Photography, as an art form, can be quite elastic. It can be used to capture the 'decisive moment' or a once-in-a-lifetime split-second shot. Or, the form expands into more studied, careful, fine-art approaches. These photos fall into the second category. Their use of color and lines, artificial lighting and repetition give them a lot in common with paintings - so much so that they might just trick you at first glance. Take a look at a few below, and head over to My Modern Met for the rest of their ten favorite can't-believe-it's-not-a-painting photos.

 Photo by Frans Lanting. Camel thorn trees in Namibia.
 Photo by Denis Collette.
 Photo by Oscar Ruiz. Housing development in Mexico.
 Photo by Barbara Cole