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Tropical Arrangement

Enjoy this tropical arrangement of tropic fleur, white orchid, variegated pandanus, ti leaf, and anthurium.

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Flower Shops in Japan

We were in Osaka and Kyoto a few weeks ago. Like noodle shops, flower shops in Japan are plentiful.  They are in every street corners, apartment stores, train stations and even residential neighborhoods. We are much inspired to see such  high quality and affordability of floral offers. The cymbidium, ranucurus, sweet peas are among my favorite. Next to the good food and people, flower is one of the best thing that I love about Japan. Happy travel.

Flowers in Japan

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Some rose

Beautiful rose blossoms.  Don’t you love it?

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Tropical Arrangement

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You’re looking at a tropical arrangement of red Anthurium, red Costus, and curly fern. The yellow blossoms is a mystery plant of the week.

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Name this flower?

Email me with the correct answer and you will get a 30% off of your next flower purchase. (Promotion expires on Aug 30, 2010)

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Wedding Cake Decoration

Most cake makers and catering department of hotels can take on the task of decorating your wedding cake. If there is a certain flowers that you like, ask your florist to provide the flowers along with your bouquets and centerpieces. This way the flowers will be similar too. And if there is a certain look that you are after, bring example pictures to your florist. They will be glad to recreate it for you. Here is a lovely wedding cake decorated with stargazer lilies, white roses and dendrobium orchids. Enjoy.

Your florists who decorate the cake on site will actually adjust the flower placement depending on the location of the cake. They will use the flowers to the biggest impact. It may be tempted to use up all the flowers and put too much flowers on the cake. Just tell yourself that it is okay to have have left over, especially when the cake is already looking great. Remember, it is a cake decorated with flowers, not cake hiding in a flower bed.

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Flower Photography

We photograph our flowers arrangement with a few point and shoot digital cameras.  We use mostly natural day light and white background. With white flowers, we use darker background.

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Soon we will try some of the tips from Table Top Studio  and learn to use artificial light, use a light box to diffuse light and provide a cluster-free background (unless it is mood driven arrangement where the background is also important; wedding flowers is a good example.) Switch your digital camera from the default average focus mode to spot focus mode.  This will give you more control over what you want to focus.  Use a tripod to steady your shots for sharp images.  Use daylight balanced compact fluorescent bulbs so you don’t have to compensate for off white balance shots.  Use two to three source of soft light to eliminate harsh shadows.  Rotate arrangement for the best angle. Shooting down on the arrangments will show more flowers and less vase, which will usually resulted in more dramatic photos.

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Eric Butler’s Photography

Weird, could you tell me what this is? Eric Butler hiked the local terrain and snap away photos of tropical plants and flowers. 

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His collection of photography can be view at Sweet Blossoms Hawaii card rack (located right next to lei cooler). All are in greeting card format so you can send it to someone who loves flowers and plants. There are also a few calendars left for purchase. Above are just couple samples. Doesn’t it look like a Chihuly Red Chinnok Chandelier or was it the other way around that Chihuly chandelier look like this tropical coral tree?

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