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Wishing You a Sweet Year, Janice & Dawn

Wishing You a Sweet Year, Janice & Dawn
Photo Information
Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-24
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Event
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): Greeting Cards [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-07 16:03
Viewed: 1258
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I knew I saved this summer capture for a reason!

Way down there in New Zealand are two ladies who deserve lots of flowers on their birthday.
Thanks to perryhooter for the following information:
Janice and Dawn were born in the same hospital on the same day! Now there's a wild coincidence. -- Do you suppose they were infected by the photo bug at that hospital??

Wishing you a sweet year full of joy and laughter

Tech: composed in camera, captured in RAW, adjusted levels and contrasts in RAW, converted to jpg, resized and sharpened for TL, framed (using the colour sample tool to select blue from the sky), addressed and signed

Thanks for looking ( and I would appreciate particular feedback on the frame) and I wish EVERYONE all the best for today and the coming year

boomcat, c_rapp, Urfaust, chrisJ, Hendrika, shelbeesmom, jan515, Trigger, vandana2923, Janice, Refugee, juyona, JohnTulip has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Janice: Flower IDSilke 2 01-09 12:52
To Trigger: honestySilke 1 01-08 15:43
To Hendrika: the important thingSilke 1 01-08 07:05
To Lanbowen: when is it?Silke 3 01-08 06:08
To perryhooter: well thanksHendrika 3 01-08 05:49
To perryhooter: NO kidding!Silke 1 01-07 16:49
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Hi Silke. When I saw the thumbnail I wasn't overly motivated to open the shot, but I need to get over that as I believe I miss a lot of good photographs, and this was nearly one of them.

The frame and writing are not my thing, but TL is about all aspects of photography so I appreciate the pp work involved here.

The photograph itself does appeal to me - perfect balance of colours, well composed and I like the DOF in the shot. Getting the frame the same colour as the sky is impressive and beyond me, I'm pretty much accepting my role as a point-and-shooter!

Oh, and Happy Birthday Janice!

hi silke, great colors and clarity, really pretty, well done, thanks scott

Happy birthday to Dawn too....(^_^) as our Kiwis members and friends share the same birthday.
Well thought,

hello Silke,

i like your shot only by looking at the thumbnail.. when i open this.. the flowers are more beautiful.. excellent sharpness and detail.. its like the real thing where you just can pluck the flower from the shot anytime.. and what a lovely birthday wish to Janice too.. she's going to love this..

thanks for sharing with us..

tfs and greeting, terry

*to Janice "Happy Birthday"

Hi Silke, great gift to Janice, nice colors and details, good photo. TFS

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-01-07 19:09]

Gorgeous colors and details what a beautiful card you've made. love this pic TFS

wonderful dedication Silke.. these flowers are superb.. a lovely and tender view for a person u care.. so, me too, i wish.. happy birthday Janice!! TFS
ciao Marco

Très belle composition florale et les souhaits pour la nouvelle année, sont appropriés.
Merci pour le tout

Beau montage en douceur et velouté. bravo pour le choix des cteintes et le cadrage est superbe

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-01-08 4:52]

Hi Silke
Very good classic macro, beautiful.
Gr Jos

Janices Birthday ??? Again ??? She is getting old that way. haha
Oke, Silke, I will go to her side in a minute.
Congratulations for you too, with 'our' friend.
Really a Beautiful Birthday card you made here and presented to our Dear Janice.
Cheers from Jan

Hi Lady of the Lens
Very nice colors!!! The contrasts between them are great.
Good dedication to her birthday.
Happy B-day Janice.
12 days till mine ;)

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-01-08 6:07]

Hello Silke,
Very nice birthday card for our DownUnder friends... I like the frame... you chose the best color to blend with the sky IMO!

Happy Birthday Dawn and Janice....


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-01-08 6:11]

Hi Silke

A nice tribute to Janice & Dawn, & what's more, they both deserve it, too! Oh, & the floral macro is pretty good too, with perfect dof, colour, & sharpness. Tfs!

Lovely flower post Silke,
Well composed and presented.
The blue BG is wonderful.
- Vincent

Sorry Silke,

With Robert's comment catching my eye, I did send a card to Dawn and totally forgot to follow up on your picture!
It's lovely and I really like the framing work with the sky colour continuing into the frame.

