Red or green? Full bloom or the promise? The hibiscus is a showoff flower. I never saw such big blooms until my wife planted her hibiscuses a few years ago.
I like the crop of the interior. The blossom envelopes and forms a kind of stage. I seldom use the entire area of 35mm. I love to play and crop. I shot the whole flower, but I liked the interior detail best.
Speaking of best. I like this shot of the buds, the promise of the future. The tendrils are like hugging arms. Walk past those buds and you would never notice. Zoom in — look what you can discover. There’s an entire world in a small space.
Some people are horrified to think that someone would actually crop and not tell the “truth” of what the camera saw. Horse hockey. The camera is a dummy. The vision belongs to the photographer.
Ansel Adams was a master of darkroom manipulation. The image captured by the camera is only the beginning. Being able to work with our captured images in a computer trumps the darkroom.
I think all creativity can benefit from editing. When we write, we pour our souls onto the page and edit later. Writing is rewriting. Why not do the same when we photograph?