Did you know that 300,000,000 photos are uploaded to Facebook every day? Pretty crazy.

That’s not the only amazing thing about photography in the modern day. It is described as the science, art and practice of creating durable images. But now we are all at it. However some people are supremely talented at taking pictures, as you will see below.

Stunning Images

These are not just stunning in the way they are taken, but in what they capture. I feel all of this have strong visual appeal. Rather then flicking through I highly recommend you stop and look at each one, they are something special, I have also included a description with each. Let’s get stuck in.

The Northern Lights are a spectacular phenomenon, as this great photos shows. The colours really are special.

Stunning Colors in Northern Lights

Northern Lights. By: Source no longer available, removed from Flickr.

Autumn leaves reflecting off the rippling water. Really rich reds, oranges and yellows, complete with a couple of green hints from the evergreen trees, beautiful.

Water reflecting the Autumn colors.

Water reflecting the Autumn colors. By: Stanley Zimny.

A close up of the face of a hawk. On closer inspection it was his tongue that struck me, which I missed at first glance.

Beautiful face of a hawk

Beautiful face of a hawk. By: Charles Kilpatrick.

There are so many cute animal photos to choose from, in the end having scoured hundreds I kept coming back to this one, I just think it beautifully captures the sweetness of a Labrador puppy.

Cute Labrador puppy sleeping.

Cute Labrador puppy sleeping. By: Smerikal on Flickr.

There are many similar pics of locations like this, but the colored rope hanging down from the end of each boat caught my attention and the whole scene gives me a strong urge to be there.

Wooden boat with mountains in background.

Wooden boat with mountains in background. By: Mike Behnken.

This is really something else. The tiny pieces of purple glitter sitting in the single water droplet is just amazing. You can also click to enlarge this file to see it closer up.

Water with Glitter Inside

Water with Glitter Inside. By: ninazdesign on DeviantArt.

I wanted to include an image of an airplane in this page, but wasn’t sure what type or how it would look. Then I saw this and instantly loved it. If you are wondering it is a Canadian plane and is called an Avro Arrow.

Arvo airplane with blue sky background.

Arvo airplane with blue sky background. By: Dennis Jarvis.

Whether you love golf or hate golf there are some fantastic courses on our planet. Mixing spectacular scenery with sport, to me that is a healthy blend. Choosing this one was another tough choice, especially with TPC Sawgrass and Augusta constantly cropping up. But in the end I went for this one, which is actually in Japan at a course called ‘Daihakone Country Club’. Click to enlarge it and then zoom in to fully appreciate the magic.

Daihakone golf course in Japan.

Daihakone golf course in Japan. By: William Cho.

This picture captured my eye. It looks a bit like a model and a first I was unsure exactly what I was looking at. But it is actually in Greece, on an island called Santorini, the small town is named Oia. Really cool image this one, everything looks so crisp and clean too.

Oia town hotel, in Santorini island.

Oia town hotel, in Santorini island. By: Aurimas on Flickr.

I thought I would end this section with one that was out of this world, literally. A space photo was a must for this list, and here is one from NASA which shows Flight engineer Chris Cassidy working away. Truly awesome space shot, a celebration perhaps of just how much humans have achieved.

Repairing the Station in Orbit

Flight engineer does repair work. By: NASA.

All of the above files have the attribution license so if you are a blogger yourself you can also use them in your articles provided you put a credit in the caption like I have.

Quotes About Photography

Here is a collection of really cool quotes from a variety of famous people in the industry.

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. ― Karl Lagerfeld

A photograph is usually looked at, but seldom looked into. – Ansel Adams

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. – Dorothea Lange

Your first ten thousand photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life. – Joan Miro

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are. – Ernst Haas

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself. – Berenice Abbott

A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you. – Brigitte Bardot

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know. – Peter Gasser

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure. – Tony Benn

Funny Jokes About Photography

Geek with a camera.

We’ve all seen this type, especially in tourist areas.

Here are some gags for you self-confessed photography geeks. Probably not suitable for local pub banter though, other people may not get them.

  • Photography is developing as a hobby.
  • When cheese has it’s picture taken what does it say?
  • The quickest way to make a lot of money from photography is to sell your camera.
  • If you saw a drowning person and you were to choose between saving the or capturing that moment, what aperture would you use?
  • What’s wrong with most cameras that won’t take good pictures? The nut behind the viewfinder!
  • Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid the paparazzi.
  • I read fifty shades of grey to learn more about white balance.
  • Why date a photographer? They make things develop, know how to focus and work well in the dark.
  • Shoot the kids. Hang the family. Frame the wife.

Statistics About Photos

Facebook surprises old people.

Facebook has some amazing statistics.

Here are statistics we have been politely told. Please remember that because social media continues to grow and the world is constantly changes these statistics may have got even bigger!

  • 300,000,000 photos are uploaded to facebook every day.
  • Every day 55 million are uploaded to Instagram.
  • 80% of photos on Instagram are filtered.
  • Flickr has over 6,000,000,000 photos, and that was reached back in 2011.
  • 9% of moms take pictures of their kids every day.
  • The first ever consumer camera was by Kodak and was called the ‘Brownie’. It was introduced in the year 1900.
  • It is claimed that humans have now taken 3.5 trillion photos in total.
  • In 2012 the median pay of a professional photographer was $28,490 per year
  • The word ‘photography’ is derived actually from the Greek φῶς (phos), which means “light”, and also γραφή (graphê), which means “drawing, writing”, put them together and the meaning is “drawing with light”.

Last but not least. Probably the coolest of the them all. The oldest photo of a person dates to 1838. It is called ‘Boulevard du Temple’ and if you look at the street you can see a man having his shoes shined. And here is the oldest ever photo of a human being:

The oldest photo of a human being.

The oldest photo of a human being.