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A dedication.

A dedication.
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, 300 2.8VR
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Full of tenderness / Pleine de tendresse [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-10 22:33
Viewed: 3862
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,
This picture of a Gaur and a calf is dedicated to my father, Kuttappan, Who passed away in last September. He was a loving father and guiding spirit for me. I deeply miss him.
Last year, before taking a break from TN, I had posted in the forum about his illness. Many of you friends had responded and supported me and had promised to pray for his health. May be because of our prayers, he didn't suffer any pain and passed away quietly. I want to thank you all for your support and prayers you had bestowed on me at the time when needed it most.
I wanted to make this dedication earlier and inform you all, but I guess I needed more time to get adjusted to my loss.
So thanks once again for everything....

For reference on Indian Gaur, please visit. :

Jamesp, Dis. Ac., eng55, KOMSIS, KlausRudloff, CeltickRanger, Argus, marius-secan, JoseMiguel, jaycee, roges, Miss_Piggy, ramthakur, uleko, Alex99, lovenature, japiey has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-10 22:41]

Hello Smitha

A lovely dedication to your father - my mother died a little over a year ago.

Superb shot - the light is magical - highlighting both animals. The pose is likewise excellent.

I spent ages photographing gaur in Chitwan, Nepal, but did not get anything as good as this.

Best wishes and my condolences for your loss.


Hello Smitha,

what an very nice dedication to your father.
Yes I think you' ll missed him very much.
Exellent image from these Gaur with calf.

Best wishes and my condolences for your loss.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-10 23:23]

Hi Smitha,
I'm sorry for your loss.It's very nice post and lovely dedication to your father.Lighting,POV and composition are excellent.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-11 0:11]

Hi Smitha

Our deepest sympathies and condolences with your loss. It's not easy losing a father and
I can understand why you needed time to adjust and work through this sad time. Keep the
eyes on the future and may God be with you and your family. A lovely dedication and I am
sure you dad would have approved of you choice.

I like this natural shot showing the two animals in their natural environment. It looks like the
calf got its eyes focussed on the teat and it is coming in for a sip. Nice details and I like how
the light came in from the side. Lovely warm colours too.

Well done MF and TFS.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-01-11 1:45]

Hi Smitha,
For your father, a beautiful dedication...
Best wishes and my condolences for your loss.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-11 1:50]

Hello Smitha
Nice capture of this interesting animal
Thanks for sharing

Hello Smitha

Beautiful dedication to your father, Smitha.
You have nice presentation of this Indian Gaur posing for you in beautiful light with excellent details on both animals.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-11 2:32]

What a beautiful image and appropriate dedication to a father, lovely lighting and excellent colors. tfs.

Hello Smitha,

my best congratulations to this photograph of the gaur, one of the most beautiful and impressive wild cattle of world. My best wishes and my condolences for your loss.

A lovely dedication to him, I am sure that he would have loved this picture.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-11 4:07]

Hello Smitha,
Great photo of this Gaur and calf. Very nice eye contact. Good sharpness, details and natural colours. Excellent low POV and composition.
A lovely dedication.

hello Smitha

beautiful dedication for the souvenir of your father,
a very beautiful photo of the Gaur and the calf
with fine forntal POV, fine focus sharpness and details,
a very beautiful luminosity coming from the sun,
i love to see details of the blurred background,
and a wonderful eye-contact, i also love this kind
of photography of parent and baby animals/birds
and have created a special personal theme for it,



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-11 7:20]

Dear Smitha,
I was sorry to hear about the loss of your father (Ulla told me earlier).
This is a beautiful photo of a Gaur cow with her calf. The lighting is superb and the POV just right for the composition with the contrasting OOF forest BG.
This photo symbolises rebirth and the continuation of life and makes a fine tribute to your father.
I am sure he was proud of his daughters.
With my best wishes,

Hello Smitha,
Very nice dedication for your father.
The image is wonderful. Exceptional colours and lovely details. Very good clarity and
excellent composition.

nice family pic, TFS Ori

Hi Smitha
An excellent photo of this pretty bovine with its calf. Well exposed and lit. Fine detail and colurs.
Kind Regards

Hi Smitha,
Lovely couple you managed to capture so perfectly. The highlights define the shapes of your subjects and gives it more dimension. Very sorry to hear your father passed away.

Hi Smitha,
Didn't know about your loss, my condolences.
Without any doubt a touching image to dedicate to him, very significative.
I hope you'll be doing well and taking your time.
Warm regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-11 15:55]

Hi Smitha,

Please accept my condolences. I'm so sorry to hear that your father passed away but it is a blessing that he went peacefully. This parent and child is a wonderful dedication.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-12 11:56]

Hi Smitha,
first of all want to wish you and me a warm HAPPY NEW YEAR! with health and happiness to you both as well as for loved ones.
I was away and only now I saw your picture. A catch and a scene of great class. Beautiful composition.
Best regards,

Dear Smitha
A beautiful dedication and a well worthy one indeed. No matter how old we are or how long we have been married and out of their homes, out parents will always stay such an important part of our lives, and when they are no longer there the void is hard to accept in the begin, but it gets better with time. My dad past away 20 years ago and my mom 3 years ago and I miss them all the time. I see the image you posted as a symbol of parent and child. The expression captured on the Gaur's face is that of protection of its calf and that is just how we humans are, we protect our children no matter how old they are, so keep that in mind and remember the good times with your dad and how he protected you as child. I really like the sunlight in the image, and the way it brings out the colours to its best, especially the golden hairs on the side of the Gaur. I also like the direct eye contact it have with you or your camera and then I like the innocent look captured on the calf's face. I am sure you know by now that I like the image a lot and there are such a lot more beautiful qualities in the image that I did not even started to describe as yet. I like it ok! It is a great image, captured without pretence and presented in a most favourable manner. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Smitha, losing father is one of the most excruciating experiences in our lives. I have had it 12 years ago and I still can't cope with it. In his last years, my old man suffered a lot. Your dad was spared that agony and God be thanked for it.
My heart-felt condolences. May his soul rest in peace!
Your memorial picture of a Gaur and its baby is beautiful. It symbolically represents the never-ending cycle of life. We derive solace and hope from it.
Have a peaceful mind and take care.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-20 9:50]

Hello Smitha,
What a wonderful capture of a Gaur with a calf in beautiful sunlight. Excellent focus on both and great eye contact with the mother.
Lovely colours too and well composed.
I'm glad you're back with us!
TFS and take care, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-01-23 23:55]

Hi, dear friend.
It is a really very sad new. I am next to you in my mind. My father passed away twenty years ago bit I cannot reconcile to it till now.

Wonderful and touching by subject shot of top quality.
Yours Alexei.

Hi Smitha
This Gaur and calf are beautifully captured in the soft sunlight. Colours and composition are excellent. A very nice dedication to your father, so sorry for your loss.
TFS Janice

Hi Smitha,

This is a touching dedication.
Lovely image, sure.
With prayers always..


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