The petal arrangement of this flower is rather unusual. Normally, the petals of a flower are smaller and concentrated more closely together. In this case however, the yellow petals are abnormally large, and spread out relatively loosely. Due to the large size of the petals, the internal part of the flower is in the shadow, and seems to be getting enveloped by the petals. Also, interestingly, the petals form a sort of infinite staircase. If you start at any petal any go anti-clockwise, you will notice that you will only have to climb, never descend. Naturally, the reverse is true if you go clockwise. This is another feature of this flower that makes it unique and engrossing.
The red flowers in this photograph are very peculiar. In my opinion, their peculiarity arises mainly from their shape. Most flowers are wide and flat. The width of the flower normally exceeds the depth or height. In this case however, the flowers are extremely long, almost tube like in shape. The strange, long structures emerging from some of the flowers make them look like bright red snails. (especially the flower at the bottom right).
The structure of their petals also somewhat resembles carnivorous pitcher plants, which use their pitcher like structures to catch and dissolve prey. Of course, these flowers are completely innocent, and do not eat insects. They are also must more pleasant to look at and to smell than pitcher plants, which are known to smell like decaying flesh due to trapped insects inside them.
The last aspect of these flowers that makes them peculiar is their arrangement on the plant itself. Usually, flowers emerge in bunches at the tip of a shoot, or individually. In this case however, the flowers are emerging from the complete length of a branch of the plant. This is a normal pattern for the emergence of leaves, but it is very uncommon for flowers.
Despite all the peculiarities I have found in these flowers, I have still not been able to find their name. If anyone knows what these flowers are called, please let me know in the comments below.
(Entered in The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge “Vivid“.)
Night-time photography can be challenging at first, but when one has learnt the tricks of capturing a good photograph at night, the results can be very appealing and satisfying. The main difficulty that arises during night-time photography is obviously the lack of natural light available. Of course, light is essential for a photograph, so the lack of it causes some problems for the photographer. However there are some techniques that the photographer can use to overcome these problems and produce stunning images.
The first and most obvious method to overcome the paucity of light is to use the inbuilt camera flash. The main advantage of this method is that it produces very sharp and crisp images. However this method is not used often as the resulting images are very ‘flat’ and lacking in character. They do not give an accurate reflection of the scene.
Another method to overcome the problem is to use a slow shutter speed in combination with a large aperture. Using these settings allow more light to hit the sensor, and so a photograph can be produced. The problem with using a slow shutter speed is that the chances of camera shake increase drastically. Therefore, the camera must be kept extremely still, by means of a tripod or otherwise.
The third method to take photographs in low light is to increase the ISO value of the camera. Increasing this value means that the camera sensor will be more sensitive to light hitting it. This means that even a small amount of light can produce a relatively bright and clear image. However if the ISO rating is increased too much, the resultant photographs will be visibly grainy. This can ruin an otherwise appealing image.
The key is to figure out what kind of scene needs to be portrayed. Generally, using the camera flash is not a good option as it takes away from the feel of the image. The shutter speed, aperture and ISO rating must all be adjusted so as to achieve a perfect balance. The image should not be blurry or grainy, but at the same time the subject of the photograph should be clearly visible. There are very fine margins for error in low-light photography. Sometimes the best way to go is to experiment with various settings until the perfect shot is achieved.
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