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Visual Vortex (Tehran, Iran) on 14 December 2008 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.


"Whirling silently in space"

Just in case you are wondering what it is, I should say, this is a "collection" (!) of chocolate, gum, ... foil wraps I've collected through the years! I used a rather big wrap for the external layer.
I chose this soft version over the rather sharper one.

Canon EOS 450D 1/50 second F/5.0 ISO 500 45 mm

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Stinkbug Photography from Cochise County, United States

This is absolutely wonderful. Light, movement, color. Very interesting.

14 Dec 2008 6:32pm

@Stinkbug Photography: Thanks! Glad you liked it!

k@ from Paris, France

!!! You should have seen my eyes when your marvelous pic slowly appeared over my laptop screen ! ROUND, yes, my eyes and heart too : love that magic out of it (and all the chocolates swallowed, yum ! :) Thanks for your visit and for THIS, Shirin**

14 Dec 2008 8:07pm

@k@: Thank you so much! :)
My head was spinning taking this photo! I got this after a thousand shots! :D
And I do love chocolates!

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très bel effet de mouvement, bravo, j'aime beaucoup!

14 Dec 2008 8:51pm

@mo.langel: Glad you liked it! Thank you :)

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Cool! Very intersting image! I like the composition and the selective colours.

14 Dec 2008 8:55pm

@Giovanni: Thanks Giovanni!

Pixim from Nice, France

Whouaaah, splendid. As our beautiful ground which turns indefinitely in our universe, your ball holds an impressive kinetic force. Beautiful prowess of your share to have taken sufficient retreat to show us this size of nature Bravo ;)

14 Dec 2008 8:57pm

@Pixim: I used a lot of force to spin this ball!! If earth was spinning this fast, we would all be scattered around and couldn't stand on our feet!
Thanks for your comment :)

Veronelle from Lens, France

spendid effet moving

14 Dec 2008 10:13pm

@Veronelle: Glad you like it!

PeterFH from Gothenburg, Sweden

Intriguing and captivating image, beautiful light and color. Well done.

14 Dec 2008 10:28pm

@PeterFH: Thanks Peter :)
It took a hell lot of time as I did all by myself! I had to spin the ball first and then quickly take a photograph!
P.S: with a hand held camera!

Barry from Kingwood, United States

Absolutely stunning! Almost 3-D!

14 Dec 2008 10:43pm

@Barry: Thank you Barry! Glad you liked it :)

Lasiate from Philippines

bel effet mis en valeur par le traitement

14 Dec 2008 10:53pm

@Lasiate: Glad you liked it :)

Chris Chisu from Seattle, United States

Sush a stunning picture with such a simple object.

14 Dec 2008 11:10pm

@Chris Chisu: Simple things can make super huge differences...
Thanks Chris :)

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

This is delightful. I love the rich colors (not just the gold) and the harmonies.

14 Dec 2008 11:32pm

@GJC: Thank you so much :)

Marcah from Quincy, United States

Wonderful eye popping abstract. Thanks for your visit and wonderful poem.

14 Dec 2008 11:54pm

@Marcah: You're most welcome!
Thank you for your comment :)

photos by gwk from La Tuque, QC, Canada

great idea for a subject! well done.

15 Dec 2008 12:05am

@photos by gwk: Thanks!

gbe from kansas city, United States

wow! very cool photo!

15 Dec 2008 3:15am

@gbe: Glad you liked it :)

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice effect. A new planet :)

15 Dec 2008 4:59am

@akarui: Would be a new golden planet! Unlike ours!
Thanks for your comment :)

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

A truely magical image!!! Brilliant:-)

15 Dec 2008 5:14am

@Linerberry: Thank you so much! :)

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Awesome shot, love the motion effect.

15 Dec 2008 6:04am

@Zing: My head was spinning too to get this effect on the real spinning ball!
Thanks :)

Siam from Chaingrai, Thailand

The sun turns am even he, or a ball of games of Tenpin bowling

15 Dec 2008 6:48am

@Siam: The sun is a better choice! Though a golden bowling ball would be great too!
Moving sun! That's a bridge to the past!
Thanks Siam :)

Rags from Plano, United States

Superb image. I love the look of motion that the ball has.

15 Dec 2008 8:13am

@Rags: Thanks! Glad you liked it! :)

Ada Panich from S.Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

Great composition, very creative!

15 Dec 2008 9:34am

@Ada Panich: Thanks :)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

How SUPERB! I love it Shirin, I'd be so proud to have taken this :)

15 Dec 2008 10:21am

@Lorraine: Thank you sooooo much! It's so nice of you to say :)

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

It is magic and very beautiful. My imagination flies away ...

