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Very Poisonous

Very Poisonous
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-13 21:02
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Death Camas
Zigadenus venenosus - Lily Family

Death Camas contain alkaloid and the entire plant is poisonous to both man and livestock. It's found in meadows, near streams and wooded moist soil. Death Camas bloom in June and July and can grow to 2 feet tall. It's easy to confuse this plant with Nodding Onion so it important to be correct in your plant identification.

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To pablominto: Women and flowers and men toolovenature 1 10-24 15:24
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-13 22:51]
  • [6] [+]

Hi Janice

These are lovely little flowers and especially the top half of the inflorescence came out just great with excellent details, textures, and contrasts showing.

I know it's difficult to always carry a tripod around wherever you go as I struggle with that myself. However, I have seen how the success recipe of the great photographers on this site constantly includes a tripod mount shot. Flowers being rooted in the ground will not disappear like an insect, a bird, or any other animal so one can take your time in setting up the shot. With a tripod you increase your options so much more. In my opinion you could have improved on the DOF to get the whole inflorescence in sharp focus by pushing the aperture somewhat. F/8 probably would have done it, but that would have meant that the shutter speed would reduce considerably. Possibly in the region of ±1/80. Obviously this would be a challenge if the camera was hand held and you would be faced with the necessity to mount the camera on a tripod.

Don't get me wrong, as I think it is a good photo. I am just trying to give suggestions on how to perhaps improve on it. The composition is fine, the colours are great, the BG is super, and the exposure was spot on.

Well done and TFS.

TFS this great close up and for the note, Ori

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-14 2:01]

Hi Janice,
Really pretty flower. Perfecrt exposure and details in the area inside the dof.
TFS, José M.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-07-14 17:31]
  • [3]

I'm not generally in the habit of eating wild flowers so I should be safe :-) Nice shot Janice the details are very good and you've managed to retain all the details in the white areas.

As Loot said, a tripod would have allowed you more DOF but I quite like the limited DOF here. F8 would not have been enough, F16 would probably not have been enough either, especially with the pov you selected. The more DOF you use in a shot like this the more distracting background detail you will include and this is not good. In addition, the more DOF the longer the shutter speed and even in seemingly still conditions you'll find the smallest of currents upset your subject.

There are a few ways around this.

If you have very still conditions you can select the lowest ISO you have and stop down, this will give you, as I mentioned, longer shutter speeds and more detail in the BG. Now, the long shutter speed is no bad thing. Put the camera on mirror lock up and timer with remote shutter control. Then you can grab a good handful of long grass blades and as the exposure is in progress wave the grass blades behind the subject - this will give you a pleasing OOF BG.

If it's a little windy get some wooden kebab sticks and solder wire. Plant one of the kebab sticks near your subject and tether the plant and the kebab stick together with the malleable solder wire. This will give some stability.

Well done.

Hola Janice, me gusta mucho esa belleza de flores que retrataste contra ese fondo oscuro y la correcta exposición de la imagen. Pero me ha sorprendido las dañinas cualidades de esta planta, si que se hace valer!
Saludos cordiales

Hello Janice,
A delicate flower captured with fine details!
I guess it is with flowers as with women, the most attractive are the most dangerous...
A fine capture with good colours!
Pablo -

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