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My 1st Anniversary - Malelane Sunset

My 1st Anniversary - Malelane Sunset
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-08
Categories: Birds, Trees, Bushveld, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Digital ISO 100, UV 86mm Kenko
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park - 2006
Theme(s): Awestruck!, Landscapes of Southern Africa, Sunsets, Sunset, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros II, The best photo on TN?, 100 points or more (Chapter 2), The Beauty of Sunrise & Sunset, Amazing Natural, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, !Waxing & Waning, !Loodzwaar, A study in Geography (earth) 1, Dedications at Trek Nature, Kruger National Park 1, My Dedications ;o), Sunrise & Sunsets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-23 2:24
Viewed: 13441
Favorites: 12 [view]
Points: 158
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anniversary man - Homo sapiens

This photo is dedicated to me (giggle).

Did I hear someone ask, "Why?"

Well, the answer is very easy. "Because it's my first anniversary on TrekNature".

Somewhere someone reflected, "But that's arrogant to dedicate a photo to yourself".

The simple answer would be, "If you knew me as well as I know myself, you would have known what a great guy I am and thus agree with the dedication" (chuckle).

No, the truth is I like to joke and I don't mind if the joke is on me. Life is far to serious and this rat-race we are living out need some 'tongue-in-cheek' moments to help us to just 'chill out' and forget about all the grim and pressing issues.

This past year have gone by on speedy wings. I remember so well how I struggled to do my first posting and e-mailed Robert for some guidance. A couple of days after he assisted me and I managed to get my first posting done, Adam e-mailed me to ask if I came right. I was very proud to tell him all was going smooth and that my photo already gained 6 critiques (12 points) and 62 views (ha-ha-ha). I mean this was an 'enormously' proud moment for me. I was a made man. My photo is on TN and I am being visited by these highly esteemed photographers who took time out to visit my humble photo and give it a couple of critiques. WOW.

Now, a year later, I am so grateful and honoured to still be part of this wonderful family and I am truly appreciative of every thing that I've learned on this site. It would be unfair to start mentioning names, as it will be a long list and I am bound to omit someone. So, suffice to say THANKS to each and every one of you who knowingly or unknowingly contributed to my learning's as photographer and my growth as a member during this past year. I owe you guys & gals so much.

During this time I had the wonderful privilege to meat such amazing people. My joy continually increased with all the fabulous new friendships I made with people whom I never would have known if it was not for TN. Maybe I made a few enemies too, like our big hunter friend who misled and entertained us with his Sydney Zoo photos while informing us of all his imaginary trips to the Masai Mara. There were moments of sadness as well after loosing friends who no longer saw fit to participate on TN. Fortunately some of them has since become active again or sporadically pop up with a posting or a critique. So, to sum it all up, it was a remarkable year with many fond memories to cherish.

This photo was taken at sunset on our very 1st day in the Kruger National Park. We just left Renoster pan and when we reached the H3 main road I looked back to see this wonderful sight. I'm not sure what bird it is, in the sky, but I just shot some photos of a Saddle-billed stork and Egyptian geese at the pan so it is possibly one of those.

Going home was the last thing on our minds, if only we knew how quick this holiday would fly past.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-23 2:50]
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Hi Loot,
Love the composition, the colours are beautiful.
Badruddin Ali

Hello Loot,
A wonderful composition in strong colours!
Exposure is masterly done, not a single spot is overexposed...
Good silhouettes... even a bird is included in the best of TN tradition!
Congrats on the first year, keep up the good work!
Pablo -

Hi Loot, great composition with the bird and tree silhouetted against the sun, and what amazing colour.

Your secondary composition (your note) too, is excellent. Enjoy many more anniversaries on the site.

Thanks, John


Great colours indeed. The composition, colour, sharpness, POV and Lighting are all great. TFS,

Hello Loot,
A fabulous picture. All objects and colors in the picture are complementing each other nicely. Exposure is on the spot. We buy ourselves a beer on the weekend so it is OK to dedicate a picture to oneself. Congratulations for your first anniversary on TN.

