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pink protea

By blondspice
San Francisco Botanical Garden last summer, August 2010

I love this flower "the protea" since my first safari to Africa, my first visit to the Cape of Good Hope a long time ago. Protea and Acacia are two plants that will always remind me of Africa.

I took this photo as an inspiration for impressionist painting. All comments welcome.


Tags: Photo journalism General Flower Flowers and plants Protea Botanical garden Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: IMAGESTAR, jeanmarie, Alvar and 11 more

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Alvar 14 23 2 France
25 Jan 2011 5:26PM
Lovely composition Krystal with the eye being drawn in by the Protea.
Frase 13 Scotland
25 Jan 2011 5:33PM
Great shot.
Superb lighting , the dark green background
compliments the brighter foreground.
bill33 Plus
10 52 1 Scotland
25 Jan 2011 5:39PM
Wonderful lighting and colours here, well done, Bill.
DitoInacio 10 1 Brazil
25 Jan 2011 7:08PM
Magnificent composition and colors. Beautifully captured.


25 Jan 2011 7:56PM
Easily your best effort, yet, Krystal. The eye has no trouble at all, wandering throughout the entire composition; the image -- as a whole -- is just as compelling as each of its constituent elements. Which means that the "balance" is virtually ideal. Lots of very finely detailed, and remarkably "fragile" structures stand up -- effortlessly -- against other elements of the image that ought to very easily have overwhelmed them, and consumed them. But the composition doesn't allow for it. The strongest of the various influences -- that I see here, at least -- is Matisse (with a very significant element of Gauguin present, also). Compellingly restrained, and "fluidly" understated "intensity" infuses the entire image. If you are easily able to access the "intensity," and separate it out, then what's the point? Very, very nicely done, Krystal. This is genuinely "beautiful," by the way. (Like I said before -- in my easily assumed, and casually opinionated manner -- your best effort yet.)

leman 10 5 United States
25 Jan 2011 8:43PM
I can't say it as well as Dylan, but remarkably good photo. Leman
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
25 Jan 2011 9:01PM
I havent got the vast vocabulary Dylan displays in his comments, nor do I like it at all as well as he; whats I do like is the nicely saturated colours; greens are very vibrant and sharp; apart from that the shot has no focal point, and that large flower top right has heavily blown highlights. So a very ordinary shot for me


25 Jan 2011 9:58PM
Willie: I do agree with this, "whats (sic) I do like is the nicely saturated colours; greens are very vibrant and sharp;"

On the other hand, by the way, you know -- as well as I do -- that in a composition with the dynamic range of this shot, that blown highlights are nearly impossible to "contain," (much less eliminate entirely). Can you do it? That's what I thought. The shot itself, is "the focal point," from my point of view. It's taken in its "entirety." For the sake of argument -- for example -- tell me just what is the "true" focal point -- in all cases -- of any of the various iterations of Van Gogh's interpretations of his several depictions of "Sunflowers?"

It's not the "vocabulary," that matters, by the way. The sentences do not "write themselves," any more than "photographs" take themselves. Regards

andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2011 12:38AM
love the comp krystal wonderful colours and detail a cracking capture nice one Wink
26 Jan 2011 1:10AM
I must agree with Dylan (language skills and all) this comp is very pleasing to the eye. Nothing out of place, the focus goes to the pink protea. Very nice flow and beauty Krystal. I like your deep backdrop to the soft colours. Depth detail definition (the 3 Ds) and "feasting of the eye" which, as you all know, if you have ever been to a buffet, its never just one thing. Lets stroll thru the garden. cheers
blondspice 10 7 United States
26 Jan 2011 5:03AM
Thanks everyone for the mixed comments, most of it good. Exceptional comment from Dylan as usual, wonderfuly expressive. A great boost every time, thanks so much. Jamm your comments are great laid back and often funny. Thanks.

Willie Banehawi, I don't know what to say. When I chose to post this photo, "ordinary" was not the word that sprang to mind. I have lots of "ordinary" pictures and in my opinion, this is not one of them. I felt inspired by this image to paint. Could it be I see something you don't? I still feel the same way. Thanks everyone Alvar, Don, Bill, Dito, Leman, Andy for your kind comments. Krystal
26 Jan 2011 5:49AM
You are a remarkable "soul, jamm. Steeped in "honesty," which is very hard to come by, these days. And a very dangerous attribute. It makes you see things, exactly as they are. Always dangerous. One of the very hardest things on the entire planet to come by, actually. And that quality, alone, is almost certainly enough to ensure failure. Whatever you are smoking, be sure to reserve some for me, when we get together; which we almost certainly will. You remind me of my closest friend, "Steve," a long dead, and very close friend of mine. The first time that we met, at an apartment that he shared with his father (while we were both members of the Police Academy); I walked my way down the long way to his apartment -- the atmosphere pungent with the aroma of Thai stick (cooking in hash oil), until I reached his apartment -- during a weekend off of the Police Academy. Steve cooked up some of the best "Thai, hash oil," that I'd ever had. You could smell it all the way down the hallway. We spent the afternoon listening to "The Mother's of Invention." Some of the earliest iterations of the musical genius of Frank Zappa. It's been all downhill since then, unfortunately. You stay here -- long enough, you invariably lose things, both outside and inside...and then you lose people. No way around it. No way around it.
VivienO 11 1 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 6:39PM
Another beautiful image of flowers Krystal. Fabulous colours and detail.
LexEquine 14 1 19 United States
28 Jan 2011 11:36PM
Excellent{A}, artistic, & lovely pink Protea flower capture, Krystal. Beautiful composition and presentation.

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