These days technology makes it possible to edit images to look like just about anything you want. They can be formatted to add or subtract people, alter landscapes, adjust colors, and correct perceived errors. When done well it can be difficult to tell an image that has been altered to look a certain way from a photograph that has been left alone. And on the internet it's common to question the validity of images shared across social media and other platforms. But just because a picture seems to be capturing a moment to good to be real, doesn't mean that's always the case.
When the picture takers seem to become the pictured
We may be living in a video game; did anyone hit a "Start" button?
Reflection in coffee or reveal of a hidden world?
While it takes skill to create artistic images out of basic pictures, Photoshop isn't the only way to memorialize awe-inspiring or completely crazy moments. Sometimes, if you have the right camera, the right lighting, the right angle, and just the right timing, you can capture things not even a photo editor can manage. A perfect sunset, a whale breaching in the ocean, a triple rainbow after a storm, or a house that appears to be flying down the freeway because of how reflections and movement and weather combine around it. Here are 47 phenomenal pictures that you won't believe haven't been Photoshopped, taken by people that probably couldn't believe how lucky they were. These images will amaze and inspire you, and in some cases, leave you completely mind-blown.
Looks like this car just flew in for a landing
Hard to believe this gorgeous Preying mantis art isn't three dimensional
This urban park breaks up the perfect housing development symmetry
Hard to tell where the ground ends and sky begins in this snowy landscape
This dress takes the classic "sawing a woman in half" magic trick to a new (and fashionable) level
Good thing this boat is anchored or it might fly away
Four elements? Four seasons? Definitely four perfect views of nature
When camping with this tent you don't need to travel anywhere, it has the whole forest inside it
Seems like this should be impossible (and would be without the handle)
Who needs triptych art when nature and your windows can create the same thing?
Wonder where this giant child is going now that they've crossed the "mountains"?
Are you brave enough to drive on this road to nowhere?
Must be related to Clifford the Big Red Dog
This Santa could be straight out of the original black and white "Miracle on 34th Street Movie"
This horse doesn't have two shadows, just a shadow and a friend that likes to nap
Did someone take a straight razor to the tops of these trees?
But what happens if the ball goes out of bounds?
This image is amazing no matter which way you turn it!
The elephant made a portrait of itself in water!
Looks like anyone can drive for and take a ride from Uber these days
It's almost like Harold and his Magic Purple Crayon were sketching cars here
Which car manufacturer perfected cloaking devices?
This poor cow seems to have left her body behind somewhere
Building designed by Dr Seuss or some really cleverly placed artwork?
Reflections in water droplets or a tiny winged army?
Are we sure this isn't two different photographs carefully spliced together?
This dog is so happy he seems to glow!
Forget taking a stairway to Heaven, this highway will be much faster
Wonder what she was shooting at?
Is the car driving sideways, or are the trees laying down?
There aren't many trains that could handle those types of curves
When you're a fan of collages you can find them anywhere
This drinking fountain has some important questions
Hopefully the painters remember where they left their building
When weightlifting goes so well you transcend all physical limits
Who needs a space shuttle when you can just drive to the moon?
Some things in nature need to be seen to be believed
Forget double decker buses, this one has a whole apartment complex on top!
Someone got their keyboard commands stuck on Copy-Paste
This rainbow shall not let this tornado pass
Do you think the yellow jacket realizes that is its reflection and not a tasty flower?
This dog should be named Dust Storm, Dusty for short