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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III USM, Digital ISO 100, Canon 58mm Skylight 1x
Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-30 15:16
Viewed: 3764
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I couldn't quite decide what to post for today, so I have rummaged around the archives and come up with a taste of Summer... Some of these teasels are still trying their hardest to flower in my 'garden'. Anyone who knows me will know that our garden is the edge of a field and is best not considered as a garden more of a field margin and contains most of those wild flowers found in field margins including the teasel and many more besides. A couple of really brave butterflies are still visiting these teasels even today so I guess I'm providing them with a wildlife refuge as well.

But this beauty was taken back in the summer when I have the chance to choose the background and also the angle of the light and get the purple flower ring as well.

As nice as teasels are, my advice is DON'T... once you have them, you will never be free from them, but they are a heaven for wildlife...

Taken at 7:20am (guess I must have been on my way to work!) this is a fresh specimen.

More details on teasels including their use in the woolen industry can be found here.

Converted from RAW, nothing else has been done except for resize and a USM filter. I even resisted the urge to straighten the stem!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-30 15:51]

Hello Emma,
Excellent capture.Iliked POV,use of light,details,dark BG,contrast and composition a lot.Masterpiece!

Hi Emma,
it's a beautiful shot - such a simple motive - but soooo beautiful with the violet parts.
I like the light and the black BG, very well done, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-30 16:29]

Emma, maravilloso disparo y agradables tonos y texturas, saludos

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-30 16:34]

Una composición sencilla Emma, llena de luz con muy buena agudeza y perfecto desenfoque hacia atrás.
La simpleza de la naturaleza, muy bien retratada.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

A simple composition Emma, full with light, very good sharpness and perfect out of focus to back.
The simplicity of the nature, very well depicted.
Regards... Ricardo

Hi Emma,
I love this shot. Very artistic composition with the dramatic back lighting and dark backround. This looks great.
Teasels are pretty evasive and will over run an area. Well done.

The angled stem makes the image more dynamic than vertical would have been...I think. Your BG has just enough interest in it that keeps it from being stark black. These teasels are very common here in Oregon. I love watching the swallowtail butterflies methodically eating the purple blooms. They attack one row at a time. It's a nice, sharp, well saturated image.


Evelynn : )

Hi Emma

Nice shot! Lovely light. Clarity and sharpness are spot on. Lovely to view. TFS.

Hi Emma,
SO no fungi shot...but hey, I just love the lighting... it highlights the shape of the teasel beautifully. Super control over the exposure creating this stunning OOF BG. The purple flower ring looks great and shows that it still has a long way to go before it will be fully grown. I like the addition of the little spider web.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-31 10:32]

Hi Emma

This is really a very artistic shot! The light here is simply impecable and the contrast between the flower and the BG amazing!
Very good use of the flash gave enugh light for that splendid purple band, which in fact makes all the difference in the world!
Excellent POV and DOF, nice sharp details and geat exposure.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-31 17:03]
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Hi Emma,
Lovely teasel with an excellent light. Very good details and blurred bg! Your field-like garden must be a paradise!
Best regards, José M.

Hello Emma,
This is a very delicate creation!
I really appreciate the backlight, creating almost a halo effect...
Pleasant composition, simple but working well as the slight tilt adds dynamics!
Pablo -

very,very sharp, well done

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-01 18:51]

Hi Emma
Beautiful shot and composition. Great colours, light, details, sharpnes and POV. Also good BG, frame and note.
Well done Emma


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-11-01 23:47]

Wow, very dramatic lighting here, Emma. The backlight is very nice, and I think the flash fill provides just enough light to reveal incredible details in front. The slight tilt may be, like Evelynn and Pable suggest, a bit more dynamic, though my personal taste would be to rotate it.

I am impressed how you have played with light in dark in this beautiful compo.

Then there is that striking band of colour on the teaselhead!

The photo is razorsharp, showing all the wee lil spikes on the stalk, as wel as on the teaselhead. Great use of backlight.


PS Good point to include info on how teasels were used to "tease"... Speak about a real "teaser!

hello emma
je reviens sur cette photo car j' aime bien, dommage qu'il y est un petit coup de flasch au milieu, mais cela reste tres bon
j'avais préparé excatement le même genre que je n' ai pas diffusé
bonne continuation, bravo et merci

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-01 7:54]

Hi Emma.
Amazing artistic shot you managed to create. Back light is simply wonderful as well as the exactness of shapes and details. Dark BG suits for this subject perfectly. I also like your strong expressive composition. Picture is made by person with excellent taste and skill. My compliments and TFS.

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