During a trip to Waikoloa Village on Hawaii's Big Inland I took the above photograph of this Royal Painciana. The Royal Poinciana were not as full of flowering blooms as I wished but, sometimes you have to work with what you get. One of the best parts of this image beside the red of the blooms and the different shadings of the green leaves was the blue of the sky. I obtained this nice blue sky by using a Circular Polarizer filter. As I have stated in past blogs a Circular Polarizer filter can make the sky in your images a more natural and truer blue by reducing the harsh light from the sun. A Circular Polarizer is also great for reducing the glare and hotspots from reflective materials such as water and class. To use a Circular Polarizer filter is very easy. Just turn the Circular Polarizer filter until the image in your view finder is at its darkest. I have a Circular Polarizer filter for each of my lens.
Delonix Regia (Royal Poinciana): A native of Madagascar, but grows freely in many other places such as Hawaii, where it is also known as the Flamboyant Tree, Mohur Tree and Red Flame. It blooms in about July or August usually and can reach 40-80 feet, spredding out to the side as well as high.
See the following Wikipedia link to learn more about the Royal Poinciana.
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Technical Data: Nikon D3 with a Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G lens, Subject Distance: 5.96 meters, Exposure: 1/80s at f/5.0, ISO: 200, Focal Length: 58mm, Filter: Circular Polarizer, Lighting: Natural Daylight, Post Processing: ACDSee Photo Editor 2008, Date: 07/28/2010 at 10:32 am
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