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Happy New Year!

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: 2007-03-11
Categories: Trees
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/300 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-31 3:27
Viewed: 4731
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear friends!

Despite the vicissitudes of life, I am again here among you exactly in one of the key days of the Year.

As usual in Ukraine the economic crisis manifests itself most dramatically. One of its displays is growth of criminality. How does it concern my TN activity? It is very simple. The cutting out and larceny of telephone and network cables have become more frequent. And all these days after my last post I could no access to Internet.

However, The Year comes to the end. Even at TN it was not so placid (I mean, at least, dramatic and sad events with some our friends). Outside of the TN the Life reminded the storming ocean this year.

I wish that everybody would have own islet always where he could be oneself, breathe a full breast, to be desired and beloved, could give people the knowledge, emotions and impressions. I wish that TN remained one of such islet.

Happiness to you, my dear friends.

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To smitha: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 01-07 05:41
To wuta: Happy New Year.Alex99 1 01-07 05:37
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-31 3:45]

Dear Alexei,
Thank you so much for your good wishes for the New Year and may peace be with you and prevail on this planet. I'm so sorry to hear the bad news from your end but hope somehow things will change to the better again! Thank you for the past year and I hope you can be with us soon again!
TFS and all the best wishes for 2009! Kind regards, Ulla

Ciao Alexei, lovely greetings card, fantastic light and great colors, perfect focus, splendid details and excellent sharpness,
I like a lot

hello Alexei!
the crisis slowly but relentlessly took foot also in Europe, but I want to hope in a slow but gradual renewal of it new year.
I wish to you and to the your family a 2009 of certainties and happiness.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-31 4:18]

Hi Elexei. Firstly i wish you and your family a happy new Year. and things calm in Ukraine. You have gone back to your archives for this bight picture to end the year. fine detail and colours. well done TFS.

Trés belle image.
Mes meilleurs voeux.
Bonne année.

Hi Alexei,
a wonderful post my friend - I also like to wish you all the best for 2009 - and to say thanks for all your warm words during 2008,
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-31 5:12]

Happiness to you too Alexei!
Despite the waves of crime and economic problems affecting your country I hope you will have a Healthy and Happy 2009! I also hope that you continue to be able to post such high quality images as this one, with its sharpness, fine lighting and composition.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-31 5:34]

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful brilliant colors!And an awesome composition!
Have a great New Year 2009.
Best regards Siggi

This is the simplest and the most appealing greetings image I have seen this year on TN, Alexei.
Thanks for this wonderful goodwill message.
I too wish you and your family a peaceful and prosperous New Year!
Best regards,

Hi Alexei,

Nice shot with beautiful natural colour shadow and texture.
Thanks for the thoughful critics, advise and useful note you always share in TN.Sorry to hear the bad news.I wish you and your family a great life and happiness always.

Best regards

hello alexei,
nice capture, i liked the natural shades and the composition, sorry to here about the problems and hope that everything will be alright in the new year,
tfs & regards

Happy new year 2009 to you and your family

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-31 7:16]

Privet Alexei,
Beautiful greetings card.Exposure,POV,framing and composition a lot.
I wish Happy New Year for You and Your family too!
Thanks for posting.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-31 7:22]

Hi Alexei

I am sorry to hear about the crime and economic crises. All we can do is wish for better in 2009.

I love the seasonal post here with the wonderful composition and sharp details.

All the best to you for 2009


Dear friend Alexei,
Iam pleasure that you came back from a long silence. This is great selection as a greeting card. Nicely composed. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year. Best wishes my friend

hello Alexei

beautiful composition with fine POV and framing,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details, TFS

i wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy Year 2009


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-12-31 8:14]

Hi Alex,thanks a lot for this fantastic pic,i whish you all the best for a new year and thanks for your great 2008's gallery,Luciano

Hello Alexei,
it's great to see you again, my friend, I hope the problem
with Internet connection is over.
Nice picture with nice lighting and soft colours.
Well composed as usual.
Well done.
Happy New Year

Apropiada foto para la felicitación, con un acertado juego de colores: eres un artista !!

