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Copyright: Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3879 W: 192 N: 3835] (14563)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-27
Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-29 7:15
Viewed: 3584
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fern unfolding is a display of attractive lines and shapes!

I did some experimenting with the DOF here, and it is my personal opinion the narrow version works best!

Maybe the result is more artistic than educational, but then why not?

Some facts:

A fern is any one of a group of about 20,000 species of plants classified in the phylum or division Pteridophyta, also known as Filicophyta. The group is also referred to as polypodiophyta, or polypodiopsida when treated as a subdivision of tracheophyta (vascular plants).

Ferns have a popular image of growing in moist, shady woodland nooks, but the reality is far more complex. Ferns grow in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from remote mountain elevations to dry desert rock faces to bodies of water to open fields. Ferns in general may be thought of as largely being specialists in marginal habitats, often succeeding in places where various environmental delimiters limit the success of flowering plants.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Hello Pablo,
This is a very artistic and aesthetic picture. I love those curves here and beautiful DOF. Details and natural color are beautiful. This is very nice and I love ferns as I think that they give very good picture's opportunities. Thanks,

Hi Pablo,
I like these photos with a very shallow DOF. It does give the photo a wonderful artistic feel. The unfolded ferns do make for some wonderful shapes and patterns. I like the intens green color of this photo. It looks like you got a very large archive to use.

Hi Pablo.
This is a great DOF and composition, the eye goes straight to the uncurling frond. Beautiful colour through-out the image and good detail in the point of focus you chose.

New Zealand

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-29 7:42]

salut Pablo,

une vraie image graphique, simple et sobre. La gamme des verts est variée et va parfaitement avec le cadre.
bien vu


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-29 7:57]

Hello Pablo
What a fantastic sight of this curious fern! A wonderful macro shot with great sharpness and DOF, and beautiful colors and composition.
You got a superb result!
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Pablo,
The curve and soft color work best here. The fern look delicate and charming. Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.

I think you covered both - not just the artistry of nature but also the amazing function. Great great against green - good contrast in the various shades. Pretty composition.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-29 9:12]

Hi Pablo.
Beautiful nuances green color in this very interesting artistic picture.I like composition and your work with DOF.Also very nice POV,which shows splendid spiral leaf this ferns.Wonderful your capture those very attractive plants.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-29 11:44]

Hi Pablo,
Artistic shot. Ferns have always such beautiful formations are are so attractive. I like your POV and DOF, brings out the shapes so majestically. Nice soothing colours. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-29 11:58]

Hello Pablo,
Artistic capture.Well seen and composed.POV,lighting,exposure and DOF you managed are excellent.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-29 12:12]

Hi Pablo.
I welcome your creative searches and experiments so much. I like your art work. It is so impressive. Nice combination of sharpness and blurrines, smooth passage between them, pleasant soft lighting and delicate colours. My best regards and compliments.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-29 12:29]

Hello Pablo,
Very nice macro of this fern unfolding. This, in fact. often seems to happen very quickly in my experience. This is definitely a very artistic and beautiful shot! I like the focus and the blurr and the colours! Excellent composition too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-05-29 12:31]

hi Pablo, this is nice shot . like some lizard tail. Goodcompo and introduction.

This is no doubt an artistic presentation of a fern unfolding itself, Pablo.
The fresh shoots of a kind of hairy fern in our area in the mountains are consumed by people as seasonal vegetable and are also pickled. I have tried the stuff, but it does not taste good!
Thanks for seeing the beauty in this simple phenomenon of nature and sharing it with us.
Best regards.

bonjour pablo
c'est effectivement une bonne experience menée ici avec peu de profondeur pour concentrer le regard juste sur la palme de fougere.
c'est doux et agreable au regard.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-05-29 14:27]

J'aime bien ces compositions très artistiques et très décoratives
Bonne journée.

Hi Pablo, wonderful focus on this fern, splendid light and colors, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-29 15:33]

Hola Pablo,
agradable tonos, singular macro,
bello momento del helecho(fern),
buen pov,bella presentación...

bonjour Pablo
C'est une photo très originale et belles couleurs nettes avec un joli cadrage.
Bravo et salutations ...JP

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-29 20:05]

Hi Pablo,
a very well composed Macro shot. I loke the DOF it works hand in hand with your POV.
Fabulous all those green tones, the looks fabulopus and adds nice depth to the photo.
Very well presented in this great frame.

