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Joy of Spring - 4

Joy of Spring - 4
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-23
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *1, My Purple Obsession 1, Flower(blue)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-23 10:12
Viewed: 4579
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At last, after nearly a week of cloud we had a sunny morning. I was time to look in some nearby Oak woods for Hepatica (Hepatica nobilis), sometimes called Liverleaf, because of the shape of its leaves. However, during flowering the new leaves have hardly started to grow.

It is my favourite Spring flower and is regarded in Sweden as a sign that Spring is well under way.

It is a member of the Ranunculacae, the Buttercup family.
It is quite common in deciduous forests in the southern half of Sweden and does best on rich, loamy calcareous soils. The seeds are very tiny and are spread by ants.

When using a film camera the right blue colour is notoriously difficult to achieve. It is a little easier digitally but normal exposure leaves the blue too pale. Underxposure produces a better tone.

Camera hand-held
Distance: approx 2.5 meters
ISO: 200
Image underexposed by two stops
Cropped to remove approx 30%
Image treatment after size reduction:
Contrast increase:5%
Noise reduction using Neat Image

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-23 10:30]

Hello Ivan,
Sharp focus and vivid colors allows us anexcellent view of this beautiful flower, tghanks for sharing.

Hello Ivan,
a perfect capture of Hepatica, the blue of petals could not be reported better in that kind of dim light. Blossoms and hairy stems and some oak leaves on the bottom are perfectly within focus, and the blurred background of shallow depth of field makes for a good contrast and depth of space.
Very nice, well describing and pleasantly atmospheric image.
Thank you. Enjoy your sunny day while we are suffering from nasty cold rain with wind from the north!
With best regards,

Hej Ivan
I usually don't comment flowers but this one is really nice.
Excellent details and colours, well framed with nice working BG.

...undrar var tog våren vägen?

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-23 11:21]

Hi Ivan,

These flowers are exquisite! Of course I have never seen anything like them. The colors are outstanding and the details are wonderful.I love the composition of this picture. So nice to see on a miserable rainy day. No sun here today - it happens. I can see snow falling on the mountains. This was a wonderful touch of spring and nice to see.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-23 11:21]

Hi Ivan,
Colors, focus, sharpness, composition, low POV and the lighting is very good. TFS

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-23 11:25]

Pas de doute, on retrouve ces jolies fleurs partout en Europe ce qui n'enlève pas leur charme.
Bonne journée.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-23 11:54]

Hi Ivan

Great colours and POV - all round a wonerdful shot.


bonjour ivan
magnifique,les couleurs sont belles,bon DOF et beaucoup de details.
j'ai vu une de ces fleurs hier sur le site mais en macro.

Your selection of settings has worked very well here, Ivan.
The image is highly artistic in appearance.
Good to see a flowers picture from you after a long time.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-23 12:28]

Hi Ivan.
Colour palette of your shot, combination of the sharpness and blurriness, fresh flowers and dry leaves as well as the composition create a great esthetic effect. Thank you for this small piece of true art. My compliments and TFS.

Hej Ivan,
this is really a sign of spring, when you see the first Blåsippa, you know the spring has arrived.
I think this is one of the best picture of blåsiååan I ever have seen. The light and colours are excellent. Good sharpness, fine details and great DOF.
Beautiful work, mf.

Det har varit kyligt och gråkallt hela vecka fast än vädergubbarna hade lovat fint väder men till helgen ska det tydligen bli bättre och då ska jag leta efter sipporna.

Hello Ivan
Excellent shot of these wonderful
flowers,Fantastic colors,Great
composition and POV,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-23 14:23]

Hi Ivan,

A great composition,with very nice colors and POV,I like it a lot,well captured and TFS this colorfull shot,


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-03-23 14:29]

Bonsoir Ivan
Très belle composition, netteté et couleurs.
Félicitations Robi

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-03-23 15:32]

Hola Ivan:
Excelente compo. Hermosos colores y nitidez en esta toma de la Hepatica. Es un lindo cuadro.
Felicitaciones y cordiales saludos desde Argentina.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-03-23 15:45]

Hi Ivan
This is truly an unequalled presentation of the Liverleaf, a picture all sui generis of these lovely signs of a spring that has come to stay (we pray)! They seem so real as if one's been transported to Kjugekull right there and then to kneel to them! Thank you very much for this ineffacable impression of an unforgettable bouquet,
With best regards,

