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Copyright: Maite SRivero (Maite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-13
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/5.6
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-03 5:32
Viewed: 7642
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends.
As my last picture was removed for excesive pp work (something that I feared in fact and I think it correct) I post this one less processed, and I hope you like it too.

This is a flower that I found in the backyard. It was rather hard for me to find the id, but this is it.

White Larkspur / Espuela de Caballero
(Consolida ajacis)

The larkspurs are cool weather annuals, closely related to the delphiniums, and sometimes included in that genus as Delphinium consolida. These plants bloom in spring and summer with blue, white, pink or lilac florets on spikes 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m) tall. They are shorter, less spectacular plants than the true delphiniums, most of which are perennial. The leaves are bright green and finely dissected - feathery, even. The flowering spike may be single or branched. The individual florets are about two inches across, and bear an upward curving spur at the rear of the corolla - hence the common name. Technically, there are five sepals, four of which look like petals; the fifth is the spur. There are two upper petals that are fused, appearing as one.

The annual larkspurs come originally from southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.

Larkspur leaves and flowers can cause stomach distress if ingested, and sensitive people may get a rash from contact with the foliage. The seeds are poisonous. The foliage is said to be poisonous to cattle.

I cut the picture a litte. Then I reduced it for TN.

Thank you very much for your visit.
I wish you a nice week.

maurydv, haraprasan, Alex99, PaulH, Pitoncle, fartash, eqshannon, pekkavalo1, SelenE, marhowie, Adanac, Hormon_Manyer, jeanpaul, ramthakur has marked this note useful
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Ciao Maite,
non penso che una bella presentazione possa trasformare il valore assoluto di un'immagine, a volte la comunicazione è più efficace proponendo le cose in modo semplice, come in questo caso, IMHO l'immagine deve comunicare al di là dell'impatto visivo iniziale ed è bello scoprire lentamente ogni piccolo dettaglio, personalmente preferisco questo BG più naturale e i bianchi risaltano molto bene con questo contrasto.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-03 8:20]

Merhaba Maite,
Çok güzel yeşil bir artalan önündeki bu beyaz çiçeğin nefis bir karesi bu. Seyri çok zevkli bir çalışma olmuş. Elinize sağlık.


Hi Maite,
A nice capture of this beautiful larkspur flower. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Maite,i can't believe that a 1st class pic like your was removed!!!! Was a very nice work,i dont' understand the administrators!!Still my best compliments about the pic of this flower,this is very nice too,thanks for share,don't worry be happy..ehehe...have a nice day,Luciano

hola Maite,
a good capture of this species of Consolida,
presented with good detail and atmosphere

saludos sERGIO

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-03 10:48]
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Dear Maite.
It is very sad news. Your hot was amazing. However, this version is so cute and natural. Exposure is spot on. I like tender reproduction of each petal of the wonderful flowers. BG is very nice too, well collored and smoothed. My warm greetings and best wishes.

Hi Maite,
this flower looks so romantic, I love the contrast against the green BG and the design of the flower, wonderful shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-04 9:56]

merhaba Maite
well close-up capture of this interesting and beautiful flower
i like POV, BG, sharpness and details

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-04 10:01]

Hi Maite, i really like the way these seem to glow, the light is beautiful. The whole image has avery uplifting quality, great work my friend.

Bonjour Maite,
Très belle macro finement détaillée dans laquelle le sujet est bien valorisé compte tenu de la difficulté que représente le rendu du blanc.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Dear Maite
This is very good to see you post ;O)
Very intersting shot of these White Larkspurs,
Perfect details,exposure and BG.Welldone my friend.

Good Luck

Ahhhh sweet memories...son it shall be here...but not after 100 plus US inches of snow...maybe I should go to the tropics..I'm accepting free one way tickets:-) thanks for well placed memory picture!

hello maite,
beautiful capture, the petals looks as if glowing with light, the green bg offers good contrast, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi Maite,
Very beautiful picture of this White Lakspur with good POV and composition, nicely blurred BG and great lighting giving the picture a soft dreamlike glow.
Best wishes

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-14 2:48]

Hi Maite,
Wonderful shot of these charming flowers and you have handled the natural lighting and exposure on the white petals very skillfully. The green neutral BG makes the image stand out. Very impressive sharpness and colours and the DOF is perfect. Very nicely composed.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-14 3:03]

Hi Maite,
Very nice close up.I liked details on white flower,simple BG and visual impact a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-14 5:19]

Hola amiga,
I missed this one and the previous version you uploaded. Soft lighting, exposure control, POV and composition look so nice. Gracias
Un saludo,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-15 9:18]

Hello Maite, well composed image with a beautiful and soft light, well done!


Hola Maite, elegant white flower with splndid details and wonderful colorful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Maite,
Simple beauty - Well seen & captured with a good POV.
I think the BG contrasts nicely..Good detail & exposure, although that exposure is right at the edge.
Well done,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-22 13:28]

Hello Maite,
Your great camera work has captured great detaisl in the white petals of this beautiful flower. Thank you for sharing your fine work.

Bonito documento con una luz bastante controlada a pesar de la dificultad evidente que conlleva por su color. Texturas también muy bien captadas.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hola amiga,
We all have to violate the terms of TN at least once. :) I know it by myself. But this version perfectly fits the rule of the site, and above all, it's a wonderful shot in difficult conditions. I know how difficult is capturing white flowers, with enough contrast, but avoiding overexposure, and with nice colors. The photographer who can do this, like You in this case, deserve deep respect. Most of all if everything else is also great on her / his pic.
Have a nice new year, I wish You all the very best.
Your Hungarian friend, László

Hello Maite

A beautiful capture of this larkspur.
The focus is very good with lovely DOF.
The OOF green BG is a fine back drop.
A well chosen vertical frame.


Bonjour Maite
C'est un merveilleux macro et les couleurs de ces fleurs sont très jolies ,les détails et la composition sont supers.

Merci et au revoir....JP

  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-20 3:05]

Hi Maite,
thanks for three in row. this pretty and lovely white flower is very interesting. Everything is white except the branch and stalks.
Well composed in a good lighting as i know composing white object is pretty difficult.
Really pleasant.


Thanks for your kind words on my recent butterfly picture, Maite.
Since you have not posted anything yet in the new year, I went back, with manifest pleasure, to this pictures of yours which I had missed somehow.
It is a well seen and well captured image of Larkspur white flowers.
The beauty lies in your presentation.
The picture is technically sound.
Well done and start posting again.

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