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Sunrise for Mario (Happy Birthday)

Sunrise for Mario (Happy Birthday)
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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: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-22
Categories: Sky
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 62 mm
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-10-24 9:47
Viewed: 4787
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Happy Birthday to you, dear Mario. I wish you health and happiness.

And best wishes to site administrator :-))).

If the shot will not be deleted as previous one ("Happy Birthday or The Moon and three roses") shared in the morning I will add the proper note.

Be cautious, the picture can be removed!

Updated after short business trip (October, 26)

My dear friends.
I apologize to you for a committed mistake, post of the picture breaking rules. As a result of this mistake your fine responses and congratulations to Mario has been removed. However I know, that Mario has had time to read your comments and he is very glad to them.

I have decided to post removed picture as a WS on two reasons.

First, I have post it as an example of infringement of rules with the purpose to draw attention to more cautious choice of pictures for post.

Secondly. It is a picture which is identical the original picture on scheme. In both cases I photographed heavenly bodies with inclusion of flowers into the frame.

Original note to WS.

Add. shot info:
Equipment: the same
Exposure time: 1/200 sec
Exposure bias value: -0.7
Min. aperture value: f/29
Actual aperture value: f/29
ISO speed: 400
Focal length: 90 mm
Metering mode: centered weighted average
Date: 2007-08-03
Time: 07:45 am
POV: the ground near the bush of roses
Direction of view: the Moon

Happy Birthday or The Moon and three roses.
(The sublime and The earthly.)

Today, October 24, is a joyful for me day. It is a birthday of our great friend Aires Mario da Cruz (oscarromulus).

He is a remarkable person who has lived a striking industrious life. Being the aircraft pilot Mario has flown about all globe, has visited the majority of the countries of the world. Having retired and not having an opportunity to travel as before, Mario has taken a great interest in a nature photography, studies a computer and continues to be engaged in the favorite business, to learn parrots to talk.

As a TN-member by his nice pictures, interesting heart notes and comments Mario gives us his love to the nature, sincere affection, and friendly encouragement. I am happy to be a friend of such person. I think many of us share this mind.

I wish that in this day Mario will wake up, turn on the computer, open TN-gallery page, see this gift "The Moon and three roses" and have smile. I wish that our love to him, our thoughts about him would help him to resist to vital difficulties and to feel his necessity to all his friends.

These flowers were grown by my wife in our countryside garden. They are full of love. The Moon symbolizes that common one, that unites all people of our planet My wife knows Mario well (under my talks) and presents the roses to Mario with great pleasure too.

Happy Birthday to you, dear Mario. We wish you health and happiness.

We are all together.

oscarromulus, joey, nglen, marhowie, XOTAELE, jesst, angybone, cecilia, Juyona, Jamesp, pablominto, izler, ridvan, Silvio2006, peter_stoeckl, Luis52, horia, cicindela, MMM, wingle, JORAPAVI, Maite, mlines, nainnain, jusninasirun, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Aaltjie: Vital positionAlex99 2 10-30 05:08
To marhowie: Astronaut & Thanks.Alex99 1 10-27 04:22
To mogens-j: Many Thanks & WSAlex99 1 10-26 09:07
To jesst: Charming words.Alex99 1 10-26 08:56
To oscarromulus: Be happy!!!Alex99 1 10-24 11:01
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Shall THANK YOU via e-mail.
Ever Grateful,

Будет БЛАГОДАРИТЬ ВАС через электронную почту. КРАСИВЫЙ КРАСИВЫЙ КРАСИВЫЙ. Когда-либо Благодарный

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-24 11:33]

Hi Alexei. nice birthdat wish to mario. a very nice sun set , with warm colours. a good compostion. well done TFS. Nick.. ps flowers look good too.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-24 11:34]

Hello Alexei,
a lovely shot of this sunrise and roses.
+++ The roses stand out so well. I love their vivid colours. Very sharp and crisp. What a perfect sunrise!
--- Nothing at all :)
Nice dedication for Mario on his birthday :D
Well done,

bonjour alexei
tres interressante cette composition,les roses sont justement eclairées par le flash et cela laisse quand même les couleurs du coucher de soleil naturelles.
bien vu.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-24 11:55]

Hello Alexei

A beautiful sunrise image, I think Mario will love it.The shot has very good focus and details.The POV and DOF is very good.Well composed.TFS


Hermosas rosas con un colorido estupendo.
Excelentes detalles.
Un cordial saludo Alex, JL.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-24 12:23]
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Roses at the daylight are beautiful. Roses at night are mysterious. Roses at sunrise time combine the beauty of the day with mystery of night.
Wonderful shot!

