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Plant sap

Plant sap
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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: 2006-12-02
Categories: Trees
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/480 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2), 5 favs. and up - PART 2, posts with a difference [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-02 7:41
Viewed: 9331
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Plant sap

Sap is the fluid carried inside the phloem of a plant, circulating to distribute food and water to various parts of the plant.

Gummosis is the formation of patches of a gummy substance on the surface of certain plants, particularly trees. This occurs when sap (technically a latex) oozes from wounds or cankers as a reaction to outside stimuli such as adverse weather conditions, infections, insect attacks, or other mechanical damage. In many species, the sticky nature of sap has the effect of plugging wounds and thus detering attacks by insects, bacteria and fungi.

Other non-tree plants also have sap, such as euphorbias (including poinsettias) and milkweeds, although the word sap is commonly only used to refer to trees.

In some countries (e.g., Latvia) it is usual to collect the sap of birch trees for human consumption. The sap is extracted during spring and can be used fresh or fermented.
Comparing ground to this plum tree sap one can realize what Chemistry is for Nature. It's like a miracle for our small rational mind!.
Enjoy this gem used by the tree to protect itself.

(From Wikipedia)

Time: 11:18 Partially cloudy
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Hi Jose,
A very artistic composition on this tree sap. I really like how the specular highlights have the saburst effect. Colors and detail look good. Well done.

Hola Jose,
Interesting object, artistically captured. Sparkles add aesthetic value of this image. Nicely done.

Ben Lakitan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-02 7:57]

Hello Jose,
Very nice and unusual close up.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,lighting and visual impact are wonderful.Have a great weekend!

Una de las mejores fotos de resina que he visto, apoyada por una nota interesante. Mira que soy citicón y esta vez me tendré que morder la lengua :D Felicidades.

Hello Jose,

I never thought that sap would make a god photo, Well yove corrected me wrong, excllent colors Bg POV DOf excellent great details very crisp,

TFS Kyle

Hello Jose,
What an impressive picture, wow! This is just great with excellent details and wonderful brilliance. I like those colors great lightning and exposure. This is a very unusual picture with excellent note; a great contribution to this site! Superb!

Hiya Jose, wonderful shape, form and colours of this gum, almost looks alien, lol, the reflected light really adds to this very nicely composed shot, great capture!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-02 9:16]

Hola Jose,
Super play of light and patterns of this blob of dripping sap.
This shot is clear, well presented and original. Nice to see!
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hello Jose,
What is the source of light that bounces off various glistening parts of the plumtree sap frozen like a "gem" and an icicle?
You have truly proved your mettle here as a dexterous photographer.
I am also floored by the three-dimensionality of the image.
Great work.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-02 10:18]

Hello Jose,
this looks great, excellent setails and very nice colors. Those light reflections look beautiful. From this POV this tree sap looks like liquid gold.
Very well composed.

bonjour josé
magnifique j'aime l'idée et les eclat du soleil.bravo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-02 12:03]

What an interesting and inovative idea! I like it a lot!
Excellent work here Jose!
I like the POV and the light very much, especially the way it reflects from your "subject".
Also the DOF is very well chosen and the details are very neat and sharp.
Very well exposed and composed, too.
Bravo and TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-02 13:15]

Hi Jose.
Very interesting shot.POV and composition are great.Beautiful colours and fine details.Very nice lighting with such quantity incredible reflections.Great job.
Regards Milos

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-02 13:49]

wauw what a shot Jose,
fantastic macro, the pov is unusual but very good, the composition is nice to look at, not easy but you did do it good.
gr. jaap

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-02 14:14]

Hi Jose.
My congratulations with such poetic picture. This is really amazing work of art. Perfect and expressive reflections, attractive POV, creative idea and skilful execution. Very original and superb done picture. My compliments.

Hi Jose,
it's beautiful and fascinating.
Just at the right moment and with wonderful light, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-02 14:24]

Great light and colours. So much to see here with the perfect drop and the little bubbles.



que bonito jogo de luz e cor! Está 5*! Encontras-te um tesouro ou pelo menos criaste um:)
Obrigado pelas tuas palavras Ana:)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-02 15:34]

La coincidencia que hoy tanto tú estimado Jose como Ozcan han publicado imágenes macro de savia.
Una bella y gran composición, con verdadero sentido artístico, aprovechando las virtudes de esta sustancia para producir un efecto lumínico maravilloso y el exacto disparo con la gota derramándose.
Me encantan el punto de vista y el encuadre que elegiste generando además muy bellas reflexiones sobre la misma.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

Hello Jose,
This is truely a beautiful picture. The pov and three dimension effect are excellent. A splendid picture to admire.

