They Were Asked To Post Their Best Photographs. #1 Blows My Mind.
Amateur and professional photographers were asked to post the most amazing photograph that they’ve ever taken on Quora. Here’s what some of the shared, along with their explanation of the shot.
“Most people react to this photo with doubt at first. Is Kent an expert at manipulating images using Photoshop? The answer is no, but the sad part is that in this day and age of digital photography, the common reaction is to ask if it’s real… The reality is that this is not Kokomo (yes, I’m showing my age with a Beach Boys reference).
It’s St. Maarten, the home of the famous Princess Juliana International Airport. At only 7,980 feet, the runway is barely long enough for large jets to land. Incoming airliners approaching the island, must touchdown at the very beginning of the runway, which is just past the beach. This means they have to fly extremely low, passing only 30-60 feet over tourists and plane spotters.” -Kent Miller
“This is my best and luckiest picture. Held the camera with the other hand during a rain shower in Brazil.” -Micah Goulart
“The best photo I have taken is not of any great quality. Heck, it was taken on a mobile phone camera (Nokia N8, 12 MP). But my thought behind it and the fact that my thought was caught in the photo perfectly is what makes it the most amazing photograph I have ever taken. It was my cousin’s engagement and as she was getting ready, her mother was helping her.
I was being the ‘invisible’ photographer trying to take candid pictures while trying to not disturb anyone. There came a moment when my cousin stood in front of the mirror. As I was about to take her photo, her mom ended up standing beside her. ‘Cause of where I was standing, I got a good angle shot and the result was the photo you see below…
I managed to get my aunt’s reflection as my cousin looked in the mirror. ‘Well, they say a daughter is a reflection of her mother…’- I conveyed this thought across and my aunt loved it!:)”-Akshaya R. Pai
“This is one of my favourite 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. However, the best time to get such a shot is when the lights from the city balance the light in the sky, which typically occurs 30-40 minutes before sunrise (or after sunset).The other variable, of course, is that the fog has to be at just the right level — too high and you don’t see the buildings peeping through.
I went up to viewpoints on 5 separate mornings before sunrise, and in every case, the fog layer was just too high — I would very occasionally see the top of the tallest building, but nothing else. It looked like I wouldn’t get the photo I wanted this year, as the forecast showed the conditions coming to an end. This was the last morning where there was any low fog, and the forecast wasn’t promising, but I knew that if I didn’t once again drag myself out of bed well before sunrise, I’d be kicking myself if someone else got a great photo!
On arriving at the viewpoint, I could see there was a very high cloud layer that was just starting to reflect the sun, still well below the horizon from my viewpoint, but again the city was entirely hidden by fog. However, after about 10 minutes the fog descended slightly and I was able to take this photo. Five minutes after I took it, the fog had obscured the city again, and the opportunity had gone.”-Alexis Birkill
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