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Violet beauty with an Egypt story

Violet beauty with an Egypt story
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, My Purple Obsession 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-23 12:49
Viewed: 6945
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 63
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The Egyptian 'Lotus'
Nymphaea Caerulea, the Blue Water Lily

Called a 'lotus', the depictions of the floral symbol of Upper Egypt is actually known as a Nymphaea caerulea which is actually known today to be a water lily. This flower, along with the papyrus flower, was shown throughout Egypt in tombs and temples to symbolize the union of Upper and Lower Egypt, but the blue water lily had a much deeper significance to the Egyptian people.

The Egyptians saw that the blue water lily opened up each morning, seeing the intense golden center set against the blue petals, seemingly an imitation of the sky that would greet the sun, releasing sweet perfume. Each afternoon, they would close again only to open again each day. The flower was therefor firmly linked with the rising and the setting of the sun, and thus to the sun god and the story of creation. The religious significance of the flower was great - many columns of the Egyptian temples had water lily capitals crowning them.

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Wow! This is gorgeous, I love the colors of the Lotus especially on the black background. I want to hang that one up in my living room. Paul :)

Hi Sabine, tolles Farbfeuerwerk!!! Ein unverschämt schönes Foto ;-) hast Du da gezaubert. Hier stimmt einfach alles. Ich wünsche Dir und Deiner Familie ein schönes Wochenende.

What a beautiful flower. The colors are brilliant and the black background really intesifies the colors. How did you make the background look like this? Giuseppe

lovely shot Sabine,
Very busy few days for me, so I'm afraid a short visit!!
No time to read notes, but enough time to enjoy your post.Well worth a big green smile.
Thanks for posting, have a good weekend

WOW! Beautiful and artistic shot. I love the lighting and color. The composition and framing are perfect for this shot. VERY, VERY, Nice!

A great picture of this beautiful picture, Sabine.
No nits here ;-). The light and colours a amazing.
The dark BG is perfect, the flower "pops" out.
Good detials and composition. And I lobe the POV.
Excellent work.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-09-24 3:54]

Bonjour Wishnu, stunning capture with vivid colors and very good composition. Very well done, TFS Didier.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-24 4:14]

Wooooow ! What a superb and interesting Lotus that you have very well captured ! The colors are wonderful, the light is inside the flower... Composition and contrast on black BG are great ! Congratulations Wishnu and thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-24 4:47]

Just amazing picture! Perfect quality and composition. It looks like violet fire with very high details. Dark BG works superb. Congratulations!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-24 5:07]

Hello Wishnu!
Magnificent close up.It looks like a lampshade;).Lighting,POV,DOF,colors,contrast between black BG and lily are wonderful.Excellent composition.TFS....:-)

Gorgeous photo Wishnu,
Excellent lighting technique you have applied in this one! Colours and DOF are very good as well. I would like to learn more about the lighting you've used for this one!
Best regards,

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  • royrak (60)
  • [2005-09-24 23:50]

Wow, Amazing colors, perfect macro shot, congrats.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2005-09-29 20:20]

There is some fire in that photo.
A very nice Macro shot. And composition and presentation are remarquables. An artistic photography. Congratulations.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-29 23:43]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Very strongvisual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Sabine.

Wow. Great shot. I love the colors and the sharpness and the black background.



terific shot of wonderful plant. Like a violet flame. BRAVO

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2005-10-13 14:40]

Hi Sabine!
Wonderful colors lighting inside the flower! Fantastic presentation of this violet beauty.
Well done.
Thanks for very beautiful composition.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-13 15:09]

I had a quick look at your pictures and when I'll have more time I should look at theme more in detail. But this one realy stand out.
It has a lot of VISUAL IMPACT, color are glowing. The only way to describe is WWWOOOWWWWWW ! TFS

Excellent picture of this mysterious flower. Very good vivid colours, composition and amazing light!! The egypt story is very interesting. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  • Joost Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 20] (98)
  • [2005-10-20 17:54]
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BANG! That is stunning!

Just a question: Is this all-real or did you alter the colors?

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  • Hisam Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 22] (215)
  • [2005-10-29 21:31]

Hi Wishnu, Very beautiful water lily. I love the color and the light, very well done

The off centre composition, the overall sharpness, the play of light and the splendid colours against the black background give this image a striking effect. Well done.

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  • napdsp (0)
  • [2005-11-14 21:38]

Beautiful vivid colors. Excellent job.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Dies ist wirklich wunderschön. Die Farben und das Licht sind wirklich hübsch. Danke schön!

Yes, very nice !!!
Il like the colours on this picture.

Hi Sabine
Just looking through you gallery and chanced upon this perfect shot of a water lily. The POV is perfect and the bloom glows. Stunning work. Thanks.

unglaublich !!!!!
kein komentarrrr !!...bin sprachlosssss!!

du bist profi !

Hello Sabine
Perfect opera d´arte, amaizing colours and composition, and light as well.

amazing work. colours shot are beautiful and description is complete.


Magnificent work :]
nothing else to add, it's amazing
well done

Nice shot!!!

Wow, what a light show, it looks like a disco light show.Excelent !!

Parece como si la flor estuviese encendida...

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2007-11-19 23:09]

this is really a special picture, beautiful point of view and beautiful colours

Hallo Sabine
This is absolutely beautiful. It is really radiant, and I like it very much. I love purple and I have added your photo to my theme with the title "My purple obsession." Thanks for sharing this beauty with us. A stunning close-up, with sharp details and warm colours. This is a very breath-taking flower indeed. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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