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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Plants
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2006-08-19
Catégories: Trees
Exposition: f/2.8, 1/40 secondes
More Photo Info: [view]
Versions: version originale
Thème(s): #3 Tropical Plants [view contributor(s)]
Date de soumission: 2006-09-01 21:17
Vue: 6610
Favoris: 1 [voir]
Points: 70
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe
This is a close up picture of apical part of a cycad plant. I believe, this is Cycas rumphii [please correct me if I am wrong]. This cycad is relatively big, leaf length is about 1 meter, some say it may reach 1.5 meter; length of each leaflet is about 20 to 25 cm. It grows vigorously under tree canopies at humid tropical forest, but also has great adaptability for more open, exposed directly to sunlight.

More note on Cycas rumphii (cited from Botanical Garden of Sydney, writen by Ken Hill) as follow:

[1] Distribution and habitat:

Cycas rumphii has been poorly understood in the past. Recent recognition of a number of related species has allowed clarification of its identity, and clear delineation of its distribution. As now understood, C. rumphii has a distribution centred on the Moluccan island group (Maluku, or the Spice Islands) extending east into Indonesian Papua and a short way along the north coast of Papua New Guinea, and north to Sulawesi. In the west, it appears to extend to southern Bornea and north-eastern Java.
C. rumphii appears to share the ecological preferences of several other taxa in this group, being largely a species of closed woodland or forest on more or less calcareous substrates in near-shore environments.

[2] Botanical Description:

Stems arborescent, to 3(-10) m tall, 11-20 cm diam. at narrowest point.
Leaves bright green, highly glossy, 150-250 cm long, flat (not keeled) in section (opposing leaflets inserted at 180° on rachis), with 150-200 leaflets, with orange tomentum shedding as leaf expands; rachis consistently terminated by paired leaflets. Petiole 35-60 cm long (20-30% of total leaf), petiole glabrous, spinescent for 80-100% of length. Basal leaflets not gradually reducing to spines, 190 mm long.
Median leaflets simple, strongly discolorous, 220-320 mm long, 12-16 mm wide, inserted at 70-85° to rachis, decurrent for 5-8 mm, narrowed to 4.5-7 mm at base (to 35-50% of maximum width), 15-19 mm apart on rachis; median leaflets section flat; margins slightly recurved; apex acute, not spinescent; midrib flat above, raised below.
Cataphylls narrowly triangular, soft, pilose.
Pollen cones fusiform, yellow to brown (pale); microsporophyll lamina firm, dorsiventrally thickened, apical spine rudimentary, sharply upturned, 2-5 mm long.
Megasporophylls 18-32 cm long, white-tomentose or yellow-tomentose; ovules 6, glabrous; lamina lanceolate, 50-75 mm long, 25-35 mm wide, obscurely dentate, with 12 soft lateral spines 0-1 mm long, 0-2 mm wide, apical spine distinct from lateral spines, 15-25 mm long.
Seeds flattened-ovoid, 45 mm long, 30 mm wide; sarcotesta orange-brown, not pruinose; fibrous layer absent; sclerotesta apically crested. Spongy endocarp present.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-09-01 22:36]

Hi Ben,
A creative and artistic approach to photographing this plant. Good detail, great textures and colours and a good composition with the leaves fanning out to the frame edge. It's a little 'busy' but I think its a nice shot, the square format is perfect for the subject.

A compelling view of a man-eating plant! The picture draws you right into the belly of the beast!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-02 0:58]

Buenos días,
Una manera diferente de mirar... precioso de cualquier manera, bellos tonos de esta parte central de la cyca. saludos y buen trabajo, saludos

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-02 4:55]

Hi Ben, this is interesting to see how the plant is growing. It isn't always easy to shoot a plant like this, especially with the prickles on the stems. TFS

Hello Benyamin, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, excllent colorsful, and details are crisp, Nicly composed and capture work, TFs Kyle

Hi Ben,
This is very interesting idea to see how the plant is growing.It's a beautiful composition with nice colors.

Well dome

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-09-02 13:57]

Hi Benyamin,
Nice colours and light and good composition. Good idea to go so close to the center of the plant.
Well done and TFS

Hi Benyamin,
Interesting POV. I like the way you force the viewer to look to the center. The colors are perfect and i like the little details you see throughout the entire photo.

