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“Farewell India” – Taj Mahal, India – Trey Ratcliff – Featured Photographer   72 comments



“Farewell India” – Taj Mahal, India – Trey Ratcliff – Featured Photographer

Sometimes a photo truly makes you want to pack your bags immediately and hop on the next outgoing plane to wherever it was you just saw.  Today’s submission is exactly that type of photograph for me.  Sure the Taj Mahal is amazing, but I think Trey was able to capture that “amazingness” is this photo.  In fact, he captures a lot of it in his rather extensive and remarkable portfolio.  So, do yourself a favor and check it out because this is one you won’t want to miss

Enter Trey:

I had a truly wonderful time in India and I can’t wait to return.  After spending most of the day exploring the Taj Mahal, I found a car to take me across the river.  The bridge was over 100 years old and crowded with every type of locomotion – from donkey to pull cart to bike.  After working my way down to the river, I found I could not quite get low enough to take the photo I wanted.  So, reluctantly, I took my camera off my tripod and buried it in the mud, about half an inch above the water.  I spent all night in the bathroom saying I was sorry to the camera… cleaning her up back into her old self once again.

“Sea of Horses” – Gullfoss, Iceland – Danilo Atzori – Featured Photographer   92 comments



“Sea of Horses” – Gullfoss, Iceland – Danilo Atzori – Featured Photographer

It is tough to know where to look first at the photograph.  The abstraction of horses pull in the eye then my view shifts to the marbled sky.  The mountains in the distance then draw the viewer into the frame and suddenly I pop back to the original herd once more and separate the animals one by one.  My interest is kept for several moments.   The black and white really works with this shot almost giving the appearance of a charcoal painting.  Danilo’s great photos are all over the web, but check out one or more of his original portfolios below after reading his quick story about the horses.

Here is Danilo:

Next to the breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall,  a tired herd is resting from a long stroll.  The horses appear in a fusion of alternating dark and light coats.  The bushy horse’s manes resembling ocean waves mirror the surreal sky above the mountain topped Langjökull glacier on the horizon.

This was the most representative picture of the whole journey!

ISO: 100


Shutter speed: 1/200 sec

Focal length: 18 mm

“Zottel is Back”- Alps, Switzerland – John Wilhelm – Featured Photographer   50 comments



“Zottel is Back”- Alps, Switzerland – John Wilhelm – Featured Photographer

As with many great photographs, John has not only created an emotion with his photo, but also leads the viewer into an imaginary story written in their own mind.

I hope this photo makes you smile.  I certainly did when I opened it.  At first, I thought “what a silly goat chewing on a flower”.  Then I realized this was only the beginning of the destruction.  I assume by now that entire field of daisies has been reduced to goat made fertilizer.  Please follow John below on how he painstakingly created Zottel.

Take it away John :

Hi there everyone.

Wonderful to be here on PhotoBotos with one of my shots. Wow!

The selected photo was very difficult to take. We had to keep track of this very rare and shy animal for months.  We chased it with helicopters, dogs and a team of 15 experienced Swiss goat-hunters till we caught it on this wonderful plane of flowers in the middle of the Swiss Alps.

No seriously… this goat lives just a hop outside my house.  I like simple photographs, untouched and straight out of the camera, but I LOVE  to combine all available techniques (camera equipment and software) to develop shots from me  into something special which reflects my imagination of how the the ideal picture should look.

Now the facts to the Goat Pic:

–    shot with Sony Nex 7 (great great cam!) and the new Zeiss 24 1.8 (great lens)

–    3 shots in a focus-stack (manually combined in PS)

–    sky is a separate Shot (Leica M9, 21 Distagon, Swiss Alps)

–    flowerplane and flower in mouth were generated with Terragen

–    everything edited and composed in Photoshop CS 5

–    duration to create this: approx. 10h

 If you like this goat you may like other photos by me too:

“Swirling Tide” – Espasa Beach, Spain – Lujo Semeyes – Featured Photographer   56 comments



