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The third in this flower series was captured on an extremely wet and windy day. As you can see from the flowers in the background they were fighting defiantly against the elements, however the flower in the foreground seemed to roll up in a ball and take it on the chin.

Many thanks to all of you who so kindly commented on yesterdays upload. a mixed bags of responses which I appreciated so very much. A very big thank you goes out to Gypsyman (Eric) for presenting me with his UA GrinGrinGrin

I am glad that you enjoy my rather contrived poems, however like photography, I do feel that one can express ones self greatly using the power of the pen.

I hope you all have a great day, and look forward to reading your comments.

I am off to the dentist for a trial fitting of my new teeth so I shall be out for a while.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Tamron 90mm Sp Di Macro Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Sep 2012 - 5:22 PM
Focal Length:90mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Self Defence
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:11 Oct 2012 - 3:34 AM
Tags:Battling, Elements, Flowers & plants, Self defence, Strength, Survival
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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 4:28 AM

The f/g bloom does seem to be holding steadier than the others, and the overall grey tones fit with the conditions you describe, Nathan.
An interesting take on a day not best suited to flower photography but resulting in an image that is quite original.
Ronnie.

Last Modified By RonnieAG at 11 Oct 2012 - 4:29 AM

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Hermanus
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11 Oct 2012 - 4:34 AM

Once again an excellent capture Nathan. I just love the composition with the focus on the flower in the centre. Beautiful and pleasing to behold Smile Trust the dentist was kind to you Smile

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S_Psharma
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11 Oct 2012 - 4:47 AM

Beautifl and beautiful.

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debu
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11 Oct 2012 - 5:07 AM

Lovely image.
debu

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 5:51 AM

A beautiful image of these gorgeous white Japanese anemones, Nathan, perfectly exposed, captured and presented. Carol

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fificat100
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11 Oct 2012 - 6:03 AM

A very fine shot, Nathan, that well suggests the weather of the day.

Lavina

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longhoss
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11 Oct 2012 - 6:13 AM

Lovely image Nathan
Glyn

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nonur
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11 Oct 2012 - 6:22 AM

Lovely effect of the wind on the background works so well behind the single flower. A beautiful image!

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6108 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 6:44 AM

Well spotted and captured Nathan, it certainly looks like he's decided to man up.

Andy

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WhiteRose1
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11 Oct 2012 - 6:46 AM

The movement of the background flowers makes a very good setting for your bloom, Nathan.

Dave

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SUE118
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11 Oct 2012 - 7:32 AM

You've captured this flower beautifully and I do enjoy your poems, hope all goes well at the dentist.

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CaroleS
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11 Oct 2012 - 7:42 AM

A very good sense of movement and that poor flower braving the elements! A good capture Nathan.
Carole

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fentiger
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11 Oct 2012 - 7:50 AM

Japanese Anemone? A most pleasing image.

Albert

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barbarahirst
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11 Oct 2012 - 8:00 AM

my kind of bloom....
good luck at the dentists

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Badgerfred
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11 Oct 2012 - 8:12 AM

Beautiful capture Nathan,
Fred.

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 8morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 8:16 AM

First class shot Nathan excellent detail on the fg glower and the dof is spot on, very well done. Have a great day and I hope the dentist is not to traumatic

Hugh

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rayme330
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11 Oct 2012 - 8:55 AM

Good shot, Nathan with the dof just right.

Ray

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franken
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11 Oct 2012 - 9:04 AM

Very nice.

Ken

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 9:08 AM

A wee flower stoic in it's determination not to be fussed by the wind and rain.

Dougie

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AnnChown
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11 Oct 2012 - 9:15 AM

The colours are wonderful Nathan - those whites, greys and greens all work well together. Glad you found one flower which wasn't put off by the weather.
Ann

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mrswoolybill
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11 Oct 2012 - 9:23 AM

Unusual, effective composition. I'm enjoying the story of this series.
Moira

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Humblebee
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11 Oct 2012 - 9:30 AM

One for the wall Nathan, beautifully captured regardless of the bad weather and those in the movement of those in the background enhance the delicate bloom in front ... Carol GrinGrinGrin

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JohnChambersPhotography

To use the moving flowers in the background was a good call Nathan, and an idea that works so well thinking outside of the box well done

John

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achieverswales
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11 Oct 2012 - 9:55 AM

The exposure and DOF is excellent Nathan.

Regards

Trev.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 10:34 AM

you can feel the wet and wind here, the greyness and waviness expresses it so well.

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gingerdelight
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11 Oct 2012 - 10:36 AM

An excellent image Nathan!
Good luck at the dentist!
Carol

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cats_123
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11 Oct 2012 - 10:51 AM

love the background movement Smile


practice the deep breathing ...it releases endorphins which control the pain SmileSmile (have had lots of experience with dentists!! in fact, have to go next week to sort one of my crowns out! aaarrrrggghh!! )

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saeidNL
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11 Oct 2012 - 10:58 AM

Such lovely light and beautifully composed,
saeid

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EMJAYCEE
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11 Oct 2012 - 11:10 AM

Love the oof flowers forming the bg for this little gem.
Joan.

