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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

26 July 2021: Surprise!

Before The SnapLightBender

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

19 July 2021: Street Photography

I'm Moo-vin' OnMichael C

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.

12 July 2021: Street Photography

37 Pieces of FlairLightBender

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.

5 July 2021: Street Photography


Indifference – MiguelH

F10, 1/400, ISO 200

28 June 2021: Long Exposure

Ice Caveuser24582

Ice Cave – user24582

Location: Eisriesenwelt, Austria
Date: 2019-08-16
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.

21 June 2021: Long Exposure

Pay HereTom Brossman

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.

14 June 2021: Symmetry


Underpass – MiguelH


Panasonic Lumix Gx1
F5.3, 1/125, 29mm

9 June 2021: Symmetry

Great Egretwhackamadoodle3000

Great Egret – whackamadoodle3000

Baylands Nature Preserve, March 28th 2021

Nikon D500 with Sigma 150-600
ISO 224, f/7.1, 1/2000

31 May 2021: In Deep Thought

Furrowed browuser98068

Furrowed brow – user98068

2021-05-15, a German kitchen

Sony DSC-R1, f=58mm (135 eq), f:6.3

24 May 2021: In Deep Thought

Should I Stay or Should I Fold Now?Lightbender

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

17 May 2021: Typography


Numbers – Zeus

At MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart, Australia.

September 2013
Canon EOS 5D III, EF24-105 f/4L @ 65 mm f/5.6, 1/13 s, ISO 3200.

10 May 2021: Typography


Confidential – Gian

Manila, 2019
iPhone 8 + macro attachment, desaturated with minor exposure adjustments

3 May 2021: All Blur

Picasso in Four DimensionsLightBender

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

26 April 2021: All Blur

Working Through the Nightwhackamadoodle3000

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.

19 April 2021: Up There

Andromeda Galaxy/Messier 31Jonas

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.

12 April 2021: Up There

Kaylee mid-flightBaz

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

Date: 2020-11-28

Camera: Panasonic DC-GX9, 12-60@39mm (image cropped in post), f/5.4, 1/800 sec, iso 200

4 April 2021: Transportation

Tired man after workphuclv

Tired man after work – phuclv

Ho Chi Minh city, 29 Jan 2019

29 March 2021: Transportation

No ParkingTetsujin

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.

22 March 2021: Reflections

How I need to feel!MiguelH

How I need to feel! – Bodkin's Best Photography

Date: 27/02/2020
Place: Piha Beach, NZ

14 March 2021: Reflections

Long Exposure Over Local LakeBodkin's Best Photography

Long Exposure Over Local Lake – Bodkin's Best Photography

Subject: Local Lake
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
Date: January 2021

Long Exposure Over Local Lake

8 March 2021: Straight out of Camera

Black & White Self - CavemanEric Duminil

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.

1 March 2021: Straight out of Camera

Maroon Bells in Moonlightscottbb

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.

22 February 2021: Imperfectly Beautiful

Metallophone with missing keyItWasLikeThatWhenIGotHere

Metallophone with missing key – ItWasLikeThatWhenIGotHere

The Sensory Garden, Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire UK, May 2018.

15 February 2021: Lomography

(no title)MiguelH

3rd place – 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.

8 February 2021: Imperfectly Beautiful

Imperfect symmetrysasha

Imperfect symmetry – sasha

Chinatown, NYC. Jan 26, 2020.

29 January 2021: Lomography

(no title)Ed on PCR

2nd place – 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.

Hall of Fame Archives

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

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    It's great to see these photos. They're a great source of inspiration into what can be captured and shown. – Jason TEPOORTEN Nov 2 '12 at 22:13
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    I haven't been back to photography much recently, except to come and check on the hall of fame. I'm sure I've said it before, but every time I'm blown away by the quality and diversity and downright awesomeness of your weekly photos! – Benjol Feb 14 '13 at 6:44
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    That long exposure one is inspiring. Amazing talent here! – 10 Rep May 12 at 18:40

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