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In the Park

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 3 April 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The City Park is loaded with a variety of flowers.
Out of Town. We are out of town for the weekend. My posts are up, but I won't be able to comment much. Am going to the Nature Photographers of the Pacific Northwest meeting, plus seeing family.

Comments. A word about my comments. I don't have the eloquence of Paul (Eyes Wide Shut), but that doesn't mean that I don't feel many of the same things when I look at your work. When I give one word comments such as Excellent, Exquisite, Superb, Outstanding, Incredible, Stunning, etc., those words are not used lightly or cheaply; they are crammed with freight, emotion and meaning. When I give a one word comment, that is in no way a devaluing of your work.

"When I was starting out (okay, 55 years ago) I showed my work to an art director named Bob Cato. He went thru my folio carefully, slowly, closed the book and said, 'You walk too fast.'" Jay Maisel

NIKON D700 1/640 second F/5.0 ISO 200 66 mm (35mm equiv.)

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful macro

3 Apr 2009 5:22am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

fontaine de lumières !

3 Apr 2009 5:36am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

beautiful magnolia

3 Apr 2009 5:39am

@jamesy: That's actually not a magnolia. It was some small blossom in the park; what I don't know.

"Marie" :-) from perth, Australia

Hi Jack, hope you have a great weekend, and I appreciate those one word reviews so much more now. This is by far my favourite flower shot, captured with great skill, and the lighting is just spot on. Lovely.

3 Apr 2009 6:22am

k@ from Paris, France

Love the delicacy of her neck*

3 Apr 2009 6:56am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

WOW.. this is excellent.. I like it a lot!

3 Apr 2009 7:24am

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

beautiful, great shot

3 Apr 2009 7:37am

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

Wonderful. tenderness of the image and nature

3 Apr 2009 7:54am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

What a nice macro. So well composed and framed. I just love it

3 Apr 2009 8:06am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

What gorgeous detail! I love the fur like texture of the bud...stunning Jack!!

3 Apr 2009 8:10am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

It's surprising how much detail is in budding plants ... this is so soft against the dark background.
I like your explanation of your comments!

3 Apr 2009 8:22am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

A nice "slow" macro shot !!

3 Apr 2009 9:13am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Pure and innocent! Lovely close up!

3 Apr 2009 9:16am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Very good use of value to highlight your subject! I often only give one word comments as well. From me, my highest complement is "excellent".

3 Apr 2009 9:47am

@Craig: Sometimes I give longer comments, Craig, but it is not always because I think more highly of the photograph. My longer statements almost always are in responding to people. Thank you for what you said about the meaning of the word, "excellent," for you; once you have said, "excellent," you wonder sometimes, what more is there to say.

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

I love this one. Nice tone and great antique feel to it.

3 Apr 2009 10:17am

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

nice shot and well composed...

3 Apr 2009 11:08am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

Enjoy these few days of rest, you did not need this little preamble to tell us about the sincerity of your comments, you know, John, that your words are true and come from the heart .. and your sensibilté s is expressed in your vocabulary ..this flower is so beautiful, delicate poetry emerges, you have entered in its purity with tenderly ...thank you to you.

3 Apr 2009 11:09am

@Alivia: You are a very dear friend, Dane. To look at your photographs, and to exchange messages with you, is very precious to me. You are a bright light in my life. (And your photography lights up the lives of all of us.)

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Very well composed. I like the softness of this shot.

3 Apr 2009 11:40am

@Lee: One of the main things that I have more deeply learned on aminus3, Lee, is the value of softness. I came of age in the era of the f64 group where tack sharp was almost God. Especially with flowers, softness and selective focus is often integral to beauty and expressing one's deepest feeling about the subject matter of the photograph. I must say that I have also seen that this is true not only of flowers. The trick, of course, is to know when and how to use it.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Elegant photo. Belongs in a frame in a formal dining room or in a ritzy restaurant where lots of people can see and admire this work.

3 Apr 2009 11:40am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

elegant and very soft !

3 Apr 2009 11:57am

@Anna.C: "Elegant," thank you; that is a word that applies to you, Anna.

khadi from New Delhi, India

Brilliant photo. I like the dark maroon backdrop -- it lends the picture a softness and brings out the golden highlights on the bud.

3 Apr 2009 12:35pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


3 Apr 2009 12:40pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Oh my, what have you done here? That is really fine.

3 Apr 2009 12:53pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

There is such lovely rich elegance in this one.

Have a wonderful weekend.

3 Apr 2009 12:59pm

Don Smith from California, United States

Beautiful flower imagery Jack, I love the quote from Jay Maisel! Thanks for your continued support of my blog - have a great day.

3 Apr 2009 1:07pm

twodot from New York, United States


3 Apr 2009 1:11pm

@twodot: Outstanding; a coiner of new words.

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Beautifully done.

3 Apr 2009 1:19pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

I love the deep rich tone and light against the delicate bloom. Remarkable capture. I agree with Viewfinder, frame and display this.
Your explaination is appreciated, never do I feel slighted by one word comments.
It sounds like a great weekend ahead for you, enjoy.

3 Apr 2009 1:36pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Dear Jack, you're taking it bit more seriously. Trust us (me at least)... your comments are most welcome anytime. It's sometimes upsetting when I don't see your comment on my photos though. :-) No pressure.. enjoy your lovely weekend.

3 Apr 2009 2:27pm

@Ajay: A pure accident when I miss you, Ajay; it's not about your work.

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

very beautiful Jack and I really like the simplicity of this in particular

3 Apr 2009 2:38pm

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

Hello Jack, i love this flower, well done! I really appreciate your short comments :)
Have a nice weekend!!

