Island in the Sky, British Columbia.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Shane Kalyn
“There is an ethereal, otherworldly feeling to this photograph, as this little island in the middle of Tumuch Lake in northern British Columbia appears as if it’s floating in the clouds,” says Shane Kalyn, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest.
The scene was amazing to witness, let alone be lucky enough to photograph—totally the right place at the right time.”
This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest.
via Tumuch Lake Picture — Canada Photo — National Geographic Photo of the Day.

Sunrise over Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio,

Image Credit: Photograph by Donatas Dabravolskas.
In this beautiful capture we see the sun rising in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
You can also see the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) at the mouth of Guanabara Bay.
This photo was taken from Tijuca Park. via Donatas Dabravolskas on Wikimedia Commons.
Source: Picture of the Day: Sugarloaf Sunrise «TwistedSifter

‘Fairytale Photos.’

Anita-Anti-photography-24The photographs of Anita Anti, a young Ukrainian photographer based in New York, who uses inspiration from fairy tales and legends from around the world to offer us some beautiful pictures.
This photography features her stunning models in captivating and poetic compositions.
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via Fairytales – The captivating and poetic photographs of Anita Anti | Ufunk.net.

Ethereal Women.

Albi2Photographer Alessio Albi has continued to capture images of women that feature an incredible use of their surrounding environment.
Rather than taking an ordinary portrait, the photographer utilizes the quirks and distinguishing features of each unique setting to add an interesting aesthetic within the frame.
Before viewers’ eyes, an ordinary fence becomes a vital piece of his visual puzzle, casting a distinct shadow across his model’s face.
To incorporate additional drama in his photographs, the artist uses various elements of nature—grass, plants, trees, and wildflowers—to create an improvised shadow, silhouette, or frame.
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While his model’s faces are partly obscured by any given element in each respective shot, Albi makes it so each shot offers a unique way of hiding and revealing his beautiful subject.
This impressive technique is the cameraman’s way of adding an additional creative dimension to his work. Albi also believes that a woman’s long, colorful hair can work as an extra prop on a shoot.
He utilizes the ability of each strand to swerve, curl, and wrap around their faces, like an organic frame. Despite his penchant for visual drama, the gifted artist never overdoes it.
His portraits appear simple and refined, yet intriguing at the same time. The women in his shots are not merely pretty faces.
They add value to each portrait through the emotions they convey.
It is also important to note that the photographer does not use artificial light, which would explain why his photographs come off as soft, natural, and genuine.
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See more Images via Dramatic Portraits of Ethereal Women Captured with Natural Light – My Modern Met.

Ethereal Photos of Nature by Suzuki.

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Photographer Hidenobu Suzuki views his images as if they’re paintings.
Through gorgeous and well-considered compositions, he conveys an ethereal feeling in the Japanese landscapes. Suzuki plays with light, reflection, and field of vision to highlight nature’s splendor.
He does a fantastic job of abstracting parts of his photos – occasionally things will appear blurred – so that it feels less like documentation and more as poetry via the camera lens.
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“I feel that realism is a more Western style,” Suzuki writes on LensCulture.
“Using only rational thinking when creating photography results in better attention to the detail—but there is a tendency to get bored,” he continues. “Working with feelings and looking for emotions is more relaxing and ultimately, more powerful.”
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Suzuki intends to express feelings of spirituality in these images, and his love of quiet, contemplative moments is evident.
Through them, it’s as if we’re on the journey alone, admiring the purple sky and looking down a foggy path, savoring it all for ourselves.
Read and see more via Ethereal Photos Showcase Beautifully Quiet Moments in Nature – My Modern Met.

Hawaii was thought to be a Utopia in the1900s.

In the public consciousness at least, Hawaii has probably not changed too much in the past 100 years.
By this I mean an island chain of magnificent tropical beauty, mystery, and earthly delights with a strong emphasis on the natural world being the preferred vision for this place for many of us; with the realities of crime, squalor and all the other maladies undoubtedly present on some scale cast aside for the sake of bliss.
You see, in this chaotic world, people need and want to believe utopia by the name Hawaii must exist.
1-outrigger-canoe Detail: A.R. Gurrey Jr., American: “In measured tones subdued and low…” ca. 1910-20: vintage gelatin silver print from leaf included in volume “Idyls of Hawaii” (10.2 x 11.6 | 25.0 x 19.8 cm) Native Hawaiians are seen steering an outrigger canoe, possibly on Kaneohe Bay off the coast of Oʻahu. : From: PhotoSeed Archive
3-diamond-headDetail: A.R. Gurrey Jr., American: “Old ocean singing a psalm of delight…” (ocean view of Diamond Head in silhouette) ca. 1910-20: vintage gelatin silver print from leaf included in volume “Idyls of Hawaii” (7.8 x 11.5 | 25.0 x 19.8 cm) : From: PhotoSeed Archive
Source: The Idea of Hawaii | PhotoSeed