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Rose to you or 100th post

Rose to you or 100th post
Photo Information
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: 2006-10-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/19, 1/90 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Milestones, Dedications at TrekNature Part Two, Joe's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-08 20:48
Viewed: 6879
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 162
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Recently there was anniversary of my participation in TN-community life and I have owned up frankly what huge value TN and you, my dear friends, have in my "new" life. Your intimate responses are fine acknowledgement of my words and feelings (see 1st Happy year in TN family). Therefore, today there is no need to recur neither for me nor for you.

These roses are grown up by my wife in front of our countryside house. I love these roses very much and I am proud of them and of my wife. It is clear I cannot break the TN rules and post similar pictures. However, the present day is especial. This is day of my 100-th post. And I have found a way to bypass the rules honestly.

"This rose to you", my wife says. "This 100th post to you", I answer. Thus we live in perfect harmony many years.

She is near me always and She is my principal support. She is the aficionado of my photo hobby, despite of heavy burden for the family budget. She is the first critic of all my pictures. She is… I can continue again and again. In a word, this day is hers too.

However, I am legislative TN member. I really have some good pictures of these (and others) roses and cultivated flowers. But in some cold morning I had noticed the hoverfly was sleeping on the rose petals. It was a great luck. I took the camera equipped by macro ring flash and teleconverter and took few pictures. This is one of them. Because of what I had many hoverfly shots, taking this picture I concentrated my attention on the beauty of the rose-flower. I knew, that there will come time when I can present this rose (and hoverfly) on your judgment safely.

The same species of hoverfly was pictured and posted by me earlier (see my previous posts Last Nectar and Tuner of fiber-optics). There you can find some info about captured species Eristalis arbustorum.

Some shot info:
Flash: Minolta Macro Ring Flash 1200-AF-N.
Teleconverter: Kenko AF 2x Teleplus MC7 DG.
Exposure program: Manual.
Exposure mode: Manual.
Focus mode: Manual.
Support: Hand-held. (My wife did not see, how I went legs on her flower-bed. Naturally, I could not use a tripod at all as well as to go on flower-bed but what I should do if the subject distance was too short -:)
Frame: Full frame (no cropping).
PP: Convert from RAW to JPG, tone adjustment a bit, resize, compress.

Few cool facts:
– exactly one and a half year ago (on February, 9th, 2006) I have got my first digital camera (in Ukraine now is morning of July 9, 2007);
– now I have about 15 000 shutter works;
– I don't like to be a member of any site at all and I am not a member of any other site. TN is a sole happy exception;
– my personal TN database includes about 200 active TN-friends. (It is true happiness.)

My heart wishes to all of you!

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Hi Alexei,
congrats on your 100th post, they have all been very good,
I'm waiting for the next 100. And you are a lucky man who
get an hoverfly on the rose;-)
Fine details, nice colours and good composition.
Very well done, my friend.

hi alexei,
congratulations on your 100th post. This post is as wonderful as the other 99 of your collection, well composed shot, excellent sharpness with awesome colours, the petals of this beautiful rose look like velvet, the texture looks beautiful, nice compositiom, the bee is added attarction,
tfs & regards

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-08 22:48]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful bee, the rose is also amazing, great colors, very sharp image, great POV and
composition, fantastic job and congratulation on yours 100th
post.. Well done

"I'll Be Back"

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-08 23:07]

Hi Alexei

Congratulations on your 100th posting.

A great shot with wonderful colours and textures. The bee is incredibly sharp as well. A truly wonderful shot.


Hola Alex.
Felicitaciones por tu imagen número 100!
Preciosos detalles y bellos tonos.
Gran nitidez y ajustada exposición.
Saludos, JL.

Along with the deep colours of this rose, you captured the bee so clear as well. Nicely done. Congrats on the 100.

Hello Alexei,
100 fine images of outstanding quality!
I congratulate you, my friend...
And please keep up the good work as a valuable contributor to this site, images, criticques and workshops as well!
Pablo -

congrats on your 100th post,very impressive shot,nice composition,well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-09 0:30]

Hello Alexei,
I wonder what dignity this one is, having settled on the red silky carpet!! Very fitting for a 100th post - Congratulations!
You've really dived into this rose to explore its wonderful colours and texture. The sharp details and lovely colours of the Hoverfly fit so perfectly into this beauty. Well done!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-09 0:52]

Hi Alexei,
a huge congratulatoions on your 100th post.
An outstanding photo. Very sharp with a perfect DOF, composition and beautiful colours.
Very well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-09 1:17]

