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Invisible Worlds

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Published May 1, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 16 Contributors

    16 photos selected by

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    A different swing to the Sax ......

    #abstract #music #portrait #motion #blackandwhite #saxophone #letsexplore #yourverticalworld

    Sharpness, contrast, composition, color. These are all important elements to master in a good photograph. But I think above all, a compelling image should spark a sense of wonder. That was the fundamental criteria by which I judged these images and it meant that sometimes I chose an imperfectly framed photo or a low resolution image simply because it taught me something new about the world. 

    This assignment was tough! It was almost like three assignments rolled into one, since you can interpret “invisible worlds” in many different ways. I really loved seeing the breadth of images that came in. Some of you explored macro, many played with motion, and some carefully studied how light behaved in the frame. 

    Dancing is pure body movement

    #art #woman #people #dance #dancer #human #motion #sicily #theater #lowlight #ballet

    Editor's Note

    This is a beautiful example of capturing motion with a camera. I like trying to reconstruct the dancer's motion in my mind by studying the details in this image. You can start to understand when t... More

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    Chrysiridia rhipheus WINGS 55x Butterfly wings

    #macro #mic #butterflywings #ammls

    Editor's Note

    The colors here are stunning! I never realized each individual scale could have so much variation!

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    This image is part of a long-term project photographing everyday objects using polarized light. M...

    #polarized #plastics

    Editor's Note

    While the subject is quite ordinary, I think the photograph is anything but. I think this is a great interpretation of "invisible worlds" because it both shows us something we recognize (the utens... More

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    Picture was clicked when the power had gone and we had lit a candle. the flame is leaving the can...

    #light #death #candle #extinction #candle__flame

    Editor's Note

    I think this image could have been framed a bit more carefully, but honestly I don't mind because the moment captured here is so cool! I've never really seen a flame separated from a candle like t... More

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    Always wondered how it would be to capture a matchstick at ignition and so here it is. Tried roug...

    #invisible_worlds_assignment

    Editor's Note

    What I like about this image is that it is an intimate look at such a familiar scene. What a great moment!

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    A 4sec exposure in Singapore's tunnel riding on one of its driverless train.

    #light #colors #trail #train #nikon #singapore #lines #tunnel #d500 #long_exoosure #four_second

    Editor's Note

    I can't believe how clean the lines are in this image! It takes an everyday scene and turns it into what looks like a wormhole into another dimension.

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    swarming, various species of moths and bugs

    #insects

    Editor's Note

    A very cool visualization of insect flight. I think the inclusion of the lights in the frame really helps give the image context. I also like the balance between the symmetry of the lights and t... More

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    Music is bound to acoustics. I placed my GoPro in the body of my guitar to see the vibration of t...

    #guitar #music #gopro #acoustics #soundwave #invisibleworlds

    Editor's Note

    This image really captures the essence of this assignment. It may not be a fancy camera, but it offers a new perspective and it captures an amazing phenomenon that is familiar to us, and yet invis... More

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    Time to make the maple Syrup in Vermont. Sparks, from the roaring fire inside this wood fired sug...

    #exposure #night #fire #maple #tradition #vermont #sparks #syrup #stars_and_clouds

    Editor's Note

    There is something really unexpected about seeing spark trails out of a chimney. While this is a... More

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    Visualizing the Flight Path into Washington, DC's National Airport

    #exposure #night #light #long #cars #trails #planes

    Spiders are so beneficial that I am a fan except when I walk face first into a web. Today, I noti...

    #abstract #art #nature #spider #insect #wilderness #web #rainbow #spiderweb

    On cold winter evening (-11C) I tough it would be a great time to try this popular winter shot. T...

    Editor's Note

    I think the color and structure here is remarkable. I especially liked reading about Pierre's process of trial and error and how he learned how to illuminate the details he was interested in.

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    A horse-chestnut leaf miner caterpillar is busy mining (eating) the horse-chestnut leaf. I place ...

    #nature #insects #animals #invisible_worlds

    Editor's Note

    I've seen many backlit leaf images, but this one has much more going on! Not only do you get to appreciate the complexity of the leaf structure, but you get a peak into the life of this tiny larva... More

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    A Hummingbird Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis) flying over a sunset sunshine. Th...

    #birds #birdwatching #wildlife #light #hummingbird #feathers

    Editor's Note

    I love that you can see both motion and beautiful details at the same time in this image.

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    A scene straight from a sci-fi movie, with steel wool illuminating a large root ball inside of Th...

    #landscape #motion #steelwoolphotography #wildcatdenstatepark #devils_punchbowl #root_ball

    Editor's Note

    While the steel wool trick seems to be a well known technique, I think this image is the best example I've seen so far. I really like the sense of depth in the image. The scene is not only lit by... More

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer

    My favorite part about editing a Your Shot assignment is how much I learn from all of you. As I head out to the field for my own assignment for National Geographic, I’ve got more than one fresh idea for how to approach my subject—thanks to all of the wonderful submissions. Thank you and keep up the great work!

    About the Editor
    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer
    Anand Varma is a freelance photographer with a background in biology. His projects tell the story behind the science on subjects ranging from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian diseases and mangrove forests. His first feature story for National Geographic is “Mindsuckers,” the magazine's November 2014 cover story.

    Photographers Published In the Story