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Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle
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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: 2007-06-02
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/105 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(purple/violet)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-24 6:34
Viewed: 7379
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sylibum marianum
Common name: Milk Thistle (English), Cardo Mariano (Spanish)

Tall Old World biennial thistle with large clasping white-blotched leaves and purple flower heads; naturalized in California and South America.
It contains the bioflavonoid complex silymarin. For centuries this has been used traditionally to treat liver disease.

EXIF: Aperture priority, Metering Mode=Spot, Manual Focus, Flash=Off, Focal Length (in 35mm)=76

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Debz: Double feedbackjmp 2 07-06 02:23
To Silke: Thank you very much...jmp 1 07-04 14:43
To loot: I will take photos in a few months... in the mountjmp 3 07-04 13:42
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bonjour josé
j'aime les couleurs et aussi la fleur qui semble setourner vers le soleil.
la netteté est impeccable comme l'exposition.

Hello Jose,
The whole flower is in focus and colors are vivid. I like this lovely pov and composition. Very well done picture.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-24 7:50]

Hi Jose.
Beautiful capture this attractive blossom of this milk thistle.I like nice composition with great POV.Colors and details are amazing as well as wonderful lighting.Very nice contrast against dark BG.Very well done!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hello Jose,
The favourite of bumblebees...
You make well use of the light, to make the flower really stand out on the background!
Good natural colours and sharp fine details...
Image is well composed!
Pablo -

hi jose,
lovely presentation, well composed shot with fine pov, well saturated colours,nice lighting,
tfs & regards

Hi Jose,
Excellent shot on this Milk Thistle. They have beautiful flowers, but don't bump into them. Considered a pest weed where I live. Nice light. The colors and detail look great.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-24 12:14]

Hola José,
precioso trabajo,
hermosos colores y pov,
la iluminación que le llega es sensacional...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-24 13:23]

Hi Jose.
Only a few hours ago I have pictured this flower. You are right. This is widespread, common but so beautiful flower. It looks so differently at various conditions. Your composition is great. I like bright sunlight and sharp image of the thistle and very impressive blurred pictorial BG. My kind regards and compliments.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-24 14:02]

Hola Jose,
Beautiful close up.Well seen and composed.POV,blurred BG,framing,exposure,3D effect and visual impact are excellent.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-06-24 18:25]

Hola Jose, preciosa toma, la luz invade al cardo como un foco natural, muy bella composición, los colores muy nítidos y agradables. Enhorabuena. Saludos Sira

Una planta que cuenta con infinidad de variedades. En este caso ésta está realmente lograda: buena luz y color, acertado encuadre y exposición.
Saludos amigo, JL.

Hola José Miguel,
Impresionante el contraste, que de tanta espina se produzca tan bella flor!
Me gusta mucho la composición cuadrada, con la flor algo inclinada en ella.
A pesar de la fuerte luz, supiste manejar muy bien la exposición.
Excelente la profundidad de campo y el fondo ligereamnte difuminado.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran saludo,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-25 2:41]

Bonjour Jose,
Très beau comme ce chardon capte la lumière latérale. C'est un peu comme une prière..
Le nom anglais est un peu trivial, si on pense au beau nom latin. En allemand c'est aussi la Mariendistel. Je connais bien cette plante, je la vois au jardin botanique de notre ville.
Bonne journée à toi

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-25 4:03]
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Hi Jose

A lovely detailed capture of this thorny flower. Those prickle sure give one the impression that you need to keep your distance from it or you might actually donate blood.

I like your composition and POV with the stem and the flower leaning into the shot from the bottom left hand corner and delivering the colourful flower exactly on the top 1/3 axis horizontally and on the 2/3 axis vertically. The dark BG is well isolated and OOF and it makes the flower stand out in the photo. The colours are well saturated, the details are just as sharp as those thistles, and the exposure or lighting control was excellently done.

Great work and TFS.

PS. How is that knee of yours doing? Have you seen the doctors yet and if so what is their findings?

