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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: 2008-07-03
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-12 4:59
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Moor-king (Pedicularis sceptrum-carolinum) is a member of the large plant family that includes Veronicas, Eye-brights, Foxgloves and Louseworts, Scrophulariaceae.

The genus Pedicularis is mainly northern and I am going to post images of two species of Lousewort belonging to this genus taken during my tour of S. Lapland.

The Moor-king is called Kung Karls Spira in Swedish, which is a translation of the scientific name, meaning King Charles’ Scepter. When fully grown it can reach a stately height of 80cm (nearly 3ft). It is found in rich damp and marshy soils and more common in the North of Sweden. South of Dalarna it is pretty rare and unknown in the South of the country. So I was delighted to see this beauty the attraction of which I have tried to capture.

This was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 3 meters (10ft) in the early evening when the sun shines bright and low at this latitude of 65 N.

After very little cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened.

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Hello Ivan superb macro shot of this beautiful plant in all aspects . TFS. Regards,

Hello Ivan, brilliant neutral background shows off this plant so well, excellent contrast. The details are clear, sharp and well focused,excellent information as well. Fine composition, the lighting is spot on, hand held!!! top work, regards h

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-12 5:58]

Hola amigo,
bonita macro y buenos detalles,
iluminación y color agradable,
buena composición,
saludos Ivan.

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful shot of lovely flowerswith sharp details, simple and nice composition and pov,
well done,

Bellissima composizione macro, eccellente POV leggermente più alto che mostra perfettamente il fiore e crea profondità su uno stupendo BG, ottima definizione, bellissimi e saturi i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Ivan, splendid flower with fantastic colors, perfect focus and great details, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

nice portrait, TFS Ori

Hi Ivan,
Nice picture of this beautiful Lapland flower Moor-king. Good POV, DOF and composition, sharp details and nice BG and colours.

Hi Ivan, what a glorious close-up shot of this beautiful flower, Moor-king with an excellent notes. Great in all around my friend!
TFS this and warm regards,


Hi Ivan,

It' so wonderful to see a beautiful flower like this from Lappland. (I always thought there was one "p" in the name. Where else would I ever see this beauty? I can't imagine seeing it at 3' high. Just wonderful with gorgeous colors, super fine details, and a perfect background.


...and good Moorking to you too!:-) I see you are doing your good spouses style today. It does have a certain feminine quality to it..Not sure why..perhaps because of the complexity of design! Very nice image Ivan.

A lovely shot, Ivan and a very interesting note.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-12 12:39]

Hi Ivan. A very nice pictures of the Moor king with a low POV using the light to give natural colours and fine detail. You have cropped it well to give the tall shape. well done TFS.

Hello Ivan
this is very beautiful plant species. I know it firstly. You presented it with a great macro shot. Focus, POV, frame and POV very nice. Coloration also superb. Nicely composed and noted with good information. Thanks. have nice weekend

Hello Ivan,
This image is sharp with absolutely beautiful colouration on the Moor-King!
I loved the bg colouration too that makes the subject so outstanding!
many thanks for sharing

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-13 1:11]

Hello Ivan, perfect and fantastic macro capture of this beuty. TFS. Regards,

Hi Ivan,
A lovely capture of this beautiful flower. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-13 5:08]

hello Ivan,
A wonderful King's Scepter, this flower. I didn't know it, but it reminds me of some marsh-flowers in the alpine regions. Very well photographed with great sharpness and a pleasant green background. Thank you to present flora from the very North of your country

hello Ivan

beautiful image of this plant, fine POV, DOF and appropriate
vertical framing, i love the background, excellent luminosity
of the image and density of the colours, excellent sharpness and details,



Hi Ivan,
It is surprising to see a plant from you. Amazing photo wit a tele objective. Well done. TFS. Regards,

Hi Ivan
Simple and elagant. Very nice plant. Good note. Nice simple composition, good sharpness and nice OOF background

The light has a different character to it at that latitude, Ivan.
I was in England in June 1995 and I was surprised when the sun shone there even at 9 p.m.
Here in India, the daylight, or rather twilight, stretches up to 7 p.m. at the height of summer.

The Moor King in this light at shutter speed 1/1000 is exposed perfectly. The variations in colours and shades are without blemish.
It is interesting to read about the name of this plant in your note.
TFS and regards.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-14 0:33]

Hi Ivan

Even though i'm not a huge fan of flower photos (don't know why really) this is indeed a special one.

I've never seen this species before and it sure looks impressive.
Its natural contrast and texture are wonderful, while the colors are gorgeous!
The way you've managed to isolate it from anything else is also great and adds a lot to the value of the shot. Spot-on DOF and lovely vertical compo.

Bravo and TFS

Bonjour Ivan,
Superbe macro finement détaillée et délicatement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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