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Really have I been made of a poor paper?

Really have I been made of a poor paper?
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 28-75 F2.8 (D), Marumi 67 mm DHG Lens Protect
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !Weeds & Seeds, flower(red)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-11 8:46
Viewed: 4328
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I do not know people who would not love wild poppies. But the lifetime of this flower is short. There are many fine pictures of these beautiful flowers in our gallery. They are charming from the occurrence of buds (see, for example, Baby, Daddy and Sonny). However, in their declining years they become much less attractive and seldom get in an objective of a camera.

The air of this poppy has amazed my imagination. Firstly, it is fine in the fading beauty (imho). Secondly, who is able to speak with flowers can see in it mute, full of despair and disappointments a question, which is entered in heading of this post:

Really, have I been made of a poor paper?

What could I answer this question? No, you have done by Creator perfectly. But "C'est la vie". You have not lived your life for nothing. You have brought a lot of pleasure to people. As a token of gratitude, I shall present you Eternity in the form of grateful spectators of our TN gallery.

Some years the wind carries seeds of a poppy on all ground areas (around my summerhouse) and they get such air, as shown in my workshop picture.

Shot info:
The picture is taken in twilight with use of a built in flash.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-11 9:26]

Hi Alexei.
Interesting thoughts about existence in your note :- )
Very nice composition with main dominant plant.Perfect focus,details petals are great and fine sharp.Very well you are here captured colours finishing one’s flowers.Also perfect separate main subject from dark background.You well used flash.Nice POV,DOF and exposure.
Well done,thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

Hello Alexei,
This batter poppy still bear beautiful shade of red and white. Look graceful with that straight stem. Sharpness, exposure, and color contrast are marvelous. Great composition. Greetings,

Hi dear Alexei ,
this is excellent, very nice colors and excellent focus.
well exposed and wonderful shot.
i like it so much.
thanks my friend

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-11 11:04]

Hello Alexei,
Yes it looks a bit like tissue paper when the poppy begins to fade, something that has not struck me before this shot.
YOu present this fading poppy flower with good sharpness and composition and fine contrast with the BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-11 11:25]

Hello Alexei,
looks like its made out of paper. I love how those flowers look like the need an ironing when they just open. Very well captured with sharp details and the colors are lovely. This one is fading but still a beauty.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-11 11:59]

Privet Alex,
Interesting flower close up.Well seen and composed.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.I liked POV,framing and lighting also a lot.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-11 12:53]

Hello Alexei,
Very well composed, and the details, sharpness,colors and lighting are excellent, TFS

Hello Alexei,
Ohhh, what a crappy flower!
Nooo... joking, details in the poppy are well captured with this crisp feeling to it...
Good light is a fact, so is skillful macro work!
Pablo -

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-11 13:23]

Delicada imagen Alexei con bello punto de vista que retrata con total claridad lo que expresas en el título de la presentación.
Me gustan los suaves colores captados, con excelente iluminación, aunque creo que el ISO400 ha dejado un ligero ruido de fondo.
Sobresaliente agudeza y foco con el necesario OOF sobre el fondo de la escena.
Una interesante entrega, gracias por compartirla.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Delicate image Alexei with beautiful point of view that depicts with total clarity what you express in the title of the presentation.
I like captured soft colors, with excellent illumination, although I believe that ISO400 has left a slight noise bottom.
Outstanding sharpness and focus with necessary OOF on the bottom of the scene.
An interesting post, thank you for sharing.
My best regards... Ricardo

salut Alexei
Ces fleurs de pavots sont magnifiques avec cette couleur sombre, j'adore ,Domage qulles ne durent pas longtemps.. L'exposition, les couleurs et la netteté sont excellentes.
Compliments merci de partager ce superbe cliché.
Amitié Jean-Paul

Hi Alexei
this is a beautiful photo of a very common flower, but this one is old and dying yet keeping the charm of youth!
Yes I think every single creature on earth deserves attention and loving care even when she is old!
this photo and the words of your note are a truly sensitive and passionate hymn to life and to all creatures living in this world...with people like you ,my friend, this world should always be a better one!
thanks for sharing this touching photo

Hi Alexei,
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is like seeing a butterfly that is well past its prime with the tattered wings and dull colors. The subtle colors and sharp detail are from the excellent fill flash exposure. All living things have a place and purpose here. Some just last longer than others. Have you ever noticed that no matter if it is plant or animal, the most colorful ones have the shortest life spans.
I really liked the workshop photo with that field of beautiful red poppies.
Take Care,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-12 3:34]

Hi Alexei

It seems that nature has a way of preserving it's most beautiful element for a very small periodof time... (take aurora borealis or mayflies for a simple example).
Such is also the case of your beautiful poppy flower which has already lived most of its life and is ready to spread its seeds soon.
The OPV and lighting here i think are the key points of the photo, showing all the elements of the flower itself very nicly.
The details are great, clear and sharp and the colors are charming.
Very pleasant post and note, too.

Cheers, my friend and TFS

Your note touched me a lot. I really love your great sensibility and beautiful philosophy that I share with you at 100%. There are no living creatures here on earth that doesn't have a purpose for its existence from the biggest to the smaller one.

