Not too long ago a photo of 8 perfect rainbows was being shared all over Facebook and Twitter. Most people were amazed by it but some commented that it wasn’t real but the work of a crafty Photoshop expert. We may never know the truth about that one. We’ve compiled a list below of 30 of some of the most incredible, unedited photos that people have questioned. Each were taken at the perfect time by talented photographers who were in the right place with their camera in hand. There are a few where the photographer used forced prospective to trick your eyes. Each image has an explanation so you can be sure that they are definitely not Photoshopped.This photo made its rounds on the internet with a caption reading, ‘Who’d a thunk dunking a couple of Hula Hoops in your coffee would be so beautiful.’ We love the photo but who dunks potato chips in black coffee?
But this is just an illusion. He is lying on the ground with his bike. The tunnel behind him gives it depth. The only thing he has to worry about right now is being hit by a group of speeding cyclists.
Be careful before you try this at home. So many people get burned trying to recreate a similar effect. One commenter said It needs to be -40C or -40F before this trick works. We’ll take his word for it.
Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Hotel has a grass helipad that was temporarily converted into a tennis court back in February 2005. Tennis pros Andre Agassi and Roger Federer played a friendly game of tennis as part of a publicity stunt. Agassi said, “This was an absolutely amazing experience. When you first get over how high you are and start playing it’s an absolute joy and it was a great time. I had no issues with the height as long as I didn’t have to bungee jump off the side.”
Nope. The Hausmannian building in Paris looks warped because it’s wrapped in a canvas mural by artist John Pugh. Look closer at the bottom where everything is normal. See how they did that? Those French people are so clever.
If Coyote Buttes isn’t on your bucket list yet then you should look at more photos of the area. Visitors have commented that it’s not just a sight to be seen, it’s an experience to be had. Unfortunately, most of us will never see this place in real life. These rock formations are sacred and only 20 people are allowed in there per day. This keeps the area pristine. Permits are issued by mail lottery or through a raffle drawing at the visitor’s center. If you’re lucky enough to be chosen, bring a good camera and lots of water for the hike there.
Robert Haas was in his helicopter snapping photos of flamingos in Yucitan, Mexico when they began to form a giant version of themselves. Fortunately, he captured one final shot before the birds began to fly away. Haas described his experience saying, “It’s the holy grail in photography when you capture an image you’ve never seen before and may never see again.The reaction to this photo has been remarkable. Some people have actually said that the image is divine intervention and proof that there is a God.It really was a very spiritual moment.”
Photographer Aditya Permana spent an hour watching forest dragon lizards in Yogyakarta, Indonesia before she snapped this image. She said the lizard seemed comfortable resting on his back with a leaf clutched between it’s feet. He’s probably playing Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven and impressing all the female lizards. Proof that even reptiles want to be rock stars.
Fishermen ran into a school of mobula rays while trying to unhook sharks from their long lines in Baja, Mexico. The photo was captured by Eduardo Lopez Negrete while freediving at 60 feet.
On September 27, 2014, Japan’s Mount Ontake erupted without warning and surprised hikers. It covered the temple and surrounding area with plumes of volcanic ash.
If you rotate the photo you will see exactly how they did it. There can’t be anything in her yerbe matte gourd or she wouldn’t be lying on her back.
When multiple ice molecules form in water they expand outwards forming a circle. Expanding crystals intersect and form a straight edge between them. This is a Voronoi pattern and is commonly seen in nature.
Photographer Frans Lanting captured the morning sunlight on the camel thorn trees silhouetted against the orange-tinted sand dunes of Namib-Naukluft Park.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the top tourist attractions in Vienna, Austria. The grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace are abundant with sculpted trees, shrubbery, Roman ruins, statues of Greek and Roman gods, fountains, and magnificent floral displays during the spring. The palace was made to rival Versailles. So if you ever plan a trip to Vienna be sure to put this architectural splendor on top of your list of places to visit.
Okay it’s not but you have to admit this is a perfectly timed photo. If you have a dog you know how difficult it is to capture your dog being still.
This meteorological phenomenon is often confused for UFOs or in this case, a really good Photoshop but it’s 100% real.
He must impress all the other spiders with his awesome creation. Have you ever seen such a thing?
Perspective changes everything. Just rotate it to the right and you’ll see what really happened here.
Kathleen Dolmatch was celebrating her 27th birthday on a gift flight above New York City when she snapped this amazing photo right above Central Park West.
German photographer Bernhard Lang captured the ariel view of Italian beaches of the Adriatic sea. Looks like the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon.
The beautiful clear turquoise water of Italy’s southernmost island Lampedusa is where this photo was taken.
On May 30, 2010, the earth collapsed in downtown Guatemala swallowing a three story factory and electricity poles. The sinkhole measures 65 feet across and 300 feet deep. Scientists believe the sinkhole occurred because of tropical storms, the Pacaya Volcano eruption, and leakage from sewer pipes.
Fishermen rowing a boat in algae filled lake in Heifei, Anhui province.The algae is caused by water pollution. The Chinese government has invested over 51 billion yuan ($7.4 billion) for the treatment of lakes and rivers.
This is one of a series of installations by Madrid-based artist Alicia Martin. The series of sculptures is titled Biografies. The sculptures each take her up to three weeks to create. She attached approximately 7,000 books onto a intricate wire mesh.
Sigurdur Stefnisson captured the stunning phenomena of lightning in the ash plume of the volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland back in April 2010.
Spencer Byles spent a year making over 20 intricate sculptures from found objects and naturally sourced materials deep in the forests of France. The mysterious sculptures are hidden and waiting to be discovered in the regions of La Colle Sur Loup. Can you imagine what a delightful surprise this is for unsuspecting hikers?
Photographer Laurens Kaldeway used an aquarium, a mixture of soda and tap water, table salt, and aluminum foil reflectors to capture this incredible macro shot. The black cherries were published in June 2016 issue of National Geographic.
It’s beautiful to look at but just imagine how many spiders there are. Eeeek!
Between March and June, the shorelines of Japan’s Toyama Bay glow blue because of thousands of bioluminescent cephalopods called firefly squids. The squid are normally found 1200 feet underwater but during the Hotaru Ika, they are pushed to the surface creating a beautiful
Photographer Vadim Trunov found a courting pair of red squirrels in the woods in Voronezh, Russia. The squirrels were friendly and didn’t fear people because they live so close to humans.Trunov got the whimsical shots by getting the squirrels interested in the snowballs he made with nuts buried inside.