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A solo Prickly Pear

A solo Prickly Pear
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Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-25
Categories: Food, Nature, Macro
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 55-200 f/4.5-5.6G ED
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-27 4:32
Viewed: 1437
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The prickly pear grows widely on the islands of Malta, where it is enjoyed by the Maltese as a typical summer fruit (known as bajtar tax-xewk, literally 'spiny figs'), as well as being used to make the popular liqueur known as bajtra. The prickly pear is so commonly found in the Maltese islands that it is often used as a dividing wall between many of Malta's characteristic terraced fields in place of the usual rubble walls.

I produced this composition with an imposing ripe fruit!

PP work: adapted HDR to produce a 3D effect...maybe I succeeded!

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I like the simplicity here Francis! Lovely composition with good control of DOF. It almost looks like a flag! Effective HDR and PP.


Hello Francis Xavier

A great HDR work. I like this detail that you have captured in taking the best.
Excellent use of colors and contrast.
The result is very attractive, and I think it would have been so beautiful too with vertical format.
Minimalist and artistic work.

different but very effective and artistic composition and very well presented
tfs regards bryan

A good use of shallow DOF brought nice view of this well-riped spiny fig, Francis!
In North India, you can often see this fruit growing wildly.

Your picture is well taken where the color contrast between the glowing red and the green BG is amazing. I also like the way you balanced the hedge in the BG.
Well done sharpness and nice clarity also make this work so lovely to enjoy.

Good job!


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-01-27 10:40]


génail cadrage, super, cette fleur rouge de cactus, la forme , très bien veu avec le fond vert, grandisoe compo et image.

Bravo et amitié


Hello Francis,

I like it!
Minimalistic, great use of narrow dof, and with fine sharpness of the focal image.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2011-01-27 16:32]

dear Francis Xavier,
a beautiful artwork picture of amazing natural artistic performance,
the red object looks like the birth of new shining sun in this green space,
nice form and fine composition are picturesque,
thank you for your excellent shot,

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-01-27 17:30]

Hi Francis Xavier,
I'm showing my ignorance,when I say I expect to view this item from an image from Southern California or from Mexico,as I had no idea they grew in Malta. I like your original composition,it really shows off the pear, as well as its prickly surface.TFS


Hi Francis...very nice shot...perfect depth of field and focus to bring out the pear...I think your hdr worked well here.


Hello Francis-Xavier,
An image with a strong impact. Even with f/9.0, you realized an effective shallow depth of field with a nice bokeh. Interestingly, in combination with your abstract composition, all this gives the impression of a one-dimensional image, that, though representing a landscape, does not look or "feel" like a landscape anymore. David compared it with a flag, but it also could have been a conceptual painting. Creative work...
TFS & kind regards,

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