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Some things just cry out to be photographed - this was one. I have tried to capture the simple elegance of this lavender - I hope you think I have suceeded

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Sigma 70 - 300 APO mk 2 @ 300 mm
Title:French Lavender
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:15 May 2004 - 5:53 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants
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tomboy
tomboy  10
15 May 2004 - 6:13 AM

love this one

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jules41
jules41  10197 forum posts United Kingdom
15 May 2004 - 6:24 AM

Beautifully taken,the colours in this are lovely and you'v captured the elegance of it so well,*click*
julie

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bradp
bradp  1043 forum posts
15 May 2004 - 6:28 AM

Delicate beauty.
I have never seen one of these before and amazed at it's structure.
You did a great job capturing it's detail.
Well Done!

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Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2004 - 6:30 AM

A very elegant background for such an elegant flower . You have made it look like a jewelled hatpin . click.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2004 - 6:45 AM

Thanks Tom, Julie, Brad and Mavis.

Tom, welcome to the site.
Mavis, that's a nice analogy - It does look like those Edwardian pins doesn't it
Brad, if you have the space, plant some - they are easy to grow and bring a real touch of French elegance to your garden

Brian

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debbiehardy
15 May 2004 - 6:59 AM

This is beautiful, Brian. I could almost inhale the scent!

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2004 - 7:17 AM

Hi Debbie, thanks for the kind comment. I love your portfolio self-portrait - Smile

Brian

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sze4j
sze4j  1056 forum posts Singapore
15 May 2004 - 7:54 AM

This is indeed very elegant...and very gently captured. Really beautiful.

Am planning a trip to Provence this year to be with the fields of lavendar! Wonder if it will be the same type as above?

click.

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naturenut
naturenut  111801 forum posts England
15 May 2004 - 8:44 AM

This is beautiful Brian, well done.
Margaret.

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aunt sally
aunt sally  11110 forum posts United Kingdom
15 May 2004 - 9:04 AM

Beautiful piece of work Brian, you have made this look quite stunning, I like the slight angle and the detail is very good.

Regards
Terry. (boyd-longley)

oops Sharon still logged in.

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Bernie
Bernie  112201 forum posts
15 May 2004 - 9:12 AM

As they say in these here parts"bootiful".

Now to pick your brains.
I have been going to buy a macro lense for quite a few weeks now, but can't make my mind up. I was gonna go for the Tamron but then spotted the Sigma, I also noticed that you(my fav macro man)Wink have started using the Sigma, I've looked into the sigma and realised there are 2 of similar speck but with a price difference of around 80, now I don't want to get the wrong one if I decide on the Sigma.
Your thoughts would be appreciated Brian before 1)I go nuts, 2) my missus realises I haven't spent the money yet.

Bernie...

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scragend
scragend  10 Scotland
15 May 2004 - 9:43 AM

I agree with all of the above comments. Nicely isolated, sharp, colours well captured and a great idea. What more do you want? Oh! A Click!

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helendixon
helendixon  1130 forum posts United Kingdom
15 May 2004 - 10:08 AM

Really beautiful Brian, you have captured the elegance very well. I love it.

Helen

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2004 - 10:17 AM

Thanks to you all, I'm glad you approve. It is a glorious plant and I wanted to do it justice.

sze, if you haven't been before you will love Provence, but if possible avoid Late July / August. It can get unbearably hot and full of tourists. The lavenders there are gorgeous and they grow a huge variety. The markets are great as you can see (and buy) most types there.

Bernie: the more expensive of the two sigma 70-300 macros is the APO version (less chromatic abberation) and is the one I think most of us have. It will give you 1/2 size at full mag compared to the Tamron which is 1:1 (full size). Its a trade off, the closest focus on the sigma is 2 - 3 ft (great for butterflies etc) whereas the Tamron is 9 inches. The Tamron works better with extension tubes and reversed 50mm lens (in my experience)

Hope this helps

Brian

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Bernie
Bernie  112201 forum posts
15 May 2004 - 1:49 PM

Thanks Brian.
Think I'll lean towards the Tamron.
I have 2 70-300's already but was willing to ebay 1.


Bernie...

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2004 - 1:58 PM

Its a superb lens once you learn to use it properly. It makes a lovely fast, short telephoto as well,

Brian

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IanA
IanA  113048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2004 - 8:22 PM

Colour and delicacy superbly caught Brian!

Ian (clicked)

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2004 - 8:32 PM

Thanks Ian.

Brian

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tracyamner
tracyamner  10 United Kingdom
17 May 2004 - 10:10 AM

Nice shot..

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notabimbo
notabimbo  11
19 May 2004 - 12:20 AM

You have indeed succeeded, this is just wonderful. I've been so impressed by the macros you've been doing lately (not to mention envious) Smile)

Very well done.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2004 - 7:02 AM

Tracy & Amy, thanks for taking time to comment (& thanks for the compliment Amy)

Brian

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