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My 1st Anniversary in TN

My 1st Anniversary in TN
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70s, 300mm AF-S F4 Nikkor
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Milestones, Gems from India part 2, Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2, Red Eyed Birds, Alex99 favorite photos, Joe's Favourites 2, Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 23:24
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Favorites: 10 [view]
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear All,

I have always looked forward to the day when I can have my post marking the first Anniversary on TN . A year went and passed. And I missed my much awaited opportunity. I canít wait for another year. So I hope my friends in TN will celebrate with me my ď BELATED 1ST ANNIVERSARY IN TN.Ē
It has been a year full of rich experiences. I still remember the day I first made my post. I was a novice ( still am, but an improved one, donít you agree so?:) ) who loved to capture those birds with my camera but never cared about the quality of the picture. But your valued critiques made me realize my mistakes and made me concentrate more to improve my photographic skills. I have learned a lot on photography and nature in this past one year than I have ever learned in my life. I created a lot of new friends whose friendship and encouragement I value a lot. I have not been a very good critique in TN, (blame on my inexperience), but I think I have made a fairly good attempt to mark all those pictures which I have liked and influenced by.
If I decide to write the names people whose work I have admired, I think I better give you the link to TNĒs member list. Itís true that each one of you have made me learn something or other with their beautiful posts, notes and experiences and I am grateful for that.
But canít resist naming a few and I hope you will forgive me if I accidentally miss your name.

I want to thank Loot, Anna, Ulla, Ivan, Joey,Sukumaran, Goutham, Satish, Murali, Richard(rcrick), Amar, Sisir,GuruPawan, Ram, Pankaj, Ganesan, Sumon, Haraprasan, Manoj, Badar,Subhayan, Fartash, Rathika, Akshay, Arjun, Pier, Rob, Dan, Jose Ramon Pato, Jose Miguel, Tony, Annick, Harry (Proframe), Jan Hendrik, paul(Animal explorer) Necip, jeanpaul, Ridvan, Paul (PVS), Gert, Jossim, Ralf, Selen, Karan, Kevin, Bob (Bobair), , Thomas(Sherlock), Izzler,Debz, Luis Leal, Vicma, Wing Lee, Manyee, Paul(Lawbert), Krzysztof, teunie, PeterZ, Luc, Howard, Lawhill,Akif, JP, Mario, Mithun, Fikret, Maite, Nicholas Glen, Zeno, Bob(Egshannon), Pablominto, teunnie, Alexei(Alex99), Richrd(Earth traveler),Ö. for their beautiful pictures , support and encouragement.
And last (but not the least) I want to thank Anil(Anil Nediyara) , the Poor Guy, who introduced the wonderful realm of photography to me and is now regretting each and every second as he doesnít even get a chance to see the camera,( forget the part of using it ) and has to eat a lot of burned toasts and dishes as his wife, while cooking in the kitchen, runs out with the camera whenever she hears a bird call.
And I want to thank the team TN, Adam and Rob Brown, and all those who make TN what it is- a wonderful place to share and learn about the beautiful creations in nature.

Thanks and regards,

pvs, Argus, japiey, jusninasirun, Miss_Piggy, pankajbajpai, uleko, SelenE, ramthakur, vanderschelden, JoseMiguel, MMM, fiyo, goldyrs, wuta, Pentaxfriend, Ena, Alex99, ellis49, NellyD, loot, jaycee, rcrick, darwin, iris, peter_stoeckl, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To loot: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 22:52
To NellyD: Thankssmitha 1 02-24 21:52
To ellis49: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 21:37
To Alex99: Thank you Alexeismitha 1 02-24 21:26
To sagar: one year in TNsmitha 1 02-24 21:19
To Ena: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 18:46
To Pentaxfriend: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 18:45
To wuta: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 18:43
To satish_h: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 18:41
To goldyrs: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 04:07
To goutham_ramesh: Gems from Kodanadsmitha 1 02-24 03:50
To MMM: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 03:45
To JoseMiguel: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 03:44
To vanderschelden: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 00:43
To pvs: Thank yousmitha 1 02-24 00:41
To ramthakur: Thank yousmitha 1 02-23 23:30
To ramthakur: Thank yousmitha 1 02-23 23:21
To SelenE: My pleasure!smitha 1 02-23 23:09
To radz: Thank yousmitha 1 02-23 23:07
To Luca: Thank you Lucasmitha 1 02-23 21:11
To uleko: Thank yousmitha 1 02-23 03:13
To pankajbajpai: Thank yousmitha 1 02-23 03:06
To smurali: Passion for photographysmitha 1 02-23 03:01
To joey: Thank yousmitha 1 02-22 22:11
To valy67: Thanks Valeriesmitha 1 02-22 21:22
To Miss_Piggy: Thank yousmitha 1 02-22 21:20
To Argus: Thank yousmitha 1 02-22 18:52
To jusninasirun: The bee eatersmitha 1 02-22 18:49
To japiey: Thank yousmitha 1 02-22 18:46
To badar: Thank yousmitha 1 02-22 18:45
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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-21 23:46]
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Hi Smitha,
Congratulations.Beautiful image of this Bee-eater.

