Everyday Explorations

Published May 13, 2013 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 8 Contributors

    9 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
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    The female Mute swan behind our home is busy with the nest-buildiing and egg-laying which leaves ...

    #suburbs #hungry #fence #bird #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!

    It was a gloomy day,I wanted to photograph the swans,but they were far away.I waited for a while,...

    #painting #letsexplore #fallfoliage #lake #reflection #autumn #feather #water #color #art

    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 C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

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

    #westvirginia #acorns #fungi #nature #snail

    Editor's Note

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

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Black Winged Stilt.

    #stilt #wader #australia #bird

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

    Editor's Note

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

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

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

    #birchtrees #bark #abstract #nature

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

    #lookoutside #landscape #letsexplore #tree #blue #macro #places #abstract #sky #spring #green #nature

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

    #eyes #food #yourplate #people #thehumanstory

    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 C. Corcoran
    Director, 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 C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a director at National Geographic managing the Your Shot photo community.

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