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Copyright: Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4938 W: 483 N: 5832] (27208)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-18
Categories: Nature, Macro
Camera: Fuji FinePix
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 100 points or more !, 150 points or more!!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-11 6:59
Viewed: 4633
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 196
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a tribute to our feathered friends, who are experiencing so many hardships these days!

Probably the closest I’ll ever come to bird photography, in fact I’m considering posting some of this series in TrekNature… hahahaha!

I heard in the news this morning people have stopped feeding the birds now, in fear of too close encounter and risk for the flu… This is resulting in many dead birds since we have a cold period in my country for the time.

So this is my appeal: Don’t stop feeding the birds, right now they need it more than ever! Just pay some extra attention; you don’t have to touch the birds to feed them! Just put a feeder outside your house and see to it is well filled with food!

maleentjeh, lucbus, chrisJ, suzley, JohnTulip, harpya, SkyF, zunnun, Penelope, cleocat, cstathoulis, orbiter, Janice, Alla, spike1, samr, CRATEOS, pompey, lebjohnson, pozaru, SunToucher, pitai, wck, touristdidi, anavazao, berek, AnneFrance, graemann, technogran, Refugee, pranab, vsinopoulos, Victor, sufi, shahzzam, kvrnkiran, MLINES, elihesamian, PavelL, james, bebeM, liquidsunshine, YasminesDad, goodwill, evildrako, inaam, jan515, Emma, izler, kbeall has marked this note useful
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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-03-11 7:16]

Very nice attention Pablo.
We really need to take extra care for the birds. And your photo is really artistics with this feather in diagonale and the beautiful blue background. Very well done.

Hi Pablo, great close up of these feathers, pin sharp, great quality as always from you !

Very informative note too, amazing how people react.


Beautiful Pablo!

The colours are very pleasing and brilliant. The lighting is nice and the details very good. My feeders are out and filled!

Love and Peace always!

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2006-03-11 7:32]

Hi Pablo

I like the simple graphism of the light feather against the dark bg. Superb texture, sharpness, & lighting. Tfs!

Beautiful and light composition Paulo. Great lighting, color and sharpnes. I dont see H5N1...

ha ha ha
today is a birdy day! you are right.
beautiful blue and sharpnes..
have a nice day pablo

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2006-03-11 8:23]

Hi Pablo.

What a great idea to use this as a subject. You have a stunning capture. Well done.


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  • Sans1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 463 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-03-11 8:33]

Hi Pablo- very creative - I like the different textures in the feather you were able to capture and the blue lighting in the background is perfect! Well done and great note!

Great photo and VERY VERY good note! You pointed out a great risk and the solution you have to keep feeding is wise!!!! Compliment Pablo!
Bye from Holland

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  • sufi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 580 W: 7 N: 106] (1336)
  • [2006-03-11 9:23]

Hi Pablo...
Ah Birdy, incredible friendship and excellent movie...
And this picture... Wonderful light and colors...
Thanks Pablo... For sharing us...
Stay well..

hi Pablo,

Beautiful visual, but it is sad to know
of this, our feathered friends
they are lost.
Beautiful picture, wonderful color
Congratulations, big!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2006-03-11 10:06]

Hi Pablo,
a very nice shot, I like that you placed the lighter feather in front the darker it brings out the leightness of the subjects. Beautiful composition with great light , sharpness and wonderful details.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2006-03-11 10:26]

Hi Pablo,
So soft and tender. Lovely composition.

this is a beautiful picyure with a very sensible message, you are very very rioght.
i never stopped feeding the birds.


this is really a nice composition - very beautiful colors & nice idea.


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  • lukdm Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 332 W: 3 N: 21] (1350)
  • [2006-03-11 10:50]

just one word: Excellent Pablo.

Hi Pablo,
A very nice shot, simple in its composition but beautifully executed. The colours are vivid and there is a harmony in the shot. Textures are captured nicely.


Hi Pablo,
wonderful "birdy", even we only can see a part of it ;-)
I like this close-up shot. Wonderful colours and pretty light and colours.
I also had birds here, but you can't see the feathers so well on my shot ;-)
Excellent work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Très belle image de détail aux couleurs douces. J'aime.

Well captured. While you had some time to capture this why not go to the F11's or even the f16's? The colors and patterns are stunning!

  • Attila Gold Star Critiquer [C: 380 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-03-11 15:03]

Once you start feeding birds you should NEVER stop because that means most of the birds who have become dependent on you will starve to death. The bird flue thing is insane: there is a much bigger risk you get AIDS and people still have one night stands.

