You may know that https://photo.stackexchange.com/ (this site's parent :) has a "Photo of the week" contest.
Here are all the images featured on the homepage from the beginning of 2021 in reverse chronological order. Historical archives for previous years, see the archives list at the end.
Hall of Fame
Renaissance Festival near Charlotte NC – Ed on PCR
Renaissance Festival near Charlotte NC. My first year attending. This photo captures a lot of the feel of the festival - hot, dusty, magical- with the backlight of the sun really bringing out some of the latent energy while the festivalgoers moved from experience to experience.
Taken with an iPhone 6 in 2016. f2.2 at 1/3049 sec at ISO 32 (according to the meta-data).
Underneath the beehive – MiguelH
Seen at Kew Gardens. A metal construction that you can walk into, around and under. It has a glass floor that collects rainwater. A view from underneath.
Lumix Panasonic gx80, 14 mm. f: 6.3, ss:1/320, iso:200
Heavy Metal – Michael C
Six-hundred tons (1.2 million pounds or 544,310 kilograms) of Union Pacific 'Big Boy' locomotive #4014 rests on one-hundred-sixty pound rail¹ during an August 26, 2020 stop in Gurdon, Arkansas as it waits to stretch its legs again once the green light is lit.
The locomotive, manufactured in 1941, was restored to operating condition in 2019 after spending over fifty years on static display at the RailGiants Train Museum in Southern California. Following several tours of various parts of the Union Pacific system in the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2019 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad connecting the east and west coasts of the United States, #4014 did not make any public appearances during 2020.
Union Pacific took #4014 out again for a six week tour in the late Summer of 2021 with stops in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Kansa, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and then back home to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
¹ 160 pound rail is so called because it weighs 160 pounds per linear yard (72.6 kg per 0.914 m).
Bicycle Brothers – LightBender
A pair of brothers out for a ride along the East River Greenway on a cool spring afternoon in Manhattan - April 16, 2016
Nikon D700; Nikkor 80-400; 2X Teleconverter; ISO 200 1/1600 f/5.6 800mm
Unknown couple at town fair – The _traveler
Unknown couple at town fair in Laurel, MD
Shot with Olympus EP-3 (lens 14-42) 1/200, f/8, ISO 200
Neighbour cat on the tree branch – Slasher
Canon 800D | EF 70-300mm F4-F5.6 | 1/30 | ISO 1600
Pixel, focused – xenoid
Another family member's cat (appropriately named "Pixel") that we fostered for two weeks. New environment, new discoveries, here fascinated by a furniture lift operating outside. The almost snake-like head droop intensifies the attention.
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 35mm Macro, ISO800, f/3.5, 1/160s.
This little 35mm lens is overlooked, it changes your style.
Onion Volcano – LightBender
An onion volcano at my favorite Japanese Steakhouse that got a little out of control.
Pentax K1000 (I think, Nikon F2 also possible given the time frame Mid-Late 2000's), Unknown lens and settings, Kodachrome ISO100, digitized with a Nikon D700 using a PB-4 bellows and a PS-4 slide copy adapter.
A productive afternoon, guaranteed – techolic
EOS M2, 22mm, f/2.0, 1/60, ISO100
Halftime Hip Hop – Michael C
One of the Drum Majors for the Jackson-Olin High School Marching Mustangs Band performs at halftime of a first-round playoff game in Birmingham, Alabama November 9, 2018.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II @ 200mm. ISO 3200, f/2.8, 1/500.
Cropped from 3,648x5,472 (2:3) to 3,483x4,644 (3:4) before resizing to 1,800x2,400 to meet the Photography SE size limit
Musical urinal – Baz
Found this interesting urinal on a trip through England.
Camera: Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Lens: f/1.8 1/20 4.77mm ISO2422
Location: The Bell Pub in Ticehurst, England
The Blues – whackamadoodle3000
7:07pm, July 13th 2021, Los Gatos, CA
Nikon D500 with Sigma 150-600
1/1000, ISO10000, f/6
A California Scrub Jay attacked a house finch in the air, pecking it to death on the road. It really surprised me, I never thought they killed other birds.
Before The Snap – LightBender
Nikon D200, f13, ISO 100, 1/100s (with strobes that dump their charge in 1/1200s)
Don't ask me how this got into my head, probably some mixture of insanity, boredom and insomnia. I was playing around with some 70/30 beam splitting glass (which only has one reflective plane), bought a dozen mouse traps and a dozen eggs and did exactly what it looks like, dropped the eggs on the traps.
This was the second best timed shot in the batch. Even though I missed the timing (off by a couple of lousy milliseconds), I've always particularly liked the pent up anticipation in this shot. This is the first time I've ever shared it, so as Bob Ross would say, enjoy this happy little accident.
In case anyone is curious, this was the image I actually selected from the shoot. It's surprisingly one of the best selling images in my gallery, so for obvious reasons I don't want to release it under CC BY-SA 4.0
I'm Moo-vin' On – Michael C
The parade had passed moving right to left earlier in the evening. About forty-five minutes after the end had snaked by the Princess Theatre and continued another mile or so to the end of the route this entrant drove by retracing the path from whence it had come.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS.
ISO 3200, f/4, 1/160.
December 3, 2012. Decatur, Alabama.
37 Pieces of Flair – LightBender
On a photography walkabout to downtown NYC 2017-06-24 4:27pm, saw this lady who could give Brian a run for his money.
Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400mm
f9 1/200s ISO 3200 @ 800mm (using a 2x teleconverter)
Converted to B&W in Photoshop plus an emulated split contrast double exposure for depth.
