Posted by Shayla Simmons — 22 May 2013
The owl sits silently for it's next kill, able to turn its head 270 degrees around, it is only a matter of time before it strikes.
Owls have incredible eyesight for distant objects, but not for things right up close. There are many sizes of owls, the smallest is the elf owl ranging from 31g (1oz), the length at 5 inches. The Great Grey Owl is the largest with a length being 33 inches.
There are many interesting cultural beliefs regarding the owl, including that it may symbolize witchcraft, wisdom, foolishness, birth and
death. Owls are one of Halloween's most celebrated creatures and in England the Barn Owl is believed to be able to predict the weather.
Take a look at these great JPG owl images and ponder what meaning the owl has for you.
owl by Yuri Balakhanov
Hoo by Jesse McClear
Snowy Owl by Spencer Jimmie Lee
Snowy Owl by Drew
Owl for Sale by Wira Prasetya
owl by Gillian Johnston
Barred owl by Travis McLachlan
Burrowing Owl by Todd Chonody
White owl - Granby,Qc.ca by Jean guy Plante
Barn owl by Louise Armstrong
Screech Owl by Jeremy Scarbrough
The Owl look by Stephanie Veronique
These are but a few of the great images of owls found throughout JPG. Feel free to add more that you find by starting your own collection and posting the link below in the comment area. If you're walking alone in the deep, dark forest and feel a chill on your spine, there may be an owl perched high on a limb awaiting your next move. Capture this beautiful creature through your lens, upload and share with us by posting the link below.
HOOT! HOOT HOORAY!!
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 20 May 2013
Photo of the Week
colours by Joanna Kustra
Story of the Week Where the Hallways Echo Silence
You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave by Kelly Nichols
Member of the Week Jamie Heiden
howdoyoudo? by jamie heiden
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 19 May 2013
Among the worlds creatures human and animals alike, we can find many instances of sharing.
Young Love by A. Earle
Sharing by Mary Sword
The Flower Girl by Ester van Dam
Untitled by Joe Jacob
DREAMLAND; coney island, brooklyn, new york (2012) by Naomi Julia Satake
Sharing food by Ann Reece
Body English by Bailey Cooper
Recovering by Jesse McClear
And so it begins... by John Linton
Posted by Toby Morrison — 17 May 2013
"This is Burma and it is quite unlike any land you know."
Myanmar by Richard Juilliart
Submitted to Recurring Theme Nice to Meet You.
I was immediately drawn to the image above while reviewing the 'Nice to Meet You' theme. Initially, it was the position of the boy's hands paired with his intense gaze that struck me. After clicking to see the larger sized image, the photo had completely sucked me in. At this point I wanted to reach out and shake this boy's hand and... really meet him. Now, boiling with curiosity, I wanted to know where is this boy from? Why is he praying? What's behind him? The intense look in his eyes, where does it come from? The half clothed attire made me wonder about his culture and his family life.
There was little said about the photo or the other collection of shots featured in a series titled Myanmar. I decided to contact Richard, to see what more I could find out directly from the photographer.
"I took this picture in Bagan "the most famous place in Myanmar for
these historical temples. I meet this boy close to a monastery.
Following this tradition, every Myanmar Buddhist boy between the ages of
7 and 13 is expected to enter the monastery for a period of a few days
to a few months. This boy was novice since several months. I don't know
if he decide to be a monk or not."
Myanmar is a country located in Southeast Asia with China bordering it to the north and India to it's west. Bagan is considered the main tourist attraction of Myanmar, known for it's over 2000 temples spread across miles and miles of forested land of Myanmar. The temples themselves are known as an archaeological hot bed for Buddhist artifacts and decorations.
Some consider Myanmar the most religious Buddhist country in the world. The Myanmar tradition that Richard is referring to is an initiation ceremony to become a monk. This ceremony is the most significant part of a young male's life. Once the boys enter the monastery as a "novice" they can stay for many weeks to several months. The novice monks have a choice to return to their life outside the monastery or can stay on as a monk. At the key age of 20, the boy graduates from his novice status. The monks grow up together forming relationships for sometimes decades with one another. Monks are free to come and go from the monastery as they choose, based on the merits of individual achievement.
Check out more photos in Recurring Theme: Nice to Meet You where YOU can post an image of someone interesting, strange, or fascinating from around the world.
If you see a photo of someone you would like to meet or would like to introduce to the rest of the JPG community let us know!
Show us your world ~ Happy shooting!
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 15 May 2013
A vision floating just below the surface in an ethereal dream-scape, weightless and enchanted; like mermaids from a distant land, beckoning us to come closer. The underwater photo shoot captures a moment that seems to take the audience to another world.
To get a beautiful shot in underwater photography, the lighting, location and a model that can hold her/his breath (without resorting to wide-eyed panic) is not everything that you'll require. You'll also need the right waterproof camera, the ability to use both hands on your camera to stabilize the shot, and most important of all....patience and practice.
Drift through some amazing underwater images submitted by JPG members. Feel the gentle tug of the current, the soothing embrace of the water all around you...
The Violet Hour II by Lauren Coakley
Surrender by Kathleen Wilke
Lion Muse by reuben reynoso
fashion underwater by Hartono Hosea
Defying Gravity by Sonja Yearsley
Hiding by Rhea Pappas
float by Marks Haven
untitled by Oly Honey
There are so many objects/subjects to capture under the water. As you browse the millions of images throughout JPG, if you come across this kind of ethereal angel, make a collection of images and post the link below in the comment area. If you would like to enchant us with your underwater photography skills, grab a model and find a magical pool of water, capture, upload and share your beautiful images!