Hola José,
Otra belleza para tu galería, la nitidez el fondo y la luz son de lujo, gracias por compartirla, Saludos
José Ramón

Hola Jose !
Me gusta mucho esta imagen, por la bella luz, las colores vivos y los excelentes detalles. El fondo oscuro y borroso pone en valor la flor iluminada. Me gustan tambien la forma de la flor, con todas estas espinas.
Agradecidos y saludos,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-26 3:56]

Hello Jose,
Although thistles are thorny and nasty they are very beautiful and attract lots of insects. Your capture is very beautiful, simple and colourful. Excellent sharpness and I like the dark textured background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-26 12:47]

Hi Jose.This is a fine shot of the Milk Thistle. not yet in flower over here.I love the colour of the head. and the shape of the stem.very good detail all over. sharp focus. with a nice POV and DOF. very well done TFS . with good notes to.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-26 15:13]

Hello Jose,
lovely capture, the POV is wonderful and the lighting turns this thorny plant into a beauty.
Nice OOF BG to bring out the sharp details and wonderful colors.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-29 12:52]

Hi Jose

I do like thistles, the shape and textures are lovely and you have caught this well. The BG is interesting as well with the faint OOF plants. Nice POV, DOF and lighting



Dear José,
a self assertive presentation that makes perfect use of available space, impressively showing the rhythmic paterns of growth.
Clear details, cool colours. The thistle lighted up by direct sunlight in front of shadowy parts looks very prominent. Very well handled exposure and arrangement.
Thank you! My best regards,

Hi Jose,
Great POV and sharp (ouch) detail ;}
Nicely seen from the well OOF BG.
You've managed the hard light well.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-01 11:14]

Hi Jose,
This is very similar to the thistle that grows in Texas. The Black Swallowtails love it when it first blooms in May. You have a good POV to show the plant and you did a good job to manage the exposure. I see only a few spots where the leaves are slightly over-exposed and this is difficult to avoid in the sunny conditions. The note was very interesting to me.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-01 13:08]

Hola Jose,
Composition, colors and POV are very good. I liked the lighting, focus and the sharpness. TFS

Hi Jose, lovely cardo, splendid light and colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, greetings from Italy, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-02 7:49]

Hello Jose

A very informative post,with a lovely Milk Thistle.Very well focused with sharp details.The colours are vibrant and bold.An excellent composition with great POV and DOF .TFS


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-03 18:58]

Lovely composition,spot on exposure with perfect details.Nice details.

hola Jose, una bella composición del cardo, que realza mucho su belleza. Estoy muy liado con el trabajo y casi no puedo participar en la página. Un abrazote.

Jose Luis.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-04 1:19]

Hi Jose,
Pressed for time and the internet is also playing hide and seek. Just tagging this shot and I will come back with a proper critique.

* I will come back.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-04 2:25]
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I do love these Thistles and you have a great shot of one here. Colours and light are wonderful with good dof. Those spikes look very sharp indeed, nice detail and sharpness on the flower.

This is a very useful plant Jose; I know a little about it. And, this is a nice capture of it with as usual, natural exposure, great details and beautiful lightning. I also like this composition and colors a lot. This is very well done and I hope that you are doing well with your knew. Thanks,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-04 13:37]
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Your gallery looked good when I left, but it is even more impressive now!
Simply outstanding colours and details here: everything is real and natural!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-06 8:02]

Hola Jose,
The beautiful lighting and composition make this Milk Thistle flower radiate against the dark neutral bit natural BG.
Una muy hermosa toma!

olá amigo,
umas bonitas cores com uma boa gestão da luz!
Está muito boa como sempre!
Fica bem Ana:)

Hi Jose,
Well caught in the bright warm light as it has accentuated its lovely violet colour.Good detail and a shallow DOF to make it stand out.A good crop and composition...take care.
Regards, David

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-08-23 11:31]

Hi Jose

What an excellent shot of this thistle. they can make for some wonderful pictures if you can get that perfect specimen. Very nicely done and very nicely lit.


Hi Jose!
You've got this penchant to pick such beautiful flowers and capture them to perfection, not unlike this shot!
Excellent shot!

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