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Two events
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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: 2008-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-11 7:57
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These days two events important for me have occurred.

First my lovely Sigma lens (70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro) has returned to me after repair in excellent condition. I photographed with it during whole day. The shared shot is one of them and demonstrate that the lens feels itself perfectly. Because of the lens was broken by camera motor I have decided to use it in manual focus mode only.

Second event is more significant. I am a member of TN-family whole two fine years. The photography and TN (or if to be more exact, you, my friends) have played in my life a role of reanimation. Since 1992 I cannot reconcile that in our country ignorance, corruption, underworld dominates in all spheres of public life (even in education and sciences) and at the same time morals, honesty, decency, knowledge are not appreciated any more. After a long period of poverty in which almost all population of the country was plunged by criminal policy of authorities, and some adaptation to new conditions of a material life I have started to search for sources of pure air, an atmosphere of sincere friendship, high morals, aspiration to perfection, etc. (I should notice that I could not leave my country that many my friends have done.) And I have found all this here, in TN.

Two year and a half ago I spent almost all my money on purchase of an expensive photo equipment and some time later I joined to TN. Since that moment my spiritual life has got the second breath. Opportunity to watch and discuss pictures and ideas of my TN-friends, to adopt their experience and knowledge, to share my own photo observations is the whole life full of light sincere feelings and positive emotions which allows to resist to morally heavy everyday lives of our daily life.

In summer last years I usually spend a lot of time (about 4-5 days a week) in my countryside house where there is not Internet (and many others else). I also must work hard while I have such opportunity. (Instead of explanation: it is amusing, several weeks ago I have been compelled to go to Kiev (500 km from Odessa) and back by own car, and I have spent for gasoline half of my monthly salary of a full professor. "So highly" work of educated people is appreciated in new Ukraine.) That is why now I can visit TN not as often as I wish.

However my thoughts are always with you, TN and wild photography. I am very grateful to all of you for all mentioned above.

Sincerely yours,
simply Alexei.

Add. shot info
Frame: almost full frame image (cropped a bit on the left side).
Focusing mode: manual.
Species: Small White

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Maite: Kind words.Alex99 1 06-18 23:23
To aido: Many thanks.Alex99 1 06-18 23:20
To carper: My settings.Alex99 1 06-16 11:13
To XOTAELE: Many thanks.Alex99 1 06-13 07:48
To pvs: Sigma lens.Alex99 1 06-12 05:13
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-11 8:13]

Hello Alexei!
Very nice to see you posting again and this is a really lovely capture of a white butterfly on a pretty flower! Very sharp details and beautiful colours that look wonderful against the dark green background.
I'm really sorry about your hardship but that's the way of the world these days - the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer.
I remember a phrase often written on walls in England in the 70's :- "What's robbing a bank compared to starting one" - after all the Stock Exchange and the Banks are in control of our planet!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hola Alex, qué bonita macro, nitida y con buenos detalles, color natural y muy buena luz. Un saludo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-11 8:18]

Hello Alexei,
Welcome back to the TN family with your repaired lens!
It looks like it works perfectly! This capture of a Small White is superb in all technical aspects and the composition against the dark natural bokeh is excellent.
The problems that you describe in your country reflect the problems of this planet, unfortunately.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and nice to have you back, my friend!
Sincerely, Ivan

Hello Dear Alexei,
A most beautiful image you share with us today, excellent work again from your hand.

I read your notes describing the good news..and the not so good news.
The good news is your lens is back and in working order, and you have friends here who support you.
You must & will prevail in the face of these obstacles set before you..The part about the high cost of gas caught my attention.
The situation with oil based economies is getting much worse now. I do not doubt that a WW III will be primarily over oil.
God helps us all.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-11 8:28]

Hi Alexei,

It is so good to see you again!! And I know how happy you must be to have your Sigma lens back in perfect shape. Also, a big congratulations on your second anniversary on TN - you have been and always will be a most important part of our TN family. I was sorry to read of your problems and without getting deep into a discussion I will say that most of your hardships are now being shared by most of the world. Last, but not least, a beautiful butterfly with your always fine details, excellent colors and super composition.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-11 8:37]

Hi Alexei,
it is really good to see you here again, and with your beloved 300mm too! I sympathise with your anguish about the state of the world and i agree 100%. But you, like us all, will always have TN to escape to!
A truly wonderful shot of this Small White, everything is excellent as always. well done and all the best for the next two years and beyond..

