This Week in Photos, Week of July 8-14, 2011
A Harry Potter "maize mase," Derek Jeter's 3,000 hit, space shuttles, hammerhead sharks and more.
twip_ss_110715_004_596x334NASA space shuttle Atlantis in Earth's orbit seen over the Bahamas just before docking for the last time with the International Space Station on July 10, 2011. This will be the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with the launch of Colombia. 960 1280
twip_ss_110715_005_596x334A young monk prays on the last day of a festival in Hemis Gompa, 28 miles southeast of Leh on July 11, 2011. The annual festival celebrates the birth anniversary of the founder of Lamaism (an off-shoot of Buddhism) and is marked by ritual dancing. 960 1280
twip_ss_110715_006_596x334A 15-foot-long frozen Great Hammerhead Shark at Melbourne Aquarium on July 12, 2011. The shark was caught in Australian waters as a by-catch by commercial fishermen and is housed in a specially designed refrigerated unit. The exhibit is used to raise awareness for shark conservation. 960 1280
twip_ss_110715_007_596x334Children cool off in the fountain in Washington Square Park on a hot summer day in New York on July 12, 2011. Temperatures in New York are expected to top 95 degrees Fahrenheit as an intense heat wave sweeps central and eastern parts of the country. 960 1280
twip_ss_110715_008_596x334A woman in a traditional costume stands in front of lanterns during the annual Mitama festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on July 13, 2011. About 3,000 paper lanterns are lit to comfort the souls of dead during the annual festival. 960 1280
photoweek_1213_ss_001U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class EO3 John Chen, 23, from Lakehurst, NJ, kisses his new bride, Victoria Chan, 25, from Manhattan, as they pose for photographers after they were married in a civil ceremony at New York City's Office of the City Clerk. Hundreds of couples packed the office in lower Manhattan to be married on the date 12/12/12 as this will be the last such triple date for almost a century until January 1, 2101. 960 1280
photoweek_1213_ss_009A mother and child look at a decorative bear at a country house estate in the village of Grabovnica near Cazma, central Croatia. The 7-acre estate owned by the Salaj family is lit with 1.3 million Christmas lights and turns into a winter wonderland every December, attracting thousands of visitors. 960 1280
photoweek_1206_ss_001Actors dressed as Joseph and the Three Wise Men stroll past the US Capitol Building after participating in a live nativity scene in front of the Supreme Court in DC. The Christian Defense Coalition created “The Nativity Project” event to demonstrate that such displays are protected by the First Amendment. 960 1280
photoweek_1206_ss_003Berlin Technical University students dress up as Santas and angels for a pre-Christmas gathering at the cafeteria of the Studentenwerk Nord student support service. The students completed a Santa workshop and will visit company parities and families during the holiday season as a way to earn extra money to help fund their studies. 960 1280
you-get-the-picture-ss-001In her web series, You Get the Picture, photographer Lizzy Sullivan traverses New York City while demonstrating how to take great travel photos. In Washington Square Park, Lizzy Snaps photographs street performer Wyndham Baird under the Washington Square Arch.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f/16, Shutter Speed: 1/125th s, ISO: 100 960 1280
you-get-the-picture-ss-003At NYC’s Izakaya Mew restaurant, Lizzy Snaps demonstrates how to photograph a delicious plated sushi dish.
Settings: Lens: 50mm, Aperture: 1.4, Shutter Speed 1/60th s, ISO: 400 960 1280