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Banana Plant

By pamelajean
My first offering to you from my visit to the Eden Project. I was amazed at how well these leaves came out, and I've not manipulated them in any way. The warm atmosphere inside the biome, combined with continual water spray, steamed up my lens a lot, and I was silly enough to leave my tripod connection at the B&B, too. But perseverance paid off. These are 2 separate shots, each one flipped, to see what you think.
(1/8 & 1/11sec @ f4.4, 13 & 10mm FL, ISO400, AP, -0.3step Ev).
Vs 2 and 4 are flipped versions of Vs 1 and 2.

Tags: Specialist and abstract Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

Voters: KevSB, joolsb, gary_d and 84 more

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gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
19 Mar 2009 6:45PM
I do not have enough photographic knowledge to go in to detail of why I like these, I suppose its the shapes and patterns and the nice lighting, a lovely effect and great images. - gary

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helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 6:45PM
What a super set of leaves Pamela. I love the swirls and curves and the contrasting dark and light colours. V3 and V4 appeal most to me. I think this is because lighter leaf is enclosed. That seems to direct the eye back into the picture more effectively than the open ended V1 and V2
glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
19 Mar 2009 6:46PM
Fabulous shapes and colours.

Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
19 Mar 2009 6:48PM
Superb light, shapes, lines and patterns great work
Stace Plus
9 2 2 England
19 Mar 2009 7:06PM
Great set, v3 for me is the strongest composition

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
19 Mar 2009 7:06PM
Fabulous light and lines, wonderful greens, such great work.
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
19 Mar 2009 7:14PM
Wonderful shades of green. Andy
davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 7:33PM
Good series Pamela, bold colour and good lines.
Roly 10 Wales
19 Mar 2009 7:41PM
These are all lovely.I couldn't choose between them.
bobalot 11 10 England
19 Mar 2009 7:46PM
wonderful work Pamela.

Rgds Bob
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
19 Mar 2009 7:54PM
amazed to see no manipulation, cos looks like a painting, v3 is my fav.lesley
19 Mar 2009 8:56PM
Lovely capture, love the patterns created, Melissa
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3768 Canada
19 Mar 2009 9:06PM
A nice abstract set, - that colour almost hurts!

photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
19 Mar 2009 9:22PM
outstanding work Pamela, gorgeous abstractions.
fentiger 16 916 24 England
19 Mar 2009 10:01PM
Excellent abstracts Pamela. Great detail and composition, I really like them.

I had an idea for a manipulation so I had to try it out Smile ~ see mod.

IFIMAGE 9 143 Wales
19 Mar 2009 10:13PM
Great set, love the colour

Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
19 Mar 2009 10:25PM
Wonderfully vibrant natural abstracts Pamela; I like them all.
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 70 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 10:37PM
Four cracking good images whichever way you look at them: strong lines and angles emphasised by the limited tones. Simply beautiful.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1792 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 10:39PM
I rather like the vertical format compositions - V4 perhaps a little more enigmatic than V2. Light, lines and colour, who needs anything more?
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 10:52PM
leaf it out... brilliant shot
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 11:12PM
Many thanks to you all, especially for your preferences.
WILLIE: I had to reduce the saturation, too.
ALBERT: You have given me ideas, this does lend itself to manipulation.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
19 Mar 2009 11:52PM
Think I prefer these horizontal--- love how you have seen this and finished thwm. great as abstracts!
imagio 11 12 1 England
19 Mar 2009 11:55PM
Superbly detailed shot pamela

mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
20 Mar 2009 12:20AM
Wonderful lines Pamela.
So many images to be had with ''flippin and floppin''
Good set.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
20 Mar 2009 2:49AM
The light has certainlycome out to perfection.
When I took my pictures in the Eden Project I had no trouble with the lens steaming up, I took the lens cap off before I got into the 1st biome which allowed it to warm up, and left it off all the time and never put it back on until I came out into the open. Of course I had a UV filter on and I made a point of steering clear of the bursts of steam that were evident in the tropical biome.
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
20 Mar 2009 4:44AM
Wonderful abstracts here, Pamela, superb colours and lines, quite amazing. Carol
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
20 Mar 2009 6:58AM
Lovley colours and pattern

viscostatic 11 35 5 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2009 7:30AM
Great use of light Pamela. I can't really explain why but I like the composition of v3 best.

