By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

These Paintings Are Amazingly Detailed, But There Is Something Very Wrong With Them.

At first glance, these look like the most gorgeous paintings of crashing waves that you'll ever see. The level of detail in the work is incredible, making the images almost seem too intricate to be the product of a paintbrush.

Well, that's because they are. These images, created by artist Pierre Carreau, are not paintings: They're photographs.

So how did Carreau achieve this amazing effect? Fascinated by the ocean's waves since he was a child, water always captivated Carreau's imagination. As an adult, Carreau moved to the Caribbean island of St. Barth's so that he could draw inspiration closer to the source.

Using an high-speed camera, Carreau captures the image of the wave just as it is about to crash. Though the photos seem to reflect the presence of huge swells, the technique that Carreau uses actually works best when photographing the more diminutive waves. He also employs the sunlight as a resource, only attempting photographs at specific times of day when the light best compliments the water.

What Carreau produced with his efforts is nothing short of amazing. Check out his incredibly engaging work below!

For more information about Carreau and his work, visit the artist's website.