3 Apr 2009 2:46pm

Marie LC from France

Le magnolia est à l'honneur, ici aussi on ne voit plus qu'eux !

3 Apr 2009 2:47pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

this is a lovely star magnolia image. i have one growing in the garden and my images just don't come close to capturing its beauty... your shot does! jim

3 Apr 2009 2:51pm

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

I like the focus on this one - wonderful aperture with the blurred background and the warm color tones are great! Thanks also for your many kind words! Have a great day in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

3 Apr 2009 3:13pm

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott.

don from Spokane, United States

A gorgeous blossom whose lighting is a prime factor in its solid success. I like the detail, but its the glow of the blossom and the dramatic side light that makes it come to life. Fine close up.

3 Apr 2009 3:27pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Looks like a saucer magnolia variety to me. Enjoy your trip! best...jerry

3 Apr 2009 3:32pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Full of delicacy and poetry...

3 Apr 2009 3:33pm

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Beautifully bursting forth

3 Apr 2009 3:56pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Beautifully sharp and detailed.

3 Apr 2009 3:57pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Beautiful flower and a great background. Have a great weekend, Jack.

3 Apr 2009 4:18pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

Such delicate beauty makes me feel glad to be alive, Jack. The softness and warmth of tone work incredibly beautifully here. The detail in those tiny hairs, amazing

I would love to join you at that meeting. You know, the length of a comment has never been so important to me in compasrison with the thrill I get to know that somebody has taken the time to leave it. One word or a thousand, it's just so nice that somebody has made an observation.

Have a great weekend Jack

3 Apr 2009 4:27pm

@EYES WIDE SHUT: Thanks, good friend; you have a nice weekend as well.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

beatiful macro ,jack !

3 Apr 2009 4:35pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

That was my thought also ... a magnolia, wrong! But it's a beautiful flower, very soft and a beautiful background which makes it even glow more!

3 Apr 2009 4:40pm

isidro from Spain

suave y elegante imagen, muy buena!!

3 Apr 2009 4:43pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

I forget to mention that I completely agree with Eyeswideshut ... I appreciate the fact that somebody takes the time to leave a comment and I try to be original, but it's difficult when English isn't your first language ;)

3 Apr 2009 4:43pm

@Monique: Those of us who are linguistically limited profoundly appreciate all of the efforts to communicate in English. When it is in another language, I use a Google Translator.

zOOm from Paris, France

Oh Jack, this is really a beautiful photography. One of your best I think. DOF and focus are fine, well balanced and I really like the contrast beatween this white flower and this "chocolate like" background (me, greedy !). A great close-up indeed. Softness and aesthetism make a wonderful couple.

3 Apr 2009 5:06pm

@zOOm: Thanks, Florence. Like you, I find myself very attached to this particular photograph. I especially like its simplicity and, for me, Zenlike quality. It feels like a big time gift.

PATRICK from miramas, France

great capture

3 Apr 2009 5:11pm

Sheidaa from Tehran, Iran

GreAt as always... :)

3 Apr 2009 5:19pm

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

This is a stunning capture, Jack. I, too, thought it a magnolia blossom, but saw your comment that it wasn't. I wonder what it is - it is gorgeous!

3 Apr 2009 6:02pm

Ninni from Brazil

Wow! I love this!

3 Apr 2009 6:11pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Gorgeous image. Love the back light.

3 Apr 2009 7:46pm

observing from North West, United Kingdom

This shot has a beautiful light and soft color.

3 Apr 2009 9:59pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such a wonderful macro, such delicate detail in the flower, highlighted by the stronger background

4 Apr 2009 12:49am

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Beautiful photo! I like the soft look and the lighting.

4 Apr 2009 2:03am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I don't know what this is either, I looked in my wildflower book but that didn't help much...Frankly, I don;t really care what it is, I just know that it is beautiful. I love the fuzzies around the bud, and the soft focus is delicious. Have a wonderful weekend!

4 Apr 2009 2:48am

Kyle from Manhattan KS, United States

What wonderful tones. I love the almost white flower and the subtle sepia. Very soft and appealing.

4 Apr 2009 3:26am

Barry from Kingwood, United States

Peaceful & beautiful. Take care. :)

4 Apr 2009 3:28am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Great earth tones in this image. Well done.

4 Apr 2009 8:42am

marcel lemieux/star_cosmos_bleu from Bedford.Quebec, Canada

Exquisite.......lovely light...great shot....and that quote in your intro is to much...(you walk to fast)...that truly talk,s about the essence of art and photography...beautiful

4 Apr 2009 2:06pm

Stephanie from Toronto, Canada

Wow, that is so pretty! Very warm and rich. It's perfect!

4 Apr 2009 3:08pm

Silverado Photography from Clearlake, United States


5 Apr 2009 4:34am

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

I like the soft and delicate atmosphere (and light) on this one... I think that it's a Magnolia (stellata) flower.

5 Apr 2009 11:30am

@Francesc B.: it's a plum.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Mmmm....these tones are wonderful. The single blossom is exquisite!

6 Apr 2009 3:48am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Superb composition! Would make it onto my "to be framed" list! :) Love love love it!!!!

6 Apr 2009 6:39am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Beautiful tone to this lovely image.

6 Apr 2009 9:39pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful contrast colors and softness. I like it.

6 Apr 2009 10:53pm

Cricket from Alabama, United States

Eyes Wide Shut does have a way with words! I wish I had that talent.

Beautiful photograph!

7 Apr 2009 6:17pm

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Dreamy... beautiful light, Jack!

10 Apr 2009 4:23am