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Hi all, and just a 1 upload break from people for Today. I guess flowers must get just as excited as we do when starting a new Life. Full of uncertainty yet plenty of Sunshine to come.
Took these, and many more on Sunday, between showers, but the Clouds hardly shifted, so the light wasn't what I'd hoped for. O well, hope you enjoy this little bunch of Five, and thank you all VERY much for your kind votes and comments on my Silly Sunday upload, 'The Wibbly Wobbly Man' Smile

Hope you're having a good week, all the best to all,

John Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:70-300mm canon
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Awakening
Username:lifesnapper lifesnapper
Uploaded:15 May 2012 - 5:34 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, May, New life
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Karrol
Karrol  629 forum posts England
15 May 2012 - 5:44 PM

Really like this.

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 5:51 PM

V1 and V4 for me John cracking shots
Rob

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 5:53 PM

The poppy shots are my favourites, John, and you will need to go back when a mass of them are in bloom too......what a fine display that will make: it would be worth using a wide aperture and focussing on a near bloom and let the rest gradually become 'softer' as they recede from the focal point. Just a suggestion, but I think it might result in a fine image.
I also like the horse chestnut shot.
Ronnie.

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 6:05 PM

Thanks for the advice Ronnie, I shall return later. If it ever stops Raining Smile
And cheers Bob and Karrol Smile

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 6:19 PM

The poppy shots are my favourites too, unusual to see all the buds, very niceSmile
Diane

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 6:21 PM

poppies already ... well I never!
love the poppy shots best...

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
15 May 2012 - 6:32 PM

Poppys on TOP 10*****
Cor.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 6:32 PM

wonderful set john going for the stunning v1 for me today a real gem top shot Wink
andy

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41054 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 6:38 PM

Lovely set, John, but v1 is a stand out image for me. Great patterns formed by the buds and the two red flowers provide an excellent counterpoint.

Dave

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 6:49 PM

V1 and V5 have a sort of pattern repeats look. V1 the winner for me, for its simplicity.
Moira

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UrbaneMagick
15 May 2012 - 6:55 PM

V1 for me also.
still waiting for our oriental poppies & wisteria to break through.

Lovely.

Gareth

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 7:20 PM

Gorgeous. V1 and V5 for me, too.
Looks as if you have had a mini-Summer at least.
7į C here today - in the middle of May! And we've just had a hailstorm Sad
Regards
Bill

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1598 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 7:32 PM

I do hope they survive the rotten weather, John.
V1 is the one for me. I like the way you have filled the frame with the buds (I always enjoy their hairiness), and your "awakening" title is perfect. Just the few red poppies, and one top left ready to pop, with a promise of hundreds more, is all that is needed here. I would be inclined to clone out the little one intruding top right.

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43922 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 7:43 PM

1&5 for me too, John. That silver-green with the red of the poppies is a marvellous contrast, and your use of dof is spot on.

Malc

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DalesLass
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15 May 2012 - 7:44 PM

The poppy images are lovely.

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Paul_cats
Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 7:47 PM

Agree with the majority on V1 but all 5 V good.
Paul

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HELANA
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15 May 2012 - 8:57 PM

V1 is my favourite very nice image.
Elena.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 9:09 PM

A lovely set John, blooming marvellous if I may say so. Some good advice from Ronnie above, if you have a macro lens at your disposal i'd be inclined to use it or even a compact camera with a good macro setting if you posess one. You'd be able to get much closer then

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Sue_R
Sue_R e2 Member 8Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 9:27 PM

Loving this set, John, and you chose the right one to lead with IMHO.

Sue Smile X

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 7:47 AM

Great set John, but love the poppy ones
is it really poppy time again! where has the year gone?
Agree with Ronnie, please go back and get them all out
beautiful set
Lillian

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 3:26 PM

A fine set John.
And I hope you are right when you say there is plenty of sunshine to come !!
Mick.

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Cliff1944
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16 May 2012 - 4:18 PM

A nice set. I prefer the two with poppies. What a great place to revisit when more of the flowers are out.
Cliff

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4600 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 5:27 PM

Ooooo...V1's a stunner !!!!......great PoV, with gorgeous quality....top notch stuff !!

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 6:48 PM

Thank you VERY much everyone, I didn't expect such a response.

John Smile

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bromley-smith
16 May 2012 - 9:15 PM

Excellent images John.
Tony

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2012 - 9:49 PM

Excellent set John, and v1 is very special.
regards
Yung

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:23 PM

WOW! thank you SO much for the Award Yung, that means SO much to me, especially from someone I admire and respect very much as a Photographer.

John Smile

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6612 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 7:40 PM

The perfect title for these images - flowers and plants are awakening here too - if only the temperatures would improve, so we could see the full effect of heat on our vegetation.

My back garden was full of poppies in Austin. They have now long since gone to seed. I have some ruffled ones similar to the ones in v1 - one of my favorite blooms.

Anne

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Michaela_Solway

I always love poppy images.. v1 is stunning.. And gets my top vote.. The comp is great.
Very well done.. A great set too

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Dave87
Dave87 e2 Member 742 forum postsDave87 vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2012 - 2:43 PM

Photographing red poppy shots is good - but even better when the photographer arrives just at the right time to capture the first opening buds.

Here the touch of red before the other plants have matured has produced an excellent piece of work. Echo the award from Yung.

Dave.

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2012 - 9:16 AM

Ah, thanks Dave, what a Star you areSmile Thank you so much for ALL your kind comments and votes, they are more than appreciated coming from a supertog like your good self.
All the best to you mate.

John Smile

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Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2012 - 10:15 AM

WOW John what an Awakening indeed . Love all the hairy poppy buds in version 1. They will be fantastic WHEN they all pop out xxx

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