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Vivid autumn

Vivid autumn
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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: 2008-10-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 62 mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things II, Autumn At Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-11 7:26
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The autumn amazes with the colours.
There are last nice sunny and warm enough days in Odessa region. Last flowers are blossoming and many insects hurry to taste flower's pollen and nectar. I also hurry to these flowers to take may be last colourful shots of such pictorial Nature festival.

I agree with our wise and skill friend Bob Shannon. Photography is really a powerful tool of education and development of the beautiful in people and preservation of our wild world. For this reason I spare neither strength nor resources for joining with the fine world of a nature photography.

By this shot I open new page in my photo biography. I hope it will not be worse than previous ones.

No PP, only cropped a bit.
Camera fine jpg, DX shooting mode.
Handheld shot.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Maite: Thanks and warm greetings.Alex99 1 10-12 09:25
To jaycee: Spring and autumn.Alex99 1 10-12 09:21
To ellis49: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 10-12 09:15
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Hola Alexei, bonita fotografia con agradable composición, colores fuertes, buena definición y detalle. un saludo

hello alexei,
we are getting great posts presenting us the beauty of autumn, this is a fine capture, the flower and the bee makes interesting combination, the sulight looks great, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-11 8:19]

Hello Alexei,
Here you have made good use of both the autumn colours and autumn lighting, which makes a fine capture of a honey bee on an aster flower.
The technical qualities an composition are topp class.
Well done my friend, TFS and have a good weekend.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-11 8:38]

Hello Alexei,
This is a lovely shot! Sharp, detailed and good clarity. Great composition and a good POV. This bee looks like it's really enjoying the pollen. Very good colour of flower against the background, sharp and well detailed.good work and nicely done.
Regards Siggi

Hi Alaxei,

Excellent shot
you used the light beautifully to get these Perfect colors
Compo, POV, DOF and sharpness are Fanfastic

TFS Thijs

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-11 9:12]
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Hello Alexei
Splendid close up, and how beautiful with those beautiful flowers and nice colors! I love the bee doing its work. A superb job to start a new page.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-10-11 9:13]

hello my friend
beautiful composition with vivid colours
POV, DOF, light, sharpness and details are great

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-10-11 9:41]

Hello Alexei,
We have very nice autumn in October, September was very cold and rainy. Yours photo is very nice and remind warm summer days. Very good composition , light and shade on petals.
Best regards, Pawel.

Hi Alexei,

It is wonderful seeing autumn around the world - especially for one who lives where there is only winter and summer. These bees are certainly busy at work on the amazingly beautiful flowers. Everything about this is perfect - lighting, colors, details, and composition.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-11 9:58]

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful autumn image showing the pretty Asters with a Bee collecting nectar and pollen to store for the winter. Excellent sharpness and lovely light and colours in this very beautiful composition.
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2008-10-11 11:28]

Hello Alexei
this is really a beautiful photo. the colors are optimally balanced on the neutral background a lot in prominence. the bee and flower are perfectly focusing. Great contrast and composition.

Hi Alexei.
congrats for your new great equipment.
In your skillful hands this will a great combination.
This is a very nice autumn picture with lovely colours and fine
details and sharpness.
Fine work. old friend.
Have a nice weekend.

Hi Alexei,
Perfect exposure levels and colors, sharp detail.
The image as a whole is most pleasing :)
Outstanding job,

Hi Alexei, superb macro with busy bee and wonderful flowers, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ciao Alexei,
stupenda macro, eccellenti POV e composizione con i fiori sulla diagonale, ottima nitidezza ed eccellenti i dettagli, magnifici i colori e la luminosità

Hello Alexei,
Very cheerful and pleasant image with those lovely colour around!
the subject is in total sharpness with great details! especially the good lighting over it
my compliment

Hi Alexei,

good composition and razor sharpness.
Beautiful colours and pov.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-10-11 14:54]

Hi Alexei
Wonderful picture of these flowers,the bee inside the flower is very creative and interesting. Excellent sharpness and composition.
Good job

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-11 18:49]

What beautiful work you share with us, the colors are vivid and the focus extremely sharp, superb macro work Alexei.

Bonito trabajo Alexei. Destacar conmo en muchas de tus tomas, tu visión de conjunto en algunas escenas y la combinación de espectaculares colores. Buen control de la luz también para este bello conjunto.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-12 4:14]

Hello Alexei, Very nice view and good shot. Good to note that this has not gone any PP and that shows how perfect the shot is. TFS Ganesh

Hi Alexei
You've captured a the colour of Autumn with this Fall Aster. The colours are stunning. Excellent detail, lighting and composition. Well done and TFS.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-10-12 12:12]

Hi Alex!

Vivid, but tender at the same time, probably because of the pastel colour tones that suit the autumnal atmosphere so well. You have not only well composed the picture, but also well managed the colours and the lighting. I like that mix of liveliness and tenderness very much.

Kind regards


Hello Alexei
Beautiful image. It is really vivid!
Very well composed and with perfect exposition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-12 13:56]

Hello Alexei!
What a fine capture of this beautiful flower and bee :-)
Very good detail and excellent sharpness.
Great composition.
Superb DOF.
Wonderful colours.