Back to the photo: perfect. I have my doubt about the little dark spot in the left bottom corner because it attracts the eye without delivering the goods.

Your message is great, but your photo is also perfect without your note. That's a bit more than I sometimes achieve. ;)) Congrats!

Very touching note and the photo, Pablo!
Wonderful delicate blue-pink tones and a fantastic sharpness!
pieceful night to all the birdies:) Karina:)

Oh my! I didn't feed the birds, but I just came from feeding the ducks in the park! Had a great time of it too, and apparently there are others like me because they are getting nice and fat (John Tulip wants to eat one for his Christmas dinner!!)

Wonderful colors and compo, simple, clean lines and very appealing. Thanks for sharing,

This is very special. Lovely soft colours. Amazing texture. Very well captured.

Hi Pablo,

Beautiful macro very well illuminated!
The details of the feather are superb! You're so right about the birds! When people are in panic, they become barbaric...
Well done on the composition and TFS :)


Well made! I like that detail!
I'm surprised about what you said about birds!
Generally speaking they are supposed to get everything they need!

Hi Pablo,

A very nice delicate shot here with an excellent lighting effect. The black hole in the feather caught my eye pablo so I did a WS for you to remove it, I hope you don't mind and like what I did. Well done on the capture!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2006-03-11 21:06]

Pablo, super shot! And great message too.
I love the colours here, the blue and pink tones look awesome. Not sure about the black mark, I can't even imagine what it is, but I like Orbiter's WS. VG up-close view of the feathers, thank you,

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  • Alla Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 15 N: 63] (763)
  • [2006-03-12 0:20]

Hi Pablo.
You are very creative again! I like details and colours.
Well done!! Alla.

Hi Pablo, I like the colours and composition of this photo very much. Excellent clarity on the featured feathers and a DOF shallow enough to softly blur the others. Congrats!

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  • samr Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 506 W: 31 N: 401] (3329)
  • [2006-03-12 6:01]

Beautiful colour, sharpness and composition Pablo. Great note (see my latest post) as it ties in with your work here. Great photo ...Sam

Hola Pablo,

Nicely composed image of color and shape, well done.


You make the diference here in TL!!!!!i thing you are... a soul.. in one way of it !!!!my respects!!! Nikiforos

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 156 N: 602] (8359)
  • [2006-03-12 12:02]

Great sentiments Pablo and a lovely picture too!
Perfect in every way.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Pablo,

Very nice shot! Wonderful. Delicate, simple and very nice. Excellent shapness and colours. Lovely shot, I like it!



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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1134 W: 420 N: 1093] (6670)
  • [2006-03-12 14:47]

I was looking at some feathers too some time ago , figuring out in waht compo i would take the picture , you did quit well here Pablo , very detailed with a close crop !!

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2006-03-13 4:41]

Wonderful photo, Pablo !
And message too !!!
Very well done ...

tfs and have a nice week,

Hi Pablo,
Great lighting with this lovely tribute to our friends that have it difficult. I like the detial and softness of the photo. I hope to see some of your bird photos on TN.

wow ... EXCELLENT shot Pablo :o)
i love it :o)
so many TFS it :o)))

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 2 N: 31] (704)
  • [2006-03-13 15:22]

hello pablo, very good image and note. love the mood, and blue tones. there is a very soft and light feeling. Well done. And please keep feeding the birds! Gabriel

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  • ose Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 442 W: 0 N: 18] (5420)
  • [2006-03-13 18:56]

Hi Pablo.
Great close up and great idea of these feathers.Beautiful and light composition.
Well done!

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  • wck Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 697 W: 36 N: 423] (3851)
  • [2006-03-14 0:44]

Thanks for your love to them. i'm appreciate it much! Thank you my friend.


Hi Pablo! It's good to see your compositions here at TL! They're very diferent from the ones I'm used to looking at at TE. Very interesting shot you have here, I agree it's a good tribute to our feathered friends. Good colors and sharpness! rgds.

Great image good composition and nice lines. Colour and textures make a great mood here.

This feather makes a nice abstract, Pablo! I like how there are both sharp areas and blurry areas in this photo. Nicely done!

And I'll take your advice about the bird feeder!

Is this a feather from one of those exotic dancers in Las Vegas or somewhere????? Kidding! I feed the birds, sparrows and crows, not much else left now in India, less egrets, less eagles all the time..... insect poison kills birds.....

great macro with nice colours, composition, sharp, note!
Great idea friend!
Good week!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 680 W: 60 N: 8] (86)
  • [2006-03-15 9:15]

Hi Pablo,
incredible blue colours. very good macro taken. nice details. congratulations. have a nice day.
Meaning ( Sense ) 10,Framing:10,Idea :10

Pablo I live dangerously, and chirp, laugh at the thought of catching bird flu, chirp, chirp.

