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On Death and Dying

On Death and Dying
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-02
Categories: Bushveld
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-03 13:34
Viewed: 3771
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A few weeks ago I spotted some yellow ladybirds in my favourite field but I didn't have the right lens with me so yesterday I decided to go back and take some pictures. When I got to my field I found that winter had finally hit and all the vegetation had begun to die off. Of course my ladybirds had gone. At first I thought that there was nothing for me to take. After a little wander around the dying vegetation started to look quite attractive. I found that they produced some interesting shapes and colour tones.

The title of this picture "On Death and Dying" is taken from a book by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and that book laid down the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance

This theory has now been shortened and applied to all stages of loss. The stages of loss are denial, anger, depression, acceptance (DADA). My trip to the field with the loss of summer took me through these stages:

Denial - the ladybirds must be around here somewhere
Anger - I can't believe I didn't take the pictures when I could
Depression - there is nothing for me to take
Acceptance - hmmm those dying ferns look attractive...

A bit of a strange post from me today but it is all part of nature and I hope you find something attractive in the dying plants like I did.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-03 13:45]

Hello Hester,
It is not strange at all but simply beautiful!
Wonderful shapes and colours presented very clearly and beautifully in this collage. Great work!
Thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2006-12-03 14:01]

Hi Karen

beautiful subtle colours and great individual shots to make one great composition, nicely complimented by a thoughtful and intriguing note to put them in context.

Good stuff, cheers!


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-03 14:37]

Hi Karan,
There is lots of beauty in these dead plants. Colors and shapes are lovely. Attraction lies in the observer's eye and it isn't difficult to find lots of beautiful aspects in any Nature manifestation!
Best regards, José M.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-12-03 15:01]

Cze¶æ Karan. Piêkne zdjêcie w fantastycznym zestawieniu. Bardzo dobra robota. Robert.

nice triplet, good for fabric design, TFS Ori

Hi Karan,
Beautiful image and note! Great collage photos in nicely selected theme. Aesthetic images. Very nicely done.

Ben Lakitan


I like the comp,
nice job,


These are nice images Karan in an interesting presentation. I do like those colors and patterns.

Evelynn : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-03 22:35]

Hello Karan

Your creativity ceases to amaze me.A lovely triumvirate of autumnal images.I like the cropping and grouping.Well saturated colours and excellent composition.TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-04 3:19]

Hola Karan, Hermosa comoposición, textura y detalles, agradables tonos... saludos y TFS

Bel ensemble de compositions agréables.
Bonne journée.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-04 4:09]

Hello Karan,
Very nice captures and collage.Each frame is well detailed and composed.Excellent note too!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-04 4:23]

Hi Karan

What an impressively bold, original and unique post!
I LOVE IT! I also like the note very much!
What better way to present the comming of winter than looking at the small things - it is them that make all the difference in life (in any field or domain), so...great idea!
The details look stunning and the composition(s) are fascinating.


Hi Karan

Well done on a great set of shot. Each one has an interest of its own. Nicely presented and great to view. TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-04 6:45]

Hi Karen
Very artistic presentation of this assemblage. It is a graet idea to mention Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. I think this picture suits well to her thinking.
Best regards

Hello Karan,
Again a beautiful collage, exposing the beauty of subject multiplied!
Excellent details in all images, and montage adds an extra effect...
Additional work, but it pays off if you know what to do!
Pablo -

Hello Karan,
This is beautiful! I like those great details, composition, lightning and colors. This is a lovely idea and great notes; just read them ;)Well done,

Hello Karen,

Excellent work, great details, very crisp, Nicly composed and capture photo nice work

TFS kyle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-04 12:42]

Hi Karan.
Lovely shots and well done picture. Perfect combination of colour tones of this set of images. Nice idea and composition, delicate tones and perfect details. Really poetic picture. My compliments.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-12-04 14:43]

Hi Karan!

Just breathtaking work! Everything is perfect here. Colours, composition, subjects. And what a splendid idea to make collage like this!

Hi Karan,
Very nice presentation.Excellent work.TFS.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-04 15:21]

Otra de tus magistrales presentaciones Karan como muestra de tu pasión y talento.
Me encanta la composición que nos brindas aquí con delicados detalles, osados colores y perfecto DOF.
Con admiración... Ricardo

Another of your masterful presentations Karan like sample of your passion and talent.
I love the composition that you offer us here with delicate details, fearless colors and perfect DOF.
With admiration... Ricardo

Hello karan !
Winter is here now, and there are only dead or dying plants left... but they have their own kind of beauty, as you show it with this beautiful picture. I like the composition with 3 pictures in one, and the colors are natural and beautiful too. very well done !

Hello Karan,

Beautifull..... simply beautifull. Added to my favotite photos. Very well done.


Hi Karan

Winter?! Its very definately summer where I am. Its half past nine in the evenining now and its about 26 degrees celsius. And humid. Gmf.

Very nice artistic picture. I like it very much. The sepia and B&W combination works well. Interesting details and well composed all. were this one mine, I would have printed and framed it.

And Kubler-Ross? :) Apt comparison. I think you have the original 5 stages of grief though: Possibly, "hmmm those dying ferns look attractive..." is bargaining rather than acceptance, with acceptance having come only once you pressed the shutter.

Thanks for sharing and regards.

Hi Karan,
Were you allowed to use this lens, or is it also waiting for x-mas? That looks like a perfect lens for your macro work. It actually is, since this is really stunning. Those colors and the shallow DOF is just wonderful. Such great clarity and details with such beautiful light. This is really making art out of nature.

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