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Spring Rain

Spring Rain
Photo Information
Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-24
Categories: Nature, Macro, Mood
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: UK, French & Swiss Shooting Spree
Theme(s): Flowers I have Known and Loved, Dedications to TL members, 70-79 Points Part 5, Dappled [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-14 18:18
Viewed: 4676
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although I am happy to be back home again, I am sad to have left behind some very special people, including Magda and Paul (who came all the way down to Bournemouth from Yorkshire) and Jean Yves (TrekEarth's PixelTerror) who started work at 5:30 one morning so that he could spend the afternoon guiding me through Basel.
I thought long and hard about an image from my trip that would convey both the happiness and sadness in one and a soft spring rain and flower photo was the one that kept coming back to me.
We had a couple of mornings of light (and very English) rain at the beginning of our trip and then a couple of days of the same at the end: how very appropriate, I thought.
Tomorrow I can begin my travelogue (if I can figure out how it's done).
Tech talk: shot in RAW and converted with only the slightest of cropping; resized, sharpened and voila.
Thanks for your visits, your critiques and your suggestions.

Beger, SkyF, c_rapp, Janice, Hendrika, PierreFrigon, shelbeesmom, harpya, Pops71, OeilMagique, mesquens1, cstathoulis, jan515, Werewolf, nainnain, geterdone, efrosini has marked this note useful
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Hello Silke,
This is a beautiful macro with great details, composition, POV and exposure. Those water droplets are superb and I like those very natural colors. Thanks,

Hello Silke, welcome back.

Beautiful vibrant colors in this shot. Love the composition. TFS


Hi silke, beautiful colors to fresia, nice contrast and sharpen. TFS


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1825 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2007-05-14 21:32]

Hi Silke,
Beautiful close up. Excellent details and sharpness.

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-05-14 22:03]

Gorgeous macro, beautiful colors and details! Welcome back and TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-05-14 22:50]

Spring showers bring May flowers. . .
Welcome back Silke, and I look forward to your photos of the trip.
Very pretty freesia saturated in raindrops. Well captured,

Hi Silke,
Hope someone else can tell you about travelogues (GreenBaron is the first that comes to mind) because I would love to have a look. So life as usual has returned, moving house almost forgotten (?) and back on TL.
Wonderful those drops on the flower. So this will make the first page of your travelogue then.

very good colors and sharpness silke :)
good composition
excellent macro work and tribute to TL members :)


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-05-15 7:02]

Hi Silke,
hope you had a great trip... nice having you back.
Looking forward to the pictures you brought back from Europe. This one is a great start. Love the details and the colors.
Very nice composition and the sharpness is excellent.

What a beautiful gesture for your friends.
Excellent capture. Good sharpness and details.

Hello Silke,

Great macro shot with high clarity of petal texture and drops. Nicely composed and great DoF.


hallo Silke...
Sher schones Bilder..
Starke farbe und tolle POV..
L.G. Ella

Just gorgeous Silke! I'm glad you had a great time and this shows it! Wonderful deep purple here, and the drops are fabulous!

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  • WTS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 52 N: 275] (1434)
  • [2007-05-15 10:24]

Glad you had a safe and memoriable trip Silke.
Your macro is very well detailed right down to the rain drops.
Dof used made great bg setting for this, not sure what to make of the bit of blue to the bottom left of the flower.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-05-15 10:26]

Hi Silke,
I am glad to see you back! Very beautiful macro! The colors and the dropplets point out the mood! Separation with dear friends is always a half mourning to living! Beautiful colors, great textures and excellent composition. Bravo! Annie


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  • Pops71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 252 W: 24 N: 523] (2093)
  • [2007-05-15 11:29]

Welcome back Silke,
I am taking a small break from packing to visit your site after your return from UK. You are celebrating your return with a fantastic macro with wonderful colors and sharpness. I like the rain drops on the petal. Very well done and it is a nice though for your friends. TFS
Warm greetings

Dear Silke, it was well worth it and a pleasure! Thank you so much.
I am so glad you experienced rain in England and in Spring, it releases the 'smell' of the country, quite unique! WELCOME BACK, M, (*_*)

  • janneman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 7 N: 164] (1054)
  • [2007-05-15 14:10]

" Tears " of joy, of sadness ?
Beautifully done !



Hi Silke
Happy to see you are back. Love the composition and perspective. The colours and texture are very pleasing. The soft focus is perfect and adds to the mood, so do the rain drops.Well seen.


Very good DOF
Crispy colours and dew makes it a intresting macro

Hello Silke

I am happy that you have taken a wonderful trip, in fact of it being pleasant the company of Magda & Paul. But it is always good returned for our house, our things, our life.
A beautiful shot, wonderful macro shot.
with their beautiful colors and details.
Congratulations for the picture and for his return.


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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 53 N: 58] (3371)
  • [2007-05-16 17:58]

hello silke

lovely close up picture with very good colours and details DOF is very good)
the composition of the flower with drops is fantastic



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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 118 N: 752] (4553)
  • [2007-05-17 10:25]

hi silke, nice to see you back again from your great trip! :-)
wonderful close-up and terrific tribute.
looking forward to more of your holiday-impressions, thor.

Olá Silke,
Grande captura.
AS coresa e detalhes são magnificos, assim como a nitidês, tudo acrescido do toque encantador das gotas bem registradas.

Hi Silke,

I'm sure you had a fantastic time! It so nice meeting TL members! :)
A wonderful flower portrait with lovely lighting and colours!

Very well done and TFS

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2007-05-18 7:55]

Hello Silke,
Die Gestaltung ist hervorragend hier und die Vorstellung auch. Sehr scharfes und naturel Photo wie ein Journalist.
Ich gratuliere Dir zu dem Bild.

Liebe Grüße nach Kanada.

Hi Silke,
that's realy a shot for me - drops and flowers ;-) A wonderful arrangement ...
Also brilliant colours, so pretty, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Well chosen! The color are nice, the subject delicate.
I often think of many persons who leave the place. When it goes well TL could create good friendship sometime! Other simply desapear. Cause TL sometime need many energy... We can't be everywere unfortunately :)
A good think!

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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-05-19 4:01]

Hi Silke,
Excellent macro. Excellent lighting, sharpness and great colors.
The composition is very good as well as the DOF.

bonjour silke
je n' avais pas encore remarqué cette jolie fleur, les couleurs sont parfait avec ses gouttes d'eau.
parfaite luminosité
bravo, merci, amitiès

Great shot Silke! Colors are rich and beautiful, excellant detail, and the drops are very attractive.
Excellant posting!
I see you're another RAW shooter...thinking of making the switch myself:)

Great shot Silke...in every way.


Beautiful, flowre, I love the colors and the water drops, I love it


Hi Silke:
Amazing, beautiful and lovely with most pleasing colors and details...
Love that liitle glow of yellowish-orange in the middle!

  • fkokol Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 0 N: 147] (1502)
  • [2007-06-05 11:57]

Beautiful shot with great colour and detail.


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  • SaraT Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 165 W: 0 N: 217] (1155)
  • [2007-08-01 12:36]

I really like this photo
the water drops really adds to the photo.
the details and coloring looks nice

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2007-08-28 5:30]
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I'm glad this turned up on tl's portal, Silke. I love the sharpness, the radiant colours and the shallow DoF. One nit-pick would be the bright left lower corner, IMO you could have burnt that to make it less eye-catching.

Hi Silke,
Beautiful close up. Excellent details and sharpness.
Nice colors

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