These 30 Stunning Photos Are Proof That Real Art Doesn’t Need To Be Photoshopped


The height of technology is now rocketing skyward to the peak of creating fantasies and making them seem visually real. Whenever you tap and scroll to different images or videos online, it’s hard to determine whether it’s raw or touched by editing gizmos like Photoshop, Pixlr, Corel VideoStudio, Nero, and Pinnacle. Thinking back on the popular days of those cult classics — yes, those vintage film cameras with loud shutter clicks. It takes skill and a lot of effort to get the proper angle, lighting, and timing. To think that there was no editing software back in those eras.

Mother nature and humankind share an infinite ability to create stunning natural scenery and portraits. Both in painting and photography, but there are still truly talented artists who embrace the real art of photography. For them, in terms of a creative masterpiece, timing is everything. No digital editing programs, no tutorials. All it takes is an inspiration, attention to detail, and luck.

For some, it’s not quite easy. For others, it’s just a piece of cake. Let’s get the excitement going shall we? Here are the 30 stunning photos that will leave you in a muddle — even question “are they actually 100% real?”

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This hilarious shot photographed by a Turkish wildlife photographer, Erol Özer. It shows the funny view of wildlife. A lizard holding the face of a frog in a candidly cute way — plus, it was timely caught on camera! It must be really pure luck. It reminds me of how a friend of mine pulls my upper lip whenever I start talking crappy stuff.

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Playing with contrast is a simple concept, but this one is eerily beautiful in its own way. On the left is an image of the world’s blackest and whitest man, Shaun Ross (Albino) and Papis Loveday (black). Seeing these two genetically black men on opposite sides of the color spectrum may seem photoshopped. Nope, they are genuine. This photo was taken for Chaos Magazine by Rachel Litchfield in 2011. The photo on the right is by Joey Rozier of an Albino alligator in Dallas zoo.

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Ronny Tertnes’s photo of water in the form of a dancer is one of the excellent examples of “timing precision.” I am not a snapshot professional, but even so, there’s no doubt that the band of colors giving out a nice prism effect on the water, with strangely uniform wavelength, can be mistaken to be edited. Well, sorry guys, it is not edited.

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I get it —this bird is angry. But we all can agree that an angry peacock does not make less of an amazingly beautiful bird. The focus and color accuracy is just perfect. This may be a male peacock looking for mate, and the mood just went haywire.

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They may look like candies on the white sand, but they are actually a group of beach umbrellas lined up on an Italian beach. The photographer who took this photo, Bernhard Lang have done such an admirable effort.

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The transparent body of fresh water in Lago Matese Caserta, Italy, is so crystal clear the canoe looks as if it is floating on air, above a forest. This is what I call “immersed in nature”— just glassy.

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I know what you’re thinking, this photo taken by Alexandra Mednaya of the Church in Gergeti, Georgia looks a bit confusing. The mountainous backdrop subtly resembles soaring waves painted on a canvas. Well, it is not.

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This photo by googleplussuomi will make your head swivel. At a glance, the girl looks like she’s walking on the water with baby sharks — she’s actually paddle-boarding. Photoshopped? Nope. The water is just insanely clear. Hands down to this turquoise-colored ocean floor in the islands of French Polynesia.
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Skyscrapers protruding the atmosphere would remind you of the Mission Impossible movies with Tom Cruise dangling down ridiculously high buildings. Now, ain’t that fancy!

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Headless King penguins!! No, no, these happy feet furballs are just reaching their backs because it was perhaps kind-of-itchy spot. This cute photo was taken at St Andrews Bay on the British overseas territory South Georgia. By photographer Paul Goldstein.

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A garden in Europe! No, it’s at Rangsit University, in Thailand. The students of this campus decided to spray paint the dead shrubs with vivid rainbow hues. Good grief. Someday they still have to deal with the dead shrubs, but for the meantime the result is astounding!

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Thailand-based photographer Weerapong Chaipuck ascended by foot to this crazy altitude just to capture this surreal view of the gloomy sunset somewhere in Asia.

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I don’t blame if you start to question its authenticity, this neon froggy is so scarce it is hard to believe that it actually exists. I’d like to pet this insanely beautiful technicolor bullfrog.

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Aaron J. Groen’s idealism nails the depth of an intuitive photography with this road photo with a yellow full moon taken in South Dakota, United States of America.

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The first thing that caught my attention was the momentous capture and the softness of the image. The lizard standing on a flower, gazing to a far away distance with a sophisticated stance is quite marvelous. Jarek Klimek, the photographer of this image got pretty lucky on this one. Indeed, patience pays off.

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I’ve seen a lot of night photos on Instagram similar to this one. But not like how a forest fire beautifully blends with the smoke subtly dominating the clouds. And with the use of blue filters, the result would be similar to this photo by Peter Holme. However, this precious photo of his is unfiltered, un-edited — just naturally dense against the silhouette.

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This photo by Kutub Uddin is ultra-focus at its finest. Red-eye tree frogs are so small their feet look like neon jelly, as this raw photo captured vivdly. Excellent and extremely cute!

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This photograph of a mirrored cruise ship was taken by Matthew Vandeputte at Sidney Town, British Columbia, in Canada. We can all agree that the photo is one of those that you can’t believe to be raw. It’s like “are you kidding me?” Yes, I know what you feel.

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An amazing raw snapshot was taken at Jiangyin, Jiangsu in China by Kacper Kowalski. When you first look at it, you could easily assume that this photo is originally a single row of uniformed houses. Only that it has just been multiplied many times to appear parallel to an optical illusion. This photo won the aerial photography professional category in 2014, awarded by Sony World Photography Awards.

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Another impressive aerial shot was taken during the NCAA college football tournament between Army and Stanford in West Point, N.Y. This photo was taken by Mike Groll, showing a cadet dressed in an alligator mascot costume alongside other cadets.

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Those are just giant clouds over the mountains despite appearing eerily like a tsunami. This incredible snapshot in Geneva, Switzerland was photographed by Alex Teuscher. What is incredible about this photo is the optical Illusion it created is not edited.

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Photographing animals is one of the most challenging and perhaps the most appreciated in the industry of imagery. This photo was obviously snapped from a helicopter, a work by a fine art photographer, Zack Seckler. His landscape photographs showing a bit of the wildlife makes his work almost like photojournalism.

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The American humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine enjoys photo journalism, photographing indigenous cultures and social causes. She also make raw snapshots about modern slavery in third class countries. This particular raw photo was taken in the rural areas of Thailand.

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Is it artistic? Yes. Is it spooky? So much like the movie Sleepy Hollow. This wooden sculpture is just one of the masterpieces of the Australian sculptor and painter Bruno Torfs. He is recognized for his whimsical garden art deigns. If you haven’t scraped up the money or time to give this a go, shake a leg!

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In the eyes of the world, North Korea’s colors are suppressed. On the other hand, we see this, a celebration in North Korea showimg synchronization, discipline, and pink, green, and yellow colors!

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The lake Sørvágsvatn in the Faroe Islands is perhaps one of the most magnificent works of art made by mother nature. It is understandable why it does not need any digital-based enhancement to display its astonishing beauty. It has its own bragging rights. The serene lake sits right next to the ocean, surrounded by cliffs.

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And who can forget this cute little fella on a flower with that cheeky smile? Photographer Andrea Zampatti did a great job capturing priceless moments like this one.

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