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This is probably the last of the shots I'll be putting up from my recent trip to Germany. It was taken as part of the commission for the Van Volxem winery, and if I'd been paying more attention when it was explained to me, I'd be able to explain it much better. What I can tell you is that it's significant that the vines are grown with this plant between them, but I can't remember the name of the plant, nor why it's especially significant.

All that aside, I think that the shot has sufficient merit to post anyway, even if I can't explain it properly ;-)

On a mostly unrelated matter: our latest tutorial went live today – Toning colour images. Further details are available here:


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comment by Josef Renklint at 08:34 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2007

Gorgeous. I love the depth of field. Nice work!

comment by nungee at 08:51 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2007

I can tell you the name of the (visible) plant, but can't tell you why it's good for the vines.
Red Clover, or Klee in German.

comment by peter at 10:31 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2007

It looks like you had some excellent light to work with. I like the shallow dof and the single flower that catches the eye quite nicely.

comment by baogiang tran at 11:39 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2007

Superb shot...Thanks for the new tutorials..baogiang

comment by Alistair - Digiphotology at 11:43 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2007

As has been said the plant is red clover, it is planted between the rows as a source of nitrogen being a legume it uses bacteria in the soil to store nitrogen in it's roots. There is also a belief that it can deter certain pests and attracts butterfly's and bees which can aid fertilization of the vines.

Interesting use of depth of field.

comment by Victor Castillo Escoto at 12:47 AM (GMT) on 21 October, 2007

Wow, very nice work, I've been looking at many pics here, I'm in love with some =)

I've some pics here

comment by Anthony DiSante at 06:16 AM (GMT) on 21 October, 2007

I'm a huge fan of most of your work -- I check in almost daily -- but this one just doesn't appeal to me. It's kind of one big blur, and it's mostly monotonal. I appreciate the distinction of focus between the foreground and the background (though moreso in the thumbnail than the full size image), but the foreground itself just doesn't seem very interesting, looks kind of messy, and has no single particularly interesting or significant focal point (pink/purple flower notwithstanding). I guess I'm just not finding anything to grab onto in this image, and I don't see the focus differential itself as enough to make the whole image worthwhile.

comment by jkm at 03:17 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2007

I'd say that this example shows you're in touch with your 'feminine/sensitive' side Dave, not every 'bloke' would have noticed it. Well this photographs speaks to me anyhow! Am gearing up for my first tutorial so watch out.

comment by John at 03:24 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2007

If only that was taken at f1 ;-) or F.1.2 ;-)

comment by machi at 04:23 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2007

nice colors;-)

comment by Wolfgang Burzler at 08:04 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2007

Nice perspective and dof.

comment by djn1 at 09:07 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2007

Thanks all.

nungee: yep, that was it, thanks, though - to my untutored ear - it was pronounced 'clay'.

baogiang: you're welcome.

Alistair: thanks, that makes sense.

Anthony: I can see your point.

jkm: :-)