, and I quickly closed it, not wanting yet another mouse in the house to deal with. She is perplexed as to why I’m not more delighted by her offering.

  • Jonathan Wells

    My late cat Professor Goggles was an excellent mouser. She would always proudly bring her latest catch to show me, sometimes in the middle of the night in my bed. In this instance, she was running up to a window I would leave open to let her come in, and I quickly closed it, not wanting yet another mouse in the house to deal with. She is perplexed as to why I’m not more delighted by her offering.

  • Guestesque

    I call this “after the county fair.” It isn’t the most exotic locale (a minivan in a strip mall parking lot), but to me it sums up all that is awesome about parenthood in the nondescript and dull suburbs.

  • Roland Polczer

    It’s been a while I took this image in the Netherlands. There is a huge tulip garden called Keukenhof, and we spent some time there to look around. I brought an 8mm Fish eye lens with me, placed the camera underneath the flowers, and triggered the shoot with a remote. Fun fact, the lens I used is a Peleng f/3.5, made in Belarus. As far as I know they developed it for space explorations in the 80s.

  • Josh

    Idaho, probably the most underrated state

  • In 2009, I took a group of kids hiking up Red Mountain, near Homer, Alaska. I was hiking quite a ways ahead of the group to scout the route. During my momentary solo, I witnessed my own shadow surrounded by a rainbow halo. Thinking it was some sort of divine message, I wept with potential. Moments later, I heard hoots and hollers and realized that every teenager who was following me was experiencing the exact same thing. We couldn’t see each others shadows or halos, but we could each see our own. And we each descended from the mountain that day feeling like incarnations of the divine. That I was able to capture that moment in a photograph only serves to prove some element of truth in each of our realizations.

  • Logan

    This picture gives me a since of nostalgia as if I’ve known her all my life even though she’s only been around for a few years. She seems to have such an old soul at times. I’m really, really enjoying everyone’s photos. Thank you for sharing!

  • meregoround

    This photo was taken on Christmas day this year. I was sitting on a chairlift with my boyfriend, my cousin and our housemate having lots of snowboarding fun on a beautiful day. We’d just had Christmas breakfast with my parents who were visiting and a double full-circle rainbow appeared. My non-wide-angle-lense phone camera only caught one rainbow but it still makes me smile. My boyfriend looked at me and said (with a cheeky smile) “I made it for you for Christmas”

  • Jerry Bradbury

    Back when the only infrastructure was paths through terrain
    worn by animals to water or people after those tasty animals, California North
    Coast tribes were an insular bunch due to the geographical barriers made by
    deep ravines. Later, the first white interlopers who wanted to travel north
    along the coast by wagon would be forced to stop every few miles, disassemble
    their conveyance, haul it down then up out of the ravine and reassemble it
    before traveling on. They soon tired of this inconvenience, built bridges,
    stripped the area of redwood timber to rebuild San Francisco after the quake
    which deeply affected the water runoff patterns and generally made as much of a
    mess as they could.

    This photograph illustrates the earliest times of the
    region. Practical and isolated as they were, the local Pomo tribe called this
    place Walali, which means “where the river meets the sea”.

  • turquaz

    These are a bunch of houses near a fishing village right across the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

    The hustle and bustle of 15 million completely forgotten…

    Anway I like it …

  • turquaz

    Actually TIM,

    Here’s a challenge:

    Why don’t you pick a picture (randomly, or the best one you like) and go to the location and find out all about it. And write a post on it of course:)

    • DeeDee Massey

      Hey wait for me. I wanna go!

  • Drew66

    Hard to take bad pictures on the Serengeti Plain, but these are three of my favorites. The lion was the leader of a pride of about 10 lions we encountered and the cheetahs were hiding behind a bush waiting for a herd of gazelles to get closer. When they did, the two took off and took down one of the gazelles. Brutal to watch, but . . . law of the jungle, right?

  • Drew66

    Hard to take bad pictures on the Serengeti Plain, but these are three of my favorites. The lion was the leader of a pride of about 10 lions we encountered and the cheetahs were hiding behind a bush waiting for a herd of gazelles to get closer. When they did, the two took off and took down one of the gazelles. Brutal to watch, but . . . law of the jungle, right?

  • Denis Kunz

    That one is my favorite at the moment. I took it on a walk through
    Munich while thinking about how I dislike this city and want to move to a
    rural area. The trees resembled prison bars to me. After looking for a
    long time at this picture I quit my flat and will move away. So it’s
    kind of iconic for me.

  • Henry A. Weaver

    I took this photo in Lhasa, Tibet in October, 2006. I was sitting in front of the Jokhang Temple watching Buddhist pilgrims parade around the temple. I was thinking what a rich environment it was for photographing colorful people when I spotted this woman across the way, nursing two children. The boy on the right must have been 9 years-old, but the gaze on the woman’s face is most interesting. She appears to be anxiously, maybe desperately, awaiting the arrival of her husband or traveling companion. I am sure that she, like most Tibetans, was a genuine and authentic person.

