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Chinese Quince Flower

Chinese Quince Flower
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1, without additional lens
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild Flowers, 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-28 9:20
Viewed: 17205
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Chinese Quince (Pseudocydonia sinensis)
Spanish Name: Membrillero de la China

I decided to publish an image of a flower again, for the beauty of this species and I believe, their great aesthetic sense.

I hope you like it J

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Maloideae
Genus: Pseudocydonia (C.K.Schneid)
Species: sinensis

The only species in the genus Pseudocydonia, is a deciduous or semi-evergreen tree in the family Rosaceae, native to eastern Asia in China. It is closely related to the European genus Cydonia and the east Asian genus Chaenomeles, but differing from the former in the serrated leaves, and from the latter in lacking thorns, and in the flowers being produced singly, not in clusters.

It grows to 10-18 m tall, with a dense, twiggy crown. The leaves are alternately arranged, simple, 6-12 cm long and 3-6 cm broad, and have a serrated margin. The flowers are 2.5-4 cm diameter, with five pale pink petals; flowering is in mid spring. The fruit is a large ovoid pome 12-17 cm long with five carpels; it ripens in late autumn.

The fruit is hard and astringent, though they do soften and become less astringent ("bletted") after frost. It can be used in the same way as quinces for making jam. It is also grown as an ornamental tree in southern Europe.

Source: Wikipedia


Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro1 (without additional lens)
Super Macro: On (max. 4 mpixels)
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/1000
Av (Aperture Value) 5.0
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Exposure Compensation: -1
ISO Speed: 50
Lens: 7.2 – 22.8mm
Focal Length: 20mm
Image Size: 2272x1704
Image Quality: Superfine
Flash: Off
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: Single AF
Tripod: No (handheld)

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-10-28 9:28]

Hi Ricardo,
A beautiful composition and colors attract the eye. Excelent note.
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)
  • [2006-10-28 9:34]
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Hola Ricardo,
Yes, I like it :o) This is a beautiful flower with a great color. I liked your framing a lot. TFS
Have a nice weekend

Hi Ricardo,
Superb macro.Excellent colours, details and sharp.Well composed.Regards.


Belle fleur,les détails sont bien net et la fleur a une belle couleus. Thomas

Hi Ricardo,
such a beauty - we can see the delicate leaves so good and I love the colour and the dark BG.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hi rap,
another beautiful shot from you. the pov is good. the dark background is in good contrast with loght coloured flower. the colours are soft and beautiful.

Has the tender color and delicate shape of an early spring blossom, Ricardo.
Well composed shot with phenomenal clarity against a well-suited dark BG.
Find nothing that I don't like in it -- to use your own terminology :-)!
Thanks and take care.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-28 12:34]

Simple but very lovely. Perfect focus and lovely details. I especially like all the details in the petals. Good DOF and excellent POV. I like the dark BG, it really sets of the lovely pink in the flower



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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-28 13:09]

Hi Ricardo.
Very nice detail hereof gorgeous flower.Excellent POV and also accurate sharpness.I like clean and sharp details.Very pleasant colours and contrast opposite black BG.Great work!!Note++
Thank you for sharing.
Greetings Milos

Preciosa flor plena de color y detalles. Es una maravilla Ricardo. Saludos amigo.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-10-28 13:14]

very nice one Ricardo.
the point of view is great and the dof is nice too, the details are very good and the light is fine, very good job my friend. have a nice day
gr. jaap

Hi Ricardo,
This is a very beautiful specie and I like those notes about it. Details are good but I wonder why did you use the 1/1000 shutter speed? Were you trying to catch an insect? :) A smaller aperture would have increased the details in the center of the flower I guess. Were nice post anyway with great POV and nice BG. Thanks MF,

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-10-28 17:02]

Hola Ricardo:
Ecxelente composiciòn de esta simple pero hermosa flor. Nitidez en los detalles y un adecuado foco y encuadre, como asì tambièn el encuadre y la calidez de los colores que se destacan sobre el fondo oscuro. ¡Good shot RAP!

Hola Ricardo,
Great macro shot, very sharp and neat image. Nicely focused on anthers of the flower. Nicely done.

Ben Lakitan

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-28 21:21]

Hello Ricardo,
Simple but very effective shot!
I like the colours, exposure and composition :-)
Best greetings,

Always the BEST in notes.
Your image is PERFECT in focus & presentation.
A sharp composition.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-28 22:25]

Hello Ricardo

Very well done.This is a beautiful macro of this flower.The DOF is well handled.The details are razor sharp.The colours are well saturated and superb.Very good contrast,the subject stands out well from the dark BG.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-29 1:43]

Exquisite presentation of this flower, Ricardo.
Perfect focus and exposure bring out the delicate texture of the petals and stamens. I really like the light on the flower.
The DOF makes your quince "float" in the dark BG.
An excellent shot on all counts.
TFS. : )

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-10-29 7:20]

Very nice coloured flower, nice details and the flower stands out against te dark bg.
Gr. paula

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-29 7:38]

Hola Ricardo,
Bellos colores, muy buenos detalles y un fondo apropiado para realzar esta flor que, sin duda, mereció este envió. Su forma semiesférica y sus pétalos fuertes y delicados son muy atractivos.
Un saludo,
José M.

