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Veld Fire for Loot

Veld Fire for Loot
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-13
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-17 2:29
Viewed: 4152
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture is dedicated to my friend Loot.
A beautiful flower from his corner of the world,
a bloom that radiates STRENGTH and HOPE. : )

Leucospermum 'Veld Fire'
Pincushion Protea Leucospermum

The protea was named after the Greek god Proteus, who had the ability to transform himself into many different shapes. And since proteas do come in many shapes and sizes, they are an apt tribute to his legend. The flowers of these startling plants seem rather mythological themselves, like blooms from an alien landscape. Yet they are very much of this planet, native to Africa and Australia. The African Old World genera include Protea, Leucospermum, and Leucadendron, among many others, while Banksia, Grevillea, and Hakea are found Down Under.

Proteas are considered to be among the oldest of flowering plants, and from the tall silver tree to the nodding pincushion, they have the allure of another time.


cicindela, JoseMiguel, anel, loot, scottevers7, glazzaro, TAZ, chrisnet, uleko, Panoptic83 has marked this note useful
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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-17 3:01]

Hi Manyee,
Such a gorgeous looking flower. Amazing rich colours, fabulous formation and sharp details. It looks so beautiful. Perfect natural lighting and an outstanding POV. Simply great. Kudos.

Hi Manyee,
This is the most unusual and pretty flower I have seen.
The darkness in the back sure highlights the details.Good to know the history of it.
Thanks for your comments too.

Hello Manyee!
This picture is simple perfect! Amazing saturated colours, great DOF and POV.
Great work!
Regards, Radomir

Hi Manyee,

I like this picture very much. It is so pretty. I think it is perfect. Very well done.


P.S. Will be back to give points, they are finished.

Hi Manyee,
wow, that's a wonderful flower, never seen somthing like this before!
Excellent sharpness and I like the POV from above. So beautiful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Manyee,
What an splendid dedication to Loot!
This is just great!
I'm amazed by the beauty of this flower, and your skills to bring it to us in such a sharp and clear image.
I'm so impressed by the detals got, your centered composition works great, with all that radial elements pointing out.
That mix of feather like whites with the red makes a brilliant combination.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-17 11:29]

hello Manyee,
Amazing and beautiful this Veld fire. I never have seen it before. Interesting also your note. The picture is excellent, with a absolutely surprinsing sharpness all over the plant. Thank's and best regards

Hi ManYee,
The shape of this flower is just amazing. All the little curls and all those smaller flowers poping out again. This is just wonderful. What I really find interesting is the fact that you can see how the smaller flowers grow. The top down composition really worked great. The colors and details are perfect.

That is incredible Manyee! This is absolutely beautiful, the color and form of this flower has been captured perfectly. :)

Hello Manyee.

Excellent macro, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Manyee,
That is an awesome shot! Beautiful color saturation and very sharp detail. Great light, and the darker backround is perfect for this shot. Nice one!

Wow, exceptional detail in the whites, your exposure is spot on!


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-05-17 23:16]
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Hi ManYee

You are so generous and thoughtful MF and your timing is just perfect. This "bloom that radiates STRENGTH and HOPE" comes at the most appropriate time and I am grateful for your considerate and caring kindness. I will treasure and cherish it in days and weeks to come when the going might get tough and I might need a "lift-up".

It is a dazzlingly gorgeous flower, but then again so are all proteas from my "corner of the world", but it needs an ardent and experienced photographer such as you to capture that beauty and share it with us.

The bright flower stands out like a "sore thumb" against the dark BG and the coronet of serrated crown leaves. The lovely yellow upright styles spread out and emanate like little beams of light exploding from the hairy core that can really represent the sun radiating its life giving rays of light. The centrally placed flower works great in this composition. The colours are intensely brilliant and the well chosen DOF ensured that every bit of fabulous details are exceptionally clear and "pin" sharp. The exposure levels are perfect and it brought out the great contrast in the flower, from the pure white hairy flower heads to the darker folds in the flower and the vegetation.

Excellent work and TFS.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-18 3:31]

Bonjour Manyee,
Wow ! This macro is original and superb ! The centered composition works well here.
The "+++" : composition, subject & its form, POV, colors, sharpness, DOF, contrast against the dark BG, ligh & exposure, useful note...
The "-" : nothing...
Bravo mon Amie et merci pour le partage.

Hello Manyee,
the density of structures, the depth of colours, the powerful simplicity of composition are most fascinating. More than perfect light and exposure, stunning depth of field, the bright furry blossoms explode from a background of gentle deep darkness. This is wonderful.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hi Manyee,
This is really a wonderful flower. I like the amazing colors and I can see many details, very well captured, congratulations.
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-19 4:44]

Hello Manyee,
This close-up of a Protea flower is fantastic showing very sharp details all in focus. The colours are lovely too. It stands out beautifully against the dark background. Excellent capture!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-05-20 12:37]

hello Manyee

magnificient picture, the symmetry of the flower is perfect and very nice to look at, colours ans sharpness are very good+
it is stunning close up picture with superb details and dof



very interesting flower photography.

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