“Swirling Tide” – Espasa Beach, Spain – Lujo Semeyes – Featured Photographer

This is one of those “I wish I was there” (IWIWT) photographs.  I can feel the cool water and sand between my toes.  There is a strong breeze blowing and I put on an extra layer, but dare not miss what promises to be an excellent sunset.  After reading Lujo’s account it turns out I am not that far off.  Although maybe the water is a bit cooler than I expected.  Please  visit this and several other “IWIWT” photographs at Lujo’s portfolios and    Here are a couple of other great links of his in Spanish and

Here is Lujo:

The photograph was taken at the beach Espasa (Asturias) in this medium, just at dusk, on a day of very low tide, leaving bare rocks are usually not visible.  I chose this day for the state of the tide, and be having a polar front, which provided a good sky.  As an anecdote to relate, on arrival it was snowing, but did not cover the sand.

Picture data are:
Cámara Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Distance focal17 mm
Obturación3.2 speed sec.
f 8
high mirror
self-timer with 2 second delay
050 tripod manfroto XPROB
Hoya Polarizer pro at 9
Lee Filter 0.6 GNDS

“San Pedro (St. Peter’s Square)” – Vatican City – Manolo Garcia – Featured Photographer   53 comments


“San Pedro (St. Peter’s Square)” – Vatican City – Manolo Garcia – Featured Photographer 

Today is our first bilingual post ever here on PhotoBotos!  Manolo’s photograph is so detailed it can almost be used as a map for the Vatican and surrounding Rome. The vivid colors and intricate architecture just burst off of the screen.   To see more of Manolo’s work please check out his galleries at (the New York City shots are amazing) and  He can also be followed on his blog at  Enjoy!

Here is Manolol:

La foto fue tomada en la Ciudad del Caticano, en la plaza de San Pedro, desde lo alto de la catedral.
Desde las marcas que hay en el centro de la plaza y mirando hacia las columnas de alrededor de la plaza, se ven filas de una sola columna mientras que son filas de 4 columnas.
Para poder subir a lo alto de la cupula se puede hacer en ascensor o andando por las escaleras.

The photo was taken in Vatican City, in St. Peter’s Square from the top of the cathedral.
From the marks on the center of the square facing the columns around the square are rows of a single column as they are rows of 4 columns.
To get to the top of the dome can be done by elevator or walking down the stairs.

Camera Settings:


Canon EOS 500D


0,008 sec (1/125)




18 mm

Velocidad ISO



“Storm Over the Salar de Uyuni” – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – Nicholas Leslein – Featured Photographer   45 comments



“Storm Over the Salar de Uyuni” – Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia – Nicholas Leslein – Featured Photographer

Nick really captured a special moment in time with this one.  This image was featured as the National Geographic “Photograph of the Week” on October 26, 2010.  Nick does a great job of describing the experience below so I will let him get right to it.  When you are done, go see more of this special place at Nick’s award winning galleries and

Take it away Nicholas:

This image was captured on December 27th, 2009 at the eastern entrance of the Salar de Uyuni, South America’s largest salt flat, at an altitude of 3,653m (11,984ft).  My friend and I were on a three-day Landcruiser tour of southwest Bolivia, and this image was taken on one of our first stops.  The salt flat was a photographer’s dream.  The salar, being virtually flat, was not tolerant of storms and was already somewhat flooded in the west as this massive storm approached.  The companies offering tours of the salt flats encouraged us to reserve our seats and set off as soon as possible.  We left within 15 minutes and were rewarded handsomely as the storm descended upon us.

My favorite element of this photograph is the contrast in the sky and the intensity of the storm that is quickly approaching. I find the reflections of the people (those who we shared our Landcruiser with) in the small ponds of water on the salar fascinating.  The actions of those in the photograph appear timeless to me, particularly the girl in the foreground.