I left a sheaf of corn out for our feathered friends the last time I was in snow bound Fredrikstad, (the name eludes me in Norsk is it a nekk?).

An interesting composition and a great note. Cheers G

  • graemann Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 345 W: 60 N: 207] (5166)
  • [2006-03-15 23:15]

A job well done Pablo!

The colors are amazing.

I like the note too.


wow, Pablo, this is also great, like all your shots, you don't post everyday, but when you post, phffffffff, super shots,
very colourfull and we can feel the softness of this feather, amazing!
smile tomorrow

Hello Pablo, what a very kind and sensitive note. And what a fabulous photo this is! Good close-up and you filled all the photo with the quail. Nice colour, and gradient blue and white.

It's nice how the light illuminates the quail.

Great work! Cheers, Yan :)

Hi Pablo,

This is a very artistic interpretation of a bird's feather. The colors are terrific and framing is exquisite.

Greetings from Vietnam.

A very beautiful example of a bird feather, it has some sharp hard edges with some feathers and some lovely soft fluffy downy parts also, which is a great contrast to each other...and the blue is just GORGEOUS.
Very well created Pablo.
Thanks for your visit to my photo.

Hi Pablo, I won't comment or critique your photo as all has already been said. I will commend you on the note though. I was listening to a bird expert on the radio the other day and he said as long as people wash thoroughly after being in their averies then things will be fine. TFS
PS Many thanks for your comment on City Views

a very touching tribute to our feathered friends. well defined color and detail. very dreamlike.

Terrific blues, terrific details, terrific composition.

Very seductive creation Pablo, and I'm sure it will be a powerfull word too...


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  • dada Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 46 N: 382] (6560)
  • [2006-03-20 7:48]

Hi Pablo... amaizing composition... you make me cry... so fragile... and the colours are great! congratulations! the message is great too!


we do put food AND WATER for the visiting fauna in our garden, it is so very rewarding, there's nothing more stupid and irrational than scared people... thanx, M, (*_*)

So elegant and delicate image, lovely lighting, great DOF and very good detail. Superb work!
Thank you for your comments.

You have captured this in such a way that, except for the black 'blob' and (maybe) the imperfection in the top RH corner, this image could well be included in the 'How to take Top Photographs' textbook.
You know what you're doing, P.
I'm deliberating on the TRHC imperfection ... and I've decided that it is a very worthy inclusion. Just the black blob to come to terms with ... it does somehow jar when first seen but, after a while, it belongs there ...

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  • olam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 112 W: 7 N: 13] (628)
  • [2006-03-25 9:46]

It's very simple and great! I like that you show only one part of the object! :) And colours are great! Take care, Ola

Hello my friend Pablo.
This is excellent macro shot, well done.
Focus and colours very good.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.


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  • Victor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 360 W: 26 N: 232] (3388)
  • [2006-03-26 12:42]

Superb texture and ligthing my friend, another creative idea from you. Well done.

Pablo, you have so many top images in your gallery, I don't know where to start!! This is just a stunningly beautiful image, with great composition, and colors, I love the blue! Excellent detail, and a great note...I feel bad for the birds! Best Regards, Sam :-)

Hi Pablo,

Very nice one my friend!! I really like your concern towards birds. You are really correct. TFS.


this is an excellent picture. i really like it. i think it's technically flawless. beautiful colors and perfect clarity. good control of dof. best wishes!

The more you feed them,the more they come, the easier to catch them or shoot them, on film of course!
love the blue light effect Pablo

Great effect of the blue, beautiful opposition of the geometry of the diagonal lines and the soft ones.
Well done, Pablo.

Pablo, Simple showing natures wonder. Birds have a special place in this world and your tribute is supported from here too.

Hi Pablo,

It's a very beautiful shot.
Nice LIGHTING there. Fantastic, mysterious colors... Well done!

What a nice result,
good note,
soft and attractive shot,wonderful details and sharpness,
Thanks for sharing,Pablo,


WoW!! What a great sharpness and colours and light and mood, Pablo. Very good job.

Best regards,


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  • jasp Gold Star Critiquer [C: 419 W: 1 N: 7] (10)
  • [2006-04-01 6:56]

Hola PABLO, GOOD MORNING, yes this film is very well... i normally use this feather to doing fly to fishing. Nice colours and composition. This photo is between your 5 best.

