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The leaves on your plant look a bit too leathery and not suffiently pointed for spurge laurel. Your plant might be the cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). Spurge laurel tends to be a short shrub (upto 1 metre), whereas cherry laurel can form a shrub/small tree upto 8 metres in height. Spurge laurel tends to have one strong central stem with relatively little side growth, whereas cherry laurel produces a thicket of growth.
Thanks Robert. This plant was just over a metre tall and growing very close to a Hawthorn. It did have the look of a shrub about it. I will take another look at it asap.
Very nice pictures by the way, the nice soft lighting shows up the textures and detail.
They look very slightly under exposed on my monitor, although checking the histogram it seems fine so probably OK to use this exposure - are you setting the exposures manually?
Anything against a white background tends to throw auto-exposure, I've found sometimes even a couple of stops over exposure is not enough when doing this kind of subject.
Thanks Mike. I normally set the exposures manually with the appropriate amount of compensation. On this occasion the house was full of visitors and I needed to work quickly, so relied on auto.
If you are compiling a set of pictures of uk trees and shrubs or even just the ones in a particular area it might be worth making a list of and photographing as many characters as possible. E.g. if you have a hawthorn tree to hand then you could do the twig with buds, also trunk showing bark, then later in year the leaves, flowers and fruit. Just an idea as it would then form a reference collection to help ID each species at any time of year. If you really wanted to go to town then you could also note other characters that you can't photograph such as the smell of the buds (some trees such as poplars have very distinctive smell).
This is something I have always thought of doing but never quite got round to.
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