50 (Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos

Collected by smashingmagazine

Photography is a very powerful medium and a very difficult craft. Excellent photos don’t only display some facts – they tell stories, awake feelings and manage to share with the audience the emotions a photographer experienced when clicking the shot button. Taking excellent pictures is damn hard as you need to find a perfect perspective and consider the perfect timing. To achieve brilliant photography you need practice and patience. However, it is worth it: the results can be truly stunning.

Below you’ll find 50 brilliant photos and stunning pictures – some pictures tell stories, some are incredibly beautiful, some are funny and some are very sad.

All pictures are copyright of their respective owners. Please explore the further work of the photographers by browsing through their work. We’ve tried to cover different themes so that everybody will find something interesting and spectacular for himself / herself. All screenshots are linked und lead to the pages from which they’ve been taken.

(Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos

1. Water and a Girl
Beautiful composition, excellent scenery, amazing play of colors.

Mind-Blowing Photos - water

2. The Ball is Coming!
Analogue shot with Seagull 6×6 (Chinese clone of Rolleiflex), made in 1983. “The gulfball is suspended on a fishing line in front of the camera. It was a stormy day. So I had to shoot 5 or 6 films for getting one image with the ball in the center position AND a light reflection on the golf club.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Hey Tina! When you see this: Call me! I'm not angry with you any longer ....

3. Sky
The sky is reflected in a drop of water. Beautiful scenery.

Mind-Blowing Photos - : Sky

4. Returning to the same ocean
Beautiful sand textures, beautiful composition and somehow a very sad story hidden behind the image.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Returning to the same ocean.

5. Tree
A colorful tree from a different perspective.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!

6. Gizmo
How adorable is that?

Mind-Blowing Photos - Gizmo

7. Glittery Ball
“The reflection in this water droplet, it looks like the glitter is stuck to the water, but NO, it is reflections from the glitter on the feather.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Glittery Ball

8. Yaw? Weeeee
You probably shouldn’t try this in your local trains. Such pictures are unforgettable.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Yaw? Weeeee

9. Leap of Faith
What does being one step away from falling into the abyss feel like?

Mind-Blowing Photos - Leap of Faith

10. Astronaut Self-shot Over Earth
Could this be the best self-shot ever? It’s truly out of this world.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Astronaut Self-shot Over Earth

11. Autumn in red
Pure beauty. No words are necessary.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Autumn in red

12. FlickrMeeting – Genova – G3
Blue baloon, a small detail, gives the picture an incredible power.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FlickrMeeting - Genova - G3 - [Ghe semmu + DieciCento + Milanoue!!W ]

13. Sea in the sea
Incredible scenery. Apparently, the shot was made on the boat in the middle of the sea.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!

14. If I was an old building…
“If I was an old building I would want to be by the ocean. Till’ the end of times”. Photographed at the old fishing piers of the Texas Bolivar Peninsula.

Mind-Blowing Photos - If I was an old building..... by `foureyes on deviantART

15. Bee the Cat
“It’s hard to get the right exposure, with them being white, and with the fact they don’t stay still unless they’re sleeping.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - bee

16. Passing the Golden Gate Bridge

Mind-Blowing Photos - Passing the Golden Gate Bridge

17. Glow
Smoke from a leaf pile.

Mind-Blowing Photos - g l o w by Haneck - DPChallenge

18. Swimming pool
Taking a look at the swimming pool. From a quite different perspective.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!

19. Reflect
A reflection from the louvre’s pyramid.

Mind-Blowing Photos - reflect

20. Time To Go Home…
“Tthe way the birds are lined up makes the composition extraordinary fantastic.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Time To Go Home...

21. Seagull on a sign
This seagull seems to have its own personal understanding of human’s rules.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Seagull on a sign

22. Marshmellow girl
A beautiful composition.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

23. Refashioned Dahlia
Photo taken at Duncan Garden in Spokane, WA.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Refashioned Dahlia

24. Bird and Meat

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

25. Water drop
A photo taken at the exact right time. Available as a desktop wallpaper in various resolutions.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Another 17 Fantastic Free Wallpaper Images | Crestock.com Blog

26. Mt. Fuji

Mind-Blowing Photos - Mt. Fuji

27. Two ways at looking at a fish

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

28. Blessed fog
A shot of Grande Madre di Dio in Torino, Italy.

Mind-Blowing Photos - blessed fog

29. Family of bugs

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

30. Pigeon Point Lighthouse
“Once per year at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse they shut down the weak insipid modern (presumably electric) light and switch over the the 5 kerosene lamps and fresnel lens of the original, as it was 135 years ago.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Pigeon Point Lighthouse

31. Fire Shot
Location: Changa Beach, Coquimbo.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FIRE SHOT

32. A conversation
Fox, bird and snow. This picture is titled “Good afternoon, my name is chikiricuatro”.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

33. Shanghai – Acrobatic
Picture taken during an acrobatic show in a Shanghainese theatre.

Mind-Blowing Photos - CHINA - Shanghai - Acrobatic

34. Northern lights as seen from space

Mind-Blowing Photos - Digg - Northern lights as seen from space (Pic)

35. Red October Rise
Sunrise over Bogie Lake, Michigan.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Red October Rise

36. Crystal clarity

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

37. Skier’s Paradise
“Climbing partner at 17,000? on Denali carrying his skis down to around 16,200? where he will be able to ski down the rest of the way to base camp at 7200?.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Skier's Paradise

38. Bird and Water

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

39. Photograph Taken at the Exact Right Time

Mind-Blowing Photos - Sawse - Stir it Up! » Blog Archive » 25 Photographs Taken at the Exact Right Time

40. All alone.
This shot is taken on a Norway’s cliff Prekestolen (also known as Preacher’s Pulpit).

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

41. Looking out of the window

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

42. Above the clouds
The shot taken during the flight from Vienna to Frankfurt, approaching Frankfurt.

Mind-Blowing Photos - above the clouds

43. The Waves

Mind-Blowing Photos - teahupoo_1.jpg (JPEG-Grafik, 1280x821 Pixel)

44. The Waves. One more time.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!

45. Cockfight
Taken by Jan Sochor.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Cockfight – Photo Essay – Jan Sochor

46. Polar lights
Öxarárfoss in Iceland – Aurora Borealis taken by Arnar Valdimarsson.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

47. Concentration

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

48. Cat and deer

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

49. Here floats a bubble in the air…

Mind-Blowing Photos - he floats a bubble in the air...

50. A girl portrait

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo

Sources and Resources

You’ll find many more excellent photos, illustrations and pictures on the following sites:

  • Pixdaus.com
    A social community dedicated to sharing photos. Pixdaus is a place where anyone can post his pictures, photos and others rate it. If it’s cool it gets to the main page and more people can enjoy it.
  • Ffffound.com
    Image bookmarking. An invitation-based service.