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Shy Loquat

Shy Loquat
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Copyright: Vic Zikoor (VicZik) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-13
Categories: Food, Nature
Camera: EOS 5d Mark II, EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, Digital 77 PL
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-27 21:58
Viewed: 867
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Loquats are unusual among fruit trees in that the flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and the fruits are ripe in late winter or early spring The flowers are 2 cm diameter, white, with five petals, and produced in stiff panicles of three to ten flowers. The flowers have a sweet, heady aroma that can be smelled from a distance]
The fruits are the sweetest when soft and orange. The flavor is a mix of peach, citrus and mild mango. The loquat is originally from southeastern China]. It was introduced into Japan and became naturalised there in very early times, and has been cultivated there for over 1,000 years]. It has also become naturalised in Afghanistan, Kenya, India, Iraq, the whole Mediterranean Basin, Pakistan and many other areas]. Chinese immigrants are presumed to have carried the loquat to Hawaii].
The loquat was often mentioned in ancient Chinese literature, such as the poems of Li Bai. In Portuguese literature, it is mentioned since before the Age of Discovery...From Wikipedia.
The fruit was in the heart of the tree that I planted 7 years ago in my backyard, PP work included minor adjustments, sharping and re-sizing for TL... Enjoy

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Olá VIC,
Impressive work. I like the concentration from light and focus on the orange fruits. Very nice shallow DOF, good sharpness, delicate tones and bokeh.
Well done.

Indeed, Loquats look shy in this wonderful capture in ambient light, Vic!

The colors of this delicious fruit are beautifully shown and so natural in their appearance in this shot.
Sharpness and DOF are excellent, and clarity is well done.
Good contrasts exist within the shot.

Several times I took shots from Loquats (but none of the quality like the one you posted today) as we have lot of this fruits growing in Northern India and I can't stop eating them as they are so delicious. In Japan and Germany, they are too expensive to buy.

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-07-27 23:46]

Hi Vic,
Splendid use of available lighting and a lovely close up. I like the subtle colors of the fruit. Maybe I would have opted to crop more than half of the right side of the blurred foliage...it's too much for me!
Good use of shallow DOF.

Francis Xavier

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-07-28 4:37]

Hi Vic

Impressive subdued lighting, gives a new prespective and texture to the tones, I like the out of focus, darkened areas as they enhance the fruit. tfs

stv ;o))

Beautiful composition! I like the lighting on those fruits. Good dof with nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2012-07-28 11:26]

Hello Vic,
I love this fruit spring season. It has relatively large seeds as compared with any other bush berries, therefore, it's not considered as bush berry. It also have skin that needs to be removed before eating - at least I prefer to do that. Interestingly composed image. Well done my friend. Thanks for sharing.
Kind Regards,

Hi Vic
I love this fruit and we also have in our backyard. fine handling of natural light for good exposure. splendid orange colors and good clarity. nice darkness effect at BG.

HI Vic, I need a tree in our garden !!!!!!! - What an interesting fruit I never heard of . What are you doing with it - you can apparently eat it fresh, but what else - jam ........
A beautiful picture - love the light on the "shy" fruit and the green grey in the back.
Thanks for sharing - kindest regard and a nice Sunday - Monika
Its 7.21 in the evening and we still have over 30C.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-07-28 20:57]


très belle compo et iamge quel beaux fruits tout range dans l'intimité des feuilles, quelle doucuer et compo sueprbe.

Bravo et amitié

Hi Vic,
Well seen and a great capture with the natural light highliting the loquats surrounded by the darker areas. Interesting note, TFS.

j'aime beaucoup ça!mais on trouve pas ceux qu'ils sont très sucrés.
belle photo.

Hello Vic, I like the close up of the Loquat fruit, as they seem to be hiding away in the depth of the tree.As your title says, they seem a little shy!
The light is soft and muted, but because of their colour the fruits seem to glow.
Nice dark green surrounding leaves contrast beautifully.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2012-08-03 21:11]

Hi Vic, this is pure nostalgia for me, we had a loquat tree when I was a boy in Gisborne.
My family moved to Auckland in 1954, and I haven't seen a loquat since :(
Your pic makes the fruit appear to glow.
A lovely image TFS.

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