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Star Lily and Water hyacinth

Star Lily and Water hyacinth
Photo Information
Copyright: Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 71 N: 3675] (14660)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-17
Categories: Flowers, Water Plants
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 F4-5,6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-17 18:13
Viewed: 3562
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,

EDIT: Thanks to nagraj for naming this as Star lily.

This star lily is blooming along the muddy canal around the Kedah plain and this one was spotted along the muddy river while visiting my mother's grave. I had to return back with the camera but light was already too bright.

The shot here includes water hyacinth. A wider shot with more view of the bank can be seen in the workshop HERE.

"On the day when the lotus bloomed, alas, my mind was straying, and I knew it not. My basket was empty and the flower remained unheeded.
Only now and again sadness fell upon me, and I started up from my dream and felt a sweet trace of a strange fragrance in the south wind.
That vague sweetness made my heart ache with longing and it seemed to me that is was the eager breath of the summer seeking for its completion. I knew not then that it was so near, that it was mine, and that this perfect sweetness had blossomed in the depth of my own heart,”
by Rabindranath Tagore.

Thanks for viewing.

Adjustments on white balance and clarity
TIFF to ACD- Tweaks with Level and Curves.
Resized, and framed.

Model NIKON D80
Software ACD Systems Digital Imaging
Exposure Time 1/125
F-Stop f/10.0
ISO Speed Ratings 100
Focal Length 170 mm
Date Taken 2008-10-17 09:13
Metering Mode Spot
File Size 269 kb
© jusni nasirun 2008

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Hello Jusni, very beautiful compo of these red lotus resembling water lillies. TFS and regards.

What a wonderful image with so much colouration in it!
very nice lighting with good exposure and focus
well done
terima kasih

Salam Jusni
it looks like a painting with superb beautiful colors, composition and POV. I like very much exposure and frame. Your workshop also very nice. thanks for sharing this beauty. have a nice weekend my friend

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-10-17 20:27]

hi Jusni,
great composition! looks really nice with pink and green contrasting the browns. Great POV, nicely focused, good depth. great stuff

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-17 20:45]

Hello Jusni,

You are showing beautifull plants in a fine photo. I like vetry much the composition of your image with flowers and leafs covering half of it and the diagonal line dividing water and plants. You took the photo in a good moment when light was strong so you have got fine saturated colors. There is a fine contrast between colors of the plant and the muddy water.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-17 23:44]

Hello Jusni,
This is a real beaty!
The wonderful flower, the pleasant composition, the superb colours and fine details. So well done with the most pleasing result!
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jusni,
bellissima composizione con i fiori di loto, molto bella la luce, buona nitidezza.

hi jusni,
first, this is not lotus but 'star lily'.
fine composition of this cluster of lillies, fine placement and good colors.tfs.

Hi Jusni,

What a lovely and perfect shot of these Red lotus and Water hyacinth flowers with wonderful details and sharpnes. The redish brown colour of water and also reflections complete the composition. TFS this fine image my friend!


Beautifully executed close ups, both of them Jusni, pleasantly demonstrating the creative force of nature, even in muddy waters! Viewpoints, exposures and compositions, all very nice, TFS indeed!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-18 3:31]

Assalamualaikum Jusni,
beautiful shot of the flowers.
Superbs clarity and the muddy water makes it look lovelier.
Nice composition of these two plants, sometimes that make farmers go crazy on how how to constraint further growth.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-18 3:47]

Hello Jusni,
Fantastic photo in very beautiful well saturated colours and a perfect composition. Great sharpness, BG and POV.

Hello Jusni
Great composition, with good focus on the right spot
Well done

Stunning! Beautiful! The water appear non potable but the flora bring it to life...although I suspect it is the "life forms" of bacteria in the H20 which make it such as not be be had...

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  • jpdenk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
  • [2008-10-18 9:21]
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Hello Jusni,

A very nice composition, very beautiful flowers and interesting foliage.

However, I believe those are not true Lotus, the flower structure isn't right, look to be some sort of water lily. To my knowledge, there are only 2 species of Lotus, the genus they're in is Nelumbo, species are N. nucifera, primarily from southern Asia and N. lutea from the Americas, N. nucifera is pink and N. lutea is yellow.


Hello Jusni,
Très belle composition,les plantes avec leurs fleurs sont bien présentées dans leur biotope.
Bon -W-E

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-18 9:59]

Jusni, this is beautiful. It looks more like a painting than a photograph. The Lotus and the leaves are spectacular. Wonderful colors and a superb composition. The workshop is magnificent also.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-18 23:18]

Bravo, my friend.
What a pictorial scene and amazing picture. Set of pictured objects cannot be more beautiful. Lights, colours, sunlight are great. I welcome wide DOF and terrific details of the entire image. Bravo. Well done.

Hello Jusni,

This is a fine composition!
The delicate details of the lilies are all well reproduced, be it the flowers or the leaves...
The fine light makes the colours sparkle..!

Pablo -

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-19 0:19]

Hello Jusni,
A beautiful, well composed image showing the flowers of the Star-lily. The lighting, POV and sharpness are great.
TFS this beauty,

Hello Jusni,

Beautiful picture of these flowers. Very good diagonal composition. Excellent focus and DOF. Excellent sharpness, light and beautiful colours.

Merhaba Jusni,kompozisyonu çok beğendim.Çiçeklerin güzelliği zaten tartışılmaz çünkü sen de çok güzel çekmişsin,ellerine sağlık :)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-20 6:37]

Hello Jusni,
These Star Lilies are really fabulous and I like your composition. Excellent sharpness and beautiful light and colours. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

hello Jusni

beautiful image of these flowers and water plants,
with a fine POV and the way they are all framed in the image,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Jusni
My ladyfriend Hettie likes this image very much, and so do I. It has a special feeling to it, what that feeling is, I cannot really say.
The pink flowers displays well and looks very artistic. Everthing just blends in well with one another. It was really a pleasure to look at.
Warmest regards.
Aaltjie and Hettie
ps. Thanks for adding me to your list of favourites. We were busy building house, and I could not visit the site as I would have liked to. I only noticed it today. It is a great honour.

Bonjour Jusni,
Belle composition, très artistique avec une diagonale valorisant bien les sujets par opposition ; la lumière est agréable et fait bien ressortir les détails et resplendir les couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Jusni,
Wonderful, greatly composed image with nice colors. Superb, unique capture with fantastic contrast between the lilies and the muddy water. Bravo.
Have a great Christmas, László

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-02-08 3:02]

Hello Jusni,
great pic!
I like the composition and colors!
best regards,

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