Top Shot: Dreamscape

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

Your Shot photographer Albert Dros found himself witnessing a beautiful morning scene in the Netherlands. “In August the Netherlands turns into a purple dreamscape,” said Dros. “Especially during the misty mornings when the mist brings a magic atmosphere to the scene.” Photograph by Albert Dros

Study proposes explanation for how cephalopods see color, despite black and white vision


Cephalopods probably detect color by adjusting their eyes to detect different wavelengths of light, and then composite each into a “color” image of their world.

Study proposes explanation for how cephalopods see color, despite black and white vision



Microbiologist and artist Simon Park created these images of
crystallized vitamin C using a technique called differential interference
contrast microscopy. With this microscopy method, Park could see differences in
the thickness of the samples, represented by the different colors. In the top
two images, Park decided to put a piece of himself into his art, literally, by
adding a bit of his blood to the vitamin C solution. The proteins, DNA, and
other biological molecules in Park’s blood interfered with vitamin C’s crystal
growth and created solids significantly different from those made by a solution
of plain vitamin C, which are shown in the bottom two images. All images were
taken at 100×


Credit: Simon Park

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London-based photographer Edward Horsford (previously featured here), shoots awesome high-speed photos of water balloons just a fraction of a second after they’ve been popped. The images are utterly mesmerizing. Those explosive moments, which ordinarily take place faster than our eyes can take them in, are frozen in time thanks to Edward’s skills. The water inside of the balloon still holds its shape as the balloon pulls away like the skin on a grape.

Visit Edward Horsford’s Flickr page to view more examples of his captivating high-speed photography.

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