Hi Loot
you really deserved a dedicated photo even if dedicated by yourself(lol)...your enthusiasm ,photographic art and kindness are a must to this site and you as some others are fundamental to the success ot the site!
the photo is a wonderful sunset,very well exposed and with gorgeous colours!
congrats for your first year in treknature and many more to come!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-23 4:36]
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Congratulations Loot!!!

This is Gerhard-style [surprise! he posted photo next to yours] superb coloured picture with African heart&soul. Real dreamland for us, poor Europeans, full of colours of sunset, sounds of jungle and smells of dusk. I love everything in your picture, especially colours and silhouettes of tree and soaring bird!

By the way, my good friend is in SA now, maybe he is on photo-safari in Kruger now?

Hi Loot,
Congratulations with your one year anniversary on this wonderful site.

Thank you for all your beautiful photos that are always accompanied with the most interesting stories and information. Also thank you for your wonderful critiques, that are always a pleasure to read. Photos, notes and critiques give us an insight on the kind hearted person behind it. Your contribution to TN was, is and hopefully for a longtime, will be an asset to the quality of this site.

The photo. So great to see you post a landscape/sky photo for this special moment. And what a landscape/sky photo it is. Such intens colors and such a wonderful silhoutte of the tree and the bird. Really wonderful work on the exposure.

Thanks my friend, and I hope you allow us to enjoy many more photos, notes and critiques over the years to come.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-23 6:46]
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Hi Loot,
We are almost of the same age! (My first anniversary will be next sunday). Beautiful sunset, composition and note.
The end of the day, the magestic tree and bird flying so high give to your notes optimism and nostalgia, summing up your experience in this inmaterial small village in a clear and emotional way.
I hope we will see many more years of wonderful photos shared with this comforting community!
José M.

Hi Loot,
Congrats for your first year on TN.
It has been a great time for us here on TN to have you around.
Your beautiful picture and you very well written comments and always with a good portion of humour, your comments is always a pleasure to read.
And thank you for being a very good friend.

Your picture is beautiful with lovely colour and silhouettes.
The exposure and compostion are very good.
Great work, my friend.

Hi Loot,
Well TN is a much better place since you arrived. If all members were as dedicated to improving their photography skills, and writing critiques like yours, we would be all better off. The highlight of checking my photos is to see if you have stopped by and left a critique. This is an amazingly beautiful photo and worth a dedication to yourself. You deserve it. Happy Anniversary!

The Orange in the sky is so rich. Silhouettes of the landscape and the bird are razor sharp. This is a superb shot my friend!

My friend Loot

The trophy is yours! You surely are a winner.

Congratulations, for an exceptional outstanding photo, and what a super dedication to yourself. You deserve it 100%.

Congratulations for having a camera in the one hand and the expertise in the other.

I cannot say much, not because I don’t have anything to say, but because I am at lost of words.

What a wonderful photo to share with us.A part of the Creation, in all its Glory.

My friend, although I don’t know you, I must once again thank you for all you have shared with me and thousands of others. I appreciate your wisdom, knowledge, talents and kind heartiness, that you share so willingly with us.

May we receive photos like this one in abundance in the future. My wish for you is that this particular photo reaches the highest points from all your previous postings, because surely is TOPS!

Kind regards

Hello Loot,

First of all congrats ont the 1 year. You have tought so many people at lot of thing in the world of Photography, keep it up. The photo is just amazing, excllent colors Bg POB DOF just Spot on, You conposed and capture perfectly just a Stunning quility photo.

