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Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus
著作権: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
ジャンル: Plants
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2006-06-24
カテゴリー: Flowers
カメラ: Fuji FinePix 3800
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Cactus Flowers [view contributor(s)]
アップロードした日: 2006-07-01 23:11
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Opuntia polyacantha Haw.

I find it fascinating how beautiful the blooms on cactus are. The Prickly-Pear Cactus is found in the southeast area of Alberta. It hurts greatly If you happen to get a cactus thorn in your hand, especially if you can't get it out and it works itself into your skin deeper.

The Prickly Pear grow in clusters and form a dense mat of cactus. It's good to wear sturdy hiking boots as the thorns have been know to penetrate some boots.

The fruit of the Prickly-pear is often eaten by Pronghorn (similar to an antelope) and other prairie animals. Natives use to eat the fruit which is high in vitamin C. The taste is said to be similar to a cucumber.

The photo was taken in the evening and was hand held.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
  • [2006-07-02 0:47]
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Hi Janice
This is a lovely cactus flower and it is well enhanced by the darkish BG.
I am trying to figure out how you managed to take this shot since you say it was taken in the evening. There seems to be at least two different angled light sources falling on the flower and I am curious to learn how this happened. One source of strong light seems to come from the right hand side which has caused the left hand side of the flower and most of the cactus to be in the shade and then possibly you have used a fill-in flash as well.
Anyway, the composition is fine as I found with round flowers, such as this, it does not matter if it is placed in the middle of the photo. The colours are nice, but could possibly benefit with a little more saturation. I would love to know what the settings for aperture and shutter speed were. Without those I cannot give meaningful critique or advice concerning the DOF as the details does seem to be slightly soft.
Anyway, I think it was a good effort and TFS.

Hello Janice !
A lovely flower ! I love its tender color and its beautiful shape, and also like the fact that it is surrounded by this prickly cactus. Good details, colors, composition and POV. Very well done !

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-02 4:54]

Hi Janice, you are right about the beautiful blooms that grow on cactus. Always so prettily coloured and shaped. It looks quite a dangerous place to walk here - with this cactus growing in among the grasses.
I think I would have cropped along the top and down the right side, next to the flower, leaving the cactus on show on the lower left.
Otherwise, it looks great, TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-02 6:06]

Hi Janice,
Beautiful color and flower. I like the front view you used.
TFS, Jos M.

Wow that's quite a blossom! It is intersting though how such otherwise plain and even detestable plants can produce such amazing flowers. I imagine that his blossom is fairly close to the ground, so it would have been a bit difficult to have thrown the BG a bit more out of focus, since the surrounding grasses are to me a bit distracting.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-07-12 8:24]

I really like this POV which emphasizes the flower but keeps the spiney context. Lovely colours and gentle light (the light is such a contrast to the spines here:)
The fruit, incidentally is quite ascerbic, but very refreshing (it's popular in the middle east).
Best regards

Janice, never mind getting the thorns in your hands.

I have gone fossil hunting East of Bassano... and by mistake sat down in a patch!!! [ Don't laugh PLEASE! I must have said something like "Oh POINTY!!!" ]

I think what we have here is the nice effect one gets when the sun is setting and the last rays are almost horizontal...

Being from the prairies this looks pretty normal to me... I especially love the warm colours that are partly a result of the late sunlight.

As to presentation, I would recommend a tighter crop. That way you can present this beautiful shot closer up. It
allows one to see the beatiful and fragile petals. Tfs, ;j.

Hi janice,
Nice picture about this cactus flower. I like the soft light from right and warm colours. Good details and note.
Best wishes

A beautiful cactus blossom and very different color from opuntia blossoms found in southern Arizona USA.

fully framed, sharp detail and well presented.

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