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Moonlight Sonata

Moonlight Sonata
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Copyright: David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 7 N: 192] (718)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony DSC-F828, UV + Circ. Polarizer
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-16 1:49
Viewed: 7253
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taraxacum officinale. Common dandelion. You can't see them here, but the common dandelion, familiar to those in the U.S. at least, has leaves that are deeply toothed. In fact, "dent-de-lion" is old french for "lion's tooth".

Dandelion leaves are edible. Indeed, I have put them into many a salad, but they are best used before flowering. If you break the leaf and it is milky, they are past the point of good eating. They are slightly bitter in a good way, though many in the U.S. have lost the taste for things bitter.

Of course, the more common assessment of dandelions is that they are vicous weeds! Unless the entire taproot is removed, they can grow back. The flower can turn into seed heads like these overnight or in a matter of hours.


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To bucari: How on Earth?dsidwell 1 09-10 02:21
To cam: How did I get this shot?dsidwell 2 06-18 09:49
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Hi David!
What a wonderful composition!
Congratulations because of this shot!

:-) Later

Hello David

Nice composition. They look like ghosts against a black sky. Excellent light. Congrats on this great job. Thanks.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-16 3:54]

I think this weed/herb(?) grows right throughout the world. But look at the amount of photos in TN that have insects on this yellow horror...
You seedheads look very good David. Quite an artistic shot with the BG so dark. Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-16 5:54]

Hello David, very nice composition and the black BG works perfectly here, they look like they are floating in space. Very nice shot.

Hi David. This is an unusual and creative take on a common roadside flower and I like it very much. Great composition and fantastic BG. Artistic and beautiful. TFS :)

It's sharp capture with nice black background.
I like as it makes an artistic feeling.
You have added a nice frame too.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-06-16 9:32]

Hi David,

This is something speciual!
Very nice and origional approach of a common flower.
It looks a bit as my thistels from France. here



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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-16 12:25]

Superb effect David. These old dandelions emerging from deep space, so fragile and beautifull. Great, arty shot!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-16 17:47]

David, an artistic and... natural shot.

Congratulations. It could be both here or on TrekLens.

A very pleasant composition with a great mood.

Such a very beautiful picture! Dandelions in blue - a piece of art! Yes, they are common, all over the world. Dandelions even grow through asphalt. They seem to have super-genes.

It looks like a "mise-en-scène"; maybe it's not but anyway it is an excellent composition. Fantastic title, great note and superb contrast.

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2005-06-16 22:37]
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Hello David.
What a composition!
I wonder how you did this and how you got this black background.
Do you share your secret.?

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  • Deeb Silver Star Critiquer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 5] (14)
  • [2005-06-16 23:09]
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I am again amazed by your creative genious. This is another outstanding frame.
Your ability to compose the seed heads against the dark background has made this photo dramatic and yet stunningly simple.
Good job.


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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-17 12:14]

great lightning, beautiful flowers and a very nice shot...
I love the composition...
thanks a lot for sharing..

Beautiful shot: how did you manage to avoid capturing the stems? This detail is what makes this picture stunning!...

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-20 15:33]

An arty!!!
Nice to find arty nature nuts. LOL
This is an intersting composition and works for me. The use of the polarizer is what caught my attention. Neat effect and I like how they work their way to the right and fading out.
Excellent composition and details.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-20 22:11]

Une superbe composition très artistique.

Félicitation pour l'éclairage magique et l'originalité.

Wonderful image of a very common plant - really excellent interpretive work!

Hello !
Really perfect work. POV:)DOF:)details,colors and framing are amazing.I liked composition very much.



Excellent! superbe image très graphique.
Bien vu!

A beautiful shot. Reminds me of a firework display.
Excellent composition.
Thank you for posting.

Gorgeous view of the dandelion seed head. The abstract quality is wonderful - it leaves lots of room for imagination. At one moment it feels as if we are looking at a microcosm - pollen perhaps, and at another moment it the shapes are floating like bubbles. The blue hue is very reminiscent of moonlight. Well done.

Hi David,
I've seen this one a few days ago and forgot to comment it. I appreciate your linguistic note here, as well as the poetry of your composition. Placed like balloons floating in the sky, it makes a beautiful image. I like also the way you've avoided to show the stem linking these to the ground. Superb light. Well done, David, also in your best style of your shots seen on TE or DPC earlier.

Hello David, top notch composition and colours. Beautiful effect rendered this way. Take care, Yan

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-07-24 5:19]

Quite a magical shot, David - nothing 'common' about this one at all. The colour of the dandelions is beautiful and the black background is just perfect. Excellent detail around the edges. Well done.

Hello David,
This shot is very artistic, I like the composition and the nice colors.
Well done,

hi David ..... very beautifull shot

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  • jimzzz (44)
  • [2005-08-17 20:49]

Very beautiful composition David.I like the effect you created here with the blue tone on a black background. Very well done. One of my favorite.

Very attractive composition of this weed. Unusual and creative, well done.

David, great photo, I remember as a kid blowing them into the wind.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-09-07 6:27]

wow! very good idea and splendid realisation! it looks like fireworks in the sky! congratulations

what did u do to come up w/ this excellent shot? did u actually go out in the field to take this shot?

Super photo for me your comments on how you took the picture is very useful for me , like the totally dark background and the light is just right, really interesting.Also the balance of each dandelion is perfect .

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  • siloe (9)
  • [2006-01-23 20:55]

What a nice composition! i really love the atmospher poetic and so... slim?
I like the different colors of the flowers, more black for which one are behind, it do the photo more realistic
Good shot

Very nice composition! Very good colours and point of view!
Bye Tom

Hi David. Sorry I have no words for this picture. Simply this a wonderful picture, the other words from me are redundant.
Thanks for share

Hi David,

Wonderful composition!
Excellent light.

TFS :-)

I love the dark background color used to display the Dandelions David! Just the right amount of sharpness. Excellent composition!

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-12-26 20:46]

Hola David:
Magnìfica y sencilla composiciòn, muy bien presentada.
Felicitaciones y Happy New Year

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-01-27 6:17]

Hi David!
Very interesting composition and presentation. It works very well! You see nothing but the seed heads against the black BG. The blueish hue makes it all like a piece of art! very smart!

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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-01 7:50]

HI David,
This is a very unusual & interesting photo. I like the angle & the black background.
P.S. Here is a smiley face for you!

magic pic, TFS Ori

Good composition and the colour. congratulations.

What a beautiful composition of something so common, most people don't even notice. Well done!!!!

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