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25 Best Photos On Flickr In 2014 Which Will Show You The Beauty Of The World

25 Best Photos On Flickr In 2014 Which Will Show You The Beauty Of The World

Although there are millions of photographs on Flickr, the photography giants have somehow managed to collect a list of the 25 most inspiring, exquisite photographs of 2014. Their final list was determined by community engagement—how many times each photo had been viewed and favorited—and it features some really incredible pieces.

1. *** by Elina Shumilova

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    With a portfolio of almost 300 unique and beautiful photographs, Elena Shumilova is without a doubt one of the most talented photographers and Flickr members on the Internet.

    2. Nightly shower 130812 F4332 by Pete Huu

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      This striking photograph was taken near Helsinki, whilst Pete Huu was hunting for Perseids.

      3. Persist | Lofoten, Norway by Lorenzo Montezemolo

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        This bright green streak of aurora lasted for quite a while in Lofted, Norway. According to Lorenzo Montezemolo, he had four hours to take a great photo of the strange green lights.

        4. Wherever You Lay Your Head by Rosie Hardy

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          Accompanied by an inspiring Lana Del Rey quote, this photograph by Rosie Hardy was taken last February and has received over 800,000 views.

          5. John. by LJ

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            The identity of John is limited to his name, but according to LJ’s photograph information this was taken in Overtown, Miami.

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            5. Lightbulb by Alexandr Tikki

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              The lightbulb is the comic indicator of bright ideas, but few of those thoughts could become reality without the work of human hands.

              6. Ixspreparation2 by Mark Rademaker

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                This is the Eaglework’s IXS Enterprise First Generation FTL Starship concept, one of Mark Rademaker’s many fantastic works of art and engineering.

                7. Night Reading by Laura Williams

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                  “Sometimes when I can’t sleep I sit on my ceiling and read.” – Laura Williams. Don’t we all!

                  8. Besides my dad, she was the only one in my family who was like this… by Brandon Stanton

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                    Do you remember the saddest moment of your life? When my grandmother died. I was nine. Besides my dad, she was the only one in my family who was like this. And she was the only other person who could give me any perspective on what it was going to be like, and how to handle it.”

                    9. Loopy sky by SoulRiser

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                      SoulRiser seems a little surprised that his photograph is featuring on these ‘Top of 2014’ lists, but with beautiful shots like this I’m surprised there aren’t more of his on making the cut!

                      10. Bear Lake – Pentax 67 + Portra 400 by Trent Davis

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                        Taken near Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Forest, this photograph is one of Trent Davis’ impressive, 1000-strong Flickr collection.

                        11. NAVCAM top 10 at 10 km – 10 by European Space Agency

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                          Although this may look a bit like a ink blot test, it’s actually Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and the shot was taken my the European Space Agency’s Rosetta. “Some light contrast enhancements have been made to emphasise certain features and to bring out features in the shadowed areas” the ESA says, but this is only because in reality the comet is almost pitch black.

                          12. Oil Pastels by Jon Smith

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                            The first step to creating this fantastic photograph was to fill a standard lightbulb with oil paints, the second step was a lot simpler: shooting it with a pellet gun.

                            13. Here, Once Again by Alex Benetel

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                              Despite the worrying amount of leeches that can be found on her Aunt’s property, Alex Benetel was determined to get this photograph. A brave, brave photographer if ever there was one.

                              14. Chinatown by Masashi Wakui

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                                Yokohama Chinatown (35°26’39.2″N 139°38’53.2″E) is a beautiful little part of the world, and thanks to Masashi Wakui we all get to see it.

                                15. Such Is The Price Of Leaving by Whitney Justesen

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                                  Whitney Justesen’s photostream is perhaps one of the most beautiful so far, featuring more photographs from her trip to Alaska it’s certainly worth seeing.

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                                  16. I Will Learn To Love The Skies I’m Under. by David Uzochukwu

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                                    This photograph was taken alongside 23 others by different photographers. Each of these talented artists was asked to interpret one line of Mumford & Sons’ Hopeless Wanderer. David Uzochukwu did a fantastic job with the equally beautiful lyrics “I will learn to love the skies I’m under”.

                                    17. On The Neighbour’s Grounds by Rosie Anne Prosser

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                                      After fog and mist rolled onto the lands that Rosie Anne Prosser new so well, she found herself wandering like a stranger.

                                      18. The Dreamy Coast by Rob Macklin

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                                        Rob Maclin often drives for miles to get a good photograph, and when clouds finally rolled into the California skies back in January he was quick to travel with his son to the coast and await this majestic sunset.

                                        19. Bagel & Lox by Davide Luciano

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                                          Davide Luciano’s gourmet mouse trap: delicious but deadly!

                                          20. Little Sherlock by Adrian Sommeling

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                                            Using clever lighting and Adobe Photoshop, Adrian Sommeling has creating a mind-blowing portfolio filled with these unique, surreal photographs.

                                            21. Pyramid Barn by Steve Arnold

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                                              Named Pyramid Barn because in some spots it looked like a miniature pyramid, Steve Arnolds says this illustrious farmland reminded him of many trips the UK’s Glastonbury Festival.

                                              22. HIPA by Ian Webb

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                                                HIPA is a non-profit photography show that will take place in England later this year. Ian Webb aims to raise HIPA’s profile so everyone can join in.

                                                23. Fim de tarde by Johnson Barros

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                                                  Choosing to be a pilot is choosing to live a hectic, stressful life: but I bet few among them would change their paths.

                                                  24. 320/365 by Alex Currie

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                                                    As far as selfies go, Alex Curie has to be the master of them right?

                                                    25. Red Anemone by Jacob Edmiston

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                                                      Jacob Edmiston’s photography portfolio includes some of the most detailed, exquisite of flowers that can be viewed by human eyes, there’s no wonder at all his inspired work was included in the Top 2014 lists.

                                                      Featured photo credit: Box Brownie | Little Visuals via littlevisuals.co

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                                                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                      • (1) Research
                                                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                      • (3) Creating the outline
                                                      • (4) Drafting the content
                                                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                      • (6) Revision
                                                      • (7) etc.

                                                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                      2. Change Your Environment

                                                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                      6. Get a Buddy

                                                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                      Reality check:

                                                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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