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Garsten Woods

Garsten Woods
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-19
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-20 10:33
Viewed: 3277
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,

well it's just about that time of year again, and my favourite flower is now starting to make an appearance. I went out searching for new locations yesterday and ended up a great place called Garsten Woods, set in the rolling chalklands of Dorest/Wilstshire.
As well as many different species of birds, Garston Wood is also home to dormice, bats and badgers. Most of the 34 hectares (84 acres) is ancient woodland that has played an important part in the local economy for hundreds of years.
It's still a little early in the season and the carpet of blue i found is only going to get thicker yet, so i will return when there is better shots to be had...in the meantime though, a rare flower macro from me!

Hope you like it, thanks for looking. Anyone interested in Bluebell facts can check my other shots of this flower from lat year...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-20 11:25]

Hi Paul. I keep saying i must go to Garsten woods. A great macro job with the sigma. I know you like your Blue bells. You have used the natural light so well . Which has put light on the ones in focus. Rich colours and fine detail. I like the blue in the BG. well done TFS.

Basic guide to bluebells…. for those on the hunt for them
Spanish bluebells English bluebells
Upright stem Floppy or bent over stem
Flowers on ‘both’ sides of stem Flowers on one side of stem
Bigger flowers Smaller flowers
Petals are straight down Petals curl back

so glad you found some in the woods perfect image.tfs

Hi Paul,
A nice capture of these beautiful flowers. Excellent composition with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Paul...

Great capture and so nice to see that others have a few favorite flowers too. Always nice to hear what others like and look forward to. They are beautiful... :)


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-20 12:32]

Hello Paul,
great focus wonderful colors good composition with the flower filling the scene.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-04-20 12:47]

Hola amigo,
bonitos colores e iluminación,
atractiva presentación y bg.

Hello Paul,
Yes, the Bluebells season is there. Great photo with a nice light and background. Best regards,

Beautiful light Paul!
I think you were a wee bit close here to get ideal DOF with these settings,but the overall feel is wonderful.
Cheers & TFS

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  • tariq Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 2] (2)
  • [2009-04-20 20:19]

this so wonderful in term of color,light and POV.TFS

Hello Paul, long time, no see!

Not only have you captured the fairy-like qualities of these shiny, turned-up bells, but you have presented them perfectly with a dof that gives them an excellent context.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Paul,
That's pretty early for the flower. It looks like spring is arriving soon at your doorsteps as well.
Its a pitty that these flower are very rare in my country, because I would love the make the kind of forest photo that you are going to show us soon.
This is a nice close up with good details and a nice bokeh. It would have been nice if the tip of the flower received some more sunlight.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-21 5:44]

Hello Paul,
A photo in fantastic saturated colours. Good sharpness and an excellent composition. Beautiful matching BG.

Well, after all those splendid naturescapes with great feeling of exaggerated depth, here we have an image with almost no depth at all! But then who needs depth with such lovely flowers in violet, all you need is a good illumination and a steady tripod. You have both, thank Goodness!, and a good photographer's eye...

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-22 4:44]

Hello Paul,
Very happy to see again your beautiful Bluebells, shown half in sunlight, half in shadow, which makes the picture so special. Wonderful blueish background, it makes the shot very poetical.
Un grand merci

This is a nice flower shot, I love how the purple colours continue into the nice soft backdrop. Nicely done,


Bonjour Paul,
Très belle composition, bien composée, mettant bien le sujet en valeur par son opposition sur l'arrière plan ; l'excellente profondeur de champ permet d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Paul!
Great capture of these violet flowers. I like especialy composition and low POV + perfectly saturated and vivid colours.
It is really nice your new pictures in TN gallery :>
Greetings from Lodz,

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