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Copyright: Piotr Kurosz (kurekpit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 611 W: 120 N: 629] (2811)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-15
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Tamron SP AF28-75/2.8 XR Di LD, Sandisk Ultra II 2GB, CPL DGH Marumi
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): kurekpit photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-06 22:06
Viewed: 1966
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I show another flower.
Strawflower (Helichrysum bracteatum)
This photo I took in National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin,Dublin-IRELAND
Comments and critiques are most welcome.
Thank you.


The strawflower is a flowering plant of the genus Helichrysum in the sunflower family (Asteraceae).The type species is Helichrysum orientale.There are an estimated 600 species.

Its name was derived from the Greek words helisso (to turn around) and chrysos (gold).
It occurs in Africa (with 244 species in South Africa),Madagascar,Australasia and Eurasia.
These are annuals,herbaceous perennials or shrubs,growing to a height of 60-90 cm.
The receptacle (base of the flower head) may be smooth,with a fringed margin,or honey-combed.
Their leaves are oblong to lanceolate.They are flat and pubescent on both sides.The bristles of the pappus are scabrous, barbellate,or plumose.
Their flowers resemble daisies.They are much in demand as dried cut flowers.They come in an array of almost all colors, except blue.There are many capitula and generally flat-topped corymbs or panicles.The corolla lobes show glandular hairs at the abaxial surface.

Info from Wikipedia


Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Lens:Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di IF
Focal Length: 75 mm
Exposure Time: 1/250Sec.
F-stop: f/5
ISO Speed - 400
Image Quality - RAW

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  • Lee1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 185 W: 20 N: 111] (541)
  • [2007-05-06 22:21]

Hi Piotr, some wonderful colors here. The yellow and the pink set so well against the green providing good contrast. The colrs are nice and strong. Niuce effect of the gradient background. Good detail in te flower. Nice work, thanks.


Hi Piotr,

Excellent colors and saturation. Focus work is superb! Excellent presentation. TFS


Excellent Piotr. The colour stands out so well against that darker background. Well composed and very good detail. TFS,

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  • gimpy Silver Star Critiquer [C: 32 W: 8 N: 4] (189)
  • [2007-05-07 8:04]

Belle réalisation, j'aime beaucoup les photos de nature. Superbe macro, j'aime bien comment l'éclairage permet à la fleur de ressortir par rapport au fond.

Merci de partager.


Hi Piotr:
This is a superb capture...I think 1/250s is perhaps due to wind factor?
I kind of like the ceter focus and the saturations work so well..
Most excellent!!!

Hi Piotr,

Stunning and beautiful image. Lovely color combination with blurred BG.


Man! This is really popping! excellant contrast piotr...lovely bg. The shallow DOF really works well here! VERY good shooting. TFS!


hello piotr!
great shot, beautiful colors, sharpness and excellent DOF.

beautiful colors and sharpness piotr
i like your selective focus, it really draws the viewers in :)
excellent macro work :)


Beautiful colors and details, the pink, the yellow, the dark green BG. Excellent light. Simple and effective.



Hello Piotr, Stunning colours that stand out well against the dark background. Love your centre focus and your framing of this shot is excellent. Well done! TFS. Pat.

Hi Piotr!
Beautiful macro photo, great close up and background. Love the softness and vivid natural color. TFS!

Hello Piotr,
This is a very nice specie and I like the fact that the FG is a little blurred and that the center and the other petals are in focus. Colors and BG are beautiful and this centered composition work well. This is lovely with interesting notes. Thanks,

Hello Piotr,
a superb flower. The colors are very intense and beautiful. Great control of the focus one. I like your background, dark in top and clear in bottom in harmony with the stem, it well is seen and done.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-05-07 16:57]

singular colorido y bella flor...
buen pov. y bg,
excelente trabajo,

Hi Piotr,
I especially love those protuding details around the center of the flower which remind me of poles...or a fence!!!
Wonderful colors, sharpness, detail and BG/DOF.
Kind regards,

Hi Piort, Really and excellent macro, great colors and POV, sharpen and contrast very well. TFS


Hello Piotr!
Beautiful colours in your composition!
Nice clarity and perspective!
Lovely frame!
Excellent done!

...I return... :)

Good exposure and contrast, I'd like a better focus...

Hi Piotr, splendid flower, wonderful light and colors, elegant presentation, very well done, ciao Silvio

Witaj Piotr,
Very beautiful flower macro.Vivid colours with well presented.TFS.


Hello Piotr, Bright colors, and well composed shot. TSF



Hello Piotr,
Very beautiful composition with excellent colors and great sharpness. Regards,

:) tomorrow

Hello Piotr,
Very beautiful. I like the selective focus. Superb exposure, colors, and framing. With cordial greetings - Danilo

Piotr, a beautiful and colorful image. I like saturation and contrast a lot.

Pov and the blurred bg are great too.

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  • Shogun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 788 W: 52 N: 418] (10434)
  • [2007-05-14 14:56]

this is beautiful Piotr. love the tones and contrast.
nice presentation. tfs


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  • LuciG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1206 W: 151 N: 655] (8171)
  • [2007-05-16 18:44]


this is a simple but very effective picture.
I enjoy the vivid colors that contrast with the dark background.
Then, the DOF is perfect!


Hi Piotr,
stunning! Absolutely great details, colors, framing, use of light... I'm impressed! Well done!

Kindly regards,

Hello my friend Piotr,

Wonderful visual, amazed with the beauty of this flower and capture.
He gave a beautiful look in black Bg.
The colrs are nice and strong.
Well composed and very good detail.


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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-05-21 8:46]

Hi Piotr ;)
wonderful photo...simple beautiful...TFS
J ;)

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-05-29 15:02]

A simple and beautiful flower-shot, well done.

I like the colors and details of this beautiful flower.The blurry dark green background is fantastic!

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2007-06-13 12:20]

super crisp and yet so delicate looking. the colors are a real winner! perfect i must say.TFS! its really lovely.

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  • krzesz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 662 W: 5 N: 15] (5459)
  • [2007-07-09 12:31]

hej Piotrek..
Piekny kwiat..subtelnie pokazany..swietnie wykonane zdjecie..
Podoba mi sie,bardzo..

przepiekne macro, niesamowite kolory!

Hello Piotr,
what a beautiful close up of this pretty flower. Great details! Love the tight shot. TFS

Maravillosa flor con un colorido estupendo.
Perfecta presentación y muy interesante la nota.
Saludos, JL.


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-10-22 20:14]

Excellent shot Piotr,

Love the colours, great contrast and details, especially those sharpness, beautifully captured, thanks for sharing


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