Alexi, Congrats on your 100th post. What a contrast between the fly and the flower. Wonderfull. TFS Ganesh

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-09 1:29]

Hello Alex,
At first congratulations for your 100th post. You have chosen a very artistic picture for this event and made such a touching dedication to your wife. Extraordinary light on this rose and the Eristalis-fly. The texture of the flower, like velvet and the shining wings of the hoverfly make this picture appear very styled and noble, and in fact it is just nature!
Thank's and best regards

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding macro work. The red color of this beautiful rose is well saturated. POV and composition are great. Hoverfly is just on the nice spot. Congratulations to your 100th post.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-09 2:18]

Hi Alexei,
Congratulation on your super 100 with this incredible macro shot. Very neat and sharp and it looks so fantastic on the beautiful rose. The colours are so vivid here and very fine focus. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-09 3:18]

Hello Alexei,
Congratulations on your 100th post!
You are a very valuable mamber of TN and we look forward to many more. I'm sure your wife will support you in continuing to be active for a long time to come.
This is the first time I have seen a Hoverfly on a rose. The two look very good together, the fine sharpness bringing out the details of the hoverfly and the velvety texture of the rose petals set in a fine composition.
Thanks for sharing this shot and the occasion.
Best wishes to you and your good wife!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-09 4:12]

Hi Alex,
Congratulations on your 100th posting :o)
Focus, sharpness, details and colors are great. I liked the composition a lot.
And I have to say that this is one of the most beautiful red roses I've seen. TFS
Best wishes,

What a lovely creature! Lovely colours, perfect DOF
Best wishes,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-09 5:00]

Privet Alexei,
Congratulations on 100th post and hope to see 1000th also here.It's beautiful close up.Well detailed,framed and composed.Colors,exposure and lighting are also excellent.

Hello Alexie
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Congratulation on 100th post,
Perfect compo,sharpness and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-09 6:17]

Hi Alexei.
Firstly my congratulations from your 100th post!
This is excellent made picture,as usual from you.Superb sharp details on insect as well as on textures on petals this amazing velvet red blossom.Colors are wonderful.I like composition a lot.My compliments and thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos

Congratulations on a lovely 100th posting and thank you for sharing with us, at TN, such a lovely, loving tribute to your good wife.

The photo is beautiful and exemplifies the beauty and diversity in nature. The colors and textures in this picture are wonderful.

TFS, Mish

bonjour alex
la mouche est parfaitement nette mais ce que je remarque avant tout c'est la couleur et la texture de cette fleur.
une excellente photo comme toujours.

This is a brilliant capture Alexei and beautiful and tender notes. This insect is very nice and you captured excellent details, beautiful texture on this magnificent rose. This is a very nice composition as well. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post with us and those nice thoughts and congratulations for your 100th post :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-09 8:36]

Hi Alexei,

Congratulations on your 100th post. A wonderful post to celebrate that and a lovely tribute to your wife. Besides all of that - this is a marvelous picture of the fly and the rose. I love the deep colors and the excellent details. Here's to the next 100!


Hi Alexei, thanks and congratulations for your splendid 100th post on TE beautiful closeup of a lovely rose with a busy bee, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Alexei,
100 wonderful posts, thanks for evey single, I love them. This one is worth to be Nr. 100.
A rose like velvet and this hairy fly, excellent, thaks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-09 12:49]

Hi Alexei,
Congrats with your 100th post. You have bilt up an impressive gallery.
Beautiful rose you present us today with a insect on it.
Good composition because we can see the heart of the rose and taken with good sharpness and light.
Thanks and looking forward to the next 100.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-09 14:15]

Hello Alex,
What a outstanding photo for your 100th post and a beautiful tribute to your wife. In my opinion you have some of the best macros on TN and this is no exception. The details are amazing and I especially like the exposure to produce such nice natural colors. The composition gives us a good look at the hoverfly and also enough of the rose to see that your wife also produces outstanding works of art!
I am glad you get so much pleasure from TN. It should match the pleasure you give to us with your photos. I hope you will continue to post for many years to come.
Best Regards,

Belle photo de cette rose et de cette jolie abeille posée dessus, belles couleurs, bel effet et grande netteté. Malgrés que je n' ai pas beaucoup de temps pour le moment, que je n' ai pas le temps de mettre des commentaires et des points, vous vous continué a suivre mes photos et je vous en remercie sincèrement. Amitiés Thomas

