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Strelitzia Reginae

By maxrangel
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Close up of a strlitzia retinae
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Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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13 Jun 2014 3:17AM
The backlight works nicely here.

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 8:24AM
Could do with a bit more info. Quite a nice angle and a strong image. I may be wrong, but I seem to remember Bird of paradise blooms being rather yellower and with bright blue tones? May be a different variety of course.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 3:31PM
Well taken in difficult light. Peter has mentioned the back lighting, but this also has the effect of putting the underside of the flower into shade, which is why the colours are not quite as one would expect from a front-lit bloom. No matter.

Have you worked on the flower in isolation I wonder? There's a hint of a hard outline around the right hand petals which I don't think results from the back light. Alternatively it could arise from sharpening.

My main criticism would be that I'd like to see a bit more space top and bottom. The base looks a bit awkward, and at the top the petals are scraping against the edge of the frame.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4231 Canada
13 Jun 2014 9:00PM
Hi Max. Good luck to Portugal in the Coupe De Monde!

The colour is all wrong here. But the problems we cant help with too much because we need all of your EXIF data, or shot settings. I can only guess its not underexposed, and that you used auto white balance?

If you do know the settings, just add a comment with them, it will help us to help you.

In general, when shooting into the sky, you need to use exposure compensation of +1 to ensure the subject, - the flower, is exposed properly.

I have uploaded a mod where Ive tweaked the image according to my best guess, - how does it look to you?


pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 9:02PM
I like the way you have the Bird Of Paradise flower set against the sky, Maximiano, giving it a nice clean background.

Have you enhanced the colours at all? These flowers have three brilliant orange sepals and three purplish-blue petals, and I have been looking at pictures of them on the internet. Some were as bright as yours, others were not, but perhaps Moira has the answer, the backlighting being the culprit.

To get a bit more space around your flower, either step back a bit or use portrait format.

I know how difficult these bold, architectural flowers are to photograph, and you have done well to get most of it in sharp focus. Because bits poke out in all directions, it's hard to get the depth of field correct.

The site hasn't automatically picked up your Exif Data/camera settings, and therefore critique is hampered without them. It's also useful for others who are learning to see what camera settings you used.


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