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Everyday Explorations

Published May 13, 2013 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 9 Contributors

    9 photos selected by

    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot

    The female Mute swan behind our home is busy with the nest-buildiing and egg-laying which leaves ...

    #fence #bird #suburbs #hungry #mute #morning #swan

    Welcome to our very first story built collaboratively with you—the photographers of Your Shot. This is a new feature we are launching and as with anything new, there will be a learning curve. The idea is fairly simple: We ask for photos centered around a certain theme. You share your best images for that narrative. We curate and build a story. 

    We'd like to thank the Your Shot members who shared assignment photos and the stories behind them, and provided feedback for this initial story. We asked for photos that showed us what everyday exploration looked like and received terrific submissions. 

    Let us know what you think—we'd love to hear your thoughts for making this feature better, including assignment suggestions. Our intention is to tell amazing stories filled with incredible photography—stories that will help us get to know each other and the world we live in. 

    We look forward to exploring the next chapter of Your Shot with you!

    We have to see the Beauty in the common things of the life!It was a gloomy day,I wanted to photo...

    #amazing #painting #explore #water #nature #color #greatnature #art #light #reflection #style #feather

    Editor's Note

    This shot is a great example of making the best out of any situation and always keeping your eyes open for an opportunity. Sometimes the unintended or unplanned situations beget the best photos.

    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot

    On a July tramp through the woods of West Virginia, I encountered many large snails as well as th...

    #westvirginia #fungi #nature #snail #acorns

    Editor's Note

    What a lovely little scene playing out on the forest floor, all the pieces are there. But blink a... More

    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot

    Black Winged Stilt.

    #stilt #wader #bird #australia

    Searching for symmetry in nature can be addictive—once you've seen it, you start to look for it everywhere. Reflections are a fun way to achieve this effect, but the time of day and the weather are key factors in whether you'll succeed in getting the perfect shot. 

    I always love poking around at the seashore, looking for shells and rocks. On this particular day...

    #sand #marine #beach #shells #travel #refuge #nature

    Editor's Note

    Go outside and explore everyday. You can see the most amazing things—shaped and crafted by nature... More

    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot

    While hiking at a local marsh, I came upon a forest of birch trees, each unique in their markings...

    #abstract #nature #birchtrees #bark

    The late spring sun helped to highlight and outline a 5" maple leaf against a bright blue sky. T...

    #landscape #biodiversity #home #tree #nature #macro #art #greatnature #leaf #light #abstract #sky #spring

    I noticed two men having lunch across the street from me and in between them a poster of a woman'...

    #people #eyes #food

    Urban settings offer surprises around every corner—you never know who or what you are going to see. A tight composition can increase a photo’s impact and immediacy. Be aware of what’s in the frame and don't rely on cropping to compose the shot after the fact.

    Sirius the most brilliant star in the sky over an old country barn. This was in November during t...

    #nightsky #landscape #stars #oldbarn #nature

    Editor's Note

    The world is a very different place once the sun goes down. Think about what you’ll need on a nighttime exploration and make sure you are prepared and armed with the proper tools such as camera lenses, lights and a tripod. From long exposures to shooting in black and white—there are all sorts of fun things... More

    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot

    National Geographic has been exploring and documenting the planet for 125 years and counting. Some things change rapidly and others at a snail's pace—that's why we need all of our eyes on what is happening to our planet on a daily basis. Keep sharing your corner of the world with us and we'll do the same. Now get out there and explore!

    About the Editor
    Monica Clare Corcoran
    Managing Editor, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with over 15 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Society managing the Your Shot photo community and the National Geographic Magazine Photo Contest.
    65 comments
    Aner Jara
    Aner Jara

    ....National Geographic has been exploring and documenting the planet for 125 years and counting. Some things change rapidly and others at a snail's pace—that's why we need all of our eyes on what is happening to our planet on a daily basis. Keep sharing your corner of the world with us and we'll do the same. Now get out there and explore!...


    Porque esta linea de pensamiento es que los elijo, sigan adelante!

