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Flor de Taparon

Flor de Taparon
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-18
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, flower(red) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-30 15:16
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Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 126
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the flower of the Cannonball tree, -known in Venezuela as Taparon tree-, and the reason is because after flowering, large brown fruit balls are formed in the size and shape of cannonballs. This tree is native from the rainforrest of Northeastern South America.

This amazingly complex flower is also heavenly scented, you can smell it from several meters around.

It is said to have special significance in the Buddhist religion, for the resemblances of the flower parts with the symbolism that surrounds Budda.

Botanical name: Couroupita guianensis
Appearance: a tall (up to 20 m) tropical tree with dark brown bark
Habitat: tropical rainforests in South America, Asia.
Flowers: large (10-15 cm) cauliflorous red, pink or white flowers
Fruit: large (20 cm) cauliflorous cannonball-shaped seed pods.


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Hello Jose,
The details are very well captured. TFS.

Hello, Jose. Wonderful image of this beautiful flower, lovely color and light with great DoF and excellent detail. Well done. Regards, Roy.

Hola Jose,
it's not only a beautiful flower but also a beautiful picture of it. Very nice details can be seen, particularly due to the selected point of view which allows to have a look behind the complex structures of the blossom. The colours are brilliant but appear natural. The background is a little noisy . However, this only marginally influences the beauty of the picture.
Bet wishes, Peter
P.S. I tried a workshop to reduce the background noise and hope that you will like the slight improvement?!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-30 16:02]

Una maravillosa flor Jose, perfectamente captada.
A pesar del escaso DOF la totalidad del ejemplar se aprecia en foco con intensos colores y muy adecuada iluminación, sin sobre exposición alguna.
Me encanta la inclusión de los pimpollos sin abrir que nos brinda una idea de cómo son previamente estas magníficas flores.
Buen encuadre y correcto fondo, que pese a los intensos brillos es lo suficientemente difuso como para no interferir con el primer plano de la escena.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-30 16:26]

Hola José Miguel,
Bellísima foto, muy nítida, con una color perfecto y una composición y fondo muy agradables.
Un saludo,
José Miguel (nos llamamos igual!)

Preciosa imagen, bonitos colores y una iluminación bastante buena. Extraña flor para mí, no la conocía.
Buen encuadre. Saludos José.
Juan Luis.

Hola Jose Miguel.

Me gusta tu foto por su colorido y nitidez ademas de no haber visto nunca esta especie es una maravilla.

Un saludo.

Hola Jose Miguel. Bonita composición y excelentes detalles y colores, que contrastan perfectamente con el verde de fondo. Saludos, Yvonne

Hola Jose,
Perfect DoF, great sharpness on the flower and buds, very fine details, and nice blurry BG [a bit noisy but no big deal]. Nice vivid colors.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

Ciao Jose!
Very nice shot!Beautiful colours and details.
Thanks for the note too!!

Hi Jose,
excellent details, magnificent rich colours, and a perfectly fitting soft and shining background with attractive freckles of light. Tropical splendour, looking juicy and inviting.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hola Jose,
Toma espectacular, extraordinaria luz, color y nitidez, un fotón. Interesante la nota. Saludos

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  • miuky Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 17] (180)
  • [2006-12-03 9:55]

great shot here, beautifull colors...
I'm coming to Caracas some day...in future...maybe:)...
tfs, M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-03 12:03]

Hello Jose,
Beautiful sharp shot of the Canon Ball tree flower. I was amazed when I saw this for the first time in Singapore, the flower is so enormous and so is the fruit, the canon balls, just like coconuts!!
Thanks, Ulla

Hi Jose,
Wonderful image of this beautiful flower, lovely color and light with great details.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-04 12:06]

Hi Jose
Intresting and beautiful flower shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done Jose


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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-12-04 20:59]

Hola Josè:
Hermosa y rara flor, muy bien capturada en este bello cuadro, muy bien iluminado, con gran nitidez y un buen encuadre. Me gusta su destaque sobre el fondo difuminado.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-12-05 4:34]

You offer us a beautiful close-up for this lovely flower. Colors, sharpness and DOF are very good. Useful note too.
Bravo Jose

Buena foto!! Muy colorida e interesante reseña de la flor. Saludos, Mauricio

Hi Jose,

Very nice picture, colorfull with great details. I really love the BG, the bokek is just perfect. TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-13 15:52]

Hello Jose,
a stunnning flower and a wonderful composition.
POV, details and sharpness are excellent. Very nice composition with gorgeous colors. too bad the BG good not have been a solod green as the light reflect a a little distracting, but thats nature.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-16 6:46]

Hola Jose Miguel
Muchísimas gracias por tu comentario, sobre todo porque así he podido reparar en tu trabajo que de otro modo seguramente me habría perdido por falta de tiempo. Me encanta esta flor y la fotografía es realmente magnífica, con ese colorido, esa nitidez y ese fondo tan bien conseguido.
Es un verdadero placer para la vista
Un cariñoso saludo

j' adore toute tes photos , du travail d' artiste, bones couleurs, tout es génial
je ne suis pas prête d' en faire autant
bravo et merci de partager avec une débutante
amitiès sincères

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-19 9:10]

Hola José, Maravillosa y original esta flor, colores y composición excelentes, muchos saludos TFS

Dear Jose ,
very nice colors.
clean and lovely.
nice BG.
good sharpness.
thanks my friend

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-12 10:47]

Hi Jose.
Perfect reproduction of all beauty of this flower. Amazing reflection of the texture, colour tones and smallest details of the flower and twig, Excellent separation (by sharpness and by colour tones) from BG. Your lens demonstrates nice bokeh. POV, distance of shooting (or magnification ratio) are very expressive. Superb done and TFS.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-16 17:40]

Hola Jose Miguel, bonita macro, buenos detalles y colores. Saludos Sira

great close up, TFS Ori

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-01-19 16:55]

José Miguel, sem comentário essa foto ficou exelente, detalhes e cores precisa muito boa a técnica usada essa tambem vai pra minha coleção de flores.