  • Viviane

    Everyday for two years while going to my college in Paris I would take a picture of the Eiffel tower, be it shinning, pouring, or when all is hidden in the fog. I would then sent them daily to my friends with a message following the inspiration of the moment, sometime poems, sometimes complaints. This one remains my favorite because of how unique and breathtaking the view was that day. You may already know but since 2001 planes are forbidden to fly over the city so usually there is none of those white lines across the parisian sky, except for this day, for some reason. Now I’m out of Paris and I miss my city, with its ever-changing views and charming atmosphere.

    • Viviane

      Here is the photo

  • Praetor

    By far my favorite photo; not because of amazing scenery or a passionate setting, but because I feel it captures something small but essential about life.

  • DeeDee Massey

    I’m not going to go through and upvote them all, because that would be weird, so let me just say this…

    They are all so awesome that I don’t want to diss any and feel guilty by only upvoting some of them.

  • Yousuf

    A stray kitten playfully biting the hand of a friend of mine. We were sitting in a public park where an “Earth Day” session was being conducted and this kitten happened to be curious enough to join us.

    Lucky shot.

  • The K man

    Mt Everest, its the one on the left, enough said.

    Haha, no there is much more.

    My father and I got the opportunity to go Nepal this summer and it was an amazing and interesting experience. (Tim, your thoughts on third world countries was spot on with my thoughts about them, I enjoyed the post.) We were there for two weeks and taught people Martial Arts and we hung with the locals and my dad’s friends who live there and truly got to experience the culture of Nepal. It took us three days to get into a plane to see Mt Everest. We went to the airport at 5am all three times but it was cancelled the first two times because of weather. I really wanted to see Mt. Everest and was determined to see it. (Especially because of an incident a few years prior where I could’ve seen or joined the “Run of the Bulls” in Spain but never got the chance because of air transportation) Anyways, we saw Everest and it was truly amazing. It was hard to believe we were looking at the “Top of the World”, like an island floating in a sea of clouds.

  • ml

    I’m not someone who takes a lot of pictures. I don’t even have a real camera but I usually use my phone instead. Here are my two favorite pics though… From the Serre-Ponçon lake in French Alps, this summer. The second picture shows our favorite spot for bathing! Great landscapes and happy memories for me and my little family…

  • Standa

    My hometown. Třebíč, Czech republic.

  • Dan Busch

    The Antelope Flats, within Grand Teton National Park. This was taken when our plane took a bank turn over the park. I really just love how the trees are just barely distinguishable, and still maintain a scaled relationship the land.

  • Jeff

    Sunset in Baton Rouge, LA

    • jasvisp

      Beautiful. I lived in Baton Rouge for many, many years. Went to LSU. Where did you take this photo?. And….do you live there?

  • m.a.f

    Two years ago my mountain guide and I were driving in an old cherockee across the plains of northern Iceland when suddenly the stormy clouds cleared and magical light hit these Icelandic horses, who seemed to be inviting us to enter the world of scandinavian deities. Beyond the scenery, this photo is special to me as it’s during this garden-leave trip that I had (or think so) a humbling “near miss” in the mountains and decided that I’d stop fooling around and ask my girlfriend to become my life partner…we’re getting married in five weeks.

  • Eolande Eliva

    My sister’s dairy farm one winters dawn. (N.S.W. Australia)

  • Outside of Anchorage, AK from a moving vehicle, even.

  • The time I’ve been most upset about not having a proper camera at my disposal was a few weeks ago, when Jupiter decided to do a “hat” on the full moon right out my window in Amsterdam. I ended up taking it with my phone, but luckily found an app that at least allowed me to set the shutter speed. I spent about an hour just gazing in amazement at the view with a beer on my hand. Beautiful.

  • KD

    Taken last year on my phone during the vivid festival in Sydney

  • Andrew

    This is at the border crossing into Canada. i took the picture on roughly the same spot one winter and one summer. There was a 2 year gap between both photos.

  • Mihaela YH

    Amazing pictures guys! Here are mines – fav from every place I have been 1-Batak, Bulgaria 2014; 2-News eve 2014, Lidköping, Sweden; 3-Athens, Greece 2013; 4-Sunset from the ferry from Riga to Stochkolm, 2015; 5 and 6-cranes, Sweden. 2015; 7 sky from windy Berlin 2014; Pictures are without any effects

  • jackster12

    Hmm… I like to take pictures, so I’ve got lots.

    Can I throw in a handful?

    Jellyfish in the Portland aquarium… our daughter dancing in the spray of a hose during a hot Philly summer… my wife looking contemplative by a wall… an iPhone shot (with a filter) taken from the top of a Paris ferris wheel…

  • machosalad

    It’s a picture of our cat I took 12 years ago when i was 7 years old. I was taking hundreds of pictures of mostly random objects because i was bored and i noticed afterwards that one picture happened to actually look quite good.

  • András Kühn

    Haven’t really taken pictures in a while…

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