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Danger in Beauty - Rotan

Danger in  Beauty - Rotan
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-17
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D80, Tamron AF 70-300mm Tele-Macro ( 1:2)
Exposure: f/32
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-08 0:54
Viewed: 3067
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rotan in Malay and rattan in English.
We have been seeing many beautiful and pleasant subjects, but there are dangers too.
so here is one of them.....the rattan.

During the trekking and going in the forest and bushes, this plants is very dangerous. As you could see, the thorns are very long and sharp. It coul rip off your jeans.
So what do you think of the human skin?
I got to watch out where my hand grips are in the forest. How would you have to be very very careful is important here.
A lot of danger in the rainforest besides the animals.
Please dont forget the plants too.
Rattan (from the Malay rotan), is the name for the roughly 600 species of palms in the tribe Calameae, native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia. Most rattans differ from other palms in having slender stems, 25 cm diameter, with long internodes between the leaves; also, they are not trees but are vine-like, scrambling through and over other vegetation. Rattans are also superficially similar to bamboo. Unlike bamboo, rattan stems ("malacca") are solid, and most species need structural support and cannot stand on their own. However, some genera (e.g. Metroxylon, Pigafetta, Raphia) are more like typical palms, with stouter, erect trunks. Many rattans have spines which act as hooks to aid climbing over other plants, and to deter herbivores. Rattans have been known to grow up to hundreds of metres long. Most (70%) of the world's rattan population exist in Indonesia, distributed among Borneo, Sulawesi, Sumbawa islands. The rest of the world's supply comes from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

In forests where rattan grows, its economic value can help protect forest land, by providing an alternative to loggers who forgo timber logging and harvest rattan canes instead. Rattan is much easier to harvest, requires simpler tools and is much easier to transport. It also grows much faster than most tropical wood. This makes it a potential tool in forest maintenance, since it provides a profitable crop that depends on rather than replaces trees. It remains to be seen whether rattan can be as profitable or useful as the alternatives.

Ref : wikipedia

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Hello Foozi! Superb macro, perfect exposure, ideal contrast and sharpness. Excellent work. Well done!

Hello Foozi,
another wonderful composition, you have managed very well shapes and colours, very good sharpness, very beautiful light.
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-08 5:50]

Fine closeup almost abstract one, good notes to learn so many things. tfs.

Ciao Foozi. Good compo here with particolar intrigant light and very good DOF.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-08 7:29]

Hello Foozi,
A fine capture of the thorny stems of Rotan, one of the natural products of the rain forest that is useful to man! The sharpess, POV against an OOF natural BG, composition and lighting are superb!
It is called 'rotting' in Swedish and furniture made from it is popular here.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2418] (10664)
  • [2010-01-08 10:11]

Salam Foozi,
Exceptional ...
Beautiful light used.
Best wishes,

hello Foozi

excellent presentation of the rain forest plants, fine POV and
appropriate panorama style framing, fine focus sharpness and
details, i love the way the background is blurred, for me rain
forest equal to the same colour tones of your background, TFS


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-08 22:22]
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Hi Foozi

The beauty of TrekNature once again comes to the fore. I have just learned something
interesting and new from your fascinating notes. Thanks MF.

I am sure you did not post this image because you figured it had National Geographic
written all over it, but none the less it is a good image and it perfectly succeeded in its
purpose, namely to inform, to educate, to warn, and to make aware. Still I like the shot
as you didn't just point and shoot the subject. You obviously thought a bit about it and
arranged a lovely composition with the main stem positioned upright and the other three
thin ones running at an angle through the frame. You also successfully illustrated the
serious thorns and highlighting the potential danger to the unwary wanderer or trekker.

Well done and TFS.

Hi and gOod Morning MF Foozi,

Nice play on the light and shadows, the sharpness looks top notch. A very fresh and clean looking image, the white frame seems to have been a good choice. Great job MF!
Have a nice WE!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-09 4:20]

Hello Foozi,
Very interesting posting with a good visula presentation, like always. I didn't know about Rattan plants. It's true they don't look very friendly !
I like your horizontal framing a lot.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 90] (9766)
  • [2010-01-10 21:27]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamualia kum,
Well composed and nice frame, beautiful green in focus.


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