Hi Ricardo,
a very nice picture with lovely colours and POV.
The details is good and the flower standout well from the dark bg. Maybe the DOF is a bit shallow.
Well done, my friend.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-29 9:47]

Hello Ricardo,
this is a very beautiful close up with such a wondeful DOF. Excellent sharpness and POV to enable us to see the heart of the flower. Very nice lighting and great colors.

Hi, Ricardo.
Lovely gentle colors against well chosen background makes it look nice. Good details.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-29 12:14]

Hi Ricardo,

What a superb shot, the composition is very nicely presented and the POV is excellent, superb detail which really gives you a feel of the texture of the petals, lovely colours and a great dark BG that nicely isolates the Flower.

TFS Hilary :o)

bonjour ricardo
jolie couleurs,bonne netteté.
le BG est bien flou.
bravo c'est une belle photo.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-29 14:29]

Bonjour Ricardo, excellent shot with saturated colors and great contrast on the black BG. Lighting is very nice and exhaust the details on the flower. Best regards, Didier.

Buen macro con gran definición y bien aislado del fondo, realzando la bellísima flor. Enhorabuena. Un saludo

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-29 16:25]

Hello Ricardo,
Wonderful flower close up.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked colors,POV,lightibg and exposure also a lot.Excellent work!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-29 17:53]

Hi Ricardo
Nice close-up shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes, details and POV. Also good note and BG.
Well done mf


Well this one sure earned you some well earned points! It is lovely. Macro shots are so appealing because they make one see what is so often overlooked. The sharpness, color and DOF are really nice.


Evelynn : )

Hi Ricardo,
You have captured the colors and intricate detail to their fullest here.
The composition and framing look excellent. The dark backround realyy enhances the flower so well.

Buenos días Ricardo,
me gusta mucho su flor, los detalles son muy buenos y los colores también. Me gusta bien también el encuadre.

Hi Ricardo,
You have a very nice gallery combining flowers and insects.I've just aquired a macro lens and trying to learn how to use it.You chose a nice angle for this one, opening up the view and making the image very 3 dimentional.Lovely true and natural colour.Good detail and clarity.
Regards, David

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2006-10-30 12:43]

Saludos Rap,preciosa flor,colores calidos toma perfecta Sira

Sigo ampliando my vocabulario anglosajon, ni se me hubiera ocurrido jamás que "quince" significara membrillo en ingles :D
Los colores suaves pero intensos al mismo tiempo y el contraste contra el fondo oscuro aporta un gran impacto visual a tu foto. Creo que la profundidad de campo se quedó un poco escasa con el F:5, pero tu punto de vista que deja los pétalos más cercanos casi perpendiculares lo disimula perfectamente. El marco es sutil pero aporta más de lo que parece a primera vista.
Saludos amigo!

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-10-30 19:13]

Ricardo, esas ultimas fotos tuyas son casi todas fotones. vaya por dios, que envidia tengo jajajaja. Bueno en esta solo decirte que es lastima que no salga del todo el enfoque sobre el bosquecito, se te ha ido un pelin atras. Un saludote

Good detail and exposure, nice shot.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-10-30 21:06]

Ricardo, belo macro desta bela flor.

Gosto muito da composição e da luz.

Excelente nitidez e contraste entre a flor e o fundo.

Mais um belo trabalho.

Hi Ricardo,
Excellent macro. Good lighting on the flower and dark background that bring this flower out. Sharpness, pov, dof, exposure are excellent. Regards,

Bonjour Ricardo
Une excellente photo en macro de cette belle fleur.Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

Hello ricardo !
What a beautiful picture ! Excellent details, and wonderful textures on the petals - their delicate pink color is also very beautiful. The dark BG allows the flower to stand out very nicely, and composition and POV are truly perfect. Very well done !

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-10-31 7:04]

Superb POV, lovely colours, exceptionally well-handled dof! TFs

Muy buenas Ricardo
La verdad es que esta foto no tiene desperdicio en ningún sentido es una maravilla, tiene un colorido precioso y una nitidez a la par al igual que la profundidad de campo que conseguiste en la parte trasera, el pequeño desenfoque en la delantara ayuda a centrar la vista en los estambres y pistilos.
Mis felicitaciones.

