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Radiant Lotus

Radiant Lotus
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Copyright: Murali Santhanam (smurali) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-30
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Pentax K10D, Sigma 50 -500mm f4/6.3 DG EX APO HSM
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-13 10:17
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This is my first picture of Lotus. I had the fortune of shooting this at Bali on a dark water shaft around Taman Ayun temple. Soft morning light was behind the flower making it look radiant. The water looked dark in the dark waterway, enhancing the contrast. My Sigma 50-500 and K10D captured the contrast well.

Lotus flower is an important flower in India and is primarily used for worshiping. The God of Life, Brahma, and may other Gods and Goddesses are depicted to be seated on a Lotus Flower or "Padmam" as in sanskrit. I had found a similar sense of purpose for Lotus flowers in Bali as well.

You can find more pictures from Bali on my Picasa Album.

Link to my Picasa Album on Bali

Murali Santhanam

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Merhaba Murali,benim söyleyebileceğim tek bir şey var,süper bir fotoğraf.Oldukça sade,siyah artalan ne fis bir çiçek,ellerine sağlık

hi murali,
this is wonderful image of lotus, looks like floating in the heaven. good capture. i would have avoided the small yellow spot between the petals to make it all pink only image, this is not a flaw but it would improve the image. tfs.

Hi Murali,
This is a true high class photograph, any pro photog will be proud to claim credit for this one. The lighting and dark Bg with the glow inside the flower has created an divine look.

I do not agree as to this yellow - this is beautiful, gentle pink with gentle yellow colour on black background. Very artistic picture,it pleases to me.
TFS and regards

Bonjour Murali,
Très belle macro dans laquelle le sujet, sous un bon éclairage, est bien mis en valeur par la finesse des détails, la délicatesse des couleurs et l'opposition sur l'arrière plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

absolutely right. the lotus flower is of dire importance not only in india but in countries where buddhism and hinduism are present =)

this is one real nice image... the contrast is perfect. =)

Mesmerizing! The details on the petals are just brilliant. I would love to know more about the background - the darkness. Did you move around to see if you could find a dark background, or was it possible through some kind of metering adjustment?

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