We can’t deny that Photoshop can help create some pretty spectacular imagery. However, it can often be overused for image manipulation, sometimes spoiling the natural beauty of a photo and masking photographer’s talents.
We’ve found some breathtaking amazing photos of you to enjoy, and none of them have been manipulated to add or remove elements through software.
Contrast and brightness might have been tweaked, but everything in these shots was present at the time they were taken.
You have to look twice at this one, but when you do you’ll see a really awesomely timed vision. As buckets of water are loosed through the air over this bathing elephant, another one appears in the water in the air too.
A frozen landscape:
This photo shows a winter wonderland, with a sky hidden by thick unbroken clouds. It looks almost like a ceiling made out of cotton wool.
A landscape destroyed by storm:
This photograph taken from Germany shows the aftermath of a storm. Trees have been knocked down at the side of the road.
Ash covered temple in Japan:
In 2014 Mount Ontake erupted spewing ash and sulphur across the surrounding area. Rescue workers were captured on camera making their way through an ash-covered temple to rescue hikers and tourists trapped on the mountain.
Devil’s Bridge in Germany:
The Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge in Kromlau Germany is a 19th Century stone bridge with a wonderful arch that forms a perfect circle in its reflection below when the waters are calm.
The giant dice:
This giant dice washed up on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene in Northern Idaho.
A Cuban emerald hummingbird:
Each year the British Ecological Society runs a photography competition. As you can imagine, the quality of entries is very high and no doubt choosing a winner is tough. This photograph by the ironically-named David J. Bird shows a hummingbird in motion and was chosen as the 2016 winner.
Sultan the Pit Pony:
Sultan the Pit Pony is a 200-metre sculptural earthwork by Mick Petts in Caerphilly, South Wales. This aerial photograph of it was submitted to the Royal Geographical Society by Jonathan Webb for the “Britain from the Air” exhibition.
Hot water in Antarctica:
Thanks to the laws of physics (and the so-called Mpemba effect) warm water freezes faster than cold water. This effect can be seen in action in this photo taken in Antarctica of someone throwing hot water into the air and seeing it instantly freeze.
Lake Berryessa has a man-made drain 72 feet in diameter which helps filter off excess water when the lake’s water level gets too high. Known as the “Glory Hole”, this structure leads to a 200-foot drop down a straight pipe. It is rarely in operation but was captured flowing recently by a drone flying overhead.
A delicious, delicate and intricately constructed honeycomb structure. Nature at its finest.
Lavender and wheat side-by-side:
Taken in the fields of Valensole, Southern France, this photo shows fields of lavender and wheat side-by-side.
The farmer responsible for that land might regret his mistake in missing out on the opportunity to sell his lavender as gluten-free!
A reflection of the sky:
A submission to the 35PHOTO annual photo competition in 2016 by Mikhailov Andrey sees a reflection of the sky and clouds above a still water and gives the impression of a portal to another world.
TOW missile being launched:
A US Marine photography competition chose this photo by Cpl. Jacob Johnson of his team firing a TOW missile from a M-41 Saber weapon system during training in the deserts of Kuwait in 2012.
A matter of perspective:
Although this one might well look like it’s been edited, it is, in fact, a single photo, taken from just the right angle. Goes to show a good photograph is all just a matter of perspective.
The tree with glowing roots:
Although not Photoshopped, a painstaking amount of effort still went into this photograph as leaves of varying shades were meticulously arranged at the base of the tree to give the illusion of glowing roots.
The underneath of a wave:
From the shores of Hawaii (where else?) comes this photograph of the underside of a magnificent wave breaking on the beach.
A front grill of a jeep cast in ice:
From one of the chillier parts of America comes this left-over ice cast of a truck that had previously been parked here. Impressively left intact after the vehicle departed, you’d be forgiven for thinking the photo had been manipulated in some way.
The fire tornado:
As if having your house on fire isn’t bad enough, then a tornado apparently gets involved too. The attending firefighters are trying their best, but there’s not much left of this poor domicile.
A satisfying line of wine glasses:
Someone did an incredible job lining up these wine glasses. Study the photo for too long and it looks like some sort of inception.
The swollen stone house:
Although this might look like something that’s been badly photoshopped, this house is actually a real home in Nas montanhas de Fafe, Portugal. Known as “Casa do Penendo”, it is an architectural monument that was constructed in 1972.
God’s USB cables:
This massive mess of what looks like USB cables is actually an aerial photograph taken straight from Google Maps showing Waubra, Australia and a windfarm under construction. The USB ends are in fact the connectors where the wind turbines will soon be attached.
In 2015, NASA released this photo from its Luna Reconnaissance Orbiter showing the Earth rising over the horizon of the Moon.
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