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Koru - Unfurling Fern Frond

Koru - Unfurling Fern Frond
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-11
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-21 3:46
Viewed: 7653
Points: 46
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Koru - Unfurling Fern Frond

The koru is the Māori name given to the newborn, unfurling fern frond and symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace. It is an integral symbol in Māori carving and tattoos.

Koru can also refer to bone carvings. Those generally take the shape of the uncurling fern plant. When bone is worn on the skin, it changes colour as oil is absorbed. The Māori took this to symbolise that the spirit of the person was inhabiting the pendant. When someone gives a pendant to someone else, it is the custom that they wear it for a time so that part of their spirit is given as well.

The koru is used in a stylised form as the logo of Air New Zealand and as an iconic symbol of New Zealand flora.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 2:00 p.m.
Date: 11th November 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 260mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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You capture and edit these curious natural shapes with the meticulousness of an artist craftsperson, Pam.
This one is a sheer work of art.
Did I tell you that certain varieties of the fern at this curly stage are eaten as vegetable or pickled in certain mountain zones in India and Nepal?
Thanks for sharing it.

Hello Pam,
I see you have spring in NZ. This is an excellent shot from fern. Fantastic sharpness, great details, exposure and colours too. This is an excellent macro. Thank you my friend.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-21 5:15]

Pam, another superb Koru from you. Exceptional sharpness and beauty. TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-21 6:06]

Hi Pam,

Well captured with good POV,colors,details,I like the curves in this artistic impression,well done and TFS


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-11-21 6:07]

Very interesting plant. Great focus and details Pam, lovely composition. Well seen and well presented. TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-21 7:14]

Hello Pam,
Is it for Janice ;-) It is pleasant to admire this natural shape. Because of the great sharpness and DOF the fern stands out from the blurred background. Exposure and warm colors are super. And as always the smart frame around matches well.
Congratulations and TFS.

Hello Pam,
This is a GREAT macro, wow! Those details are soooo sharp. Very nice POV, composition, DOF; perfect picture. Your notes are very interesting too. TFS,

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-21 8:49]

Hi Pam,
That is for me a kind of art. I have never seen it before. It is very nice with the colours of earth. very special to see.
Great POV, details, sharpness.

Hello Pam,

Nice composed and capture photo, perfect details, very crisp, nice colors, bg, POV DOF perfect work,

TFS Kyle

Hi Pam,
Woww, what is that!!! :) Very interesting composition, very good details and godd light..
Thanks for sharing.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-21 13:55]

Wonderful textures and shapes. This is wonderful. Lovely sharp details, great colours and a nice POV



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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-21 15:13]

Bonita imagen Pam con bellos detalles a partir de una excelente nitidez, buena iluminación y apropiados DOF y punto de vista.
Me agrada el encuadre elegido y el desenfoque logrado sobre el fondo.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

Nice image Pam with beautiful details starting from an excellent sharpness, good illumination and appropriate DOF and point of view.
I like the elected framing and the out of focus achieved on the bottom.
My best greetings... Ricardo

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-21 21:43]

Hello Pam

A beautiful close up of this fern plant.Here in Canada we refer to them as "fiddleheads", and some are edible and quite good.Always a sign of the emerging springtime.A very good POV and DOF.The details are razor sharp.The colour saturation is spot on.A beautiful composition ,with a lovely frame.TFS


Hello Pam
Square composition shows off the Koru to its best advantage. Absolutely spectacular detail and well set off from background. Color tones in subject and BG are highly complementary. Well done. Regards.

Texture is so precise and clear. THe color and the sharpness is perfect. I love this. It's so interesting.. The off centre composition is fabulous too!
Great one!

Excellent shot of this little fern. This spicie is not common here in greece.All ferns here are green but they grow like this.
Architecture POV so clear with details
TFS and see you

Hello Pam,
Wow, great shot, nice details and sharpness and very nice composition,

Hi Pam,
They look like little worms curling up to get some sleep.
Another beautiful close up fern photo with excellent details and colors. Love the abstract feel to the composition.

:) tomorrow

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-24 3:40]

Hello Pam!

Maybe not cute bird, but also superb shot. I love symmetry and geometry of young Koru. Details are great, every single hair is well visible. Composition and blurred BG are also very good. Piece of art.

Hi Pam,

This is an impressive picture. The composition is reall nice. Sharpness is spot on and l like the way the Koru stands out against the background,
Well done

Hello Pam!
This is a very nice plant composition with excellent DOF and perfect details :)
The frame also is nice and moreover it adds something "more" to this photo.
TFS and best withes,

Such a beautiful piece of art, showed by nature and captured by your camera! Excellent photo and I like the soft background.

hi Pam,
superbe and interesting capture
i like so much this beautiful natural

best sERGIO

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