1 of 27 Photo: Shot from a balcony overlooking Palm Beach, north of Oranjestad, in the late afternoon by René Timmermans
Greetings from Aruba
2 of 27 Photo: Shot with a Canon 5D Mark III a few miles from the photographer, Jerry Monkman's, home at the mouth of the Piscataqua River—his go-to spot for early morning coastal sunrise photos. A 15-second exposure created the blurred effect in the waves.
Greetings from New Castle, New Hampshire
3 of 27 Photo: Shot with a hand-held Nikon D800 and Nikkor wide-angle f/2.8 lens on a summer afternoon—an impromptu stop on the Pacific Coast Highway in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. By Brian S. Miner
Greetings from Big Sur, California
4 of 27 Photo: Shot on a tripod in late December with a Canon 5D Mark II to emphasize the long, low light. By Susan Cole Kelly
Greetings from Cape Neddick, Maine
5 of 27 Shot with a Nikon 35mm camera from a small boat at midday. Direct sunlight maximized the water's luminosity; a polarizer reduced glare to highlight the turquoise hue. By Frans Lanting
Greetings from Bora Bora, Tahiti
6 of 27 Shot on a dive near Viti Levu, Fiji, in late morning using a Canon EOS 5D Mk I camera body with a zoom lens at 17mm setting and two underwater strobe lights. By Stuart Westmorland
Greetings from Fiji
7 of 27 Shot with a Pentax 6×7 camera with a 90mm f2.8m lens at Moshup Beach by Julien Capmeil. The photographer created the temporary sculptures after seeing similar stone towers and other nature art around the island.
Greetings from Martha's Vineyard
8 of 27 Shot with a Nikon D90 camera in a waterproof underwater case during a scuba diving trip by Julian Tempelsman. It took about 15 minutes to follow this particular turtle toward the surface for the perfect amount of sunlight.
Greetings from Cairns, Australia
9 of 27 Shot on a tripod shortly after dawn in August with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II by Denis Tangney, Jr., taking advantage of the soft early-morning light. GETTY IMAGES
Greetings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire
10 of 27 The working 13th Street lifeguard station was shot with a Nikon D7000, no filter, on a tripod just after sunset, when the beach gets quiet but there's still enough natural light for a beautiful photograph. Photographer: Gregory Olsen GETTY IMAGES
Greetings from Miami Beach, Florida
11 of 27 Photo: Taken on an early afternoon at Lagoa do Peixe using a Phillips 8×10 large-format camera. A 360mm lens allowed for a wide-angle shot while still capturing the detail of the visitors and vibrance of the water. MASSIMO VITALI FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
Greetings from Maranhão, Brazil
12 of 27 Photo: Shot with a Pentax 67 II camera cliffside at the Perivolas resort in Oia, where photographer Jessica Sample honeymooned. She says the medium-format 120 Kodak Portra film was key to achieving color saturation and contrast at sunset.
Greetings from Santorini, Greece
13 of 27 Shot by Wayne Barrett with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III using a Canon EF 70-200mm zoom lens during a late afternoon side trip on a clay road off Nova Scotia's scenic Cabot Trail.
Greetings from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
17 of 27 Photo: Shot by Malcolm MacGregor with a Canon EOS Rebel XSi midmorning from the top of the Currituck Lighthouse.
Greetings from … Corolla
18 of 27 Photo: Onne van der Wal | Taken on Velvia film with a Canon EOS 1 and EF 24-70mm f/2.8L zoom lens.
Greetings From … Key West, Florida
19 of 27 Shot by Karen Hutton with a Canon 5DII, EF8-15 f/4L fisheye lens on a tripod placed in the water, where shifting sands below the photographer's feet—and the tripod's legs—made a long exposure challenging to keep in focus. A lower f-stop was the solution.
Greetings from the Santa Monica Pier