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just some weeds - or not?

just some weeds - or not?
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Copyright: Otto Rapp (TheMystic) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 95] (509)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-31
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Samsung Pro815
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-11 18:40
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Points: 18
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Hiking in the coulees at Popson Park, Oldman River in Lethbridge, Alberta, I found this flower hiding in the prairie grass. I don't know what it is, but it's quite numerous, exept so diminutive, that it's near invisible in the tall grass.

Update: I found out that this plant possibly belongs to the Astragalus family, and perhaps is a relative of Astragalus bibullatus. Perhaps someone could enlighten me - this has me rendered very curious, since the website considers the plant rare, but it seems to be quite numerous in my neighborhood!

macro shot, curves and filters used in ps to brighten colors, downsized

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To pablominto: resemblance to lupinsTheMystic 1 06-11 23:59
To loot: flower IDTheMystic 1 06-11 23:57
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-11 19:30]
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Hi Otto

An incredible burst of colours from a truly magnificent flower species. I sure hope that someone would be able to assist you with the ID, because I would also love to know what it is.

I just love your composition and the low POV (although you probably had no choice other then to get down to grass-roots-level to take this shot of the "diminutive" flower). I do not really want to spoil the fun since it is such a unique little flower, but unfortunately the details are a little soft. The DOF becomes very critical with macro work and at aperture f/3.2 there just was not enough depth to cover the full range of the flower. Certain areas shows brilliant focus yet other areas are rather soft. Since you were already pushing the shutter speed at 1/60 seconds it obviously becomes a bit of a tricky story to stabilise a hand held camera. So, if you had to improve on the aperture (say f/5.6+) the shutter speed would become uncontrollably slow and it would necessitate a tripod or some other means to steady the camera. Being so low down to the ground you probably would have had to improvise by making use of some other prop like a rock or a camera bag or whatever to try and stabilise the shot. The colours are splendid though, the BG is well isolated and OOF, and the exposure/lighting was well controlled.

You did a great job and TFS this lovely flower.

Hello Otto,
This plant has attractive colours with some resemblance to lupins, but it is not since you say it is so small..!
Beautiful colours indeed, and the macro work is well done with sharp fine details in the petals...
Pablo -

Hi Otto,
Nice DoF, well focused.
Sharp and pretty flowers, neat blurry BG.
Great shot.


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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-11 22:00]

nice abstract color shot i'd smooth the background out a bit with a noise reduction tool.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2007-06-11 22:46]

Bautiful vivid colours, well shot.

Hi Otto,
Wonderful close-up of these flowers. Good sharpness and details and stunning colours. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

Hello Otto,

This colours are realy beautiful and we can also see little flowers more closely, what is usualy impossible with our own eyes.
Very beautiful photo.

With regards. Katja

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-12 23:28]

Hello Otto

The colours are striking,they really stand out.Very well focused with sharp details.The flowers fill the frame well.Hard to imagine they are so small.Well seen.TFS



Hi Otto,
Such vibrant colors! Very beautiful against the lush green OOF backround vegetation. Nice frame filling composition.

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