15 Powerful Photographs That Will Blow Your Mind


Capturing a photograph involves making certain key decisions before pressing the shutter button. Composition, perspective, lighting, and exposure are all important factors to consider, among many others, depending on the scene you want to photograph. Keeping these considerations in your thought process when photographing can really make a difference in the final image.

Taking a snapshot is an easy approach but it often results in ordinary, unremarkable shots. Carefully visualizing a frame and working a scene can reward you with a bunch of shots that is likely going to contain a keeper, a shot that is close to (and sometimes exactly) how you imagined the photograph.

This post is a collection of some amazing photographs taken by internationally acclaimed travel photographer, Mitchell Kanashkevich. Every single image you see here tells a story that Mitchell envisioned and wanted the viewer to see. As photographers, we know that every great image has a ‘back story'- about how it came out to be, how the photographer approached the scene and how it was post-processed to create the final image. Gaining such insights into a photograph can arguably help you learn much faster than any generic photography tutorial can.

Mitchell has put together an eBook called Powerful Imagery that deconstructs each of the fifteen images shown in this post and discusses the different approaches that went into achieving the final image. Take a look at the eBook here. For now, let's sit back and enjoy these wonderful photos!

(All images © Mitchell Kanashkevich)

Closer to Gods, Rah Island, Vanuatu. Settings: ISO 200, 20 mm, f/5, 1/640s

The Climb, Rah Island, Vanuatu. Settings: ISO 1000, 20 mm, f/2.8, 1/250s

Holy Man, Maheshwar, India. Settings: ISO 100, 70 mm, f/4, 1/160s

Pilgrim's Devotion, Lalibela, Ethiopia. Settings: ISO 640, 200mm, f/8, 1/80s

Sulfur Miner, Ijen Crater, Indonesia. Settings: ISO 200, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/800s

Morning Catch, Madura Island, Indonesia. Settings: ISO 250, 24 mm, f/9, 1/80s

The Chess Match, Budapest, Hungary. Settings: ISO 1600, 35 mm, f/2.8, 1/50s

Wrestlers, Kolhapur, India. Settings: ISO 1000, 62 mm, f/2.8, 1/160s

Bidi Smoke, Rajasthan, India. Settings: ISO 400, 50 mm, f/2.8, 1/125s

Fire Walker, Kerala, India. Settings: ISO 1000, 52 mm, f/2.8, 1/320s

Make-up Session, Kerala, India. Settings: ISO 1600, 65 mm, f/2.8, 1/40s

Spear Fisherman, Panay, Philippines. Settings: ISO 1000, 16 mm, f/5, 1/320s

Chopping Pumpkins, Maramures, Romania. Settings: ISO 800, 20 mm, f/3.2, 1/50s

An Ethiopian Welcome, Geralta, Ethiopia. Settings: ISO 2500, 16 mm, f/7.1, 1/40s

Darkness Over the Mountains, Spiti Valley, India. Settings: ISO 500, 85 mm, f/8, 37s

Create Powerful Images Like The Ones Above

If you've ever felt that your images lack impact, and wanted to know how successful photographers produce amazing results with effortless consistency, take a look at acclaimed travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich's Powerful Imagery guide. In this guide, Mitchell walks you through the thought process of creating captivating images by deconstructing 15 of his favorite images (shown above) made over the past decade. This guide will improve your skill as a photographer no matter what level you are at. Click here now to check it out.

About Author

Ritesh has been photographing since 2010 and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

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