Camera Settings:

Shooting Mode    Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )    1/640
Av( Aperture Value )    11.0
Metering Mode    Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation    -1/3
ISO Speed    100
Lens    EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Focal Length    10.0mm

Lake Ontario, Toronto, Canada – Sean Howard – Guest Photographer   50 comments



Lake Ontario, Toronto, Canada – Sean Howard – Guest Photographer

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This is what I picture the world looking like before the first amphibian made his ground breaking trek out of the sea.  Sky, Water, and Rock is about as simple as it can get.  The blues are very calming, so if you are having a stressful day then take a moment, relax, and take a few deep breathes and lose yourself in Lake Ontario. Afterwards, check out Sean’s website

Here’s Sean:

My friend Eric and I run a podcast where we talk about purpose, passion and getting $h*t done –  The week I took this photo we had just completed two interviews that changed how I think about my work and my hobbies (in a good way).  As I headed out on this particular day, I wanted to see what would happen if I approached photography in a more disciplined way while also letting go of as many expectations as I could.  I also wanted to slow down and just sit with the process more.  So I chose to do some long exposure work.  I opted to bring my Zeiss 21mm f2.8 distagon lens with my filter kit.  The photo in question is using a 10ND filter as well as a .6ND soft gradient to bring the sky down slightly.

The location is the Leslie Street Spit in Toronto.  It is a manmade peninsula where they bring truckloads of concrete and rebar from demolitions. It is still actively being built but on weekends they open it up to the public.  I love this location as it’s easy to disappear there and not run into any people. I also find it fascinating that it is a giant construction junkyard on one hand and a nature preserve on the other.  Only in Canada.  🙂

What I really love about long exposure work is how the photo slowly reveals itself to me.  It’s a game of inches with a lot of waiting.  I start an exposure and then ten minutes later it flashes onto the screen and I have this immediate response – the camera needs to tilt up slightly, or the image needs a bit more light.  I can’t see what I’m doing because of the 10ND filter (the viewfinder is completely black) so I adjust things “blindly” by a tiny amount and then start the process over again.

Processing was pretty minimal.  Some tweaking of levels but mostly just global parameters.  I spent a lot of time trying to get this one “in camera” and was pretty happy with the results.

Feeding Lions in Zimbabwe, Africa – Shane Cleminson – Guest Photographer   30 comments



Feeding Lions in Zimbabwe, Africa – Shane Cleminson – Guest Photographer

I must say when I opened this photo it stopped me in my tracks.  I didn’t expect to see feeding lions from BELOW eye level.  Insane!  I love it.  I can’t believe he is right in the action.  Shane is an African transplant now living in Maryland as a wedding photographer.  His eye is very sharp and he has tons of talent that is apparent on his website  and blog

Shane… Take it from here!

I shot this image about six years ago.  It is still one of my favorite shots.  I was working on a wildlife video for a conservation project in Zimbabwe, Africa.  I shot this with an old Canon 20D and the kit 18-55mm lens.  It was a bright day and I used a polarizing filter to get a bit more color in the sky.  I was able to get so close as I spent a few months working with a group of about 50 lions for a video documentary in Zimbabwe.  I was lying on the ground next to these lions.  They were eating a Blesbok.  Blesbok are native to South Africa, but a few places in Zimbabwe have imported them.  There used to be over 100,000 lions in sub Saharan Africa.  Today there are less than 15,000.  Sadly, most governments in Africa make too much money off hunting to list the lion as endangered.  More controlled hunting and better conservation of wild spaces would save the King of Beasts.

Here is a direct link to his lion photos.


Monument Valley Panorama – Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, UT   33 comments



Monument Valley Panorama – Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, UT

Could this look anymore in the middle of the great western frontier?  I mean wide open sky, desert for miles, really cool mesas.  This certainly doesn’t remind me of being shot from a parking lot next to an amazing hotel (although it was).  Well, in fact, this could have been my view from the hotel room except I stayed a little to the left and there were a few boulders in the way.  I drove down the dirt road for miles and this was still the best vista.  I shot this is three separate frames and then photo stitched them together in Photoshop CS4.  It was really quite easy and I think it came out pretty well.

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