This is a MARVELOUS image my dear DEAR friend in Odessa.
Very befitting for your 100th post. Congratulations.
The rose is a true STUNNER. Like an EXPENSIVE piece of ancient cloth.
Very well composed and presented with taste.
Warm and friendly greetings not only to you but to your very dear wife who has helped and guided you for all these years in both your times of happiness and moments of hardship with your illness.
Your true friend in Canada. M.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-07-09 23:25]

Congratulations, Alexei, on your 100th post. : )
I, for one, have greatly enjoyed your work,
and I should thank your wife for her unwavering support to you.
You did some fantastic camera work on both the hoverfly and the rose. The sharpness and light on the insect are excellent.
Now that we have discussed the hoverfly, I want to say that I really like the angle you took of the rose. The focus and the exposure are just perfect, and I like the unusual POV and the velvety texture of the petals.
Thank you for being such a great friend and member of our TN community. : )

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-07-09 23:55]

Voilà un beau contraste de couleurs.
Bonne journée.

Hola Alexei,
Enhorabuena por tus 100 primeras fotos, muchas gracias por compartirlas y dejarnos disfrutar de ellas. Esta que hoy nos ofreces tiene una composición muy bella de agradables texturas, unos colores y nitidez excelentes, Saludos
José Ramón

Dear Alexei,
First of all, my sincere gratitude to you for your wishes on my retirement and return home to India. Sorry for reciprocating a little late.

Coming to your 100th picture, you have created sheer magic through this fantastic picture. Goodness gracious, what a grand image in every respect! The rose petals look like velvet and the folds in them are so very well captured they give an impression of perfect three-dimensionality. The hoverfly looks equally amazing in terms of colours, tones, shades and details.
It is no exaggeration to say that your 100 pictures have been like 100 precious gems for us on TN.
Wish you all the best for the next 100 and thanks for sharing this marvellous image.

Hi Alexei,
Very good DOF and color, I like the textures of the rose petals I see..
Very good use of flash to fill, nice and sharp.
Interesting overall compostion as well mf.
Congratulations on 100 excellent and informative postings.

Bonjour Alexei,
Magnifique photographie, comprenant des couleurs superbes. L'abeille est parfaite. Très belle réalisation et très bonne définition. Félicitations.

great photo macro, I like color and composition;-)

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-07-10 13:08]

Piekne makro. Owad jest piekny ale roza zrobila na mnie naprawde niesamowite wrazenie. Rewelacyjne detale. Piekne kolory.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-10 14:01]

Hi Alexei,
Congratulations for your first 100th! Really nice flower legitimante for an excellent portrait of the hoverfly :-)
Textures, colours and exposure are very nice.
I look forward to see your next 100 post!
TFS, José M.

Hello Alexei excellent macro lovely detail and nice dof achieved. congrats tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Alex,
Your pics are guarantee of high quality!
I like so much the beautiful colour and texture got on this rose, its deep red, the subtle glow, and of course all the sharp details on the insect.
I want also to congratulate for this 100th post, each presentation of yours is so enjoyable and educative, have the scientific rigor mixed with an exquisite artistic taste.
My compliments to you for the pic and to your wife for the wonderful flower she took care of.
Best regards,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-11 11:30]

Hi Alexei

Congratulations on your 100th post. You have contributed a lot to the site and are a very welcome member.

The velvet texture and rich colours on the rose looks great. Nice details on your hoverfly as well



Alexei, has sacado un buen partido a tu equipo con esta toma. Destaca el enfoque en toda la fotografía con gran profundidad. También llaman la atención los colores, que son intensos y brillantes; el resultado de todo ello es una fotografía muy llamativa y de gran elegancia. Saludos: Josep Ignasi

Hi Alexei,
Congratulations on the 100th post, keep the photos coming.
Nice depth to the flower, the different tones of red are well shown. The fly is sharp and detailed. An overall good composition.
Best regards

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-07-11 23:02]

Hello my old friend,
Bravo for your 100th post, I am waiting for the next 100 ;-) This composition is original. The colors are intense and beautiful. Sharpness is excellent.
Congratulations Alexei and TFS, best regards for you and your wife,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-12 2:15]

Hola Alexei,
bella macro para tus 100 fotos,
sensacional color y textura,
siempre original y atractivas...
muchos saludos y felicidades,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-07-12 11:28]

Hello Alexei , Congratulations with you 100 th post ,beautifull rose and fly , youre pictures ar very beautifull tfs Greetings Teunie .

