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wild Lily of the valley

wild Lily of the valley
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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: 2005-05-01
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(white)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-30 3:15
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Good luck : On May Day in France, bunches of lily of the valley are sold in the streets and given as presents. The flowers are supposed to bring good luck...
English name : Lily of the valley – Scientific name : Convallaria majalis.
Description : Lily of the Valley is a flowering plant in the family Ruscaceae, the sole member of the genus Convallaria.
It is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe and North America.
It is a herbaceous perennial plant that forms extensive colonies by spreading by underground roots called rhizomes. These send up numerous stems each spring. The stems grow to 15-30 cm tall, with two leaves 10-25 cm long, and a raceme of 5-15 flowers on the stem apex.
The flowers are white (rarely pink), bell-shaped, 5-10 mm diameter, and sweetly scented ; flowering is in late spring. The fruit is a small red berry 5-7 mm diameter.
Photo : Slightly cropped and resized and framed in 480x640 for TN. Picture taken in forest at 1500m altitude.

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Hi Christian,
Beautiful flower very well composed with nice colours and great details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-30 3:38]

Hi Christian
Good luck, hey...? I don't think this beautiful photo will need that 'cause it will gain admiration on pure merit. What a lovely dainty little flower?
Your composition is great and the colours are stunning. The DOF captured all the details of the flowers and the BG is soft enhancing the subject very well. The exposure was fine considering the fact that white flowers are rather difficult subjects, especially when photographed in the outdoors with natural sun light as source. So, the little bit of OE on the top and bottom flowers are within expectable norms (according to my humble opinion).
Very well done and TFS.

Hi Christian,
Beautiful composition with very good coloring and excellent use of light. I agree with loot on the expposure.

Lovely capture Christian, good exposure on the whites with perfect composition and great note. well done.

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  • clack (98)
  • [2006-04-30 5:52]

I like this photo because there are only two colors in it. Also a nice composition because you put the flower on 1/3 of the picture.

Beautiful flower, TFS, I always face over exposeure when dealing with white color, somehow i feel that the lily white is abit over exposed.

Hi Taz,
An excellent composition with good exposure of the whites..A very pleasing photo mf,
Well done and TFS!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-30 7:45]

Hello Christian!
Excellent close up.POV,details on white flower,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi Christian,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, Enjoy the rest of the weekend my friend.

Bonjour Christian,

Très belle photo joliment composée. Les couleurs sont naturel et très belle. Il ne manque que son doux parfum... Bravo.


Hi Christian, excellent work, perfct details, Perfcet colors, BG, POV, excellent work, TFS kYle

  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-30 16:32]

Simply beautiful!
Perfect white colour!
Excellent DOF!
Excellent POV!
5* and TFS!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-05-01 5:18]

Christian bonjour et joyeux premier Mai. Je viens de cueillir celui de mon sous bois, il est en avance cette année. Belle photo de circontance et une bien belle composition avec cette feuille fuyante en premier plan. J'aime bien le ton blanc laiteux des fleurs. Mes félicitations, Didier.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-01 10:47]

Très jolie composition de ce muguet Christian, les couleurs sont très rafraîchissante et annonce l'été pour bientôt. Merci pour cette beauté.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-02 4:54]

Hi Christian
Wow beautiful colours. Great sharpnes, details, BG, POV and composition.
Well done my friend


Salut Christian!

Belle image de ces mugets sauvages. J'aime bien la netteté la composition et la faible PdC. La lumière diffuse est superbe. La légère surexposition donne de superbes couleurs pastelles, par contre les blancs cherchent à cramer sur le dessus des fleurs. Mais je dois avouer que ces fleurs sont si blanches que même une exposition juste ne permet pas d'avoir des blancs détaillés. Il faut pratiquement sous-exposer d'un cran et alors l'effet pastel n'y sera plus.

Globalement, c'est une remarquable photo qui fait bien plaisir à regarder.

Hi Christian,
Nice flower, nice setting. I really like the colors and contrast. Enjoy looking at this photo. TFS

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-05-03 14:35]

Quel joli brin de muguet ! Les détails, les couleurs et la composition sont excellents. Le fait que les fleurs soient légèrement surexposées ne dérange pas, à mon avis, et ne nuit en rien à la qualité de la photo. On sentirait presque le doux parfum de ces jolies petites fleurs :-)

Hello Christian,
beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Excellent composition and great details. Great colors/lighting. Well done and thank you for sharing.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-03 15:18]

Hi Christian,
A simple but very effective composition. Wonderful colours, nice detail and good DOF. A little OE on the flowers but the textures are so soft I think it works. Interesting note too, great post.

Beautiful Flowers Christian, The lighting is very nice with a fantastic POV and framing job. :)

Bonjour Christian,
Quelle jolie composition!!
Good real colors and great use of the light!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-05-04 4:52]

Bonjour Christian,
good captured a "bells" of flower, in polish called: konwalia. Nice colours and good DOF. I like it a lot.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Christian,
In Poland at the May Day these beauties don't bloom yet. I saw they have buds already, but I guess first flowers will appear not earlier than in two weeks. But when they appear they will be sell on streets too. They are very popular flowers in Poland.
This is a lovely shot. I like the framing and POV a lot.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-05 6:11]

So this is the real Lily of the Valley Taz. It is beautiful, thank you my friend. I love the colours and the daintiness of it. Super composition too, thank you,
Please say HI to Annecy from me...

bonjour christian
merci pour ce brin de muguet et sa note qui l'accompagne,cette année le muguet est en retard en champagne,juste quelques clochettes ouvertes.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-06 9:34]

Bonjour Christian,
lovely shot, nice composition and lovely colors.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-07 11:50]

Hello Christian, lovely composition. I love the fresh mood of it. Why so small size? Perfect exposure as allways. Well done, Gabriel.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-07 12:44]

Hi Christian,
A very delicate flower, very well presented. Lovely picture.
José M.

Hi Christian,
Excellent makro, very good DOF.
Nice shot, well done!!!
TFS Malgosia

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-05-07 15:31]

Bonjour Christian!
Lovely, beautifull, delicate! Very common flowers in Polish woods also given to beautifull women :-) What can I say - one of best pictures of Lily I've ever seen. Perfect work my friend!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-05-08 15:01]

Hi Christian.
Wonderful capture, fantastic composition, clean and lite, very nice colors and details,beatiful photo.


Hi Christian,

Beautiful flowers.
Very good exposition, colors and composition.
Well done!

TFS :-)

Hello Christian

A lovely shot of the Lily of the valley. Nicely composed. Very good management of the white. Top shot. Thanks you.

Hi Christian, excelent shot of this wonderful flower. I rmember it by strong smell and parfum for old ladys. Maybe litle ower bright, but still excelent.

Hi Christian, I like flowers and this shot is great.
Perfect composition, colours and detail. Bravo.

Salut Christian
I think this is just an absolutly fantastic photo. Your gallery is stunning.
I am in awe!

Great composition, a lovely shape made through the frame by the leaf and flowers.
Nice DOF and background.

Excellent colors and composition.
Two nits:
- burnt in a few areas.
- Not so detailed (I would imagine because of too much cropping and unblur in some PP work)
Excellent shot anyway. Nice atmosphere.

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