Hi Alexei,jolie composition et bonne maîtrise de la lumière.

I'm glad I've had the chance to see this lovely shot before it gets removed. ha ha

What a great job you did with low light. Fabulous effect!

Hello Alexei my friend,

I rush with this comment as there is a chance that it will be removed because of the dominant roses:-).

This is a very nice scenario indeed. Very good and warm colours all over the picture. The red roses work great with the dark background and the orange sky. Very good sharpness in the foreground and the effect from the fill flash is very good. I also like the the moon framed by the trees. All over a very pleasant picture to look at.

Best wishes

Very nice, the rose looks so fresh - lovely image with good lighting and the silhouette of the trees gives a beautiful view to the picture....
Well taken...

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-24 14:47]

perfecta realización y sigular pov,
felicidades Mario

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-24 15:36]

Hi Alexei,

Mario had to love this. A beautiful sunset! The roses are gorgeous. A lovely birthday dedication.


Sometimes the flash can result in very interesting effects. This is a dramatic image. Thanks for sharing it.

Evelynn : )

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-24 21:57]

Hi Alexei,
As beautiful and heart-touching as the previous one. Mario is lucky to have two special shots dedicated from you. Simply wonderful. Sharpness, colours, exposure, lighting, POV and DOF are just perfect. Very nicely done. Kudos.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-24 22:04]

Hi Alexei

Nice dedication and wonderful composition. The lighting is great - allowing for both the roses and the sun.



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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-10-24 23:14]

Good night Alexei,
Amazing capture, perfect POV. You managed to capture
this picture very well, awesome composition and details
very vivid colors and sharp image.. Very well done


Hello Alexei,

A well composed presentation, a beautiful view of the setting sun!
Use of flash really brings out the foreground and creates depth in the image...

I'm a bit late now, but I'm sure Mario had a great day yesterday, and a belated CONGRATULATIONS to him!

Pablo -

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-25 10:24]

selam dostum
nice and beautiful gift to mario
happybirthday mario
here is calm atmosphere and romantic sunset
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, contrast and sharpness
thanks for sharing

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-25 11:58]

selam ; excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely roses and sky .nice pov with splendid colours. well presented pose
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Dear Alexei,
my goodness, this is atmospheric beauty!
So even if it will be removed again it gave many of us some very good, pleasant moments. And I have downloaded it quickly. Just in case. Fantastic colours all over, wonderfully managed lighting of the roses remaining well illuminated in pleasant darkness. I love that picture. I admire it. Thank you my dear friend.
With kind regards,

Hi Alexei,

And Happy Birthday Mario!!! Beautiful Sunset and love the roses, love the color of the roses, great shot. TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-26 1:28]

Hello Alexei,
Happy to see that this picture is still here. I was so disappointed when the first disappeared. So Mario received a double hommage :-).
What concerns your composition, it is excellent, with the shining roses in the front and having received the light from another source than the evening sun. Gives an amazing dimension to the shot.
Thanks a lot

Dear Alexei
I am glad I caught this one, before it “might” be removed. I hope not. It is a splendid image, with so much character to it, and which tells a wonderful story. What a beautiful birthday gift to someone special. Thanks for sharing.
Warmest regards

Hi Alexei, I hope that administrator don't remove your superb composition, great sunrise with splendid colors, wonderful light on beutiful roses, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-10-26 11:07]

you caught my attention with that shot ..
and i hope it stays...
the problem with natural things..brought into the garden is they get classed as domestic..
but you do get wild roses
lovely shot and worth staying and my points

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-26 12:34]

Hello Alexei,
When I first saw this shot dominated by roses I ignored it because it went against the rules about cultivated plants.
But this time I ignore the rules and give you credit for the skill you show in presenting the roses with fine exposure and sharpness as well as the sunset in the BG. It is a very artful piece of photography, even if it does not show wildlife.
So I say all the best to you my friend,

Hola Alexei,
Un bonito regalo para Mario, me imagino lo contento que estará. Muy bien elegido ese lindo atardecer con las flores iluminadas por el flash