Hi Pablo, what strikes me about this shot is the colour and the curving of the fronds. This composition for me works very well. I like the depth of field you've chosen but I think I would have been happy with more as well, as long as the fronds themselves were isolated from the background. In any case, very nice.

Thanks, John

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-30 2:56]

Hi Pablo

What a splendid nad delicate subject!
I'm sure you are right: narrow version does work best here! It really gives a superb sence of perspective and also gives it the necessary depth.
Excellent POV and details in the focused parts, good exposure and lovely colors.

Bravo an dTFS

Belle photo de cette plante que je ne connais pas mais qui est jolie. Amitiés Thomas

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-30 14:39]

Hi Pablo

I love the DOF here, it is very attractive. Lovely colours and shapes as well. Very artistic shot



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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-30 17:52]

Hi Pablo,
I find your option about narrow dof quite good, given a sensation of mysterious to the intrincate structure of this fern.
TFS, José m.

Hi Pablo,
I love images of ferns unfolding and your is no exception. It is lovely. Such fine detail. To me wonderful.

How delicate Pablo!
The intricate pattern of this fern unfolding is the true beauty of nature. Beautifully captured in the soft woodland light. The different shades of green are very calming.
Well done!
TFS Janice

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-30 23:47]

Hello Pablo

Wonderful DOF with excellent focus and sharp details.The colours are natural and well saturated.Nicely composed .TFS


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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-05-31 0:28]

I see you've got a lot of greenery already despite the late snows in spring. Ferns are ancient plants - much older than the rest - so they deserve to start the summer greenery close-ups with. The shallow dof is impressive - it makes the composition.
Good luck!

Hi again dear Pablo ,
nice shot with excellent focus.
lovely BG and nice frame.

Best wishes

Bonjour Pablo,
Anather great macro picture and beautiful colors, very nice picture and composition..well done .

Love the soft tones of the emerald green.
I was foolish not to register these in Terceira, Azores.
There they are a 'pest'. They grow so profusly out there.
Thanks for sharing.
Liked your notes too.
Your friend from far off Canada,

Hi Pablo,
Nice macro closeup of this fern unfolding..
I agree. In this type of shot, a narrow DOF works well.
Well composed with great detail, color, and exposure.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-01 17:11]

Hi Pablo

A really lovely shot - I really like it - the narrow DOF gives a sense of the fern unfolding.


Well done, good detail and nice spiral pattern in the foliage.


Hi Pablo,
Well focused, nice DoF, pretty green color tone, nicely composed, very aesthetic image.
Excellently done!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-04 12:37]

Bonjour Pablo,
I like very much this delicate photo. The shape of the Fern is nice. Beautiful colors, good sharpness and DOF.
Congratulations and TFS.

Hi Pablo. Good macro of one of natures miracles. Good clarity and colours. Good diversity coming into your portfolio. TFS. Murray.

Hello Pablo,
good composition of the unfolding fern with such good natural colour,POV and much details
well seen and TFS

Hello Pablo!
Love all the green tones in the photo, great dof can really see the fern as its growing! My Dad used to love eating the ferns when they just start out of the ground, in New England we call them fiddleheads..:o)

Hello Pablo

Another very interesting nat history subject that you have captured beautifully. I wish there a greater DOF though, but I see light wasnt excellent (by your shutter speed)! Excellent notes

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-14 7:09]

Delightful composition with outstanding colours and PoV

Hi my friend,

I'm fascinated again by this detail and the POV to take this subject's shot.



Hi Pablo,

A nice image of the fern, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi dear Pablo;good green color balance,good border....

Pretty, refreshing green, as they unfurl! I love ferns, they feel cool just looking at them on a hot summer's day!

Hello Pablo. The different in climate don't differ much in shape and details of this fern and ours. Nice shallow depth with excellent focus where it matters. Pleasing hues of green in good framing. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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