Anatomy of a Hibiscus – Part 1

One of my pride and joy has been able to sustain an oriental hibiscus plant (indoors) through the vagaries of British weather, and in return I’m blessed with vibrant red hibiscus flowers 3-4 times in a month, sometimes more. Here is a study of a hibiscus flower in original (untouched or processed, exported from Lightroom), B&W rendition (processed in Silver Efex Pro), processed using Color Efex Pro filters to bring out detail.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. 1/100, F32 Extenal flash used at right angles to ensure black background.
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. 1/100, F32 External SB-600 flash used at right angles to ensure black background.
Processed in NIK Silver Efex Pro. Orange Filter.
Processed in NIK Silver Efex Pro. Orange Filter.
Processed using NIK Color Efex Pro. Detail Extractor and Tonal Range corrections.
Processed using NIK Color Efex Pro. Detail Extractor and Tonal Range corrections.

I like the picture as it was from the camera (untouched). Why process a picture if it doesn’t really add anything more to the photograph?

Thanks for stopping by, and please do leave a comment on what you think?

Technical Details

Nikon D7000 (Manual Mode), ISO200
SB600 Speedlight External Flash in Slave mode at right angles to lens
Sigma 105mm/f2.8 macro lens
1/100 sec, F32 to ensure picture sharpness and black background
Post-Processed (where done) using NIK Software LightRoom plugins.
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Jawahar

Scientist, hobby photographer and amateur gardener

6 thoughts on “Anatomy of a Hibiscus – Part 1”

  1. Jawahar, in my opinion, f32 may not be the best and sharpest aperture to use. At this slow an aperture, diffraction may be worst compared to benefits of long dof.

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