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Fighting the snow

Fighting the snow
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Copyright: Cristian Goga (crs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-15
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon Ef 400mm /F5.6 L USM, 77mm UV HD HOYA
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Silpa's "Unforgettable" Favourites !!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-16 12:20
Viewed: 3451
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was 08 February when I have photographed a Helleborus purpurascens plant that was flowering as temperatures were over 10C.

Last weekend, after more then one month, the whole area where Helleborus plants are growing, was covered by a layer of snow. During the night temperatures are falling under zero. Even during day time there are no more than 7C.

To my surprise I found several Heleborus plants raising up their flowers directly from the layer of snow. I was not expecting to find flowers so I had with me only my 400mm lens. As the light was good I took some photos.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-16 12:24]

Hi Cristian. It has warmed up in southern England the last few day. I have seen some butterflies around. I do like the way you were able to take the helleborus with their head just above the snow. nice to see the colour on the white snow. well done TFS.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1000 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-03-16 13:19]

Hi Cristian,
Different but beautiful flowers.Nice details and sharpness and colours.
Very good shot.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 913] (3795)
  • [2009-03-16 13:28]

Hi Cristian,
Very beautiful close up.
Well seen,caught and composed.
Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.
Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5086 W: 166 N: 13016] (48472)
  • [2009-03-16 13:43]

Hello Cristian,
Very beautiful photo. The colours are cristal clear. Excellent sharpness and details and a great composition in a very good low POV.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-16 13:59]

Salut Cristian!
A venit primavara la Bv?
Dupa cum am vazut ieri la meci era soare si fain!
Cele bune,

Hello Cristian,
a very beautiful picture of Helleborus, very good sharpness and fine details; POV, natural colours and composition are excellent.
Best regards

Salut Cristian!
eautiful capture of these 4 flowers growing among snow cover :) I really like this photo. Composition is simple but very good! Nice colouration and light control too.
Greetings from Lodz,

Hi Cristian,
A lovely capture of these delicate flowers!
Well done on the close-up work, sharp fine details and the colours are outstanding...
A well composed presentation!
TFS and cheers,


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-03-16 21:06]

Felicitari pentru aceasta frumoasa fotografie!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2009-03-16 22:41]

Hello Cristian,
A delightful capture of Helleborus flowers growing out of the snow taken from a great POV with fine sharpness, good exposure and set in a superb composition.
Thanks for shring this beauty,
Best regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-03-16 22:47]

very unique image, great spectacle, well captured. tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-17 0:23]

Hello Cristian,
Very good angle to take this picture . I like your composition and the sharpness of this flower . Beautifull natural colors too .
Best regards Siggi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-17 10:01]

Hi Cristian.
Very nice scene. Fine small blossoming flowers among the fresh snow are looked perfectly. I like selected DOF so much. Ratio of sharpness and blurriness are fine. Exposure and snow reproduction is brilliant as well as lights and delicate colours. Bravo. Excellent picture.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-17 11:27]

Hi Cristian,
Very nice scane.Well caught,framed and composed.Details,POV and clarity are also perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Ciao Cristian, beautiful composition with lovely plants in the snow, great focus and splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

Buna Cristian
Intradevar, titlu foarte potrivit pt aceste flori de primavara, care infloresc destul de devreme, incainte ca riscul unor ninsori sa fi trecut. Ca si in aceasta fotografie. Imi place ca nu toate florile sunt in focus.
Numai bine, Oana

Hi Cristian,

what a nice picture from the stugle with the snow.
We have finally spring here.
Good composition and beautiful colours.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2009-03-17 15:17]

Cristian, Nice found and nice information. Well presented. Good color to see white around with the flower. Ganesh

Salut Cristian,
Buna compozitie, detalii clare, culori superbe, comentariu util.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5830 W: 89 N: 14938] (62666)
  • [2009-03-18 3:04]

Hi Cristian,this is a pic that i never made and that i dream one day to take! Flowers in the snow are always a great spectacle,this family of Helleborus is fantastic! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

These do as our crocus do here in the states Cristan...I just posted an image last week...from a friend of mine not far away..of hers coming up and then it snow but they pushed ion through..VERY timely and well noted!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-18 21:56]

Hello Cristian,
Very beautiful image, these flowers are just trying to survive
the bitter cold.. Great POV and composition.. Well done


Bonjour Cristan,
Très belle évocation du printemps avec cette superbe publication très finement détaillée et très délicatement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Bonito detalle de este conjunto de plantas recién emergidas. Preciso enfoque al motivo principal y buen control de la luz.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 807 W: 0 N: 2370] (10420)
  • [2009-03-19 10:32]

Hello Cristian,
Snow and flowers.
A little sad, but ...
A very nice composition.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-03-19 10:54]

Hello Cristian,
What a wonderfully creative and orginal a composition.I love the natural..they are indeed fighting for survival in the bitter winter cold.

The exposure with the snow may not have been one of the easiest for you, but you have handled it quite deftly. And i am so smitten by the delicate flowers of olive green, pink and white petals.They remind me of the "Little Women",absolutely wonderful and looking so delicate and dainty yet putting up a brave face in the testing times of their lives.A really warm and endearing composition simple in its presentation but very meaningful and full of originality.

This is easily one of my "Unforgettable Favourites" and goes right into the theme.

Thanks a ton for sharing

great winter pic, TFS Ori

Fantastic composition Cristian. The focus on the Helleborus is excellent and the light perfectly captured, avoiding surexposure. Not an easy shot because of the reflection of the snow. You white balance is very good too. The result is an artistic composition. Best regards,

Buba Cristian,

Grupul de spanz pe care l-ai pozat e super, mult mai frumosi decat ceea ce am pozat eu. E o planta pe care o admir mult, tocmai pentru faptul ca infloreste in aceasta perioada. Imi place compozitia, umbrele de pe zapada si nuantele zapezii sunt tocmai bune pentru aceste plante.

numai bine, Cezar T.

Hello Cristian,
wonderful capture for very beautiful Helleborus flowers. I saw also them (I think similar species) in Bulgarian border in last weekend. you greatly captured them inside of snow. great focus and composition. lighting and colors splendid. thanks for sharing this beauty, well done

Hi Cristian,
Nice diagonal composition of plants on snow. Sunlight falling on snow and plants and sharp focus gives good details.
TFS - Regards - Adil.

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