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°centaurea montana per Jacqueline°°

°centaurea montana per Jacqueline°°
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Copyright: Sergio Stella (flashpoint) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 133 N: 4324] (28008)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-07
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D40X, AF-S MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G ED
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 4, jacqueline's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-10 5:03
Viewed: 4221
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Centaurea montana (Perennial Cornflower, Mountain Cornflower, Bachelor's Button, Montane Knapweed or Mountain Bluet) is a species of Centaurea endemic to Europe. It is widespread and common in the more southerly mountain ranges of Europe, but is rarer in the north. It escapes from gardens readily, and has thereby become established in the British Isles, Scandinavia and North America.

C. montana grows in meadows and open woodland in the upper montane and sub-alpine zones, in basic areas. It grows to 30–70 cm (12–28") tall, and flowers mainly from May to August.

C. montana may be distinguished from other Centaurea species in the region by its usually entire leaves, and the blue-purple colour of the outermost ray florets. It may be distinguished from the cornflower, C. cyanus, by having a single (rarely up to three) flower heads, and by its being perennial, whereas the cornflower has many flower heads and is annual. The closely-related C. triumfettii has more narrowly-winged stems, narrower leaves and grows in rockier areas.

Model: NIKON D40X
Software: Paint Shop Pro Photo 11,20
Exposure Time: 10/1250 sec
F-Stop: f/6.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 200
Focal Length: 105 mm
Date Taken: 2009-08-07 10:36
Metering Mode: Pattern
File Size: 110 kb

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Ciao Sergio amico,

Bella fotografia, un fiore con una struttura molto complessa e interessante. L'approccio è magistrale e la profondità è perfetto, con lo sfondo pieno sfocatura. Un lavoro bellissimo.

NOTA: Sono molto impegnato con il mio lavoro, non ho potuto visitare più spesso TN solito. Spero di avere più tempo in un paio di settimane.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-10 6:17]

Ciao Sergio,
A superb capture of the flower of centaurea montana taken from an ideal POV to show its features with fine sharpness and colours against a nice natural neutral BG. The ant is abonus!:)
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-10 6:45]

Very nice Flower, very good composition and colors!

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-10 6:51]

Wow Sergio! Where is the dragonfly?...just kidding....and I`d like to say that you did a very good job here my friend. Great colours and composition.
TFS and see you on TN.
Best wishes,

ciao Sergio
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for this beautiful gift !! it's a great honour for my
this Centaurea montana is a great beauty, i like the POV showing each details with a wonderful sharpness, the colors are fantastic
very great DOF and nice BG
Thanks again and have a good night

Wonderful macro!
Great details and colors.

Ciao Sergio. Cambia il soggetto ma la tua vena non si esaurisce. Splendidi colori e brillantezza. La formica? Una chicca!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-10 14:43]

Ciao Sergione,doppi complimenti per te oggi..sia per aver finalmente abbandonato le libellulacce,sia per la dedica alla Jacqueline che tutte le notti mi aspetta per salutartmi...ottimo anche lo scatto.Buona giornata..Luciano

Ciao Sergio,
bellissima macro di questa Centaurea, eccellente il punto di ripresa per sottolineare la bellezza di questo fiore, hai gestito molto bene, considerato il diaframma che hai dovuto usare, anche la profondità di campo, bellissimi colori naturali, un taglio compositivo adatto alle forme del fiore.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Hallo Sergio
A beautiful flower with lovely details and colours and you have captured it very well. It is a straightforward presentation, but contains many features that are pleasing to the eye. The 2 shades of purple and the pink crown of the flower, in contrast with the green leaves fading away in the background are really pretty. Thanks for sharing this delicate flower. Best regards.

Bonjour Sergio,
Très belle macro valorisant très bien le sujet, sous un excellent angle de prise de vue et une belle lumière, par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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