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Gladiolus italicus

Gladiolus italicus
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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: 2007-05-06
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/210 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-08-10 3:48
Viewed: 5699
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Gladiolus italicus
(Nota en Español más abajo)

English name: Field gladiolus

Gladiolus (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword) is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae). Sometimes called the sword lily, the most widely-used English common name for these plants is simply gladiolus (plural gladioli or gladioluses). Ref.:Wikipedia, Erick DRONNET, Wild Plants of Malta

Nombre español: Gladiolo silvestre

Gladiolus L. es un género de plantas perennes y bulbosas perteneciente a la familia Iridaceae.

El género se distribuye en el área mediterránea europea, Asia, África tropical y Sudáfrica. No obstante, el centro de diversificación del género es la provincia de El Cabo, en Sudáfrica, donde se ha hallado el mayor número de especies.

El nombre del género se atribuye a Plinio y hace referencia, por un lado, a la forma de las hojas de estas plantas, similares a la espada romana denominada "gladius". Por otro lado, también se refiere al hecho de que en la época de los romanos la flor del gladiolo se entregaba a los gladiadores que triunfaban en la batalla; por eso, la flor es el símbolo de la victoria. Ref.: Wikipedia

EXIF: Aperture priority, Metering Mode=Spot, Flash=Off, Focal Length=57

Argus, ramthakur, uleko, Silke, jcoowanitwong, dew77, fyapici, marhowie, JoseMiguel, anel, SelenE, JORAPAVI, valy67, hester, Isu, livios, PaulH, peter_stoeckl, edal has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-10 4:13]
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Hola José,
It is one thing to take an attractive shot of a bright colourful flower like this Gladiolus, but it is another to make the shot so appealing that one wants to look at it for a long time, which is what you succeeded in doing. The contrast with the blurred natural environment BG is excellent and the flowers stand out even more because of the side-lighting. All this together with the excellent sharpness and composition make this an outstanding shot!
TFS and best wishes,

BTW, thanks for your kind words on my first anniversary with TN!

The flowers look so very real in this brilliant capture, Jose.
This is yet another example of your complete mastery over the subject of photographing flowers.
Thanks for sharing it and best regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-10 6:11]

Hello Jose,
I've seen this wonderful Gladiolus in Spain.
They're a real feast for the eyes and so is your brilliant capture! Excellent DOF, sharp details and lovely colours against the soft background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-10 6:41]
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What a treat to see these in the wild! Do the spears stay upright or do they fall over the way the cultivated ones do?
Superb colours, details and composition

Hi Jose,
Beautiful flowers. Great sharpness and color clarity. POV and composition are great. Very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-10 10:03]

Hola Jose,
Beautiful close up.Well seen and composed.POV,colors,3D effect,details and framing are excellent.Have a great weekend!

Hola José,
Very aestetic pose of this nice flower. I'm not sure that I've seen it before or haven't. But surely it is very graceful flower. We named it as Gelin (Bride) Çiçegi (Flower). Well done my friend. Congratulations (Felicitationes?)

Saludos sinceros y buenas noche.

Hola José Miguel,
Parece un ramo de floristería, listo para comprar!
Manejaste muy bien la fuerte luz que había, con un adecuado balance de brillos que nos permite disfrutar el bello color de las flores sin estridencias.
Me agrada la profundidad de campo y como separa las flores del fondo.
Buen trabajo y gracias por mostrarlo.
Muchos saludos,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-10 20:56]

Hello Jose

Another beautiful wildflower you have added to your gallery.The colour is fantastic.The focus is sharp with crisp detail.The lighting and exposure is excellent.Very good POV and DOF.This is a gem of a flower.TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-11 2:55]

Bonjour Jose,
Ils semblent que ces glaïeuls illuminent le paysage. Tu as choisi de nous les montrer en intégrant l'environnement. Jolie lumière latérale. Je préfère de loin ces espèces sauvages à celles cultivées.
Bonne fin de semaine

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-11 5:07]

Hi Jose,
Beautiful gladiolus flowers. Lovely pink colour and superb exposure. I like the synchronity in the alignment. Excellent POV and DOF and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-12 0:55]

Hola Jose,
Nice capture of this beautiful flower. I liked the POV, composition and colors. TFS
Un Saludo,

Bonjour Jose
J'aime beaucoup les glaieuls sauvages, aux formes et aux couleurs beaucoup plus agréables que les variétés cultiveés.
L'éclairage latéral de ta photo restitue très bien la couleur des fleurs et leur forme complexe.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-08-12 11:30]

Hello José,

Field gladiolus are very lovely flowers wonderful on table in a vase, as gift for your wife.
Very colours and pleasant for looking.


