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Have you ever looked at a photo and convinced yourself that it must have been edited? While using Photoshop can be a great tool, the art of a perfect photograph is hard to find these days. Many people like to manipulate their photos in one way or another, but there is something so special about a genuine picture. You might think your eyes are deceiving you, but these pictures only needed perfect timing, location, and a keen eye for detail. Continue reading to see these pictures that you won't belive aren't photoshopped!
When you look at this photo, you can almost feel yourself transported to the smooth sands of a luxurious beach with the sound of the ocean, soothing you into deep relaxation. This perfectly timed photo must have taken forever to capture because of the quick moving waves.
The wave crashing over the rock looks like a soft cotton blanket thrown up in the air as you curl under it for warmth. This serene photo was timed to a thousandth of a second, which requires patience and a keen eye.
This photo looks like it could be a painting with the colors seamlessly blending into each other as the sunsets. It is a shame that no one is standing on their balcony, admiring the natural beauty of the earth.
It seems like everyone gets used to the beauty of nature, and we forget just how precious it is. Each day we have the opportunity to take in a beautiful sunset, but we often ignore it because it is something we see on a daily basis.
That is one crowded sky! The plane's reflection into the drops of water looks like millions of tiny planes flying across the window on a gloomy day. At first glance, these almost look like the top of screws.
Sometimes you don't need a fancy camera to capture an interesting picture. This photographer took this magical photo on his phone. To capture an unusual image, you just need to use your imagination and find the right perspective.
It might be hard to believe, but this is one picture. The grey square is part of a building that is cutting off the tops of the yellow trees, and the brick wall has ivy growing on it. The person took it at just the right angle for it to seem like it was four different squares combined.
This photo was taken in Ann Arbor, Michigan, right as the leaves started changing to their gorgeous fall colors. The photographer was inspired by another Reddit photo that messed with their eyes because of the unique perspective.
Many people believe there is a heaven and a hell. Whether you believe it or not, this does look like the gates to hell sucking in all the evil souls who weren't good enough to get into heaven. The dried lava from this volcano looks like it is a pile of bodies, or at least that's our first thought.
This woman seems way too joyous to be standing at the gates of hell; she must be in the wrong place. Also, how is the photographer standing so close to the mouth of the volcano without fearing that he might slip and fall to his doom?
The Flying Dutchman is a ghost ship that can never make it to port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. The captain foolishly cursed g-d after sailing into a horrible storm, and they were never seen again. The ghostly ship haunts the seas and many sailors have claimed they saw it.
Although this is not the Dutchman's ship, the thick fog covering San Fransisco makes the top of the Sutro Tower look like a pirate ship at sea. Many people have claimed they saw the mysterious ghost ship, but it might have just been a fog covered building.
This is a sort of natural yin yang; The white of the swans against the dark waters, and the dark coat of the person against the crisp white snow. If you are a fan of perfect lines, then you must be in heaven with this precise shoreline.
It almost looks like the photographer combined two photos because the contrast splits it perfectly down the middle. Although the person applied a black and white filter to this picture, you can still imagine the sharp distinction between the two sides of the image.
This is a very confusing perspective. It seems as if the boats are in the sky while the park and fairgrounds are below the water. The person must be standing on a very tall hill that overlooks the park, so it seems like the water is higher that in real life.
When you look at this photo, you can almost hear the carnival music and feel the cool breeze on a warm summer day. It looks like a vintage photo from a simpler time. The only thing that could ruin the day is if the boats start falling from the sky.
As wildfire rages through the forest, the road blocked it from continuing to destroy more of the healthy trees. This is one good use for forest roads, but sad that the one side is completely devastated.
This looks like one of those scare tactic ads to get people to stop smoking. The left side is a smoker's lung, and the right side is the healthy and thriving lung of a non-smoker. Unfortunately, there are no roads to stop the spread of smoke in lungs like there are in forests.
These clouds are like perfect cotton balls that fade into a looming storm. The person who took this picture said every 10,000 miles, or so, they find a beautiful scene like this. With the golden sun peaking out from behind the dark clouds, it is like a ray of hope in the stormy sky.
The photo looks too beautiful to be real, but it is untouched. There are some things in nature that we don't see every day, so it is hard to believe they actually exist. Mother nature likes to remind us of the wonders that we might miss if we don't stop and look around.
