Buds

Photograph of dry flower buds

Photograph of dry flower buds

The buds of this plant have either died due to the lack of water, or because their season is over. Normally plants are adorned with colourful flowers and buds, but in this case the only colour present on them is brown, which is not really known for its vibrancy. Perhaps after these dry buds fall off new ones will emerge and the plant will not look so dull, but for now the plant is stuck with its appearance.

This photograph is a depiction of change and transition: The plant is in the process of replacing its old flowers with newer, healthier ones. The first step in this process is to get rid of the old flowers. The details of the buds are visible.

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Enveloped

Photograph of a Yellow Flower

Photograph of a Yellow Flower

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.

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Marigold

Photograph of Marigold

Photograph of Marigold

Marigold flowers are very common in India. From hanging above doors to filling in colourful patterns on the ground (rangolis), they are used for all sorts of decorative roles. The flowers are ubiquitous, especially during the festive season.

This photograph is over-saturated, and the use of the camera flash has caused it to lose its texture and character and look rather abstract. Oops!

 

Red Flowers

Photograph of Red Flower

Photograph of Red Flower

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“.)

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Flowers in the Night

Photograph of flowers at night

Photograph of flowers at night

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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Orange

Orange is one of nature’s brightest and most vibrant colours. Humans associate the colour orange with happiness, creativity and stimulation, and it is easy to see why. The colour orange has many natural sources. The Sun appears orange at particular times of day, many flowers are bright shades of orange, many animals such as tigers have orange coats, and the sand of many deserts appears orange. And how can we forget the Orange fruit? It is the epitome of orange-ness. (By the way, I did some research to quench my own curiosity, and I can confirm that the colour orange was named after the fruit orange, and not the other way around.)

Of the four photographs above, two are of orange flowers, one is of an orange flame, and one is of burning coal that gives off an orange-ish colour. While all of the images possess the colour orange, the exact hue, texture and feel of the orange in each of the images is slightly different.

(Entered in The Daily Post’s Weekly Photography Challenges: “Vibrant“, “Vivid” and “Orange“.)

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Red Flower

Photograph of Red Flower

 

Photograph of Red Flower

The red flower lay fallen. It had not been given the attention it felt it merited. In the sea of green surrounding it, it was the only source of vibrancy and life. Normally many bees, birds and butterflies were drawn to it because of its bright colours and attractive fragrances. However the past few days had seen a sharp decline in the number of visitors received by the flower. Perhaps there was a new star attraction nearby, or perhaps the birds, bees and butterflies had just grown bored. In any case, the flower was not happy, and spent its days sulking and drooping.

I am not sure whether this species of flower is generally droopy in appearance, or it is just this flower which is drooping. Whatever the case, the drooping of the flower in this photograph adds to the image. The background is completely green, and the bright red flower provides a stark contrast to it.