TFS Kyle

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-23 8:53]
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Hi Loot,
Just drop by to congratulate you for the achievements of your first year. You made so many exceptional shots and of so high quality that you are" un exemple à suivre". I'm not the sunset-type, but I have to recognize that the visual impact of this picture is great.
Best regards

Hi Loot,
You couldn't have choosen a better picture to dedicate it yourself and celebrate the 1st. anniversary on TN.
The tree is absolutly outstanding. Not to mention the sky's color.
And you was lucky enough with the flight of that bird, who seems didn't want to miss this special moment and have their participation in the scene.
I like so much this composition, with all that large blacks that compensate so wonderful the power of the reds.
I want to thank you for all the time and effort in given us your valuables critics and comments, always from a very special "human" point of view, that gives us a call about some important issues that often we pass over and don't realize their significance.
Hope to see you again many more time by here,

Hello Loot,
One year already? My how times flies when you're having fun :)
Speaking of "flies" that bird inflight adds a bit of magic to this fiery red sunset.
Very dramatic colors/impact, and the large tree in silhouette is excellent. Thank you for all your input over the last year.
Nicely done mf.

hi loot!
very beautiful with great feeling!
really like the composition
well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-23 10:25]
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Hi Loot,
I don't usually go for sunsets, fine as they may be, like this one.
But.....as this is your first anniversary
and....you were considerate enough to include a bird in it, I have no option but to praise this shot.
The bird seems to have the silhouette of a stork.
TFS and best wishes and may this anniversary be the first of many to come!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-23 12:12]
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Hi Loot.
I heartily congratulate you on your 1st Anniversary. Thank you for your nice pictures, outstanding comments and useful notes. I think this one (I mean your present note) is full of humor and serious at the same time.

This composition is great as a graphic picture and as colourful landscape. Amazing red-yellow colour tones, illumination of the clouds and sky, impressive dark profile. The image of the bird in the sky is very expressive element too. My best wishes to you and compliments,

Hi Lott
Bon anniversaire et au plasir de recevoir d'autre merveilleuse photos de toi ainsi que tes commentaires judicieux!
Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour ce superbe coucher de soleil. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Merci et Bravo... Amitié... JP

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-23 13:51]
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Loot...believe me when i tell you...it was our honor to have you here for an entire year!
...and i certainly and with all my heart hope you'll be here to add another "0" to that number and i'll also be here to greet you :)

Anyway, we should be thanking you for all the help you gave us: with good, strong, elaborate and especially honest critiques, with tips and pointers, with correct IDs to the animals and, beside these, for showing us this fantastic place called Kruger Park :)

It is a privilege to refer to you as "my friend" :)

This sunset is more that beautiful!
The mood here is magnificent, the colors and tones superb and the composition magical.
I really like the shape of this impressive tree and its braches here...they make such a nice round contour. Also the bird was a great catch and it sure adds to the overall compo.
...What can i say...BRAVO...my hat's off to you, for all your pictures and for being the man you are :)

Cheers and TFS

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  • swart (125)
  • [2007-01-23 13:53]
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Very nice sunset
I like the bright colours


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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2007-01-23 14:42]
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Hi Loot,

Happy birthday! A lovely "To Dad; From Dad". Beautiful Lowveld sunset. The bird was a bonus.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-23 16:00]
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Hi Loot,
now this is a perfect shot to celebrate the first anniversary, this a real WOW effect. This will go straight into my favorite as this is so dramatic and full of wonderful detail.
Excellent composition, the space is so well devided the perfect timing as the sun just disapears behind the horizon. I think what tops it off is the texture in the sky, that little fluff in the sky is such a wonderful contrast to the strong silhouttes.
Looks like you been holding out on us with you landscapes. Looking forward seeing more of your fabulous composition.
Thanks for sharing through out the year, your comments have been very interesting and full of advise.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-23 16:13]
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Hi Loot

Congratulations on your 1st anniversary. You have marked this moment with a stunning image. I love the colour and the balance between the tree and bird silhouettes.

