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Vinca minor

Vinca minor
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-08
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, 28-300mm f2.8-4.9 built-in
Exposure: f/3.8, 1/140 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild Flowers II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-15 1:50
Viewed: 4694
Points: 55
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Lesser Periwinkle – Scientific name : Vinca minor – Family : Apocynaceae.
Description : Vinca minor is a plant native to central and southern Europe, from Portugal and France north to the Netherlands and the Baltic States, and east to the Caucasus, and also in southwestern Asia in Turkey.
It is a trailing subshrub, spreading along the ground and rooting along the stems to form large clonal colonies and occasionally scrambling up to 40 cm high but never twining or climbing. The leaves are evergreen, opposite, 2-4.5 cm long and 1-2.5 cm broad, glossy dark green with a leathery texture and an entire margin. The flowers are solitary in the leaf axils and are produced mainly from early spring to mid summer but with a few flowers still produced into the autumn ; they are violet-purple-blue, 2-3 cm diameter, with a five-lobed corolla. The fruit is a pair of follicles 2.5 cm long, containing numerous seeds.
The closely related species Vinca major is similar but larger in all parts, and with relatively broader leaves with a hairy margin.
Technique : FUJIFILM FinePix S6500 - Mode P - Auto focus - Aperture f3.8 - Shutter speed 1/140s - Iso 100 - Flash not fired - focal 100mm equiv. - File JPG fine - Handheld...
Photo : taken in mountain forest where I was looking for mushroom. Slightly crop, resize and frame in 800x600 for TN.

Alex99, jcoowanitwong, joey, delic, anel, scottevers7, Janice, horia, SkyF, cedryk, thistle, coasties, captainsgirl, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-15 4:07]

Hi Christian.
Elegant at highest level picture of this beautiful flower. Amazing delicate colours and soft lighting. Terrific exactness of the DOF selection. Whole flower is in focus and BG is absolutely smooth. Colourfulness of the BG. light tone are perfect too. I also like wonderful composition. Inclined a bit flower is looked excellently. My compliments and best regards. TFS of so artistic work.

Hi Christian,
Pretty flower. Beautifully composed picture. Spot on focus and the dark background isoloated this Vinca minor nicely. Tfs this masterpiece.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-15 4:45]

Hi Christian,
beautiful shot of this flower and a very good detail and DOF.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-15 5:01]

Bonjour Christian,
A simple but effective composition. I paricularly like high-contrast macro photos like this with dark background. Colors are fabulous. Well done. Regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-15 5:35]

Bonjour Christian,
Excellent details and exposure in this so difficult to capture vinca. I've tried lots of time with exposure problems.
Absolutely useful note to distinguish between minor and major species.
Best regards, José M.

bonjour christian
et bien la voila cette photo tant attendue!
c'est simple mais superbe,les deux couleurs se melent bien ensemble.
tres bonne netteté et exposition.

Hi Taz,
a simple but beautiful compostion. The few colours are also
very nice. Good detials and DOF.
The flower is well isolated from the green BG.
Very well done, my friend.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-15 15:25]

Bonsoir Christian,
Magnifique comme cette pervenche capte la lumière, sans être surexposée. Arrière-plan tout en douceur, qui sied à cette fleur très fine.
Image épurée, réduite à l'essentiel. J'aime ce genre de photos.
Merci et meilleures salutations

Hi Christian,
A very beautiful frame filling composition on this Vinca Flower. Soft light, rich color saturation, and sharp detail. A well controled DOF has a nice OOF backround. Looks great!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-15 16:22]

Hi Taz, it is good to see all thesew spring flowers appearing on TN right now. In NZ this plant is often found growing in hedges, and I remember it as a child and pulling the petals off and seeing the little 'fairy toothbrush' inside it!!
Beautifully captured,
Thank you my friend,

Bonsoir Christian,
C'est un cliché très soigné de cette petite pervenche. La profondeur de champs utilisée permet de dinstinguer plusieurs traits de l'anatomie de la fleur (notamment la gorge et les pinceaux des poils du stigmate), tout en la détachant de l'arrière plan. La composition est magnifique.

Bonjour Christiane
La fleur est bien mise en valeur par le fond hors focus.Belle complémentarité de l'ensemble.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-16 10:17]

Hi Christian

A splendid macro work from you!
What charming colors and what a fantastic contrast here between this lovely little flower and the BG.
The details are really sharp and crispy-clear while the perfect DOF isolates the petals from the rest of the scene.
Spot-on exposure and a charming composition!

Bravo and TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-17 8:41]

Bonjour Christian,
wonderful macro shot, very detailed. Excellent sharpness and the colors are nice and clear. DOF, and composition are wonderful.

tres jolie cette petite pervenche, bonne luminosité et couleurs nettes
bravo christian

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-18 9:37]

Hello Taz
Beautiful and excellent shot of this pretty periwinkle. For some reason this kind of flower results not very easy to photograph, but you did a wonderful composition showing all its beautiful texture, shape and colors.
Congratulations and TFS.

Hi Christian,
Very nice macroshot with great colours and DOF! The exposure is very fine.

Regards, Peter

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-18 17:42]

Hello Christian,
Very nice simple and effective composition. I like very much the gentle colours and very appropriate exposure.
Best greetings,

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-04-19 12:34]

Very nice and artistic shot Christian! I like the colors and the composition especially. :) Well done & TFS!


Ps-Paris is awesome! Just a marvelous place to be.

Hello Christian,
Superb shot!
These flowers are one of my fav. In Poland they are quite strongly bound with Easter. We always use it flowers and leaves for Easter decorations in my house.
The picture is very simple and I love that. The framing, DOF and perfect exposure, clear BG and strong colours create a lovely shot.

Hi Christian,
I like your violet windmill so much, excellent work, thanks.
I'm also glad that I now know the name of this beauty, I also have them in my garden...
Bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Christian

A beautiful purple flower against a perfect green BG. Tack sharp, excellent exposure. Lovely to view. Thank you MF. :-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-24 22:02]

Hello Christian

A beautiful composition.The DOF and POV are very good.Excellent colours and well presented.TFS


Hello Christian,
Beautiful flower, I like how the petals are all curved just a bit on the ends. Beautiful color and excellent Dof. I do like your frames very much. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " Butterfly Fields Forever (32) " :o)

Excelent contrast but a little bit out of focus

bonjour Christian

delicated and elegant flower, nicely captured in your picture.

exposition is perfect ( no over exposed areas)
sharpness and colour very good

very artistic natural picture



BG dark green and homogene suits very well and
make a perfect contrast with the colour of the flower

Hallo Christian
Pleased to meet you. Your gallery is packed with the most stunning flowers, insects and landscapes, the one prettier than the other. I am sure if you look through my critiques given to fellow members you’ll notice that the majority of them are awarded to photos containing something with the colour of purple. I love purple and even created a theme with the title "My purple obsession." Thanks for sharing this beautiful flower with us. The colour is just perfect and the fine white anthers are very bright and clearly visible. A stunning close-up, with sharp details and good composition. There is a slight shiny gloss on the lilac coloured petals and this feature adds a special touch to this photo. I enjoyed the sight. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

simple and nice, I llve your frmaes! greetings Ori

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