phil_j 11 134 4 England
20 Mar 2009 8:54AM
Superb, the use of the shapes and patterns, texture and perfect light just combine to make these wonderful to look at at.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
20 Mar 2009 10:00AM
Super abstract images, Pamela, gorgeous detail and textures.
TrevB Smile
20 Mar 2009 12:31PM
I prefer 1 & 3 as the strong line seems to carry the eye into the rest of the image. Sandra
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2009 5:19PM
Thankyou so much for your feedback and votes.
BRIAN: I did find it better once the camera had warmed up and also had my UV filter on, but thanks for the information.
sillygirl 9 9 Sweden
20 Mar 2009 9:52PM
mmm green is my colour Grin I like both versions but v1 and v3 catches my eyes a little more. I so would love to go and see the Eden project, ive heard so much about it. I hope you had a great time there.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2009 11:05PM
great vibrant colour and texture, wonderful shapes, and pov you have really captured some beautiful shots here
tigertimb 9 40 66 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2009 12:01AM
Excellent shots with an almost surreal feel and the light coming through the leaves has served to enhance the fascinating patterns.
All great but #3 would be my pick
RachelMB 11 42 10 England
21 Mar 2009 9:36AM
Beautiful photos! I quite like the portrait ones, but they're all lovely.
I loved the Eden Project, but I haven't been for years. I should really go back again Smile
21 Mar 2009 11:26AM
Went there a couple of weeks ago and know what you mean about the camera and lens steaming up but you have a great set here Pamela despite leaving your connector behind, lovely detail and color in all,
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2009 4:51PM
Wonderful abstracts, though it still is nature photography. Very well done!
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
21 Mar 2009 6:10PM
Upside down, right to left - Stunning in all ways!
Fantastic abstracts like only you know how to do Pamela - The shapes, the lines, the light and that striking green creates a perfect abstract shot. Very well done.

franfoto 10 2 32 England
21 Mar 2009 8:34PM
A set of striking abstracts Pamela, I love the light and colour in these. The last time I went to the Eden Project I had the same problem with my lens misting up and it took ages to clear, I've since picked up a useful tip that if you put your camera in a polythene bag and seal it, go into the biome and wait for the camera to reach the same temperature then unwrap it and it should be ready to use.
Worth a try.
22 Mar 2009 5:28AM
Really Good photo ..with its colour and lines
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2009 12:52PM
Super pictures well taken

Will have to visit there
alansdottir 9 60 7 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2009 2:40PM
Wonderful, wonderful light and super colour! All 4 work well - it's the kind of image you could have such fun with, playing with manipulations to give an almost endless series of abstracts! I think I prefer the balance in V1 to the others, but not much in it... Carol
paulcr 12 1.5k 9 Ireland
22 Mar 2009 2:41PM
Lovely series of patterns and beautiful light. Paul
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2009 4:32PM
Thankyou all for your comments and votes.
MARIE: It was a magical experience.
FRAN: That's a useful tip, thanks.
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
22 Mar 2009 7:59PM
superb light / colours !
Mavis Plus
15 143 2 England
22 Mar 2009 10:59PM
Great abstract images Pamela . The light makes all the difference . Such gorgeous greens too .xx
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
23 Mar 2009 8:25PM
Top banana Pamela such marvellous lines, patterns and shapes and all beautifully lit. I can't pick a winner from this BUNCH as they all have apPEAL, I hope these puns aren't getting under your SKIN!
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2009 11:29PM
I really appreciate your comments and votes.
Edmund, you always make me laugh.
30 Mar 2009 1:24PM
This is amazing, almost surreal. I like the vertical ones best, personally.
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 9:27PM
Thankyou Leighton, Marco and George.
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2009 6:07PM
Thankyou Alan.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
5 Apr 2009 10:22PM
"W0W" these are brilliant Pamela,,fantastic,

6 Apr 2009 1:34AM
Awesome set, Pamela.
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2009 12:39PM
Thankyou so much for your User Award, Mac.
ericfaragh 14 143 4 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2009 1:31PM
Beautiful abstract, lovely use of light and shadow and repeating shapes.

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