Hello Alex,
you have posted a very wonderful image of butterfly,excellent composition,perfect sharp and lovely colours,everything is excellent.
very well done.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-11 9:44]

Hi Alexei
Beautiful composition.Excellent POV and very sharp image,Detail and colors are fantastic.I like that nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-11 10:01]

Hi Alexei , very good to see you post , and great that you have your favorite lens repaired.

as usual you post with a beautiful photograph , in all aspects , thanks for sharing this wonderful composition.

sad that you can not visit as often as you wish.


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-06-11 10:09]

hello sir,
Brilliant picture.All minute details are perfect and the technical quality in the image is also very good.
Congrats for both the events

Hello Alexei,
Technically outstanding; razorrr..sharp etc.
Very beautiful as well!

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-11 10:49]

Hello Alexei,

Fine that you got your lens back. Hope the situation will be better for you in few weeks. Back to your picture, this a very well-composed one. Excellent sharpness and exposure. Wonderful colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-11 11:01]

Hi Alexei. Firstly congratulations for Two years on TN . You have always posted excelent pictures and intersting nots. I am so glad you now have your lens back so enjoy the summer.Your picture today is again a very good close up of a beautiful Butterfly which you have captured with fine detail and natiral looking colours.A very good \POV/DOF. very well done TFS.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-11 12:10]
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Hi Alexei,

A very fine capture of this white butterfly,the sharpness and details are superb,I wonder what they have done at the repairshop,it looks like an upgrade of your lense,congrats as well as your 2nd year at TN,your stories,comments and answers on questions are always a pleasure to read,thanks


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-11 12:45]

hello my friend
typically its high quality photo of Alexei style
composition, POV, DOF, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-06-11 13:06]

Hello Alexei,
There is such modest butterfly but such beautiful on this photo. Perfect work. Your note is very sincere and evocative.

Bentornato e grazie per quanto hai scritto nelle tue note. Stupenda macro da ogni punto di vista, eccellente composizione accurata e raffinata, straordinarie nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-11 13:28]

Hello Alexei
superb macro capture with excellent composition. TFS. Regards,

Hello Alexei,
Delighted to see your beautiful posting once again!
my sincere thanks for being with us for the past two years and delighted to know you had your lens back in good order! good news on both to us!
beautiful image of the Small White that sharing from the returned lens
take care and my best wishes to you and family

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-11 14:01]

Hi Alexei

WOnderful detail and excellent POV. Superb work.


Hi Alexei,

Excellent shot
Perfect compo, colors, BG, Pov and DOF
Superb sharp details

TFS Thijs

Hello Alexei. I like the soft color of this butterfly. The sharpness and clarity is excellent with stunning perch. The background is very well silenced. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-11 18:16]

Hello Alexeil, I love your notes. Congratulations for those two years with TN. I don't know how to write it to you but I think your notes are touching and from the heart, I also feel your sensitivity in it. And your picture is beautiful, it almost hurts looking at it with all the beautiful colours and subtle tones. And thank you also for your great contribution here, for the superb pictures and the superb notes.


Nice shot. The bg and composition look beautiful.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-11 23:30]

Hi Alexei,
Nice to see you back and this is an outstanding shot of this tiny beauty. Immaculate sharpness and lovely colours and markings on its wings and you have captured it in a classic pose. Superb light and exposure management and your skill comes through here. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-12 0:00]

hello Alex,
Happy for you that you have your lens back and the result is magnificent. A very subtle and fine picture, sharpness, composition, colour-tones are just perfect.
Interesting too to read your note which gives us some idea how people live in your country. I hope for Ukraine that it will evolve in the right direction.
Best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-12 1:30]

