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Decision making

Decision making
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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: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): jmp *2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-06 21:29
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Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 134
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is rather ordinary shot is very dear for me and reflexes an extraordinary event in my life. Firstly in my life I meet the fox, meet it directly near my countryside house (about 20 m from border of my land site) and take photo of it. I even could not imagine that it is possible in our places.

The choice of the title to this picture I'll explain next time.

As almost all my pictures are taken in these places, allow me to tell about them in more detail.

In 1987 the government of the USSR had decided to give the small land sites (plots) for gardening to all interested people (0.06 or 0.12 later hectares per person). On these plots was allowed to build small houses. Many people had taken to themselves plots and had begun to develop them with greater enthusiasm. But in 1990 the deep economic crisis had broken out, and after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 crisis in all spheres had accepted catastrophic character. People had become impoverished, had lost all savings, patches became beggarly. Many of them had left the plots on an arbitrariness of destiny, not having even money to reach them.

In my WS #1 you can see the become empty plots and half-broken small houses (you can see also my "white" house).

The Odessa area is located on plain in a steppe zone. All the lands are used in an agriculture. Therefore given sites of arable lands take places near to small ravines and hills (see WS #2; this is view from window of my house). The landscape and the nature are poor enough.

Now some revival begins, and people have started little by little to come back to their plots.

I like this place. There are more fresh air and wind, hot sunny days, birds and insects, moon and stars and almost are not people, town noises and policy. There are only electricity and artesian water. There is not any shop and anything else. Last years in summers I live here with my wife. That is why I am out of Internet and TN now but I have many unexpected meetings, which about I will tell you without fail.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Maite: New shots from you.Alex99 1 11-24 08:30
To mogens-j: Nice placeAlex99 1 09-15 11:29
To aido: The pathAlex99 1 08-07 20:53
To vanderschelden: My secret.Alex99 1 08-07 09:42
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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-08-06 21:39]

hi Alexei
c'est une véritable rencontre heureuse, comme quoi il ne faut jamais sous estimé le facteur chance. L'image est bien réalisée malgré l'effet de surprise, l'émotion est bien maîtrisée. Superbe netteté, son côté naif ressort à 100%.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-06 22:12]

Hello Alexei,
It appears that you have a nice view from your country cottage. I know you wish for Internet access there, but it must be nice to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and the peace and quiet. The former Soviet Union has been through much in the past 20 years, but I hope for better times in the future.

The wait for your next post was well worth it. This is no "ordinary" photo in my opinion. It is an excellent view of your suprise visitor with bright eyes and a great attentive expression. The light is good and focus is sharp. I really like the very natural colors. The balanced composition is excellent with some natural vegetation and just enough empty space around your subject. I enjoyed your post very much!
Best Regards,

Hello Alexei good focus and sharp detail I like the light nicely composed rgds Necip.

Hello Alexei,
A cute little fellow!
The image is very well composed, the subject is captured with great colours & details...
The attitude and b-i-g brown eyes are amazing!
Pablo -

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-07 0:03]

Hola Alex,
precioso retrato,
sensacional pov,
nitidez y maravillosa compo.
interesante mirada...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-07 0:22]

Hi Alexei

Great composition with very good eye contact. The exposure is really good too.


Privet Alexei.
You say here this is a rather ordinary shot but in my opinion this is an extraordinary shot. It poses you! You have done always the best my dear friend. It doesn't need more words to critize. First class work. Bravo and TFS.
Sincere greetings from Turkey.

hi alexei,
nice capture, the title suits the expressions of the naimal, liked the pov and the composition, sharp image, the weed on the left gives added look to the picture, nice dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Dear Alex!
It is really great to see you new picture! And here are my best congratulation because of this unique meeting with red fox! :>
According to picture I have to say that I really like it. The composition is very nice, also colours (I like a lot warm and delicate colouration), DOF and POV are very good. Fox was photographed in natural environment and bravo for that, especially that - as you marked, this species is rather rare in you region :>
Additional bravo for interesting and detailed note. I was not in Odessa region and only on Crimean Peninsula, but I had possibility to see all these things mentioned by you.
Thank you for very nice presentation and my best greetings from Lodz!

