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photoblog image Tales from My Garden: A Raindrop on a Banana Leaf

Tales from My Garden: A Raindrop on a Banana Leaf

It's a healthy habit , you know, to google your name a couple times a year.  Just to see, if you kept the lid tight enough not to spill something embarrassing about you into the worldwide web. And so I googled my name the other day. Judging by the very few results the best in the world search engine came up with, the lid works well. One unlikely find caught my attention, though. The link was to the Smithsonian Magazine. Puzzled, I clicked on the link and recognized the picture.  I submitted it to their photocontest last year. The picture didn't win any merits, and I forgot about the whole thing. Past summer Natalya and I traveled to Washington, D.C., and bumped onto the exhibition of the contest winning pictures at the Smithsonian Castle. It was a diverse and remarkable display of 50 stunning photographs-finalists from around the world. In total, about 25,000 entries were submitted. Anyway, here's the link: http://today.smithsonianmag.com/photo/?year=2007&month=7&day=26

 

Tales from My Garden: A Raindrop on a Banana Leaf

It's a healthy habit , you know, to google your name a couple times a year.  Just to see, if you kept the lid tight enough not to spill something embarrassing about you into the worldwide web. And so I googled my name the other day. Judging by the very few results the best in the world search engine came up with, the lid works well. One unlikely find caught my attention, though. The link was to the Smithsonian Magazine. Puzzled, I clicked on the link and recognized the picture.  I submitted it to their photocontest last year. The picture didn't win any merits, and I forgot about the whole thing. Past summer Natalya and I traveled to Washington, D.C., and bumped onto the exhibition of the contest winning pictures at the Smithsonian Castle. It was a diverse and remarkable display of 50 stunning photographs-finalists from around the world. In total, about 25,000 entries were submitted. Anyway, here's the link: http://today.smithsonianmag.com/photo/?year=2007&month=7&day=26

 

comments (21)

  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Dec 2007, 05:23
Viktor I am impressed by this wonderfull gorgeous macro, thanks for the story and link
vz-nostalgia: You're welcome, Ms. Astrid. There was not much of a story to the shot, though. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Dec 2007, 05:25
I think you were delighted when you opened the website, I would have been tonguetonguetongue
vz-nostalgia: More surprised then delighted, I guess. I'd prefer to see it on the wall of the Smithsonian, but I am no competitor to all the great talents from around the world. smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 4 Dec 2007, 07:05
Fantastic macro.
vz-nostalgia: Good to hear from you again, Ms. Aussie.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Dec 2007, 10:12
Well...it is a beautiful image, VZ, even if it did not make the final cull. I especially like the deep brown dead bits of the leaf, and wonder if the picture might have been even better without the distraction of the drop of liquid.
vz-nostalgia: smile, Ray. Those are not dead bits. The young leaves of this banana tree have this beautiful brown/green pattern. If I had more time, I'd clone out the droplet and send you and Kathryn (whom you seem convinced, she's so prone to the outside influence! smile) the boring picture of the plain leaf, for your private pleasure. smile I think any picture should have a focal/magnet point (with rare exceptions). And you know it damn well through your own photographic experience. smile
Z
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 4 Dec 2007, 10:44
It's a stunning shot VZ. Shame it didn't make it to the finals.
vz-nostalgia: Oh, Ms. Scarlet. You wouldn't say so, if you saw the winning 50 photographs! smile
An amazing photgraph, the 50 shots displayed must have been of stunning quality indeed to not have this on included. Btw. did google not show your Shutterchance entries?
vz-nostalgia: You bet they were, Patrick. I didn't see the shutterchance links. That's because I go under VZ here, I guess. Told you, I keep the lid tight. smile
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 4 Dec 2007, 12:25
smithsonian finalist or not. this one is awesome, Vik.
vz-nostalgia: Glad I made your list, Terry! smile
Fantastic colours - great abstract.
vz-nostalgia: Abstact? hmm...I wasn't aiming for that. I guess everyone sees things in a different light, Ms. Bernie. smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 4 Dec 2007, 12:33
Congrats on the Smithsonian, VZ!

The detail of the leaf, its textures, and the colors are amazing.

For me, the drop looks a little too harsh like a metal stone or a manufactured glass bead.

I think I am with Ray on this one about the drop.

PS.. what I find when I google myself bores even ME to sleep!
vz-nostalgia: I didn't make it to Smithsonian, so no congrats for me in order. smile
I know you're with Ray, so have a look at my response to him. smile
  • Nig
  • Work
  • 4 Dec 2007, 13:31
Still a cracking shot!
vz-nostalgia: I hear a cracking sound, Nig. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 4 Dec 2007, 15:26
This looks computer generated, which in no way detracts from the appeal of the shot, but makes me curious how you processed this. The drop looks like a textured gem stome!
vz-nostalgia: The shot is pretty much as is, Martin. Some basic contrast and color adjustments in Elements, and that's about it besides the 2x1 crop. I don't have much time for the PS wizzardry (even if I know it, which is not the case). The droplet...you know, if you look at water droplets at the right angle and the right time of day, they turn their magic on and transform themselves into a "metal stone" or a "manufactured glass bead". smile
What a fantastic macro. Well done
vz-nostalgia: smile, Richard. Glad you enjoyed it.
Stunning shot! Really beautiful in all respects. If this did not make the cut, I can not begin to imagine how spectacular the ones that did, were! (:o)
vz-nostalgia: Oh, dear Ms. Rosie. I've forgotten about my fiasco, and now I feel the sour taste of failure once again. smile (of course, just kidding smile )
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 5 Dec 2007, 06:18
I don't know how I missed this yesterday, Viktor, but CONGRATULATIONS! I'd be popping all my buttons! My mom would subscribe to the Smithsonian magazine ever so often and just devoured it. She would have loved this...and I take after her! smile
vz-nostalgia: It's OK. So many photoblogs, Ms. Ginnie, so little time... smile
So glad you like it.
I like it, and yes, you have to keep the droplet in this pic....I get this movement feeling in my body...where is this droplet going....Beautiful colours by the way...
vz-nostalgia: Glad you're with me on the droplet, Aksel.
Be careful with all that movement in your body. smile
  • DrAW!
  • 5 Dec 2007, 19:05
powerful stuff vz!
vz-nostalgia: Power to the people, doc! smile
wow missed this one, what a beautiful image VZ,the color and the raindrop oh my, stunning.
vz-nostalgia: Don't miss a bit next time, Tim. smile
It is like a drop of mercury on the green one of a leaf. I like!
vz-nostalgia: I bet you played with mercury, when you were a kid, Jose-Angel. Otherwise, how would you know? smile
This is stunning! Beautiful rich colours and the raindrop is magnificent!
vz-nostalgia: Delighted you enjoyed it, Ms. Organic.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Dec 2007, 10:41
Lovely shot. Very happy for u it got featured by them smile
vz-nostalgia: smile, Deji. I see you dug quite deep for this. smile
  • Amethyst
  • Beautiful Tropics
  • 17 Jan 2008, 15:47
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is just absolutely mageecal!! I mean, see the lif vyeins through the droplet. Sigh!!
vz-nostalgia: smile, Amethyst, wherever you are in the Beautiful Tropics.
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