Can't wait to see what floats up!
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 13 May 2013
Photo of the Week
Secret Mushroom Within by Lyndon Johnson
Story of the Week Nature at its Best: Series 10 - Mt Pulag's Sea of Clouds
the summit - mt pulag by Rey mos
Member of the Week Massimo Morgante
extreme light by Massimo Morgante
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 12 May 2013
Perched by Jesse McClear
Beads by Sarah Terokowskie
"But whose perfume accumulates on the horizon like a storm cloudâ�¦" by KassiJo Wyatt
Untitled by delfraissy laurent
Love Bees! by Gail Parker
Bokeh SpotLight by Mary Sword
Dew by Queirolo Anne
Branches with Raindrops by Tracy Â©
poppin' poppy by Sally Jaeggin
Posted by Toby Morrison — 9 May 2013
What's your obsession? Back in 2008 we closed this theme out and featured some FAN-tastic shots of some the craziest collections, wildest hobbies, and the world's most enthusiastic individuals. In late 2012 we reopened this theme with the hopes of finding even more crazy fanatic shots from around the globe. We figured five years was long enough to keep you waiting for more!
" Volkswagon Fanatic "AsaroC2012 by Michael Asaro
"This is the serial protester Neil Horan doing an Irish jig with his banner at London's 2013 May Day parade.
The Protester by Richard Gough
Horan, sometimes referred to as The Grand Prix Priest or The Dancing
Priest is a laicized Irish Roman Catholic priest who is noted for his
interference with the running of the 2003 British Grand Prix and the
2004 Summer Olympics men's marathon in order to promote his religious
belief that the end of the world is near.
In the last year I have
seen and photographed him at the London Olympics, Margaret Thatchers
funeral and this time at the May day parade each time dressed the same
and doing a jig to a portable music system he takes with him everywhere."
Speared by Lex Newman
"There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws."
Lord Of the Flies-themed shoot
William Paterson Biggest Cardinals Fan 2 by Charles Rushton
Cheer II by Kutay Akyurek
"Celebration before Galatasaray's league match, Istanbul."
Days Like These... by Mike Melnotte
"He's a fan of non-stop playing.
Can I jump in the leaves, Daddy?
I know that with age those requests will be coming to an end soon... sigh."
You've Been 86'd by Scott Fisher
"The Toyota AE86 is what
the newly presented Scion FR-S was designed off of. Everything down to
the Chasis! Here in vegas I'm part of the Vegas86Club, and this is all
our members proudly waiting for that everlasting red light to go green
so we can start our cruise for the day! I pulled up my e-brake and sat Indian style in the middle of the street with oncoming traffic to grab
these guys in their unnatural (hard-parked) spots."
Cosplay in red by Richard Seah
The walls have horns by Cristina Pascu
The Goddess of Fire
by Christopher Boswell
"Meet Janna! Here she is posing with my third two wheeler to symbolize
the God of Fire. She is a fanatic with modeling in body paint.
Now, if she was just standing there nude with no paint, you would see
the fear and discomfort in her eyes. When asked how being painted is
different she responds, "it's like have clothes on, I can feel the paint
between my body and the air"
lift off by Petrus van Zyl
"Inflatable boat race"
Glass Blower by Ann Reece
"She is a perfectionist in
her craft, she loves what she is doing and it shows. She is a showman
as she makes glass for the audience. I have bought some of her blown
glass and I treasure it. I think that this photo fits the image of a
fanatic, in a flattering way. This was taken at the Renaissance
Festival near Magnolia, Texas."
Anthem by Jesse McClear
"Star Wars Night at the Traverse City (Michigan) Beach Bums."
His right to bear arms by John Flora
"Fred Ropkey amid his tank and armored vehicle collection at the Ropkey
Armor Museum. Fred owns more armored vehicles than do some small
The museum is east of Crawfordsville, Ind."
Philly Phantic by Elizabeth Bermingham
"Philly fans are some of the most intense sports fans around....even the young ones."
Click here to see the entire collection of HOT photos submitted to FANATIC.
~HAPPY SHOOTING from your friends at JPG!
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 8 May 2013
Like a ghost revisiting the past; a double image in a photograph can evoke haunting emotions. Playing with long exposure times or over laying images can be a fun way to bring forth more meaning to your subject matter in a photograph.
In the days of film, double exposure could be achieved by sandwiching two or more negatives together and this technique may have had the photographer fiddling awhile to get the best angle. In the digital age software comes into play to achieve the double exposure look. In both film and digital long exposure can also achieve a similar result.
Silhouette by Hattie Ellis
Made of flame by Dmitri Poslavski
idk by Kaila Grimes
Untitled by Besa Maliqi
Untitled by Annie Winge
Blackout on Park Ave by Dave Christiansen
empire by katie mcfaul
Untitled by scott nay
. by riverS
These JPG images are thought provoking and give the viewer a chance to unravel the mystery in the meaning of the photograph. If you have any photos that are a great example of double image, upload, link and post in the comment area below. If you stumble upon some more JPG images, start a collection and share that link with us as well...
Posted by Shayla Simmons — 6 May 2013
Photo of the Week
Love story by Rafi Raz
Story of the Week: Beware the Ayeseayuh
Crumbling Down by Lon Casler Bixby
Member of the Week: Kabir Ghumman
Density by Kabir Ghumman
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