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Helleborus niger

Helleborus niger
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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: 2006-01-13
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 17-85 USM IS Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alpine flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-13 12:35
Viewed: 5068
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Black hellebore or Christmas Rose – Scientific name : Helleborus niger – Family : Ranunculaceae.
Description : The Christmas Rose are able to bloom in the darkest months of the year when everything else is frozen solid.The Christmas Rose produces flowers from late fall up until early spring. These evergreen perennials grow 12 to 15 inches tall and have shiny, dark green leathery leaves. Each flower stalk bears a single 2 to 4 inch white bloom (sometimes tinged with pink).
Attention : all parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested ! Can be use in homeopathy remedy.
Photo : Tonality, resized and framed in 800x600 for TN. This incredible flower which blooms in winter able me to do my first test of macro with my new Canon EOS 350D. I hope you like it...
Speed : 1/125 - Iso : 100 - Aperture : F5.6 - Focal : 85mm (136mm equiv) - Distance : ~25cm - No tripod - No flash - Late afternoon with low light under a dark firtree - Accentuate sharpness.

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Beautiful.Very delicate.

bonjour christian
c'est une reussite pour une premiere, j'aime beaucoup.

This photo inspires me finesse and rafinament. Simple and powerfull.

Thanks and Regards, Petru

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-01-13 13:19]

Il me semble que le 350D est entre de bonnes mains!! Bravo pour cette Hellébore au blanc trés pur et non OE. Félicitations Didier.

I love the simple composition and soft look to this enchanting flower, and your image, Christian.

Dark BG brings out your subject well; POV, exposure and details are great.

Exceptional work, thank you for sharing it with us!

Hi Taz! great to see you posting. This is a perfect image well composed with fantastic lighting and DOF. Well done. I meant to comment on this earlier but I'm sort of in a rush, I'm heading up to Canada if weather permits. :)

Hello Christian,
This is a brilliant flower picture - excellent sharpness, details and lighting. Great POV and framing too. Perfect composition. I like this picture very much. Well done and thanks for posting. Have a great weekend my friend.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-13 15:26]

Hi Christian,
Beautiful composition with nice framing,
very good presentation.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Christian,
what a beauty, so delicate and with perfect sharpness. I love the contrast with the black BG, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-01-13 16:40]

Beautiful winter flower Christian. Very nice composition, focus and colors, perfect contrast of white flower and black BG. TFS

Very well set apart from the BG Christian. A simple but very effective composition. Perfect exposure of the whites. Sharp detail with great DOF. Very well done.
Thank You & have a Great Weekend!

Lovely shot Christian,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are spot on. Good framing and notes.
Thanks for posting, Have a great weekend my friend.

Lovely shot Christian!
Superb framing and everything else, especially exposure.
I like the picture a lot!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-14 5:55]

New camera Taz, congratulations! You'll love it.
The Helleborus looks so beautiful - they have some amazing colours and tones, usually green and maroon colours. I love this white one, the details are so sharp. Well done, TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-14 9:35]

Hello Christian!
Excellent close-up.Crisp clear details,POV,contrast between flower and BG,lighting and composition are wonderful.

Beautiful shot - I like the way the out of focus bloom on the left balances out the image.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-14 10:00]

Hi Christian! Nice to see new photo from you! Lovely composition with big sharp flower on FG and small, bluerred one on BG. Arty and with high quality. 350D? Works great in your hands :-)

Hello Christian
I hope the work on your home has gone well. Strong composition - I like the small out of focus echo. The flower is tack sharp.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-01-14 15:40]

Hi Christian,
very nice white in the black, good composition and quality of photo. I like it a lot. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2006-01-14 17:54]

Bonsoir Christian et Bonne Année (avec du retard)
Très belle fleur - dommage qu'elle est dangeureuse ! J'aime beaucoup la composition avec le bout de fleur floue qui empêche la fleur principale d'être perdue dans le noir. Jolis contrastes aussi.
Salutations Toni

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2006-01-15 10:44]

:o) wauuuuu great shot
excellent details and colors
Well done

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-15 15:52]

Christian, this is lovely and very beautiful.

