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Red Hybiscus by Dick States

August 2019 - Red Hybiscus

About the Image(s)

Taken with my 200 macro lens. F-22 @ 1 sec. exp. ISO 200 Exposure bias -1.7 stop. Tripod and cable release,

8 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Another powerful picture I think, beautifully exposed and composed, taking full advantage of the advancing red and yellow and retarding dark green. Lovely and sharp over the important parts, yet nicely soft in the background.
Would a left-right flip improve it? By my normal guidance I'd have said yes as it's a tranquil picture, and a left to right flow is soothing, but actually I like it the way it is - perhaps it's an assertive hybiscus!   Posted: 08/09/2019 14:35:45

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
(Groups 7 & 32)
Excellent depth of field and sharpness. Also good background.   Posted: 08/10/2019 15:23:48

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Dick, Very lovely image!
Wonderful detail in the blossom. Beautiful contrasting colors.
I think the little bud on the right gives added interest and causes me to appreciate the subtle outline of the leaves below which I may have overlooked if the bud was not there.
Just great!   Posted: 08/12/2019 15:23:42

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
So razor sharp it makes me shiver and salivate! Wow. Love what you did to the background. Maybe get rid of the little bud off to the right as distraction? (I haven't a clue how to do this, but I know it can be done . . . .)   Posted: 08/19/2019 18:25:07

Salvador Atance   Salvador Atance
Magnific control on the red, always so difficult!
The second bud almost invisible on the right under the petals of the hybiscus perhaps can be painted green like one more leave?
Great shot!
  Posted: 08/20/2019 13:01:49
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Dick States   Dick States
Reds are not difficult to get right if you watch the red channel on the histogram. Don't let the reds get blown out. If you take a picture with lots of red in the image, look at the white, red, blue and green channels on the histogram. You will notice the reds will get blown out first. When this happens just make a bias adjustment on the exposure until the reds are not blown out. In other words subtract (-) on the exposure till its right.   Posted: 08/20/2019 13:23:40

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Simply gorgeous, Dick! Incredible DOF and texture, and the darkened foliage makes for an effective background. The bud to the side is a distraction, but it's not so distracting at first glance and does set a context for the main subject's locale.   Posted: 08/20/2019 18:00:01

Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
One other marvel from your collection Dick. You are an awesome flower clicker for sure. I loved the red tones and the details you have extracted from this high contrast subject. Giving some kind of Vignetting effect has further enhanced the beauty. it is really nice. Thanks for sharing   Posted: 08/22/2019 03:27:29


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