Glenn Rudd  

Hibiscus by Glenn Rudd

October 2019 - Hibiscus

About the Image(s)

This image, "hibiscus", was taken during my trip to St. Louis in 2017. The flower was growing inside the Butterfly House. Unfortunately, no butterflys were on the flower but I thought it presented so beautifully that it deserved a solo appearance.
Technical: 1/250 sec, f/11, ISO2000, 105mm Macro lens.

6 comments posted

Dick Perkins   Dick Perkins
As a Floridian, it takes something special to get one to regard a hibiscus as unique and lovely. But except for the distracting background hot spots and the soft detail in the petals, this is very lovely. It would be quite easy to select the flower and obliterate the background for another way to present it.   Posted: 10/06/2019 23:26:39

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
I like the color contrast between the leaves and the flower petals. I also like the veined texture in the flower itself. Great job keeping the stamen (is that what its called), and the petals in focus while bluring out the leaves. Two suggestions, the yellow in the stamen appears a little "hot" to me, and the one leaf in the background, lower left, could be blurred to match the others and keep attention on the flower.   Posted: 10/07/2019 06:33:20

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Glenn, there are some out there who welcome seeing the surroundings of flowers while others prefer a blackened background. I'm in the latter group - however, the hibiscus looks sharp throughout. The color is amazing. Perhaps burn down those brighter areas in the background - a very minor critique.   Posted: 10/07/2019 14:33:20

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Thanks for the positive comments and the critiques. I confess to submitting an image not fully processed. It was selected 6 months ago and submitted without a careful review.   Posted: 10/07/2019 15:50:14

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Wow, this is an in-your-face image! The beauty of this flower is very well captured and yes it doesn't need a butterfly to set it off. I too would take out that background green spot but do not mind the in focus leaf lower left.
  Posted: 10/08/2019 12:38:35

John Hackett   John Hackett
A stunning flower the colour really makes this one grab the eye. Good sharp detail in the petals and stamen. Maybe a touch of minor photoshop gardening could be carried out on the background, but I like it.   Posted: 10/16/2019 04:13:42


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