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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 8 August 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

You may notice that I have not fixed the flaws in the petals. At least for a while, I intend to not clone such flaws out of the photograph.

THE QUALITY OF OUR WORK - This has been said before in different ways, but I think that in our photography, one of our primary goals should be to please ourselves. If we feel good about the work that we are creating, that is enough. I mention this because any kind of art seems to bring out strong opinions. Certainly there are criteria for evaluating our photography. However, the most essential criterion is to be faithful to our own personal vision.

Wish that I had had the following quote when I posted my St. Francis shot. Although I love Francis' love of critters, I love this side of him even more.

"Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received ... but only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage."

- St. Francis of Assisi

NIKON D300 1/160 second F/5.0 ISO 400 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

What flaws? Beautiful. I also like the St. Francis quote.

8 Aug 2009 5:08am

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barb.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Rich colour! Fantastic!

8 Aug 2009 5:09am

@Magda: Thanks, Magda.

Dulcie from Danville, United States

The way you have caught these two colors just happens to make my heart sing.
This is among the top ten of your macro shots for me. Lovely shapes and I, like B. T.. say, what flaws.
I agree with you, however, ...if nature make flaws in the flowers then I'm going to go with that.
I've noticed lately that some flowers have tiny spots on the petals where the color appears to be missing...odd.

8 Aug 2009 5:41am

@Dulcie: Thanks, Dulcie.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

very beautiful with these "strips" hanging red!
splendid macro, jack!

8 Aug 2009 5:44am

@marc battault: Merci, Marc.

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Stunningly beautiful color, composition and processing Jack! And I totally agree with the fine quote:)

8 Aug 2009 6:14am

@Pavan Kaul: Thank you.

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

very beautiful ! The colors and composition like in a mirror with a great DOF is superb !!

8 Aug 2009 8:25am

@Marie-Hélène Ammor: Merci, Marie.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Incredible capture! It's so beautiful.

8 Aug 2009 8:47am

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you.

Beth Christman from Collegeville, United States

Fusia are my favorite plant. You have captured them beautifully Jack!

8 Aug 2009 9:42am

@Beth Christman: Thanks, Beth.

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Beautiful image Jack, Fuscia's were my Moms fav flower - she used to cultivat them

8 Aug 2009 10:04am

@LESLIE: Thanks, Leslie. Glad to be able to contribute to your pleasant memories.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

PHotographers are gifted with these wonders of Nature called flowers, this is fantastic, and I've only started really looking at flowers after seeing photos of them, how silly I am lol Great Macro! The tip is fuschia but the rest is red, that is unusual :)

8 Aug 2009 11:59am

@Lorraine: Thanks, Lorraine.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

I can't see flaws, Jack. Beautiful colors! I totally agree with your commentary.

8 Aug 2009 12:01pm

@Betty: Thanks, Betty.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is definitely a winning shot, Jack ... flaws? Where?
St. Francis was a wise man.

8 Aug 2009 12:38pm

@Judy: Almost everyone admires Francis, but few emulate him.

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Nice shot. The focus, colors and light are beautiful

8 Aug 2009 1:38pm

@Vitor Martins: Thank you.

don from Spokane, United States

A beautiful flower shot in its natural state. Looks very good to me.

8 Aug 2009 2:20pm

@don: Thanks, Don.

PATRICK from miramas, France

fantastic macro

8 Aug 2009 3:35pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh what a tasty shot, Jack! I love that you leave it pure in it's flaws. I love the muted background, too.

8 Aug 2009 4:12pm

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura.

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

stunning beautiful closeup, the colours are excellent & a good display of depth of field

8 Aug 2009 5:41pm

@sawsengee: Thank you.

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

fantástica composición!

8 Aug 2009 6:35pm

Remus from Portugal

For me, it's a fantastic close up with a beautiful colors.

8 Aug 2009 6:37pm

@Remus: Thank you. I wish you would join Am3.

rem_la from villiers, France

j'aime ce rouge !

8 Aug 2009 7:17pm

@rem_la: Merci.

Gary Hart from California, United States

Beautiful image, Jack, and a wonderful quote as well. Thank you for sharing.

8 Aug 2009 7:28pm

@Gary Hart: Thank you.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very pretty !

8 Aug 2009 8:53pm

jelb from France

Great framing..Wonderful lightness, details and post-processing..bravo!

8 Aug 2009 9:20pm

@jelb: Merci.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Vibrant colors. Well done.

8 Aug 2009 9:56pm

susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Love this just the way it is.......all depends on what you call "flaws".....this looks perfect to me, as is!!! color and clarity are superb here Jack!!

8 Aug 2009 11:07pm

Richard Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

Looks great as it is, I see only a beautiful flower, no flaws at all.

8 Aug 2009 11:13pm

@Richard Irwin: Thank you.

ninni from Belo Horizonte, Brazil


9 Aug 2009 1:26am

@ninni: Thanks, Ninni.

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Very good Jack. We all have a tendancy to make things perfect. I myself like to see things in their natural state. Great job. Nicely seen.

9 Aug 2009 4:26am

@Lee: Thanks, Lee. I figured that you might think that way.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Lovely light and colors.

10 Aug 2009 4:21pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

That bright red against the green is fabulous.

16 Aug 2009 10:15pm