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-23 15:50]

Hi Ivan,
Greatly detailed shot.
Amazing colors and beautiful composition.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-23 17:43]

Lovely colours, perfect background and setting, superb composition of this little cluster

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-23 19:12]

Buena noches,
excelente compo y pov Ivan,
bellos colores y detalles,
genial trabajo, saludos

Hello Ivan,
These flowers really stand out from background. Composition, sharpness, exposure, and colors are perfectly presented. Very well done and tfs.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-23 23:42]

Hello Ivan

Absolutely beautiful.The DOF is superb,and the focus is spot on.The clarity and details are razor sharp.A real beauty.TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-24 3:25]

Hi Ivan,
Very artistic shot. Superb colours, focus, sharpness, lighting, POV and DOF. Everything looks so perfect and beautiful. Very nicely composed and framed. Kudos.

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful colors and sharp details.
Great job.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-24 6:56]

Hi Ivan,

You caught the blue in the flowers very well. Also POV is outstanding. This is really spring.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-03-24 11:10]

great picture and lovely colors

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-24 15:10]

Hi Ivan,
Absolutely beautiful flower! Colours, sharpness, pov, dof, progressive oof background,... Very eye-catching and beautiful image!
TFS, José M.

very nice pic, TFS Ori

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-24 17:23]

O Ivan, I wish I could se these growing in NZ - but I don't think they do. I want them growing in my garden!! They are beautiful, and you show them off perfectly. (I wish it was my picture too) 10/10 from me!
PS It's going into my favourites

Olá Ivan

Linda foto destas flores em um tom maravilhoso e que eu gosto muito.
Boa composição, lindas cores e contraste. Belo trabalho, parabéns!


magnifique ces petites fleurs , une parfaite composition, bien vu
merci, amitiès

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-25 8:48]

Beautiful shot of these very unusual Buttercups. Lovely colours and they are pin sharp in every detail. Great POV and DOF, all makes a very lovely composition. Excellent.

Hola Iván.
Estas flores son simplemente perfectas.
Buen foco, estupenda luz, nitidez...
¿Qué más puedo decir...?
Un auténtico placer para la vista.
TFS, Juan Luis.

Hello Ivan!
I almost overlooked this beauty photo! :>
These flowers are really great, I am always waiting for the moment when they appear in the field :)
This is really fantastic composition, not only because of very good DOF and well saturated colours, but also because of the POV. For me the Hepatica nobilis family presented on this picture is maybe even the most beautiful "detail" :)

Hello Ivan
Beautifully captured! A sure sign of spring if your part of the world. I love the colour, blue is not a common colour for flowers, it's great to see. Excellent detail, colours and composition.
TFS Janice

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-03-26 12:10]

Hello Ivan,
This image really is an allegory of spring. A new life emerging from last year dry leaves.
Fantastic light, great colours, contrast and details.
Best greetings,

Hi Ivan,
After a long time I am writing a critique for u.This is an amazing capture. A perfect postcard. The blue/violet color is simple superb on black BG. The focus is just perfect. FLowers are well exposed. WHite petals are so beautiful on blue BG. Dried and brown leaves provide good support not only to flower but picture too.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-27 8:09]

hello Ivan,
Have missed this one. Wonderful shot of this fine Hepatica nobilis, which wears so well its name. The colours are so outstanding and natural on your picture. Just perfect. Thank's also for the tip, to underexpose for blue colour.
Best regards

Hola Iván,
Preciosa foto, la luz justa y bonita, gran definición que aporta mucho detalle de las florecillas, excelente punto de vistsa. Saludos

Hello Ivan , this is Top-Photo , Excellent.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-04-01 17:18]

hello Ivan

very nice composition of these group of flowers with wonderful colours and a good sharpness



Hi Ivan,
Lovely flower. Nice colours. Good composition. Perfect exposure.
- Nirmal

Hallo Ivan
Absolutely stunning. Such beautiful flowers. The purple colour is really eye-catching. I love purple, and this image caught my eye. I have added this one to my theme with the title "My purple obsession". The fine hair on the stem creates a lovely view and looks like fine silver thread. The petals are perfectly formed. A stunning close-up, with sharp details, presented in an appreciative manner. This one is worth a round of applause. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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