The internet is full of beautiful and amazing photographs, but do you ever stop and wonder just what went into that perfect shot? I'm not just talking about the digital manipulation side of the process, although there's certainly plenty of that involved. No, I'm talking about the physical hard work combined with the often super-creative approaches that photographers employ in order to ensure that their final shot is the very best it can be.

Take a look at these behind-the-scenes pictures to see what we mean. Compiled by Bored Panda, they're sure to give the budding photographer some fresh ideas while giving the rest of us an enlightening glimpse into the reality that hides behind many a perfect picture.

#1

Miniature Car Models Create Realistic Historical Photos

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Michael Paul Smith Report

Brigitte
Community Member
4 years ago

Wait... what? That is really cool. I clicked to flip umpteen times to believe it.

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#2

Wedding Photography

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Chris Chambers Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

Anything for the sake of that reflection !!!

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#3

Water Reflections

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Vogue Korea Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 years ago

And now we know!!! I often wondered how certain photos had been created underwater!

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#4

Life In A Drop Photography

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D' Third Photography Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

So nice idea!!!

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#5

Surreal Miniature Photography

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Felix Hernandez Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 years ago

Fooled again by another miniature... incredible indeed!

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#6

Girl Enjoying Rain

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FunLeak Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 years ago

An observant person would have noticed that it's only raining on the leaf. But I do still love the effect!

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#7

Fox Close Up

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Dan Dinu Report

YUZAFFI
Community Member
4 years ago

Well how else are they supposed to take the picture?!?

Evelyn Sprehe
Community Member
4 years ago

How is this a lie? It IS a CLOSE UP of a fox! Duh!!!

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Jotaeme Isola
Community Member
4 years ago

this is not a lie actually....

Andy Coleman
Community Member
4 years ago

that ones just cool AF, doesnt belong with the rest here

varwenea
Community Member
4 years ago

This is REAL!!!

Cesi Baca
Community Member
4 years ago

This post has photos in it that really don't belong. This photo is not even close to the "biggest lie ever"

Dawn Tabor
Community Member
4 years ago

Not seeing the lie on this one...ugh.

Theresa Jensen
Community Member
4 years ago

The image of him taking it is the best photo I've seen in ages.

Jessika Hodson
Community Member
4 years ago

Not sure how this one is a lie....

Fluttergirl
Community Member
4 years ago

That's just as impressive as the photo would suggest.

Erin Ratigan
Community Member
4 years ago

How is that a lie? Because I'm not personally right in front of that fox?

Vivian Quaye
Community Member
4 years ago

No trick here

Mell Bg
Community Member
4 years ago

Why ia this a lie

Brigitte
Community Member
4 years ago

Aww, I like foxes. Too bad they have such a bad rep.

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

Hello!!! :D

Pedro Moreira
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks quite real to me. What am I missing here?

Nikki Hammett
Community Member
4 years ago

?? A fox close up is a.... Wait for it..... A fox close up!

Nathan Delaney
Community Member
4 years ago

The most legitimate so far

rain deer
Community Member
4 years ago

What kind of sorcery is this?

Helen Asuncion
Community Member
4 years ago

This one's awesome both ways!

David Whiley
Community Member
4 years ago

The "fake" part is probably that this isn't a wild fox but a (part?) domesticated fox. And possibly meat paste smeared on the lens hood.

Andrei Stirb
Community Member
4 years ago

no, no meat there, just a bit of luck and a friendly fox

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Pedro Moreira
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks quite real to me... What am I missing here?

Agi Zych
Community Member
4 years ago

i cant see how that is a lie???

Alex
Community Member
4 years ago

this is no lie, sorry

Ionuţ Călugăru
Community Member
4 years ago

This a Romanian photographer. Nice picture and 100% true. No fake.

Roxanne Stuart
Community Member
4 years ago

Totes not fakery XD but still awesome =3

Nathan Delaney
Community Member
4 years ago

At least this is for real!

Heather Cox
Community Member
4 years ago

This is the most honest photo

Michael Piscitelli
Community Member
4 years ago

Seems about right. lol

Tom Wagner
Community Member
1 year ago

That's cute. Do you now how hard it is to get a wild fox to come that close?

Ina-Kristin Sundet
Community Member
3 years ago

How is this a lie????

Lisa Connell
Community Member
3 years ago

Hahaha! A true close up!

Edwin Kort
Community Member
3 years ago

Great

Chinedum Osakwe
Community Member
3 years ago

yessssssssss cutenesssssssss

Gian Battista Marci
Community Member
3 years ago

absolutely in love with this picture

Katya Cohen
Community Member
3 years ago

How is this one a "fake"? Seems quite legit to me

Megan Cherry
Community Member
3 years ago

explain to me how that is fake its of a fox and its zoomed in exactly what the pictures says

Mark Alcantara
Community Member
3 years ago

What??? What's the catch on this?

Alexandra Grönvall
Community Member
3 years ago

Unless the fox is a stuffed animal, how is this a lie?

Anan Meem
Community Member
3 years ago

I fail to see how this is a big lie?

Snafflepuss
Community Member
3 years ago

How is this a lie?

