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a lotus morning

a lotus morning
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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-13
Categories: Macro
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 1:3.5-5.6 ED DX
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD I, waterlilies, Unforgettable, thats what you are... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-22 5:18
Viewed: 4575
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 130
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A lotus from Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, a tourist site in Washington D.C. hardly known to visitors. This natural area of Anacostia Park has origins in a 1926 act authorizing parks to preserve forests and natural scenery. The park reflects the history of the nation's rivers and wetlands.

P.S. I laughed out loud when I read some of the queries below. And that is why I have to write an addendum to clarify that this flower image is from a live plant (not plastic or artificial). The only pp work I did include adjusting the histogram to make it darker and of course sizing for posting. I love the 'vivid' mode setting of D300 as I don't have to tinker on the hues/saturation setting. When I get home (as I am squeezing this Note at work), I will post a workshop showing a busload of Japanese tourists enjoying this aquatic garden.)

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a superb display of colours, Danilo, perfectly in a harmony.
that little bee is a bonus!


Great sharp shot, Danilo. Nice composition with beautiful
colors, good texture and light. Well done job!
Congratulations and TFS!!


Hi Danilo,
Magnificent purple flower vith superb lighting, colours, sharpness and details.TFS.


Wow Danilo; what a great way to start my morning look through the gallery! Stunning!!!Beautiful color and light. Great composition too - the little fly adds an interesting element.
Have a great day.

Amazing vibrant colors Danilo.
The color contrast is stunning.
I love the quality of this capture.
Well done.
- Vincent

Bom dia Danilo

It´s so weel definited and beautiful . Really amazing.
eyes call your photo pure beauty.
Um abraço

Hello Daniel,
Photo of the day...
Extraordinary sharpness, vivid colors and ambience...
Selahattin E

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-09-22 5:58]

Hola Danilo,
precioso trabajo y bello pov,
color y nitidez,estupenda
bonito encuadre,

Hi Danilo,
this just an adorable capture indeed,
i love it,
welldone my dear friend and tfs,
warm regards,

Hi Danilo

Beautiful macro shot.
Excellent sharpness and colors.
Well done


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  • datis Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 104 W: 4 N: 30] (642)
  • [2008-09-22 6:13]


Nice lovely colors, very good composition. TFS.


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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-09-22 6:53]

hi Danilo

This is a fine macro, really sharp and well captured exposure control to give such effective DOF and color tone.

tfs, bill

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-09-22 6:54]

Beautiful, Danilo. I am amazed at the detail you have captured here. The centre of the flower intrigues me with its unique and symmetrical shape. Your little visitor is cute too. Excellent.

Hello Danilo!
Beautiful pink lotus and fantastic colours, texture, light!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

Hi Danilo,
This is too beautiful to be true!
From the colors to the details and texture of the flower and so on.

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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2008-09-22 7:19]
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Hi Danilo,
Exquisite colours. The flower looks so perfect, I was wondering whether it an artificial one. Truly amazing.

HI Danilo..beautiful shot...wonderful details and colors...nice work.


Hello Danilo

Wonderful vision for my eyes!
excellent visual and that beautiful macro!
The definition of the one of image is of high resolution!
I am amazed with the beauty of the colors and of the post!


Hi Danilo,
Excellent mcro and colours.
lovely presentation with perfect sharpness.
Well done my friend.TFS

hi danilo, this is superb, awesome colors and details, so sharp, wonderful dof, its all good! this is a very pro looking shot,

Danilo, Great array of colors, sharpness.
A special bonus to us, included the little bee over the petal.

Classical photography.

merhaba dear danilo
magnificent macro picture and amazing colours.magnificent lotus flower.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Hi Danilo
Is it real?
Amazing colors and shape
Wonderful job my friend
Have a nice days

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-09-23 0:47]

Hi Danilo

The electric violet of this lotus stands out well, in this superb floral macro. Good dof, sharpness & light contrasts. Tfs!

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-09-23 0:49]

Hi my friend...
Beautiful photo...
Beautiful colors, composition, details...
Perfect clean...
:-) tomorrow

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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-09-23 0:52]

Good afternoon Danilo,
What a capture.
Have a great day my friend

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-09-23 2:40]

Wow, what a beauty !!!


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-09-23 4:33]


quell belle fleur de lotus, parfaitement capté, d'une netteté incoyable, et d'un splendide beauté.

Bravo et amitié


Danilo Hi:

Oh My!

Beautiful, just Beautiful


Good morning Danilo,
What a stunning macro.
Beautiful light and colour all set together in such a well composed image.
My compliments!

Hi Danilo,
Congrats !!!!!Perfect shot.Very Beautiful detalis and colours!!
Best Regards,

Hi Danilo
Amazing macro my friend.Wonderful compo.Colours and details are outstanding.
Simple beauty!
Bright my day!

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-09-23 8:13]

Hi Danny
This is absolutly tack sharp and extremely lovely shot.
Well done

The best macro shot of a beautiful flower i have ever seen.
Excellent composition with perfect colors, light and focus.
Good job Danilo.

