PHOTO OF THE DAY: BEST OF SEPTEMBER 2015

This month’s round-up is a nod to the elements that come together to make a photograph of a deceptively simple scene shine. —Alexa Keefe (Full story: http://on.natgeo.com/1GIru09)
  1. Kit Friendly
    Emerging from its den in southern Estonia, a fox kit appears to weigh the presence of Your Shot member Kalmer Lehepuu’s camera lens. The photographer had waited for the kits to grow big enough to start leaving the den, and it was on one beautiful evening, he writes, that the mother went to get food and left the kits on their own, letting Lehepuu sneak closer to observe them. (Photograph by Kalmer Lehepuu, National Geographic Your Shot)
  2. Not as It A-Piers
    “I love the double take viewers do when encountering this image for the first time. It usually takes a few seconds for them to really understand what they are seeing,” writes Your Shot member Stephane Couture. (Photograph by Stephane Couture, National Geographic Your Shot)
  3. A Standout
    A brightly hued Labord’s chameleon clings to a branch, standing in stark contrast to the surrounding dry brush. It’s a popular myth that chameleons take on the color of what they touch. Though some color changes do help them blend into their surroundings, the skin’s changing hue is in fact a physiological reaction that’s mostly for communication. (Photograph by Christian Ziegler, National Geographic)
  4. A Slight Trick of the Eye
    "Truly, nature is the best painter... The dune behind the tree looked very unreal, like clouds or something else, because of [the] special angle of the sunlight," writes Your Shot member Stas Bartnikas. (Photograph by Stas Bartnikas, National Geographic Your Shot)
  5. La Fornarina on Pavement
    A street artist re-creates Raphael’s “La Fornarina,” or “Portrait of a Young Woman,” in chalk on the sidewalks of Florence, a common canvas for serious and whimsical nods to the Italian masters. Margherita Luti, depicted in the portrait, was a baker’s daughter from Trastevere and mistress of the Renaissance painter. The original work is housed in Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica. (Photograph by Dmitry Butuzov, National Geographic Your Shot)
  6. Eyes on the Pride
    “Oh, how we were pleasantly surprised, as we came upon the Olkiombo pride of lions shortly after sunrise!...Then, for one fleeting moment, four of the larger lions looked directly at me, as if acknowledging my presence. I quickly took the shot and immediately knew I had something special,” writes Your Shot member Paul Lynch. (Photograph by Paul Lynch, National Geographic Your Shot)
  7. Red Arranging
    In order to compose this image of a woman arranging fish to dry in the coastal village of Sawah Luhur, Indonesia, Your Shot member Victor Djaja took a physical approach to capturing the shock of red from above—raising the camera as high above his head as possible. (Photograph by Victor Djaja, National Geographic Your Shot)
  8. Sun Exposure
    “I made sure my shutter was fast and that I had a good exposure [so as] not to wash out the beautiful white coat. [When] the bear turned its head toward the sun, I saw a catch light in the eye and pressed the shutter until my buffer was full,” writes Your Shot member Nina Stavlund. (Photograph by by Nina Stavlund, National Geographic Your Shot)