Kim V.
Community Member
3 years ago

Euhm... There's no lie in this, is there?

Carolyn Wong
Community Member
4 years ago

well this is no lie! amazing

Jojo Levin
Community Member
4 years ago

And why is this a lie?

siriuslyafangirl
Community Member
4 years ago

There's no altercation or "lie"!

Enfamous Keru
Community Member
4 years ago

I like this one

turtle mama
Community Member
4 years ago

right!

Wise Lum
Community Member
4 years ago

one very lucky guy to be able to get a photo like that without a camera trap

Caroline Cassano
Community Member
4 years ago

Doesn't seem too fake, What else could they do??

Rachel LI
Community Member
4 years ago

Not a lie!!!

J Polaczyk
Community Member
4 years ago

...nothing fake about that picture!

J Polaczyk
Community Member
4 years ago

There's not

Wulfur
Community Member
4 years ago

This is a lie because...?

Lou Varner
Community Member
4 years ago

i have to agree with David Whiley

Evelyn Sprehe
Community Member
4 years ago

I gave it a dislike for the category NOT the photo. It's a close up of a fox and when you flip it to see the LIE... It's still a close up of a fox! You can now see the photographer up close to the Fox! Duhhhhh!

Ashley Mohr
Community Member
4 years ago

The fox is sitting in the one picture and not in the closeup

Channon Doughty
Community Member
4 years ago

I love this one!! What an amazing experience!!

Marius Andrei
Community Member
4 years ago

Yep, curiosity got the fox in the shot ! :)))

Irene Carlyle
Community Member
4 years ago

LOL!! cute!

Adrian Abonce
Community Member
4 years ago

This one doesn't belong in this list.

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
4 years ago

Of course! There's no other way to take that photo!

Berna
Community Member
4 years ago

Fantastic!

Hilarious
Community Member
4 years ago

Foxy

elijah77a
Community Member
4 years ago

FOXY BABE

Tracy Conaghan
Community Member
4 years ago

Not quite sure what the lie is here....

Daphne Tham
Community Member
4 years ago

Lol

budi wibowo
Community Member
4 years ago

This is a LIFE CAPTURE pic both for before and after and it is fabolous

budi wibowo
Community Member
4 years ago

I just love before and after. This is a LIFE CAPTURE picture and it is fabolous

Robert Posselt
Community Member
4 years ago

That forest though...its exceptionally beautifull with the snow and the little treelings with their still redish autumn leaves on *_*

Tracey Roden
Community Member
4 years ago

So this one isn't a 'fake'!

Kirsten Lee
Community Member
4 years ago

you can kinda tell its fake just saying

Elizabeth Fischer
Community Member
4 years ago

THIS is the more interesting photo.

Heli Kaltiokumpu
Community Member
4 years ago

Maybe if he was holding food or something, but there's nothing wrong here... :D

Imre Farsang
Community Member
4 years ago

On the first picture the fox is standing, on the second one its sitting...

Vitaly Kuznetsov
Community Member
4 years ago

where is the lie?

Dennis Hughes
Community Member
4 years ago

How is this a trick? This seems to be exactly what was shown in the photo.

Sofian Nur
Community Member
4 years ago

this is not just great picture but great moment too...

Speranta Regasire
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! A close encounter!

Kristen Hdz
Community Member
4 years ago

uh, that's still pretty bitchen.

Kacper Kubiak
Community Member
4 years ago

Fox is staffed ?

Sarah Locke
Community Member
4 years ago

Nice picture but I wasn't fooled 🤓

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
4 years ago

Nawww :) so cute.

Georgette Goldie
Community Member
4 years ago

that's still cool

Collin Ong
Community Member
4 years ago

In other words, I had a long telephoto lens attached to take pictures of animals from far away but the animal came close to me so that it was too close for the long lens to focus so I got a blurry picture of his face.

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#8

Water Splash Background

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

LOOOL!!! ΧD

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#9

Levitation

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Luke Sharrat Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd think she would still have to be some sort of gymnist to be able to balance (and hold) like that. Wowza!

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#10

Wedding Photography

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Chris Chambers Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

And after the shooting, clothes straight into the washing machine!!! ;-)

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#11

Photoshoot 25m Under The Sea In A Sunken Shipwreck

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Benjamin Von Wong Report

Brigitte
Community Member
4 years ago

That's not really a photography lie. The girl is really there, under water, with no air tank. Very impressive.

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#12

M&M’s In Water Drops

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Northwest Dad Report

Cyndie Birdsong
Community Member
4 years ago

the m-n-m's on the main pic are lined up like rainbows, yet the reveal pic has them all mixed up in the bowl - a lie within a lie! ;)

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#13

Floating

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The Photo Fiend Report

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
4 years ago

The power of editing

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#14

How Landscape Photos Are Really Made

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Matthew Albanese Report

varwenea
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, at least it's safer than actually chasing a storm.

