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Viv 5 - Beautiful Begonias

By ChiliMan

Ah…ze end of ze short leetle seerees…Numero 5.

I took my mum to her friend Vivien's place on Sunday and while there, I found lots of things to photograph. As such, I decided to precede each title with 'Viv' to indicate it's part of the same series.


Out on Vivien’s patio sat – along with a few other plants – this pot of begonias. I LOVE begonias: they’re my favourite foliage plant. And this one was just delicious. So I leaned over it and took 3 pics. The 3 pics were almost identical but this was marginally the best.

What I love about this pic is how I didn’t do anything to it. After cropping and resizing it, I just sharpened it (‘cos of the resizing) slightly.

Hope you like it!


PS The camera's flash was activated.

Tags: Flowers Leaves General Plants Flowers and plants Begonias Flash and lighting

Voters: didgpix, AlanBW, Buffalo_Tom and 20 more

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16 Sep 2006 12:46PM
Love what you have done, great result.

Thank you for your very encouraging comments.

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PLCimagery 11 77 1 England
16 Sep 2006 12:53PM
Really like this - very effective

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Sep 2006 1:02PM
Thanks, Christine and Pete!

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
16 Sep 2006 1:39PM
Hi Andrew,wonderful begonias and the effect you have used if brilliant,makes a great abstract/high art shot.Brilliant end to a stunning series.Take care.AnnSmile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Sep 2006 2:03PM
Wow...thanks, Ann!!

I didn't use any effects at all, actually. The picture is unaltered apart from slight sharpening after resizing - so yeah, I gotta give major credit to the begonia herself for being THAT good looking! lol

Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
16 Sep 2006 2:44PM
Lovely definition and great colour
crunchie 12 2 Scotland
16 Sep 2006 2:44PM
really love the colours and textures in this
KKmoments 11 12 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2006 3:03PM
I'm a sucker for plants lol and you've managed to get great detail on the leaves and the colours are enhanced even more by the 'metallic' feel - colour of the framing compliments the pic too... Well done.

BUT... have you short changed us?? I thought there was a series of 7 and this one says its the last :-(....

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Sep 2006 5:10PM
Thanks, Bri, crunchie and Karen!

Karen, I actually didn't do anything metallic to the shot! lol

It's as I took it. Once I viewed the image on my computer screen, the leaves struck me as having a metallic quality and so I called 'em Metallic Begonias.

I might try and change the title 'cos I don't want anyone to think I added anything metallic to the pic!...ha!ha! The metallic brilliance comes purely from the leaves and not me. That IS some begonia, isn't it??

As for the series becoming 5, I'll pop into your site now and tell you about it Smile

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Sep 2006 5:11PM
Yay! Managed to do it!! Smile

viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2006 6:08PM
Beautiful colours and textures.

16 Sep 2006 7:28PM
A beautiful pattern shot. Lovely texture. Well framed and presented.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Sep 2006 7:37PM
Thanks, Phil and Patsy!

AlanBW 12 20 England
16 Sep 2006 7:48PM
Great tones and detail, nice one
KKmoments 11 12 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2006 7:50PM
Hi Andrew....

sorry I probably didn't digest the comments on yesterdays pic properly as I was at work... dipping in and out of EPZ - just call me an addict lol.... today I've had server probs and finally got here yippeeeee

I did read you hadn't done anything metallic to the begonias but it was certainly an added bonus .... I've been trawling through pics and got scanner working so i have more images to work on lol.... mind you I have a manipulation in mind if I can get my hand on a pic jessica rabbit lol!!!!!

Can't wait for tomorrows upload now i've 'persuaded' you to continue the series... I'm sure they'll be just as good..... if you're like me the ones you think will fail usually do the best Smile

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Sep 2006 8:11PM
Hi Karen!! So nice to find you here. addict...tell me about it! It's terrible, isn't it??

No worries about not digesting my description of the begonias properly - I can get rambly Smile

NOW THEN...I am SO looking forward to your next image!! Is it gonna be of you? No, don't tell me. I wanna be surprised.

As for my next two pics, REALLY nothing special, especially the next pic. Doesn't matter; it'll be nice just sharing 'em with you.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Sep 2006 8:13PM
Alan, thanks so much for the compliment. I really am quite chuffed with how this turned out. Begonia leaves are somehow very photogenic but these REALLY surprised me.

trissie 11 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2006 8:51PM
Beautiful colours, so effective with sharp detail.

Trish x
TopsyTopping 12 51 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2006 10:49PM
Lovely shot andrew, love the effect!

Topsy Smile
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
16 Sep 2006 10:59PM
Hi Andrew,
A truly wonderful image of these beautiful leaves.
They have such a soft velvety feel to them, & I think you have captured that in your image.
Well done.
Thank you for your comments on mine.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
17 Sep 2006 3:22AM
Wow...thank you, Trish, Topsy and Hilary!!!

Andrew Smile))
colin 13 697 5 Scotland
17 Sep 2006 9:44AM
Your choice in border sets this off. Nicely captured. Lovely plants.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
17 Sep 2006 12:29PM
Thanks, Colin!

AnnaBanana 11 119 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2006 12:47PM
Andrew, this is superb. The metallic look that the begonia has is wonderful, and you've captured that so well. This is a beauty - such an abstract feel. Keep the photos coming - I so love dipping in to your gallery here to see what you've come up with next!

Thank you for all your comments on my work; it's so encouraging!

Anna x
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
17 Sep 2006 2:19PM
Thanks again, Anna!! And the feeling is mutual with regards to dipping into my gallery. I always have this feeling of eager anticipation when I'm opening up your portfolio Smile

joseph 12 England
17 Sep 2006 7:51PM
A great frame filling shot!
tonymarq 12 1 United States
18 Sep 2006 1:15AM
Andrew lovee the leaves within and creating a full frame! beautiful all the way!

Andrew quick step through pf and you got some beautiful images in there and love the variation which keeps it fresh!cheers!

stay well
RobinF 11 83 1 England
18 Sep 2006 8:19AM
Stunning Shot. Fine Art Flower/Plant shots are so difficult and you've made it look easy! (Bet it wasn't really, despite your comments) - regards Robin
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
18 Sep 2006 5:32PM
Thanks guys, for all your head-swelling

Robin, as much as I hate to, I really have to hand over most of the credit to the begonia. I didn't even set the camera to manual mode so as to be able to center the focus. I leaned over the begonia in normal mode and let the camera's 9-point focusing to its thing. Flash was on auto. And that was it. I kid you not.

I've noticed from the past - when I took lots of pictures of flowers and plants in my mum's garden with film - that begonia leaves are THE most photogenic flora subjects. In how well they come out with minimal manipulation. And let's face it...when I used film, there was NO manipulation. I sent each roll to my usual minilab and the pictures came back later that day.

So yeah...begonias TOTALLY rock. And heliconia (I'm a heliconia freak. Orchids second) inflorescences come a close second.

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
19 Sep 2006 9:13PM
Fantastic close up.Love the colours and detail.
Well done.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
20 Sep 2006 4:48PM
Thanks, Tom!


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