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Shooting Star


Shooting Star
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus C-50 Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-12 18:21
Viewed: 3074
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
SHOOTING STAR / Dodecatheon pulchellum

I found these little beauties growing right beside the river. Shooting Stars love moist to wet sites, I guess that's why I found them beside our Bow River. Shooting Stars can reach 40 cm tall on leafless stems. They grow from Alaska to New Mexico. This wildflower grows easily from seed in rich, moist, partly shady areas.

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That's quite a beautiful flower! I haven't seen anything like that growing wild out this way at all.

Hi Janice,
Good handle of natural light. Feeling warm and the flowers glow. This is a good picture.
well done and TFS.
JC

What a strange flower ! I never saw anything like that before ! They are realy very beautiful. Nice sharp details, good light colors. Nice BG too, it makes the flower stand out very nicely. Well done !
Valérie.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-06-13 18:44]

These guys are really hard to shoot. First, its their depth, so you need a good DoF. Second they are so small and don't grow in clusters, so it's hard to come up with a pleasing compostion. But you've done a good job. I've actually never known they flowered from the top of the stem but I can see that clearly in our shot. Congrats,
Your neighbor.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-13 20:16]

Hi Janice, lovely colours here. I think I would have preferred if the foreground flowers were in focus, either that or concentrate on one, two or three in the frame. A lowere viewpoint may have also been of use with the background. Nice work.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-06-13 20:34]

Hi Janice,

Beautiful flowers and well done on the effort.
I agree with Paul, concentrating on one.

Mike

Hello Janice,
Very good shot of these lovely flowers. I like the POV and colours here, the details are very good too. I think you could try a portrait framing on this one.
WELL DONE!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-06-30 12:35]

Hi Janice!
Interesting flowers and very colourful too, very nice view, especially because of the neutral BG!TFS!

Hello Janice!

This is a difficult one. The SHOOT_STAR flower is of course spectacular. I think I have seen it from Coast to Coast.

Your note suggests Alaska to New Mechiko... Well we have 'em here too on thebEast Coast... perhaps a different species but Dodecatheon for sure. [ I'm not sure how we tell 'em apart! ]

See also this note
""The genus is largely confined to North America, but also extending a short distance into northeastern Siberia. Common names include Shooting Star, American Cowslip, Mosquito Bills, and Sailor-caps.""

As to the teck aspects of the photo , I would have preferred all the stars in focus.. That is tricky to be sure... But if any should fall outside the DoF I prefer it to be those at the back... An alternative presentation of the material at hand may be possible, eh! Tfs, Jay [ SHOOT_SCORE ]

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