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the Smell of Spring

the Smell of Spring
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Copyright: Erik Sven (ErikSven) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-10
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The first of the day.(start20/10/09) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-12 8:50
Viewed: 2021
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
… in the rapeseed fields. Thanks to M. for posing.

Manual focus. No postprocessing.
Why f8? Well, I just forgot to change aperture after a series of landscape shots :o|. Do you think that with a wider aperture, I would have had the rapeseed behind M. less sharp? Thanks for your critiques, comments & suggestions.



… dans les champs de colza. Merci à M. de bien avoir voulu poser.

Mise au point manuelle. Pas de post-traitement.
Pourquoi f8? Simplement parce que j’ai oublié de réduire l’ouverture focale après une série de photos paysagères :o|. Croyez-vous que j’aurais pu avoir le colza derrière M. moins net avec une ouverture focale plus grande? Merci de vos commentaires, critiques et suggestions.



… in de koolzaadvelden. Met dank aan M. voor het poseren.

Manuele scherpstelling. Geen post-processing.
Waarom f8? Gewoon vergeten het diafragma aan te passen na een aantal landschapsfoto’s :o|. Kan het zijn dat ik het koolzaad achter M. minder scherp had gekregen met een groter diafragma? Dank voor uw commentaar, kritiek en suggesties.


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To brubar: blurred spots & lateral lightErikSven 1 07-05 09:08
To galderjon: f/8, iso 100, centered compoErikSven 2 05-16 03:18
To mesquens1: "trou" de nettetéErikSven 1 05-16 01:54
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hi Eril this is a delightfull image a good blend of natural colours works realy well i like how you have focused here brings out the details of the flowrs and m realy nicely
tfs regards bryan

HI Erik,
this shot is wonderful, a lot of emotions to see - happy that spring is here - but also contemplative. The light and the bright yellow colours are pretty, I also love the flower in the front, the softness, it's very nice, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-05-12 9:20]

Hi Erik,
I wasn't to sure if I liked the blurred rapeseed in the foreground or upper right corner,but after a couple of seconds I found they gave a real sense of your subject being
surrounded by a large area of yellow rapeseed.I guess the background may have been changed using a wider aperture,but I think it would depend more on your chosen focal point?


Bonjour Erik,
C'est pour çá que certains critiques d'art français parlent sur "l'hazard artialisant". Votre distraction a produit une nouvelle fonction pour f8... LOL, mais je vous dis que le resultat à eté très interessant, avec un "trou" de netteté autour de M., produisant un original portrait. Le POV/DOF c'est bien et aussi la lumière.

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  • Justi (22)
  • [2010-05-12 10:06]

hey Erik :)
I really like this photo, 100% natural.

Erik, this is a nice image, full of spring mood... I can feel the perfume...

The foreground unfocused flowers are well located within the frame and help to make the viewer feeling of 'being there'.

The sky area is also well located and not OE at all.

She is too centered and that steals some punch to the shot in my opinion, it is too evident.

The harsh light conditions work well on the soft flower textures, but on the woman is not the same thing... projected shadows are created. However the dynamic range is very well controlled and it looks pleasant.

About the model, correct, but I miss a more expressive face as long as she is in the middle of that beautiful landscape and staring at a blooming flower.

f/8 is appropriate, a wider aperture could´ve got part of the model unfocused... ISO 100?

Galder Jon

Hallo Erik,

Zeer knappe pose van M. en mooi gekadreerd met de wazige bloemen in de voorgrond. Mooie kleurmengeling van de bloemen, sjaal en hemel. Allemaal heel zacht. f8 lijkt me eigenlijk juist perfect hier. Je had misschien een twintigtal centimeter diepteverlies kunnen winnen door een groter diafragma maar, zoals Galder schreef, had je het risico van M flou te hebben.
Mooi zo...

Hello Eric,

A very well-worked photograph.
I have the curious feeling that I am secretly watching M as she wanders through the field. However, although she is unaware of being scrutinised, I have all the time in the world to absorb her features, her expression, her clothing, her mood.
This sharply focussed subject gains superb atmosphere from the unfocussed areas, which supply a good context.
Central positioning works amazingly well!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

yes, this is spring !!!
you brought us just in the heart of it


Hi Erik,

wonderful shot of spring and may be if background should be blurr and front flower should be infocus then it work more effectively . Please this is my personal openion. dont mind

best regards


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  • ciore Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 3 N: 118] (2478)
  • [2010-05-13 3:03]

how high they're grown! How intensive yellow they are. how pretty and softly they looks touching blue sky. it smells, yes, it's Spring!

i hear this

Bom dia
You get a good sharpness in this very very good compositio. The yellow of flowers made agood frame to the beautiful model,M.
Spring lives in your photo and touchs a beautiful sky- Love the perspective.
Um abraço

HI Erik...excellent shot...nice shot...good work on the exposure and focus...nice sharp shot.


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-07-02 8:19]


merci pour ta critique, qui est totalement justifiée, je me suis pas assez appliqueé pour capter cette image, j'auri pu faire beaucoup mieux et c'est le but du site.
Fantastique portrait dans les fleurs, ce jaune, ave le contraste de l'habit violet, cette attitdue, le regard de la dame et son attitude qui admire les fleurs, spelndide compo.

merci et amitié


Ciao Erik,

I would have avoided the two yellow blurred spots, the hard and lateral light emphasizes the wrinkles of the face.
Beautiful the colors and the location.

Saluti dall'Italia

Simple but effective composition, nice pose. Great pov and dof with nice colors. Well done, tfs.

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