Hello Jose Miguel,
What an excellent picture! I love those colors, details, composition and exposure. It is an amazing specie that I see for the first time. This is so beautiful with superb BG. Great capture! Thanks,

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-01-25 2:50]

Hola Jose Miguel!
Remarcable close-up of a natural beauty. Very fine detail and vivid colors. Interesting note.

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-28 3:01]

Hi Jose,
this tropical tree has amazing flowers!
I like that your photo shows three different forms of the flower.
Tropical flowers are really beautiful,
perfect shot.
Have a nice day,

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2007-01-29 0:14]

I know you've heard it a million times.. but man this picture is perfect. Just sharp enough with a nice fluid background. Great job.

Hi Jose,

What a lovely shot, the colours are just beautiful, well captured. TFS


love the color ! beautiful close up shot and wonderful sharp photo. TFS

thanks for your commments on my photo "Looking for Lunch" :o)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-18 12:19]
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Hi Jose

WOW, it is a beautiful flower. Sheer beauty.

This is an excellent composition and POV of this exquisite flower and the blooming buds. I love the sparkling colours and the amazing contrast between the orange and the green BG. The details are very well defined. When I initially saw that Peter Roos (batu) had done a workshop I thought what possibly could someone improve on this marvellous photo, but then I saw his subtle changes has complimented this beautiful photo way beyond any nits and pushed it to its full glorious splendour. Remember, he would not have been able to pull this off if he did not have such a brilliant shot to work with.

This photo has impressive visual impact and is totally pleasing on the eye.

Remarkable work and TFS.

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  • Charo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 39] (456)
  • [2007-02-27 20:36]

Preciosa foto y preciosa flor
vi tu galería y es muy colorista, me gusta.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-03-05 16:04]

Hola Jose!
Beautiful flower and amazing colors, I love the POV and focus of composition on this flower, it's really eyecatching and amazing!

hello José
je trouve ta composition extra
très bonne netteté,
un beau cadrage, simplement magnifique

Ola Jose,
this is stunning! It reminds me of flowers in Australia. Wonderful structure, coulours and shapes. Tfs, Jay

PS Are the fruits edible?

Hi Jose seem I missed this shot, lovely colours and beautifull sharp detail I like the light in the bokeh. Well composed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-12 3:22]

Hi Jose

This is a lovely shot - the DOF is excellent and I really like the colours too. Well done.


Hi Jose

Excellent Photography. Great Detail and colors in this picture. Nice point of view. everything can be seen.


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  • dcata Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 1 N: 1] (54)
  • [2007-04-25 5:03]

Hi Miguel,

Very nice shot. Superb colors, sharpness and DOF.


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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-05-01 2:01]

Hello Jose,
A brilliant shot of this wonderful magic flower. Nice colors, light and shining BG.
Well done! Thanks and greetings.

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-05-12 23:09]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Nice flower and a great picture!
I like this vivid colors. Good sharpness and great details.
Very well done.
Congradulations and thank you for sharing!
My best regerds,

Excelente y fiel a tu estilo sobre todo en lo referente a los colores.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-06-02 14:43]

Wspanialy okaz. Kolory tego kwiatu sa przepiekne.
Ladne ujecie. Gratuluje!


Hello Jose Miguel!
This time a flower presentation :)
I like a lot great vivid colours of this Couroupita species and the asymmetry of the composition.
Bravo also for the interesting note, the size of these flowers is really impressive!
Greetings from Poland,

Hi Jose,
great looking shot of this bloom.Good colour,focus and detail bring it to life.Tfs. Bob

Hola Jose Miguel.
Estabamos Cris y yo mirando esta foto, y comentandola nos pareciouna mezcla entre un repollo, una flor de loto y una orquidea :D
Desde luego la complejidad de formas conforma una estructura de lo mas llamativa, yo si fuera insecto me tiraría de cabeza dentro :)
Buen control de todos los parámetros, una foto muy correcta de un interesante sujeto.
Un saludo, Felipe.

Hello Jose,
what a perfect sharpness on the flower!
Superb clarity with much details
very well composed and well seen

Hello Jose Miguel!

A great shot! I like the contrast between BG and FG and their saturated colour tones. TFS.

Beautiful Jose..
Lovely color and light, excellent DOF, POV, and composed well :)
Very well done.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-17 9:51]

selam Jose Miguel
wonderful macro photo of this beautiful and interesting flower of plant
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hi Jose,
Very interesting and beautiful flower. Never seen it before. Thanks a lot for sharing this sharp and well composed picture.
- Nirmal

Lovely photo of the flower. Nice colors.
And now i know the name of the tree as well :) I Took a photo of it on my trip to Venezuela, and a picture of the flower, but i forgot the name, so thank you :)

Bonjour Jose Manuel,
Je découvre ta lumineuse galerie, et ses magnifiques couleurs, à l'occasion de ta visite sur la mienne.
Très belle publication dans laquelle le sujet est bien mis en valeur, dans une belle lumière, par la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-23 7:53]

Hello Jose,
a lovely shot of this cannonball flower. great sharpness and excellent clarity. The colours are splendour and exquisite.
nice composition and complementary blurred background.


A wonderful picture of an absolutely amazing flower-the structure and colors are amazing!

AS great image, the colours are beautiful, the focus in a right way, the light and POV have the same quality as well.

Best regards


Very detailed and sharp image. Excellent

attractive colors, good texture, thank you

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