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Blue Winter Shadows

Blue Winter Shadows
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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: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-07
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-05 15:50
Viewed: 3950
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These teasels, captured last March at the end of winter are a common sight along roadsides and the edges of fields in the winter time.

Common Teasel – Scientific name : Dipsacus fullonum – Family : Dipsacaceae. The variety of teasel with lilac flowers was native to Europe but naturalized in North America. The dried flower heads were used to raise a nap on woollen cloth and was thus useful to the Mennonites of the farming community just west of here. A blue dye made from the dried plant was used as a substitute for indigo. It was also traditionally used in treating skin diseases such as scabies.

Thanks for looking, and please forgive my extended absence. It will be a few more days yet before I can be properly active here.

Thanks for your kind messages.

JoseMiguel, gracious, Adanac, NinaM, cecilia, eqshannon, Heaven, red45, joey, SunToucher, Argus, marhowie, pierrefonds, nglen, dkaved, parthasarathi, shelbeesmom has marked this note useful
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Hi Silke,
I like very much this clean presentation.
It's so good the composition made with the branches above the snow, and its shadows.
The frame used really improves the appreciation of the scene.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-05 19:06]

Hello Silke,
Brilliant composition, eye candy for the soul, thanks so much for sharing.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-05 19:09]

Hi Silke, the freshness and aerial sensation of this photo is great. Composition is simple. I like the play with shadows. Thank you!


Well done Silke, such a lovely image, I like the composition and the shadows.
Very original :)
Well captured...

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-05 20:54]

Hello Silke,
Something that I don't have today is time,
but I could not resist to stop by and congratulate
you on this wonderful capture.. Congratulations my friend
I'll be back tomorrow..


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-12-05 21:25]

Hi Silke!

You present us a very nice composition and interplay of shapes. The idea to compose your picture with vertical and horizontal liones is very smart and makes your picture outstanding.

Kind regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-05 23:11]

Hello Silke,
A beautiful composition and you were very observant to spot it! I like the light and the shadows. Great focus and sharp details of the pretty Teasels.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Silke,
Simple, yet beautiful composition. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hello Silke,
Pleasant composition with this snowy field!
Attractive minimalism, good shadow play and nice details in the dried plants...
Pablo -

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-12-05 23:59]

Hello Silke!

Oh no - snow :-) Fortunatelly snow in sunlight :-) I love very simply and arty composition, big, black frame, shadows. Great idea to show immaculated snow without any footprints :-)

nice composition, TFS Ori

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-06 1:49]

Hello Silke,
very artistic shot of these Teasels.
Those blue shadows are beautiful.
You show immense skill in exposing due to the fact that 1. Snow is very hard to expose.
2. To expose snow correctly without under exposing darker objects is even harder.
Yet you have succeeded in doing so perfectly!
I salute you ;)

Pin-sharp, full of details and great clarity.
Very well done,

Hi Silke,
What a wonderful photo. So good to see that much snow and still so fresh. I whish......
The funny thing is that I know that it is cold, but both the dead teasel and the sun make the feel of this photo very warm. Love the cool shade and the minimalistic composition.

Marking for tomorrow...hey did you know that snow looks a bit blue for a reason? I have been studying this question for a few days now..

Water, snow, and clouds really have no particular color of their own. They appear blue colored because of the way they scatter the sunlight that contains all the colors of the rainbow. The oceans and the atmosphere scatter blue light the most because of the small size of their molecules.
"only painters and photographers generally ever notice or "see" it. The French Impressionists were sensitive to true colors like that..."
Wow..So now you know the rest of the story.

Hello my friend Silke!
It's really nice to see your beautiful posting again! how are you!
This is a simple but beautiful composition with good perspective!
the light and shadlow plays a big part on the whole composition.
very well done and composed
best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-06 7:25]

Hello Silke,
One doesn't think of shadows in the snow as being blue, but they really are!
Great composition of these teasels in the snow with excellent sharpness and exposure and superb ligting of the early spring: something to look forward to!
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty.
Nice to see you back in action, even if it is partial at the moment.

What Joey wrote on exposing in snow was my first thought too about this shot, you did an outstanding job! This is one of the best I've seen in snow close ups. TFS

Best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-06 15:57]

not easy to have this sharpness on a hard white background,the composition is wonderfull, a very nice work,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-12-06 17:15]

Hi Silke,
This is a wonderful shot! Love that long blue shadow on the snow.
Beautiful composition and great POV.
Very well done!

Hello Silke,

I just love this! The artistic simplicity is very appealing! It is so clever how you have retained the pattern of three - two teasel stems and a shadow!

Nicely framed!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

hello silke,
lovely post, nice composition, the reflections add to the beauty of the post, you have handeled exposure well, very nice framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Silke,

A nice image of the teasels and of the shadows, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Silke, elegant winter composition with splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-07 12:35]

Hi Silke. Missed this the other day. good to see you back hope all is ok . Well you have come back with a good one. so simple with the shadow just love it. well done have missed your fine pictures.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-10 19:29]

Hello Silke

I like the minimalist approach to this winter scene,and it ties in wonderfully with your teasel postings this past summer...sort of the denouement for them.lol.
Excellent focus and colour.
The composition is lovely.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-12-10 22:52]

Belle réalisation très décorative.
Bonne journée.

Hi Silke,
Amazing, as usual the composition is rich, sobre, grandiose, extraordinaire, une merveille.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2008-01-12 23:43]

Hi Silke,
Wow, it has been long since I dropped by.First I want to wish you and yours a great New Year! I took a quick look at your latest and you have done some wonderful work.This one caught my eye in its simplicity and yet its beauty.It shows that despite the hardships you can still stand strong.Good to see you again....take care.
Regards, David

Wondeful visual. Artistic composition.

ACCCH!! Even the shadows are blue!! I can't believe it..never seen this before..my drama increases! You simply must post more of these, so nice and crisp, excellent composition.. life is just no fair..we never get snow B-(
Love the shot.
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