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A Happy New Year

A Happy New Year
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-28
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 62 mm
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-01 7:03
Viewed: 3725
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Best wishes for a Happy New Year, dear friends.

Until now, we have not winter weather. Dull days follow one another. Such situation is observed few years successively. That is one of the reasons I have not good winter shots.

One time in autumn, I visit our countryside garden. That day the weather was rainy and lowering. In spite of that I decided to take macro shots. Pictured flowers are rather tiny. Their diameter equals 4-5 mm. They are widespread in our region and it is easy to find out them among the grass. However, I do not know correct ID or forgot them (I have shared few pictures of the species here few years ago without ID too).

I have used fill flash (Nikon SB-900) and have been surprised with wonderful (for my taste) lighting effect and colours. Moreover, picture reminds New Year’s tree with festive illumination. May be it is my fantasy only :).

Health, abundance of happiness and prosperity to all.

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Wish you too a Happy New year, Alexei! BTW, we are neighbours today. :)
This is a very beautiful capture of a blue wild flower. Your sense of aesthetics as a nature photographer is very high and this well controlled shot is a clear sample of it.
It is a pleasure to see you posting here occasionally.
Best regards.

Hello Alexei
Wonderful picture of this blue wild flower with water droplets.
Good sharpness and colour.
Best wishes,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-01 7:55]

Hello Alexei,
What a special macro you got here. Splendid colours in this little flower in superb sharpness, details and a great use of flash. The water drops are a big bonus.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-01 8:05]

Hi Alexei,
Nice macro photo. Amazing colors and sharpness details.
Happy New Year 2014.
Regards Jiri.

I am impressed by the magnificent sharpness and details of this image. The composition is wonderful. Very nice colors and outstanding clarity. It is a superb photo. Lovely contrast against the background. A top quality image.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-01 8:53]

Hi Alex,what a great way to start your new year gallery!! This is a fantastic macro,a very professional capture of this very small flower,a big standing ovation for you! Happy new year and thanks,luciano

Hallo Alexei
I love photographs like this one you share here today. It is filled with plenty of striking colours, has lots of magnetism to it and it looks so festive and joyous. It is always a pleasure for me to see and appreciate your photography no matter what the subject. Thanks for sharing. Warmest wishes.

Ciao Alexei, great macro of beautiful flower with fantastic drops, excellent clarity, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year, ciao Silvio

hallo Alex
super picture with nice details and beautiful colours
i like this flower

And a happy new year for you and Family
gr lou

Hello Mr.Alexei,
Happy New Year to you too.Wish this year will bring prosperity and peace all over the world.
Beautiful picture of this flower.Droplets of water looks really beautiful.Flash light shows the details in to the water droplets.Nice presentation.
Thanks for shAring,
Regards and have a nice time,

Thanks for your valuable encouragement on my picture.Have a nice time.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2014-01-01 10:43]

Hello Aleksei,
It's very interesting macro.If the flower had a yellow center, and not white would match your national colors.I know this species and see in my environment.
Best regards, Pawel

Privet Alexei,
A day when you manage to shoot such a photograph cannot be any dull. :-) This is fantastic. With flash and proper exposure you managed to create real icy atmosphere even without ice! No joke. Most of all your background seems like being icy a bit. On the flower the details are even unbelievable, depth of field unbeatable and the colors are the best possible. One of your best images overall. A symphony of macro photography. Hats off.
I wish you & your loved ones a prosperous and happy new year. Kind regards, László

Hello Alexei

Also for you and you family, Happy New Year.
Beautiful photo of this wild flower, with a lovely light,
lovely soft color tones of the flower, excellent focus,
sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Hello Alexei
照的清晰 很漂亮的花朵
顏色華麗 有著露水很新奇也非常漂亮有質感
光線亮麗 樹葉上的露水也很晶瑩剔透 非常的搭配
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Beautiful photo of this small flower (Anchusa?)Alex! Very good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!
My best wishes for the New Year!

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2014-01-02 2:04]

Hello Alex,
nice macro,happy new year!!regards..

Impressive details brigh colours perfect sharp. Best wishes 2014 MF Alexei.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-05 1:40]

Hello Alex,
Thanks so much for your kind wishes and we hope for you and your country just the best.
This picture reminds me of some very old postings ...:-)at a time when TN was very busy.
Lovely souvenir!
Kind regards

Hi Alexei,
This is amazing blue.
Well done dear friend.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-01-16 5:36]

Hi Alexie,
Beautiful new year gift ..
Very nice macro of this blue flower fine sharpness and beautiful light and colours.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-01-22 23:01]

Hi Alex.
really such a beautiful flower with excellent sharpness and details. The fine hairs in the middle is so stunning.
exciting works of arts with dews and color composition.
Wonderful to view.


Dear Alexei,
a very beautiful image to start the New Year and to send greetings and good wishes. The tiny blossom of the Small Bugloss (Anchusa arvenis) looks so fresh and filled with energy. Thank you so much, and wishing you all the best in return! Always a pleasure to see your work, and looking forward to new contributions from you.
With best regards,

Hi Alexei. I love the light colours in this. You captured it nicely with the water droplets in focus well. The bright green goes well with the blue as well. This would make a great painting in a living room at home. Good eye Alexei. TFS Trevor.

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