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The conker tree

The conker tree
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-21
Camera: olympus 720 uz
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 16:45
Viewed: 5467
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first post.
The Horse Chestnut tree, (conker tree). The bole of the tree with the new growth, made me think of my childhood. The conker tree is still a favourite with the children of England, as the game of 'conkers' is still played in the school playgrounds.
The 'conker is threaded onto a shoelace and the first player smacks the others conker with his own. The second player goes next and tries to smash the first players conker.
This game is so serious in England that it has led to various forms of cheating (baking, pickling and even removing the insides and filling with concrete).

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Welcome to TN michael, intresting 1st post, this detail shot of a Aesculus hippocastanum /Horsechestnut tree a difficult shot of light and dark contrasts . the use of Flash would of helped to light it a little better and reviel more details.
it helps to have the details of how and with what camera settings you used, with that information to hand we can more easly advise on improvements in handling of the shot and post processing.

Welcome on TN Michael. Very well chosen motive for a first post. Very nice colours and good handling of the light - though I have to agree with Robert, there could have been better details in the dark areas. That of course is a minor thing and I still like the picture and it is worth a big smiley.

Michael, you have brought back so many of my own childhood memories. My brother and I used to play conkers, but I usually ended up with sore knuckles, as he was a good player.

Nice first post, and thanks for sharing.
If you get the chance in the Autumn, how about posting a photo of a conker (please).
If you do, just let me know. Thanks.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-05 10:56]

A great first post, Michael. I like it very much. Nice composition and PoV.
Your note is very interesting.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-12 21:09]

Michael, I like the contrast here: the nice shades of green and the "dull" background.

A personal note - that's great too.

By reading the notes above, I've come to know this was your first post. Therefore, a belated welcome...

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