Hello Alexei,
This is such a glorious image. The texture of the rose looks superb, like velvet. The detail in the Hoverfly can be seen so well. I am very impressed, it is a beautiful composition. Congratulations on your 100th posting and your lovely words.

Hello Alexei,

Congratulations for this 100th post! What a great milestone!!!

This post is wonderful (as the rest of your pictures!!! :-))

Members like you are essential to TN... Within each of your picture we can fell all the sensitivity, all the wonder that inhabits you... That is always a real pleasure to look at your posts!!!

Thank you Alexei, and I wish you many many more pictures and for us, at least another 100 splendid pictures from Alexei Alyokhin!



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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-14 0:02]
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Hi Alexei

What a superb shot to celebrate your 100th post. A big CONGRATULATIONS my friend. You have truly enriched this site and our lives with all your remarkable postings and your prolific participation in excellent critiques. May you still roam TrekNature for a long time and continue to treat us with your special brand of contributions.

There is a silvery hue to this photo which fits nicely with the commemoration. The details on both the hoverfly and the rose are exquisite. We know that red is a difficult colour for the digital sensor, but you show us some amazing contrasts and colours. The composition was very well planned with the fly on one side and the centre of the rose on the other side and the exposure was perfectly managed.

Great work and TFS.

Hi dear Alexei my friend,
wow.. what a nice macro.excellent composition and amazing colours.
great sharpness.
A perfect capture.
my best wishes

Hi Alexei,
my best congratulations for reaching your 100th excellent picture. I nice gift for us, members of TN.
Finest details and delicate colors.
Best regards

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2007-07-14 14:29]

Hi Alexei,
Congratulations on your 100th post.
Great close-up with great colors,pov,dof,note,focus,sharpness and DOF.TFS

Hello Alexei,
Congrats on your 100th post and this beautiful photo, amazing details on both the rose and the fly sleeping the morning away. :o) I look forward to the next 100!!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-07-15 11:29]

Hello Alexei,
beautiful shot, the lighting and the colors are exquisite. I love the way you captured the textures and details.
Very well composed with great POV and excellent sharpness.
Congrats on the 100th!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-07-15 12:25]

hello my friend
congratulations on your 100th post...
i see wonderful macro photo with successful using of your equipments
composition, point of view, colours, lighting, sharpness, focus, details and pp working are great
thanks for sharing

Bonsoir Alexei
Encore une photo très bien réussite de cette belle fleur aux teintes merveilleuses, bons détails, c' est super bien fait avec en prime cette belle guêpe.C'est une oeuvre d'art
bravo et merci du partage et amitiés ...JP
Ps... Félicitation pour ta 100th prise qui est de toute beauté!!!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-16 19:35]

Hello Alexei

Congratulations on post 100.You have been an inspiration to us all.I enjoy your informative posts with wonderful instruction about our passion "Photography".Thanks for the many useful critiques and workshops too.This photo has visual impact.The colours are outstanding.The flower and bee radiate.The glow is superb.Wonderful textures and sharp details.The lighting is masterfully done,with fantastic details,Here is to many ,many more.TFS
Your friend in Canada

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-07-16 20:35]

Hi my dear friend

I just popped in to say a big "Congratulations" on your achievement and anniversary!
Your contributions to TN are imeasurable and i treasure your friendship a lot.

Unfortunately my internet time in now even more limited here since i moved to a different appartment that is not covered by any wireless network and so i have to travel with my laptop to different places to get access. Add to that that i'm working 6 or even 7 days a week...so i'm usually very tired and have little time.

So far things aren't going as well as i hoped, but i will do everything in my power to get that dSLR that i craved for so much time now.

Regarding your photo here, it's impeccable!
I really like the big DOF that you used and how you managed to keep everything so well into focus.
The sharpness of every details is imporessive and the colors are also vivid and very beautiful.

Cheers and Congratulations again!!!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-07-17 2:42]

Hello Alexei!
You have chosen the most beautiful rose I've ever seen for your 100th post! I love it!!
What a marvellous color and texture!!
I love the close-up, the POV and composition with the hoverfly!
You are a genius my dear friend. Thank you very much for so much beauty!
My compliments and thank you very much for all your 100.

Hi Alexei,
Congrats on your 100th post,
Wonderful compo,
Colors and details are perfect,
Well done

Helo Alexei !

Both the flower and the hoverfly look great ! I love the intense color of the rose, as well as the its texture, loks like some soft velvet to me. I can understand why you are proud of them. There are nice sharp details on the insect, and it looks even more beautiful sitting on this rose.

