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For Gert

For Gert
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO
Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-17 11:21
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is for a dear friend who, after a immense and amazing contribution here, has decided to part roads to TN...GERT.

I had the pleasure of learning many great things from him, i had the pleasure of discussing and debating many natural and technical aspects but, more importantly, have the pleasure of calling him my friend.

I remember some years ago, i saw a picture of an Emerald Damselfly (here) that left me speechless. It was an excellent balance of a beautiful subject photographed in terrific conditions. The way its metallic colors were reflecting the light and the way the dew drops laid on its back made such a powerful visual impact that it stood with me to this day. I know my photo here isn't remotely like that, but is only of reminder of that...so this is to you, my friend! Be well!

Thanks for your visits.

For whom it may concern:
I've updated parts of my website and reorganized a few things. I will also, hopefully, be uploading more new photos soon. You can check it out here

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 150mm f/2/8 Macro
Filter: None
Focal Length: 150mm
Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/8
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 8 AM
Weather conditions: sunny

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-17 11:37]

Hello Horia,
Yes I fully agree. The departure of Gert is an immensely lost for all of us.
But your contribution is also great. This photo for instance. What a fantastic sharp details. The dew drops are splendid. Beautiful natural colours in clear light. Excellent POV and plain BG.
Have a good weekend,

Hello Horia
First of all I never got to know Gert very well but having looked through his gallery I feel I have missed out on knowing a great contributor with an immense knowledge of wildlife and photography.
Now for this wonderful capture of yours...
Your Work and knowledge is finally being reproduced to a standard that reflects your hard work through the 150mm Macro you use now.
The gradated bg which highlights the dew covered Emerald Damselfly is beyond reproach.
I can only congratulate you and aim higher myself and thank you for giving me an unhealthy interest in Dragons and Damsels!!
All the Best

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-04-17 12:52]

Hello my friend,
i see you are taking full advantage of this seasons new offerings...wow. You seem to have really honed your craft now.There's really nothing to crtitique here. The DOF is perfect, POV very well chosen to give you that wonderful neutral background, and the little patch off light gives it that something extra special...you are a true master of your craft! Superb work, really.
Treknature needs your level of photography and although Gert has sadly left, your presence here still offers us all something to aim for.
Have a great weekend buddy.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-17 21:21]

Hi Horia.
It is really not the best time here now. Thanks for nice dedication to out dear friend Gert. It is great loss for all of us and for TN too. Your damselfly is so brilliant as Gert's one. It is your favorite subject and you always do it perfectly. At this shot I like all (first and the main my love it is photographer :)): fantastic blameless composition, razor sharp details of the dry stem and charming insect, stunning smooth BG with unusual and very pleasant coloutration. My warm greeting. I hope you will have the time and desire to visit TN and post your shots.
Yours Alexei.

Hello Horia, beautiful composition. Nice sharp focus. The dew drops on its back are looking awesome. Like the gradient background.

Agreed. It is as if the cornerstone of the whole building has shaken in a mighty earthquake. As humble as Gert is/was, his presence is/was beyond a doubt a sure sign the professionalism still reigns.

Now as to make this proper, your image is one perfectly chosen in it's clarity, framing and contrasts. It is befitting of a database of nature pictures and I am certain most well appreciated by Gert, as it is by me.

Hello Horia.

Excellent macro, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose luis.

Hello Horia,
sorry I'm very late.
Thanks for the fine dedication and for your very fine words, I'm touched, my friend.
This is a very good picture with beautiful colours and good sharpness. I like the POV and composition too.
Best Regards
Your Friend

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