Kayakers navigate a watery fairway on the Bay of Arcachon in southwestern France. Your Shot member Stéphane Scotto was shooting aerial images from an ultralight motorized plane while the subject of a TV segment about his work on the bay. “The tide was changing, and I saw these two kayaks,” he writes. “[The scene] looked like an iris in which clouds were reflected." See more aerial images in the Your Shot feature "Trending: View From Above." This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 02:00:00 -0500
Bride and Groom, Malaysia
I wanted to capture this picture to show the viewer the beautiful detail and color of the bride and groom's attire. Despite the fact that it rained heavily on their wedding day their spirits weren't dampened.
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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Niagara Falls takes on an otherworldly pallor when the windchill temperature plummets to minus 40º in Ontario, Canada. For photographer Mark Duffy, seeing everything frozen was a “beautiful sight.” This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest. Find your best travel photos and join the competition.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Horses in the Highlands
“A great cloud of dust formed in the distance as we drove through the deserted Icelandic highlands,” writes Your Shot member Charlotte Goss. “We stopped the car and seized our cameras as the herd of Icelandic horses sped toward us. They watched us as we watched them, each of us surprised by the others’ presence. It was over in seconds, yet forever frozen with a single click.” Goss's picture appeared in Your Shot's Daily Dozen. This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe. See Your Shot photos of Icelandic horses.
Experience the tradition of Icelandic horse herding in this video.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400
Take a Spin
From his perch on the spectator’s platform, Your Shot member Martin Nittala captured this photo of stunt riders on the Wall of Death in India. The stunt is said to have originated in 1911 in New York's Coney Island. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more.Join now >>
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Two bald eagles aim for the same post in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. According to Klaus Nigge, who wrote the January 2015 National Geographic story “First Bird,” the one that lands first in such squabbles usually vacates the perch in order to avoid being raked by the incoming bird’s open talons. See more photos from the January 2015 feature story “First Bird.” Hear photographer Klaus Nigge speak about photographing bald eagles on Proof.
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500
This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos
In November, the high country's evening light is amazing. (This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)
What Makes This a Photo of the Day? Photography is all about light, and waiting for just the right time of day to capture a scene has its well-earned rewards. The soft, luminous light of the “blue hour”—the time right after the sun sets and as the moon is rising—makes a photograph sing like nothing that can be achieved in postproduction. The contrast of the twilight sky and the red of the hills is gorgeous, and the framing of the moon between the trees completes the scene. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor Get tips on photographing the night sky »Get tips on using available light »Get tips on photographing weather »
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Light in Winter
Predawn sunlight strikes the South Rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon in this picture submitted to the recent Your Shot assignment First Light. “A cold winter storm had passed through the region the day prior,” writes photographer David Stoker. “I had driven to the Grand Canyon in anticipation of the storm. I remember the morning being particularly cold as I hiked along the rim awaiting the arrival of the sun. The skies were still overcast, but a small break in the clouds allowed a single ray of sunlight to shine through, illuminating a small portion of the butte below.” Stoker's picture recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment First Light. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now »
Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400
Warmth and Color
A woman in Pushkar, India, flashes a smile for Your Shot community member Lone Israelsen, who submitted this photo. “I love India, so I went there on holiday … with a friend,” Israelsen writes. “We hired a guide in New Delhi and drove to Jaipur and Pushkar, where I shot this picture. Normally I shoot in black and white, but India is so colorful and fantastic, it would be a shame to convert [this image].” This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more.Join now >>
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400
Under a starry night sky in Zimanga Private Game Reserve in South Africa, a group of buffalo finds a cool drink. Your Shot photographer Alison Langevad was one of the first visitors for an overnight hide in the reserve, allowing her to capture this long exposure of “the perfect African moment.” This photograph was submitted to the 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Browse galleries of editors’ favorites >>
Sat, 03 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400
Reflecting Pool, Washington
This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures
Children sail toy boats in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in this photo originally published in the June 1937 issue of National Geographic. The 2,028-foot rectangular pool, which reflects the Lincoln Memorial at one end and the Washington Monument at the other, is among the most iconic landmarks in Washington, D.C.
“It is hard to ascend a mountain but it is worth it when you see views from the top and enjoy descending,” writes Your Shot member Saku Okamoto, who captured this image while on a winter expedition to Alaska’s backcountry. Okamoto’s image was recently featured in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.
Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0500
Brilliance in Black and White
While on her honeymoon, Your Shot community member and photographer Ani Gypps captured this image of the Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone’s colorful and largest hot spring. But the black-and-white treatment she gave this photo seems to have been the best way to evoke the mood she was looking for. “We arrived late in the day,” she writes, “and the usual beautiful colors were not as visible within that light. But before leaving anywhere I always like to look back at the scene. That's when I saw the light beautifully hitting the rising steam and highlighting the textures and patterns of the bacterial mats. This was the image I had to take.”
This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more.Join now >>
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Flashes of Summer
Fireflies flash and streak through a Tennessee summer night, putting on a spectacular light show to seduce prospective mates. The summertime ritual is one of the most familiar examples of bioluminescence on land. See more photos from the March 2015 feature story “Luminous Life.”
Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Lake Turkana, the world’s largest permanent desert lake, sustains the tribes in Kenya’s remote north—but projects upstream threaten its lifeblood. Here, a man sells mirrors in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. Located a hundred miles from Lake Turkana, the UN camp holds 180,000 refugees who fled conflicts in Sudan, Somalia, and other nations. See more pictures from the August 2015 feature story “Last Rites for the Jade Sea?”
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
“This photo was taken on a chilly morning in the Austrian Alps during our ski holiday,” writes Your Shot member Horst Bierau. “I was about to clear the car of the freshly fallen snow from the night before and head off to the slopes when I noticed the tiny ice crystals on the car’s windowpane. The dark inside of the car cabin provided the perfect background for this motif.” Bierau’s picture recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment Macro. This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500
'Picturesque and Curious'
Out for an anniversary stroll with his girlfriend, Louis Schneider had to step "a bit over the edge" to capture this shot of the Manneporte, a rock formation in Étretat, France. The area has attracted photographers and artists for well over a century: "The cliffs at Étretat are among the most interesting on the French coast," reads a 1915 National Geographic&tt;/em> magazine article, "The Beauties of France." "Étretat is a noted resort, especially affected by artists and literary men, who are attracted by its picturesque and curious situation." This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more.Join now >>
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400
A Mossy Eruption
An Iceland road trip afforded Your Shot member Dylan Shaw an opportunity to photograph one of the country’s geological wonders—a field of volcanic rock softened by a lush blanket of moss. Iceland has been shaped by glacial and volcanic activity—the island was born of a volcanic eruption—and has more than a hundred volcanoes, about a third of which are considered active. Shaw's shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more.Join now >>
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