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Cowslip (Primula veris)

Cowslip (Primula veris)
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Género: Plants
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2007-04-14
Categorias: Flowers
Câmara: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposição: f/5.6, 1/125 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Relato de Viagem: Limburg 2007
Tema(s): Spring Flowers [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2007-04-17 14:10
Visto: 10640
Pontos: 48
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
I'm back from my 4 day photography trip to the most southern province of the Netherlands, Limburg. This part of the country is know for its hills and for us Dutch it feels like beeing in a different country. The 4 day trip actually consisted out of two full days of photography and two days of traveling and setting up my tent. More details about the day to day activities can be found soon in my traveloque.

I have decided not to post my photos according to time and day, but more to the fact of what I like to post at the moment.

On my second day of photography, I got up early to beat the extreemly high temperatures and the very bright sunlight. (28 degrees C and no clouds) and visited the Gulp valley. Along the creek, I found a field full of Primula Veris (Cowslip) that just received some of the early morning rays of sun. There was still a lot of morning dew, which created thise beautiful small reflections.

Some information on the Primula Veris
Primula veris (Cowslip; syn. Primula officinalis Hill) is a flowering plant in the genus Primula, native throughout most of temperate Europe and Asia although absent from more northerly areas including northern Scotland.

It is a low growing herbaceous perennial plant with a rosette of leaves 5-15 cm long and 2-6 cm broad. The deep yellow flowers are produced in the spring between April and May; they are in clusters of 10-30 together on a single stem 5-20 cm tall, each flower 9-15 mm broad.

It is frequently found on more open ground than Primula vulgaris (Primrose) including open fields, meadows, and coastal dunes and clifftops. It is often included in wild-flower seed mixes used to landscape motorway banks and similar civil engineering earth-works where it may be seen in dense stands.

It may be confused with the closely related Primula elatior (Oxlip) which has a similar general appearance although the Oxlip has larger, pale yellow flowers more like a Primrose, and a corolla tube without folds.

Cowslip is a favourite food of wild rabbits.

It is used medicinally as a diuretic, an expectorant, and an antispasmodic, as well as for the treatment of headaches, whooping cough, tremors, and other conditions.

An ancient name for the plant is "paigle" (origin unknown).


This photo was handheld with the only use of a UV filter. It was shot in RAW. I croped it slightly before converting it to JPEG. I tweaked the levels slightly to take away the digital haze. USM (2x) frame and rezise.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-17 14:18]

Hi Niek,
Fabulous set of flowers. The yellow colour with a touch of orange looks so fresh and refreshing. The dew drops enhances the beauty. Very sharp and good POV and DOF. The BG looks superb and contrasting. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 449 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-17 14:44]

Hello Niek,
Soft light gave very pleasing colors here. Nice contrast and isolation from background. Well done. Regards,

Hi Niek, wonderful flowers with splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-17 16:25]

Hi Niek and very nice to see you back!
We've missed you around here :)

This is a lovely opening photo for your future travelogue (which i'm much looking forward to)!
The shallow DOF here is impressive and it really isolates these miniature flowers from the BG.
All the tones are terrific thanks to the exact exposure management and all the details are razor-sharp.
Can't wait to see more :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2007-04-17 16:57]

Hoi Niek,
Hele mooie sleutelbloemen, ze zien er zo fris uit en door de focus lijken ze echt zo uit het plaatje te komen. Fijne, vrolijke kleuren.

I'm glad you are back and had a good time and good weather. (It's pouring rain here) One could hardly ask for a more springtime color than this sunny yellow. It's a cheerful composition of these little dew covered flowers. I love the OOF background.

Evelynn : )

Hello Niek!
This is a very interesting presentation. Not only a very good quality picture but also an interesting note :)
Thanks for showing this nice flowers!
Best withes,

Hi Niek,
Beautiful picture!
I like how you managed to get this image with a very good POV.
The image is so clean and clear...the bright yellow stands out the best of this tiny flowers.
I like so much the contrast witht he dark green tones at the back, and the DOF used to get this nicely blurred background.
I will look forward to catch the full story of the travelogue.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Niek,
Some delicate and beautiful looking flowers. Quality light and an excellent exposure. Colors and detail look great. The well controled DOF has a pleasing OOF backround here.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-17 21:32]

Hello Niek,
Fabulous macro work with amazing color and sharp details,thanks and looking foward to more from your trip.

Hello Niek,
This delicate flower is very well captured!
Silky soft and fragile, it really stands out nicely with attractive colours!
I'm happy to see spring is more advanced in other parts of Europe...
Pablo -

Hi Niek ,
very nice shot from this yellow flowers.
vivid colours and nice sharpness.
great BG.
well done
thanks for sharing

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-04-18 4:55]
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Hello Niek,
Lovely macro of the Cowslips. They bring back memories of my childhood when fields were covered with these lovely flowers. We still have them but as there are less grazing animals now they are less common. Beautiful composition and I love the colours against the dark background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-18 9:44]
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Hoi Niek,
ik heb nog aan je gedacht. Man, wat warm. Goed om vroeg op pad te gaan. Deze Gulden sleutelbloem is zeker niet algemeen. In tegenstelling tot de meer algemene slanke sleutelbloem moet je deze echt zoeken. Ben erg benieuwd naar je andere foto's. Bij deze foto vind ik het mooi dat je zacht tegenlicht gebruikt hebt. Benadrukt de bloemen.
Groeten, Jacob
oh ja, zou je de link naar de site met photoshop tutorials nog willen doormailen?

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-18 13:59]

Hi Niek

Welcome back! lovely spring shot to start you travel photos. Lovely glowing colours, nice artistic DOF and great POV. The dew on the flowers is a nice touch, catching the light



I'm looking forward to seeing more compositions from your trip Niek! Lovely detail and good choice of BG on this Cowslip.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-19 8:12]

Hi Niek,
looks like you had a successful photo trip, and the weather seemed to have been co-operating. Amazing how far in advance your Nature is compared to ours.. crocuses are just blooming.
Wonderful shot of this fragile little beauty, I love the DOF, it really focuses on the flower heads. Gorgeous colors and a wonderful sharpness.

Very interesting picture, I like the light you have caught. Great shot.
Best wishes,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-04-19 11:46]

Hello Niek,

well this is just beautiful. Very delicately presented, which befits the subject. Colour, sharpness and composition are shown perfectly. Great shot for a handheld too! Sounds like you had a great trip, nice to see you back.

All the best,


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-04-19 22:52]

Very beautifully captured Niek. The flowers are quite soft, but tastefully / artistically so. The colours and lighting are good, especially with the BG.
Well done

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 975 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-23 17:31]

Hello Niek,
Very nice, soft and gentle shot. Excellent translucing light. Nicely controlled shallow DOF.
Very nice job.
Best greetings and TFS!

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-04-24 13:20]


I hadn't realised I had missed so many! I love the colours on this one and the fact taht you can see some of the dew droplets. The colours are great (sorry already mentioned that one), and the DOF really good. The sharpness is excellent.

As a ongoing learning tool - I find the almost horizontal stem behind and the 'blob' to the right of the lower flower a touch distracting... but its only a minor nit...


Hi Niek.
Amazing shot. Very pure and sharp shot. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Well done. tfs. Stev

Bonjour Niek,
J'aime beaucoup les fleurs jaunes et celle-ci sont très jolies, un excellent point de vu, avec de jolies couleurs,très jolies petites fleurs..Mes salutations et bonne journée..

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