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Happy New Year !!!

Happy New Year !!!
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-01 0:40
Viewed: 3786
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I hope the year has started nicely for you - anyway, it did for me, so I looked for a happy picture from my archives to celebrate this occasion and to start this new year. I was up early to feed the ducks and the rabbits (animals are hungrey, no matter how late I went to bed yesterday :-) when I remembered this picture I had taken some months ago, on the lake.

I remember this day perfectly well, it was a bright and sunny afternoon, beautiful light, and quite warm. Just perfect. We went for a walk around the lake - the same where I find my dear and lovely Coypus - and there we saw the usual big swan, he's always there, no matter when I come, but this time he had company - three Cananda Geese. They were swimming together on the lake, quite happy to be together it seems, at the beginning.

Then, when we came back later, they were sitting on the shores of the lake, and the swan was swimming on the artificial fishing lake juste some meters away.

I came close to the Canada Geese, and they were not really afraid of me. They only started to show some signs of alarm when I was two meters away, then I stopped, and sat own in the grass, and took some pictures while they were sitting down again.

After this day, I didn't have an occasion to bring out my camera for quite some time, and I forgot completely about these pictures, until the moment when I started uploading again on TN - then I saw it, and I liked it, and I decided to post it some day, but didn't know exactly when. And now we are 1st of January, and I think the occasion is perfect for my happy (and noisy) Canada Goose.

So, here's the story of this picture. I know that many many things have already been written on the Canada Goose, so I won't repeat them again - would be quite boring.

Well, I hope you'll appreciate my little contribution to the New Year, just as much as I will enjoy looking at yours...

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bonjour valerie
voila une tres belle image expressive pour debuter l'année.
merci et bonne année 2009.

Hi Valerie, what a beauty to start a NY my friend! Great timely capture with superb and lovely pose of this Canada Geese.
i wish you and your family a very healthy and happy New Year!


Hi Valerie,

great portrait picture of this Canadian Goose.
I like his beak and tongue sight.
Good details and beautiful colours.
An Very Happy New Year to you.



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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-01-01 1:29]

Bonjour Valerie,
pour la première de l'année est beau,
l'étourdissement de couleurs et de détails.
Merci pour la description.
Est-il même dire.
Une Bonne et Heureuse Année

Hi Valerie,
haha, that's fantastic - I love this moment so much - warum schreib' ich eigentlich nicht Deutsch??? Also - suuuuper, ich liebe es!
Alles Gute für 2009, liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Valerie, wonderful portrait with fun pose, fine details and splendid sharpness, perfect focus on eye and lovely blurry BG
I like a lot

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-01 3:14]

Happy New Year Valerie!

Very happy picture for start of 2009 indeed. I like your story in note - I hope we'll have many more days like this one described by you. Picture and main subject looks great. Pose is excellent for such time.

Hi Valerie,
this picture made me smile.
You captured this funny pose with good sharpness and nice colors.
Very beautiful background and nice composition.
Happy new year,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-01 5:58]

Hello Valerie, wonderful shot of this beautiful goose.
Happy New Year of 2009.

Salut Val
Elle est vraiment belle, ta bernache avec son bec ouvert. J'aurai voulu en faire une aussi belle, mais mes photos n'ont rien donné.
La tête de l'oie est très nette et j'aime la position de sa langue, très bonne composition dans l'ensemble

Hi Valerie
Wonderful closeup with crisp clear detail and lovely color tones specially the BG.
Happy new year,tfs jon

bonjour Valerie

This pose brings a smile to my face, and I think the title is coming out of the swan. Very nice diagonal stretch of the long neck across the frame and still sharp in focus, while having a good bokeh blur of BG.

I can imagine how close you were to the swan from this filled up photo frame of the long neck. Great work.

Happy 2009 to you and your shooting.

tfs, bill

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2009-01-01 9:58]

Hi Valerie

I love the pose here, I'm note sure if he is laughing or getting ready to attack :) Beautiful DOF, great funny pose and perfect focus.

