This is truly a coddled passion flower, growing happily inside a greenhouse under tropical conditions at my local botanical garden. Last time I checked on the vines they were just getting started, and now they are full and thriving. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 158mm, f/8, 1/320 sec., ISO 1600, heavily filtered sunlight, handheld) Textures (New Day and Villa) from Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.

Featured in Nature’s Symphony of Trees and Flowers (30 March 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 2 years ago

    Awesome work Celeste! Great colour and wonderful detail!

  • Thanks very much, Sharon!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...over 2 years ago

    Brilliant image Celeste!

  • Thank you, Elizabeth, for your kind comment and fave!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    I think passion flowers are among the most beautiful.1600 ISO and no discernible noise!?
    I find a long lens to be better than a macro if the flower is big enough,but I couldn’t handhold as you do. I like this.

  • Hello, Bette, and thank you! For my camera and its relatively small sensor, ISO 1600 is OK but shows a little bit of noise in shadow areas. I used Imagenomic Noiseware at default setting on a duplicate layer for this one. The duplicate layer routine lets me make changes via a layer mask to lessen the filter’s effects as needed in some parts of the image, although reality is that this plug-in typically does a great job on the noise without degrading critical detail. As for the long lens, it’s best in this greenhouse where I really must stay on the paths. It’s a small space where one could use a tripod, but working without the tripod is liberating – possible only because I have confidence in the image stabilization (IS) built into my camera body. I have tested the limits of the IS, so I have a pretty good idea of what I can get away with.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Lynn Starner
    Lynn Starnerover 2 years ago


  • Thanks very much, Lynn!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Maria Ismanah Schulze-Vorberg
    Maria Ismanah ...over 2 years ago

    Impeessing beauty!

  • Thank you for your great comment, Maria!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 2 years ago

    Wonderful macro ! Beautifully presented !

  • Thanks very much, Renee, glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 2 years ago

    Wow…. love this one, Celeste!!!

  • Thank you, Wendi! These are such amazing flowers!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 2 years ago

    this is a lovely floral macro

  • Thanks very much, Martina!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakover 2 years ago

    What a beautiful and unusual flower! Wonderful color, angle and detail, and I love the color variations in the corona as you move toward the center of the flower.

  • Thanks, Anita! These really are strange and alien-looking, and there are color and form variations (such as a white flower with the purple fringe). The extreme depth and the way they carry the reproductive parts well above the petals make them challenging to photograph.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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