Hi Alexei
I think sometimes the rules should be "bent"..lets not say "broken" ;}
Especially considering how great the removed image was, I really liked it. I'm glad you've at least attached it here as a WS. This image along the same theme, is also very pleasing.
The problem comes from the strict application of the rules. Your subject's here are the rose's, and technically not within TN "parameters".
Example similar. I posted a "rose" with a small hoverfly on it, The rose clearly dominated the frame, but the post stayed..
Hope this one stays as well,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-27 6:27]

Hola Alexei. Sin duda Una muy bella foto, y una exelente dedicatoria. Muy hermosa la composicion de estas rosas y teniendo como fondo la luna. Felicidades. Luis52.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-27 6:59]

Hi Alexei

The flash was used to great effect here giving the wonderful details in the flowers and the stunning colours of the sunset in the BG. A lovely moment and a lovely dedication



Hi Alexei,
Beautiful landscape picture. Your roses are as fresh as warm morning sun. The point of view here is perfect. A nice birthday gift to Mario.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-27 8:16]

Hi Alexei

Your commitment is again fascinating and admirable, my friend!
Even though your original photo was removed, you were so determined to dedicate a lovely picture to Mario...i'm sure he is impressed and thanked you for that.
This too is a beautiful shot, with these roses here in the FG and that splendid sunrise in the BG.
Colors here are the main element of attraction to me. I really like them in all the aspects of the composition.
The flash worked well in illuminating the roses here, but also gave you a very big DOF gap between the FG and BG.
Anyway, a wonderful work and gesture!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Alexei,
This lightning and exposure are beautiful! This is not a rose picture, this is a landscape :) The picture in WS is just superb too. You managed exposure so well here and those tones of colors are lovely. I like it a lot and this is a nice though for your friend. Thanks,

Hello again Alexei!
This time "more or less" landscape photo :)
I like a lot the idea for the picture and a composition of it! It is simply fantastic! Roses in the FG, and the sunrise in the BG!
Of course it is a great dedication to Mario too :)
My best congratulation because of the final effect!
And best greetings to you and your family!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-28 11:28]

Hi Alexei
Very nice sun set.Good POV and lovely colors.The image is very well composed ,I like those floweres in the front of the image.
TFS Michel
Happy birthday to Mario

Hi Alexei,
Excellent composition! The flash brought out the pretty flowers in the foreground in contrast to the sunrise and silhouette in the background. Beautifully done!

Hola Alexei,
Preciosa toma, seguro que a Mario le habrá gustado mucho; la imagen es muy hermosa de sencilla y original composición, la luz y el color son fantásticos. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-29 8:32]

Hello Alex
What a marvellous picture!!
I love the color of the roses seen against the color of the sunset!
A wonderful composition, my friend, and good that it was not removed. The previous shot with the white roses is really gorgeous, and I can't imagine why it was removed. I also share your beloving note to Mario.
Congratulations and TFS

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-10-29 14:41]

Hi Alexei, This is creative work. The setting sun as backdrop yet brightly lit flowers in the fron from use of flash is very effective. TFS. Murray.

hello alex,
lovely shot, mario must be pleased to see this beautiful shot, liked the colours and the composition, nice lightitng,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Alexei,

What a wonderful picture of this roses under a nice sunset.. You composed greatly this picture waiting that the sun was just within that empty space between the shrubs... I like having it in the left part of the picture like that!

BTW, with that post learn that we can't post roses on TN... But rose with a wasp is good... Interesting...

Thank you very much Alexei for that very nice picture!


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-10-30 20:38]

Very nice use of Flash. The colors are beautiful. the color of the sky accents the color of the flowers. Composition is beautiful as well.

Excellent essai très specataculaire.
Bonne journée.
PS I'have done my shot in a dark forest. Just the flower was in the sun. The background was underexposed and I have emphasized this.

Hola Alexei.
A very original photo, the light is very good and the background with the sun this very bien.Un greeting.

magnifique ce soleil bien net et félicitations pour ces roses en premier plan, ceci donne une présentation parfaite
bravo et merci a toi

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-02 7:25]

Hello Alexei, great composition and good use of the flash ! THanks !


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-01 12:22]

Hi Alex,thanks for this great roses and the beautifull background,a very artistic pic,have a nice 2008,Luciano

Hello Alexei. Clever composition in bringing out the beautiful roses against the distant sunset. Very good control of lighting and depth here. Well done and thanks for sharing. Jusni

Hello Alexei,
Excellent one.Outstanding composition.
Thanks for such beautiful picture,
Kind regards,

Hello Alexei

The scenery it self, the POV you choose with
the sun at the background, the light, they give
beautiful atmosphere effect to the photo, TFS


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