Can you imagine how good this place must smell? It is also a mystery how the two fields have not crossed over. The farmers must work hard to maintain this perfectly split field. The stark contrast between the purple of the lavender against the beige wheat really makes the picture pop.
If you take some lavender and wheat from each field, you can make many delicious recipes like lavender scones or even lavender shortbred. You might as well combine them since they are right next to each other. Maybe there is one line down the middle that is a cross bred of the two plants.
The one sunflower is not like the others because it is an angsty teen that won't follow the rules. Sunflowers usually face east because they follow the sun so that their flowers will be illuminated by the sunshine to attract pollinators.
When a sunflower matures it does not need to follow the sun anymore. This one does not look like it has fully matured, it is just rebelling against the social norms. People told them to follow the sun, but this one said, "No, I will not obey your orders."
When the zombie apocalypse happens, this is what the earth will look like probably. It is eery and dark, and it seems like danger is looming around the corner. We would hightail it out of that area after capturing this magnificent photo.
Even if there isn't a zombie apocalypse, it seems like it is about to start raining cats and dogs. Everything about this place looks supernatural and creepy. Imagine what this must look like at night. Did you just get the chills too?
Everyone has heard about out of body experiences. In the movies, the person's soul is walking around while they are in a coma, and it looks something like this. The person and their soul separate, although the ghostly figure usually doesn't lose all of its colors.
Although this peacock is not having an out of body experience, it is interesting to see an albino version. The male peacocks are the bright, colorful ones so they can attract females. The female peacocks are subdued in color and usually more grey. Occasionally, there are white ones, which have no color like this one.
Once you find the tree with the glowing roots, you are one step closer to unlocking a secret passage to another realm. The radiant tree roots will lead you to the next clue on the quest. They are shining because the roots get nutrients from underground liquid gold.
While these roots aren't actually glowing, someone did take the time to arrange different colored leaves around the tree so it would give the golden illusion. This person must have had a lot of free time on their hands to collect and place all the leaves in the right formation.
When you are driving, has a tiny pebble ever hit your windshield? Usually, it leaves a small scratch or doesn't do much damage. For these people, the little rock created a bird-like shape on their window. It looks like the bird is spreading its wings for take-off.
Now wherever these people go, it will look like a bird is flying right above them. Although large cracks can be dangerous, a small chip in the windshield shouldn't be cause for concern.
This is the Yosemite Firefall. It looks like flowing lava or liquid fire, but it is actually just a ray of sunlight captured at the right moment. During the last two weeks of February, if there is enough snow or a clear sunset, the ray of light will be visible for about 10 minutes.
Depending on the weather, it might only last for a few minutes, but it is truly a phenomenon. Some people might not believe it is just a ray of sunlight because of the colors, but the beauty of this event is hard to grasp.
This unique cloud formation with a hidden rainbow was seen in Australia. It is interesting because it looks like the heavens are opening up for the world to see. Like a beautiful reminder that brighter things are just behind the clouds.
If you are a Harry Potter fan, you are familiar with Voldemort's dark mark that is cast up into the sky. If Voldemort was happy and not evil, would this be his "dark mark?" We aren't sure, but it would make the movie less ominous.
Although this looks like someone added in clouds after they took a photo, it is not photoshopped. After a massive flood, some of the surface water froze in random spots leaving behind a bizarre ice formation.
At first, you might think there is a glitch in the matrix, but it is quite real. It would have been cool if an entire sheet of ice froze so that you could walk under the ice after the water recedes.
Just when you thought boats couldn't get any more exciting, now they make the hover boat. It is like a regular boat, but it floats above the water, so it never gets wet. Somwehere on eBay, someone is trying to sell a flying boat using this picture.
Although this is just an illusion because of the shadow, it would be interesting to see a hover boat. Also, does anyone else want to dive into these serene-looking waters? Wherever this is, it is being added to our bucket list for when we can travel again.
If you are too afraid to surf, but always wanted to know what the inside of a wave looks like, here is your answer. While this is an incredible photo, all we can think about is how the photographer took this picture.
They had to kneel down in the sand with their camera sitting in the water, just waiting to be hit by a wave. Are you picturing them getting knocked over and then rolling around in the sand because we are?
