In search of ideas to share, I found a video that blew my mind. It’s about a 5 minute video that is a little slow, but demonstrates the power of  125x zoom on the new Nikon P1000. The superzoom is so powerful that you can literally observe construction workers at work in a building that’s on the horizon. Here it is:

This brought on a thought – this kind of superzoom power revolutionizes photography by focusing on very far away objects with little effort, what are some of the coolest things captured by cameras? This article is an exploration of those things, brought to you by talented photographers that show us things we can’t see with the naked eye on a daily basis.

Lets kick off the list to same famous images you’ve probably seen online. Beware, the list truly is about the strange, the mysterious (maybe even sweet in places) images that are hard to believe happened in real life.

1. Pilot captures the eye of the storm

Christiaan van Heijst captured images of a thunderstorm from 32,000 feet in the air. That’s certainly not something you’ll see every day!


2. Oh my, it’s Dubai!

It blows my mind that Dubai rose from sand desserts to this incredible city. What’s more incredible is this image that captured the tops of some of the highest buildings, some as high as 163 storys.

Dubai! Need I say more! The height of these buildings get as tall as 163 floors

3. Don’t try this at home

I don’t know who Jacob Riglin is, but it’s the man behind this photograph that sat with his feet dangling from a building above Times Square. As amazing as the image is, make me and many others quite uncomfortable I’m sure.

4. How did this happen?

While we’re on the topic of ‘up in the air’, here’s a random chair in space. To all your flat earth theorists, pay attention to the curve of the earth. To all the skeptics – I too don’t know why there is a chair in space, who felt the need to photograph it and for what reasons. We’ve seen enough strange objects in space this year…


5. Crispy clear

This is an image captured of some hot air balloons above Cappadocia, Turkey. What’s incredible about this shot is how the camera captured every detail, from foreground to horizon in a very crispy clear way and full of colors, as if out of this world.

Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey

6. Mammatus cloud

Can anyone explain this phenomenon? I promised strange and mysterious, so here’s something that really must have surprised a lot of inhabitants.

Mammatus cloud

7. Morning Glory

More strange clouds on our list – these are called Morning Glory, taken in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Australia. Australia is known for surprising us with their snakes casually in the house, strange creatures that don’t belong in houses and well, now these clouds that formed out of nowhere.

These clouds are called Morning Glory. This picture was taken in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Australia

8. This is called Moon Dog

If you Google it, it’s a rare bright spot on a lunar halo that has to do with moonlight reflection. Mystery as to how it works, but look how pretty!

Moon dog

9. Pearl Clouds

Pearl clouds remind me of gasoline in puddles. Not sure about the reason for this occurrence, but someone was lucky enough to capture it.

Pearl clouds

10. Slim divide

This is the literal border between Belguim and the Netherlands! This picture was taken at a cafe in Netherlands which happens to also be Belguim if you hop to the other side of the divide.

This is the border between Belguim and the Netherlands. This picture is taken in Belguim outside a cafe located in the Netherlands

11. Worth a thousand words

This picture was taken in Brazil and what you’re seeing is the devide between the poor on the left and the wealthy on the right. Kind of mind blowing isn’t it?

In one city in Brazil, this is the separation between the poor and wealthy

12. Population – 1

Images like the previous one make one want to leave this earth, as someone has done in Buford, WY. Along Interstate 80, someone has made a little place for themselves and declared themselves the sole inhabitants.

Population 1! This is found in Buford, WY along Interstate 80

13. Also secluded

Nature works in mysterious ways and here is the Emerald Lake which is located in New Zealand and is literally a body of water cratered in an extinct volcano.

Emerald Lake is located in Tongariro National Park in New Zealand. It’s located in the crater of an extinct volcano!

14. Most important thing is family

To make us all feel better, here is a captured story of a very special family blessed 6 babies. Not too many get a picture like this to remember the special moment.

What an adorable family picture! Not too many families could get a photo like this!

15. Things always end with Harry Potter

Last year, this picture was seen in a Zambian newspaper. Looks like dementor but lets face it, we all know this is a fake image. Don’t be surprised if you start researching this topic and find it somewhere there in the lists. Can’t always trust even the most reliable resources but this list needs some Photoshop magic to end on a humorous note.

Bonus- Zambian Dementor real or fake?

That’s about it! If you liked this article, and would like us to cover more on interesting things captured by cameras, let us know in the comments section below! The research was fun, 10/10 would do it again.

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