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For Luc - the road ahead

For Luc - the road ahead
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-13 1:59
Viewed: 5599
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My Friend Luc
Yes, You are leaving, like so many of us did, for whatevet the reason, Like Peter Saarsted sang, like leaves, we one by one began to fall ...
Within, many of us are like this giant, not really aware of who we are, but aware that we are.
I bring tribute to you with this picture, may your road be open and sunny, may you find the muse you are looking for.
To all my friends and old members of TN, you are still often in my mind, I miss the banter, the chat, the nice times, but the road goes ever on, as Bilbo said in the Hobbit, so let us embrace even sad changes, because we are better for our associations, Not so?
Finally, a 200-400 GVR F4 lens as gift from my wife!

red45, dew77, Janice, coasties, TAZ, marhowie, pilonm, jmp, lovenature, Luc, ellis49 has marked this note useful
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-13 2:54]

Hello Callie,
It is good to see you popping back, even for a moment. : )
It gives me hope that people who leave do not leave forever.
It makes me feel that those of you who inspired us and mentored us do look in once in a while, to see how far we have come in our journey.
This evocative photo is a fitting tribute to our friend Luc. He is a giant among us, for all that he has contributed to TN as a community, and to each of us as individuals. The grand vistas that you have captured in the background remind us that Life is a big place, even for a giant.
Who are we to dare hold back those who are blessed with true visions?
The warm and soft colors in this image will remind us of Luc's big heart, and the lone elephant forging ahead... Well, that is just like Luc wrapped in his deep thoughts. ; )
I notice that the elephant is coming toward us, not walking away. : )
Who knows?
Thank you, Callie, for this beautiful and symbolic shot. ; )

Hi Callie,
it's a great tribute to Luc, I.m sure he will be very happy for this on. But it's sad that almost all my old friend are leaving.
The colours and compostion anre lovely.
Lovely post.

BTW, gift from you wife? I remember the old days, " How do I pass my wife with the new lens" ;-))))
Take care, my friend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-06-13 3:06]

Hi Callie!

Beautifull, touching picture for our old friend. Yes, old times gone forever, but new challanges are near. I hope Luc or you, Callie will sometimes send new picture or few words to TN.
Nice to hear from you my friend and congratulations - new lens is perfect, I'm sure :-)

great shot,I like a lot this photo, it is perfect, very beautiful the composition, excellent the light, is the road that brings the attention toward the subject, very good
compliments very beautiful.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-13 4:39]

Hello Callie,
Its great to see you back here.
This is a beautiful image and a lovely tribute to our friend Luc.
Best regards,


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-13 4:45]

Hello Callie,
It's very bad to see Luc's gone,but nice to see a new post from you again.Excellent capture.I liked POV,warm lighting,perspective
and composition a lot.200-400 f4 is a splendid gift for nikon users:).Hope to see new posts from you.

Hallo Callie,

Hierdie is 'n mooi foto. Ek hou baie van die komposisie, met die pad wat so afloop na die olifant. Vergewe my asb vir die kritiek, maar die foto lyk vir my bietjie rooi. Nogtans baie goed gedaan.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-13 4:59]

Hey Callie, a beautiful tribute for Luc. And maybe, like this elephant, he, like you, will look back at us now and then, and remember us.

There are times and seasons for us all:
"There is a time for everything,
... a time to plant and a time to uproot,
... a time to search and a time to give way...
... a time to mourn and a time to dance...

Thank you and kia ora,

Hello My Old Friend

Lovely to see a post from you. Your words are wise and your tribute to Luc is powerful. Thank you Callie.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-13 7:08]

A excellent photo in trubite to our friend Luc... Congratulations Callie and thanks for sharing.

Hi Callie,
Lovely shot, and a perfect tribute to an old friend..
"We are better for our associations"..
Yes, it is so.
Well done mf.

Hello callie, excllent details, Bg, POV, colors are right on, perfct Job, TFS Kyle

Hello Callie,

I know Luc for one month now, and he was the one who let me know about TN. I just regret to not have my pictures criticized by him after reading all those good words for him. He was very appreciated by a lot of people on TN and your wonderful post is a reflection of that. About your picture: Superb shot of this lonely elephant going that long long way! We can feel the intense heat of that day (am I wrong ?). Excellent composition, colors and dof! Very well done!!!


Hello Callie,
The picture is a truly beautiful farewell gift for Luc. I hope he will stay in touch with TN like many of others who decided to leave it do. It's always good to see you popping back, even just for a moment.

The picture has an exceptional mood. I love the space here, the warm colours and first of all, the POV making the Road a part of the picture equal with the elephant.
The picture calls to my mind another thing Bilbo used to say:
"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door.(...)You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to".
I find it true everyday! :-)

tam olması gerektiği gibi, A+++
excellent compo, bravo

Wow Callie, such a "glowing" tribute to our friend Luc, the red glow reminds me of all his fox photographs. I have to echo Manyee's comments, I hope we will see him pop in every once in awhile, along with you too. You just must show what you can do with that new gift from your wife don't you?
I love the frame and the road where you can't see what's on the other side just yet, you must travel there to find out for yourself, and those of us will miss, and shed a tear for the goodbye nonetheless. TFS this lovely photo.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-13 15:23]

Hi Callie,
The right photo for your emotive note.
Josť M.

Hi Callie.
Such a nice tribute to Luc.

A lone elephant on a lone road, a great shot. I love the colour of the road, a nice contrast to the elephant. Janice

Great to see you again old friend.
This is a cool shot, lovely warm colours, a perfectly positioned elephant and that unique angle you seem to get on just about every shot you post.
As for Luc, I think he fell into the addiction trap. I visit 2-3 nights a week, make a couple of posts and see what gems there are in the world. That way I get the best of TN and still have time for my lover....oh and the kids, dog etc.
Hope you find more time in the future to keep dropping in.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-06-28 1:48]

What can I say...
I know I am late, Callie. I cannot excuse myself... but...
I am too happy to play outside. Nature is my mistress. I fall in love with Her. Her summer is short, so short... I cannot be inaccurate for Her. Even Her rain and Her storms cannot prevent me from playing with Her. She is a magnificent Illusion, the big one I have to uncover. She does not want it, it is in Her nature.

Your golden elephant comes towards me...
I dreamed of lions recently. Not easy to tame these animals. Our fears kills us better than time. I saw LOTR four times: "What really counts it is what we do of the time which is assigned to us".

Your wife knows you, lucky grandfather.

I owe you a couple of email and so many to my faithful friends on TN. I lived a rebirth here. Thank you to have attended the childbirth.
So many feelings in my heart.
So many words in my head.
Fortunately that I found a refuge made of silence and softness. It is the soul which has us and not we who have one. Any elephant that you will meet on your road will say it to you.
I met mine in your photograph, dear friend.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-07-20 5:56]

great composition. intresting light, but in my opinion is too warm! but the subject is well. tfs

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