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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Lone Rose by Levent Aktas
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Lone Rose

April 8th, 2010

Taken in Norman, Oklahoma with a Canon XSI using the kit lens. The low color saturation reflects loneliness.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Moshi
about 4 years ago
Damn! This is just amazing! Thanks for it.
Posted By: Farscape
about 4 years ago
Oh dear , well its art I suppose ...
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: cebukitty
about 4 years ago
wow...its simple yet beautiful! amazing detail too! what settings did you use to take the pic? :)
Posted By: Cavush
about 4 years ago
I like how the water ripple around the flower.
Great work :)
about 4 years ago
Oh WOW! My wife really going to love this a lot! I think this is amazing as well. Great work.
Posted By: Arthurius
about 4 years ago
Now this one... is good. Actually has an idea and a bit of invention unlike many here :)
Posted By: stubulman
about 4 years ago
A big shout-out to the people of Norman, Oklahoma! I had no idea where it was until I Googled it. LOL.

Don't hate me for being reckless: I hit the auto-contrast command in PS and the rose popped. I'm certainly a big fan of subtlety but this is such a beautiful image. I couldn't resist.
Posted By: LTD602
about 4 years ago
This is lovely. Very clear and crisp, in a stylish setting.
Posted By: Travis McGough
about 4 years ago
You did a wonderful job with this photo, and I like how you decide to make it less saturated -- that makes it stand out more out more to me. Great composition and detail.

Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Clyde
about 4 years ago
Yeah, this is very, very nice. Thanks :)
Posted By: Andre3k
about 4 years ago
this is good
Posted By: FotoFelix
about 4 years ago
Awesome shot!
Very nice composition. I love how the soft water forms around the roses razor-sharp edges.
Very well done!

Thanks a bunch for sharing.
Posted By: Levent Aktas
about 4 years ago
Thank you all for your kind comments. This is certainly encouraging especially for a newbie like myself. Thanks!
Posted By: seanms
about 4 years ago
sometimes it's the simple things in life that make it worth living.

this is one of those simple things.

i love the color and composition.

very well done, indeed.
Posted By: peter
about 4 years ago
really a beautiful wallpaper that also looks great in black and white thanks
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 4 years ago
From a photography standpoint, this is magnificent. As others have mentioned, the way in which the water "reacts" to the petals is outstanding. Nice job.

The humility of this particular flower is quite striking. One could venture as far as to bring up the feminine aspects of flowers, and this one appears to be reacting to its environment. What a wonderful showing of life, and more important, of humility, charm, and the life experience.

Spectacular!
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: DNAGS
about 4 years ago
unbelievable clarity in this shot. its fantastic, please keep 'em coming!
Posted By: Haak
about 4 years ago
WOW
Posted By: Fiton Gjonbalaj
about 4 years ago
i just cant get over the fact that you got an image this sharp with a kit lens... i use the same camera but i love macro lenses. This is simply amazing and the fact that you got it with a kit lens :) that makes it DOUBLE amazing. Keep up the good work
Posted By: marcotto
about 4 years ago
wicked!
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 4 years ago
I have to agree with the rest. Usually florals are bursting with color. The choice to go subtle here was a good one. The lighting conditions look to be optimal for this kind of mood shot - it appears it was an overcast day. I do wonder, though, where the body of water is. Norman is a pretty arid place most of the time (accept for the blizzards this past winter). As for knowing where Norman is - just ask any U.S. college football fan. ;-)

In particular, the focus and depth of field are perfect in this photo. Not that the Rebel is an inferior camera - it's not. But this just goes to show it's not the equipment that's most important, it's the person using the equipment that makes the difference.
Posted By: NateFox
about 4 years ago
i believe i voted for this. great shot. what i like the most is how the rose is basically dead center and the water ripples along the edge. i have a question though. what did you do in modifying the water? did you make it grayscale or something else?
Posted By: trout
about 4 years ago
Are you kidding me? Wow.
Posted By: Calmly Traveling
about 4 years ago
Emos would love this, but it is a very crisp shot.
Posted By: Levent Aktas
about 4 years ago
Thank you all again.

WhiteDog: The rose is in a pond at OU Campus. It was actually a very sunny day (as most days in Norman) but the rose was shadowd by a huge tree.

NateFox: I did not treat the water different than the rose. I guess the shadow helped a lot to diffuse the light. I thought first to have the water gray scale but lowering the saturation on the whole image worked much better, especially fo the ripples on the water.
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 4 years ago
You know, WhiteDog, I didn't even think about that. Go Buckeyes! :)
Posted By: NateFox
about 4 years ago
well it looks beautiful! very good work.
Posted By: ukk
about 4 years ago
Tickless my sensess just perfect for my taste. sharp, focused and has simple single target in the middle of the frame. :) perfect wallpaper.
Posted By: quotidian
about 4 years ago
this is so gorgeous; looks beautiful on my imac 24". a perfect desktop. thank you!
Posted By: shalom24
about 4 years ago
Wow, great photo! ..I think you're inspiring me to buy my own camera! And to think you used a kit lens..
Excellent, though! Thanks for sharing!
Posted By: Vallynn
about 4 years ago
I don't think I've ever seen a more perfect photo. The rose certainly played it's part - look at those petals in the center. It actually seems to strike a bashful pose. There are no unwanted reflections in the water to distract the eye from the subject, and yet the water itself is an equal contributor to the perfection of the shot. Amazing work. Are you sure you're a newbie?
Posted By: K
about 4 years ago
My favourite so far. Many thanks for sharing. This picture is gorgeous!
Posted By: TheBlindBandit
about 4 years ago
Looks gorgeous on my new iPad ;)
Posted By: Frostmint
about 4 years ago
Absolutely EXQUISITE! 11/10!
Posted By: AuLait
about 4 years ago
One of my most favorite shots ever. Love the color, subtlety, and simplicity. I've tried to change my background to other pictures, but keep coming back to this calming shot.
Posted By: jeffrieskye
about 3 years, 11 months ago
That is a gorgeous pic! The dark water is smooth and frozen without any distracting reflections. I can understand the color being subdued to emote that sense of loniliness. Good job. I can only imagine what you had to do get that shot set up. Otherwise, I wouldn't mind seeing a photoshop retouching this photo to be a rose-red and then to see the reactions/comments you would get just by a simple change in color of the subject. Again, great pic.

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