    Prabeesh Guruvayur
    Prabeesh Guruvayur

    Dear Editors,

                       I am realy happy i can saw lot of diffrent and wonderful photos. thanks NAT GEO with Congratulation

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    Aaaa Bbbb

    Dear Editors,

    First of all, I want to congratulate to all you to choose these great photos and congratulate their owner. All of them are amazing. 

    Besides this, I wonder how you choose these? which one has much liked, I mean from most popular list? Last time, in the past I left this web site because I added my photos and just there were a few liked. I found out later, if you add your photo here firstly you should like other people's photo by this way they will like your photo. I forgot all of these and nearly two months ago I got an e-mail from National geographic about joining its new project. I started to add my photos again. But I saw same situation, When I'm on-line one or two people like my photos because their mind I'll like their photos also. I don't like this mind. I didn't it, at the begining, but later I did a few. Now, ıf you put most popular list name at beging of list, people firstly choose this list. Most recently list must be at the begining. I'm sorry I'm so opened mind, but I'm built this way. In the past I also told there must be ''sending info'' about our photos who liked or who left comment . Always I used to search my photos and look for my photos' comment. Thank may Allah ıt is done from now on. By the way, how can you editors catch good photos on these thousand and thousands photos? Also there are many catagories, I add my photo and after one or two minutes it is on the second page or third page, photos downkoding's speed so fast... Thank you in advance... Always be happy and healthy :) <3

    SraVan ParAsar
    SraVan ParAsar

    I'am having many concepts but no equip too take and noo money to buy

    Newfin Thanislas
    Newfin Thanislas

    All wonderful photographs. Congratulations to all the published photographers and to the curator who has done a wonderful job. These assignments have really helped me in my photographic vision and to see differently when I take pictures these days :)

    manish kadam
    manish kadam

    great to be a part in this community,I'm really having fun sharing my pics and looking at others pictures.Thank you NatGeo

    Arun Kumar Kannan
    Arun Kumar Kannan

    Amazingly skilled people with unique view on the reality and nature.. Good to be a part of this community . 

    Ellen Foulds
    Ellen Foulds

    It's great to be a part in this community, learning techniques and enhancing my skills.  More power to Nat Geo!

    Franck S Vega
    Franck S Vega

    nat geo the best! I enjoy the times I can see the best photographers in the world. nat geo encourages caring for our planet and that always pleases me. I am an amateur photographer but I'm learning a lot from you all.thanks.

    Ipsit Chakrabarti
    Ipsit Chakrabarti

    Dear Corcoran,

    I am an Indian zoologist,and interested in photography specially of nature. Now your shot is wonderful,amazing and very easy to load large photos. I have laready uploaded 15 photos. One thing I would like to know tha what I have to do if I want to delete any photot after uploading but before saving. I really appreciate your approach towards global photographers. Wish you all the best and hope you would make people happy with so many good photos.

    Ipsit Chakrabarti

    Associate Profesor

    D.A. college, Kolkata, WB, India.

    rosalie bulandos
    rosalie bulandos

    Thank you Nat Geo for letting me share my photos here though i'm just a hobbyist.  I really love your principle of seeing pictures as it is, no alterations and all! I'm a fan of Nat Geo since I was in my college days.  Your mags kept me in the library of our school.  I was so amazed with the photos and keep asking myself how did you get that shoot.  Thanks for bringing us to places we've never been before and showing others cultures and history as well. Really amazing! my kids love seeing your photos here and my 8 yr old daughter asked me "can I have a DSLR too?  I want to explore".   Thanks for awakening our interest!  Keep inspiring us! 

    Eugene Koepke
    Eugene Koepke

    At last I found a site that does have photo editors that understand photography,and pick photos that

    tell a story at first view.Having been in photography for over 50 years with a master degree,as a photojournalist,

    I want to show my work from over the years,but more important,I want to see the work of new young photographers

    being shown and awarded.This site is well done,well done indeed.

    Vivian Henoch
    Vivian Henoch

    Love to get lost here on this site.  Just getting started. 

    Kristian Felix
    Kristian Felix

    I'm really having fun sharing my pics and looking at others pictures. It encourages me to improve my shots. Thank you NatGeo!

