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Tropaeolum (Nasturtium)

Tropaeolum (Nasturtium)
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Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/20 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Edible, Flower(Yellow)II, Trapaeolum species [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-09 13:56
Viewed: 4850
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nasturtium (literally "nose-twister"),
as a common name, is a genus of roughly 80 species of annual and perennial herbaceous flowering plants Tropaeolum, one of three genera in the family Tropaeolaceae. This genus, native to South America and Central America, includes several very popular garden plants, the most commonly grown being T. majus, T. peregrinum and T. speciosum. The hardiest species is T. polyphyllum from Chile, the perennial roots of which can survive underground when air temperatures drop as low as -15°C.

They have showy, often intensely bright flowers (the intense color can make macrophotography quite difficult), and rounded, peltate (shield-shaped) leaves with the petiole in the center. The flowers have five petals (sometimes more), a three-carpelled ovary, and a funnel-shaped nectar tube in the back. The flowers can be added to salads for an exotic look and taste; they have a slightly peppery taste reminiscent of Watercress. The unripe seeds, when pickled, have been used as a substitute for capers. The mashua (T. tuberosum) produces an edible underground tuber that is a major food source in parts of the Andes.

Tropaeolum species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Dot Moth and Garden Carpet. A very common "pest" found on Nasturtium in particular is the Large White or Cabbage White Butterfly Catapillar (Pieris brassicae)

The Nasturtiums receive their name from the fact that they produce an oil that is similar to that produced by Watercress (Nasturtium officinale), from the family Brassicaceae.

It is said that these flowers grow best in sun or light shade depending upon the variety.
(Source: Wikipedia encyclopedia)

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bonjour milos
de tres belles couleurs sur ce cliché,que ce soit sur l'avant plan que sur l'arriere plan,bon piqué.

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-11-09 15:29]

Jolie capture, belles couleurs, bons détails


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-09 19:22]

Hi Milos
Good shot. I have few plants of this flower in my garden. Good colours, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done


bonne prise, bon B G
jolies couleurs

hi milos.
nice shot.beautiful colours. lovely bg. good sharpness. good pov. nice dof. the leaf and the flowers have been captured with good sharpness and clarity.
very well done.

Hi Milos
Beautiful photo. Fanatastic buckground with delicate OOF violet flowers. Good composition. Very good sharpnes and DOF of main object. The first flower is little, little bit overexposed.
Best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-10 9:26]

Hola Milos, en camaraias esta flor se llama "CAPUCHINA" son preciosas y existen con diferentes matices, escelente colorido y perfecto encuadre... saludos

The result of your time and effort to shoot these exotic flowers with extreme care is more than manifest in this super composition, Milos. With the given camera values, you have shot a masterpiece. The leaves and flowers make a beautiful composition and look perfect against an intensely pleasant BG with those purple spots.
Great work!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-10 15:07]

Hello Milos,
wonderful composition, very colorful. POV, details and sharpness are great. I love the OOF BG, it shows of those flowers very well.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-10 15:45]

Hello Mikou
Very beautiful shot with a curious composition. I like it very much, and the information is also very interesting. Thank you very much.
Best wishes

Hola Milos,
Una bella composición, con unos colores y un enfoque sobresalientes. Un cordial saludo

Muy bonita esta imagen de estas Capuchinas. Perfectos detalles y agradable composición.
Un PoV original.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Milos,
Great DoF, great sharpness and nice neat blurry BG. Beautiful flowers, colors and shape. Superb shot and nice PP works.

Ben Lakitan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-12 3:43]

Hi Milos,
Wonderful flowers by its shape and colors. Perfect focus on the flower and blurred background. Lovely composition and frame.
TFS, José M.

Well done Milos.
What I like most of all is the colorful OOF background that compliments so well. Excellent color, light, DOF, and detail. Very pleasing to the eye :)

Bonjour Milos
Une excellente photo en macro de cette belle fleur.Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP
Les sourires demain

Hello Milos,
A lovely flower close-up!
Well composed presentation, very good clarity in colours and fine details...
I'm impressed by the almost 3D effect you achieve here, it is like the flowers are popping from my screen!
Pablo -

so very pretty! Great DOF and POV..beautifully sharp photo.. TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your comments on Good Morning!

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-11-14 15:30]

Hi Milos,
A very attractive image...the colours caught my eye.The colour is well balanced and handled.Nicely composed with the inclusion of the leaves.The DOF making the subject very clear.
Regards, David

Belle photo,avc ses couleurs magnifiques qui donne un super effet a votre photo. Amitiés Thomas

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-22 6:05]

Hi Milos.
Thank you for watching my satire play. I feel your support and understanding.
I am admirer of your photo art. Every your shoot is sample of masteries. This one is not exception. Amazing and beautiful subject. Terrific vivid colours, exiting composition and stunning BG. All is the best. Bravo and my warm wishes.

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