Beautiful composition, my friend.
Fine textures and colours. Some great lines starting from the center and spreading outwards on all corners.

Cheers, Petru

Merhaba Ben,
Exellent macro.Superb colours and details.
Well done.


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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 99 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-09-06 13:21]

hey i have seen this through my viewfinder a few times but never got this type of shot
good and clear approach to using the camera as an artistic tool and means to an end..rather than just straight record shots..

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-09-06 14:43]

Very nice perspective on this shot. I like how the leaves just come out at you, the colors and lighing is great. Nice job.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-09-06 15:58]

Hi Ben, a nice abstract shot. excellent details and colours. I love your POV looking into the centre of the plant, well done and TFS.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-09-06 21:00]

Merci de nous présenter cette plante qui est, bien entendu, inconnue ici au Canada.
J'aime beaucoup la composition qui fait que nos yeux sont attirés vers le centre de la photo, donc de la plante.
Les couleurs sont très belles et la lumière bien dosée. Félicitations.


bravo pour cette photo, claire et nette, il fallait y penser
vraiment une bonne réussite

Hello Benyamin,
Very good pov and composition. I believe you need a stairs in order to take this shot. Very well done and TFS.

Hello Ben,
Interesting point of view makes this an unusual composition!
Dynamic lines and good details, well done and I like it!
Pablo -

Hi friend!
Great idea,colours and perspective!
POV and composition are wonderful!
Take care Ana:)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-08 13:31]

Hello Benyamin,
Lovely capture.Well seen and composed.POV,details and framing are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hi Ben,
An artistic composition with the tight cropping the the center of the plant. You have really brought out the unique patterns and detail here. All lines lead you from the center to the edges all the way around. Nice look to this.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-09-09 20:51]

Nice shot Ben. Great detail and composition, though I do find it a little disorienting (good thing I don't have vertigo).

Bonjour Benyamin
C'est une excellent prise de vue en macro! Composition très belle avec de belles couleurs, et très beaux détails. Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et merci....JP

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-09-11 13:53]

Hi Ben,
Nice close-up my friend.
I like your pov,dof,colors,details,framing and note.TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-09-13 17:57]

Great composition Ben, good details and colors. Well seen and well done. Thanks !


Hi Ben, Good close up of this famous plant which looks similar to similar ones eaten by dinosaurs a long while ago. Perfect clarity with very goof descriptive notes. Murray.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-09-15 2:14]

Hi Benyamin!
A very interesting pov to the centre of the growinmg stem. Obviously the plant is rather big, so that it's nice to have a a detail from it to appreciate its inricate structure. Good work!

It's very close and well detailed. POV,colours, lighting and framing are also excellent. Wonderful macro.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-09-18 11:01]

Hi Benyamin.
You have demonstrated a very interesting idea and its execution. I like the POV and DOF of your shot. I am surprised how you managed to achieve such DOF with f-number 2.8. Details, exposure and colours are great. Superb done and TFS.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-09-18 15:38]

hi ben
interesting working and detail. well close up photo. point of view, colours, background, light and details are great

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-18 22:24]

Hello Benyamin
A very interesting perspective on this shot.An excellent POV and composition.Well saturated colours.I really like the results you achieved.TFS


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-22 11:04]

Bonita e inusual composición Benyamin, con un maravilloso POV, suaves colores y foco algo soft, pero que no desmerece la calidad de la imagen.
Buen encuadre y presentación.
Saludos... Ricardo

Nice and unusual composition Benyamin, with a wonderful POV, sweet colors and focus something soft, but that non deteriorate the quality of the image.
Good framing and presentation.
Greetings... Ricardo

Buena composición la que nos muestras en esta imagen. Bellos colores y naturales.
Saludos, Benyamin.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-08 14:49]

This is a great shot, lovely close composition, great POV, lovely colours and nicely sharp. Unusual view



Hello my friend Benyamin,
very original and creative shot dispite of being unusual is very beautiful and tropical.

Creative look at the plant, showing this middle that is usually overlooked. The result was great. Congratulations!

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