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Purple Passionflower (Passiflora Incarnata)
Purple Passionflower (Passiflora Incarnata)
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Burst of Color II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Red Cottage Inn
Date: Jun 21, 2007
Aperture: F/16
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2007

Taken with reversed Nikkor-H 50mm F/2.0, approx 1:1 macro.

I found these beautiful flowers at my parents' hotel, the Red Cottage Inn. Actually, there are a ton of beautiful flowers around the hotel, but these attracted my attention (and camera) because the bees loved them, and the patterns on the flowers looked very much like a color burst.

I labeled it Passiflora Incarnata, but I don't think that is quite the species. Close, but not quite, but I can't do a better identification based on online information.

Took a bunch of pictures, then came back the next day, and took a bunch more. To get a good shutter speed I had to use 800 ISO (the wind was pretty intense and I couldn't get a tripod near the flowers).

This was my favorite shot because of the position of the bee's head. I'm not a huge fan of the composition, but it works (I just couldn't get a crop that worked, the bee's wings were clipped in my negative). The best part was the color separation of the bee, the flower, and the background, it let me control each individual color and brightness with HSV.

I have pretty high hopes for this image, I think it is my best to date and I'm hoping for a personal best, 6.5+. We'll see though, I've been wrong many times before.

Post Challenge:
I noticed that the twentieth entry in the challenge was also of the passionflower. Funny... Oh, and I totally forgot this part:

All hail Team F/ATE!

Statistics
Place: 16 out of 286
Avg (all users): 6.5967
Avg (commenters): 8.1538
Avg (participants): 6.5763
Avg (non-participants): 6.6066
Views since voting: 865
Views during voting: 266
Votes: 181
Comments: 19
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07/05/2007 09:56:23 AM
Such great detail in the bee, especially the wings! Nice work!
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07/05/2007 02:49:34 AM
Congratulation, very nice picture, very good colors and great composition.
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07/04/2007 07:48:13 PM
Congratulations on your top 20 finish with this illusrtious macro.
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07/04/2007 01:01:18 PM
This one is great Sean, cograts on your high score and PB!
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07/04/2007 12:14:11 PM
A new PB! Congrats!
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07/04/2007 12:06:16 PM
Great finish, Sting.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/03/2007 07:24:36 PM
Nice macro, well done
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07/02/2007 09:21:46 PM
Stunning image. Awesome. Classic capture. 10.
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07/02/2007 06:46:35 PM
very fitting to the challenge.
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06/29/2007 07:34:50 PM
WOW, what a great macro shot!
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06/29/2007 10:35:11 AM
Macro picture is nice.composition of the picture looks nice and pleasing to me.
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06/28/2007 10:56:32 PM
Nice picture, very good macro, sharp colors. good job :)
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06/28/2007 10:47:35 PM
very nice shot
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06/28/2007 07:54:21 PM
Great macro. The detail is incredible.
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06/28/2007 06:40:00 AM
wow...great macro...magnificent flower and colour. Looks like another world. I think this is great for this challenge
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06/27/2007 11:56:46 PM
Great sharpness and detail. Love the colors. Beautiful image!
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06/27/2007 12:42:13 PM
Very nice... wish my camera would let me get this closeup
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06/27/2007 12:37:30 PM
Very Beautiful...one of my favorites in the challenge.
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06/27/2007 08:11:37 AM
Nice macro.
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