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Hibiscus Sabdariffa

Hibiscus Sabdariffa
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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: 2010-12-25
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma APO DG 70 - 300mm 1: 4 -5.6
Exposure: f/16, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-03 1:01
Viewed: 3350
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a species of Hibiscus native to the Old World tropics, used for the production of bast fibre and as an infusion. It is an annual or perennial herb or woody-based subshrub, growing to 2–2.5 m (7–8 ft) tall. The leaves are deeply three- to five-lobed, 8–15 cm (3–6 in) long, arranged alternately on the stems.

The flowers are 8–10 cm (3–4 in) in diameter, white to pale yellow with a dark red spot at the base of each petal, and have a stout fleshy calyx at the base, 1–2 cm (0.39–0.79 in) wide, enlarging to 3–3.5 cm (1.2–1.4 in), fleshy and bright red as the fruit matures. It takes about six months to mature.

The roselle is known as the rosella or rosella fruit in Australia. Its close relative, Hibiscus cannabinus is also known as meśta/meshta on the Indian subcontinent, Tengamora in Assam, Gongura in Telugu, Pundi in Kannada, LalChatni or Kutrum in Mithila] Mathipuli in Kerala, chin baung in Burma, กระเจี๊ยบ krajeab in Thailand, bissap in Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Niger, the Congo and France, dah or dah bleni in other parts of Mali, wonjo in the Gambia, zobo in western Nigeria (the Yorubas in Nigeria call the white variety Isapa (pronounced Ishapa)), Zoborodo in Northern Nigeria, Chaye-Torosh in Iran, karkade (كركديه; Arabic pronunciation: [ˈkarkade]) in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, omutete in Namibia, sorrel in the Caribbean and in Latin America, Flor de Jamaica in Mexico, Saril in Panama, rosela in Indonesia, asam paya or asam susur in Malaysia. In Chinese it is 洛神花 (Luo Shen Hua) . In Zambia the plant is called lumanda in ciBemba, katolo in kiKaonde, or wusi in chiLunda. In certain West Indian islands, Grenada, for example, it is called Sorrel.

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Hello Foozi, excellent macro of this flower, good details and excellent light hitting the subject. A good image. Hello, Paul

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-03-03 1:53]

Hello Foozi,
What a beautiful and amazing flower,great capture with excellent sharpness,colors and taken from ideal POV.
TFS and regards,

Hello Foozi,
this is really a beautiful flower. blurry BG, and the vibrant colour enhance the beauty of this flower.

Impressive macro Foozi! The composition, the lighting the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Ciao Foozi, beautiful flower with fantastic bright colors, great contrast against dark BG and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Foozi. Good sharp and intrigant playing of light against the dark BG. Excellente DOF.


Hello Foozi,
It ıs singular lamp,
very fantastic picture.
Good species.
Very well colors.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-03-03 4:47]

Hello Foozi,
Reminds me of a carrousel this beautiful Hibiscus species! Love your chosen point of view and the wonderful almost 3D aspect of your shot. Fine colors too. Again a superb composition.
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Foozi,
Impressive composition with outstanding details and clarity.
Amazing blurred background. Perfect macro.
What a superb contrast against the dark background.
Thanks for sharing!

great colorful macro. thanks for sharing

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful macro shot of Hibiscus sabdariffa, fine details, very good exposure with beautiful contrast of colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

hello Foozi
great sharpness and good details with nice light
the colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hi Foozi,
this is a really spectaculat view of this flower. Incredible shapes and amazing colours. Very good composition and point of view. Superb sharpness.
Artistic photo,

hello Foozi

excellent close-up photo of these flowers
with the great contrast between the saturated
and vivid color tones, excellent sharpness details,



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-03-03 12:15]

Hello Foozi,
A photo in splendid colours and light. The plant is very special. What a beauty! Excellent sharpness and details. Amazing BG.

Espectacular primer plano de esta extraña flor ( para mí, tanto por sus formas como por sus colores.
Saludos Foozi: Josep Ignasi.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-03-03 15:56]

Hi Foozi,it's incredible to see a subspecie of hibiscus like that.Never seen and very interesting,and what a beautiful pic taken in the way as i like.Have a nice and thanks,Luciano

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-03-03 22:43]

Very interesting species of flower with amazing design, the colors are good, may be you can add some more brightness to this image. tfs.

Hallo Foozi
I have not been active lately and missed some lovely postings. I am happy that I now have a few spare minutes to enjoy and appreciate some images on the gallery, this beautiful Hibiscus sabdariffa being one of them. This is such a stunning image, not just because of the beauty of the flower but also because of the fine and delicate details seen as well as excellent camerawork all around. Indeed a pleasure to have seen this striking macro. Thanks and regards.

very interesting composition, good details. regards yiannis

great light Foozi, colors are elegant, very fine photo!
TFS Nasos

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-03-04 3:59]

Hello Foozi,
E>xcellent capture of this interesting Hibiscus species that is completely new to me. A strange but very beautiful shape that you've captured very well against the dark background. Good note too
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-03-04 6:14]

Hello Foozi,
This species of Hibiscus has an attractive rose-like flower bud that you captured well with excellent sharpness and colours, the use of flash providing a fine contrasting dark BG.
The details including the fine hairs show well.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Beautiful works of nature. Interesting macro.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-03-04 8:44]

Hello Foozi.
I love this flower for the shape of its petals. You did a fantastic shot here with a marvellous composition, excellent sharpness and perfect DOF, lighting and exposure.Best regards Siggi

Hello Foozi,

An amazing flashlight effect as the tiny hairs really stands out!
And I also notice the lovely colour of the flower, with the delicate pinkish contrasting the green...
A well balanced composition!

Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-03-09 21:10]

Hi Foozi.
What an impressive art shot with terrific use of lights and shadows. Shapes and all other details of a lovely flower are reflected amazingly. Colours of the shot are awesome as well as direct POV and composition. My best wishes and TFS.

Hi Foozi,

The subject is well framed. The close-up point of view is showing the details and colors of the roselle. The morning light is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.


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