Here is a photo with a sprig of flowering almond trees.
Version a black and white .
The almond (Prunus dulcis, syn. Prunus amygdalus Batsch., Amygdalus communis L., Amygdalus dulcis Mill.), is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. Within the genus Prunus, it is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed.
The fruit of the almond is not a true nut, but a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed ("nut") inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are commonly sold shelled , after the shells are removed), or unshelled , with the shells still attached). Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seedcoat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.
Legend of almond blossom
Many, many centuries before Portugal exist and when the Al-Gharb (Algarve) belonged to the Arabs, Chelb reigned in the future Silves, the famous young King Ibn-Almundim had never known defeat. One day, among the prisoners of a battle, he saw the beautiful Gilda, a princess blond with blue eyes and proud bearing. Impressed, the Moorish king gave him his freedom, gradually earned him the trust and one day he confessed his love to him and asked him to be his wife. They were happy for a while, but one day the young princess fell ill for no apparent reason. An old captivity of the Northern lands asked to be received by the desperate king and told him that the princess suffered from nostalgia for the distant snow in your country. The solution was within reach of the Moorish king, for ordering to plant enough for all his kingdom many almond trees flowered when its white flowers to the princess would give the illusion of snow and she would be cured of your longing. The following spring, the king took Gilda to the window from the terrace of the castle and the princess felt that its forces were returning to see that vision of indescribable white flowers that stretched before his eyes. The Moorish king and the princess lived long years of an intense love of anxious waiting, year after year, the spring that brought the wonderful spectacle of the almond blossom.
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 38mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/1250 sec - F/5
Exposure Comp.: -0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-S
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: More Contrast
Hue Adjustment: +3°
Sharpening: Medium high
Reserved copyrights: The present photograph is intellectual workmanship protected by law 9610/98 being forbidden to the reproduction for any way without the previous authorization in writing it author. Please contact Gonçalo Lopes
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BennyV (13546) 2012-02-17 11:31
A very different atmosphere from your previous version, but this is my favourite. I like the soft tones, the touch of grey in the blue of the sky.
Have a good weekend
Fis2 (82490) 2012-02-17 12:22
Niesamowite, u nas zima a tu taki piêkny widok wiosny :)
Dobry kadr o ciekawej g³êbi ostro¶ci.
patdeph (35748) 2012-02-17 12:27
it's very diiferent of your usual pictures, but it's very beautiful and poetic.I like these white blossoms on the grey sky, the softness of the colors,and this is superbly framed.
pajaran (49023) 2012-02-17 13:23
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst, lepa legenda ...
Lep pogled na grane sa belim cvetovima bagrema, dobra kompozicija.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i prikaz, lepa fotografija.
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Lepi cvetovi, kod nas sve pokriveno snegom.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend.
Letras muito interessantes e boa, a legenda bonita ...
Bela vista dos ramos com flores brancas, acácia, uma boa composição.
Nitidez da imagem, contraste e visão, belas imagens.
Bom texto com os dados fornecidos para a técnica utilizada e os elementos da imagem.
Lindas flores, todos cobertos de neve.
Noite agradável e tudo de melhor para o fim de semana.
Sonata11 (33179) 2012-02-17 13:35
Wonderful composition and beautiful framework. Fantastic natural colors, great depth, exposure. Beautiful photo. Excellent work . I love it.
All the best and have nice WE,
papagolf21 (83520) 2012-02-17 14:02
Parmi des milliers de fleurs,
Elle ne passe pas inaperçue.
En un seul clin d'oeil,
Tout de suite on l'a vue...
C'est la fleur blanche.
Amoureuse du paradis,
Mais profitant de la vie,
Elle a des centaines d'amis.
Avec elle, on parle, on écoute ou on rit...
C'est la fleur blanche.
Un joli poème pour une bien jolie composition fleurie.
siudzi (32703) 2012-02-17 14:21
Awesome close-up! Truly well cropped and executed with excellent DOF, clarity and sharpness. Bravo!