Happy New Year to you too



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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-01 10:31]

Hi Valerie,
Very nice portait.I liked framing,details,simple BG,expression on face and composition a lot.Excellent work!
I wish Happy New Year for you and your family too!
Thanks for posting.

very beautiful capture , great details and sharp , amazing colours,
perfect background,
Happy New Year!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-01 10:57]

Hi, dear Valerie.
I am very pleased with your heartiness and amazing warm words of encouragement. I am happy to have such friends as you here. And I get true delight from your wonderful pictures and interesting notes. Let new year will be happy and successful for you and your relatives

You managed to freeze an amazing moment and scene. Pose of the goose as well as vertical orientation of the image and composition are great. DOF as well as sharpness of the bird image and blurriness of the colourfull BG are fine too. My compliments and TFS.

hello Valerie

beautiful head of this goose
very good details

gret picture

greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-01 12:26]

Hi Valerie. A happy new Year year to you and all of your animals . This goose had somthing to tell you by the look of it. You were able to get a very close picture with its mouth wide open.Good detail and warm colours. well done TFS.

Hello Valerie

Good one!
I like this saucy capture.
The gregarious goose is well posed in the frame.A lovely portrait.
Excellent sharpness and focus.
The details are sharp.
The open beak and tongue is wonderful.
Great timing.


How, how, how,
Nice portrait of this beatiful species. Excellent POV amd sharpness.
TFS. Regards.

bonjour Valérie

une belle et drôle d'image pour nous annoncer une Bonne Année !
j'aime bien to idée et cette photo portrait du bernache du Canada,
avec une belle luminosité, excellente netteté et détails, TFS

Bonne et Heureuse et en Santé Année 2009


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-02 3:55]

Hello Valery,
A beautiful start in 2009. Very nice pose with an excellent sharp focus on the head. Fantastic details. Great colours and a very good composition, OOF BG and POV.
A Happy and Healthy New Year,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-02 4:03]

Hello Valérie,
A wondwerful capture, taken with excellent timing, that shows an open-mouthed Canada Goose taken from an excellent POV with great sharpness and detail. The composition of the head and neck against a fine neutral BG is first class. He may well be Saying Happy New Year and that's what I wish you too!

Hello Valerie,
Good New Year start, an excellent timing & beautiful details of a nice Canadian goose. Well done & TFS.

Gracias por comentar mi fotografía en mi idioma; por cierto, mirror en Español es ESPEJO.
Bonita toma nos presentas para celebrar el nuevo año. Espermos que nos anuncie que este año será mejor. Al menos en fotografía de buen seguro que lo será.
Saludos Valerie: Josep Ignasi.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-03 14:33]

Hahaha! What a poser :-D
Very cool photo.
Great sharpness.
Superb DOF.
Nice colours.

Top-class work!
I hope you have a brilliant 2009!


Ciao Valerie,
spettacolare immagine di buon auspicio e di un felice augurio per il Nuovo Anno, eccellenti POV e composizione con il collo dell'oca canadese inclinato all'indietro che dà vigore e movimento, bellissimo il momento di cattura e l'espressione colta, ottima definizione, magnifici i colori e stupendo OOF BG.

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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 21:44]

Hi Valérie!

Many thanks for your good wishes and congratulations for this original greeting card. The goose seems to sing a melody for the new year. I also would like to wish you all the best for 2009 and hope that all your dreams will come true!

Kind regards


Bonjour Valerie
Il est magnifique ce cliché de cette bernache en train de nous souhaiter la bonne année.
Les couleurs et la clarté de l'image sont au RDV bravo.
Amitiés et bonne année 2009...JP

Bonjour Valerie,
What a nice and perfect portrait for the New YEAR greeting!
He looks cute with his beack opened!
wishing you as well
the best of everything in the year of 2009

Hi Valerie,

Very good new year shout here with this cute mugshot. Very neat tall frame capture capturing the long neck. Flawless sharpness and details with very well muted background. I like it and thanks for sharing.


Valerie, please forgive me for my very very late response to this extremely beautiful and befitting new year post you made a week ago. I was in the process of moving house and made sporadic entries and exits on TN. Now I am almost settled with my son and his family.
The portrait picture of this Canada Goose is simply delightful. The Goose is smiling away in a state of extreme contentment and even showing its 'teeth' :).
Its eye too shines with the sense of happiness.
I am sure they liked your company.
I have to say "Happy New Year" to you in response to this wonderful new year gift.
BTW, I liked your well written note.
Thanks and keep warm.

PS: Now I am happy with your profile picture. Thanks.

Hello Valerie, lovely and funny shot of this beauty. TFS.

Lovely portrait shot of this cute bird Valerie.

Hello Valerie.

Excellent image portrait, nice composition and colors.

Jose luis.

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