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The Pink Lantern

By Hop-A-Long  
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.

Tags: Macro Cyclamen Close up Flowers and plants Alpine harlow carr

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lovely close up shot like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
16 Nov 2012 3:18PM
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.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
16 Nov 2012 3:30PM
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
8 22 17 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 3:49PM
A lovely capture Andy, with lovely details in the flower
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 3:59PM
Wonderful image, fabulous colour and excellent detail, great dof too

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 3:59PM
I really like the delicate colour in this image,
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
16 Nov 2012 4:17PM
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
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 4:30PM
I like the composition and lovely colour in this.

Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
16 Nov 2012 4:46PM
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
9 17 13 Turkey
16 Nov 2012 5:15PM
Beautiful work!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2012 6:17PM
Precise where it needs to be, soft where it needs to be.
And wise words today.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
16 Nov 2012 9:15PM
A most appealing and beautiful image.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
16 Nov 2012 11:23PM
Stunning---- I love the bokeh!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 1:55PM
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 8 1 13 Scotland
18 Nov 2012 5:27PM
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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