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Lonely Pine Needle

Lonely Pine Needle
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-31
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 70 - 200 f2.8L IS USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-17 6:50
Viewed: 2859
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I decided post something different than my normal style. I got this photo when I was out with my Niece and Nephew taking photos. We were walking along a fence line when I saw this pine needle sticking straight up out the top of an old fence post. I thought it was neat that it would end up in such a position, so I shot a couple frames and moved on. I think I like it because of it's simplicity. I also tried a new frame on this one using the distorted image itself. Hope you like it.

About Pine needles

Pines have four types of leaves:

Seed leaves (cotyledons) on seedlings, borne in a whorl of 4-24.

Juvenile leaves, which follow immediately on seedlings and young plants, 2-6 cm long, single, green or often blue-green, and arranged spirally on the shoot. These are produced for six months to five years, rarely longer (and also produced later in life after injury in some pines).

Scale leaves, similar to bud scales, small, brown and non-photosynthetic, and arranged spirally like the juvenile leaves.

Needles, the adult leaves, which are green (photosynthetic), bundled in clusters (fascicles) of (1-) 2-5 (-6) needles together, each fascicle produced from a small bud on a dwarf shoot in the axil of a scale leaf. These bud scales often remain on the fascicle as a basal sheath. The needles persist for 1.5-40 years, depending on species. If a shoot is damaged (e.g. eaten by an animal), the needle fascicles just below the damage will generate a bud which can then replace the lost growth.

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hello Billy !
I like this kind of pictures - very simple but very beautiful. It shows that often you don't need much to make a good picture. Excellent composition and POV, nice details, and beautiful BG, dark and blurred, to make the needle stand out. Well done !

Hello Billy,
Beautiful shot of a new beginning of life with interesting notes. Well managed depth and light and the top of the fence post actually adds perspective to this macro. Well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-17 10:58]

Hi Billy.
You have a nice idea to picture this scene. It is really very good. And you managed to create a very nice composition. I like wonderful combination of the impressive dark BG and excellently illuminated and sharpened main subject. Bravo and bets wishes.

Hi Billy,
Excellent shot love the simplicity of the image, and the vertical crop, well composed and framed, nice work mate Cheers Rick :)

It is unusual, simple and elegant. Very nice!!
I guess I should consider getting outside a while this weekend and looking. You found a simple subject and turned it into art. :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-18 21:38]

Hello Billy

A lovely artistic posting showing very good focus and DOF.The composition is well done.
The lighting and colours are well handled.
Nice textures too.

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