21 Photographers Share The Most Amazing Shot They Ever Captured
A picture really is worth a thousand words. From hobbyists to professionals, everyone has a favorite image, according to these answers on Quora.
"I was in a marine cruise in Walvis Bay, Namibia, watching dolphins, seals, mola molas, cormorants, not paying so much attention in taking pictures. But then, the captain threw a piece of fish from the boat and I had the privilege of picturing a pelican at the exact moment he grabbed the bite."
"I was living in Munich a couple of years ago and had my mother and sister visiting me for a few days. We decided to brave the winter conditions and icy roads to drive to Neuschwanstein castle a couple of hours away. When we got there, the weather had completely cleared and we were rewarded with amazing 'winter wonderland' scenes everywhere we looked. Not only that, but the town was about as empty as I'd ever seen it - it is typically overrun with tourists."
"I was traveling through Cambodia as a photojournalist with a nonprofit organization, and on one of our days off in Phnom Penh, we decided to visit heritage site (and tourist trap) Wat Phnom with its elephant park and resident monkeys to relax a bit. As monkeys of varying sizes scurried around interacting with visitors, I noticed they were being fed snacks, fast food, and soda. A man walked up to the monkey above and handed it a can of Fanta and it started downing the can like it was sweet nectar from the gods."
"This is one of my favorite photographs, mainly because of the perseverance required to take it, and the thrill of finally getting the right conditions. Vancouver doesn't get temperature inversions that often, but in January we had a few days where they occurred early in the morning, with the resultant fog typically dispersing by midday. I'd been wanting to get a photograph like this for a long time, so when I saw the conditions forming, I knew that this was my chance."
"This was my best photograph. Taken in Kosice, Slovakia from a motor vehicle. The amazing part was the weather system we had just travelled through to get here. Caught between two mountains it was blizzard conditions with almost no visibility. Then we travelled a road tunnel straight through the mountain on our way to Sucha Bela, a popular walking trail. When we came out the other end of the tunnel and saw blue skies I gasped. To go from near zero visibility to clear blue sky was amazing enough then to see the trees with frozen leaves like this against a blue backdrop was a photo I just had to take."
"Took me a long time to do this perfectly in a single shot! My college friend agreed to go shirtless in the biting cold of February in Dehradun, India. This is light paining, using a torch and newspaper on fire. In fact, the photo involves 4 people, two of them are standing still, while the other two move swiftly with the torch and the newspaper."
"This image consists of 3888 images taken from the same spot through one whole year. I stitched together one image from one pixel wide columns from each image. January to the left, december to the right. The image is the view from my flat in Oslo, Norway."
"This one is probably the best I've taken in the past few years living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was shot during Loy Krathong festival."
"This is a stitched panorama of ~24 shots; this allows a simulated effect of the shot being taken with a 24 f/.8 lens wide open (actually shot with a 50 1.4)."
"I'm pretty pleased with this one. It came out of a whole series that I was shooting where I hacked cheap flash guns apart and wired them into phone and TV screens. No editing involved, just some minor tweaking and an interesting trip through airport security."
"I took this photo on a summer evening/twilight in my backyard. This little thing was glowing while sitting on a twig. It is all natural and I did not edit or photoshop this firefly."
"I took this one at Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal, India. It mimics a pathway to heaven (or how the concept is described and romanticized in books)."
"Got this chance to photograph the historic Stonehenge at Salisbury, where I got lucky with the cloud formation and the sun playing hide and seek. Had to wait for sometime to get the right shot."