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Hibiscus in Winter

Hibiscus in Winter
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-15
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF28-300 XR
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My favorite Nature photos, Flowers in my garden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-15 4:56
Viewed: 2231
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hibiscus Flower

Orange for the Netherland's Football team!!

My daughter bought this Hibiscus flower for my husband’s birthday last year, and now, even though it is winter, it is still flowering. It’s still only about 2 feet tall and every day it seems to have a blossom on the plant.

I took this photo tonight as the sun was setting and the sun’s last rays were shining on the plant.

For a lot of people, hibiscus is the tropical flower, often associated with Hawaii, Polynesian dancers, surfers, and the like.

In actuality, tropical hibiscus have about the most complex genetic heritage of any collection of ornamental plants; there is one certainty: like so many other things, the hibiscus flower came to the Caribbean from somewhere else. In fact, any hibiscus flower found in the region was planted by someone, given that the birds and insects of the islands appear not capable of pollinating these flowers, so seed is hardly ever produced without hand pollination.

There are about 200 species of hibiscus known to exist, and each species has its own unique kind of flower. However, all hibiscus flowers share certain features. There may now be over 10,000 named varieties of tropical hibiscus, with six distinct forms of flowers, and more colours and combinations of colours than any individual can effortlessly imagine.

Ruud asked me a few questions so I have now posted the original photo as a workshop so you can see how close I was.

I usually always have this lens on my camera - Tamron AF28-300 XR - and I have learnt through trial and error to not stand too close to the flower (etc) when photographing a close-up like this. I lost a lot of photos trying to get too close with this lens.

I don't use rings or ring flash. This was hand-held - no tripod.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To cloverstar: Thank youJanice 1 07-02 05:21
To goodwill: ThxJanice 1 06-27 22:20
To Ejla: ThanksJanice 2 06-26 18:39
To puffy: Thank youJanice 1 06-19 05:02
To sugah_bear69: Do you have to?Janice 1 06-17 02:26
To ruudblok: ORANGE for RuudJanice 1 06-15 16:03
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Hi Janice

Wow... this is a brilliant shot. Details are clear and tack sharp. Excellent light. Fantastic crop. Well done MF!

Perfect macro shot. The dim light and the tones of orange make it one of a kind...

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  • shana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 48 N: 138] (1875)
  • [2006-06-15 5:18]

Hi Janice
This is perfectly clear and sharp. Colour is amazing. Great shot TFS

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  • haya (238)
  • [2006-06-15 5:31]

salam Janice
clear shot, and Beautyfull


Hi Janice,
Great close-up of Hibiscus flower, well actualy close-up of pollen grain in anther of Hibiscus flower. Nicely composed. Simply great shot.

Ben Lakitan

Oh Janice! Beautiful and perfect!!!

hi janice!
beautiful macro of hibiscus. very sharp and excellent composition , the colors is reallly beautiful.
i like it very much
stay well!

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2006-06-15 6:55]

Wow, superb macro, Janice !!!

THANKS and have a great day,

thanks for sharing great shot like this... (",)

Hi Janice!!!
Brilliant pic. Absolutely amazing colours and dew drops ..Woooww. No words to express this pic.

Hi Janice,
This is a perfect macro Photo.
Do you have a special macro lens? Or rings? Ring flash?
Great details and DoF for a macro
I like the orange it is our national color
The Queen is from the house of Orange
The soccer players ware this on the WK in Germany
Important for me with a flower photo is that is more than a catalog photo
Yours is absolute more than that.
Thanks to show your orange hart to the world. Your photo is a winner now our team.

Simply beautiful And I must say you take so much trouble with your notes, well done.

Wow I really like the detail!!

HI Janice,

Not much to say on this one except... beautiful!
Exceptional macro photo with warm lighting, colours & details!

Very well done

Wow. Soft light, excellent clarity, vivid colour and top notch compo. Perfect in every way.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2006-06-15 11:31]

Hi Janice,
This is very nice. It is somewhat similar to a post that I made some time back of a white hibiscus from my garden. As you say, there is so many varties. I was so surprised to find that these will grow merrily even in this cold Canadian climate!

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-06-15 11:50]

Hi Janice.
Superb photo so clear and sharpness, with gorgeous colors and these water drops that complete this very great composition.

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  • valari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 948 W: 102 N: 395] (4105)
  • [2006-06-15 12:44]

beautiful macro of hibiscus. very sharp and excellent composition , the colors is reallly beautiful.

Hello Janice!

A favorite added in my theme Nature photos....
Nothing else to say. Superb once agian,
Keep on the good work!

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2006-06-15 18:21]

one word...."EXCELLENT"!