Indifference – MiguelH
PANASONIC LUMIX GX10, 31mm
F10, 1/400, ISO 200
Ice Cave – user24582
Location: Eisriesenwelt, Austria
Camera: Nikon D3100 18-55 @ 18mm, f/5, 4s, ISO 3200
The entrance is at the bottom of the cave, these people are actually on the way out.
Pay Here – Tom Brossman
People's Park, Saint Helier, Bailiwick of Jersey
6 August 2016
Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm f1.2, 3 seconds (tripod), ISO 140.
Walking around the park taking some ordinary long exposure photos and filling the frame with motion blur, I noticed the ticket taker in the booth sitting perfectly still and thought "could be an interesting photo", so I backed up a little to include the ticket booth.
Underpass – MiguelH
Panasonic Lumix Gx1
F5.3, 1/125, 29mm
Great Egret – whackamadoodle3000
Baylands Nature Preserve, March 28th 2021
Nikon D500 with Sigma 150-600
ISO 224, f/7.1, 1/2000
Furrowed brow – user98068
2021-05-15, a German kitchen
Sony DSC-R1, f=58mm (135 eq), f:6.3
Should I Stay or Should I Fold Now? – Lightbender
One of a group of elderly women playing cards in the park on a beautiful spring day. Wasn't close enough to see what game they were playing. Taken during a street photography trip to Columbus Park, New York, NY.
Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 80-400mm and 2x teleconverter at 700mm. ISO 800; 1/500s; f/5 Captured 2015-05-23
Numbers – Zeus
At MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart, Australia.
Canon EOS 5D III, EF24-105 f/4L @ 65 mm f/5.6, 1/13 s, ISO 3200.
Confidential – Gian
iPhone 8 + macro attachment, desaturated with minor exposure adjustments
Picasso in Four Dimensions – LightBender
Shot through a cascading sheet of water, using the water rather than the lens to blur and distort the model. (Honestly never thought I'd actually get to use this for anything other than having a little fun experimenting in the back yard.)
Nikon D300; Nikkor 70-300mm @ 145mm; 1/125sec; F7.1; ISO 200
January 30, 2011; Knoxville, TN
Working Through the Night – whackamadoodle3000
April 12th 2021 1:30 AM, Los Gatos, CA
iPhone 7+, my keyboard, and solely my monitor/keyboard backlight used for lighting
Swirled my phone at the keyboard to represent my state of mind. If you're wondering why you can see discrete keys instead of just a blurry spiral, it's because the keys actually blink faster than I can see (did a slowmo of my keyboard), so on a slow exposure each of these blinks is recorded, breaking up the blur into pieces.
Andromeda Galaxy/Messier 31 – Jonas
Location: Taken from my backyard in Southern Germany (Bortle 4)
Date: February 13, 2021
Camera: Nikon D5300 with Tamron 70-210mm f/4 @135mm, ISO 4000, f/4, 1.3s
I stacked 350 light frames with some calibration frames in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Photoshop and StarNet++. If anyone is interested, I mostly followed the process described in this video: ANDROMEDA GALAXY with only a Camera, Lens, & Tripod.
Considering this photo was taken without a star tracker and a beginner DSLR, I am quite happy with the result even though it is admittedly noisy. I hope it might encourage someone to try astrophotography out themselves, without needing expensive equipment.
Kaylee mid-flight – Baz
This is a shot of my wee dog Kaylee chasing after her ball jumping across the heather.
Location: Sidlaw Hills near Dundee, Scotland
Camera: Panasonic DC-GX9, 12-60@39mm (image cropped in post), f/5.4, 1/800 sec, iso 200
Tired man after work – phuclv
Ho Chi Minh city, 29 Jan 2019
No Parking – Tetsujin
Our neighbours woke us up in the middle of the night with "I think you ought to come & see this…"
The Merc that the BMW came to rest against is mine. The driver had managed to lose control so spectacularly that he wrote off 6 cars on a road only 80 metres long, some much worse than you can see here, he'd managed to surf along a few. Mine was miraculously untouched.
Nikon D5500 50mm 1.4 2xGodox V860II - one on-camera, the other held by the neighbour.
Sept 2017, North London.
How I need to feel! – MiguelH
Place: Piha Beach, NZ
Long Exposure Over Local Lake – Bodkin's Best Photography
Subject: Local Lake
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
Date: January 2021
Black & White Self - Caveman – Eric Duminil
It's a self portrait, taken in front of my house, in Stuttgart, on the 26th of September 2009.
Shot with D90 in RAW+JPG mode, and BW preset already applied. The only thing I changed after taking the picture was to choose "M" size in order to stay under the 2MB limit. (Here's a large JPEG in original size and with EXIF preserved.)
D90 + Tokina 11-16, 16mm, f/7.1, 1/200s. Multiple flashes.
Maroon Bells in Moonlight – scottbb
Taken at the edge of Maroon Lake in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area, west of Aspen, Colorado, USA, two nights before full moon on September 25, 2015, 2:40 AM.
Nikon D800E and PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5 ED lens; ISO 3200, ƒ/5.6, 30 sec.
This was trying to dial in Scheimpflug tilt to maximize depth of field with a wide aperture, under dark conditions. I learned a lot in the effort; primarily, I still have a lot of practice to go.
Metallophone with missing key – ItWasLikeThatWhenIGotHere
The Sensory Garden, Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire UK, May 2018.
(no title) – MiguelH
Taken at Wicksteed Park, Kettering, Northamptonshire. January 2018. An early 2mb digital Panasonic camera. Now no longer in existence, but it was a point and shoot! Some additional editing later.
Imperfect symmetry – sasha
Chinatown, NYC. Jan 26, 2020.
(no title) – Ed on PCR
Taken on a Minolta 35mm film camera circa 1980. The image was transferred from negative to digital in 2008. Colors are faded, resolution is crap, but it is still an interesting photo to me.