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Strelitzia Reginae

Strelitzia Reginae
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-135mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-26 3:36
Viewed: 3631
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Strelitzia reginae is a monocotyledonous flowering plant indigenous to South Africa. Common names include Strelitzia, Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise, though these names are also collectively applied to other species in the genus Strelitzia. Its scientific name commemorates Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen consort of King George III.

The plant grows to 2 m (6½ ft) tall, with large, strong leaves 25-70 cm (10-28 in) long and 10-30 cm (4-12 in) broad, produced on petioles up to 1 m (about 40 in) long. The leaves are evergreen and arranged in two ranks, making a fan-shaped crown. The flowers stand above the foliage at the tips of long stalks. The hard, beak-like sheath from which the flower emerges is termed the spathe. This is placed perpendicular to the stem, which gives it the appearance of a bird's head and beak; it makes a durable perch for holding the sunbirds which pollinate the flowers. The flowers, which emerge one at a time from the spathe, consist of three brilliant orange sepals and three purplish-blue petals. Two of the blue petals are joined together to form an arrow-like nectary. When the sunbirds sit to drink the nectar, the petals open to cover their feet in pollen.

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Hi Foozi,

Beautiful flower. Party dried but so well captured and presented. Your photo makes this simple so much better. Good colors and lighting.


Very great photos, thanks for sharing.

I too have done some work on this flower, Foozi, because it is one of the most exotic flowers in the world.
This is a good specimen you have captured, though its blue component has dried up already. Still the yellow petals are as beautiful as ever.

Ciao Foozi, beautiful composition with fantastic flower, splendid light and colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2009-04-26 10:19]

Ya Foozi,
Great, I have never seen this live but in picture it is very attractive and your NOTE helps much to follow and understand this flower or plant.
Well shot beautiful colous and composition.


What an amazing shot of this Bird of Paradise, Foozi!
The BG is very nicely blurred and brings out the sharp details of the flower!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-26 13:33]

Hello Foozi,
Details, composition, colors and exposure are very good. This is a beautiful portrait of this nice flower. Very well done and TFS,
Best regards Siggi

Hello Foozi,
a splendid picture of Strelitzia reginae, very beautiful colours and lighting, good sharpness in a nice composition
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-26 15:16]

Hi Foozi,you know how i think about your style...this beautiful backlight no need comment but just my great compliments,another time you choose the best way to create a spectacle whit a flower.Have a nice week,LUCIANO

Salam Foozi,

A beautiful capture of this flower with nice colors and composition. Well done my friend & TFS.

Best Regards & Salam


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-28 6:09]

Hi Foozi !

Super capture.
Beautiful flower. It is among my favorites.
Colors are excellent as well as their contrast.
Very interesting and the description offered.
A beautiful day,

Hello Foozi
a very nice shot of this beautiful strelizia taken with fine details
the natural lighting highlighted the flower very well

Wonderful warm colours of orange and yellow. Great.
Best wishes,

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-02 13:13]

Hello Foozi ,
Perfect exposure and focus in capturing this beautiful Strelitzia!
Very sharp indeed with beautiful colouration and details
well done

this is great! good colour saturation, great depth of field AND no annoying spider webs to detract from it - VERY well done!

Bonjour Foozi,
Très belle publication finement détaillée et délicatement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Foozi,

The point of view is allowing us to see the deatils and colors the strelitzia reginae. The blur background is putting at an advantage the foreground. The intensity of the light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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