Inner beauty

By ColleenA
A King Protea (King Cynaroides) from our garden today...I waited until the sun touched the petals.... The protea is our National flower as well as being the name and emblem of our National Cricket team. This bush has about 100 proteas flowering at present and is a sight to behold. They grow wild in the Western Cape and their are many as 81 family garden varieties. Proteas are from an ancient plant system, and do not have petals but sepals.They are fine example of the african fynbos... They are bird pollenated. I have also uploaded a few images of the other proteas on the bush.

Tags: Flowers and plants Protea South African flowers

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gwynn56 6 87 England
3 Apr 2013 5:50AM
beautiful capture , well done Smile

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
3 Apr 2013 6:00AM
A stunning flower, Colleen, and one which I have never been lucky enough to see. A fine selection of images, well captured and presented. Carol
S_Psharma 5 1 India
3 Apr 2013 6:20AM
Beautiful picture v6 is the best.
3 Apr 2013 6:22AM
A stunning set of unusual flower. V4 is the winner to day
3 Apr 2013 6:27AM
Beautiful capture of this Protea..... I love v1 and v4...the light shinning through the petals is great!
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
3 Apr 2013 6:28AM
lovely set, v1 for me, i like the contrast with the sunlight on parts of the flower.
johnke 5 223 15
3 Apr 2013 6:35AM
A very beautiful Protea Colleen A stunnig color and I see you have used your selective focus to show the drops. V3 and V5 are my choice
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 7:30AM
3 Apr 2013 7:33AM
Great collection i likee them Smile
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
3 Apr 2013 7:45AM
These are excellent photos Colleen !! I still have to get to them with my camera Smile A lovely day here as well - a bit windy though! It is so difficult to choose a Miss Protea 2013 from these beauties - may V1 and V4 can share the title Smile
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 7:52AM
Beautifully shot each one Colleen,
and like comp and light on V3
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
3 Apr 2013 8:09AM
Beautifully captured Colleen V1 for me the light shining through the sepals is so nice

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
3 Apr 2013 8:31AM
A fine selection, Colleen, and the lighting makes v1 a good lead image.

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 9:08AM
Lovely set of images Colleen. Very unusual flower. Well captured. Smile

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 151 16 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 9:40AM
A great set of images, v1 for meSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 9:54AM
Fantastic set of images Colleen; V2 and 5 look as though there are big diamonds encased in the Sepals. Brilliant use of light and as always, so stylishly presented.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
3 Apr 2013 10:45AM
a lovely series, what a great flower.
maybe a bit more DOF might help here. you don't really need 100 iso, it doesn't help with macro. We usually try to get a smaller aperture to get more detail and DOF.Smile
No I'm not nagging, just trying to say how to improve a picture with fantastic light and composition..
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 11:04AM
Super series....
A stunning set of images.

Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 12:21PM
Gorgeous set of images Colleen - the light is sublime
3 Apr 2013 3:40PM
Lovely presented set of images, nicely photographed.
3 Apr 2013 5:32PM
Great collection. V3 and V4 are my fav. The light and detail are superb.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
3 Apr 2013 6:59PM
Perfect light so lovely compositions

3 Apr 2013 7:28PM
Wonderful images Colleen, you have captured both the inner and the outer beauty perfectly
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
3 Apr 2013 7:47PM
A lovely looking flower and a nice set of images. - gary
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2013 8:11PM
If you take beautiful and multiply it by six you end up with six beautiful images

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
3 Apr 2013 8:19PM
Waaw !!This is a gorgeous flower and you've managed some brilliant images.
It would be interesting to see the whole bush in flowerSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
3 Apr 2013 8:57PM
Just a follow up to annetteps comment.

Its 1/1000 shutter speed you dont need, - it can be slower, and this would allow a smaller aperture, like f/8 - f/11 for improved depth of field. This exif applies only to the first image, so I dont know if you used the same settings for all of them. Using ISO 200 would allow you to go to f/11 safely, and maintain a high enough shutter speed for the focal length, at least 1/500.

Another point is that when in M mode, using exposure compensation (-2/3) has NO effect at all, - you need to control this with shutter speed, aperture or ISO as the camera leaves it all up to you. If you used an aperture or shutter priority mode, the exposure compensation would allow the camera to change the settng you have no chosen to control. Worth keeping in mind.

heres a link with information on depth of field, and how it interacts with focal length, distance to sibject, etc, and it allows you to enter the shot detail for your camera and lens:

All nice shots, sharp and detailed.


xwang 8 56 8
3 Apr 2013 9:01PM
Wonderful set.. I like V1 most... the light is beautiful.
3 Apr 2013 9:06PM
Superb set of excellent captures of this magnificent flower !
3 Apr 2013 9:10PM
A gorgeous set lovely lighting in V1 and nice waterdrops..Lin
Una luz maravillosa.
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 10:30AM
A beautiful set of images,

madshutter 6 13 United States
4 Apr 2013 1:08PM
nice set!
Ayoob 6 Australia
5 Apr 2013 7:48AM
Great set of images ,like them all...........Grin
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
5 Apr 2013 11:59PM
You caught the light, colour and detail so well.

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