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Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 29 November 2009 in Plant & Nature.

Taken at the end of October, indoors, natural light, tripod.

NIKON D300 15 second F/40.0 ISO 100 105 mm


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Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Sheer heaven. This flower shows off so beautifully against the black background. Delightful !

29 Nov 2009 6:09am

Koushiro~光子郎 from Singapore, Singapore

This is so nice ^^ And the contrast is really well done too ^^

29 Nov 2009 6:32am

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Magnifique et lumineux tout ce qu'il nous faut pour contrer la grisaille du ciel.

29 Nov 2009 8:40am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom


29 Nov 2009 8:53am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Wonderful composition and this orange works very well against the black background! A beauty!

29 Nov 2009 10:10am

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

The classical Anita Bower style. Very good.

29 Nov 2009 10:25am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent orange.Very sharp shot.Nice.

29 Nov 2009 11:48am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

joli piqué et lumière

29 Nov 2009 12:04pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

A very nice atmosphere, well coloured bravo!

29 Nov 2009 12:22pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

stunning color and detail......

29 Nov 2009 12:57pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Gorgeous, right down to the "fur" on the stem and leaves!!!

29 Nov 2009 2:52pm

don from spokane, United States

The rich color and fine details make this an extra fine flower shot. I like it this time of year too...all is dull and gray here. Thanks for sharing such a lovely blossom.

29 Nov 2009 3:38pm

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Great colours (the blossom is almost shining), pretty well composed and very nice contrasting against the black background. I really like the light which falls on the blossom and also backlits the stem and makes the edges glowing. I wonder if you really shot it against black background or was it cut out later on? I'm also missing more details in petals and stem and I wonder what happend to all of them. Did you do some postprocessing here that could minimize amount of details? Or maybe it's because of the very long exposure time... I don't know. Did you take this photo with shorter shutter speed to compare the amount of details?

29 Nov 2009 4:09pm

@Tomas Turecek: Tomas: You are right. I moved the leaf up and shortened the stem. I'm glad you pointed out that it lacks detail, as I hadn't noticed that.

Michael from United Kingdom

Very sharp, and very vivid against the black background. It's a lovely image.

29 Nov 2009 4:17pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Your photos bring always summer in my mind!

29 Nov 2009 5:33pm

Jules K from United States

Gorgeous lighting, Anita and perfect DOF. I do wish the leaf was all in the frame but that's just me.

29 Nov 2009 5:48pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

OK so the orange head of the flower hits you straight away, but I'm attracted by the fine details in that green stem.

29 Nov 2009 6:51pm

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

A beautiful splash of color on a gray autumn day!

29 Nov 2009 10:27pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicago, United States

The detail is incredible. All the fine plant hairs.

30 Nov 2009 2:23am

Frida from Sweden

gorgeous details, I saw a couple of Calendula at my mother-in-laws house yesterday and they were about to bloom..... ?? in late November in Sweden. There is something strange going on!?

30 Nov 2009 11:05am

Marcie from United States

Extraordinary color and detail. Love how the black background makes the flower pop..but more - I love how all the hairs around the stem look as if they glow!!!

30 Nov 2009 12:43pm

Claudia from Illinois, United States

Oh this is just stunning! Beautiful color and detail!

30 Nov 2009 3:48pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Una gran definición y contraste de colores.

30 Nov 2009 5:20pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, just beautiful!

30 Nov 2009 9:52pm

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Wonderful shot! Looks great against the black. The colors and petals are really crisp.

1 Dec 2009 6:09am

Bob Towery from Granite Bay, United States

Just incredible. The presentation of the stem is almost as important as the flower itself. Magnificent.

1 Dec 2009 4:38pm

Sue from Paducah, United States

Love the "pop" of the color against the black background!

9 Dec 2009 2:29pm

15 second
ISO 100
105 mm