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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Gotham City by Dominic Kamp
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Gotham City

October 21st, 2013

Taken from the 102nd floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. We're looking South over Downtown. In the back you can see the new One World Trade Center that almost looks finished. Opening will be in 2015. About five minutes later, the city was completely covered in clouds.

Adobe Photoshop CS6, Camera RAW 8.

Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED.

Photo Settings: 50mm, f/3, 4 seconds.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Out of this Whirl by NASA Images
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Out of this Whirl

March 14th, 2016

The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194) appear like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space. They are actually long lanes of stars and gas laced with dust.

This sharpest-ever image of the Whirlpool Galaxy, taken in January 2005 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, illustrates a spiral galaxy's grand design, from its curving spiral arms, where young stars reside, to its yellowish central core, a home of older stars. The galaxy is nicknamed the Whirlpool because of its swirling structure.

The Whirlpool's most striking feature is its two curving arms, a hallmark of so-called grand-design spiral galaxies. Many spiral galaxies possess numerous, loosely shaped arms which make their spiral structure less pronounced. These arms serve an important purpose in spiral galaxies. They are star-formation factories, compressing hydrogen gas and creating clusters of new stars. In the Whirlpool, the assembly line begins with the dark clouds of gas on the inner edge, then moves to bright pink star-forming regions, and ends with the brilliant blue star clusters along the outer edge.

Some astronomers believe that the Whirlpool's arms are so prominent because of the effects of a close encounter with NGC 5195, the small, yellowish galaxy at the outermost tip of one of the Whirlpool's arms. At first glance, the compact galaxy appears to be tugging on the arm. Hubble's clear view, however, shows that NGC 5195 is passing behind the Whirlpool. The small galaxy has been gliding past the Whirlpool for hundreds of millions of years.

As NGC 5195 drifts by, its gravitational muscle pumps up waves within the Whirlpool's pancake-shaped disk. The waves are like ripples in a pond generated when a rock is thrown in the water. When the waves pass through orbiting gas clouds within the disk, they squeeze the gaseous material along each arm's inner edge. The dark dusty material looks like gathering storm clouds. These dense clouds collapse, creating a wake of star birth, as seen in the bright pink star-forming regions. The largest stars eventually sweep away the dusty cocoons with a torrent of radiation, hurricane-like stellar winds, and shock waves from supernova blasts. Bright blue star clusters emerge from the mayhem, illuminating the Whirlpool's arms like city streetlights.

The Whirlpool is one of astronomy's galactic darlings. Located 31 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs), the Whirlpool's beautiful face-on view and closeness to Earth allow astronomers to study a classic spiral galaxy's structure and star-forming processes.

Object Names: Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, NGC 5194/5

Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Nanpu Bridge Shanghai by bingham009
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Nanpu Bridge Shanghai

April 8th, 2016

Nanpu Bridge is the first bridge to cross the Huangpu River from central Shanghai, linking it with the Pudong district across the river.

Adobe Photoshop CC.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Lightning over the Grand Canyon by tjhiker
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Lightning over the Grand Canyon

March 24th, 2016

Lightning over the Grand Canyon. I took this photo on the north rim of the Grand Canyon near Bright Angel Point looking south-east across the canyon.

A large thunderstorm rolled through and I was shooting 10-30 second exposures.

This photo has not been modified with the exception of some noise smoothing. The colors and other aspects of the photo are as they were captured.

Manfrotto Tripod, Photoshop

Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.

Photo Settings: 50mm, f/9, 13 seconds, ISO 1000.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper The Moon Appears by natrajk
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The Moon Appears

April 17th, 2015

In the vicinity of Bodo, Norway.

A friend of mine scouted the place, and we were in position just before the Moon appeared from behind the mountain.

Tripod, Adobe Lightroom.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM.

Photo Settings: 16mm, f/5, 10 seconds, ISO 800.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Icebox Cluster by Starkiteckt
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Icebox Cluster

May 18th, 2014

I have been extremely busy at work, not much time for making artwork, but I managed to get a free Sunday to finish this. :) Thanks for the kind comments on my last pieces!

Created in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Glacier Point Sunset by oveinchang
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Glacier Point Sunset

December 23rd, 2014

First time in Yosemite National Park and standing before this magnificent view point, I couldn't help but taking this picture.

Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.

Nikon D610, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Amazing Milky Way V by Jonathan Besler
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Amazing Milky Way V

September 28th, 2012

Taken from the mountain Hirschberg near Bad Hindelang, Bavaria, Germany. The town you can see on the left is Oberjoch.

A panoramic view of this scene can be found on Facebook.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX.

Photo Settings: 11mm, f/2, 30 seconds, ISO 1600.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Sunset on Blue Mountain by jdphotopdx
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Sunset on Blue Mountain

March 4th, 2016

Taken near the summit of Blue Mountain, in Olympic National Park.

Lightroom CC

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Blandford Road by TheWanderingSoul
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Blandford Road

February 3rd, 2015

Copyright © 2015 Sven Müller. All rights reserved.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM.

Photo Settings: 135mm, f/9, 1/6 second, ISO 100.

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