It’s not too often that we come across photos that look like paintings. Throughout the five-plus years we’ve been around, we’ve seen these unbelievable photos pop up here and there and today, we decided to give them all one home. Here, then, are ten fascinating photos that look unbelievably like an oil, acrylic or watercolor painting. Enjoy!
Photographer Oscar Ruiz is behind the shot, above, of a housing development in Mexico. Back in May, it was picked as the photo of the day by National Geographic.A few years ago when I was working as a helicopter pilot for a local radio station, we were required to fly around all of Mexico City chasing news and traffic. I remember flying up to the highway that connects Mexico City with the neighboring state of Puebla, and on my way back this housing complex that seemed to go on forever caught my attention. I decided to circle around to observe from up close what I later found out was the recently built San Buenaventura complex, which is located in Ixtapaluca, on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City.
The exceptional afternoon sun reflecting those thousands of recently painted small homes just looked so beautiful, and the lower I flew the better the angle, so I just got out my camera, opened the sliding window on my Bell helicopter, and snapped a couple of shots.
Photographer Michael Brandt.This striking image was taken at a place called Steptoe Butte – amazing geographical attractions in the heart of Paluzy. It is a large hill which offers panoramic views of the unique hilly terrain that makes photos endless compositions and constantly changing scenery in different seasons. From late April to early September photographers from all over the world come here to enjoy the uniqueness of the region.
Iceland – A wonderful country. I would even say that it is a paradise for all fans to take pictures. But for me the real revelation was the aerial view of the rivers that flowed over the black volcanic sand. This incredible combination of colors, lines and patterns. The photo shows the mouth of the river, which flows into the ocean. Just upstream of the river empties into the creek yellow, but yellow threads can not compete with the main color. On the black sand clearly visible traces of the car, so that they can be judged on the size. It’s just a river, just a volcano, just our planet.
04. James and Kelly Stone made this amazing shot of dunes covered with trees in Lassen National Park.
James and Kelly Stone took this gorgeous shot of dunes dotted with trees at Lassen Volcanic National Park.Painted Dunes can be seen atop Cinder Cone at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California. The colors are a result of volcanic activity. The beauty is breathtaking. The vision, as you can see, is like an oil painting. God’s tapestry on Earth.
Do not you think that this man rowing on the river, where someone spilled paint? But this is a real photo of highly contaminated lake in Anhui Province, Taiwan. Green substance on the surface – it’s seaweed. Photographer Tszianan Yu took this picture of Chaohu Lake – one of the eight lakes and rivers in China that the government plans to cure.
Photographer Chaluntorn Preeyasombat calls this photo Clearing Storm.”Huangshan Mountain, Anhui, China. Taken from the Beginning-to-Believe Peak after morning snowfall. The lingering fog made the scene look like Chinese painting.”
California photographer David Orias took some pictures of waves, similar to oil painting. Orias uses a long exposure and telephoto lenses that were produced here are amazing pictures.”In Southern California there is a fire season, and sometimes there are unusual conditions to shoot with a strange orange light in the morning, when the sunlight is filtered and diffused. This creates an unusual and for some viewers unrealistic color. I work with primary colors to create a work of art.”
08. Graphic designer Denis Collette took a series of photographs entitled “My watercolor box.”
Graphic designer Denis Collette has a series called "My Waterbox," a collection of images that show reflections in a river and lake near his countryside cottage. He said, “I like the creativity of the water and like to be surprised. I have taken thousands of photos of reflections and they are all unique. The reflections are generally of trees, wild flowers, weeds, wild vegetation, the sky and the clouds. But the photo changes depending on the wind, the light, the stream, the level of the river and sometimes the depth of the river. It always fascinates me. The water ripples make them look like oil paintings by Van Gogh, Turner, Riopelle or Monet.”
Photographer Barbara Cole. This self-taught photographer, not only defies reality, it does so by shooting Polaroid! “I fell in love with Polaroid in 1987. I experimented with a camera and light, and I like the mood that create these colors. But in the end, it became too difficult to work within this simple camera, and I left her. But then someone helped me adapt my camera to work in the studio.”
10. This photo was taken in Namibia. Orange Hill, painted the morning sun, and gnawed camels acacia trees.
Photographer Frans Lanting.”The picture was taken at dawn when the warm light of the morning sun lit up the huge sand dune dotted with white grass, and white clay bottom land still remained in the shadows. It appears blue because it reflects the color of the sky above … perfect moment came when the sun reached the bottom of a sand dune. I used a telephoto lens to keep looking.Via