Hi Alexei,
Very nice close up.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.Clear details,lighting,POV,framing and BG and composition are also wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-12 2:12]

Hello Alexei,
I'm impressed by your note. As far as I know the situation in your country is indeed very difficult. Luckely for you nature brings a little hope and comfort.
So, congratulations on your second anniversary on TN. And with an excellent photo. Very sharp in beautiful contrasting colours against the dark BG. Perfect composition.
Regards and all the best,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-12 5:30]

Hello friend,
I am happy for the repair of your lens,
and enjoy in this place TN, your works are beautiful, and your notes with some irony.
this macro is brilliant,
greetings Alexei

I saw your comment on Iris unknown moth and was quite surprised...so come here and of course with you being the man with the rational side as well as graphic side working so well, your image came out just as planned. A fine spring lesson plan...

Fantástico PoV amigo Alexei.
Genial nitidez.
Una fabulosa imagen.
Saludos, JL.

Hello Alexei,
This is a great shot with very nice sharpness. There is a beautiful brillant light of the wings. I have the same lens than yours and it is very good.
I'm happy for you about the role of TN in your life. Yes, to share common view about the life is very important and it gives us courage to face together the high contradictions of the world of today. And I'm sure that the situation in Ukraine is worst than in Western Europe. That's why solidarity is so important among the people.
Best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-12 12:38]

Really good to hear you've got your Sigma back :-D
This is a really fine capture!
The DOF is spot-on!
Very sharp and very detailed.
Excellent composition.
Superb focusing especially seeing as you did this manually!

Well done, Alexei!


Hi Alex, nice see a new post from you with restored lens, I read all your interesting note, my friends, thanks for this words, I appreciate, and thanks for this splendid butterfly too, splendid white pieridae with fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Salut Alexei
Parfaitement composée avec toutes les qualités requise, focus lumière background, point de vue, tout est parfait
bravo et merci ...JP

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-13 0:34]

Hi Alexei,
Nice to see another photo from you. It's very sharp and very well focused.
I'm happy that your lens is repaired, as for the other things- I belive that it is same in most of the contries- well at least in Turkey the situation you are talking about is exactly the same... Take care of yourself my friend
Best wishes,

hello Alexei
welcome again with nice news and perfect macro-shot. Since 2006-05-30 two years. great timing for us to see excellent posts from you. Congratulations. I wish you many great shot for a long years on TN. Nice to learn reparing your lens. After that, we can also see your perfect shots with it.
Thanks for sharing this beuatiful macro-shot. best wishes my friend

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-13 11:51]

Hi Alexei

Superb shot of the Small White.
Very nicely composed with a great POV and a excellent pose with the butterfly resting and feeding on the Flower.
Nice sharp details and a great DOF.
Lovely colours too.

Congrats on your 2yrs with TN! and I'm pleased to hear you have your lens back in working order, nice to see you posting agai too.


You really are a truely dedicated person, Alexei. Your suffering is great but I hope that sharing it with so many understanding friends may have lightened it a little.

I am so glad that you received your precious lens. It has done you proud today! This shot is excellent! The sharpness, details and composition are all first rate.

If payment was by results, you would be a milionaire!

Kind regards, my friend,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your warm comments on 'The return of the cornflower'

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-06-13 15:31]

Hi Alex, You have captured the soft-looking scales of the butterfly wings well. The crop is effective and colours are lovely to percieve. Nature so owell captured. as always by your equipment and skill. TFS. Murray.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-13 18:34]

Hola Alexei.
It is always very nice to see you here again My friend. Your Note is very impressive for what You said here, but dont feel bad, becouse every country has his own problems.
I am glad to see that Your lens is working very fine again,I can see by this photo.
Take good care Alexei.

Long time since i saw a shot from you, my dear friend alexei...It is always nice to see your lovely shots and learn from them.
This one has lovely exposure, well balanced colours and a perfect frame...
And I know that your sincerety will get you through all your troubles...
Very well done!

