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Atractylis cancellata

Atractylis cancellata
Photo Information
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: 2007-01-26
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1448 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Geometry Plus, !Weeds & Seeds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-02 10:40
Viewed: 4445
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Atractylis cancellata

Dried Distaff Thistle against the light in a half cloudy day at sunset.
Here you have the same seed illuminated by the last sunbeams at sunset and the flower.

Exif and process:
Aperture priority, Metering Mode=Average, Flash=Off, Manual Focus. Focal Length=21,60 mm (in 35mm Film=96,07)
PP with PhotoFiltre: slightly sharpened, cropped, downsized.

saeedabbasi, herve1993, JoseMiguel, SkyF, loot, GLEM, Alex99, oscarromulus, scottevers7, gallezeric, peter_stoeckl, Silke, cedryk has marked this note useful
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Hi Jose ,
great shot.
well composition and great sharpness.
light is great too.
thanks and regards

Una composición estupenda lo que hace mas "terrible" el efecto de esas púas en la planta. Una visión original para una planta idem.
Un saludo, JL.

Bonjour José,
Très joli aussi à contre-jour, c'est une espèce qui présente une architecture vraiment particulière. Elle aime les milieux très chauds : on ne la trouve que très localement en France (vers Nice-Monaco et en quelques très rares points de Provence). L'Andalousie lui convient certainement davantage...

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-02-02 12:02]

Hi Jose,

nice composition! This distaff thistle is really mystic of this picture against light.


A perfect example of looking at the same subject from a totally different perspective, Jose. The silhouette of the dried up thistle etched out against the sky has, as such, a different kind of appeal here.
Very artistic and equally evocative.
Thanks and take care.

wow, great pic ! I know this one from Israel. saludos, Ori

Hola José Miguel,
Muy bueno el POV y el efecto que conseguiste con la poca luz que quedaba.
En realidad la silueta de la planta-flor es muy particular, fue muy acertada la idea de captarla de esta manera.
La simplicidad de tu propuesta hace que descubramos y disfrutemos la enmarañada y espinosa estructura de la misma.
Que buenos el par de links que le añadiste a tu nota, son muy efectivos para mostrarnos las otras dos vistas en el ciclo de la flor.
Enhorabuena, gracias por compartir la foto y un abrazo,

Hola Jose,
Nice view of this silhouette against the clear blue sky.
Sharp and neat.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hello again! ;)
Another nice seed picture. Nice composition and good BG but this time (as for me) seeds are a little to dark for me.
Anyway, as all photos marked by me earlier also this one is very interesting.
Best regards,

Nice shot!
Excellent atmosphere in this silhouette composition.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-03 8:07]

Hello Jose,
this shot of the thistle is also very beautiful. The silhoutte is very detailed and sharp. Excellent idea to use a different POV to show off the same pant in different lights.
Very well done.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-03 8:56]

hi José,
très intéressant contre jour, les détails de cette plante ressortent encore plus sur le fond bleu.
C'est très graphique.


Hi Jose.
Interesting experiment. Looks like graphic picture. The composition is great and shapes of the plant are exact. I don't understand why you have used average (not sport) metering mode and such short exposure. However, creative and interesting work. My vest wishes and TFS.

hi jose,
nice silhoutte shot,
well composed,
nice pov,
tfs & regards

Hello Jose,
I like this silhouette version of this picture very much. We can see great details and it creates a nice effect against this beautiful end of the day sky. This is well seen and I like this plant a lot :) Thanks,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-03 18:44]

Que bonita la silueta de esta estética planta, un gran trabajo, José... saludos

Love your notes too.
Best regards,

Hi Jose,
The Thistle looks really great in silhouette against the sky. The detail is very sharp. Well composed and framed. Makes my skin itch just looking. I have got tangled in these plants to many times.

Hola JOsé,
Buena toma, el contraste con el cielo destaca mas si cabe las espinas, pero me gusta mas la toma anterior. Saludos

hi Jose,
very good idea of this taken of sight in against day played well cheer


Hello José,
as a silhoutte against the sky you have shown this thistle in beautiful arrangement again. Having seen your previous posting, I prefer the previous version one with all the fine details illuminated in an exquisite way that is hard to surpass in quality. In this highly reduced silhouette I'd prefer some more lighting of the plant, and an increased depth of field to show all the details as sharp as possible against the sky.
Nonetheless, this is a very fine and subtle composition of silent beauty. Thank you!
Best regards,

Hola Jose,
Aren't the shapes and sights that nature treats us to, TREATS indeed! I love the way you have shown us in this shot both th e profile and the geometry of these seedpods. Tfs, J.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-05 14:20]

Hi Jose

Another great shot of this, it looks great in silhouette. Excellent POV allowing you to use that lovely sky as a BG



Hello José,
This silhouetted close-up is very eye-catching!
Pleasant duo-tone presentation is very effective...
Subject is well framed with sharp fine details!
Pablo -

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-06 21:55]

I love the original composition here, the silhouetted thistles look so attractive this way. Great POV, superb colours and details

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-07 16:18]
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Hi Jose

Sorry I'm a bit late with this update, but the rat-race really had me in a strangle hold.

It is an amazing study in the profile of the dried out Distaff Thistle. A very simplistic composition which consist only of the thistle and the sky, but it sure as some remarkable visual impact. The OOF clouds in the BG add to the atmosphere of the shot while it also enhances the dried out seed pods. The colours splendid and the exposure is great.

Well done and TFS.

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2007-02-09 11:48]

Buenas Jose, precioso el contraluz, es muy atractiva por las formas punzantes que se dibujan. Un saludo.

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  • Rafa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 172 W: 0 N: 7] (846)
  • [2007-02-10 14:24]

Fabulosa foto!! bien vista la idea

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-13 21:24]

Hello Jose,
Subject; very interesting
Composition: excellent, great POV, the silhouette show the construction of the plant very well
Sharpness: excellent
Lighting: well chosen backlight
Background: nice & neutral

Best greetings and TFS!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-21 22:49]

Hello Jose

A very nice silhouette shot.Well composed .It really shows off the details well.very nice sharpness,and good low POV.TFS


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