15 Dec 2008 10:50am

@Marie-Hélène Ammor: Thank you. Imagination can take us far, far away! :)

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Fabulously original. Excellent work.

15 Dec 2008 11:13am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks a million Michael. I really appreciate your comment :)

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Wonderful movement/energy/space

15 Dec 2008 11:20am

@grouser: This is a growing force kept in place.
Thank you so much :)

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Superbe, cadrage extra
Superb, extra framing

15 Dec 2008 12:48pm

@Sof: Thanks Sof :)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wonderfully have added something superb to our solar system. Very cool!

15 Dec 2008 1:06pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks Sharon!
I'm not powerful enough, but if I could, I surely would! Another planet!

Alaukika from Pune, India

To me it looks like a golden ball put into eternal motion. But an excellent shot.

15 Dec 2008 1:40pm

@Alaukika: That's a wonderful interpretation. That would be the "Eternal Rise Of The Sun"!
Thank you so much :)

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Extremely well done, Shirin. Question is - where did you find a clear space large enough to do this lol? :)

15 Dec 2008 2:16pm

@dobbino: Thanks a million :)
Now the answer!
Please go back to Where I Live.
Buried under the mess is actually a desk!! I put that all away, and then started spinning our little new golden planet on the desk!
The white color in the background is the bottom of my monitor! And the glass on the desk reflected the image of the planet! The pattern of the wooden desk is also visible through the reflection and the glass.
And this is it! The rise of planet from the ruins!! :D
Now it's another shot that I must add to those I've taken in the house!

John from Eureka, United States

Very dramatic. Great concept.

15 Dec 2008 3:29pm

@John: Thank you so much John!

Barmak from Karaj, Iran

It is SHIRINUS. (The 10th planet of our solar system)
It is 4 HALEHOOLEH years old.
Creative image.

15 Dec 2008 4:50pm

@Barmak: Thanks a million!
Chand salesh ro yadam nist vali. Hala masalan hamun 4 sal!

Paul K from Bretagne, France

Very nice photo. I enjoy the movment, the reflection with beautifull colours. Well done.

15 Dec 2008 5:05pm

@Paul K: Thanks Paul :)

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

The reflection below betrayed that this wasn't celestrial. Nevertheless, it is spellbinding. What a treat. (or actually, lots and lots of treats!

15 Dec 2008 10:02pm

@Stephen Phillips: So let's say this reflection is just cosmic dust! ;D
Thanks a million Stephen for your comment :)

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

Love the spin on this golden globe, a very nice idea and perfectly captured.

15 Dec 2008 10:44pm

@Richard_Irwin: Thanks for the golden globe cpncept! I really appreciate your comment :)

Polydactyle from Montréal, Canada

Beautiful capture. Color and light are excellent. A great mouvement shot!

16 Dec 2008 2:23am

@Polydactyle: Thanks! :)

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

wow -- this is truly wonderful!! a truly fantastic visual!! bravo on the idea and the execution!!

16 Dec 2008 2:35am

@dj.tigersprout: Thank you so much dj! And again welcome back :)

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

This is an extraordinary image !!
I have no idea how you did it, wheather it is a photograph or a digital manipulation, but I guess, it's the mistery that keeps the viewer looking and looking....

here's my 5 star click !!!


16 Dec 2008 3:29am

@Roman: Thank you so much Roman! Glad you liked it :)
I explained the way I got this shot for dobbino. You can scroll up for reference :)
I used selective color, color correction, and just blurred it a little bit. Not much of extraordinary photoshop processing.
But taking the shot itself took a lot of patience for sure! :D
Thanks a million for your great comment :)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Splendid image, you always put the suggestion of a poem in your photos.

16 Dec 2008 5:33am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks a million both for you comment and for bookmarking Visual Vortex (aka V.V)!
It means a lot to me :)

always from Santa Clara, United States

WOW such an eye-catching effect of your little, golden planet :) I love the soft processing, the reflection and the color however, the way you capture the movement is really fantastic!

16 Dec 2008 8:32am

@always: Thank you sooo much! I really love the softer version of this shot! Glad you liked it too :)
Sometimes I spend a lot of time and energy on taking a shot, when I'm in the mood!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Oh wow! That is so very cool! What a great shot.

16 Dec 2008 12:22pm

@Laurie: Thanks a million Laurie :)

Audrey from Paris, France

Very original!