Was there really someone claiming to take big game photos when they were going to the zoo? These things always surprise me



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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-23 16:42]
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Una perfecta composición para conmemorar tu aniversario en TN estimado amigo.
Punto de vista maravilloso, colores de ensueño, la escena ideal con todo bien puesto en su lugar, el árbol, el ave... todo.
Gracias por todos tus aportes durante este primer año y por tu permanente colaboración con tus opiniones y consejos.
Mis mejores deseos... Ricardo

A perfect composition to commemorate your anniversary in TN dear friend.
Wonderful point of view, dream colors, the ideal scene with all very well put in their place, the tree, the bird... everything.
Thank you for all your contributions during this first year and for your permanent collaboration with your opinions and advices.
My best wishes... Ricardo

Hi Loot, very nice shot, worthily such a important anniversary :-).TFS

hello Loot,
Felicitaciones por el primer año que compartes con nosotros en TN, siempre con tus elegantes e interesantes críticas y también con preciosas fotos.
Esta imagen que has elegido tiene un color rojo impactante, increible; las nubes y el sol poniente en color dorado así como la silueta en negro de la vegetación, el árbol y el ave en vuelo hacen de la foto una maravila para observar.
Felicitaciones y gracias por los momentos compartidos a traves de este medio. Cuide su rodilla ;)

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2007-01-23 18:34]
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Hello Loot
I sometimes buy a nice big piece of biltong to treat myself, so what is wrong if you gave yourself a Trek Nature treat? The short while that I've been active on the site I have appreciated your involvement and inputs whether that was through critiques, notes, advice, or beautiful photo material. May you still be around for a long time after the horses came home. It is a wonderful sunset with the profiles of the hill, the tree, and the bird. Zany colours and good contrasts. It is a real lovely photo.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-23 19:42]
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Hello Loot

Wow, what a beautiful sunset.An awesome silhouette ,and impressive composition.I love the silhouette of the bird,it really creates a balance in the composition.Excellent colour saturation.Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary and best wishes for many,many more.


hi loot,
this shot is the right one for this special ocassion,
well composed shot,
nice pov,
well saturated colours,
tfs & regards

Hi my dear friend Loot ,
a perfect shot.
excellent composition.
fantastic colors , warm and very lovely.
especialy flying of that bird.
very well captured.
thanks for sharing dear Loot .
best wishes

" ps : thanks for your kind comment for my shot ( My outrance sunset )"

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-24 2:36]
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Hello Loot,
Magnificent atmosphere.Colors,contrast,POV,framing,composition and visual impact are wonderful.Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-24 3:03]
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Has it been a year already? How time flies when you are having fun!
Indeed it has been quite a year! Your participation in TN has been nothing short of spectacular! Your talents as a photographer, your vast knowledge of all things zoological and botanical, your dedication and commitment, your sense of humour, your encouragement and support to one and all, your informative and entertaining notes, your loyalty as a friend... all go to make you a model TN'er. : )

Your sunset is just magnificent. : )
And it holds the promise of another great year of beautiful photos, amusing and educational notes, thoughtful and helpful critiques, and many friendships to enjoy.

Best Wishes,

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-01-24 3:18]
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hi loot
now that name rings a bell..i think i visited there on the trip i took doing the cape coast up to kruger..
its a terrific shot with the bird suggesting freedom and space..tree and sun are well balanced as well and the colours..however obtained are perfect..
happy anniversary

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-24 4:47]
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Hello Loot,
It's great to find people with a sense of humour on TN and you're certainly one of them!!
Congratulations on your 1st Anniversary, I hope there'll be many more!
I like your anniversary "card", it is quite magic! The incredible red colour, the last rays of the sun, the wonderful silhouette of the tree and the light streaks of clouds - and a bird makes it just perfect. Very well planned!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Sorprendente colorido y bellas siluetas, un trabajo precioso, felicidades por tu aniversario en TN. muchos saludos Loot.