Hello Jose,
I like the vertical framing, detail, DOF, and interesting light I see here..
I did a WS to complete my critique,
Well done!

They are delicate and wonderful flowers Jose! I like this beautiful lightning, details, composition and DOF. IMHO it would have been nicer with a plain green BG but I understand that nature doesn't always offer us the perfect opportunity, does she? :) Thanks for sharing this nice post.

Hola Jose !
This is one wonderful picture ! The flowers are gorgeous, with this intense pink color. Details, composition and POV are excellen, and I also like the landscape in the BG - it is great to see the nvironment in which the flower is growing. Very well done !

Hola José,
Me gusta la composición elegida para esta florecilla, con este tipo de flores alargadas nunca sé como ponerlas, como siempre la nitidez, luz y color son excelentes, la nota muy completa, saludos
José Ramón

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-14 10:13]

Hi Jose

These are very pretty. Good DOF, the BG is blurred enough so it doesn't distract but with enough detail to retain a sense of the flowers setting. Lovely colours, good focus and wonderful POV



Hi Jose,
Interesting content and note..
Good light in your image...

Hola José
muy bonito manojo de flores
Los colores son resplandecientes en la luz. gracias

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-14 14:06]

Hola José,
aparte de bonita y con una bella iluminación, el bg es evidente pero sin molestar...
la nota es de los mas ingeniosa,

Hello Jose,
This is pure beauty!
Excellent exposure and a fine composition makes this fdelicat lower really look it's best...
Good DOF and a fine feeling of depth!
pablo -

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-08-15 14:23]

Muy bonito este gladiolo.
Parece que son banderines atados a un mástil.
Perfectos colores.
Saludos, Sira

hello jose,
beautiful capture, nice pov, the colours are lovely, nice lighting, fine composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-08-16 19:59]

José, a beautiful image with excellent sharpness.

I like colors and saturation too.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-17 2:22]

Hi Jose,
excellent vibrant colour and focus, these are such beautiful flowers displayed very well by yourself. The composition is excellent!
tfs and have a good weekend,

Buenas José
La verdad es que como dice José Miguel, sólo le falta el celofan y te lo llevas acasa.
Buena toma de esta bella flor y sobre de la información que aportas, que es muy pero que muy interesante, gracias por enseñarme a ver este mundo que para mí pasa desapercibido, bueno alguna vez tiro a flores y plantas pero ya sabes que eso no es lo mio, yo siempre con la cabeza llena de pajaritos.....
Un abrazo.

PD. con respecto a tu comentario sobre el cernícalo, debe de ser que se hacen los "suecos" y ni caso no te parece. ;0)

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  • Rafa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 172 W: 0 N: 7] (846)
  • [2007-08-18 3:15]

Tremendo especimen con casi todas las flores abiertas!Buenos detalles, atrevida composición y buena medición de la luz para los rosas de esto Gladiolus que suelen salir quemados por lo mucho que reflejam la luz.


Hello José,
this year's spring must have been a time of abundance of remarkable blossoms in your regions. Simple and effectful composition, clear details, well shown shapes of blossoms, deliciously clear and distinctly contrasting colours, and a really good idea of the scenery the flower is growing.
Thank you! My best regards,

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-08-23 23:46]

Hola Jose!
I like your backwards lighted gladiola - it presents very well the sward like stem structure. Beautiful purple color in the late afternoon light is very attractive-looking.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-09-17 15:15]

Hi Jose,
Couldn't help noticing you also have an image of the flower in my latest.This one is a beautiful closeup with lots of detail and very attractive light.TFS and take care.
Regards, David

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-10-17 12:51]

Thanks for the comment! This photo is great. Good colors and contrast!

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