16 Dec 2008 3:29pm

@Audrey: Thanks for stopping by Audrey :) Glad you liked this photo :)

Elisa from Massachusetts, United States

great shot!!

17 Dec 2008 3:02am

@Elisa: Thank you so much! :)
And I really love the quote on your "about" page! It's so true!

Anita from Quito, Ecuador

Surprising and a very interesting image! Well done!

17 Dec 2008 3:11am

@Anita: Thanks Anita! Glad you liked it :)

Alphons from Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Wonderful picture. Like an astronomical photo.

17 Dec 2008 3:35pm

@Alphons: Thanks Aphons!

isidro from Spain


17 Dec 2008 6:17pm

@isidro: Thank you isidro :)

Sean from Champaign, United States

Stunning swirling details; well composed and I like the golden tones.

18 Dec 2008 4:54am

@Sean: Thank you so much Sean! Thanks for stopping by:)

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

really like that - the birth of a sun!

18 Dec 2008 11:05am

@djedfre: Thank you so much!
The same old sun would shine in the morning!

Vink from Grasse - French riviera, France

Just wonderful ! The perfection !

18 Dec 2008 12:45pm

@Vink: Well, nothing will ever be perfect; and this is the struggle of a lifetime! ;D
Thanks a million :)

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Creativity at its best . . and the skills to present it perfectly. Top rate !

18 Dec 2008 3:11pm

@Ronnie 2¢: I'm speechless! I really appreciate this comment :) It's so kind of you to say :)

danthro from Suburbia, United States

wow, cool!

19 Dec 2008 2:05am

@danthro: Glad you liked it! :)



19 Dec 2008 10:01am


rokhsana from tehran, Iran

kheili ali.khotute talaee be zibaee hese charkhesh ro elgha mikonand va range zamine guye talaee ro barjeste neshun mide!

19 Dec 2008 10:47am

@rokhsana: Mamnun!

Müge from Istanbul, Turkey

WOW! Dear Shirin, this is a GREAT SHOT! Really EXCELLENT!

20 Dec 2008 7:44am

@Müge: Thanks a million Müge!

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

A great picture !!! Did you went in space to shot a new planet ?

21 Dec 2008 8:29am

@Lydie et Roland: Thank you so much!
It's a short trip to the land of imagination! Glad we are all together!

Denise from Perry, United States

Wow, what a great shot!

22 Dec 2008 1:50am

@Denise: Thanks Denise!

San G. from Encino, California, United States

I'm so impressed and awed. This is so minimal and complex at the same time. It holds the attention. It invites return. Wonderful!

25 Dec 2008 6:53am

@San G.: I'm so glad you liked it! It's one of my favorite shots! Actually, to be honest, I LOVE it!
Thank you so much Sandy :)

-1q5yChØt!c- from karaj, Iran

nice shot:)

2 Jan 2009 9:54pm

@-1q5yChØt!c-: Thanks!

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

oh my.... this is such a fantastic image!!!!! super-duper!!! i love it!

14 Jan 2009 9:54pm

@Kathryn: Thanks Kathryn! This is absolutely one of my all times favorites! Glad you liked it too :)

Ghezelayagh from kerman, Iran

shaaahkare in ax, man modatha behesh khire shodam, Ide va ejra binazire

19 Jan 2009 12:06pm

@Ghezelayagh: Mamnun! Khodam ax ro kheili dust daram. Khoshhalam ke be nazare shoma ham jaleb umade!

Silverado Photography from Clearlake, United States


21 Jan 2009 12:13pm

@Silverado Photography: Thanks! :)

Sussi from Landskrona, Sweden

Exciting image and above sea-filled!
Like how effectively you composed image!
Great work!

22 Jan 2009 10:00am

@Sussi: Thank you so much! Much appreciated :)

Addey Kehinde from London, United Kingdom

Cool image...very cool.

22 Jan 2009 1:59pm

@Addey Kehinde: Thanks a million Addey! :)
And sorry about the "whether" mistake! :D

Franka from Amsterdam, Netherlands


24 Jan 2009 12:34pm

@Franka: Thanks a million!

Kaveh Saffari from Tabriz, Iran

it's really a perfect abstract work... I assume it's turning huh...? opposite and contrasting color of this Gold-Round thing with the background is a smart choice... and very nicely done... a good sample of selective color I think... :) overall... I like it and enjoyed it very much... well done... :)

21 Feb 2009 4:41pm

@Kaveh Saffari: thank you so much for stopping by. really means a lot :)
It might be turning, as my head was spinning so fast after a thousand attempts on capturing this!

Canon EOS 450D
1/50 second
ISO 500
45 mm