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
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.