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Cup of Rain


Cup of Rain
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-10
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-23 4:28
Viewed: 3487
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was a grey miserable rainy day, not the best weather for my last day in England, but I kept telling myself that a visit to England without rain would have missed part of the character of the land.

We went in search of a traditional “Ploughman’s Lunch” to brighten our spirits and, knowing that it was a meal high in cholesterol, went for a long walk despite the rain. This cheerful face smiled up at me from the riverbank and begged to be taken home, so I did – in my camera.

This is a marsh-marigold, a.k.a. Caltha palustris, Kingcup, Cowslip, or Mayflower. The latter comes from the custom (apparently still practised in the Isle of Man) of bringing the flowers into the house and strewing them on doorsteps on Old May Eve. The flower has medicinal uses too: as a diuretic and laxative, among others.

As for the Ploughman’s Lunch: we were destined not to have that classic at all. Even the pub that had once been famous for it in this area no longer offers it. It was discontinued in February. They’re simply too high in cholesterol and eating healthy is the thing now.

Tech: taken in RAW, converted to jpg, reduced and sharpened for TN

Thanks for looking and have a sunny day (unless rain is what you really want ... :)

PaulH, pablominto, SunToucher, jmirah, nglen, gracious, eqshannon, pierrefonds, angybone, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-23 4:34]
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Hi Silke,
A very delicate and striking shot, the vivid yellow against the dark green BG is great. Nice composition too...and you just need to know where to look for a decent Ploughmans btw ;o) most pubs in the country will still do you a good 'un...which pub did you go to?
Paul

Hi Silke
Nature showing off it's simple yet colourful side. The rain drops look like little diamonds on your Marsh Marigold. Very sharp details, soft lighting and rich colour create a delicate feeling.
TFS Janice
...sitting in Victoria,BC visiting my dad...up early critiqueing...had tea at the Empress Hotel yesterday...yum :D

Hello Silke,
Cute little flower, standing out so well on the green bakground!
The tiny flower looks like lost in the big frame, achieving a special effect that is focusing even more on the subject!
Greetings,
Pablo -

Hi Silke,
I like the abstract feel to the photo. It feels as if the flower is comming out of nowhere. The dark BG is probably creating the effect. The emptyness of the photo enhanced the feel even more. The details in the cup and the waterdrops make for a wonderful photo.
TFS<
Niek

Hi Silke,
Lovely capture of the wet little bloom. Simplicity along with fine color and focus make for a great little photo. Well composed.

TFS
Jim

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-23 9:28]

Hi Silke. Beautiful is the word for this one. very good colours and detail. the POV and DOF is very good. the water droplets have made the picture. well done TFS. good notes too.
Nick..

Hello Silke,
Good DOF with clarity, vivid colour and details!
the darker bg makes the yellow flower so outstanding and well seen
thanks for sharing
cheers
Tony

My grandmother would have said..."How dainty it is Bobby. So pretty. Don't you want to pic it?". I usually did not, yet as a younger child perhaps to bring home to my mother for a gift from my day in the woods.....

Your picture brings back vivid memories and it's title is apt. A lovely picture thought for the day.

Bob

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-23 19:31]

Hello Silke

Once again you have found the beauty in your surroundings.This flower is well focused and vivid.The POV and DOF is excellent.The OOF BG has a pleasing appearance.TFS

Rob

Oh Silke,
Your Ploughman's lunch reminds me so many souvenirs :) I don’t remember this snack to be that high in cholesterol though and I used to go to some pubs especially to order it :)

OK, back to the picture! This is a beautiful capture of this delicate flower with very natural colors and exposure, nice POV and composition. I also like this DOF. This is very nice. Thanks!
Claudine

Hi Silke,

A nice image of the small yellow flower, the phoot has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks fro sharing.

Pierre

Wonderful shot...delicate and simple. Great yellow and wonderful detail in the droplets.

Silke,
I took this photo way up on top of "Whistler's Mountain" in Jasper township, Alberta.
Yours is TRUELY BEAUTIFUL.
Loved your story too. We got to keep the cholesterol down.!!!
Warm greetings of friendship from Calgary from Mario.

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