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Agaricus Rose Campestris

By alexiuss
...a rose that wanted to become a mushroom?
Highly experimental, fluid, high speed: 1/10'000th of a second photography.

Vitaly S Alexius

Studio assistant:

2 cameras, 2 speedlights, one water-proofed studio.
Image details
Image size
800x1108px 135.65 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/10 second
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 5, 2009, 11:00:39 AM
© 2009 - 2021 alexiuss
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Astroquicky's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
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This picture definitely attracts attention, as it has something intriguing going on. The mind wants to know what it is seeing.

The lighting adds mystery with its darkness yet colours the rose nicely. The level of detail in the water droplets both on the rose and in the air is extraordinary. Your technique seems to be flawless here. At least I can't find anything wrong with it.

My main problem with this picture is that the eye doesn't really know where it is supposed to focus. On the rose which is the only thing in colour and consists of concentric circles (the rose petals) that lead the eye to its center, or on the mushroom of water where the line through the rose and up the water seems to go to. Also, what is both intriguing and a little annoying is that it's really hard to figure out what exactly is happening with the water. It's not at all obvious how the flow of water has been created. On the one hand this lets the viewer think, on the other hand... it frustrates me that I can't figure out!

In essence, well done!
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Although I'm not entirely sure what's happening in this picture it is incredibly beautiful. The picture is very detailed and the colour is elegant and rich. The droplets of water look absolutely amazing. The mushroom water is interesting...ugly with the beautiful? That's a good contrast. I don't know if the main focus of the picture is supposed to be that the water is making a mushroom shape from a rose or if its just supposed to be a beautiful picture to look at and you see what you see, but either way at first i didnt see the mushroom in the picture so i was kind of confused and just thought it was a picture of the rose and some water bouncing off of it. Either way its still a beautiful picture.
aetherical's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
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I really love your high speed photos.

You capture a moment in time, and it is quite exquisite. In this one, I see both the morning dew and the release of the pollen and scent of the rose flying out into the air.

The contrast of the rose and the water against the black background really highlights and exposes the colours.

The way in which the water rises from the rose is almost as if it were blowing a kiss toward the holder. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I believe this is quite beautiful.
ales-kotnik's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
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I could call this piece of art just Perfect. I got used to see amazing artwork from you but you still amaze me with every new deviation and that is what real artists do.

Some people may not like the black background on your water experiments but we know that is the best choice to highlight the water so red rose in combination with black background looks just perfect.
Another thing that i really like on your water experimets is that you don't experiment just with water but you use models, flowers so image get more life and contrast plus water shapes actually represent something (life again) - they aren't some random shapes.

i would give you 6 stars for this one if i could.
Rockin-billy's avatar
wow beautiful,  How ???
Strider66's avatar
This is such an amazing image.
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amidarosa's avatar
how did your camera to capture 1/10000???
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Tramira's avatar
This deviation was suggested to the favourites of :iconyour-best-art: by one of our members and was accepted.
ObscuroArcanum's avatar
Wow.... I don't know what to say about this image. I'm blown away that this is a photograph
and not a manipulation! :wow:
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Motophan's avatar
WOW.. fanastic...
flop1221's avatar
Reminds me of a jellyfish :x
lasodudel's avatar
AT first I thought some kind of alien landed on the rose @.@ reminds me of star wars AT-AT
bloodmoonshadow's avatar
Looks like a Jelly Fish stopping to smell the flowers :)
chocokittymonster's avatar
That is so cool how you did that. I love it. It's beautiful.
bluegoldrose's avatar
somewhere between yesterday and today is a journal asking why we are here. This picture I'm pretty sure was the first one I saw in your gallery, and I've been a watcher ever since.
Sedeslav's avatar
Excellent! moment in time of absolute beauty....
Orea-Vertigen's avatar
Very powerfull et wonderfull work <3
ankit56's avatar
do you photoshop multiple images together? or was this taken as is?!!!
trmercier's avatar
If I had to guess, I'd say the rose petals are filled with water, and then without much delay the rose is pulled quickly downward through the frame, and a well timed shot is taken. A few ounces of water between the petals would be suspended as the rose is pulled down faster than gravity can pull the water, but the droplets on the leaves have enough surface tension to stick. Very nice shot regardless.
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