Category archives: Photograph of the Day

Photograph of the Day: The Calypso Pass - Thunderbird F-16 Fighting Falcons

Two U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 Fighting Falcons execute a precision acrobat technique known as a Calypso Pass for a crowd March 23, 2014, at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. The Thunderbirds performed for more than 185,000 during the MacDill AFB presents Tampa Bay AirFest 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro The Calypso Pass is when two planes flying at high-speed perform a mirror image. […]


Photograph of the Day: The Supercell - Thunderstorm

In this dramatic capture by Ryan Shepard, we see a supercell thunderstorm never Ovid. Photograph by RYAN SHEPARDFacebook | Twitter | 500px A supercell is a thunderstorm that is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone: a deep, persistently rotating updraft. Of the four classifications of thunderstorms (supercell, squall line, multi-cell, and single-cell), supercells are the least common and have the potential to be the most severe. Supercells are often […]


Photograph of the Day: Deer Oh Deer Oh Deer

In this perfectly timed photo by Renatas Jakaitis, we see what appears to be a three-headed fallow deer. In reality it’s three separate deer that happen to be standing in perfect alignment with the camera, with all three turning and looking back at the exact same time as well. The photo was taken in the forests of Lithuania. Photograph by Renatas Jakaitis The fallow deer (Dama dama) is a common […]


Photograph of the Day: Chicago Reflected in Lake Michigan

Taken from his window seat (with his iPhone) as he approached O’Hare, amateur photographer Mark Hersch captured this incredible photo that shows the famous Chicago skyline reflected in Lake Michigan below, just as the sun sets above. Talk about perfect timing! Photograph by MARK HERSCHTwitter | LinkedIn And if you look really closely, you can see a second airplane in the center of the image, soaring above the clouds as […]


Photograph of the Day: The Mast Walk

Solo round the world yachtsman Alex Thomson recently performed a daring feat on board his high-speed yacht. Dubbed the ‘mast walk‘, Thomson climbed up the 30-meter high mast of the moving vessel, taking a moment to enjoy the view before diving into the ocean below. You can see a video of the stunt embedded below. Does anyone else think the dive at the end of the video contains footage from […]


Photograph of the Day: Follow the Leader

In this perfectly timed photograph by Matt Hutton, we see a dolphin and surfer riding a wave at Jacques Point in Kalbarri, Australia. Hutton, who was kind enough to share this photo with the Sifter earlier this week, said the shot was accidental and that the appearance of the dolphin was a surprise to both him and the surfer (who has been identified as Trent Sherborne). Photograph by MATT HUTTON […]


Photograph of the Day: Sunrise Over Mount Bromo

In this sunrise capture by Guillaume Buret, we see the famous Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia. The active volcano has an elevation of 2,329 meters (7,641 ft) and is a popular tourist attraction in East Java. The volcano is situated within Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and its name is derived from the Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Many tourists visit Mount Bromo by way […]


Photograph of the Day: Eight Hours of Takeoffs at Los Angeles Airport

In this incredible composite image by architectural photographer Mike Kelley, we see every departure from LAX’s South Complex over an eight hour period. In a detailed blog post, Kelley explains: I spent about 16 hours shooting and putting this image together… I set up a tripod and photographed every single plane that flew across my frame anywhere from 3 to 10 times, using sandbags to ensure that the camera didn’t […]


Photograph of the Day: A Volcanic Eruption from a Space Shuttle

In this incredible capture taken on 30 September 1994, we see a major eruption of Klyuchevskaya Sopka as seen by the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour (mission: STS-68). The eruption cloud reached 60,000 feet above sea level and the winds carried ash as far as 640 miles (1,030 km) southeast from the volcano into the North Pacific air routes. This picture was made with a large format Linhof camera. […]