Hi Smitha,


A shot that truly marks your sincerity in image..
All my wishes..
To ANIL the MAN that drives this dear heart in you..
Fascinating results.


Hello Snitha,

Happy anniversary in TN and I'm sure the names mentioned here will be happy to see this blue-tailed bee-eater which I happened to have one in my gallery. Nice diagonal perch in bright light exposing superb sharpness and clarity. The plumage offers beautiful colors and I like the eyes with the black band which is the signature of this bird. Well captured against the pleasing blurry background. Excellent work and best regards.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-22 0:24]
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Hello Smitha,
Congratulations on your first anniversary with TN. It's great to have you with us both for your critiques and you wonderful photgraphs.
You celebrate the occasion with a fantastic shot of a Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) taken from an excellent POV with superb natural colours and sharpness. I also like the composition against a fine OOF natural BG.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful image and I look forward to seeing many more from you.
The consequences of your devotion to nature photography are amusing to read and we are grateful to Anil for his patience!
This is going into my favourites!
Best wishes, Ivan

Dear Smitha
Congratulations with your one year anniversary on this wonderful site. A wonderful composition in strong colours! Exposure is masterly done, not a single spot is overexposed. You could not have chosen a better photo as this one. This is absolutely splendid. The colours in the image are complementing each other nicely. This is an amazingly beautiful photo and worth a dedication to yourself. You deserve it. Happy Anniversary! This one will be going straight to my favourites.

I am grateful that I am included in you list of members of whom you are thanking. This is much appreciated. Reading the last part of your note, I could see myself in this description as dear Loot and the kids often find me in the garden with the camera in the hand while they were actually expecting something to eat. With this in mind I want to salute all men, and in this case especially Anil and Loot for their patience in this regard.
Warmest regards

Hello Smitha !
This is a wonderful picture to commemorate this important event ! One year, and a lotof bautiful pictures ! What I like most on this picutre are its vivid ans sunny colors, but there are also many other qualities - sharp details, excellet pose of the bird, beautiful composition and POv, wonderful blurred BG... And of course, the bird itself is very beautiful. Very well done, and I hopeto see lots mort from you !

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-22 1:33]
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Hello Smitha!
Wow! One Year! A belated, but by no means smaller, Congratulations on your first Anniversary at TN!!!!!!
I think you joined only a day or so after me!
And what an incredibly SUPERB shot!!
This bird is very beautiful!
The colours are amazing.
Very, very sharp with impeccable clarity.
Superb diagonal composition and a great POV.
Perfect DOF.
I love the BG as well.
How close were you?
Well it's been great posting along side you and I hope to see many more photos in the future :-)
Thanks also for my mention, it means a lot!

Best regards Smitha,



We get the picture about your kitchen. It was hard to believe it till we personally saw it. Thankfully you spared us of the burnt toasts.

We admire your interest in birds and photography. We have admired your pictures and every one of them had been as crisp, as saturated and as well composed as this picture of the Bee eater.

We want you to continue to nurture your passion for Photography and delight us with your excellent pictures of birds.

Murali Santhanam

hello smitha,

pls accept my congratulations on your first Anniversary on TN, It had been a wonderul experience having you here at TN, looking forward to another year looking at your lovely posts.

this post of yours is one of the best shots of the bee eaters i have ever seen here at TN, this is technically a master piece, i admire you for this,

excellent work,

tfs & regards

last but not the least thanks a lot for mentioning my name in your notes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-22 3:23]
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Dear Smitha,
Thank you for this outstanding capture of the Blue-tailed Bee-eater and for all other excellent images you've shown us so far. My very best wishes on your anniversary and I look forward to many more contributions from you! I'm sure Anil is proud of your progress too!
Excellent focus on this pretty bird with very sharp details and beautiful colours. The soft background is a perfect match in colours with the plumage and the composition is brilliant!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Smitha and happy treknature aniversary!

Great colours and sharpness. The composition is absolutely great.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-02-22 5:00]
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Congratulation to you...
Thanks for adding my name..Its always pleasure to watch ur pics,straight from Gods own country..
Keep sharing your pics,I wish you more more and superb shot from you...Thank you for sharing all the pic with us...

About this shot ,Wow what awesome shot,everything in this is superb,excellent colours&details.Love the composition &POV.