Budapestman (82620) 2012-02-17 14:27
a beautiful photo with attractive composition and picturesque details, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
trewheeler (1967) 2012-02-17 14:27
The lighting and selective focus are right on. You should be proud. Thanks for sharing, TW
jmdias (52918) 2012-02-17 15:34
gosto desta variação também, com as flores brancas contra o fundo branco e onde as sombras das flores e os ramos criam uma linda textura na composição. bem feito.
Waylim (25162) 2012-02-17 17:05
I love the subdue color of this one, making the flower looks really white, very artistic and beautiful. I can't wait till spring is here to see all the colorful trees and flowers.
delpeoples (52737) 2012-02-17 17:39
Ola dear Goncalo
I love this version, so beautifully contrasted, with excellent shallow depth of field and light management. The blossoms are so lovely, they remind me so much of Japan, yet we are in your beautiful Portugal.
aliabazari (12457) 2012-02-17 19:05
Hi : Goncalo
Very beautiful image of a tree has blossomed. It was beautiful. With respect
dkmurphys (47024) 2012-02-17 23:00
A spring sign again. Love the unusual grey tones for such a composition. Great idea, well done.
Enjoy the weekend.
danos (83633) 2012-02-17 23:20
nice the view as the presentation of this blossom branch of the almond tree,the ambassador of the coming Spring and the end of Winter.I like the close up view as the clarity of the image.
Have a good weekend,Danos
tober (8797) 2012-02-18 1:41
Hello Gonçalo, with those lovely photor I really feel the scent and beauty of Portuguese spring which arrives much earlier than many other European countries. You make me miss Portugal. Best regards.
timecapturer (45707) 2012-02-18 3:21
another beautiful shot of this wonderful spring blossom, like the effect here, not always easy to get the textures and beauty of blossom to work. But this is perfect and quite special.
Regards - Brian.
pierrefonds (55290) 2012-02-18 5:34
The tight frame is putting the flowers in evidence. the point of view is showing the details and colors of the almond tree flowers. The afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
mesutilgim (80654) 2012-02-18 9:56
Hello dear Goncalo,
This one is also perfect ! White in white makes this quite different.
TFS and have a nice weekend
adores (34738) 2012-02-18 16:59
Também gosto muito desta! Fica bem a preto e branco e gosto da forma como focaste as flores em primeiro plano.
batalay (34817) 2012-02-18 22:49
The close-up shot of the almond blossoms, complemented by a entertaining and readable makes this a good post. I imagine, you don't get much snow, the way Northern Europe did. The pictures I've seen of Switzerland specially reveals the parked cars all covered in many centermeters of ice and snow, unlike the flowers of Portugal.
jurek1951 (40949) 2012-02-18 23:07
Excellent contrast and presentation,
good spring colors and sharpness.
Excellent point of view,
Nicou (117362) 2012-02-19 0:43
quelle douceur et iamge quelle belles fleurs sueprbe ce blanc cette finesse et vivie le printemps splendide.
bravo et amitié
Cricri (101873) 2012-02-19 0:46
Des couleurs moins frappante mais harmonieuse, belle lumière, netteté et DOF, jolie macro
Royaldevon (26855) 2012-02-19 2:58
Your narrow dof gives lovely details of the blossom and sets it in an unobtrusive yet informative context.
I like the diagonal of the focal branch.
have a good Sunday,
sacimar (25975) 2012-02-19 4:09
la primavera ya esta cerca, esta es una bonita composicion minimalista, me gusta el detalle de las flores del almendro, bien visto,
maria-v1981 (10814) 2012-02-19 10:00
A wonderfull and beautiful composition. So artistic with much estheticism and elegance. B&W is a perfect choise.
Have a nice Monday,
macjake (53036) 2012-02-19 11:24
very nice silver and grey tones.
and there is a small hint of blue tones in the background.
jhm (135866) 2012-02-20 3:30
This is a little too early here in Belgium for blossoms 2012.
Your country Portugal is more warm and the trees are faster in bloom.
