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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX120
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite pics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-11-12 4:45
Viewed: 3595
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another picture I took with my new camera yesterday. You can see a Grasshopper clinging to a petal of this exotic flower known as the Birds of Paradise.
There was some noise in the BG which I removed using Gaussian Blur.

Strelitzia is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to South Africa. The genus is named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom. A common name of the genus is Bird of Paradise flower, because of a supposed resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-12 4:57]

HI Ram,your new camera work very well as i can see.What a perfect sharpness and what a warm and beautiful colors,an excellent way to show this flower,very expensive in our flower markets (eheheh).Very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hallo Ram
Just what I needed to see today! A explosion of colour. We have some of these flowers in our garden, but in the daily rat race we live in one pass these beauties without noticing the uniqueness of them. Thanks for reminding me once again to slow down and appreciate the finer things in life even if you think you have seen them so many times. The little hopper is an additional bonus and looks so small against this burst of colour. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Ram. Indeed and interestin dephting compo. Magnifcient colours and playing of light. Best compliments.

A beautiful Strelitzia specimen in full bloom, captured quite sharply in a fine, elegant composition Ram, that jewel-like grasshopper provides a good counterpoint to an already perfect image. TFS it indeed my friend!

A beautiful picture of ‘Bird of Paradise’, sharp and well composed, like a painting. Thank you Ram, sharing this art work.
Samiran Nandy

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-12 6:08]

Hello Ram,
this is a real beauty, colours are very vivid and the whole thing is just amazing to look at. Sharp focus and perfect DOF, well done!Best regards Siggi

hello Ram
beautiful coloured composition with great sharpness and good details
greeting lou

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-11-12 8:20]

Hello Ram,

Flowers are always a very nice subject for take, certainly when you can see an insect middle of the flower.
Very lovely light.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful, lovely colors too.
Excellent composition nice picture. TFS.

Have a Nice weekend,

Ciao Ram, wonderful flower with a lovely little guest, fantastic colors, splendid light and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-12 9:45]

Hello Ram,
You present a wonderful capture of a Strelitzia today, the colours are fabulous and your composition very beautiful! I like the little Grasshopper resting on the petal too and details are very sharp.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-12 10:09]

Hello Ram,
The flower as well as the grasshopper are very beautiful. Splendid colours in a fantastic composition. Good DOF and sharp focus.
Have a nice weekend,

merhaba Mr. Ram,
your new camera works very well. it gave a great results with sharpness, coloration and color balance/exposure. your post is great with POV/DOF and composition too. gently framed and noted. thanks for sharing. friendly regards

Wha tbeautiful colours, and the grasshopper is an unexpected bonus!

Hello Ram,
A great close-up of this beautiful flower
Like Anna, I have seen it so many times in my garden, but never look at it so close

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-13 4:11]

Hello Ram,
Im not able to say a lot about this flower. It is so beautiful and you presented it so well. with the small grasshopper perching on it, you make your self a day.
I bet nothing cant beat this shot where beauty and gift combined as one.


Hello Ram, very beautiful picture , details, light and sharpness perfect, interesting subject. A nice imagine. Regards, Paolo

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-13 18:38]

Hello Ram,
I must say your new camera does an excellent job for you. The detail is exceptional and the colors are vivid, yet natural looking. A lovely image full of gorgeous colors and a very beautiful flower. Shown with top notch quality and just the right amount of exposure. Well done!!

Dear Ram Sir,
Belated Happy Deepawali. I like the sharpness, composition, color tones, details & luminosity. I am noticing the cybershot cameras are equally good & handy as compared to heavy stuff like DSLRs; more so over in the high altitude areas where breathing without gear is heavy & camera makes it more labored & difficult (personal experience):)
Regards Subhash
PS: Request SMS me your Jammu mobile number please.

Bonjour Ram,
Très belle et artistique macro bien composée et superbement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-11-14 11:55]

Dear Ram!

Beatiful - the most simple and suitable adjective to qualify your picture. The flower is superb, and the perfect colour management in association with a subtle lighting have resulted in a very pleasant picture that shows us in an impressive way how beautiful nature and the creation are.

Many thanks for this contemplative moment.

Kind regards


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-19 0:05]

Hi Ram.
I am simply amazed with beautifulness of the picture. All is fantastic: flower and its visitor, vivid colours of the image, brilliant composition and so wonderful DOF and details of the image. Exposure is also spot on. Bravo. Perfect work.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-02-15 15:17]

Hi Ram,

Wonderful color,composition,crispness & reminds me of a Mansur miniature painting.

Mr. Roy G. Biv is all there!

I especially like the background & how the stems juxtapose, elephant grass/jungle like.
Very well done!



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