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Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 11 May 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Canon EOS 50D 1/200 second F/4.5 ISO 800 105 mm

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Ken from United States

Another great composition, with a hint of... is that Japanese maple?

11 May 2009 5:29am

@Ken: Thx Ken! It is maple, yes. Well spotted.

Esther K from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Beuatifully observed, Stu....the contrast & composition are lovely! Yes, do tell - is that Japanese maple?

11 May 2009 6:14am

@Esther K: Thx Esther. It is indeed Maple. Please see Jim's comments below for an explanation far better than the one I could give! ;-) Peace

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Splendid framing! Composition 5 * Red 5*

11 May 2009 12:14pm

@Ana Lúcia: 5!? Thx Ana Lucia! You made my day!

jim from sebastopol, United States

I LOVE pictures that give a tantalizing glimpse of hidden objects!!
The glowing colors of the japanese maple provide the perfects splash of color in the nearly BW scheme.
And it is that splash of color that really makes me want to peek over the fence!!

11 May 2009 2:39pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

Other viewers asked if that was a japanese maple.. yes, it is. Some of the Japanes maples have wonderful names that when translated to English conjure up visions of vibrance and gaiety. Some of my favorites are "Dancing Little Red Haired Girl" , "Proud Peacock" and "Mane of Roaring Lion".
There are thousands of different varieties now being raised by hybridizers.

11 May 2009 2:50pm

@jim: I'm so glad you left this information here Jim. I've been a bit confused about the Maple - I thought they only turned red in Autumn so I assumed they were something else. Thx for the comments!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Another lovely image of elegance and subtlety! So wonderfully seen and composed!

11 May 2009 2:56pm

@hugo poon: Many thx Hugo!

Angela Anderson-Cobb from Detroit, United States

Great composition. I love that little punch of color. Japanese maples are one of my fave. :)

11 May 2009 4:01pm

@Angela Anderson-Cobb: Thx Angela! Well I'll try to get some more for you in the Fall. Kyoto is beautiful at that time of the year.

Daryl from Farnham, United Kingdom

Very delicately done.

11 May 2009 7:07pm

@Daryl: Cheers Daryl!

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Love the pattern of the roof and the red detail on this one! Beautiful!

11 May 2009 11:46pm

ts from Tokyo, Japan

Stu, great capture! fantastic framing

12 May 2009 4:17am

Sash from Adelaide, Australia

A stellar composition, my friend. The tale is told in the most subtle way. Actually, as far as the anti-purist (aka antidisestablishmentarianist) in me is concerned, this is the dog's bollocks. The only thing that's lacking is a perky pair of breasts. But that's the purist in me having the final say. Don't pay any attention to that. ;)

13 May 2009 6:07am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

A great shot, with amazing composition and intrigue. Well done!

14 May 2009 7:39pm

Aneesh from India

simply a gr8 shot. cngrats

15 May 2009 9:37am

Alison Cornford-Matheson from Brussels, Belgium

Love the simplicity of the composition and that lovely splash of red!

19 May 2009 1:18pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful. Great title.

21 May 2009 5:56pm