In honor of the International Year of Forests, Doo Creative teamed up with photographer Suresh Natarajan to create the Green Guardians Calendar 2011 and we can all be glad that they did. These shots perfectly match the beauty of women and mother nature.
Barbara Cole's Painted Ladies series blurs the line between paintings and photographs. Influenced by a painting by Lucien Freud, she began experimenting with an SX-70 Polaroid camera to perfect her technique. She created these photos by playing with studio lighting and manipulating the surface image to add dimension and the painterly quality.
To truly appreciate these photos, you must go visit The Big Picture and see the higher resolution photos with captions. Here are just some of the entries for National Geographic's 2010 Photo Contest or you can check out the winners from previous years.
Epic. That is the one word I would use to describe this series by Damien Vassart. The combination of the crisp edges of the towering glass buildings with the fluid and organic movement of the clouds is an epic photo combination. The use of black and white creates a stark contrast between the buildings and sky, and also amplifies the amazing reflections in the glass.
Craig Cramer's Bloom Day Scans are a thing of beauty. Almost every month, Craig scans flowers in bloom. His scans produce a wonderful look at which flowers bloom throughout the year. I love how the colorful flowers are offset by a black background, creating amazing contrast. If you like these photos, feel free to buy his Bloom Day Scans 2012 calendar on Zazzle.
Wow. That is the word that comes to mind when I see Mikko Lagerstedt's photos. Mikko is an incredibly talented, self taught, photographer who only started taking photos in December of 2008. I wish I could share every photo he has taken because they are all that good. Each one is well composed, has an amazing atmosphere, and incredible lighting. You could get lost for hours browsing his photostream.
Loving this photo of New York City by Samuel H. Gottscho. This is a truly great shot of the Savoy Plaza and Plaza hotels from Central Park. The best part, it was taken on February 12, 1933. Truly a shot that requires a photographer's eye.
If you've ever seen a photo of the Hindenburg Disaster, it was most likely this one by AP photographer Murray Becker. He shot a series of 15 pictures of the May 6, 1937 disaster, from the initial flare-up to to rescue of the survivors.
Mario Moreno is an expert wildlife, landscape and travel photographer. He has spent the past 12 years exploring Africa and capturing some truly breathtaking scenes. He searches for the "Perfect Moment" when "everything comes together ... Light, Timing and Emotions that create a memorable and forever lasting scene !" He's definitely perfected capturing those perfect moments. These beautiful silhouettes are just the tip of the iceberg. check out his 500px account for some more great photos!