Hello Loot,

Congratulations for your first year here on TN! Your contribution to the growth of the site was incommensurable! Through your sustained activity and valuable lessons about wildlife (and not only) you also contributed to the growth of many other members who benefited from your vast knowledge and experience. Being close to such a great diversity of wildlife and being armed with such a big heart and love for nature, you are a real teacher in the field and a guide for many of us! I would like to take this opportunity to express the most sincere feelings of gratitude for your guidance and helpful lessons, personally and on behalf of all those members who share my oppinion. This is a big "THANK YOU" and I sincerely hope that TN members will have the honour to share your presence for years to come!

This photo is a very nice and appropriate (self)dedication. The setting sun represents the end of your prosperous, first year of TN membership and the beginning of a new and hopefully better year in the same community. The composition is perfect, placing the horizon line low and leaving the upper two thirds to show the beautiful, rich colors in the sky. The silhouettes of the trees and bushes make the picture more interesting. Exposure is also perfect! I just hope your camera sensor didn't suffer any damage from the strong african sun. Good ideea to use the UV filter! A great posting with a great note! Congratulation and thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

PS: I wasn't able to find any metaphor for the bird in the sky. I first thought it was you having a watchful eye on TN from above :) Can you help?

Wonderful image, such an amazing red sky. Don't they say red sky at night, sailor's delight? Hopefully you went sailing the next day!

Great note too. Do tell which one did the deception with photos from the Sydney Zoo, and how did they find out? LOL, people are nuts sometimes.

Both, for this MAGNIFICIENT photo; &, your anniversary with TN.
This is truely a FABULOUS composition.
No more comments are needed.
Best greetings of felicity, Mario.

Hi Loot

Holly heck! Wow... talk about blow your socks off! This is simply magnificent! Congrats... and BTW, thanks you for your contribution to the site, your friendship, entertaining, honest and useful critiques and your magical photos! :-)

Hi Loot -my dearest friend- Eksteen,
Happy Anniversary Great Guy! and great photo for this great moment...
It has been always a pleasure for me to view your photographs, read your informative notes and encouraging comments/critiques on my photos and others...
Also, I won't forget your helps on identifying some of my captured plants/animals...
Looking forward to viewing more of your works, here at TN...

Ben Lakitan

Congratulations Loot,

One full year on TN this worth you dedicace for sure !!!

Your participation to this forum is so much involved and you helped so many people (including me) here that I fullu agree with your dedicace! (sorry for my poor english...).

This picture here is just a pleasure for the eyes!!! It is a real jewel that you deserve, my friend!

What a wonderful moment it should be facing that wonderful sunset! Is it like that often??? The exposition is perfect, the composition remarkable and the presence of the bird brings life to the picture!

It is a great picture and TFS, Loot...

Have a nice day

PS. BTW, your picture brings warmth here for it is -26C here in Quebec this morning!

Hello Loot,
Let me tell you a very honest story about what happened day before yesterday while I was having a sneak preview of TN gallery at work -- something I usually try to avoid.
Utterly fascinated by this beautiful picture of yours, I just could not resist the temptation of reacting to it and started writing my critique.
I must have been in the middle of my intended 1000 words critique when suddenly the door to my room opened and in walked my local sponsor. I was startled -- not because I had been doing something I shouldn't have been doing at work. I was stratled because this guy had been invisible for nearly one year and, frankly, I had taken him to be . .ah .. sort of . . permanently invisible.
So in the bafflement of the situation in which my 'assumption' about his 'state-of-being' had proved wrong, I lost track of things. After about an hour of an 'emotional' re-union, he parted ways with his pockets heavy with sponsorship fees for the past one year and mine lighter in equal proportion!
To cut it short, I really do not remember what happened to my critique after that :-)!

Now that most of the things I had wanted to say about this dream picture have already been said by others, I only wish to say how much TN community has learnt and received from you in the shape of your great pictures and your most constructively proactive critiques of other memebers' work in the past one year.
So on the occasion of your first anniversary on TN, I wish you good health and cheer and look forward to years of your inspiring company.
Best regards,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-25 16:34]
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Het is een fantastische foto Loot ,schitterende kleuren en compositie ook van harte gefeliciteerd ,en dat we er nog lang van mogen genieten .en ook nog bedankt voor uw comentaren .hartelijke groeten Teunie .

