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Lotus in shower

Lotus in shower
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Copyright: MY Wong (Seabird) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 90mm macro
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): water lily II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-04 2:43
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Dear all,

This photo was taken when it was raining heavily. There is in fact a clearly visible raindrop against the dark background on the right-side of the photo. : )

I hope you'd like this Lotus. I look forward to any comments and pointers for improvement. thanks much!

Man Yee

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelumbo

Nelumbo is a genus of aquatic plants with large, showy, water lily-like flowers commonly known as lotus or sacred lotus. The generic name is derived from the Sinhalese word Nelum. There are two species in the genus, the better known of which, N. nucifera, or "Sacred Lotus," is the well-known national flower of India.

from http://i.cn.yahoo.com/xyt88183048/blog/p_889/

Below is an article "My Love on Lotus" written by Zhou Dunyi (1017 –1073), of Song Dynasty below. Lotus is regarded as the purest and most sacred flower in our culture. It appears on the flag of Macau. It's also the national flower of India.

散文:《爱莲说》宋代 周敦颐


"My Love on Lotus" by Zhou Dunyi (1017 –1073), of Song Dynasty

There are too many lovely flowers in the world.
Tao Yuanming in Jin Dynasty loved chrysanthemum only.
People have been interested in peony since Tang Dynasty.
But I do like lotus that is clean even growing in the muddy pond.
It is so pure, delicate and bright.
The lotus is consistent, continuous and coherent deep inside.
It appears to be straight, proper and honest.
It gives a fantastically good smell and people could even sense its excellent smell far away.
It has no unnecessary branches.
It can be only appreciated distantly but not touched blasphemously.
I am convinced that the chrysanthemum is a recluse, the peony is wealthy while the lotus is undoubtedly a gentleman.
We seldom find someone loves chrysanthemum like Tao.
Who show the enthusiasm in the lotus in the same way as I do?
Then who likes peony? Almost everybody!

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Hi Man Yee,

Nice and delicate. The flower and the lighting you have on it. The flower also stands out well from the dark background. Nicely seen.


Merhaba Man Yee,
Çok çok güzel bir fotoğraf.Çekim açını ve ışığı çok sevdim.Koyu arka plan ve pembe müthiş birbirine yakışmış.Zaten benim favori çiçeklerindem,yani benim temiz çiçeğim.Ellerine sağlık,sevgiler :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-04 3:13]

Hello Man Yee,
The effect of the lighting through the petals of this lotus flower is fantastic and the rain drops are a bonus.
This and the contrast with the dark green BG make this an attractive image even though the DOF is limited.
Thanks for sharing it,

Hi Man Yee,
A nice capture of this beautiful lotus. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi My!

There's nothing to improve in your picture. It has all the ingredients of a good picture: it's pleasant, the lighting is perfect and the colours are natural. Maybe one could discuss if it would be an improvement to chose a lower shutter speed in order to get a closer aperture for more depth of field. But from my point of view, this is very personal and I believe the focus in your picture is at the right place.

Kind regards


Hi ManYee.
Lovely light with beautiful exposure and colour that stands out against the dark background.
A smaller F/stop would have bought the lower right petal into focus also which would have been nice with all the water droplets on it in that lovely light, but thats an individual preference.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-04 3:30]

Hello Man Yee,
This is good shot. Excellent clarity as I can see the rain drops on the leaf. But slightly OOF that could be due to lack of light. The BG is so superb and thats why the flower is standing out. Good composition. Ganesh

Hi Man Yee, superb macro capture of this beautiful Lotus flower with superb clarity, DOF/POV and composition.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty friend!

Hi Man yee,

I like the way its composed and the back light picture with water droplets and also the article, so meaningfull. TFS.

Man Yee,

A great POV you show in this pic. The DOF and BG are good too. I like your Composition and detail shown of the subject.


I like the soft warm light on the scene. Very good quality too.
Best wishes,

Nice and delicate. The flower and the lighting you have on it.

Hi Man Yee,

A truly beautiful exposure & detail. TFS.



Bonjour Man Yee,
Superbe publication, très légère, toute en finesse, finement détaillée et délicatement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi My Wong,

Nice soft colour Lotus with dark green BG, very good contrast.I like the droplet, may be can focus on it, just an opinion.TFS.


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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2008-09-04 7:10]

Hello Man Yee,
Beautifully thank you for visit in mine folio and too so nice words. Today I do not try to work this photo in the workshop. The flower is beautiful and let such stay. Still my hands would spoil his beauty or shook down from him all drops of the dew... The nice light, the beautifully fuzzy background, the superb sharpness and the wonderfully shallow depth of the sharpness.
Best regards from autumnal Poznan,

Hello Man Yee,

Lovely lotus ! beautiful exposure & detail. Very well composed.TFS.

Hi Man Yee,
Beautiful floral, the light & color here is fantastic.
Well seen from this BG, with the water droplets adding to the overall impact.
Perhaps a bit more DOF if you could've managed it, but this works well too :)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-09-04 10:16]

Hola My,
preciosa flor y buenos colores y pov,
excelente trabajo.

Hi MY. Fantastic flower with great sharpeness and beautiful colours. Amazing light.


Hello Man Yee,

You must be really pleased with this!
It is a beautiful shot showing in detail the soft texture of the petals, accentuated by the gentle raindrops.
Lovely pov.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Another beautifully delicate lotus bloom, with fantastic lighting and I love the notes. You have a way of capturing the elegance, beauty, and sensitivity of nature. I love it. :)


A perfect shot, is all I can say, my dear friend...This shot leaves my spellbound!

Ciao Man Yee, elegant flower with wonderful colors, good details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Man Yee. Very nice sharp details in brightly exposed image. A bit centered in framing but well shot with silenced background. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-07 20:30]

Hi Man Yee,
what an excellent shot of lotus with its light shining and glowing.
Lovely effect bt the droplets of water on the petals.
nice soft colours and excellent composition.


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