This must be the mountain top where the giants keep all their golden goose eggs. They must have accumulated a lot because it is now visible for the world to see. Soon enough, people are going to start climbing up the mountain to steal the giant's treasure.
In fact, this is the sun peaking shining on the peak as it sets. Like the firewall, it only last for a few moments, and then it is gone.
In The Zhongnan Mountains In China, within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple, there is a 1,400-year-old tree. This Ginkgo tree drops its golden leaves onto the grounds, and from above it looks like a pile of gold.
We wonder who is responsible for raking all these leaves. It must be a very tedious job, considering how many leaves fall off the tree. While this is a stunning photo, it must be even more breathtaking in person.
The Devil's Bridge in Germany clearly reflects onto the water creating a perfect circle. If you row a boat under it, you might be transported into another world. No one really knows because the boats always disappear once they go through.
It seems like something out of the Brothers Grimm fairytales. There is another bridge like this in Bulgaria. Maybe the two are a connecting portal between the two countries, so people can travel faster without flying.
Usually, different food items with spicy peppers are ranked by a different color to indicate the level of spiciness. This chili pepper is the perfect gradient from mild to extra hot. The more you eat, the hotter it gets, much like the hot wings challenge.
If you eat this pepper all at once, will the mild half balance out the very spicy half? Maybe those who eat this rainbow pepper have good luck for the rest of their lives. Also, these colors automatically remind us of Bob Marley. This should be called the rasta chili.
Seeing the Northern Lights is already a rare sighting depending upon where you go. This person was extra lucky because they captured the lights and got this incredible photo. The lights are reflecting on the patch of ice that isn't covered by snow to create a beautiful mirrored spot.
It is like you could jump into the hole and disappear into another world that is filled with magic and fairy lights. Although it would be freezing in those waters, it looks so tempting because of the reflecting lights. Mother nature is truly breathtaking.
In Alberta, Canada, this lake freezes over each winter with gas bubbles trapped below the surface. They create this otherworldly looking scene like something out of a space movie. It doesn't look like something that belongs on our planet.
Abraham Lake is man-made, and it has bacteria that feed below the water. These frozen bubbles are created when the bacteria release methane gas. It is such a popular tourist spot in the winter because people have never seen anything like this. Even in freezing temperatures, people leave the warmth of their homes and cars to check it out.
"Iceberg ahead!" This iceberg in Antarctica perfectly cuts the picture in half and makes one side of the water appear to be much darker. The four quadrants of this picture show the many greys and blue shades that make up the isolated setting of the icy continent.
Just looking at this picture makes you want to put on a few extra layers of clothes. The freezing temperatures of Antarctica make it almost uninhabitable, so we imagine that the photographer was wearing insulated clothing when he took this photo.
Uh oh, where did the dogs go? The owner only has their leashes, but they disappeared. These dogs blend in perfectly with the ground, and it's funny that they chose to walk on the sides that best matched their coats.
The dogs probably don't realize how well they blend in with the road, but it is still a fantastic photo. The only thing that would make this better is if the dog's names were Sandy and Gravel. Also, Gravel's feet give his position away, so they should color his feet properly.
Have you ever thought about the ocean attacking land? It could fight back one day because we pollute it and don't respect the importance of the waters. While it may not be noticeable, the seas are coming to get their revenge. The ocean has now formed razor-sharp teeth, seen here.
While these teeth like waves are formed because of the rocky beaches, it still is a terrifying sight. The sharp waves look like the jaws of a great white, which is not something you would want to come face-to-face with.
If you are a perfectionist and need everything to be in order, even in nature, then you should live here. This forest would be the best backdrop for your home so you can look outside each day with a sigh of relief. You would always get the satisfaction of your backyard looking immaculate.
Whoever planted these trees must have been incredibly committed to line them in perfect formation. The best feature about this forest is that you can't get lost because the rows are lined up so that you can easily walk back to where you started.
Have you ever seen a hermit crab with a more badass shell than this? We would love to know where this critter found the skull, and why it was in the ocean, but that story is left to the imagination. This hermit crab will not be messed with anymore because of his scary shell.
Hermit crabs outgrow their shells, so they continue to look for bigger ones. This guy found the ultimate shell that was relatively roomy, and it had enough space for him to continue to grow. He will never want to get rid of this protective armor.