PD. Con respecto al comentario de mi pato te diré, que son fotos realizadas para una guía de aves que estoy realizando en formado Cdrom, por eso esta más centrada en el ave que en la compo. Pero se agradecen tus opiniones y se toma nota de ellas. En algunas fotos de composición hay estelas. Un poco más adelante las mostraré.

je vais bien merci
félicitations pour cette jolie fleur, belles couleurs nettes, très bons détails du pistile
bonne note aussi
toujours du beau travail
bien amicalement

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-11-01 18:34]

Hola Ricardo. Me agrada mucho esta tu foto, exelentes detalles en los petalos de esta flor, buena luz, contraste y nitidez. Saludos Luis52.

Hola Ricardo,
Muchas gracias por tu bienvenida, por los comentarios a mi foto y por el estupendo trabajo que has hecho con ella.
Esta foto tuya y las explicaciones que nos muestras son una maravilla, tiene unos colores tan intensos que parece que se pudieran tocar.
Gracias por compartirla con nosotros.
Un saludo,

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-11-03 1:59]

Hi Ricardo,
Great flower Macro with great colors,pov,dof,focus,sharpness,note,frame,blurred bg and composition.TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-03 4:03]
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Hello Ricardo,
Too busy with my home work, I was a bit inactive on TN, so I am happy to discover your new superb photos. I like very much this lovely flower. Great composition and pink colors. Exposure, POV, BG, sharpness and DOF are super ! Useful note too.
Bravo my friend and thanks for sharing.

Hi friend
This is one of best flower shots I have ever seen.
So sharp, detailed and vivid! Excellent POV, superp sharpness and the colors are georgous! Take care Ana:)

Hola amigo mio Ricardo,
This photo worthwhile more and more 100's points. What can I say? You have done the best, even best of the best. Congratulations my Teacher.
With my best wishes,
Saludos sinceros desde Turquia.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-11-06 10:58]

a perfect shot..gently and submissively framed to perfection
good detail and sharpness

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-11-07 2:09]
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Hola Tocayo,
Asi, tenemos en comun el nombre y la aficion a la fotografia,dejame decirte que esta tu foto es un poema a una flor, son bellisimos los tonos colores y contrastes, la composicion es estetica pura, magnifico tu punto de vista,me encanto ese contraste oscuro con el color de la flor,magnifico retrato, la nota es buenisima, solo una sugerencia,tu nota tambien incluyela en español, hay que enseñarles el castellano a los que no lo hablan asi ellos con nosotros al ingles.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-07 15:49]
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Hola Ricardo, he estado un poco perdido estos días, y he perdido la pista a tus últimas publicaciones, esta es maravillosa perfecta composición, y la luz que incide es magnífica.

La cara del saltamontes, es muy fuerte para mi, tendré que llenarme de valor y mirarla, porque para esos bichos soy un poco cagueta... pero todo se andará, saludos

Beautiful work Ricardo.
Perfect light and color. Very nice POV, composition, detail, and effective DOF.
The OOF BG works very well to show-off this beauty :)
Have a Great Week mf!

Hi Ricardo

Wow... what can I say here that hasn't already been said! Simply brilliant! TFS.

Hello Ricardo,
Amazing texture in the petals!
Excellent light and the DOF is spot on, making the flower really stand out...
Great colours and details, but most of all this sought after soft-crisp feeling!
Pablo -

Hello Ricardo,
blossoms are the quintessence of being open and accepting, of saying yes to life. They will never cease to fascinate us humans which may look a puzzle at first sight as none of them have been ""designed" by evolution to please the human species. But considering how closely related all forms of life are living on the surface of earth, the puzzle is no longer a puzzle but turns into a pleasant miracle.
You have shown this blossom with perfect focussing, depth of field and exposure, allowing it to show finest structures in a magnificent light, standing out from the shadows of the dark in a very appealing way.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-11-30 6:26]

Witaj Ricardo. ¦wietne zdjêcie, fantastyczne ¶wiat³o. idealna ostro¶æ chocia¿ zdjêcie z rêki. Pozdrawiam Robert.

Its beautiful, excellent macro shot indeed! Great DOF and sharpness of the flower...very pretty.. TFS
Donna :o)

Thanks for your nice comments on my photo "Rebel Cloud":o)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-14 3:36]

Hello Ricardo,
Beautiful shot of this flower worshipping the sun! Lovely colours and sharp details against the dark background.
TFS, Ulla

Superb macro Ricardo fine detail and good DOF excellent contrasting background well composed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-25 9:17]
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Hi Ricardo

I fancy this lovely Chinese quince because of its beauty and also because I’ve never seen it before. So thanks for introducing it to me. It looks like a rather delicate little flower.

The dark BG makes this flower stand out from the frame and on my monitor it almost has a 3D effect. The colours are fresh and lovely. The details are fine and the exposure was well controlled. Excellent composition and POV as well.

Well done and TFS.

Hi dear Ricardo ,
great details with vivid colours.
nice sharpness and well composition.
lovely shot
thanks for sharing

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