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Go Beyond

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Published Aug 30, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 20 Contributors

    20 photos selected by

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    I love my friend Marina who is the only person I can spend a month with in a confined place and n...

    #water #friendship #mauritius #splashes #snorkle #le_morne_mauritius

    It’s been such a pleasure returning as a guest editor of Your Shot for the recent assignment, Go Beyond. We asked this massive photo community to “Go Beyond” and gain a deeper understanding of the world, to challenge yourself to discover something that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the wide selection of creative photographs that were submitted.  The range of subject matter was impressive and showed how you as photographers explored things in extraordinary ways. There were many images that I liked and saw sophisticated use of light, shadows, motion and reflections. A number of the pictures also had great gesture, which can often make the difference between a good photo and something great.

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    #abstract #art #fine_art

    Editor's Note

    I love how you woke up early to capture this image and used the fog as a layer within the image. Great work with the composition as well.

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    At dawn one of the most beautiful moments is the inflating of the hot air balloons that will soon...

    #balloon #people #travel #sunrise #dawn #place #places #landscapes #cappadocia #turkye

    Editor's Note

    A photo of some people about to 'go further!' I love the mix of light, warm tones from the flames and the cooler natural light in the background. I can almost hear the whoosh of the fire filling th... More

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    "No speed of wind or water rushing by But you have speed far greater. You can climb Back up a s...

    #painting #forest #green #bike #action #speed #fast #adventure #race #bicycle #competition #lush #panning

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful! Excellent composition, lighting and use of motion. The image creates a sense of adventure while also being serene. Also embodies 'Going Further' nicely.

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    My daughter in a corn maze.

    #ontario #girl #autumn #fall #canada

    Editor's Note

    Great perspective and idea to get low for this composition. I love how you took advantage of using a phone camera to grab a new angle.

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    Be it humans or birds, all of us need to go beyond of normal cycle to gather food and run our liv...

    #birds #natgeo #go #beyond

    Editor's Note

    I love this moment! Such a fun capture with one bird trying to check out the other and show some curiosity.

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    Last week I traveled on assignment to rural Guatemala to see the incredible work of the Global Al...

    #guatemala #mother #travel #baby #dailydozen #viewfromabove #notjustaface

    Editor's Note

    All of the elements here work so well together. Great use of the overhead angle to show the young mother with child. My eye goes right from the mother to the sleeping baby and then studies the rest... More

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    The images I selected were those that evoked emotion to me. By going beyond the surface to reveal a deeper understanding or something new about the subject, the photographers who captured these moments illustrated exceptional creativity. This assignment challenged all of you to look past a surface level understanding of the subject you were trying to photograph and reveal something more. As a photographer with over twenty years of experience, I find that sometimes I am given an assignment that I have read a lot about, but I don’t really know the full potential and full story that comes to life in that assignment until I get out and experience it up close. That is what you were tasked with, getting out from behind your computers and going out into the world to explore and uncover new perspectives, new meaning and hidden detail that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

    Exploring the astonishing Goblin Valley in Utah made us feel like we were exploring Mars.

    #utah #adventure #mountaineering #cave #rappel #rapelling #goblin_valley

    Editor's Note

    This image gets right to the point of going beyond to capture an amazing moment. By photographing from below we are given a size of scale to this massive rock landscape. Then as we study the entire... More

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    A not-so-well-known view from the Valley of Fire. Actually, there's only one other person that kn...

    #rock #nevada #formation #sandstone

    Editor's Note

    The blue green tones in the center create the feeling of entering a new world, as if we are emerg... More

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    Beauty inside Nguom Ngao cave in Cao Bang province Vietnam

    #nature #people #travel #discovery #cave

    The radiance of life is brought about by the glow of the inner heart. And the glow of the inner m...

    #rain #flower #summer #life #japan #temple #hydrangea #shrine #kanagawa #strobe

    I love to play with zero gravity, the fantastic and anreal sceneries of underwater worlds.The wet...

    #river #mountain #underwater #unreal #corsica #freediving

    Editor's Note

    Love this! Reversing the image makes it a far more compelling image, as you described. The lighting and composition are nicely done.

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    I was taking a closer look at the piece of abstract-modern art created out of thin fishing line b...

    #abstract #art #people #silhouette #lines

    Editor's Note

    Love the perspective here and the creative composition. Nice work going beyond to find this moment.

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    A commuter at a local train station of Mumbai. I was trying to capture the commuter inside of the...

    #india #people #train #mumbai #street #local #transportation #local_train

    Editor's Note

    Patience is key here to capture a moment like this. You need to wait for the right moment and see that a person has walked right into the perfect spot. You did this well and capture a very cool pho... More

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    Had an idea with my cousins walking around Golden Gate bridge to shoot upwards from the ropes. It...

    #sanfrancisco #goldengate #bayarea

    Editor's Note

    Great, new perspective of a well known subject. The repeated attempts were worth the effort!

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    Shaped by the perpetual movement of the ocean, these sand ripple marks describes a surrealistic ...

    #blue #white #light #sand #quite #mauritius #diver #underwater_ #oceanfloor #sandmarks #ripplemarks

    Editor's Note

    Love the lighting and the texture of the seafloor in this image! I would prefer to not have the diver in the center of the frame and think the composition might be more powerful if the diver were o... More

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    Waiting for the sun to go down in Namibia, near Twyfontaine. The cars bringing up dust add an exp...

    #dust #sundown #namibia #perfect_moment #warm_colors

    Editor's Note

    I really like the layers in this picture and the composition. The dust trails behind the vehicles add an element of adventure.

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    This road is located in south-west Saudi Arabia , It connects the city of Al-Baha and the Red Sea...

    #sky #nature #road #travel #stars #places #saudi #saudi_arabai

    Editor's Note

    Fascinating image. Very different with an ethereal quality! I would be interested in camera info/settings. Great work!

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    This photo is very similar to another submitted. It was my second day in Sukhothai and the sunset...

    #sunset #reflections #landscapes #archaeological_site #go_beyond_assignment #go_be

    Editor's Note

    Creative and beautiful composition, really like this!

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    As a kid I was would hide and cover my ears whenever there is thunder. Yet now I chase after them...

    #storm #nature #world #lightning #singapore #sg #hdb

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful photograph. Well executed and clearly required substantial planning. Use of stacking in a situation such as this is particularly effective to deliver a creative vision.

    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer

    You all accepted the challenge and submitted images that were impressive, fascinating, and made me want to have a better understanding of each moment that was presented to me.

    During the assignment, it was noted that one of these images from the final story will appear in National Geographic magazine! I have made my selection, and the image will be revealed in the November issue.

    I had so much fun curating this story and I hope you take your time to study each image that was selected. I hope that each photographer will continue to pursue their individual vision, push the creative boundaries and explore the unknown!

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    Brian Skerry

    National Geographic Photographer

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    This assignment was sponsored by T. Rowe Price, who encourages you to ‘Go Beyond’ and discover something that might otherwise go unnoticed.

    About the Editor
    Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Photographer
    Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories. In 2014 he was one of five photographers named as a National Geographic Photography Fellow. In 2015 he ...

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