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New Curly Fern Frond

New Curly Fern Frond
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-26
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 14:52
Viewed: 7503
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I climbed Jerai Hill in Kedah, along the track there were a lot of these young fern fronds. Still intact with dust-like materials. What really attract me is the superbs balanced piece of art, its symmetry ,circles that bring in immense beauty.
The mountain also offers a unique selection of plants, which make it even more intriguing for the botanist. The Sungai Teroi Forest Recreation Park houses an endless variety of herbs, ferns, flowering plants, and climbers. Picnic sites are scattered all over the park, offering sweeping views of lowland plains and padi fields. Hiking trails that are interspersed with flowerbeds of vivid hues provide opportunities for leisurely strolls. Trees along the path are labelled for easy identification. Part of the mountain stream has even been dammed to provide cool clear pools for swimming. For the more adventurous, overnight shelters have also been provided.
The main vegetation is the dipterocarp forest which consist of hardwoods such as keruing, cengal and meranti. Going up the landscape changes dramatically from lowland to montane conifer forest. Typical species of the conifers include Agathis dammara and Podocarpus imbricatus. Several rare orchids are found on Gunung Jerai including the Bulbophyllum longiflorum. Pitcher plants of the Nepenthes species are also quite common.

Ferns ( Wikipedia)
Despite their ‘primitive’ label, there are ferns adapted to survive in almost any habitat - from open water to dry, exposed walls and from the most acidic, sandy soils to rich, limey loams. Bracken is one of the most widespread and abundant plants in the world. Even so, many ferns are scarce and their conservation is important. There are a few habitats which are especially valuable to ferns in the context of urban woodland. Old trees are also an important fern habitat in much established woodland. Several ferns, such as polypody, readily adopt an epiphytic habit - especially where large boughs join a substantial trunk. Ash with is nutrient rich bark is a favoured tree for ferns, oak and willow are other examples of trees which support ferns when they become large enough. This is just one of the many reasons why as many big, old trees should be retained in urban woods as possible.
Wet areas within woodland, such as the edges of ponds, streamsides and ditches are important for species such as the lady fern and narrow buckler fern. Steep narrow ‘dingle’ woodlands with streams such as Hodgehole Dingle in Dudley are particularly valuable for ferns. Other important features for ferns are often at the ‘micro-habitat’ level, such as banks and mounds, the root plates of fallen trees and the holes they leave behind.
A final fern habitat that is often overlooked, is that of bracken-filled glades on sand lenses within woodland. These may be of considerable age, as the bracken suppresses tree regeneration, and these areas have their own distinct ecology.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-22 15:40]

This is a fantastic macro, Foozi, I really like it and like you, I agree young ferns are beautiful to look at, a design unbelievable to shape itself out of seeds. The details and sharpness are superb and I like the composition, very simple, but perfect for contemplation. Thank you !


Ciao Foozi,
un'altra bella immagine di questa particolare foglia, eccellenti POV e composizione in stile pittorico "still life", straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, molto belli i colori e BG scuro.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-11-22 16:19]

Hello Foozi, Nice details and an excellent note. Good composition and the sharpness is very good. Ganesh

Hi foozi,
I fully appreciate your interest in nature and photography, this image good but not great, you could have done that with nice composition, please since you are spending so much time and energy try to understand bit of composition too and other fine details of photography. it's not difficult just bit of care (study others images. macro is not about 1:1 only, you will have to bring the beauty of the nature subject for others to enjoy. here bit of brightness is needed so i did a workshop, hope you don't mind and my advise. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-23 0:11]

Hello Foozi,
Wow ! so simple and powerful. I love this shot. Excellent macro. Very good details. A perfect composition and very original. Thanks for sharing. Siggi

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-11-23 1:51]

Hello Foozi,

This is an interesting shot you captured. The details are lovely, nice natural colors, good composition and POV. TFS.


Hi Foozi,
wow - seems to be gigantic, I love the design, a nice shot here. Thanks for sharing it with us, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-23 6:06]

Hello Foozi,
Very beautiful approach to this curled fern. And I like the fine light you got in this picture, it is more like we can see in nature, fern never being too much in the light. The workshop picture is different, beautiful in its way.
Best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-23 6:11]

Hi Foozi,
Outstanding shot of this Fren frond and that curl looks majestic. Very neat and sharp image with lovely colours and details. The black BG works well here. Excellent use of flash lighting, POV, DOF and composition.

Excellent picture Foozi!!

Hello Foozi

A wonderful example of your eye for artistic composition.
Simple but breathtaking in it's beauty.
Lovely light and contrast.
Excellent colour saturation.
The POV is well done.
Great job.


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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2008-12-20 8:18]

Hi Foozi,
superb details and sharpness,very beautiful photo

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