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful to see this cute little fox near your place. This is very nice shot. POV and composition are great. Also beautiful landscape pictures around your place in Odessa. Very well done and tfs.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-08-07 2:46]

Hi Alexei,

A great capture with good eye contact,I like it a lot,the POV,colors are great,you were lucky to have this fellow posing for you,well done and tfs


Hello Alexei,
I can imagine how surprised you where seing this lovely fox so near.
Lovely image with wonderful pose of the fox and look in the eyes.
Composition, sharpness and exposure are excellent and due to that details are beautiful.
A real joy to look at.
Excellent work and note.
Looking foreward to your explanation of the title :)
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

Hi Alexei,
Very nice shot, lovely look in those eyes.
I like the soft warm colortones and saturation here. Excellent details, POV, DOF, and composition also..I spoted a Texas Grey Fox two weeks ago, rarely if ever see them in the day here.
Very well done.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-07 5:13]

Alexei, Very nice shot and you have given ample amount of space for the subject which is very interesting. Nice shot. Ganesh

Privet Alexei,
Well, the fox seems realy surprised by this encounter!
I like so much this beautiful and candid capture of this young animal, besides the unexpected moment you managed pretty well to build this excellent composition with the road and grasses.
It's so good the reading of your notes, to know a little more about your country, not from newspapers, instead by a real inhabitant.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Very good title:-), Alexei...and I'm surprised you'll explain it later (reading your note afterwards)
"Decision making"; you can read in its beautiful eyes: what shall I do.. stay or run? Wonderful animal and image...

selam Alexie,wow excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely fox nice pov and bg with splendid colours.great details
Well done !
Regards ridvan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-07 8:16]

Hi Alexei,

This was worth waiting for! This fox is beautiful beyond words. The pose and the look on his face is just priceless. Those eyes!! Wonderful colors and details of his face and plummage. The setting and composition are superb. I was very touched by your notes. Now I'm waiting to hear about the title!


hello alex
merci pour le partage de cet adorable animal, netteté parfaite, belle prise, félicitations, amitiès

It is a very nice photo and a great note, both WSs complete the post in a brilliant way. I enjoyed very much Alexei, thanks for sharing a part of your experiences with us.
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-08-07 10:09]

Privet Alexei,
Wonderful capture.POV,natural colors,eye contact,clear details and composition are excellent.

Hi Alex,
It really looks you caught him by surprise. His big scary eyes and its very aware expression is wonderful. I am sure that soon after you took the photo he was gone. The wonderful warm light helped to illuminate its beautiful coat perfectly. Composition and sharpness are spot on.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-08-07 11:20]

selam my friend
i feel same things when i see firstly in my life i meet the fox
good capturing of this cute and beautiful fox that is giving nice pose to you
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

hi alexei,
this shot not ordinary at all !
it's a very sensitive one.
especially for the expression on the foxes face.
very interesting eyecontact.
and very good POV, perfect details and natural warm colours.
a beautiful animal and a beatiful photo !
TFS - carole

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-08-07 18:12]

Hi Alexei. I like this very much. The fox's face is very emotive. Good clarity and colours. TFS. Murray.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-08-07 20:35]
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Hi Alexei,
This is excellent, a wonderful image. Great composition (I would have been tempted to include the path behind him), I really like the grasses to the left of the frame. Great exposure and detail also.

It's nice also to see a picture of the area where you live and your summer house. You have a great view from your window! It sounds as if you are happy there too, always a good thing for people to be happy in their lives.
Keep well my friend.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-07 21:42]

Hello Alexei

A beautiful capture of this Red Fox.The focus is excellent with wonderful POV and DOF.The details are sharp.The lighting is very good,and the colours are well saturated.The eye contact is outstanding,and the fox is very interested in what you are doing.A beautiful composition.Wonderfully done.TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-07 22:18]

Hello Alexei,
What a splendid capture of this fox facing you on the path. The light is very beautiful, and the focus is perfect showing excellent sharp details. Lovely colours and a very fine composition. Thank you also for showing us the area around your country home, it looks very beautiful.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-08-08 0:26]

Priviet Alexei!

As always excellent picture with superb note and workshop. I like this cute fox. Pose, eyes, desert colours - everything made great composition. It is sad to read about problems and poverty of people from your place. We've got similiar problems in Poland, but not in this scale...