Nice detailed image.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation, TFS.
danyy (0) 2012-02-20 6:20
évocation du printemps à venir rempli de fraîcheur et de promesses. Je ne trouve pas que la photo soit vraiment en noir et blanc.
La profondeur de champ réduite fait naître un certain relief.
My best regards.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-02-20 7:54
A tonalidade da foto dá um olhar diferente, muito agradável. Luz e nitidez são excelentes. as flores são destacadas pelo desfoque do fundo. Bravo.
ciakgiak (30407) 2012-02-20 11:50
Devo ammettere che mai avrei virato in bn una foto di fiori, ma devo altresì ammettere che il risultato è molto bello, e tu sei stato bravo ad intuirne le potenzialitá.
Un caro saluto
shevchenko (19051) 2012-02-21 2:29
Beautiful blooming tree at the end of winter, artistic image in sepia version, soft sunlight add extra sffect to the view too, clear to show the selected flowers in middle, distinct image, thanks for sharing.
lousat (72907) 2012-02-21 2:37
Hi Goncalo,beautiful preview of srpingtime from your country,finally the weather seems go well in my country too.Beautiful composition whit excellent details and light balance,a perfect pic for treknature too..ehehe..Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO
axiotea (21649) 2012-02-21 8:36
The B&W is working good for this compo, I also like the coloured version, although it is notthe same pov.
You've played nicely with the lights and shades as well.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2012-02-21 8:47
A very beautiful close up of flowers. These white flowers remind me of cherry blossoms here where I am at the moment. The shallow DOF is very effectively bringing out the beauty of them. This image foreshadows the arrival of the spring season. A wonderfully warm image.
With my very best regards,
Have a very nice week ahead, Goncalo
peppe59 (14551) 2012-02-21 9:41
molto bello questo close-up sul mandorlo in fiore, anche nella mia città si incominciano a vedere i mandorli in fiore.
ruisc_pt (10447) 2012-02-21 10:35
f 5.0 @38 mm
Muito boa a composição. 5*
jplebrun (21208) 2012-02-21 11:03
superbe cliché de ces belles fleurs d'amandier dans toutes leurs splendeurs.
kordinator (14831) 2012-02-21 16:25
I like this a lot colors and motive.
Simple but very elegant composition.
Perfect lighting ideal with focus on the main branch with flowers.
Angshu (54921) 2012-02-22 2:11
Ola amigo Goncalo
Good use of shallow DOF to isolate the flowers from the BG. Indeed the flowers are good beautiful photographic subjects & you've done well
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-02-24 5:45
Impresionnte imagen llena de atmosfera...me gusta mucho la idea y la ejeccucion! el manejo de la luz y la nitidez son espectaculares..muy bien visto! enhorabuena
Kielia (22913) 2012-02-24 10:44
this is a spring photo per excellence, and it is showing these amazing blossoms from a very well working POV. Very good management of the light! My compliments – also for the interesting note!
bona (12315) 2012-02-28 7:43
Linda foto dessas flores de amendoeira. Aqui no Brasil temos dessa árvore, mas nunca reparei se ficam floridas assim, talvez sejam de tipos diferentes ou mesmo devido a variações climáticas.
Belos detalhes e variações de foco.
annjackman (18163) 2012-03-05 14:49
It is unusual to see blossom in b/w but this really works very well. A lovely range of tones have been captured. The composition is excellent with the main branch across the diagonal.
Kind Regards, Ann
josepmarin (57591) 2012-03-16 1:05
Olá, amigo Gonçalo,
esta versión en blanco y negro de las flores del almendro es original, aunque confieso que prefiero la versión en color, que tiene más fuerza visual.
De todas formas, el grafismo y la nitidez de la imagen son notables, la luz está muy bien gestionada, y la profundidad de campo enfatiza la calidad del primer plano, con un bonito efecto tridimensional.
Es un buen trabajo, como siempre.
- Copyright: Goncalo Lopes (Bluejeans) (64247)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2012-02-08
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D40X, AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED II, SD 4GB 150x, Sigma DG / UV 52mm
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Amendoeira em flor [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-17 11:23