This is a wonderful portrait of this fragile beauty. Details, composition, exposure, DOF are just perfect. I never seen a field of wild Poppy in my life; I think that you are very lucky to have had this opportunity. I don't have place anymore in my fav's but this one is a favorite in my hearth
:-) Thanks a lot for this beautiful and tender moment.

a wonderful, deeply moving pictorial poem on the beauty of life and on gratefulness. Outstanding in its sophisticated, very subtle colours, and its very well arranged composition, taking neighbouring plants into perfect consideration. Excellent contribution, Alexei.
Thank you! My best regards,

Las amapolas son una de mis plantas favoritas, aunque tengo muchas. Esta es una muestra del paso del tiempo.
Bellos detalles y estupenda composición.
Saludos, JL.

Hola Alexei,
La composición, luz y nitidez son sobresalientes, enhorabuena. Saludos

Hello Alexei,
A very interesting thoughts in your note, it really invites to reflection.
One have to learn to look also at decline of a life cycle, in this case the flower ready to spread their seeds.
Very good POV used, and right focus and exposure adjustments.
Well done and thanks for share,

bonjour alex
j'aime bien les nuances legerement argentées sur la fleur,la netteté est particulierement bonne sur le centre.
bon DOF aussi.

Nice work Alexei detail and light looks great and a well composed shot with good colours TFS rgds Necip.

Well done Alexei.
Very sharp and detailed, with the poppy well isolated from the BG. A different look, fading beauty done very well :)
Have a great weekend!

Bellephoto d'une belle fleur un peut fanée, mais si peu. Amitiés Thomas

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-13 3:53]

Hi Alex,
Yes, your fading poppy is speaking to people.I appreciate a lot that you see also the beauty there.Good composition. I just think that the flash is a little too strong (that is just my way to see it)
Best regards

LOVE YOUR MIND MUCH MORE THAN YOUR PHOTOS. Your notes are so poetic & touching. Thank you for giving us:", I shall present you Eternity in the form of grateful spectators of our TN gallery.".
This is another of your OUTSTANDING WORK of ART.
Thank you sooooooooooooooooo very much.
Best regards, Mario.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-13 13:06]

Hola Alexei.- Esta es una verdadera joya de fotografia. En lo personal me guata mucho, bellos colores de sus petalos casi marchitos. Tu nota me agrado mucho tambien. Saludos Luis52.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-13 14:22]

Hi Alexei

Very interesting notes to accompany this dramatic photo of the poppy flowers' life cycle. I love how you show this decaying papery flower while in the back one can see the next phase of its life in the singular seed pod. The workshop also show a lovely view of the poppy field in full bloom.

Your composition is fine with this isolated flower amongst the greenery of the surrounding environment. The colours are well defined, the details are crisp, the OOF BG enhances the flower very well, and the lighting was perfectly controlled.

Good work and TFS.

I found your commentary most appropriate, I think it is human nature to ignore or pass by the old and decaying with an eye always to the fresh and young. However the old has so much more to bring to us! Well taken shot and good observation.


"A lily of a day is far better in May . . .", says a British poet of the Romatic Era in one of his poems, Alexei. Your empathy for this short-lived wild poppy expresses the same sentiment in your note, my friend. Its brief life was WORTH something if it gave JOY to others.
The seed-pod nestled within the withering petals of the flower looks like a baby in the arms of an over-protective mother wanting to preserve it till her last breath.
[Sorry for the trite analogy; my 'literature' genes at work, I suppose :-)]
The picture is excellent in terms of composition, natural colours and sharp focus on the subject.

hello ALEX
les couleurs sont magiques et bien réussies, ondirait une fleur en argent, beau travail, félicitations et merci

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-14 8:26]

Hi Alexei,
Poppies always spur our mind on thinking about eternity, beauty, sense of things,... As you see, I prefer the best moment, but I see the worst moment too.
TFS, José M.

Hello Alexie,

Excllent work, Great colors bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo I really Like this POV Alot. Nice work

TFS Kyle

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-14 11:03]

Hi Alex
A tender connotation about lifespan: beauty and ageing, both worthwhile. This one seems still a slender flower, and its aged beauty has been fortunately and perfectly inmortalized. Like a homage to all old beauties who still gladden our lives and remembrances. It's good to halt sometimes to fix our eyes and our attention on them.
My compliments to you too.
Best regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-14 15:34]

Hola Alexei, que buenos detalles y excelente textura, magnífica compo... saludos TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-14 19:44]

Hello Alexei

A very nicely composed shot.The DOF and POV are very well done.The details are razor sharp,and the shot is well focused.Lovely green colours and tones.The quality of the petals comes through very well,and appears just as you say,like old paper.TFS


Hello Alex !
This poor flower is beautiful even when she is dying ! I love how the petals get wrinkled. Sharpness, details, colors, exposure, POV and composition are all excellent. The dark BG makes the flower stand out nicely. Very well done !

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-16 15:53]

hello Alexei
here is different and beautiful macro working. composition, point of view, blured background, colours, details and using of flash are great

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-17 14:28]

Hi Alexei

It is interesting how the colour has faded. You have captured it well with stunning details. It does look like paper. A thoughtful note as well. Nicely done



Hi Alexei,
Well done; a beauty.
Nice tones in the flower.
Good presentation...

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-01-24 13:30]

very antiqued shot of a beautiful flower..one of my favourites the wild variety..good colours
this says to me...keep your eye on the seed pod for next seasons burst of colour
there is a more...truth..here..
its biblical

Alexei, I like the fading poppy. But in the compo I see things I would do without, thus allowing more focus on the poppy itself. I have done a WS to illustrate. Hope you like. J.

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