Hola Alexei,
Preciosa imagen la que nos presentas, bonita y simpática la expresión capturada, excelente nitidez y POV, Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Belle photo de ce renard,il est magnifique et bien pris, bien net,meme les détails et les différents tons de son pellage sont bien marqués.Il vous a autorisé a prendre la photo,car il reste la, le regard interrogateur mais ne fait meme pas signe de fuire.Vraiment j' aime cette photo. Amitiés Thomas

Thanks for looking at my butterfly picture, Alexei, and writing your kind words on it.
It is a pleasure to reconnect with you.

This is an amazing shot of a red fox. You have captured the intensity of expression in its curious eyes so very effectively.
Very well done and thanks for sharing this great image.
Best regards.

Hello Alexei !
You were so lucky to meet this beautiful fox, and you managed to get a wonderful shot ! I love his pose and the way he is looking at you, not really afraid, just curious. The warm colors are wonderful, as well as the composition, the POV, the details, exposure and eye contact. Very well done !

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-08 5:14]

Hello Alexei,
Nice to see your work again. You captured this young fox expertly with high technical and artistic excellence. It is a very appealing image.
Sad to read your note describing the situation in your country. We hope the economic revival will continue so that not only your compatriots but also nature can do well in the Ukraine.
Best wishes, my friend,

Hi Alex

Great way to put a fox out of the box (camera box of course) Very nice presentaion with good composition, funny title and interestin note
Best wishes

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-08-08 9:00]

Hello Alex ,What a fantastic shot from this fox ,i'ts a beautyful beest , hi looks to you and so cool , great compositie and colours ,i like it , nice evening Greetings Teunie .

Hi Alexei,

Great shot of this normaly shy Fox
Compo, POV, DOF and Sharpness are SUPERB

TFS Thijs

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-08-08 11:27]

Hi Alexei,
Thank you for sharing this beautiful fox with us. You realy caught him by surprise. Very nice pose of the fox and you have taken this with great sharpness and details. I like the eye contact I also like Thijs's ws because it brings out the red colour of the fox even more.
TFS Paula and have a good summer.

Independientemente de la bella fotografía, son interesantes tus explicaciones de las miserias de uno de los Países más potentes?*?)) del mundo como ya hiciste en otra ocasión. Es increíble el intenso y estricto control sobre el descontrol o la pobreza por parte de los gobernantes de turno. En fin , no he dicho nada. Saludos y a ver si publicas más fotografás Alexei: J. Ignasi Tejedor

What a lovely image of this superb looking fox Alexei. I like that you captured it standing next to the lovely grasses to the left, great POV and wonderful lighting. The fox looks so sweet and innocent. All round a nice composition.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-08 23:43]

Hello Alex,
What a beautiful picture, this a curious fox
Beautiful animal indeed, great POV and sharpness
Very well composed picture my friend.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-09 0:37]

Hi Alexei,
A nice coincidence and a beautiful visitor :o) He also looks surprised to see you. I liked the pose,composition, warm color tones and light. TFS
Best wishes,

very nice capture:_)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-09 12:43]

Hello Alex,
What a special picture. This little fellow doesn't seem to be afraid or at least didn't realize that you could be a potential danger ;-)
Amazing pose and look. Wonderful natural and harmonious earth-colours and excellent composition.
Great picture

Hello my friend

Nice to have you back from vacation. Looking at the view from your window it is easy to understand how you can do without Internet and other "very important" modern things which we cannot do without. Years ago I had a dream of moving to a lonely place deep in the mountains of Norway when I became an old man. Well, I am still around but fortunately I have friends who take me on a hike to nature places from time to time. And even in a small country like Denmark we have some very nice places.

Alexei this is not an ordinary picture - it is an extraordinary picture. The fox is very charming and in good helth. The way it looks at you. is lovely and it looks more curious than alerted.

Very good sharpness with lovely details in the fox and the straws. Nice blurred background. Very natural colours.

Nice job and thanks for sharing this lovely creature.

You are truely one of the most amazing of men I've ever met.
Inspite of all odds you carry on loving your great and beautiful country that has and is still suffering so very much. What courage!!! I admire you.
Great photography work as usual, in fact OUTSTANDING work.
A big hug of friendship from my wife and myself.
P.S. Should you ever need anything please do not hesitate to mention.

Wonderful color and sharp details from this POV makes this a pleasure to view
Best wishes,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-10 11:52]

Hi Alexei,
It seems to me quite difficult to find a fox an taking a so detailed, well composed photo! Outstading composition, visual contact and beautiful light.
Really interesting and well narrated history.
TFS, José M.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-10 11:55]

Hi Alexei,
Splendid shot of the Fox with sharp details and spot-on focus. The eye contact and its startled expression looks awesome. Superb light management and exposure. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

* You have a beautiful view out of your window. Must be breathing fresh air and enjoying the tranquil environment.

