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Well, mixed reactions on my last upload, it's great to hear so many different opinions.
As an artist criticism is something you have to be able to take. I always remember the shock I had when I started my degree and the lecturer asked me about a photograph I had taken, he then proceeded to rip it to absolute shreds, not physically, but verbally. This much loved photo I had treasured for a while had been blown to bits by an upstart of a lecturer, I wasn't having that and started arguing, defending my work. He began to laugh and told everyone in the class that we would have to get used to our work being pulled apart, he was correct the lecturers really did give us a hard time trying to find out why we had taken our photographs and more importantly if we understood the meaning of why we had. This sure does thicken your skin when it comes to criticism and eventually you learn that although you listen to the critics and take their opinions on board you can still defend your work if it conveys what you wanted it to.
Anyone who is taking up photography must be prepared to hear the good, the bad and the downright ugly about their work, however this should be seen as a good thing, good criticism actually leads to knowledge, if you are prepared to embrace it that is. Just remember, it is only an opinion and you shouldn't get upset by it.

I am presently sitting, well, curled up or stretched out or bent double, ok all manner of ridiculous positions on the settee as I was rudely awoken this morning by a bout of sciatica down my right leg. It slowly got worse until it was all the way to my ankle, my leg was numb and tears were actually forming in my eyes from the excruciating agony I was in.
Thankfully, touch wood it has started to subside and is now just a dull ache which is causing me to move position every so often to get comfy again.
Tomorrow will be fun as we are heading down to Bedfordshire University for an open day to assess the accommodation etc, before our son makes his decision. Wish me luck.

Todays upload is from, you guessed it, RHS Harlow Carr, you can probably figure out that it's another taken in the Alpine glass house.
I am pretty sure it is a form of Cyclamen, all be it a miniature version of one,

I hope you like it, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:105.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Nov 2012 - 12:10 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.7
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:As Shot
Title:The Pink Lantern
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:16 Nov 2012 - 2:49 PM
Tags:Alpine. harlow carr, Close up, Cyclamen, Flowers & plants, Macro
VS Mode Rating 103 (66.67% won)
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christinecilia Plus Member 3christinecilia vcard England
16 Nov 2012 - 2:52 PM

lovely close up shot like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

16 Nov 2012 - 3:18 PM

I like the focus on the center of the cyclamen, and the oof bloom in the background - the light area in the lower right does draw the eye a bit Wink

I've been down the road of sciatica - it is miserable - hard to get away from the pain. I do hope it goes away completely for you.


Last Modified By AnneWorner at 16 Nov 2012 - 3:18 PM
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 3:30 PM

An absolute beauty of a cyclamen, Andy, and you have captured its beauty so well, a glorious image. Sorry to hear about the sciatica, horribly painful, I know, do hope it eases for you soon. Carol

Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 3:49 PM

A lovely capture Andy, with lovely details in the flower

16 Nov 2012 - 3:59 PM

Wonderful image, fabulous colour and excellent detail, great dof too


ali63 Plus Member 3662 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 3:59 PM

I really like the delicate colour in this image,

Hermanus  2 South Africa
16 Nov 2012 - 4:17 PM

What a beautiful photo you have produced here !! Stunning Smile I am not into looking what is wrong but rather at what is beautiful and praiseworthy Smile

franken Plus Member 123516 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 4:30 PM

I like the composition and lovely colour in this.


WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51357 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 4:46 PM

A lovely shape to the image especially with the bg, Andy. Don't forget to take your camera with you on these Uni trips, excellent opportunity.


nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 5:15 PM

Beautiful work!

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8706 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1217 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 6:17 PM

Precise where it needs to be, soft where it needs to be.
And wise words today.

fentiger Plus Member 14915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 9:15 PM

A most appealing and beautiful image.


taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2012 - 11:23 PM

Stunning---- I love the bokeh!

AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 1:55 PM

Although I voted yesterday, I didn't have a chance to comment on this stunning image. Nicely isolated and sharp where it needs to be - and a real beauty. No harsh criticism from me - but I enjoyed reading your take on criticism, and very good it was too!

EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 5:27 PM

A little flower I have always found a real challange - not least as you have to either get flat on the ground of focus properly on it or of course, have it already at a more convenient level! I'm all for the latter! Tongue Superb details and focus in this image of it.


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