Te deseo también un feliz año 2009 y esperemos que las cosas mejores para los Países en guerra y para los que menos tienen.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-31 13:48]

Hi Alexei,

This is one of the most beautiful greeting cards I have seen. So simple, eloquent, and lovely. Your wish is equally beautiful. I am so sorry to hear of your hardships and I truly wish you a brighter and better 2009 filled with good health, prosperity and peace. Happy New Year, friend.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-31 18:54]

Hello Alexei,
Well my friend you always have such wonderful images when you visit. They always possess great quality and your notes are always great too, may the New Year bringall good things to you and yours Alexei. Thank you my friend.

Hello Alexei !
Such a beautiful picture to start this new year ! I love the suny light and the soft colors, it's very tender, very lovely. I also liked reading your note, although it is sad to hear such bad news from you. I hope everything will be well for you and for all those you love, on this new year, and I hope we will be once more priviledged to see your wonderful pictures.
Greetings from Fance,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-01 1:00]

Hola Alexei.
Happy New Year! :))
mis mejores deseos para ti y toda tu familia,
hermosa postal...
saludos amigo.

hello Alexei
I love the composition and the colors of this shot. A simple subject but very beautiful shot
Happy nex year to you too

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-01-01 5:26]

Hello Alexei,
Happy New Year for you and all your family. These pine cones give pleasant festiveness.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Alexei,

Happy new year too!
Nice picture with beautiful clarity colours.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-01 8:54]

Dear Alexei,
Aah! You find a silverlining always in the cloud...and I like it the way your words bring out wisdom for today and hope for tomorrow...How wonderful to hear from you and to visit you in this time of the year my friend...One of the best things about your posts is that they almost (whether you knowingly or otherwise do it) provide insight ino the economic scenario in your part of the word and your perspectives on the situation.It is all the more interesting for someone like me who has a big interest in Economics as a subject.
I like this simple presentation of twin pine cones in excellent sharpness and clarity as also the very basic nature of the composition, quite reminiscent of the season passing by and instead of the dark sky and clouded surroundings.. the bright light is a warm welcome...so for brighter tomorrows and a lovely New Year here is wishing you and your family health and peace

Warm regards

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-01-01 8:55]
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Hi Alexei

I am glad you could make it to the site.
It saddens me to say "I am glad to learn that the theft
of telephone cables is not a uniquely South African problem".
How terrible to learn that ones own country is not the only
bad apple around the globe.

These conifer cones are very appropriate for the occasion.
It carries the seed of tomorrow.
It carries the hope of survival.
It carries the promise of continuance.

Thanks for the good wishes for 2009. The same to you and your loved ones as well.

Well done MF and TFS
Best regards

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-01 9:01]

Hello my dear friend
I am so happy to know of you again, even if it is sad for me to know that the criminality is growing so much as to steal your telephone and network cables. It is a sad thing to see that safety is going to worse everywhere and to know that your friends are suffering it.
I love the card that you have given us as a present to start this New Year, and most of all your affectionate charming words as ever.
I really want to give thanks to you for your friendship and support and I hope you can receive the same from me.
May you have a happy and pleasant 2009!
With my best regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-01 14:26]

Hi Alexei,
a sharp and clear shot of these Pinecones.
Superb detail.
Well composed.
Great light.

Well done and Happy New Year!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-02 4:38]

Hello Alexei,
Thanks for your kind wishes and I would like to return them to you too. I hope that you will have a not too difficult year in Ukraine (I heard that eventually your gaz importations might be be cut). Your picture is from the sort I like a lot, simple and natural and shown in a beautiful light. I also hope to see more of your high quality pictures in this beginning year.
Take care
Best regards

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-02 10:16]
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Hello Alex For you and the famely a Very good 2009 , And this is a beautiful capture , good light and compositie , Greetings Teunie and Jaap .

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-02 23:33]

Dear Alexei,

Thank you for the good wishes and for the nice photo you have posted. The sharp image and nice light you have captured makes me feel I could tuch the branch and cones.

I wsih you also a Happy New Year,

Hi Alex
Beautiful, razor sharp image for this spesial occasion. Good blured background, nice compo with main object on the right. Nothing to critique ;-)
Happy new year my friend ;-)

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too!
Lovely shot...I can smell the evergreen just looking at this photo.

Hello Alexei.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Happy new year.
Jose Luis.