This is a great and lucky encounter Alexei! I wish I had this chance when I was in camping lately but I didn't see any fox but my boyfriend did!

This is a beautiful portrait with great details, beautiful POV and composition. This animal looks so nice! I really enjoyed reading those interesting notes. Thanks a lot for this great post! Thanks,

Hi Alexei,
A good photo, I like the eye contact in this photo. Nice uses of thirds, a well composed and seen photo.

Alexei...this photo is so clear and in focus it looks like I am standing in front if him live.Your lighting is just perfect.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-12 11:41]

Hi Alexei

A beautiful image and a fascinating note educating us about both your country and your life. This shot is far from ordinary. I love the eye contact. The shot is well focused and well framed.

Nice to see you back again.



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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-08-13 11:56]

Hello Aleksiej,
I like very much to read your note that very interesting and genuine. Obviously I admire your photo so as this. Fox is pretty only at present many birds are rare from his reason.
Best regards, Pawel.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-13 17:51]

Hi Alexei. I like this fine photo. it is very sharp and grate Bg. Your note is very interesting for me, naw I learn a little more about your nice copuntry. TFS. Best Regards from Mexico. Luis52.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-08-14 5:33]

Hello Alexei,
lovely shot, the eye contact and the pose of this fox look fabulous. You right he seems to decide if to run or to stay for another photo shot.
Love the lighting, brings out those details and colors very well.

Hello Alexei.
It is a beautiful image, very good he takes the light and nitidad very well. A greeting.

Dear Alexei,
an unexpected meeting - so well turned into a very clear picture! A moving document, very skilfully composed, with subtle colours that are telling of dry summer steppe.
The eye contact is emotionally touching. A lot of soul and friendliness in this fine story of a wise and alert animal making contact with you. In Latin, an "animal" is a creature with a soul, derived from the Latin word "anima" which means "soul". Your fox defintely is a very soulful creature. A wonderful document. My congratulations!
Thank you my dear friend, also for showing us the peaceful place where you are spending your summer.
My best regards,

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-08-17 3:30]

Gratuluje sfotografowania tego dosc plochliwego zwierzaka. Prezentuje sie naprawde pieknie. Bardzo ladnie Ci pozuje.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-08-18 17:51]

Hi Alex!
Foxes now live in towns, just like racoons in America, none believed me that I saw one in my street one early morning, but she really lives in the cornfield just outside the town.Never had the luck to take a photo like you, and greatly captured unique moment, great shot!

hi alexei,

excellent quality with a very fine shallow dof.magnificent colors too.

hello alexei!
congrat to a very beautiful
picture on this fine fox!
very good!

hello Alexie

great capture of this wonderful young fox+
taking pictures of wild animals in the countryside is always very difficult due to the lack of time they allow you +

this is a lovely shot and the position of the fox regarding you is very good

colours POV and sharpness are very good too



Hi Alexei!
Excellent picture of this cute animal!I like the realistic colors,the sharpness and your point of view very much.The depth ehre is good and the poisitioning of teh animal couldn´t be better.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-10-23 11:43]

Hi Alex, I missed this fox, can imagine its a great moment. Picture is very well taken, really good pov. especially the long legs are a nice detail. Your note makes it a very interesting post
TFS Reina

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-24 1:48]
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Hi again dear Alex
I don't know if you commented up to the last of my pictures (and I thank you so much for cheking them all) but I've got a big lot of your pictures to comment, and that will be a great and pleasant task as long as the time let me do it, for they are all so good and interesting, and I enjoy so much with each of them. I really envy those of you who meet such wonderful animals as this little fox in your way! It must be so exiting!!
Probably in that case I shouldn't be able to take a good shot, I should be too much amazed.
Magnificent job, my friend!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-17 18:39]

Hi Alexei,
such a simple but very pleasant. Great sharpness and clarity. Lighting isa well taken care and the environment is pleasantly depicted. Nature in action shot.
Thanks for the tips and information on my recent fly photo. Very useful and very technical knowledge for me to understand further the trick of the trade. Really appreciate that.


Hello Alexei

His innocent glance on you it is very beautiful,
fine POV from you to obtain that, with beautiful warm
light and color tones, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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