Hi Smitha,
First of all congratulations on your 1st year in Trek Nature, it's always a pleasure to see your lovely photos.
This is a great capture of this bee-eater with great colors, contrast, POV, focus, sharpness, pose and composition. Bravo and TFS
All the best,

A lot of water flows under the bridge in one year, Smitha, and in your case it has flowed in torrents when we look in retrospect how you have shaped into a brilliant nature photographer.
Congratulations on completing one year on TN! You have shared some fantastic images from wildlife rich Kerala during this time and we thank you for it.
Coming to your landmark picture of a Bee Eater, it is a super capture with wonderful focus and colours.
Your Bee Eater looks different from the one we see here in north India.
Wishing you another successful year on TN,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-22 5:40]
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Hi Smitha,

Happy anniversary and what a capture for this occasion,the colors are amazing as well as the pose,POV,really a masterpiece,hope to see much more of your work in the future,


Be back later

Hello Smitha,
Thank you, Smitha and congrats on your anniversary here.
Hope to view many more pictures from you.
Never experienced you us a novice. On the contrary.
This upload is a good example; colourful, excellent DOF, wonderful background,etc...
Well done

Hi Smitha,
Your picure let my just breathless!
What a big one has been the outcome of your first year here.
I think you can't had choose any better photo to commemorate this special occasion.
It's perfect in almost any part, on the tech and artistic side.
I found very touching your notes and dedication, this is why TN is such a great place to be involved.
My compliments for the picture and the belated anniversary. Can't wait to see the many more marvels you will be offering us in the near future.
Warm regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-22 7:59]
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Hello Smitha
Beautiful presentation.Excellent POV and very sharp image.Colors and details are wonderful.I loved that nice OOF BG colors.
Happy first anniversary and keep on that beutiful work.
TFS Michel

Hi Smitha,
Congrats on your first anniversary in TN. Its been a pleasure to watch your pictures! The commitment that you show towards nature photography is amazing. I should also thank Anil for all the support that he gives you so that we can see such gems from Kodanad.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-22 9:19]

Hello Smitha,
Wonderful shot. Details are crisp clear.I liked POV,sharpness,lighting and framing a lot.TFS

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-02-22 9:30]

Hi Smitha,
Congratulation, this photo is perfect in everyway. Wonderful colors, great composition,,,

Hey Smitha,
I honestly did not know we had these bee-eaters in Kerala..A beautiful shot, excellent focus and the note is really nice...
Thanks for sharing!!
Kind regards and anticipating more of your excellent work!

Hi Smitha,
CONGRATULATIONS on your first anniversary at TN. You have selected beautiful image of the bee eater to celeberate. Very nice picture, like your other pictures. YOu have excellent Inner EYE, and you know what to take. YOu will definitely celeberate silver jubillee year at TN. My best wishes to you and your hubby Anil(poor guy).

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-02-22 10:46]
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Hallo Smitha , The best Congratulations with your one jear , you have beauty photo's , this one is a beauty, great sharpnes details colours compositie pov and dof,a great shot , A Good Weekend ,greetings Teunie .

Hi Smitha,

Congratulations on your first anniversary and you celebrate it with a wonderful bee-eater shot
Excellent compo with Superb sharpnes, fine details and vivid colors
Perfect POV, DOF and BG

TFS and i hope many more years will follow

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-22 16:08]
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Hi Smitha,
Lovely close-up of this beautiful bird!
Good details of the feathers and amazing colors!
Beautiful composition!

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  • sagar Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 4 N: 1] (32)
  • [2008-02-22 21:01]
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Hi Smitha,
One year in TN. Thats a great thing. Congratulations for touching the mark, and I 'm sure you'll see many such anniversaries in forthcoming times.
Lovely shot of the bird. It look very cute indeed. Lovely colors.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-22 21:27]
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Hi, dear Smitha.
I congratulate you on such significant event of your and TN life. You have gifted us whole series of fantastic shots, wonderful notes and hearty comments. I wish you to continue this fruitful work and share many new amazing pictures as this one outstanding in every aspect shot. Bravo for all your creativity here.

Hi Smitha,
Congrats on your first year on TN, you have uploads a lot of beautiful pictures.
This is a lovely picture to celebrate with, wonderful colours
good sharpness and fine details.
The composition is also very good with a classic "cross" against a clean BG.
Great work.

Hi Smitha,

Congratulations on your anniversary here on TN :-)
And this is a beautiful image to mark the occasion. I never seen this bird before and i like how you've captured it.
Beautiful colours and good POV, composition, BG and sharpness.

Greetings, Nel

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-23 11:51]

Smitha, Lovely to give TN the 1st anniversary with such a lovely and superb image. Well done and gone bless u ganesh

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-02-24 10:08]
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Hi Smitha

Wow, what a shot of this beautiful bee-eater and with this a big and earnest CONGRATULATION on your 1st anniversary. Well at least I see that I am in good company. Since you missed your own anniversary with nearly 2 weeks I suppose I might be forgiven for missing it by 3 days (chuckle).