Ciao Alexei,
bellissima e simbolica immagine di Augurio, eccellenti POV e composizione.
All the best to you and your family for a Happy 2009.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-03 7:09]

Very nice composition, POV and colours Alexei,
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your loved too.

Hello Alexei,

after your emotional appeal who could resist answering it with good wishes? I certainly cannot, I wish you and your friends in Odessa a much better New Year. Please keep your contacts on TN as always. Let them steal telephone wires, there are still waves to communicate with. Thanks for all you did on TN last year, Alexei .


Hi Alexei,
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too. A lovely capture of these pine cones. Very beautiful greeting presentation. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Dear Alexei,
thank you for your beautiful, tastefully well presented wishes for a happy new year! Those pine cones look so powerful - an icon of optimism and life.
I am so glad you are here, and I fell very grateful for all the wonderful presentations and heartfelt good words coming from you, my dear friend. May 2009 bring all the best to you and your family!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-01-03 13:54]

Hello Alexei!
Thank you very much, and I also would like to wish a wonderful
new year with many blessings and new opportunities for you and
your family.. This is a very nice Holiday post card.. Very well


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-01-03 16:00]

Hi Alexei, Wonderfully sharp and well cropped card-style photograph. The colours are very natural looking and the text non-intrusive. TFS. Murray.

Hello my dear old friend Alexei,
Sorry for my delay to see your beautiful new year greeting from Ukraine! and your notes!
I would like take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for the sharing and friendship in the year of 2008!
also wishing you and family
take good care and my warmest regards always

Hello Alexei,

A wonderful card for the New Year. Great sharpness and splendid light and colours.
I wish you also all the best for this New Year.

Bonjour Alexie
Belle composition avec un très beau jeu de couleurs bien saturées
Bravo et je te souhaite une bonne année 2009 a toi et ta famille.
Bien cordialement ...JP

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-04 12:05]

Hi Alex!

Thank you very much for your good wishes and congratulations for this original and beautiful greeting card. I hope that 2009 will be full of good and deep emotions for you. I also would like to thank you for your fidelity.

Kind regards


Olá Alex

Esta foto é um perfeito cartão postal...lindíssimo e de muito bom gosto.
Ótimo 2009!

My dear friend Alexei,
This is a lovely shot, very well composed.
Happy new year to you!

Great close-up shot with perfect exposure and focus! Very sharpness with details.

Best wishes and a Happy New Year 2009,

Dear Alexei,
Thank you very much for your new year wishes. As you said 2008 had witnessed some dramatic events in TN and directly or indirectly we were all touched by it.But the best thing is that, despite all the disagreements, differences in opinion, dissatisfactions and frustrations over certain things our wish to remain connected and united emerged triumphant. That is something to look forward to, isn't it?
Today nobody goes untouched by the vicious hands of greed, poverty, power and terrorism - be it your Ukraine or our India.And as you said I too wish our TN will remain a Shangri la for us where our thoughts, impressions, knowledge, friendship will be immortal.
Happy New year once again Alexei,
Your friend,

Very dear friend, Alexei.
It is most comfortable to know that "you & your loved ones" are well inspite of the encrease in crime within your area.
May your end of the world, someday, enjoy the PEACE that Bernardete & self enjoy and at times take for granted.
Lovely portraial of 2009.
Mario wishing you "PEACE".

And a belated Happy New Year to you my friend.
Love this image, very tastefully done.
Best wishes,

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2009-01-09 8:51]

Happy New Year to You Too Dear Alexei!

I hope this new year marks the end of the dire conditions in your country. The hope is well reflected in your shot.

Best wishes my friend.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-10 23:41]

merhaba my dear friend
wonderful New Year post, it looks like a postcard
composition, DOF, sharpness and details are great

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-05 19:17]

Hi Alexei,
sharp, clear and excellent clarity. I like the way you composed it to the corner. Well shown in graphical style. Well exploited lighting and good play of shades.


Hi Alexei,
Happy new year to you also! :-) I know it's an old post of you, but quite a good one, nice symbol of Christmas and the New Year's Eve. It's a cone of a Pinus species, duee to the length of the needles probably Pinus nigra, but I cannot be sure only from photo. A nice image for sure, congratulations!
Best regards, László

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