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  • PavelL Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 26 N: 164] (1299)
  • [2006-04-02 12:29]

Hi, Pablo!
Thanks from the criticues!
This photo is really great!
I also like the workshop.
Best wishes

hi pablo
tres bonne macro,bons details et couleurs.

Hi Pablo,

It has reminded me frosty patterns on windows. Beautifully and gently.


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  • james Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 2 N: 91] (392)
  • [2006-04-05 5:54]

nicely done, i hope the feathered friends have thanked you for the tribute. On to the photo, nicely composed, good focus. i love the cool blue background...good job...TFS...james

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  • bebeM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 0 N: 57] (605)
  • [2006-04-09 20:47]

Good macro! And so tender... The note is very touching too, it's sad but true... I didn't stop feeding them (in fact, you've seen the photos on TE)
Thank you for all your kind critiques!

You did a wonderful job making feathers extra soft. Wonderful compostion. I really like the blue cast on the feathers as well. TFS.

Hi Pablo,
Very sharp with good detail and colours.
Thanks for posting, have a great Easter weekend.

Hello Pablo
Very nice shooting.Perfect colours.
Very nice photo.Perfect details.
Well done.


Super nice shot of a feather , it is almost angelical the softness it can show


Hello Pablo,
Great macro photo may friend.
Feather looks so soft so nice.Great for pillow :)
Nice pov,colors,softness,dof,frame and note.TFS

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  • lion Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 549 W: 64 N: 24] (5600)
  • [2006-04-22 12:20]

Very nice and simple with a beautiful tone.
And good perspectiv.

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 728 W: 0 N: 107] (2973)
  • [2006-05-27 12:11]

Bonjour Pablo
When I was a kid I used to sit on a lower transversal branch of my "thinking tree", near the house, and imagine I could fly and visit unusual places from above !!
In this beautiful take, I see a great mastery of selective focus and a praiseworthy thought in your note.

Hey Pablo,

wow! such beautiful, soft tones of blue...amazing, really beautiful, great quality macro, I like it very much!

Have a nice day, ivana

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  • kateb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 486 W: 147 N: 338] (2991)
  • [2006-06-18 11:14]

A beautiful photo, interesting composition, and subtle colours - and a good message to go with it! Nice photo.

Hi Pablo,
The blue effects is outstanding and the feather work great but your notes are the best. Love for the nature and coming out with a perfect solution-you are a man with big heart.
Best Regards,

hi Pablo,
Great shot, I love the framing and colors very much. great pov
very well done my friend

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2006-08-30 14:10]

An aesthetic collection indeed. Beautiful compostion, fine details and use of light which is warm on the top. Blue hue is interesting which is mingled with feather in the bottom giving a cold impact.

Thanks for sharing a magnificient feather light image.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 579 W: 70 N: 644] (4308)
  • [2006-09-18 1:58]

Hi Pablo!
I think that medical authorities will not cheat so grossly about poor birdies' flu in the future. So many birds have been burnt allive and so many have died without man's help! And all that for the enrichment of that old pharmacy liars...
Be healthy (preferably without pharmacy)!

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2006-09-21 8:50]

Hallo Pablo,
ich mag Deine Bilder sehr, gut gestaltetes klares Bild und schöner Rahmen. Schöne Blaue Farbe die an den Federn mit sehr deutlichen weißen Details. Wunderschönes Bild. Gutes licht und Farben.

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2006-10-01 8:01]

Es ist ein wunderschönes Foto Pablo.
Herrliche Farben, gute Details und die Leichtigkeit der Federn spürt man förmlich in dem Bild, fantastisch.
Schöne Grüsse
Punkt morgen

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 482 W: 69 N: 18] (72)
  • [2006-12-11 17:49]

hello pablo
here is beautiful macro working. i like your different point of view and lighting in your photo. composition, colours, details and plain frame are great

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  • fff Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 600 W: 0 N: 40] (2738)
  • [2007-01-11 11:08]

Hi pablo excellent close up beautiful blue hues today i am like small car with 1000cm i have to climb up long long way bye shimon

Beautiful colors, details and textures. A feather of the fabulous Blue Bird of Happiness, I think...



I Like this so much, a mixture of softness and sharp detail. The blue in the background really adds to the shot.

Lovely note


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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2007-07-14 5:14]

Hi Pablo...
Again a wonderful job! Excellent shot...
Congratulations, George

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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2007-08-26 20:12]

Hi Pablo,
A soft and cool-colored posting that is very artistic and pleasing. Very nice detail and DOF.

hello Pablo

nice game of lights in this lovely close up
the result is picture with a great visual atraction



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