Hi Danilo,
What an amazing shot of lovely purpule flower.
Great photo and excellent macro. Well done.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hello Danilo. A dream shot to be perfected as this one. Super image in top class details. Well done and TFS. Jusni

Complements, Danilo.!
Fantastic good and professional picture of this beautiful Lotus.
I took some in South Africa in a pond, also in an Aquatic garden, but not worth to show here.
Perfect work.!
Greetings from Jan

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2008-09-23 10:28]

Coucou Danilo,
Tout simplement parfait...
une puissance de couleurs, bien accentuée par la netteté. Superbe luminosité.
Bonne journée


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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-09-23 10:54]

Beautiful lotus. The bug adds to the image.

Hi Danilo,
WoW! this is a great capture, beautiful macro picture nicely composed and taken, with great colors and clear picture, Great sharpness and light,
Very well done...
My compliments

Maganda talaga ang resolution at mga menu sa d300 Dan, lalo siguro sa latest nila. Pero syempre, walang amazing photo kung walang amazing photographer :-)

Hi Danilo, I have done a bit of reading up on the vivid setting, it certainly did the trick here. The flower seems to glow and set against the darker leaves even more so. Well composed and fine detail,

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2008-09-23 21:03]

Amazing depth and dynamic quality! That 'vivid' setting is impressive, judging by these results. Beautiful light and clarity, not to mention the lovely lotus blossom and its little visitor. Superb!

hello Danilo,

so elegant looking, water lotus.. excellent capture my friend.. i think the flower shot is more beautiful than the real one.. hehe.. the colours are so vivid and alive.. here in sabah they are promoting your nikon d300 by the famous sabah wildlife photographer cede prudente. my one time colleague. tfs..

regards, terry

ciao Danilo
colours here are incredible!! a wonderful macro.. so well definited and detailed!! excellent indeed, thanks
ciao Marco


Hello Danilo,

The focusing is perfect and the purple flower is beautiful. Lighting is also great, quality of Your photo gives many possibilities of different croppings and compos! Well done. TFS


Hello Danilo,

Wonderful capture of this lotus flower. Impressive clarity ans colors, a pleasure to see it. TFS
Best regards,

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  • Luighi (79)
  • [2008-09-25 8:08]

Hola Danilo , gracias por tu visita y comentario.
Esta imagen me parece increible , tiene una calidad excelente .Nitidez extrema y saturacion estupenda , es una gran foto Danilo , me gusta mucho igual que toda tu galeria .

A ver si aprendo con tus fotos que son fantasticas

Un saludo desde españa.

Bonjour Danilo,

Quelle superbe capture aux couleurs magiques et aux détails infiniment réels!!!
C'est superbe!!!

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  • rigz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 82] (1091)
  • [2008-09-25 8:29]

Hi Danilo,

Nothing to comments. It was are really amazing and excellent shot. Perfect shot. Wow..well done!

Geoffrey Bin Ramji


sa totoo lang, dahil sa super galing ng itsura at ang kulay, i thought it was fake also. i had to look at your workshop to see the location. very silky ang dating. parang drawing nga eh!
pero talaga, super bravo talaga!!! kaya nga idol kita...


Hi Danilo
Superb lotus. Magnificent macro and details. Excellent atmosphere
Best wishes my friend

Hey Danilo
The colours are so vivid, well done. I'd prefer the image without the insect, but then again this is so natural,
Take care, Vicky

Hola Danilo.

Es tan perfecta que no parece de veras, por su color y gran nitidez.
Me la guardo.


Wow Danilo... are you sure this is a real flower???
is this not "drawn" in some programme?
Really amazing! this is great!
I love the colors, almost as if the flower wires are iluminating the flower. Really a cool image!


The clarity on this flower is just incredible! Don't think I've ever seen a flower so good! You get an award on this one Danilo! Superb saturation, it just GLOWS! And the bug is a really nice addition. Sharpness is perfect!

wow ang galing ng colors ganda ng pagkaka shot


Hi Danilo,

An impressive macro shot of this beautifully coloured flower in a fine compo with great clarity.
TFS and cheers,


Hi Danilo, Magnificent!!!
This is an excellent composition with this sharp of wonderful colored flower. Perfect crop and good choice
Regards, Köksal

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  • sereh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 51 W: 0 N: 22] (294)
  • [2008-12-25 17:24]

Magnificent, the photo is extremely sharp, the colour is just right, perfect composition, TFS

Amazing vibrant colors Danilo.
The color contrast is stunning.
I love the quality of this capture.

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-12-25 18:07]

Hi Danilo
This is superb.
All have been said...just give you my congratulations.
Merry Christmas

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2009-01-06 19:48]

Magnificent purple flower with superb lighting, colours, sharpness and details.Well done & TFS.

Hi, Danilo. A lovely and inspiring closeup of my favorite flower.The image can only be described in superlatives. Cheers and thanks for showing us the purple lotus . I have only seen pink and white flowers. Cheers.

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