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The City of Reno is a leader in arts and culture. The community has a rich variety of special events, historic buildings, performing arts and galleries. A strong public art program helps sustain and encourage downtown economic development. Cultural diversity and history are embraced and interwoven within the fabric of our city. Discover why we are Artown.

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Elephant Meets Sea Lion Our Sun Spots The Coconut OctopusThere will always be collections of great photography floating around the web.  Are these really the Top 100 Photos of 2012?  Not necessarily.  But I found them on Stumbler and the collection (which includes all 100) is a wonder to behold.

If you visit the original source web site where I found these samples — you will see the titles and the proper credit that is due to the photographers who created them.

The site has this one caveat: *Please note the photographs themselves were not necessarily taken in 2012, they just happened to be featured as a POTD this year. The pictures are also listed in reverse chronological order. There is no ranking amongst the photos.”

Our world is amazing.  Enjoy! – Robert




Since 1946, the Bregenz Festival ‘Opera on the Lake’ in Austria has been home to some of the most incredible outdoor stages ever built. Set on the gorgeous Lake Constance, the 6,800 capacity ‘Seebuhne’ Stage has been the setting for some of the world’s most famous operas.

During the 2007 performance of Tosca, the producer and director for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace were so impressed, they filmed a 10-day scene in Bregenz where Bond meets his adversary for the first time during a performance of Tosca.

CLICK HERE to see the collection of the amazing outdoor stages throughout the history of the Bregenz Festival, along with a detailed timeline of key milestones and events and information on the challenges of building an outdoor stage on the water.

I’m blown away by the scale and beauty this festival presents. – Robert

Geoff TompkinsonHyper Lapse photography is the art of taking single, individual images every few seconds, for a long period of time (15 minutes or more) and editing them together to make one continuous video.

The camera must move a set amount for each shot.  This is Geoff Tompkinson’s creation from 2012.


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smithsonian-photo-contest-naturalworld-light-ice-nathan-carlsen Smithsonian-photo-contest-travel-rice-terrace-vietnam-voanh-kietSmithsonian-photo-contest-alteredimage-warper-metal-tim-wrightsmithsonian-photo-contest-people-police-brasilia-brazil-olivier-boels These are four of the images in this year’s Smithsonian Photo Contest.

CLICK HERE to visit the web site and see the other entries then cast your vote.

Rajasthan, India

Award-winning photographer Steve McCurry has published the photos taken with the last roll of Kodakchrome to come off the production line on his WordPress blog. McCurry has shot more than 800,000 photos including his iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ portrait, with the film. In an article posted by NPR in 2009 McCurry equated ‘losing the medium to losing a dear friend.’

CLICK HERE to view Steve’s images.

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Thanks to Doug B. for bringing this to our attention.

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Watch a preview of Landfill Harmonic, an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from recvcled rubbish.


The Recycled Orchestra is the creation of Favio Chávez, a landfill worker and musician from Paraguay.

The film, a teaser for which has been published online, features Chávez and an inspiring group of children beating the odds in the poverty stricken town of Cateura.

Cateura exists virtually on top of a landfill site where residents make their livings recycling and selling other people’s rubbish.

Situated along the banks of the Paraguay River, 1,500 tons of waste is dumped in the area each day.

But despite the critical levels of pollution and the threat to their health residents of Cateura manage to find the most positive of uses for the rubbish.

Inspired to do something to help the inpoverished families, Chávez began using the trash in the landfill to create instruments for the children.

“One day it occurred to me to teach music to the children of the recyclers and use my personal instruments,” explains 36 year-old Chávez, who worked as an ecological technician at the landfill.

“But it got to the point that there were too many students and not enough supply. So that’s when I decided to experiment and try to actually create a few.”

The documentary is Directed by Graham Townsley.

CLICK HERE to view the video teaser.

Thanks to Cathy B. for bringing this to our attention.

This project was created with the same spirit that America was founded on. Our intentions are to connect everyone in america through the lens of this camera and social networking sites. We can’t do this without you. We want to tell your story and show your city or town through photographs of you, and people you know. As we travel around America looking for people and places to shoot you will be able to keep track of where we are going and help us decide where we go next. Join us in our journey by liking our Facebook to get yourself photographed by us.

An extra special thanks to Brandon Rein, Scotty Hoffman and Trevor Atwater.

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Thanks to John S. for bringing this to our attention.

I have visited Yosemite four times so far, and I intend another dozen visits. This video is exceptional.  It’s worth four minutes of your time to reset your mental compass and your sense of place in the Universe. – Robert

This Yosemite Time Lapse Video in HD is a truly wonderful look at the outdoors and nature. The video is a collaboration between Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty. All timelapses were shot on the Canon 5D Mark II with a variety of Canon L and Zeiss CP.2 Lenses. The soundtrack is Outro from the album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” by M83.

If you have a slow internet connection click the HD symbol in lower right corner of video to turn it off.  Click the full screen X button to see its full beauty.

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Thanks to Scott R. for bringing this to our attention.

“Farewell India” by Trey Ratcliff

Sometimes a photo truly makes you want to pack your bags immediately and hop on the next outgoing plane to wherever it was you just saw. Today’s submission is exactly that type of photograph for me. Sure the Taj Mahal is amazing, but I think Trey was able to capture that “amazingness” is this photo. In fact, he captures a lot of it in his rather extensive and remarkable portfolio. So, do yourself a favor and check it out because this is one you won’t want to miss

Enter Trey:

I had a truly wonderful time in India and I can’t wait to return. After spending most of the day exploring the Taj Mahal, I found a car to take me across the river. The bridge was over 100 years old and crowded with every type of locomotion – from donkey to pull cart to bike. After working my way down to the river, I found I could not quite get low enough to take the photo I wanted. So, reluctantly, I took my camera off my tripod and buried it in the mud, about half an inch above the water. I spent all night in the bathroom saying I was sorry to the camera… cleaning her up back into her old self once again.

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Thanks to for bring Trey Ratcliff to our attention. – R