E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Bird-of-Paradise Flower

Bird-of-Paradise Flower


Strelitzia reginae

Native to South Africa this is a popular summer bedding plant in the UK, it doesn't overwinter here

More information on the Kew website
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I know these are popular flowers to photograph, and I know the tree is a bit of an interference but it wouldn't clone out cleanly so it stays in the picture. I actually think it makes the flower look a bit more like a bird.
What do you think?
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Bird-of-Paradise Flower


Strelitzia reginae

Native to South Africa this is a popular summer bedding plant in the UK, it doesn't overwinter here

More information on the Kew website
.....

I know these are popular flowers to photograph, and I know the tree is a bit of an interference but it wouldn't clone out cleanly so it stays in the picture. I actually think it makes the flower look a bit more like a bird.
What do you think?
.

comments (23)

That's great Ellie: these are so aptly named
Superbly captured on this white backgroung Ellie!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 4 Nov 2008, 09:07
Good photo I have one in my garden
skillfully photographed, Ellie.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 4 Nov 2008, 09:44
Fantastic shot of this magnificent flower. They grow into large clumps here.
  • Tracy
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Nov 2008, 10:33
Stunning looking flower Ellie.smile
great angle to make it look like a bird
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 4 Nov 2008, 10:37
I totally agree it sure looks like a bird. Well captured!
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA (G.B) ENGLAND
  • 4 Nov 2008, 10:51
Beautiful capture Ellie,loved your posting 14th Jan.also. Spring will soon be with us and i hope you can find some more Snowdrops to delight us with along with a few Crocus and Primroses.
EJWilkins: Thank you Graham, very kind of you to say so. Hopefully the weather between now and when the spring flowers appear will be kind.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Nov 2008, 12:00
I am not at all distracted by the tree, Ellie. I do like the dramatic angle, and it certainly makes the bloom look like an exotic bird.
Lovely picture Ellie and such a strong composition agianst the sky.
The tree is fine, the flower might have looked a bit disembodied without it.
EJWilkins: The main reason I didn't remove it was because the sky contained far more colours than I'd realised and cloning was blatantly obvious. Good point about the tree though, it does give the flower something to grow out of. Thanks
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Nov 2008, 20:49
tongue....I was thinking about cloning out too, but than I saw...NO.. that would have done damage to this beautiful flower, you made the right choice, I have sometimes the same, than I am halfway and just delete it....
This is a stunning picture, well spotted.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Nov 2008, 20:53
it looks almost unreal Ellie, like a crested bird
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 4 Nov 2008, 21:02
Beautiful composition. From the angle it almost looks like a real bird!
  • FLOOG
  • The windmills of my mind
  • 4 Nov 2008, 21:04
Now that would look so nice in our garden. What a spectacular flower.

Superb
Wonderful
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Nov 2008, 22:32
Very apt name - for a moment there I thought this was a bird! Good POV which enhances the effect.
Ingrid
I see your bird, I think the pic would work with or without the tree. Sorry felt like being like a few of our US cousins and sat on the fencewink
  • Mike Lee
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Nov 2008, 23:01
Wow! Looks great to me!!
I love these flowers, Ellie. They are so exotic and stately, and so colourful, and if they like where they are, they are prolific as well. Thank you for this picture.
Hi Ellie - this is a striking picture of a striking flower. It would look stunning on a plain background - maybe pure white with a black rather than grey border. You could use one of the lassoo tools in Photoshop to isolate the tree and "paint the area white. Then use the magic wand (click in the sky part of the picture) and paint that area white too - with a bit of practice you will end up with a white background (with the same method you could try different colour backgrounds). Mike
EJWilkins: I'm going to try that Michael, thanks for the suggestion smile
superb shot, like withe bg

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