I sincerely hope this to be just the first of many anniversaries still to come. Your friendship has been a pleasure and it was a delight having you around the site this past year and I believe you are still going to surprise us with many such beauties as this lovely bird.

This photo is an absolute pleasure on the eye with great visual impact. Even from the thumbnail it is clear that you have posted a special photo. The remarkable BG allowed the bird to stand out brilliantly with nothing else to distract or draw away the attention. The colours are most impressive and the details are immaculate and neat as a new pin. The crossing of the wire and the bird formed a great big X and this enhanced the composition while the exposure was flawless.

Lovely work and TFS.

PS1. I am absolutely honoured by the mention. Thanks my dear friend.

PS2. I can handle the late suppers etc., and saluting your heroes are one way of receiving a pardon (your reply to Ms.P), but your failure to comply to the "Frogmouth" promise are costing you some "Brownie points" (chuckle).

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-02-25 4:04]

Hello Smitha,

congrats for the First ANNIVERSARY, wishing yo many more to see in TN.

Nice, colourful capture of Bee eater.Details and BG are great.The diagonal composition is very good.

Thanks for sharing.

Hello Smitha,
Sorry for a bit late for my heartiest congratulation on your 1st Anniversary with us! much appreciated for your excellent works from the past, will see many more from the coming years!
you had a great image of bee-eater which wonderfully captured here as well
many thanks for being with us
friend Tony

Hi Smitha,
This is a breathtaking capture! What an extraordinary composition with superb model that we don't see in my country. Colors, details and exposure are wonderful! Happy anniversary and I wish you many, many others masterpieces like this one :) Greetings,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-28 4:22]

Hello Smitha, first my congratulations on this annniversary! And secondly congrats on that great shot, that bird is awesome. THe pose, composition, sharpness and exposure are all perfect and the background is fantastic, very well done, thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-28 20:41]

Hello Smitha

Congratulations on the 1st anniversary of your posting to TN.
This is beautiful.
The lighting is super and the colours are well saturated and vivid.
Excellent composition,the diagonal look is enhanced by the slender body of this bird.
The focus is razor sharp.
The POV and DOF are excellent.
The OOF BG has a lovely bokeh.


Hi Smitha,
Beautiful bird and very well captured, great colour and sharpness.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-03-07 9:29]

beautiful picture.the green subject against green BG is amaizng.
All your photographs were amazing and I wish you good luck for your future photography ,
(Thank you for naming me in your notes :) )


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-08 5:14]

Hi Smitha,
Extremely sorry for being late in congratulating you on this great occasion. I can understand your joy and joy is what you have shared with us this entire year, through your wonderful posts. Wish to have you here for many more years and regale watching your exquisite posts. Thank you too for including me in your list which has some very good names. You truely make me feel proud and honoured.
You really celebrate this day with an outstanding shot of this so very beautiful bird. Amazing colours and sharp details on its plumage and you have captured a classic pose here. Superb lightin, exposure, DOF and POV. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-08 8:02]

Hi Smitha,

A belated congratulations on your anniversary! Milestones are so nice. A magnificent bee eater to celebrate with. Fantastic colors, razor sharp details and a superb composition. I am still a novice - you have left that category behind you.


Hi Smitha,
Lovely too see you back posting again, its been a while and congratulations on an excellent shot and also your first anniversary, this is beautiful, stunning colours, excellent detail, and well framed, lovely work all the best Cheers Rick:)

Hi Smitha
A beautiful image of this BeeEater.
The clarity is very good.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
Pov and dof are well done.
OOF BG is lovely.
Wonderful color
Great catchlite
tfs jon
Congrats one year on TN

Magnificient shot! You have controlled the depth of field very well. Beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-14 0:54]

Another splendid shot Smitha, marking an year that you have spent in TN. Lovely well saturated colours with tack sharp details, contrasts and lighting.It looks real enough to give a feel that one can reach out and touch the bee eater right there.The gorgeous combination of the dominant green and yellow palette breathes a lot of life into this picture.Very well done.

Cheers to many more delightful postings from you...

Hi Smitha,
excellent posting, a piece of art in its clear composition that has been strictly reduced to the essence. Delightful spectre of colours in smooth transitions - on the pretty bee-eater as well as in the perfectly well supporting background.
Realizing to be a bit late for joining in to celebrate your anniversary, I am just saying: Thank you for the excellent contribution, and for sharing with us the joy you get from your passionate love for nature and photography.
All my best wishes to you.

hello Smitha

better to be late than never / mieux vaut Ítre en retard que jamais,
congratulation for your 1st TN anniversary soon will be the 2nd anniversary,
a very beautiful photo of the bee-eater with fine POV,
superb focus sharpness and details, beautifully blurred background,
very beautiful luminosity and colur tones, TFS


amazing portrait, TFS Ori

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