Well done,

You are having a very good autumn it appears...Nice colours still left and even some bee's...so that's where all the bees went? to Ukraine? You must have plenty of veggies then...they are good pollinators yeah!? HOLY COW! I just read your note after I was already typing....I am honored that you say good things about me...I am also humbled by some of your works as well Alexei..truly...this TN is one of the best learning environments on the Internet...and it is free...well ads from the owners but still...it is one amazing place to be..thanks for your photo and your kind words!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-12 23:52]

Hi Alexei,
I see that you have a new camera, am I right? Congrats with that :o)
Colors, light and details are very nice. TFS

Hello Alexei,
sorry for my delay, I came back newly.
Nice to see one of your perfect macro, again. Excellent result of f/2.8 lens and f/16 of f-stop. everyting wonderful, from light and colors to sharp details and composition. Thanks for sharing, well done. Have a nice week, my friend

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-13 1:41]

Hello Alex,
It is a view on something very common seen with an artist's eye. I like the fine nuances of blue and purple colors in this picture. Light is well rendered and the focus perfectely on the little bee. I also like the composition with the play between sharpness and blurred parts and the decentred position of the main subject.
Thanks so much
have anice day

Hello Alexei,

I find your modesty so very heart-warming.
This is a wonderful shot showing the sharply focussed details of the bee and the flowers. (Are they Michaelmas daisies?)
The well-chosen dof and the shadows, creating tonal changes, make this a very attractive shot! QWell done!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi dear Alexei ,
So nice capture.
Great compo and nice sharpness.
Very well done my friend.

Kind regards

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-13 4:54]

Hi Alexei,
This is a lovely shot!
very good sharp
well done

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-13 16:17]

Hi Alex,very nice and different way to show this month,not a usuals reds or yellows leaves!!My best compliments,a great idea and a perfect realisation,colors,details and POV simply fantastics!Thanks a lot to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

hello Alexei

wonderful image with the autumnal luminosity
and the beautiful flowers with their vivid colours,
and all that with the bee in working action,
with fine POV, DOF and framing, i also loved your notes, TFS


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-10-13 23:37]

Hello Alexei,

Beautiful capture of this honey bee. Superb composition. Excellent sharpness and splendid detail. Wonderful colours.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-14 11:01]

Hi Alexei

Indeed the colors of autumn are something totally different from any other and we as photographers of nature should exposure and enjoy them the most :)
This is a fine example for this statement and the both the flowers and the bee looks superb in this picture. Technically, this is spot-on from all aspects, but on an aesthetic point of view, i liked the composition and the use of the big DOF. They give the photo it's own character.

I am curious for your new page in your photo biography. Looking forward to see and read more in your future posts, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-14 15:03]

Hello Alexei, great autumn scene with lots of beautiful details and a fantastic composition, very well done, thanks!


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-10-14 23:26]

Belle composition bien contrastée.
Bonne journée.

Oct 15, 2008

Hi Alex. Super image details and the colors are just stunning. I like the light and shadow management in flawless focus. Really awesome and well done. Jusni

Hello Alexei,

Wow! What a remarkable picture demonstrating that fall is not always yellow and red! The colors here are fantastic and you did a great composition with the flowers and this POV on the bee. Lights & shadows bring dynamism to the picture. Excellent job and TFS!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-15 10:32]

Hi Alexei,
as always perfect sharp detail and excellent framing. The way you handled the lighting here is very well done - great work my friend, a beautiful image.

Hello Alexei.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Alexei,
What a nice composition with superb colors, details and exposure. Autumn is a wonderful season when weather is fine. Today, it is a rainy autumn day here... Details on the insect and flowers are superb! Greetings,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-10-16 20:16]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent POV, great colors and sharp details. Very nice notes
too my friend.. Well done


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-10-17 8:08]

This is a very nice capture of the autumn's beauty indeed Dear Alexei! The light is magical and the bee working on one of the most marvelously colored flower is a big bonus. Very nice DOF and light management, thanks for sharing.

Hi Alex
Summertime! Unfortunately those days are over now ;-( Beautiful memory of summery. I like the mood of this picture and colorful flowers.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-17 20:32]

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful shot and you portray Autumn in all its glory. Great looking flowers and the Bee is having a nice time too. I like this sunny lighting and fresh environment. You really are a master at work and give life and energy to such common scenes. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

Bonjour Alexei.
Bella composicion, la flor y la abeja, son preciosa.Un saludo.

Hello Alexei,
Very good exposure control in quite difficult conditions through the harsh sunlight.
Excellent depth of field and lighting. For example that bleu
flower to the right with the bee is overall sharp.
Very good colors throughout the image.
Well done

You, yes, "YOU" are a GREAT teacher!!!
Love your work.
Mario with fond regards.

Hi Alexei

What a wonderful shot of these autumn flower - having one of those days and have forgotten what they are called again... I have them in my garden as well but mine are bright pink.... a rather heavy frost has recently finished them off....

Great shot and so very sharp. the lighting is wonderful and handheld as well!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-10-30 1:00]

Hola amigo,
bonita macro,
magnífico control de la luz,
y colores naturales.
saludos Alexei

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful capture,good angle,very sharp.
Best regards,

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