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Common Woody Teasel

Common Woody Teasel
Photo Information
Copyright: Thomas Bardin (Pentaxian) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 20] (64)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-10
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax SMC-A 100mm Macro f/4
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-01 14:25
Viewed: 3700
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I captured this example of a common teasel that has become a woody stem in the field next to my pond.

The common teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, is a biennial member of a genus distinguished by the way in which it's leaves are fused around the flowering stem forming a cup that collects rainwater. Common teasel produces puckered leaves with scalloped edges in the form of a rosette during its first year of growth after which a 6-foot-tall prickly flower stem emerges. Flowering stems are usually branched at the top and cone-shaped flower clusters form at the ends of the branches. Below each cluster and curving upward around it are several stiff bracts. In each cluster are many short bristles interspersed with individual flowers consisting of white petals united into a tube with 4 purple lobes. Stems and flowers become woody and persist through the following winter and sometimes over several seasons.

It is generally known to have been imported from Europe into North America for the dried flowers that were used in wool production. Its current range is limited and includes areas in the northeastern U.S., the Pacific Coast, and southern Canada. It occurs throughout Ohio in pastures, abandoned fields, roadsides, railroads, and waste areas. The species prefers damp, coarse and fertile soils.

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Un'immagine semplice con una composizione molto curata e la messa a fuoco selettiva, ottima nitidezza, bellissimi i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

hello Thomas

excellent image of these flowers with fine POV, DOF and appropriate
vertical framing, excellent luminosity of the image, great sharpness
and details of the Common Woody Teasel in focus, TFS


Good exposure and composition. I also like the subtle OOF background which shows this plant off very well. With the narrow depth of field I wonder if it would be better to include a little less of the OOF one on the left, maybe crop half it off to closer match the one on the far right. As it is virtually completely within the frame it grabs the eye a little too much. The focusing on the centre one is perfect and shows wonderful detail.

Hello Thomas,
Very good closeup of the common teasel!
the image is sharp with perfect exposure and focus!
natural colour and details!
many thanks for the useful notes
well done

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-01 20:05]

Excellent image, extremely sharp and detailed. Composed nicely, very natural!! Good notes!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-02 6:34]

Hello Thomas
Excellent shot with a very good focus on the main object and excellent DOF. I like very much the composition.
My compliments and best regards

Hello Thomas,

Very nice composition whith this vertical framing. Excellent sharpness. Good light and natural colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-03 4:02]

Hi Thomas,this a very nice artwork.A great idea to show this teasels,one on perfect fire and others as background.Perfect under all therms of valutation,my best best compliments,LUCIANO

Thomas hello,
This is very well detailed and sharp.The blur background improves the effect. I liked the colors and the elegant composition of such a common object.

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