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Irishkate
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11 Oct 2012 - 11:19 AM

Well observed and maybe you have a certain sympathy for
the flower's self preservation powers!
KateGrinGrinGrin

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digital_boi
11 Oct 2012 - 11:59 AM

fine result on a windy day love out of focus blooms in the background i switch my camera to sports/action mode that some times helps me get a reasonable capture

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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ali63
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11 Oct 2012 - 12:40 PM

A fine picture Nathan,
regards Ali

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ugly
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11 Oct 2012 - 12:49 PM

A very nice image...
Great DOF...
Focal point a little to central may be crop of a little more left side..

Dave

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Tibetan
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11 Oct 2012 - 12:59 PM

Nice one! good detail on the central flower and like the background movement, also think a slight crop left would work wonders; One third two thirds system, good shot regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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danbrann
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11 Oct 2012 - 2:22 PM

Nice receding focus Nigel.

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taggart
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11 Oct 2012 - 2:25 PM

I hope things go well at the dentist---
The flower is suffering from the weather-- and hanging on for dear life!---such is the case with what is left of the gardens here--- Autumn is coming on!

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Daisymaye
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11 Oct 2012 - 2:57 PM

A young flower amid the olders. Stronger and straighter. I do prefer V2........Sandy

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mikbee
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11 Oct 2012 - 3:12 PM

Seems to be surving the elements fine here Nathan !!
Good shots.
Mick.

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avacreates
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11 Oct 2012 - 3:18 PM

I love this image for a number of reasons. I love how it stands out from the others and I love the feeling from the image which says to me 'we can stand strong amidst the storm. I also prefer variant 1.
Be well
AVA

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TrevBatWCC
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11 Oct 2012 - 3:34 PM

A very beautiful shot, Nathan, and rather like wide crop in V2 Smile
Hope the new teeth work well! Wink
Take care,
Trev Smile

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BarbaraR
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11 Oct 2012 - 4:26 PM

A good title for this single bloom standing tall against the
inclement weather that's bending the others.
Lovely capture, well done.
All the best at the dentists .

B.

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canonfan
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11 Oct 2012 - 5:12 PM

A lovely image Nathan. Very well captured and presented
Jim

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prabhusinha
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11 Oct 2012 - 5:36 PM

Clever use of DOF, great.

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netta1234
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11 Oct 2012 - 5:43 PM

Beautiful NathenSmileSmileSmileSmile
NettaSmile

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HELANA
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11 Oct 2012 - 5:54 PM

Veery good dof Nathan,very well taken.
Elena

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
11 Oct 2012 - 5:55 PM

Excellent Nathan. Stunning the dof coupled with movement is superb. First class photography.

John

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basith
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11 Oct 2012 - 6:01 PM

beautiful shot..
love the background which nicely detailed....

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Glostopcat
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11 Oct 2012 - 6:36 PM

Another fine addition to the series Nathan, just what we've come to expect from a man of your calibre. I think you should get some of those poems published, I've been really impressed by some of them.

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moiral
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11 Oct 2012 - 7:10 PM

Beautiful Nathan Moira

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bobsblues
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11 Oct 2012 - 7:11 PM

V2 Nathan although both fine shots and love the poems ,hope you are keeping well .SmileSmile
Rob

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Fefe
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11 Oct 2012 - 7:24 PM

Was your appointment at 2.30 Nathan???????WinkGrinGrinGrin
You know I have noticed something about taking flower shots............ You choose the flower you want to take, totally still, no breezeGrin and as soon as you are ready to shoot.......................it blows all over the bloomin placeSadSadSad
Great shots Nathan, Love V2
Diane

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vickyf
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11 Oct 2012 - 8:33 PM

I find these both rather lovely, emotional images. Something to do with the blur, downward sweep of the petals and focus.

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ValSaxby
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11 Oct 2012 - 10:31 PM

Lovely shot of this flower - for me V2 just has the edge

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pluckyfilly
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11 Oct 2012 - 10:36 PM

I do find the flowers in the b/g a little distracting even tho you have diffused them well, sorry Nathan as your work is generally of such high quality

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pdcche
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12 Oct 2012 - 7:52 AM

A nicely caught flower when others were battling the elements, well done Nathan, Peter..

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chrissie3
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12 Oct 2012 - 8:50 AM

V 1 for me - cool & elegant!

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12 Oct 2012 - 11:15 PM

Beautiful detail & exposure Nathan.
Pauline.

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aniamoore
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14 Oct 2012 - 1:02 AM

Pure simplicity, Nathan!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!! AniaWink

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