Marisa Fang  

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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 59 & 72)
Marisa, beautiful image of the Queen of the Night flower. It is so impressive the fact that it is a cactus, that the flower only opens at night and that the next day will be completely collapsed and in process of dying. This image is well handled with the dark background, but I think it will look better lowering the brightness, which will give more detail on the petals as well. Unfortunately, no additional data offered.   Posted: 11/02/2021 16:09:49
Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
Dear Issac,

Thank you for your comments and like my introduction of this flower. This particular flower means a lot to Chinese people because we always encourage people to grab the opportunity when it comes. If not, the opportunity will flash away just like this flower. I agree with you that the brightness should be lower a bit in order to see more details of the petals. The observance of its life cycle lasts about 22 days from its first sprout on the leave. On its last day, we waited to see its blooming gradually from around 8:00 pm till 2:00 am. I recorded by shooting its change every hour. I had many failed attempts and finally figured out that I could get the best photo when the background was totally dark. It was a fun experience! - Marisa   Posted: 11/03/2021 19:34:51

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
We have all taken the time to review your images. I noticed that you didn't responded to ours. I will not be reviewing this month's image.

The process is a give and take one. Part of your responsibility being a member of this group is to participate both ways.

Joe Kennedy   Posted: 11/03/2021 09:17:59
Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
Dear Joe,

My apologies. I am currently traveling in Taiwan and have just done with my 2-week quarantine at a hotel. Due to the unstable internet, I was not able to read my emails. Now I moved to a better hotel and I will make up for what I have missed. I do appreciate your time and comments. They are valuable and I have learned a lot from you. Really sorry! - Marisa   Posted: 11/03/2021 18:16:57

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
I agree with Joe. Also, you need to give us some background information...circumstances under which the photo was taken, how it was processed, technical information on the exposure (camera type, focal length, f stop, etc.)   Posted: 11/03/2021 13:57:38
Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
Dear Sheldon,

Please accept my apologies because of my traveling status and was not able to read my emails. For the background information, I did include it in my second email to PSA (I forgot to include it in my first email.) The description is as below:
Description: The official name of this epiphany flower is Epiphyllum and Dutchman's pipe cactus in English. It is a species of cactus. It is known by a romantic name as "Queen of the night" or "Moonlight Beauty" because it rarely blooms. When it does, the flower only lives for a few hours during the night. It's fun to observe its life span. The flower gradually opens around 8:00 pm and released its most magnificent charm and fragrance at the midnight. Then, it slowly droops to breathless and dies around 3:00 am. We often use the metaphor of this flower to describe the precious life and short-lived opportunity. In fact, I sent the other photo for this month. Somehow, I screwed it up. - Thank you for your feedback. Again, sorry for not being able to respond. I will make it up. - Marisa
  Posted: 11/03/2021 18:24:51
Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
  Posted: 11/03/2021 19:20:10
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Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Marisa, this was a difficult image to take and your persistence in photographing it must be applauded. The black background helps display the beauty of this flower but it is rather too bright so you could tone down the highlights somewhat and also remove the white light dot near the bottom. Your second shot with a single bloom is the better image.   Posted: 11/05/2021 04:24:59
Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
Peter, Thanks for your encouraging words and agreeing with me that the second photo is a better image. You were right that I should have reduced the brightness. - Marisa   Posted: 11/06/2021 15:07:58

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Really beautiful. Now that I know more from your description I can really appreciate the short lifecycle of it. What a great opportunity to take these photos. Have a safe trip!   Posted: 11/05/2021 16:22:57
Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
Joe, thanks for your feedback. - Marisa   Posted: 11/06/2021 15:10:17

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Marisa, we have a somewhat similar cactus - Blue Monstrose, Cereus Peruvianus, that also blooms at night for only one day - but ours typically has a few blooms every year. I'm not sure from your comments which image you intended to submit, but I like the one with two blooms.

The blooms are sharp, and the whites are not over exposed. How did you light the flower? Was it a flash? I think that the image would benefit from just a little more light on the background to provide context and to keep the blooms from looking like they are just hanging in the air.

  Posted: 11/09/2021 08:57:52
Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
How nice you have a similar flower plant! I forgot to mention that when it blooms, it also produces a very strong fragrance. The fragrance disappears when the flower faded. When the plant began to bloom in the first year, we got about 21 flowers in the pot. Unfortunately, I was not able to catch the entire blooming scene in a close shot. Anyway, I tried to shoot with some light in the background, but the results were not satisfactory. I finally used flash to get the sharp look. I will try to practice more when they bloom next time. Glad to know that you have had similar experience. - Marisa   Posted: 11/11/2021 02:54:23

John Hackett   John Hackett
You have caught the flowers well and they certainly stand out from the black background.I like the way you have kept detail in the white petals.   Posted: 11/13/2021 04:53:31
Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
John, thank you for your comments. It's fun to observe the gradual change of an object, such as a flower blooming or sunrise, etc. I have learned a lot from you and the other members. - Marisa   Posted: 11/30/2021 19:30:27

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Your extraordinary efforts to capture these flowers has paid off in some very nice images. The brightness of the double flower should be reduced to enhance the detail and the background should be more subdued. Pure black would really make the flowers "pop." The single bloom is much better exposed and quite stunning. My suggestion is to reduce the distraction of the green leaves. They really do not add anything to the image in my opinion.   Posted: 11/15/2021 20:14:02
Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
Glenn, your feedback is absolutely valuable to me. I appreciated it. - Marisa   Posted: 11/30/2021 19:27:46