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Blackthorn in Flower

Blackthorn in Flower
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-09
Categories: Flowers, Trees
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-04-09 7:02
Viewed: 4141
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My 2nd post with camera number 2, taken this morning on a track around the edge of a field at the back of my house.
A native Large shrub - small tree,the Sloe / Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa) with very early spring flowers. They are flowering before the leaves come out unlike the Hawthorn wich flowers after the leaves emerge. These bright white flowers are followed in the autumn by dark small plum like fruit, which are great for the birds to feed on over winter if the farmers leave their hedge trimming long enough for them to rippen, Click on this link to see an attached image of the fruit which 2 days after I took the image where destroyed by the farmer using a flail mower to trim the hedge into a neat shape.
Humans can use the fruit also it being a small plum not one that tastes nice raw but either turned into Sloe Jam/Jelly, or what I feel is the best use possibly Sloe Gin or Vodka, Sloe Gin Recipe

Pick your sloes from blackthorn hedges in October or November when they are most ripe - probably after the first frosts.
Take a litre bottle of gin, and drink half a litre

Cut or prick the sloes and drop into the half-empty bottle so that they displace the remaining gin to near the top. (I know somebody who puts his fruit in the freeze at this point , which bursts the cells allowing more of the flvour into the alcohol)
Add one wine goblet of sugar (approx 150g).
All you have to do now is turn or agitate the bottle daily for a week, then weekly for a month or two ... by which time it will be ready to drink (but it is really best kept until the next winter). (He also at this stage puts it back in the freezer till you get ice cristals in the liquid, if strained quickly at this point it leaves the water behind in the form of ice and the alcohol content goes up over 120% proof (Beware its killer material at this point) .
Crop 50%
shadows and highlights to bring detail up in the shadow behind the flower.
Burn tool to shadows of stamens on flower to make them stand out a little more, and sadows to the stamens tp harden up the edges a fraction.
Sharpen with USM in Lab colour and lightness channel
Post and add informative note (NOT OPTIONAL)
and hope you like
yours Robert

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Hi Robert,
this is so beautiful, a wonderful flower of spring, I love it. Excellent sharpness and colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-09 7:27]

Hello Robert,
Very nice close up.Well seen and composed.Colors,POV,simple BG
and framing are wonderful.Enjoy with your new camera and lens;)

Hello Robert,
this is very nice capture with great colours, lighting and sharpness/POV. Very good spring composition. Thank you for posting.

This is a great composition Robert.
Excellent details and great framing.
Great POV and BG.
Love the colors and the sharpness.

Yes, spring must be just around the next corner now. Very nice capture Robert. I can see that your new gear is working perfect. Excellent handling of the light on a difficult subject. Very nice colours and sharpness.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-04-10 16:07]

Spring has come, at last ! The flowers are beginning to bloom everywhere. This close-up is wonderful, with nice sharp details, and beautiful colors and composition. BG and POV are great, too.
I love it !

wonderful close up with excellent colours and details, and perfect expose, avoiding any hard contrasts or burned whites in the sunshine.
Perfect background, making the picture appear soft and gentle in a very pleasant way.
Beautiful light, the shadows on the white petals are marvellous.
Thanks, and regards,

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