Sin complicaciones y muy importante en fotografía de naturaleza: has plasmado fielmente la realidad, tanto en texturas como en colores. Buen encuadre y excelente iluminación. Como siempre sacando buen partido a ese renovado Sigma al que tanto provecho le sacas.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi

Dear Alexei,
my heartfelt congratulations to your TN anniversary. You are one of the participants that attracted me early on into this TN world. And when I learned that you are from Odessa my sympathies went to you right away.

Now I learned that you are a professor; this brings back memories of a congress in Kiev 1999 where I had the opportunity to briefly visit three Universities. I share with you the feeling that places of higher learning are suffering from neglect. And I discovered that professors tend their gardens to keep the costs of living down but I never met one that did photography like you do. Wonderful discovery!

The picture of the White is a delicately balanced composition with soft light, fine colors and incredible sharpness.

All my best wishes to the next 20 years on TN, dear Alexei

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-14 1:15]

Hello Alexei,
It has been a long time that we saw a post from you and i am glad to see this one.As mush as i love the details in this composition presented in the most appealing manner with good clarity, focus and sharpnes, i am also glad to hear that your lens has been restored in good condition.It is nice to hear that you are enjoying life the way you love it....

The PoV here is nice and the slant works very well.The butterfly details are to the perfection,the Bg sets the subject off excellently and the colours splendid ....I wish you many more happy years doing what you do in the way you like it best...
Warm regards

Dear Alexei,
a pin-sharp image telling of the high quality of your newly repaired equipment. Masterly handling of precise lighting that allows to see finest shades within the white areas of wings. A thoughtfully arranged elegant artistic composition that clearly shows your trademark. My congratulations for the double event, my dear friend.
With cordial greetings and best regards,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-14 2:55]

hi Alexei,
fantactic macro shot, extraordinary dof and sharpness. I like a lot yellow color in the dark BG.


Hi Alexei,
A lovely capture of this beautiful small white. Excellent composition and sharp details. Congratulations on getting your 70-300mm in working condition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Un joli duo bien sympathique.
Bonne journée.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-06-15 3:43]
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Hello Alexei,

Your note is compelling and I'm saddened to hear of the situation in your country. Sadly even in a wealthy economy such as the UK, the same trends are appearing. I'm happy though to hear that you are happy and that you have retained a healthy attitude to life, despite your country's woes. Your note reminds me of a song by Mike Oldfield in which is sung: "for people who are alone or afraid, find a place outside, where you can be quite alone, and closer to nature, the heavens and God".

A great image, excellent exposure, very good control of the highlights and shadows, detail everywhere. Wonderfully clear and sharp, very good depth of field with a buttery-smooth background. Wonderful work from you again.

Kind regards,

hello Alexei

i congratulate you for your second TN anniversary,
your are presenting us a very beautiful butterfly shot
with fine POV, wonderful luminosity of the foreground
of the image, and great sharpness and details, TFS


1) Recovery of your camera .... fully fixed.
2) Being a member of TN for two years and TEACHING "me" the many things I know today.
3) For this BEAUTIFUL image & your notes.
Mario with warm greetings.
P. S. Not so cold now.... it's getting warmer by the day. AT LAST!!!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-16 7:35]
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Hello Alexei
What a great news that your fantastic Sigma lens is back to you again in perfect conditions!! And what a great prove of it with this beautiful Pieris so perfectly captured!!! I'm so happy for both events!! I hope it will serve you for many many years and we can enjoy this relationship too for many other years.
Thank you very much for your fantastic contribution and valuable friendship.

hello Alexei,
nice to see you friend. It's good that your lens is working again. What a settings here in the shot. 1/1250 by F14 how did you do that? When I use a macro lens and use iso 100. I may came out one 1/100 and F14 but I think that are food conditions. Your pov here is good and the quality is yours, very good photojob, have a nice evening.
gr. jaap

bonjour alexei
le plus difficile avec cette espece de papillon c'est de ne pas ce faire piegé par la surexposition et là il n'y a rien a redire!
la netteté est aussi impeccable et la composition egalement.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-06-16 10:29]

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful butterfly, excellent colors and great POV
I'm happy for you for the return of your lens and I hope
you stay with us for many, many years.. Have a wonderful


Hello Alexei.

