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On this page we share your beautiful animal photos. It can be your dog, your cat, an animal in the zoo, an animal in the wild, etc.

  • We don’t share birds here. Please choose #hqspbirds | +HQSP Birds for bird photos.




On this page we share your best architecturale photos of buildings and interiors. Architecture is about design and the construction of buildings and other physical structures.

  • We don’t share photos who’s main subjects are streets and people here. Please choose #hqspurbanstreetphotos | +HQSP Urban & Street Photos for these photos.




On this page we share your best birds photos. A bird has to be the main subject in the photo. Otherwise you might want to choose a different theme page.





On this page we share your best flower photos. A flower has to be the main subject in the photo.

  • We don’t share flowerfields here either, you might want to share those with #hqsplandscape | +HQSP Landscape
  • We don’t share photos that show a close-up/macro of only a part of the flower, you might want to share those with #hqspmacro | +HQSP Macro




On this page we share HDRphotos

What is HDR: The HDR stands for “high dynamic range” – the range between the lightest and darkest areas of the image – and the idea is that they look more similar to what your eyeball sees than regular photographs.

HDR images are achieved by blending several photos with different exposures – usually at least over-exposed and one under-exposed – to make for a more dynamic scene.

HDR photos can be anything from stunningly accurate reproductions of what your eyes see to mind-blowingly surreal works of art that transform reality into a high-def dreamscape.




What is a landscape? Wikipedia says: A landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land, including the physical elements of landforms such as (ice-capped) mountains, hills, water bodies such as rivers, lakes, ponds and the sea, living elements of land cover including indigenous vegetation, human elements including different forms of land use, buildings and structures, and transitory elements such as lighting and weather conditions.

What it comes down to is: We share landscapes, seascapes, sun sets and cityscapes. The photo must show an overview of the environment.

  • Photos that only show one or more buildings with a special design or form, might better be shared on +HQSP Architecture.
  • Photos that show for example one tree as the main subject, might better be shared on +HQSP Natural Other
  • Photos that show a cityscape with people, that are taken closer up might better be shared on +HQSP Urban & Street Photos




We share your macro photos.

Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.

If you want to share a photo of an flower and the flower is completely visible, please share with #hqspflowers | +HQSP Flowers




On this page we share your monochrome photos.

Monochrome describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or shades of one color. A monochromatic object or image has colors in shades of limited colors or hues. Images using only shades of grey (with or without black and/or white) are called grayscale or black-and-white. (Wikipedia)




What is night photography? It refers to photographs taken outdoors between dusk and dawn. Night photographers generally have a choice between using artificial light and using a long exposure, exposing the scene for seconds, minutes, and even hours. And we share the photos you made on this page.





Photo Art:
What is art and what is not is difficult to define. To us it is art when it has something special; something unique. That can be all kinds of things in the vision of the artist. Specifically we share manipulated photographs. Use your imagination! Add subject matter, remove it, reshape it so that it has new meaning or evokes a different emotional response. In all cases the result should be your own work. If you use photographs or parts of photos from other artists then please ask for permission and credit the original photographer. Giving credit to the source is essential.

As with other HQSP themes please avoid religious iconography, profanity, or subject matter than can be considered hurtful.

It would be nice if you would explain what you did with the photo in your post, how you processed it. It would be great if we can learn from each other.




On this page we share portraits, photos of persons in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.

  • If your photo is the portrait of an animal, please share with #hqspanimals | +HQSP Animals
  • If your photo is a photo taken in a street and the street is a larg part of the photo, please share these with #hqspurbanstreetphotos | +HQSP Urban & Street Photos




Urban street photos:
There is not one definition for urban/street photography. Different photographers might give you different answers. We’re going to give it a try for HQSP.

A photo shared on HQSP Urban and Street Photos is taken in a street, a city, an urban environment. It should show people interacting with the environment/ with each other. It can even be about capturing the emotion and expressions of people. Ideally it should synthesize both the human element as well as the urban environment.

Besides people in the street we also share cars, bicycles and other vehicles in streets. There can be also other street objects, like statues, traffic signs etc.

  • Photos that only show one or more buildings with a special design or form, might better be shared on +HQSP Architecture.
  • Photos of people in the street where you only see their shoulders and face are better shared with +HQSP Portraits.
  • Photos that show a part af the city, a view from afar or from a high place, might better be shared on +HQSP Landscape.