Theme: Up There

Subjects in the photo should be unsupported by the ground. Examples include airplanes, balloons, bubbles, water splashes, astrophotography, clouds, birds/insects/animals in flight, etc.

This theme was suggested by whackamadoodle3000.

Voting Rules

  • Vote up as many images as you like
  • Please, up votes only! Do NOT vote down your competitors! If you don't like an image, don't vote
  • Voting closes on April 12, 2021 at 12:01 AM UTC (00:01 UTC if you prefer a 24-hour time). The winner will be chosen based on votes at that time.

Submission Rules

  1. One photo submission per answer. Up to three (3) entries allowed.
  2. Post only photos taken by yourself or the person with you.
  3. All entries should include:
    • a title for the photo
    • a location and date, if known
    • camera, lens, and exposure settings, if known
    • any other explanatory notes, comments, etc., that you want to include (completely optional)
  4. The submitted image must conform to this site's content license, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) with attribution required.
  5. Do not use this as a forum for photo critique. Use chat instead, or ask a new question about your image.

Next Contest

Suggest a theme by writing a new answer at the Photo of the Week Theme Ideas thread. Please make sure to check the PotW theme ideas Archive first, to make sure you aren't recycling a theme.

The highest-voted theme will be the next theme.

Good luck!

  • 2
    Sure, those can count as long as it appear unsupported. Mar 29 at 15:31
  • 5
    Would it be an idea to occasionally randomise the order that these photos are displayed in? As it is the top voted pictures are always first and therefore more likely to get an up vote. Late comers rarely get a chance to obtain as many votes. Perhaps an ordered sequence of photos by vote number on even numbered days and randomise the order on odd numbered days? Just a thought!
    – MiguelH
    Apr 1 at 17:09
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    @MiguelH There’s no way to do that. This site runs on the Stack Exchange software that was designed for Q&A, not really designed for things like photo competitions. Considering that the Stack Exchange network went through a redesign a couple years ago in order to reduce differences between the different Stacks, and to normalize and unify the site customization process, I doubt Stack Exchange will modify their core functionality to accommodate Photo-SE’s mis-use of the Q&A model.
    – scottbb
    Apr 1 at 17:33
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    @MiguelH But what you’re describing is symptomatic of the reputation-based Q&A model in general. When a new question is asked, there’s a bit of a “land-rush”, where early answers tend to be more highly upvoted than later answers. That’s why I changed the recommendation for upcoming themes from being in the comments of the current competition, to being in their own long-running thread on Meta. That way, people can plan for an upcoming competition. It doesn’t help happenstance posters, but at least some can plan ahead.
    – scottbb
    Apr 1 at 17:41
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    @whackamadoodle3000 Secondly, I don't want to commit to that sort of maintenance on the photo contest, or set a precedent of that type of commitment for other mods to follow in my absence. Thirdly, I think "acceptance" of an answer is a genuine opinion. I can't square the concept of "randomly" accepting answers with my genuine opinion of being "most accepted", even for a short period. What about submissions I genuinely don't like, or don't think are good, or are possibly offensive? Am I obligated to accept the fate of the RNG and accept that answer, no matter what? That's a can of worms.
    – scottbb
    Apr 7 at 0:31

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In the clouds...

in the clouds...

location / date:

Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colorado 2011

camera / lens / exposure:

Nikon D700 / Nikkor 50mm 1.8D / f/2.8 1/1000s ISO 1600


For this shoot, I had two external speedlights / softboxes setup. They didn't fire for this frame and it ended up being one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy! :)


Busy busy bumble bee

Taken at Whipsnade Zoo, UK on 14th August 2020

  • Olympus PEN EPL-5
  • 40-150mm kit lens @150mm
  • f/6.3, 1/400, ISO 1250 (cloudy day)

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2017 Solar Eclipse

Taken at Rexburg, Idaho August 21, 2017

Camera: Canon 60D, Canon 55-250mm lens.

The image was created from a stack of shots rapidly taken during totality at different exposures, then tone-mapped into an HDR final image to allow all the various structures of the eclipse to be seen at the same time. To the bottom left you can see the planet Mercury. The Moon's face is slightly visible, illuminated by Earthshine.


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Barefoot on the beach

2014 | Port Aransas, TX | Nikon D4 | Nikkor 70-200 | 170mm | f2.8 | 1/8000


Free as a bird

Birds like this one were the only ones to freely enter and exit the pool area of the Alternative State Quarantine facility at the Pullman G hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

Taken in March 2021 using my SONY DSC-RX10M3 with settings ƒ/4 1/1000 62.39 mm ISO400.

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