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Carlina acaulis

Carlina acaulis
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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: 2006-09-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild Flowers II, Alpine flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-30 1:17
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Silver thistle - Scientific name : Carlina acaulis - Family : Asteraceae.
Description : Carlina acaulis is a perennial dicotyledonous flowering plant, native to alpine regions of central and southern Europe. The common names are descriptive of the manner that its flower head rests directly upon a basal leaf rosette.
The spiny, pinnatilobate leaves grow in a basal rosette. The flowers are produced in a large (up to 10 cm) flowerhead of silvery-white ray florets around a central disc. The disc florets are tubular. The head closes in wet weather, a phenomenon which is held to presage forthcoming rain. The flowering time is between August and September.
It prefers chalky soils and dry pastures in environments from valleys up to an altitude of 2500m
Photo : Slightly cropped, resized and framed in 800x600 for TN. I choose the POV for a good angle for the flower and having the mountains in background. Shot made a cloudy day in mountain at 1600m altitude.
Technique : Canon IXUS 400 in mode macro - White balance Auto - Auto focus - Focal length 36mm equiv - Aperture f7.1 - Shutter speed 1/125s - Iso 200 - Flash not fired - File JPG fine - Handheld.

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Hi Christian,
Just popped in for a look and was pleasantly surprised to see your Carlina here.
A lovely clear shot of a species I'm not familiar with.
Jolly good!

Hello Christian

A beautiful flower you share with us today. I love the composition. Excellent exposure with perfectly clear, sharp deatils. Thank you my friend!

Hello Christian,
this is very nice picture from the Silver thistle. Excellent POV, framing, great sharpness and very nice bg. this is a great composition. Thank you. Have a great weekend my friend.

Hello Christian,
A well composed image!
Macro work is well done, resulting in fine details in the subject and a non-intrusive background...
Good natural colours and fine textures in the petals!
Pablo -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-30 3:01]

Hello Christian,
Wonderful flower close up.POV,colors,large DOF,details,framing,composition and visual impact are excellent.

Hi Christian,
a beautiful thistle, phantastic sharpness and light.
I also like the nice BG, it's a pretty arrangement, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-30 4:22]

Hi Christian

What a beautiful looking flower! And what nice symetry!
Very nicely done! I like the POV, the framing and the DOF very much. Also great are the colors and the composition.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-30 5:13]

This is a new plant to me Taz. A Silver thistle - I have seen some large thistles growint in special places but not one like this. Well displayed, nice and sharp too - and so are its prickles too!!! You wouldn't want to sit on it, would you? Good job my friend
Have a good weekend

Hi Christian,
Great macro.Sharpness, details and colours are exellent..Well composed.
Greetings and have a nice weekend.


Hi Christian,
An outstanding composition on this Silver Thistle. The subtle colors are beautiful, and detail in the flower is excellent. I love how well you can see the OOF mountains in the backround. That really makes the shot for me. Nice one!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-09-30 8:10]

Bonjour Christian, bien belle "chardouille" comme on le dit en Lozére sur le Causse. Le temps est humide d'apres ce que je vois!! De belle couleurs et un bon piqué. Bon weekend et félicitations, Didier.

bonjour christian
je ne sais pas qu'elle temps il fait dans les alpes mais si c'est comme ici la fleur doit etre fermée!
joli barometre et note interressante.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-09-30 13:56]

Hi Christian.
Very interesting flower and without question excellent composition and POV.Background is really superb.Accurate sharpening to centre flower,fine clean details.Very nice capture.

Thanks and greetings!

félicitations pour ce baromètre des alpes, une jolie prise aux couleurs excellentes, très bons détails

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-02 9:15]

Bonjour Christian,
Quelle belle fleur. ; )
This plant has the look of a survivor. I like its tough and hardy quality. Well shown against the beautiful natural environment.
Sharp details and perfectly exposed. Excellent composition.
Merci pour le partage. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-04 2:33]

Hello Christian!

Great looking thistle my friend. As always quality is very high, I like composition with blurred mountains on BG. I know these flowers very well because we've got similiar ones in Botanic Garden. Very good work!

Hi Christian,
Nice shot.
A bit softfocus down in the leaves.
Overall well done

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-05 7:35]

Hi Christian.
This shot is wonderful. I like clear colours of the flower and great perspective. The mountains, which are seen in the distance, are very expressive. DOF and POV are excellent. Colour palette is rich and impressive.. My compliments and TFS.

Excellent work once again from you Christian.
You have a great eye for the shot. This is well composed and beautifully executed mf. A pleasure.
Very well done!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-10-06 4:14]
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Hi Christian
Fancy this, I have seen many thistles in pinks, purples, greens, etc., but never have I seen a silver one. This is something new to me so thanks for the introduction. On my monitor it looks somewhat more creamish-white than silver, but I suppose it has something to do with the angle of the light or the overall reflection of the light coming from the cloudy sky.
This is a fine close-up and it clearly shows the lovely details of the specimen. You have done very well with the exposure considering the fact that you obviously had some very soft light to work with.
Good work and TFS.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-06 14:36]

Excellent composition Christian. Good focus and nicely exposed. If I was after perfection I would say the white patch of sky is a little bit distracting, but I don't think there was a lot you could do about that. Anyway, this really is an excellent picture. Well done & TFS!


Hello Christian,
excellent iconic image of Carlina acaulis.
Beautiful soft and subtle colours, perfect details, and a most inviting view into the environment.
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-07 14:15]

Hi Christian,
Beautiful way to present this dried thistle. Almost white thistle against green background produce an excellent result. Perfect composition, light, details and colores. Congratulations!
TFS, José M.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-03 7:13]

Bonjour Christan,
beautiful shot with excellent crisp details. Your subject is very well placed in the frame and the OOF BG shows it off very well. POV, sharpness and colors are wonderful.
Great work.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-05 4:48]

Hello Christian,
You've really got a brilliant shot of this thistle which I've seen in the Austrian alps.
They're so beautiful. Very nice composition and it is very sharp standing out from the background.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-11-05 23:04]

Hi, Christian.

Beauty close up flower, excellent colors details and contrast , is a great composition.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-09 19:03]

Hi Christian
Good close-up shot of this beautiful flower. Good sharpnes, details, colours, light, DOF and POV.
Wll done my friend


Bonsoir Christian :)
Splendide ! Merveilleux ! Netteté parfaite, magnifiques couleurs ! Du travail d'artiste ! Merci de nous éblouir les yeux !

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