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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Mount Cook Sunset by Oliver Buettner // Ascalo Photography
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Mount Cook Sunset

November 8th, 2014

This is Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand, located in the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park.

I took this photo a few days ago during my stay at Lake Tekapo. We traveled along Lake Pukaki while the mountain was covered in clouds. Later that day we got really lucky with the weather, as it became really sunny and the complete mountain range was cloud free, which happens not really often. After sunset, I had the great opportunity to take this photo, while the mountain was covered in the last red sunrays while the other mountains and the lake went dark. The reflections on the lake were just marvelous.

The photo is nearly untouched, I just did some minimal lens correction and color adaption, as photos taken with the 70-300mm sometimes seem to be a bit foggy.

Adobe Lightroom 5.6.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM.

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 Marron Bells by Youen California
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Marron Bells

March 20th, 2014

Les Maroon Bells (littéralement les « Cloches Bordeaux ») sont une montagne avec deux pics appelés Maroon Peak et North Maroon Peak, distants de quelque cinq-cents mètres. Elle se situe à 20 kilomètres au sud de la ville d'Aspen, dans les monts Elk, à la frontière entre les comtés de Pitkin et de Gunnison, dans l'ftat du Colorado, aux ftats-Unis. Les deux sommets font partie des fourteeners, ceux atteignant plus de 14 000 pieds, soit 4 267 mètres d'altitude. Le Maroon Peak, au sud, culmine à 4 315 mètres (27e plus haut du Colorado) et le North Maroon Peak à 3 048 mètres (50e plus haut du Colorado), soit respectivement 14 156 et 14 014 pieds.

Adobe Lightroom 5.2.

Nikon D800E, Samyang 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical.

Photo Settings: 14mm, f/8, 1/160 second, ISO 100.

Map: 39.0983, -106.9433

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Bandon Sea Stars by Robert Bynum
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Bandon Sea Stars

December 16th, 2013

Shot of one of the many cool rocks at the Bandon beach on the Oregon Coast, USA. Sunset was not that great but the colorful cluster of starfish caught my eye along with the emerald tide pool.

Adobe Lightroom 5.2, LEE 0.9 ND Hard Grad, Manfrotto tripod.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM.

Photo Settings: 36mm, f/11, 5 seconds, ISO 50.

Map: 43.1068, -124.4368

High-resolution desktop wallpaper The River by jdphotopdx
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The River

July 15th, 2014

A foggy January morning in Oregon along Highway 38.

Adobe Lightroom 5.

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.

Photo Settings: 24mm, f/5, 1/40 second, ISO 100.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Sunset:) by Vaclav Vrsinsky
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Sunset:)

October 19th, 2014

Sunset was captured somewhere on US Hwy 89 during our trip to Panguitch, Utah.

Adobe Lightroom 5.2.

Canon EOS 100D.

Photo Settings: 70mm, f/8, 1/200 second, ISO 100.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Fireworks In Darling Harbour by snowlee
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Fireworks In Darling Harbour

September 17th, 2014

Fabulous fireworks lit up the Sydney night sky at Harbourside in Darling Harbour.

Adobe Lightroom 5.

Nikon D810, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED.

Photo Settings: 20mm, f/11, 10 seconds, ISO 250.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper The Pit by jdphotopdx
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The Pit

January 29th, 2015

The top of Haleakala on Maui, Hawaii. The most amazing place I have ever been.

Adobe Lightroom 5.

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Bessi貥s by giel
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Bessi貥s

By giel
November 9th, 2014

Pont Bessières, Lausanne, Switzerland. Taken late August 2014.

Nikon D610, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR.

Photo Settings: 20mm, f/6, 1/400 second, ISO 100.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper South Sunset Bay by Robert Bynum
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South Sunset Bay

January 8th, 2014

A short little side cliff hike accessible during low tide opens up to a large shelf with numerous tide pools. Sneaker waves can catch you as the tide comes in if your not careful.

Adobe Lightroom 5.3, Adobe Photoshop Elements 11, Lee 0.9 ND Hard Grad filter, Hoya ND16 filter.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM.

Photo Settings: 17mm, f/8, 30 seconds, ISO 125.