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  • sufi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 580 W: 7 N: 106] (1336)
  • [2006-06-16 6:19]

Hi Janice...
It's a wonderful macro-shut.. The details are incredible... Perfect point of view, orange-yellow tones, clarity and sharpness... The rain drops on the bract are wonderful too..
Stay well..
Stay well..

Hello Janice, this is a superb macro with nice vivid orange. I prefer the macro even if the original is very well done.

Great work with great sharpness.

Take care, yan :)
p.s., thank you so much for your comments on my Treklens Member Reunion. We had such a great day! And we did think of you folks down under and also at the greeks :)

Isn't mommy nature a fantastic model ? Great macro.

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  • LuciG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1206 W: 151 N: 655] (8171)
  • [2006-06-16 16:27]

Hi Janice!
What a wonderful macro shot!
You achieved a perfect DOF.
The colors are so vivid, so appealing!

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2006-06-16 23:05]

Wow... what a great colors, details & sharpness. I love those little drops of water. Very well done.

Hi Janice,
This is beautiful, a colorful crisp shot of one of my favorite flowers. And you remembered to pinch that tall thing in the middle...lol, it never photographs clearly! Good idea!
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2006-06-17 14:45]

Wow, Janice... splendid sharpness, excellent colours... I love it all, except for the frame which I think is a bit "too much of same".
Anyway, TFS !

Great shot Jan..in honour to our Orange Dutch football team
I blow you a kiss for that ! ^_^


Wow!! Beautiful macro, the colors, clarity and lighting are perfect. The detail you have recorded is truly amazing.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 482 W: 69 N: 18] (72)
  • [2006-06-18 10:03]

hi janice
woow. beautiful flower photo. pov, dof, details (especially drops and center of flower) and sharpness are great. splendid orange tone

Hi Janice ! This is really an awesome shot ! I love these bright and vivid colors, and the evening light is wonderful. Excellent sharpness and details. I also love the tight crop around the center of the flower. Very well done !

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2006-06-19 4:49]
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Wooooooo Janice!!!! Where did you get your summer? Gosh, what a beauty, love those clarity, sharpness and those details.... Very very well done my friend, a superb shot of a simple flower! Thanks very much for sharing.... it just make my day! :)

What superb colours and a composition....One can really feel the freshness...Excellent macro. TFS

Woww. Wonderful photo. Very nice flower. Well done.
Beautiful drops.


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  • Tintin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1885 W: 243 N: 345] (1982)
  • [2006-06-20 19:52]

Very nicely done, Janice. You selected a nice composition & crop with a good choice of DOF. The flower is very sharp to the tip of the stamen which is not easy because it is very long. The little droplets of water are a nice addition. Well done!

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  • jacobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 597 W: 28 N: 650] (4739)
  • [2006-06-21 15:33]

Very nice colours and very sharp.
Excellent shot.
thanks for sharing it with us

Very beautyful shot, lovely colors and the sharpness is wonderful, texture in it is wonderful


Hi Janice,
Excellent Hibiscus macro shot.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,details,water drops,colors,frame and note.Well Done.TFS

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  • Ejla Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 13 N: 137] (2488)
  • [2006-06-26 7:30]
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You have consoled me!
I also never use a tripod, because I don+t have any, and think it would be pretty stupid (for me) to carry arround a tripod to get a still photo of a bee or something like that. Anyway I bought nov EOS 350D, with lenses 28-135, and a macro ring and was dissapointed with my macro shots! With macroring no AF is available and I don't see very well for manual, or my hands are shaking ...
Now I see practice does a great job!
P.S. Winter?
We are boiling here! (((*_*)))

Hi Janice,
Macro shot par excillence. Colors are vivid, clear& fresh. The focus is razor sharp. The water droplets magnify the romance of this beautiful Hibiscus.
Great framing,
Greetings from India,

  • sierra Gold Star Critiquer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-06-29 9:26]

Guau! Wow! Vaya! preciosa que más de puede decir, que me la quedo para mi jardin (con tu permiso)

Congratulations Janice. This is so sharp and all hand held. I take my hat off to you. Well done indeed.

wow janice, i love it. superb macro, very crisp, sharp and i really like the composition/ crop. Imagining it blown up to a big canvas on the wall!

You are really the queen of the flower-pictures, Janice. Very nice job again.

Best regards and have a nice weekend,


points next time

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  • Iria Gold Star Critiquer [C: 51 W: 0 N: 0] (797)
  • [2006-10-02 2:56]

This is a wonderful composition. I like it a lot. The richness of the colours is beautiful.

Stunning. i like the way you framed this one. it makes me feel like i'm drawn into a vortex of brightness! excellent janice!

Such vibrant color and detail. I LOVE it.

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