Excellent sharpness, pov, composition and contrast.

I like exposure too.

The dark bg is really very nice.


What a nice POV and details. Exposure is perfect. It is very well done, Christian. I might clone out the OOF one on the left corner.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-16 22:47]
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Très belle réussite avec le 17-85. C'est net, clair et bien composé. Bonne note aussi. Merci !!


Hi Christian,
This is absolutely beautiful! Superb composition and framing. The OOF bloom i the backround is really great IMHO.Exposure is perfect here. Colors are amazing. Detail is razor sharp. 10 points in my book!!!!

Superbe image Christian!

La netteté est impécable, l'exposition irréprochable avec d'excellent détails dans les blancs. Le fond noir contraste à merveille. Et le petit bouton blanc en bas à gauche contebalance très bien dans l'équilibre des masses.
Excellent travail (la compétition est forte ;o) ) Merci de partager tes plus belles images.

Désolé je n'ai plus de point ce soir, mais je viendrai noter cette photo demain.



Note: voici les points promis.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-01-17 23:08]

Merci, Christian.
Sorry, I have no time thase days to write complete comments.

"Whatever happiness is in the world
has arisen from a wish for the welfare of others;
whatever misery there is has arisen from indulging selfishness."
~ Buddhist Proverb ~

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-18 6:42]

I really like the way your framed this pic with the little flower in the background. Very artistic. Otherwise a good clean shot that showing off the flower.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-01-19 6:23]

Awesome shot!!!Exposure is perfect,lovely composition.TFS!!

Hi, Christian.
It's very nice composition with very beautiful flower. Excellent sharpness, colors and details. Details on white are amazing good. Dark black BG is very good here.

Pefect, beautiful, and delicate!

Beautiful shot Christian, excellent exposure and amazing fine detail you captured. New camera I see, excellent results, well done.

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-02-01 20:03]

Hello Christian!
Very tender flower, especially against dark BG. Lovely composed, good light.
TFS and regards,

WoW, this is a nice lens, and I am sure we will see plenty of shots as good as this one from now on. Very well done and the composition has the Christian´s signature :)
I suppose you have realized how difficult is to get used to the view finder with the DSLR specially with our beloved fungi and your flowers :D
I am thinking about buying a budget chinese angle finder in ebay, as 140€ of canon is too much for me. In the mean time, I will always have my Sony.
Thanks very much for taking the time to comment my shots, I apreciate your opinion very much, best regards my friend, and hope we share our secrets with the 350D.

Stunning shot Christian. Nicely composed. Stands out well against the dark BG. Good management of the white. Tack sharp. A real pleasure to view. TFS.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-07 17:13]

Simply beautiful!
Plenty of details!
Excellent sharpness!
Vibrant white colour!
Above scale photo Christian!
Keep on going and TFS!

Hello Christian!
Beautiful flower! Perfect colors, details, DOF and POV! Excellent composition. Great work!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-20 13:39]

Hi Christian.

Very nice composition, I like the flower, the colors and details,good contrast.

Thanks and I wait more photos, tips, critique and comment.


Hello Christian,
Beautiful shot. Well exposed white areas. Perfectly chosen black background. Very nice idea to have the younger flower shown in the backspace.
Best greetings,

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-03 19:27]

Christian, wonderful contrast. The flower really pops up with that dark background. A very clear and sharp image. Superb macro as usual. TFS, Gabriel

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-10 14:18]
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Hi Christian,
I love this shot and this Ranunculaceae. White/black contrast is very beautiful and just the blur "spot" gives a special touch.
The notes are very useful. I've read them carefully and with the proccess you describe I can't understand how you have got a so dark background. Can you explain me a little this?
(I used in Medicago low light under shadow agains a dark background but I have to force contrast to get a lesser black BG)

excelletn composition and great control of colours adn lighting. maybe a slightly great DOF woudl have just brought a littl emore into focus...


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