Hi Loot
Great shot.
Good composition and nice colours.
I like it.


beautiful sunset and congrats on your 1st anniversary too! a great dedication to...YOurself!! :o)

Thanks for your comments on my photo "a welcomed site" :O)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-01-26 23:54]
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Hi Loot,
Wow, this is beautiful. A classic African sunset and perfectly executed. Stunning colours and fantastic details in the silhouettes, and if all of that wasn't enough a bird soaring above it all. Poetry.

Congratulations on your milestone.
I was told that you have posted some awesome photos. Ansd I see I was told the right thing.

This photo is an example of the outstanding presentations in your gallery.
Thank you for sharing with us.


BINGO LOOT! Wragtig pragtig. Jy doen goed.
A fitting tribute to your contributions.

This shot itself has already been ga-ga-ed over, so no need for me to add fuel to the FIRE... but I think #100 is here!
And I lit a fire for U elsewhere ;)

May we see many more "burning images"! Thanx for being a good friend. Jay

"Alles sal reg kom".

You've been here a whole year!!
And what a beauty to give yourself - stunning, awesome, stupendous colours my friend...
But that's you isn't it? Stunning, awesome and stupendous
Love you Loot

Hi Loot,

Congratulations on your anniversary here on TN!
And why not dedicate this photo to yourself, you diserve it :-)
You havee a very impressive gallery and this one looks very beautiful, real anniversary-material.
I love the red colour of the sky, the sunset looks beautiful, sharpness is excellent.
Good job and hope to see many more of your pictures.

Greetings, Nel

an exquisite gift for all of us on your anniversary day! Loot, your contributions over the last 12 months have been volcanoes of high spirits, passionately made highly skilled images, perfectly educational and heartwearmingly entertaining stories, and encouraging critiques.
A blessing you are here with us! All the best to you for many more years to follow in that way at TN!
With thanks, and my best regards,

magnifique photo de ce coucher de soleil, les couleurs sont chaudes et tres nettes
bravo et merci de voir mes photos

Hi Loot, and congratulations. I don't know how I missed this one...it isn't exactly subtle. I suspect you've been saving it for just this occassion. It is quite a special shot...one that even a humble person could be proud of... : )

Thank you to for all the input and time you dedicate to TN

Evelynn : )

Amazing colours and view, I like it a lot...
Great job...


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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-28 3:28]

Hi Loot,
this is very beautiful and artistic sunset.
I like the silhouettes of the trees and bird,and also the fiery sun on the horizont.
Very nice,

Hello Loot !
I'm a bit late, sorry, but still I wish you a happy birthday ! One year already on TN ! You make such a huge contribution to this site, with all your wonderful pictures, your great notes and your very interesting critiques. TN wouldn't be the same without you !

As for the picture, iti spledid, like all your other pictures. The red color of the sy is amazing, and I love the black silhouettes of the treee and he bird. Very well done !

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-30 11:59]

Hello Loot,
You offered me this outstanding photo few week ago, thanks again, and even today I can't find the good words for saying the beauty of this sunset. It is perfect and wonderful !!!!
Congratulations for the shot and the 1st anniversary my dear friend.

Hi Loot,
Lovely composition, the colours are beautiful.


bonjour loot
le ciel c'est enflamé,la couleur est vraiment intense,le soleil est juste assez present pour apporter assez de lumiere.
bien vu.

This is awesome Loot! The red sky is so intense and amazing, the silhouette of the tree has excellent detail and the sun peeking over the hill really makes this one a winner. :)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-02 14:38]

Hi Loot.
I congratulate to your first anniversary.I am sorry for backwardness,but it is said better later, than will never.
You are alone donated really precious captured of this sunset with extraordinary technical quality.
I I wish you in next year you have much gorgeous shots as well as also good critique.