To finish, I also want to congratulate you for the 100th post. All of you pictures are fantastic, you are agreat photographer and you made a huge conribution to TN, not only with pictures but also with your excellent notes and your wonderful comments. Thak you !


Hi friend COGRATULATIONS for your 100th post!
The colours and details are amaizing!
Take care Ana:)

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-21 7:05]

salut Alexaei
fantastique image pour ton 100ème poste, elle représente parfaitement ton talent. La qualité de la lumière dans cette rose est stupéfiant, la netteté parfaite. Bravo.


Hola Alex.

Que bella foto has elegido para conmemorar tus 100 primeras fotos.
La textura y color de la rosa es genial.

Mucha salud para ir a por otras muchas mas.
Jose Luis.

Hello Alexei - my friend

What a beautiful rose - and hoverfly - for the 100th post and congratulation too. Amazingly deep red colour in the rose and with blueish edges. Very beautiful. Smart little trick to get around the tfs and showing it - tfs.

The hoverfly is very well exposed too. Very nice and natural colours, excellent sharpness with plenty of details.

The colours of the rose is a perfect background for the hoverfly and it is all over a very pleasant picture to look at.

Well done - you did a very nice job here.

Dear Alexei,
sorry for the delay, just returned to my computer after a few happy weeks out of town. No more to say here than: My heartfelt congratulations to you and your wife, my dear friend.
With all my best wishes to you.

Hi Alexei,

Congratulations on your 100-th post!
And this is a great macro-shot, the details are very impressive, the colour of the rose is very beautiful.
Great picture, thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

Privet Alexei,
Cobratulations with the 100th post! and I hope we able to see your 10.000th post on TN. We have to thank to TN for these friendships. First of all we find here very nice and close friends. We are learning the nature through photography, we are learning photpgraphy through nature here. I can see and know some natural beauties from other and so far countries, perhaps I never had a chance to see them in real life.

And the most important thing, as I mentioned above, we meet here, every day, with every new photo we have a new friend here from all of the world.

And you. You are always very cordial friend for me. And luckily you are here and luckily you are a friend of me.

With my best wishes.
Selamlar. (Greetings)

Hola Alexei.
La foto es perfecta,los colores son preciosos y la nitidez muy grande.Gracias por tus comentarios.Un saludo.

Hi Alexei,
Congratulations on your 100th post. You have put up so many fine shots with great notes! I like your choice of composition here. Rich color saturation and nice sharp detail. I bet your next 100 will be even better.

congratiolation my friend,
this is a special one,
I kn ow you as a very good photographer a good critiquer and a man who made a lot progression with his photo's, congratiolation Alexei.
gr. jaap

toujours beaucoup de point pour vos magnifiques photos.
je n' avais pas encotre vu celle ci qui est superbes, les couleurs sont luisantes, nettes et de parfaits détails sur l'insecte
bravo, merci du partage, amitiès sincères

hi alexei,

great whole sharpness,great 100th post congratulations!

Hi Alexei. A good milestone but more important many fabulous contribtions and generosity of spirit towards others. I don't like flies, but this is an excellent macro to see so much detail. TFS. Murray.

congratulations on the 100th post
i like the rose motif and the crisp and larger than life hoverfly

good strobe work


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-09-25 0:24]
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Bonjour Alexei, I am late but I congratulate on your 100th post. It's a velvet red rose!! ant the insect sharpness is perfect too. Excellent composition, Didier.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-10-15 15:06]

Hi Alexei, this is a very nice post. Lovley colours from the rose and very good sharpness on the Eristalis. I really like the composition too as it has tow focal points, the fly and the centre of the flower. Great stuff. Well done.

Hi Alexi,
Very pleasing/beautiful view!
Wonderful composition and color.
Congrats on this 100th though I'm late.

A fantastic photo, worthy of a milestone post. The bee is extremely sharp and you can even see the velvet-like texture on the surface of the petals. Brilliant.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-07 9:29]

Thanks for your critique on my Iris! That's my favourite fower!
This photo is simply wonderful.
Exellent sharpness and colors!
Best regards

Amazing sharpness and colours. I love the framing. Congrats on 100 photos!

Hello Alexei.. Super sharp copy placing the insect at the tip of this flower. Top class focus with pristine detail. I like the framing and very well done. Regards. Jusni

This is a real treat to look at... Awesome job!

Thank you.


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