Fantastic macro, beautiful details.
Como si de una bella princesa se tratara.

Jose Luis.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-06-16 15:47]

Hi Alexei. Congratulations on two years at TN! The detail is stunning and the focus is perfect. Outstanding light and perfect exposure. I love that you present entire scene in good focus with outstanding DOF and beautiful, clean, blurred background. The subject really stands out well!

Hello Alexei.
I must congratulate you on 2 years and on this photo. The clarity is so well seen. I enjoy this DOF.
I also commend you on your thoughts.
Being in nature, and shutting the eyes to those perils, will certainly remove that amount of stress.
This is why I like doing the same thing.
Best wishes.

Hallo Alexei
What a most beautiful butterfly, with soft and and delightful colours. I really like the sight of this one. You have captured this beautiful butterfly with great skill, great focus and good detail. Pretty pose of this good-looking butterfly with fragile looking paws and antennas. I am amazed by the size and clear visibility of the eyes. The furry almost fluffy body is really special and adds some magic to this already beautiful image. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-18 8:28]

Hello my dear friend

It's really great to see you again and to congratulate you on both these very nice occasion: your 2 year anniversary and your beloved Sigma comeback :)
We've known each other for a long time now and we have a strong connection between us - probably because we like shooting similar things or that we both like to experiment a lot with photography, maybe because we helped each other in the equipment choice (more you than me :)) or maybe because we understand eachother better living in two somewhat similar eastern european countries. (i know how low education is paid here and how expensive gas is, too).
Anyway, my point is that TN has brought all of us together and i hope this beautiful friendship will last a long long time.

This is a lovely picture shot with your favorite lens!
The butterfly is pin sharp and the exposure here, although very difficult because of the bright sun and butterfly, is spot-on. I also like the parallel side POV and the nice, even BG.

Bravo and TFS

PS: you asked me why i prefer my short lens; i like to use it when i get very close to subject because it ensures me of a better chance of a sharp photo. But more and more i see myself using the 70-300 now and i will soon post a nice shot with it, too :)

Hello Alexei,
Very lovely shot, beautiful colors, good clarity,
superb sharpness and good depth of field, very nice
soft background, nice contrast good composition and
pov, well done.

Dear Alexei ,
Great work.
It is lovely.It has excellent light.


Hi Alexei,
A nice picture on this butterfly species, looks like one species we have here. I´ve read in your note that Ukraine has left, maybe in part, it crisis. Also I´m glad that education is newly appreciated in your country.
Best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-24 21:12]

Hello Alexei

Excellent pose,the focus is sharp with lovely detail.
Wonderful lighting and colours.
Very good pov and dof.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-06-27 10:29]

Hello Alexei !
Congratulations for your 2 years on TN, you have made a huge contribution with your pictures, your notes and your always kind comments. Pity that you cannot come as often as you wish, but I'm sure there are many people here that'll wait for you ! :-) Anyway, this is an excellent picture, as usual from you, with perfect sharpness, details, colors, compositio, POV and BG. ould not be better. Very well done !

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-07-09 1:34]

Excellent image Dear Alexei, but I should say that your beautiful note has touched me more than the photo this time. I can see how hard life is in your country and I can only congratulate you for your patience, good-will and zeal to work hard on the nature's path to keep your spiritual peace and harmony.

I once again congratulate your second year in TN and wish a happy, healthy and peaceful life despite all the outer opposite offered my modern civilisation dominant nowadays on this planet.

Best regards.

Hi Alex
Beautiful, perfectly sharp image. Good exposure in strong sun, great OOF background. I also like the very interesting personal note
You are one of the best photographers on TN. I am waiting for more fantastic images from you
Best wishes

Witaj Alexei,
See here, that lens Sigma further serves and this very good. Butterfly how paint. To be visible details exactly. Beautiful natural colours and well blurred background.
I read on subject your thoughts and feeling TN. I am careful that there are no borders here. Which is sincere liking and something links - common passion.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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