This photo of the Chinese army is incredible. There is a specific height and weight requirement to join, and that is what makes these perfect photos possible. They are all entirely in sync, and no one would ever dare step out of formation because it would ruin the illusion.
They look like the cards when you beat a game of solitaire. It is crazy to think about how much effort goes into these marching formations to keep them sharp and clean. They also need to keep their posture straight and uniforms stain-free.
This person found a shard of a mirror on the rocks at the beach and started playing with his camera. Even though we don't know where this photo was taken, you can see the juxtaposition of the blue waters against the green forest.
This is like that magic mirror that Harry Potter uses to contact Dumbledore's brother in the final movie. The mirror is linked to another mirror, which helps communicate with the person who has the connected one. If that were real, it would be pretty awesome.
These wind turbines in Nevada lined up perfectly to make a 27-point star. This looks like the inspiration for that one geometric white dress Lady Gaga wore for an award show. She handed the photo to the designer and said, "Make this into a dress."
The turbines help create green energy by using wind power. They help provide power to most of the state and help by reducing pollution to protect our precious planet. More companies are turning to windpower because it is much better for the environment.
In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Whoville is located in a snowflake, and we imagine that the snowflake would look like this one. It almost looks like a unique microchip in the center. To see a snowflake like this close takes precision and care, so it doesn't break.
This photo was taken using a microscope to capture all the microscopic details. Each snowflake is a bit different, and we never see how detailed they are because of how small each flake is. Snowflakes come in all shapes and sizes, they are a work of art by mother nature herself.
Something was falling from the sky, and this image captured a rainbow above the clouds as the object fell. We aren't sure what the mysterious object is, but it could be Superman zooming through the clouds, leaving a rainbow in his wake.
It almost seems like someone took a picture of rainbow clouds and overlaid it onto the ocean. However, this was not edited, and the person happened to get a great shot from the sky. Don't you just want to reach out and touch those clouds?
The sand bear is a mysterious creature that not many people know about. It is elusive and roams the desert where no man has ever gone before. Few people have encountered this creature, and this person was lucky enough to capture it on camera.
Actually, someone was sandboarding, and they crashed, forming this bear-shaped sand cloud. This might be the way they found out their inner spirit animal, but we don't think a sand bear is real. While it may not be real, Disney could make a film about it.
This photo is just too perfect to be real. The colors of the rainbow reflecting through the window perfectly lined up with the chair. The pieces of wood separate each color. Usually, rainbows seamlessly melt each color together, and it is rarely isolated like this.
If these people were looking for a cool way to spice up their tablecloth, they should consider tracing and painting this rainbow to add some color to the room. If only they could save the real rainbow forever.
This photo was taken during extreme waves in the north sea. This looks like something out of a nightmare where you are stuck in a storm, and a wave washes you overboard, leaving you stranded in the middle of the ocean.
The North Atlantic can have huge waves that overtake even large ships. The ocean is one of the most terrifying and unpredictable places. We think solid ground is the best spot to be right now, at least after looking at this photo.
This is where the highrises and architecture of the busy Manhattan streets meet the luscious green meadows and trees of Central Park. It is as if these are two completely different places merged into one picture.
The lovely thing about Central Park is that it helps you escape from the hustle and bustle of New York. You can spread out a blanket in one of the many grassy meadows and have a picnic like you are in the countryside. However, you are really not that far from home.
"This girl is on Fire!" This person took the photo at the perfect moment to capture a woman-like figure made out of the flames. She must be the mysterious flame princess who has been searching for her prince for thousands of years.
The most interesting thing about this picture is that some people might see different figures. It is all about how our imaginations absorb the image and create an idea in our heads. While we see a woman, someone else could see a deer or a bird.
These asperitas clouds looming over New Zealand look like someone sculpted them. The different patterns are like the markings on the vases of ancient Roman artwork. You can see many different shapes and figures within these types of clouds.
These clouds also look like trapped souls from the sky are slamming into a force field, and their facial imprints are appearing in the sky. Each angle looks like a different image. If you lie on the ground watching this, you could be entertained for hours.
In Tulum, Mexico, there is a dive site called The Pit. This cave-like structure has a ray of light shining through the opening from the surface, only allowing a small amount of illumination. If Ariel were real, this seems like the spot she and her sisters would go to party.
