21 Stunning Photos That Need No Photoshop

Every creative shot stands out from the millions of ordinary photos thanks to one simple fact: it was taken at exactly the right moment. It can be an especially striking lightning flash, a tiny fish caught in an open beak or an unusual shadow, but these photos are all captivating in some way.

Because of this, you don’t have to be the best photographer in the world to get the best pictures. Sometimes you just need to be at the right place at the right time, and don’t hesitate to press the magic button.

We prepared for you a fresh collection of dramatic, unusual photos that didn’t take any editing — only skill, patience and a dash of inspiration.

harbor seal swims through an underwater kelp forest 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Spotted at Cortes Bank near San Diego, California, a harbor seal (Phoco vitulina) swims through an underwater kelp forest.

Captured by Kyle McBurnie, the photo is the overall winner of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s Underwater Photography Contest, which recognizes amateur photography.

Sunset at Pensacola Beach, Florida 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Sunset at Pensacola Beach, Florida

Impressions of Lijiang - Yunan China 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Yunan China – Impressions of Lijiang

“Impressions of Lijiang,” with the Jade Dragon Mountain at 3.200m looming behind the outdoor theater. It is truly a spectacle of local culture, with five hundred of the Naxi ethnic group people performing songs and dances – It is the highest altitude production ever staged, directed by Zhang Yimou

King Penguin chicks in South Georgia 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

King Penguin chicks in South Georgia

King Penguin Chicks is a photograph by Amanda Stadther which was uploaded on August 14th, 2013

Rancho Cucamonga, CA - The Etiwanda Fire 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA: The Etiwanda Fire raced through the foothills of Rancho Cucamonga Wednesday April 30, 2014 near Los Angeles CA. The fire had consumed hundreds of acres by mid afternoon and hundreds of homes were evacuated. Fire size estimate as of evening is 1,000 acres

Sugar Loaf Mountain - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A view of the Sugar Loaf mountain, as the sun rises in Rio de Janeiro May 5, 2014. Rio de Janeiro is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

The spirit of spring, Washington 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

The spirit of spring, Washington

Spring in Palouse, Washington. It was a windy evening with wind gust of at least 30mph. It was quite difficult to even get this shot steady since I stood on elevated ground, while I had to race with the fading sun, clouds that were rolling in (it was raining soon after), and the growing shadows from the clouds. The tolls of the brutal condition were the broken remote cord and tripod plate (yep, the wind ruined them).

The morning light comes to Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

The morning light comes to Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia.

Morning light is coming to Cemoro Lawang, the village nearby Mt.Bromo

Explosion illusion - throw down the mountain 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Explosion illusion – throw down the mountain

Impressions of Lijiang - Yunan China 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Albino Crab Spider on a cactus in Nuevo León, Mexico

Millions of Pink Flamingos at Lake Nakuru, Kenya 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Millions of Pink Flamingos at Lake Nakuru, Kenya.

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.

Surfing with dolphins in Kalbarri, Australia 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Surfing with dolphins in Kalbarri, Australia.

morning meadow meander in billings, montana 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Morning meadow meander in Billings, Montana

ants team work 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Team work

Team of ants opening plastic bottle and inserting cocktail pipe, isolated – Photo by antrey

Varanasi, India 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Varanasi, India

138 Parachutists 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

138 Parachutist

lightning over the arabian peninsula taken from iss 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Lightning over the Arabian Peninsula taken from ISS.

Sunrise in Bushy Park in London, United Kingdom 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Sunrise in Bushy Park in London, United Kingdom.

Dawn, with the sun breaking through the mist is the best time to see Bushy park

a nursery where swans are bred 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

A nursery where swans are bred.

active volcano crater tolbachik in kamchatka, russia 21 stunning photos that need no photoshop

Tourists coming back from the active volcano crater Tolbachik in Kamchatka, Russia.

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