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Spiked Speedwell

Spiked Speedwell
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-01
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-11 6:00
Viewed: 3044
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought it was time for me to post a flower image for a change.

Spiked Speedwell , Veronica spicata

Swedish name: Axveronika, meaning 'spiked veronica'.

The spiked spires of dark purplish blue flowers really look like spikes when they start to flower at the end of June.

It is not that common in the wild and is found on sandy lime rich soils, especially in the SE of Sweden. Though it is widespread in Europe, this seems to be the first time it is shown ion TN.

Cultivated forms are popular in gardens but these are growing in the wild near my home.

This was taken at a distance of about 5 meters (16 ft) with my camera and long lens hand-held. Here the telephoto is useful in allowing a blurred BG.

As it was windy I had to take sveral shots in the hope that I caught them when they were still.
After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

KOMSIS, bungbing, soccer, maaciejka, PaulLees, joska, maurydv, marius-secan, MMM, paolo49, anel, ciopper13, ferranjlloret has marked this note useful
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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-11 6:10]

Hello Ivan,
A splendid photo in very beautiful colours and a perfect DOF. Very good sharpness and a pleasing composition.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-07-11 6:11]

Hej Ivan,
What a very beautiful macro shot of Spiked Speedwell ..
Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and DOF-POV.
Best wishes,

Fantastic photo Ivan! Excellent POV, composition and BG. Wonderful lighting and colours, good sharpness. Beautiful and interesting species too.

Hello Ivan,
Excellent shot and very good composition of this beautiful flowers, nice point of view and background with wonderful colours, good details sharpness presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,


A well composed pic that shows good DOF, BG, colour, lighting and detail.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-11 6:40]

Good to see some flora from you, lovely colors of the beautiful species captured well, the composition and background too are good. tfs.

Hi Ivan

Your presentation here with its multiple layers and color mix appears more like a painting than a photo. Thanks indeed for sharing.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-11 7:51]

Hi Ivan,
such a stunning compositon. Wonderful contrast in such a smooth and pleasant background. Really a splendid piece of shot here.
Real lovely.


hello Ivan
very nice composition with good details and beautiful colours
great shot thanks
greeting lou

Hi Ivan.
Really beautiful flowers. Excellent composition. AMazing colours. I can imagine a whole meadow like this :)
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Ivan, elegant composition with lovely flowers, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan,

Wonderful exhibit of this perpetual flower study, truly magnificent sharpness leading to this out of focus and obscure background, good exposure and lovely natural colours, great stuff Ivan and well done,
Best regards,


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-11 9:30]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent photo of this Veronica spicata, great colors and very fine details, TFS!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-07-11 10:05]

Hi Ivan,

It's always nice to have flower posting form you.

Lovely species, recorded under unusual and eye-pleasing conditions.

Thanks for sharing and best regards,


Ciao Ivan. Best complimente for this fascinating paint! Lovely compo.


Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful image, marvellous contrast of delicate colours, superb sharpness, a very pleasant composition with a perfect selective focusing
Best regards

Hello Ivan,
Splendid capture with exceptional colors and details. Very nice POV and excellent background.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-07-11 12:31]

Hi Ivan
Excellent presentation,Well compose image with great colors and nice POV.I rreally like the OOF BG colorsit make the main subject more evident.
TFS Michel

great now I know what these are called, i shot them last year on stora karlso,

very good representation


beautiful shot Ivan, nice colors and background, the flowers are very nice and well presented,

have a nice day,

ciao, tino

Hello Ivan, another spectacular image of these flowers. All the best, Paul

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-12 3:55]

Bonjour Ivan,
Très beau, Ivan! J'aime beaucoup cette approche d'une fleur, montrée dans son environnement et en plus ici avec un jeu de couleurs très plaisant.
Bon cadrage vertical aussi.
Bon après-midi

Hello Ivan,
Yes, and a very beautiful one too. The soft colours are very pleasing and all the elements are well placed in the frame. The sharpness is excellent and in great quality. Just a pleasure to view. Thank you and best wishes.

Very good photo, clarity,a perfect selective focusing,natural colours and great composition.

Buen encuadre y bien marcado el espacio. El conjunto es delicado y muy
bello, tanto por la especie como por la gama de colores.
Saludos y buen fin de semana Ivan:
J. Ignasi.

Hello Ivan,

I now this flower sa an garden flower.
Here are many cultivated.
Good pov and sharpness.
Fine colors.
Congratulations on this first one.


Very good pic of this nice Veronica, excellent BG
TFS & nice weekend, Ferran

Hello Ivan,
Excellent mid summer shot of this uniquely shaped flower. Love the DoF control pinning the plane of focus on the foreground flowers. Beautiful art piece and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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