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Cynara humilis

Cynara humilis
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Copyright: Jose Rodriguez (jmp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-21
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(purple/violet)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-08 14:38
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cynara humilis is a wild thistle of southern Europe and north Africa, traditionally used as a food by the Berbers. Like C. cardunculus, it can also be used in cheese-making.
I've eaten them when they are small (1-2 cm) and I liked it.


Relevant EXIF Data
Exposure Program=Aperture priority
Date Time Original=2006:05:21 19:40:58
Metering Mode=Spot
Focal Length=19,00 mm (35mm eq.=84,51 mm)
Flash Mode=Off
Focusmode=Manual Focus
White Balance, Exposure Mode=Auto
Scene Capture Type=Standard
Color, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness=Normal

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I like how this fills the frame up so that you can see every detail. I have a shot similiar to this one, I like yours better. :)

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-08 15:00]

Hi Jose

A very eyecatching shot, I do like the POV and the detail is superb with great colours and good BG.

Regards Hilary :)

Dear Jose, what a nice closeup. I think I saw this species or a similar one in Crete some years ago.

THis is a splendid capture!
Perfect details, wonderful colors, a great POV, great lighting...great everything :)

Una magnifica macro con tridimension color nitidez muy viva!!! un documento para el que no conoce la planta, con excelente nota.

Nicely done Jose, I like it.
You have very interesting light and great color.
Well seen from the BG with excellent DOF, sharp detail, and I like the close framing in your macro as well..
Very well done.

Hola José.
Superb macro. All details are in their place. It's very intersant to hear that this wild plant was used as food. It is simply a thistle.


eat them when they are small - is this just this thistle or can you do this with others?

great detail and sharpness, excelletn DOF and POV, though I think the cropping is touch too close personally.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-09 8:12]

Hi Jose
Nice close-up shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes, details and POV. Good composition.
Well done mf


Hello José.
Beautiful flower, is this some kind of a thistle?
Great POV, DOF and colours.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards.

Filipe Caetano.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-09 8:44]

Hi Jose, excellent shot of this thistle. The lighting here is very good, it really brings out the colours and details. I also like the way you have filled the frame. Very well done my friend and TFS.

With so nice picture you will convince me try too!

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-09 12:14]

Hola Jose,
El juego de los colores malva y los exelentes detailles hacen de esta flor una photo muy hermosa. La luz es muy buena tan bien!
Agradecido y saludos

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-09 19:41]

Hello Jose,
I like this frame filling composition a lot. Very sharp details and wondeful colors. POV, lighting and presentation are great.

Hi Jose !
A superbe shot ! This thistle is very beautiful, and you photographed is very nicely, with excellent details and textures. I also love the light on your photo, as well asthe composition. Interesting to hear that this flower can be eaten ! Very well done !

very good one Jose,
a well taken shot, good quality, very nice composition and fantastic colours very good job.
gr. jaap

Hello Jose, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, excllent work, TFS Kyle

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-10 9:24]

Otro gran ejemplo de una macro de una flor con impactantes detalles y colorido como puntos fuertes de la imagen.
Me agrada el POV elegido, perpendicular a la misma y un cuadro bien apretado para resaltar aun más la belleza de la misma.
Otro detalle destacable es el aprovechamiento de la luz sin sobrexposición alguna.
Felicitaciones Jose.
Saludos cordiales... Ricardo

Hi Jose,
Excellent close-up picture. All details are clearly seen. Well composed, pov, and dof. Very well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-11 4:10]

Bonjour Jose, this Cynara humilis is a splendid capture. I like overall the harmonize of colors an marvellous lighting. Great details too, well done, Didier.

Hello Jose,

Great macro with very clear details. Very good DOF and POV.

The colors are great, very well done.



Bonjour Jose
Une excellente photo en macro de cette belle fleur,les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

hello Jose,
great macro,
we called it "Devedikeni" in Turkai (Camelthorn:)
Best Regards

A nivel descriptivo esta es una foto perfecta, y en lo que se refiere al fotografico, has sacado una gran dosis de belleza de este cardo. Tiene mucho merito conseguir fotos de especies increibles en los confines del mundo, pero tambián lo tiene encontrar la belleza en las cosas más simples.
PD: Yo lo hubiera rotado ligeramente para conseguir la verticalidad.

Hola José,
El primer plano de la flor es muy bueno, artístico. Me gusta la iluminación casi desde atrás, como llena la imágen, los colores del cardo y el fondo, todo acompañado de bunos detalles.

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2006-08-18 15:51]

Humilis... ma sembra un re incoronato! Un po' di gloria per questi fiori troppo spesso snobbati data la bontà delle piante!!
Ciao Paolo

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2006-08-29 11:05]

Hola José

bonita foto, muy nítida y con colores naturales+
la luz lateral la realza+

saludos jjo

Hello Jose,
Very good details in this thisle close-up!
I like the way you compose this image, with tight framing...
Good lighting resulting in fine colours!
Pablo -

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  • nansen (0)
  • [2006-10-18 17:02]

Muy buen macro, la nitidez es óptima, y los colores muy bonitos. De todas maneras creo que debías haber intentado tomar la foto al lado iluminado de la planta, los colores estarían más saturados..., creo.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2006-10-21 22:01]

Saludos jmp, preciosa flor de delicados colores buena foto. Sira

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-18 13:03]
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Hi José

You must have been really hungry to eat one of these items (chuckle).

Amazing camera work MF.

You made magnificent use of the vertical composition to portrait this weed in all its glorious beauty. The cropping was very thoughtfully executed to ensure maximum visual focus on the subject. The colours are stunning and that lilac crown against the darkish BG is absolutely brilliant. The details are superb and the exposure was perfectly controlled resulting in remarkable contrast even in the shaded areas.

Very well done and TFS.

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