Hola Jose M,
El resultado que obtuviste con esta foto es absolutamente fuera de este mundo!
La refracción de luz y los reflejos crean unas tonalidades ámbar exquisitas, el goteo, las burbujas atrapadas, todo ello le imprime una gran riqueza visual a tu foto.
Creo que el POV no pudo ser mejor.
Felicidades y muchas gracias por compartirla,

Hola José,
El efecto logrado con la luz hace que se asemeje a una perla de gran belleza, me gusta la toma por su composición artística. Saludos

Hello José,
spectacular posting from very unusual approach.
Marvellous adventures of light here, and a really dramatic composition. This image plus notes is very much out of the ordinary, and just excellent my friend.
An excellent, absolutely eye catching illustration for the title of any novel that tells the story of the genesis of amber, by the way.
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-12-03 16:13]

Hi Jose,
What a wonderful idea...so unusual and original.The texture is quite amazing...almost like a drop of gold.I like the "diamond" lights reflected and also the internal yellow light.Well done...a learning experience for me.
Regards, david

Hola Jose,
Parece una joya - me encanta el brillo del sol por todas partes.
Muy bien presentado - gracias!

Precioso detalle, una imagen hecha poesía.
Una herida que se cierra con un diamante.
Saludos, JL

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-03 22:46]

Hello Jose
Beauty in something as simple as tree sap.Very beautiful colours and clarity.A well composed photo with excellent DOF and POV.A very unique and interesting post.TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-04 3:35]

José es sencillamente genial, hermosos destellos, y perfecto encuadre, una forma hermosa y atractiva de presentar la savia... saludos.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-04 12:36]

Hi Jose
Good shot. Look like a gold drops from tree :) Good colours, sharpnes, details, light and POV.
Well done Jose

belle photo,désolé,problèmes. Thomas

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-12-04 17:39]

Hi Jose, great close-up of this Sap. Great textures and reflective lighting giving the sap a true golden glow. Great work my friend very well done. TFS.

Wel this is special: an unusual subject, and wonderful light effects. Well done!

Evelynn : )

Dear Jose,
The notes are superb.
The photo, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is:
Had to Fav. it.

Hola José,
Muy buena foto! Me gusta el brillo y la nitidez que tiene, además de esa gota a punto de caer, o al menos lo parece, porque es bastante viscosa.
Me recuerda a la savia que resumaba un árbol de ciruela en mi casa, cuando era niño.
Util la nota.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2006-12-05 21:03]

Saludos Jmp, una foto muy interesante, has captado estupendamente el reflejo de la luz, parecen gotas doradas... Gracias por la información que adjuntas. Sira

Hola Jose !
This is a great picture ! I love the golden color and the shape of this sap, with one of the drops ready to fall. Beautiful composition and excellent details, and a very informative note. Very well done !

Well done Jose.
I appreciate the creativity in this..One should always be willing to try something new..I think what makes this shot special is that translucent quality that seems to almost hold onto to the light and produce an amber glow. Or is it I'm just a "sap" for these types of shots ;-}}
Have a good day!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-06 21:42]

Hi Jose,
Very beautifully done! The note is excellent. This is a great contribution to Treknature!

Muy bonita la forma que ha cogido y como pasa la luz a través de ella.

Hi Jose ,
excellent shot.
drop this shot is very nice.
good sharpness.

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  • LegaL Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 0] (301)
  • [2006-12-09 8:36]

very good subject and settings of shot. tfs

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-12-13 14:22]

Very enteresting photo. Composition and lighting is great. I like how the light shines through the sap giveing it an elegant look. Nice colors and DOF.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-15 17:55]

The sun reflecting in the juice is excellent. It makes the photo extra-special. Well done!


I really like light on .

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-20 20:26]

I love this shot, Jose!
You presented the raisin in a very nice way. Very interesting POV. Imagine, that will be a piece of amber one day :-)
Best greetings,

Hi José, great capture, perfect focus!!!
Feliz Navidad!!! Luís.

Hello Jose,
Your gallery looks like garden but
this picture is more like a view from some dark cave :-)
Just few words, I think this is one of the most amazing and original pictures I've seen for quite a long time. I love the way you used light here.
Extraordinary work!

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2007-01-02 15:31]

Una verdadera maravilla captada a la perfección, una foto de extremada belleza y con unas luces preciosas. Enhorabuena.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-05 21:50]

Hola Hose!
Gliter and sparkle, nice captured light and details on sap, great shot and POV!

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-11 8:45]

Hi Jose,
it is one of the best sap photos I have ever seen.It is perfectly flared by the sun and it has beautiful clear colour.I like how the drop is getting ready to fall down.

Wow, impressive, i like this photo. Here, in Romania, children used to eat this.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-01-23 0:42]

Beautiful picture, José!
I like the shining overall! Nice lights!

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