Janice: Many happy returns of this day and a healthy year to come.


A beautiful tribute to these two ladies! What are the odds of being born at the same hospital??? And being on TL today?? Amazing shot, nice pp work Silke!!

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-01-08 7:53]

Beautiful dedication Silke.
Happy B..day Janice.
That is a good idea, class like you it converted.Perfect light and clarity and amanzing frame.
Well done.

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-01-08 10:04]

Hi Silke

Very nice tribute and dedication piece of lovely flowers for friends. Very thoughtful work.

I like your framing.

TFS, bill

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2008-01-08 11:56]

Thank you dear Silke for this lovely wish for both Janice and myself..a beautiful floral photo.

Yes Janice and myself share the same birthday (different year), but same hospital... and we meet on TL so that is very nice. We keep in contact and meet up for photo shots and lunches...Janice is a lovely lady.

Although I am not posting at the moment on TL, I do think of you all, and pop in for a look from time to time... lost some motivation for critquing so thought I would take a break, after 2 years of continued TL support...

Cheers to you all.

Hi Sikle,
What an excellent present for Janice. The sharpness; superb! The presentation in the sky coloured frame is stunning! A very well earned present for Janice. You show here except your photographic skill also to be a fine wrm TL- member! You may be proud!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2008-01-08 12:41]

No remarks about the frame, Silke. It's not my thing, but it's classy ;o).
The picture is very good, with one nit-pick : the pieces of leaf that pop out under the top edge; I'd have either cloned them out, or cropped them off. Colours, DoF, compo: nice!
Janice, Awatea: Happy birthday to you, my dears. And no, I'll not sing that ;o))

Very sharp! It seems to stand out from the screen.
As for the frame -- maybe the text is just a little bit too strong?
I hope you do not mind honesty!
Best regards

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-01-08 15:46]

What a beautiful card for Janice & Dawn.
Gorgeous colors, details & sharpness. Well done.

Hello Silke,
A lovely image full of hope and the perfect picture of spring and new birth..!
Looks like apple to me (except for "date taken"), super details in the delicate flowers!
Pablo -


Hello Silke

What a stunning capture, lovely floral image thats almost 3d, superb lighting and colours. really sharp and nice PP work on this framing gives an all over splendid post.

TFS kind regards Helen

P.S. happy birthdays to the girls :-)

Hello Silke,
Nice summer shot and memories.
Good diagonal composition and light. TFS

love this one

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-01-09 12:08]
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Thank you Silke, and sorry for the delay in checking it out. Now that I'm older time is marching on even quicker!! I've had a busy couple of days, and I'm slowly catching up!!

Janice and Dawn were born in the same hospital on the same day! Yes, that's correct, but as Dawn would want you all to know - it wasn't in the same year!! Also, another useless piece of info is that the hospital has since been demolished - strange that!!!

This image is beautiful, thank you. What is that flower? It's so dainty and pretty.

And a Sweet Year - that sounds lovely - I think I need that.

Thank you dear friend, I am honoured with this gift,


Hallo Silke,
ausgezeichnete Geburtstagskarte. Warme Farben und schöne Details. Gute Arbeit!


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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-01-09 13:04]

Hi Silke
Wonderful, wonderful, great shot and a superb PP work absolute one of my favorites.

Hi Silke, great dedication, splendid composition with lovely flowers, splendid light and wonderful colors, elegant presentation, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Silke..:)
Very fine details of this shot my friend..beautiful warm colors with good composition and DOV..Well done..


Comeback soon :])

Very handy having their birthdays on the same day, unless I forget one of them that is. Lovely colours in the image itself Silke and fine detail. Like Richard I am not enamoured with fancy framing and too much text but I admire anyone who can achiive the result you did. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Happy Birthday Janice’

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-01-10 5:05]

Hola Silke,
deliciosa compo. :))
colores y bello foco,
gran regalo de cumpleaños,

Bonjour Silke,
il ne manque que l'odeur et cette photo sera parfaite !

Hi Silke,
very 'clean' image. The blue looks pure and well exposed for - considering the whites in the picture as well !
Good effort.
Best regards, Daniel

I really like this presentation you have created, well composed and captured Silke!


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