The Smithsonian has selected 50 finalists for their Photo Contest 2012, and the images are now open for public voting. The one that most caught my eye is Nebraska-based shooter Tim Wright's flick, above, of a what was once a big-ass silo in Iowa. While the image has been HDR'd, Wright points out that that's where the photo manipulation ends: "This is NOT something created in Photoshop," he writes. "It is a display of the awesome power of a tornado."
Colorado-based photographer Colleen Pinski captured this insane shot:
While she claims that's a shot of last year's solar eclipse captured in New Mexico, it seems more likely that this boy has somehow discovered how to open a portal to another dimension.
Another shot that seems to involve Black Magic is Dave Morrow's shot of the Milky Way Galaxy "erupting" from Mount Rainier:
None of the photos shown here are done justice by the small size; be sure to click over to the Smithsonian to see 'em large, check out the rest, and/or vote for your faves.
Shutterbugs among you with good chops, the 2013 Contest is now open for entries.