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#15

Splashing Roses Photography

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Alex Koloskov Report

Lilian D'Mello
Community Member
4 years ago

This is beautiful, nonetheless :)

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#16

Underwater Photoshoot

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Phoebe Rudomino Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

Is this an underwater room?? :O

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#17

Heart-shaped Photo

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Globetrotter Diaries Report

Jotaeme Isola
Community Member
4 years ago

the one who post this things doesn't know what a LIE means i think. this is bokeh, a light effect, not a lie

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#18

Levitation Shot

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Elizabeth Edelmann
Community Member
4 years ago

This had to take a lot of editing... a little too much for my liking but still a cool aftershot

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#19

How Rare White Curtain Auroras Are Made

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Roman Noven Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

The result is so beautiful......

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#20

Burning Lava

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Kawika Singson Report

Sarah Locke
Community Member
4 years ago

The photographer's feet are on fire!

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#21

Mirror Lake

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Erik Johansson Report

Sarah Locke
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow

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#22

Large Bust

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD

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#23

"Milk" In Cereal Commercials Is Often Glue

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kearnsmarketing , justataste.com Report

Joel Ei
Community Member
4 years ago

mmmm tasty

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#24

Creating An Indoor Blizzard

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Joey L. Report

Sarah Garland
Community Member
4 years ago

Honestly... I need a pic like this #holidayphoto

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#25

Bouncing Baby

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Pat David Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

So happy baby!!!!

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#26

Rock Climber

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Corey Rich Report

Katherine Dagold
Community Member
4 years ago

not not a lie so much as a crazy photographer. gahhh shiver

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#27

That's How It Looks Like In Real Life

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Murad Osmann Report

Mario Dinis
Community Member
4 years ago

That sunset with with vertical shadows cracks me up!!

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#28

The Illusion Of Different Spaces

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www.diyphotography.net Report

JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
4 years ago

well i dont really count this as a lie but as a tool

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#29

Close-ups Of Snowflakes

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Alexey Kljatov Report

Nuno Queirós
Community Member
4 years ago

Why is this fake? This is a legitimate way to achieve a good macro picture of ice...

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#30

Dreamy Effect

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Jesse David McGrady Report

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

But...can't u get these effects in post processing?

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#31

Wedding Photography

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Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

I laughed way too hard at this..!!! ΧD

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#32

Underwater Dog

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Seth Casteel Report

Nathan Delaney
Community Member
4 years ago

This series was one of the best Ive seen!

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#33

Background Trick

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Sarah Locke
Community Member
4 years ago

Trick photography basics

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#34

Perfume On A Glassy Surface

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digital-photography-school.com Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Parfume on a dirty surface.

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#35

Umbrella

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Fluttergirl
Community Member
4 years ago

Reminds me of the unofficial video for AWOLNATION's "Sail."

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#36

Underwater Photoshoot

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Phoebe Rudomino Report

Nuniks Gayatri
Community Member
4 years ago

She is still underwater so not really a lie.

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#37

How Mountains Landscape Photos Are Made Of

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Matthew Albanese Report

Sarah Locke
Community Member
4 years ago

I've seen real life pictures just like this... why go through all that work?

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#38

Levitation Shoot

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Dani Diamond Report

Elizabeth Edelmann
Community Member
4 years ago

Lol so they just cut out the end of the dress where it's tied to hold up.. i don't like that they added a fake floating chair post production

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#39

Volcano Photography

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Matthew Albanese Report

Maureen Howard
Community Member
4 years ago

he didn't want to burn his tripod or his feet like the other photographer!

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#40

Flour Photoshoot

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Hola Media Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

They could use masks tho.........

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#41

Macro Photography

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Robin Wong Report

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks so amazed!

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#42

Food Styling Photography

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Sam Kaplan Report

Lihi Porat
Community Member
4 years ago

Why the tomato slices are green..?

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#43

Surrealistic Photoshoot In The Sea

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Ronen Goldman Report

JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
4 years ago

does anyone else notice they are holding jellyfish

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#44

Aurora Borealis

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Matthew Albanese Report

Romulus ANGHEL
Community Member
4 years ago

This is a lie only if you can't travel to a Nordic country where you can actually witness a superb aurora borealis.

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#45

Sinking Photography

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Stephen Criscolo Report

Ariane Galloway
Community Member
4 years ago

Shouldn't the shirt be floating up...

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#46

Baby Photography

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Kelley Ryden Report

Prescotte Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

Notice mother hovering...

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#47

Levitation Photography

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Dani Diamond Report

Natalie Singer
Community Member
4 years ago

I so want that skirt...

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#48

Romantic Couple Photoshoot

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Dee Motion Wedding Report

Ovidiu Löwe
Community Member
4 years ago

I really don't understand why the title of this post is so negativistic. It's not a lie, it's actually ART.

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#49

Capturing The Hummingbirds With 3d Camera

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conquestoftheskies.com Report

Leah Halliwell
Community Member
4 years ago

That's David Attenborough filming bats not hummingbirds

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#50

A Long-Exposure Picture While Zooming Out

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th3clara Report

Alex Kharnam
Community Member
4 years ago

That is the laziest "reveal" photo imaginable.

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#51

Dreaming Of Flying

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Paula Chang Report

Frimpong Poku-Dankwa
Community Member
4 years ago

looks painful!

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#52

Bokeh Hearts

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Janae Hardy Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

<3 <3 <3

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#53

The Seashore

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