Although this cave looks like a diver's dream, it can be rather dangerous. You never know what is lurking in the depths of the pit, just waiting to make you its prey. No one would ever have time to escape safely because of how far down it is from the water's surface.
Like the other forest, this is another place perfectionists would feel at peace. At the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, the trees lining paths are symmetrically trimmed to stay a certain height. The trees almost appear to be 2-d.
It almost seems like a giant with a chainsaw took a ruler and cut the tops and sides off at a perfect angle. The hedges are always well maintained because it is on the grounds of a palace. When these are in full bloom, the bright green leaves make the setting even more magical.
In the Febreeze commercials, they make it seem like the scent is in every drop of air freshener, and this is how we picture that claim. The tiny flowers reflected in the water droplets are crystal clear and so vibrant.
It almost seems like you could grab a water droplet, and a flower would be left once the bubble popped. Nature is such a wonderful and magical thing. It is pictures like these that remind you how beautiful our planet is.
People are always talking about eco-watches, but we never knew that those designs don't actually tell time like this one, for example. When you look down to check the time, all you see is the tree branches and sky, you would never know if you were late to something.
This person was in their yard, and when they went to take a picture of the watch, the camera only picked up the reflection. They must be wondering when the clock strikes tree o'clock because they are late for their appointment.
The invisible car got lost because it is tough to find for obvious reasons. The owners had to wait till a winter storm so that the ice would freeze on the vehicle, and they could finally locate it. The front of the car had ice all over it, and they learned that the car was a Jeep after all these years.
We are not sure how the ice stayed in place once that real car moved, but it would be fun to see them pull in and line it up perfectly. The person can claim this as their spot until the ice melts because their car is technically always parked there.
This gate at a Balinese temple looks like it would take you to a different dimension. It is like something out of the movie Dr. Strange. It is oddly satisfying how each side of the gate is perfectly symmetrical.
We wonder if people walk through it, or if it is just a piece of art. It seems to lead to the edge of a cliff, so we are not sure anyone would want to go through. The craftsmanship that went into making these intricate sculptures must have taken a very long time.
The reflection of the sky in the puddle is perfectly mirrored so that the drops of water look like alien space ships in the process of uncloaking. Also the gravel looks like millions of shining stars, which makes the alien plot more believable.
To get a perfect reflection, you need the water needs to be very dark, and there has to be the correct amount of sunlight. While you may not be able to see the starry sky where you live, you can just find a puddle filled with gravel.
These people are washing years and years of dirt off of this building, and it makes you wonder why no one thought to do this earlier. No one would have guessed that below all the dirt and grime was a well preserved white building.
It must be so satisfying to see all that dirt wash away to reveal the clean white brick. These workers deserve a raise for having to deal with all the disgusting stuff that is coming off of this old building. They are probably thinking, "what did I get myself into?"
You must be wondering how it is possible to have snow in half your yard and sun and warmth in the other half. We are wondering how this is possible too. How is he inches from stepping in snow, yet he is chilling in shorts and flip flops?
The weather in some places changes within minutes. At one moment you could be freezing in the snow, and a minute later you are tanning by the pool. You never know what kind of clothing you are going to need because the weather changes so rapidly.
This photo was purposely staged to look like four different photos, and it is a wonder how they managed to cram so much stuff into one frame. You can find everything from egg cartons to orange juice in one jam-packed picture.
This is like one of those picture books where you have to spot the hidden object. This photo would be the most challenging level because there are so many things to look at. Also, if you look at the light blue chair, it is the giveaway that this is one photo.
When we first saw this photo we assumed that these trees' unique, two-tone look was intentionally made. Recently though, we learned the true story - which is much more tragic.
This photo was taken in a forest in Hungary, where in October 2010, a devastating flood occurred after the wall of a toxic mud reservoir collapsed. The result was a river of highly caustic red mud, that flooded the surrounding villages, causing severe damage and taking the lives of 10 people.
As people watch the baseball game, these ominous firey red clouds rolled in. The game stopped, and everyone looked up because they couldn't believe their eyes. Was fire about to rain down from the sky? They didn't want to find out.
The gods were just coming to watch the game and make sure their favorite New York Team would win the game. However, if the team lost, they would have to face the wrath of the sports-loving gods in the sky.