Hawaian Land Coral

Today’s image is a picture of a hibiscus from a recent trip to Hawaii. The flower’s scientific name is Hibiscus schizopetalus, but is more commonly known as Coral Hibiscus or Japanese Lantern. I wish it grew near me!

"Hibiscus schizopetalus

Hibiscus from Hawaii – Big Island

The shot was taken hand held with a Canon Rebel using an EF 70-200mm f/4l is USM lens and a remote flash triggered with a radio flash trigger. My wife was the VAL (voice activated light-stand) for this shot. The flash is why the background looks so dark. Since the flash was off, camera, it doesn’t have that flat look you sometimes get with the on-camera flash.

In post, I did almost nothing except crop the image so as to make the flower a little less straight in the frame. If you are thinking of the rule of thirds, the blossom itself is centered over the horizontal top third and the stamen & pistil bits are centered over the left vertical third. I didn’t plan it that way, just how it turned out. If I had it to do over, I would have been more careful about getting the stamen & pistil parts in better focus by keeping the camera sensor in a plane with the subject I want in sharp focus.



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