Best greetings,Milos

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-02-06 23:02]

Well Loot, I don´t know if I talk about your anniversary or about the picture.... well, I´m sorry but I will take the picture because it is soooo wonderful! I will add it to my favorites... and I think that this option talks for itself.
Congratulations for your 1st anniversary and thank you very much for all your beautiful pictures and your kind attention for my pictures talking about them.
Wishing you many years and wonderful pictures,
your friend,

Excellent colours, beautifull picture with great compo, it is a pleasure to see such a sunset.

Não há palavras para descrever a beleza dessa foto. Maravilhoso é pouco.....



Hi Loot,
A wonderfull photograph you took. I really love the compisition and colours. Very good job and a real South Africa sunset to my favorite... :D

Hi Loot;wonderfull view,great high hot red colors,I liked...regards....

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-02-19 18:00]

Hola Loot,has logrado un inteligente control de los valores tonales,me recreo en tan bella puesta de sol. Saludos Sira

OH MY GOD, BREATHTAKING!!!! Your exposure is so perfect. You can see the white ring around the sun.. I always blow the highlites of the sun. The composition is perfect and colors and silouette is awesome. that needs to be hanging on somone's wall.

On my stroll through your gallery the warmth of this sun called out to me. Little did I know how much warmth it would reveal in your note and in the words of all your admirers! Your commentary should be required reading for all newbies, making us feel quite at home in feeling out of place. In great appreciation I will shout TFS! ...having no idea what it means...

Technically, I agree with "Adam73" -- I, too, would have blown the highlights. Well done!

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-08-23 12:01]

Hi Loot

I was looking through someones else's favourites and spotted this one of yours in there and realised I missed it... well there is little point in me wishing you happy 1st now given so much water has passed since January, but here's to the 2nd... The picture is a stunning colour and has so much warmth to it and I am much needing that at the moment, so shall take a few more moments to look at it a touch longer...


Hello Loot.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Dear Loot
Time really flies. It just felt like yesterday when you celebrated your first anniversary on Trek Nature with this splendid image. A fabulous photograph with warm and glowing colours. You managed to capture the ball of light just before disappearing from the horizon. Extremely nice silhouette shot with a peaceful and serene view. The exposure is greatly managed and the tones throughout the entire frame and simply delightful. Watching a lovely sunset like this, makes me think of the title and the words of the song "At the end of a perfect day" by Chris de Burgh. The bird in the air just adds a special finishing touch to this remarkable photo. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Loot

Ek het al vele male na hierdie pragstuk gekyk en gedink ek moet ietsie hieroor sê, maar dan het die oomblik verby gegaan en ek het myself steeds verskuldig gebly ten opsigte van my intensies. Nou dat ek sien dat Miss Piggy 'n kritiek daarvoor gedoen het toe dog ek dit is nou hoog tyd anders gaan ek dit seker nooit doen nie. (Jy weet hoe werk die saak "van uitstel kom afstel".) In elk geval, hierdie is net so 'n besonderse werk as jou laaste sonsondergang. Pragtige kleure en 'n manjefieke gesig. Hoe gelukig moet 'n mens wees om so 'n perfek geplaasde voël te kry met die laaste van die laaste lig van die kwynende son. Skitterende werk.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-12 10:38]

Ola Loot
Que belissima foto de por do sol voce fez, a nitidez e cores estão esplendidas.Otimo trablho voce fez aqui com cores agradaveis e uma linda paisagem.

Hello Loot,

The sky stays in fire. What a wonderful composition in very strong colours. i live along the coast in Holland. I have seen a lot of beautiful sunsets, but this one......................AMAZING MEN!!!! And so realy in colors. Unbelievable. Contrast with the flying bird and tree is perfect. One of your TOP photos Loot. Thanks for sharing and the notes, thats humor men. Keep going. Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB


So beautiful colors and composition. Thanks.



Very beautiful , very well done and Thanks!

Kind Regards,***

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