    Lily Lebawit G.
    Lily Lebawit G.

    Really excited to see this new, revamped My Shot. Great photos and loved reading the editor's thoughts behind them.

    Abhimanyu Sharma
    Abhimanyu Sharma

    Hi,

    I'm dabbler about photography and NG is Sea, to be here is a great pleasure for me,., Thankyou NG.

    Santiago Belaunzaran
    Santiago Belaunzaran

    Thank you NatGeo, for being the best magazine, channel, organization, everything and for encouraging people to take care for the planet. 

    Stanislav Tibatin
    Stanislav Tibatin

    Now My shot is not only small pictures, is communication and creativity. Excellent.

    Veronika K Ko
    Veronika K Ko

    Thank u for selecting my picture,dear NG team! Thank to all NG members for their kind comments!I am so happy to be in the company of such amazing photographers  !Congrats to all !!!!

    john Mcclung
    john Mcclung

    Thank you NG for the years of great stories.

    Lisa Sky
    Lisa Sky

    If I use the old URL, I can get there - but is the daily dozen gone now?  Or at least - the part where we could send in photos specifically and got email notification?

    Otherwise, I like this so far, it encourages communication and provides larger and better viewing while keeping people's photos reasonably safe.

    Alma L.
    Alma L.

    New page N.G...?  Excellent and congratulations...;-)

    Greetings from Switzerland

    Phil Thorogood
    Phil Thorogood

    Phil Thorogood

    I'm fairly new to photography and National Geographic, the whole site is such an inspiration, the new your shot story is a fantastic idea, congrates to the people that have worked hard to bring it together, l'm looking forward to seeing peoples amazing work, creations and ideas. 


    Leonardo V.
    Leonardo V.

    I've always been a fan of the National Geographic. My life goal is to become an "official explorer" and anyone who knows a little of my life knows what I'm talking about. Now, with all this apparatus, I became more dedicated than ever. Thank you all, friends photographers, editors, webmasters, programmers for this unique opportunity. #LetsExplore!

    Melissa Ferguson
    Melissa Ferguson

    Congratulations to all the photographers who were included in the first story-so well deserved.  Congratulations to National Geographic and to all those who made this possible! 

    Scott Tully
    Scott Tully

     WOW, this is so cool….. I am extremely grateful to be included in this selection of inspiring photographers ! Congrats to everyone on this amazing collaboration !

    Veronika K Ko
    Veronika K Ko

    @Ipsit ChakrabartiDear Ipsit! Regarding your question:When I already uploaded a photo and after uploading I have changed my mind and want to upload new(before to press "safe" button),I am just clicking again on "choose file" and then I am choosing a new photo from my gallery or from my file-pictures.So,your unwanted photo automatically disappear!You can do it as many times you need,before pressing "safe"button.Try this way! Or just simple pres the exit button"X",at the right corner of the yellow field and than try to upload again ,pressing "upload photo" button.Before to press "safe",the uploaded photo does not appear in your gallery,so don't worry!Hope,it's help!Sincerelly-Veronika K K

    Lisa Sky
    Lisa Sky

    @Salman Siddiqui And a better alternative, since FB gets ownership of whatever you upload and can sell your photos without telling or paying you.  At least here you get credit and it isn't as sketchy!

    Meghan Murphy
    Meghan Murphy moderator expert

    Hi @Leonardo Valente de Castro - Welcome, and thank you for the kind words. We're looking forward to exploring with you! And we'd love to hear what you think as you check out the site -- just drop us an email or use the feedback tab to the right of the page.

    gerald estes
    gerald estes

    if i may fine (the) arts - credit for intellectual property? maybe food stamps, buy one get one free and bonus points, but never credit.

    Salman Siddiqui
    Salman Siddiqui

    @Lisa Sky @Salman Siddiqui forget the ownership part .. FB isn't for photographers only .. soon this will be the place where real photographers are found. NG still has to smooth up the website a bit in order to incorporate some good features of Flickr and then no other photo website will be worth spending time onto :P 

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