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Trojan horse? No, Wood Anemone

Trojan horse? No, Wood Anemone
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Copyright: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 131 N: 105] (307)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-03-31
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, EF 100 2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/20 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Flowers, Floral theme [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-04-04 13:00
Viewed: 6542
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
OK, first up, I apologise for the title. I can't resist bad puns ;-) For those of you who haven't got it yet, Wooden enemy = Wood Anemone, told you it was bad didn't I!

To me Spring in the UK is all about wildflowers and the Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) is one of the signs that Spring is in full swing. This delicate little flower (also known as the Windflower because it blows around so much) usually grows in woodland and precedes our Bluebells.

In this case the specimen involved was growing in our back garden! I suspect that our garden was (at some point) part of a deciduous woodland because we also have a fair colony of primroses and bluebells - species that tend to grow on the woodland floor. Our primroses are also looking good, and the bluebells are growing but they haven't come into bud yet so it'll be a while before I can show you any pictures of those!

There's a thread about the processing of this shot, and basically about my current workflow here if you're interested!

Porteplume, zto, Riz, Derrick, snuggleaphagus, Catcher, milloup, adam, Laurence, hojper, ornis, flip89, Marcie, lacouette, eduaraujo, jmp1, pawelen has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Luko: Arrrgghh, you're right!AdrianW 1 04-17 14:29
To adam: Post processing...AdrianW 6 04-08 12:06
To Porteplume: Thanks!AdrianW 3 04-04 13:49
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Ah! Adrian... This is just the kind of picture I was waiting for from you. It's delicatly sharp, with a nice DOF, I feel as I can almost touch it and I love the fresh and soft colours.

Great work! Just a pity it is not an horizontal shot, I could then use it as my next screen background... :o))

This close up is very nice to see... and the DoF is excellent. Nice shot!

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  • zto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 911 W: 122 N: 48] (246)
  • [2004-04-04 13:54]

Wonderfull Adrian. I'm just waiting for the right time to come for the wooden anemoe to start bloom. When they do, in a couple of weeks i guess, i'll go back to one of my favorite places as a child to take a picture of it. There is a whole forest of these flowers there "The Anenome forest". I just hope they haven't put up houses any there by now. So thank you for this rush back to my childhood memories. As to your picture. I tis a lovely macro, but i would not expect anything less from you. You have really captured the softness of this flower.

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  • Nina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 132 W: 69 N: 14] (1249)
  • [2004-04-04 13:55]

Beautiful Adrian, as sharp as it needs to be, well exposed, good DOF, need I go on? And all that green around the little white flower is gorgeous too.:)

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  • Riz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 192 W: 31 N: 101] (523)
  • [2004-04-04 14:19]

Adrian well done you the depth of field is great. the detail in the pollen wow!

What a fantastic shot! Your focus is dead one and you've got an excellent DOF leading to the backdrop! Well shot Adrain.

Very nice macro! The picture is well sharp and as good framing too! i like the colours and the note!

Well done

Beautiful capture. I was out hunting anemones the other day in sunshine, but they look better when shot in overcast weather like here, as the definition in the petals shows much more clearly. Anyway, it's so great to see these little white ones start covering the the ground in the woods again ;-)

Your choice of depth of field really makes this flower--the whole plant--look 3-D. I really like the effect. As usual, your tones are deep and pleasant. Yeah, find a new title.... (just kidding).

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  • adam Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 16] (132)
  • [2004-04-05 2:03]
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Wow, outstanding shot. The DOF is incredible. Did you use any post-processsing to create that effect at all? It looks so real I feel as if I could reach out and grab it from my screen! :)

Wonderful picture Adrian ! The colours are fantastic and DOF is perfect !
Congratulations !

Outstanding macro; this really comes out of the monitor, the composition, with the smaller leaves still quite in focus below it and the blurred background above it helps create this effect i think. Excellent.

Just beautiful... :D

Gd DOF..color. Simple and nice.

Magnifique image, d'une netteté suprenante.
Bravo !

Clear white and delicate yellow on a background of variegated greens make a lovely composition. Technically it is perfect as well as the composition. I feel envious that you guys in the U.K. are gettin spring flowers, when ours will not be blooming for many weeks.
GROANS...to the pun!!!

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  • hojper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 680 W: 110 N: 849] (4090)
  • [2004-04-12 16:28]

Wow, at first I thought, nice shot, then I read the note and thought, great note, then I looked up your PP message to Adam and thought, fantastic work, and then I returned to the shot and thought, UNBELIEVABLE!
But the pun was what made me laugh. Thanks.

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  • ornis Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 20 N: 139] (842)
  • [2004-04-17 7:06]

Yes, definitely a very delicate image, where DOF is so well managed that it looks like a 3D shot. Having the flower sharp all over, then the leave just sharp at the end leads the eye from one to another without any distraction. Your framing places the side leaves as the arms of a body of which the flower would be the head. Elegant framing. A simple flower, but what a presence!

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  • Luko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 53 N: 198] (445)
  • [2004-04-17 14:15]
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Lots have been said about the -very good, I agree- post processing that really helped your anemeone jump out of the screen, if ever a flower can "jump"...?!

I prefer praising the outstanding angle, focusing and DOF you chose that put the two critical point into perfect sharpness, the flower by itself but also the tip of the leaf : this doubles the flower presence and 3D sensation.

Is it me or an epidemic bad case of dyslexy? I think it will be aneMoNe for me...

It's heavenly ... the flower, pictured in its delicateness, seems to float on air ...

Amazing photo.

I also read your postprocessing notes, very useful, and intresting.

Thanks for sharing all these.

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  • paroy (118)
  • [2004-04-24 11:19]

Superbe photo pour ces détails précis, les couleurs magnifiques. Bravo!

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  • Neige Gold Star Critiquer [C: 610 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-07-30 11:05]

Great,Great, Great, Great ,Great,Great. The wood anemone is my perfect flower, in simplicity and beauty. Here it is rarely seen, in fresh forest, along watercourses. I had choosen it as a favorite but forgot to add a comment. Bye. Have a nice day.

This is an excellent macro shot. Crisp focus on the subject, with a DOF that is exactly needed. The exposure is carefully setup too. The color and light balance are so perfect that my eyes would feel better if a small bug was in the composition just for a distraction. Well done, thank you!

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2005-12-18 5:38]

Well done.


that's a perfectly made macro - photo. well done! nothing to add.


Beautiful colours and fine details!
The tight framing works well to emphasis the subject, DoF spot on isolates the delicate flower well from the background...


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