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Self Defence

By NDODS    
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

Tags: Elements Flowers and plants Strength Survival Self defence Battling

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
11 Oct 2012 4:28AM
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.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
11 Oct 2012 4:34AM
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
S_Psharma 5 1 India
11 Oct 2012 4:47AM
Beautifl and beautiful.
debu 8 India
11 Oct 2012 5:07AM
Lovely image.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
11 Oct 2012 5:51AM
A beautiful image of these gorgeous white Japanese anemones, Nathan, perfectly exposed, captured and presented. Carol
11 Oct 2012 6:03AM
A very fine shot, Nathan, that well suggests the weather of the day.

Lovely image Nathan
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
11 Oct 2012 6:22AM
Lovely effect of the wind on the background works so well behind the single flower. A beautiful image!
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
11 Oct 2012 6:44AM
Well spotted and captured Nathan, it certainly looks like he's decided to man up.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
11 Oct 2012 6:46AM
The movement of the background flowers makes a very good setting for your bloom, Nathan.

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 7:32AM
You've captured this flower beautifully and I do enjoy your poems, hope all goes well at the dentist.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 7:42AM
A very good sense of movement and that poor flower braving the elements! A good capture Nathan.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
11 Oct 2012 7:50AM
Japanese Anemone? A most pleasing image.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 8:00AM
my kind of bloom....
good luck at the dentists
11 Oct 2012 8:12AM
Beautiful capture Nathan,
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 8:16AM
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

rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 8:55AM
Good shot, Nathan with the dof just right.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 9:04AM
Very nice.

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

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 9:15AM
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.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 9:23AM
Unusual, effective composition. I'm enjoying the story of this series.
Humblebee 6 1 England
11 Oct 2012 9:30AM
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
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

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
11 Oct 2012 9:55AM
The exposure and DOF is excellent Nathan.


annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
11 Oct 2012 10:34AM
you can feel the wet and wind here, the greyness and waviness expresses it so well.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 10:36AM
An excellent image Nathan!
Good luck at the dentist!
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
11 Oct 2012 10:51AM
love the background movement Smile

practice the deep breathing 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!! )
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
11 Oct 2012 10:58AM
Such lovely light and beautifully composed,
9 10 10 England
11 Oct 2012 11:10AM
Love the oof flowers forming the bg for this little gem.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 11:19AM
Well observed and maybe you have a certain sympathy for
the flower's self preservation powers!
11 Oct 2012 11:59AM
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

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 12:40PM
A fine picture Nathan,
regards Ali
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 12:49PM
A very nice image...
Great DOF...
Focal point a little to central may be crop of a little more left side..

Tibetan 6 3 England
11 Oct 2012 12:59PM
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
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
11 Oct 2012 2:22PM
Nice receding focus Nigel.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
11 Oct 2012 2:25PM
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!
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
11 Oct 2012 2:57PM
A young flower amid the olders. Stronger and straighter. I do prefer V2........Sandy
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
11 Oct 2012 3:12PM
Seems to be surving the elements fine here Nathan !!
Good shots.
avacreates 6 448 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 3:18PM
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
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
11 Oct 2012 3:34PM
A very beautiful shot, Nathan, and rather like wide crop in V2 Smile
Hope the new teeth work well! Wink
Take care,
Trev Smile
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
11 Oct 2012 4:26PM
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 .

11 Oct 2012 5:12PM
A lovely image Nathan. Very well captured and presented
11 Oct 2012 5:36PM
Clever use of DOF, great.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
11 Oct 2012 5:43PM
Beautiful NathenSmileSmileSmileSmile
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 5:54PM
Veery good dof Nathan,very well taken.
jdinne 15 16 England
11 Oct 2012 5:55PM
Excellent Nathan. Stunning the dof coupled with movement is superb. First class photography.

basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
11 Oct 2012 6:01PM
beautiful shot..
love the background which nicely detailed....
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
11 Oct 2012 6:36PM
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.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
11 Oct 2012 7:10PM
Beautiful Nathan Moira
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 7:11PM
V2 Nathan although both fine shots and love the poems ,hope you are keeping well .SmileSmile
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 7:24PM
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 blows all over the bloomin placeSadSadSad
Great shots Nathan, Love V2
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 8:33PM
I find these both rather lovely, emotional images. Something to do with the blur, downward sweep of the petals and focus.
ValSaxby Plus
12 146 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 10:31PM
Lovely shot of this flower - for me V2 just has the edge
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 10:36PM
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
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 7:52AM
A nicely caught flower when others were battling the elements, well done Nathan, Peter..
12 Oct 2012 8:50AM
V 1 for me - cool & elegant!
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
12 Oct 2012 11:15PM
Beautiful detail & exposure Nathan.
14 Oct 2012 1:02AM
Pure simplicity, Nathan!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!! AniaWink

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