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On the Eve of Christmas

On the Eve of Christmas
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Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-12
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Holland encounter
Theme(s): TL LowLands meet - September 2007, My Photos >= 100 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-24 13:33
Viewed: 3353
Points: 122
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On this eve of Christmas...

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

George Mathew Adams -
Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years. Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.

This sculpture is from the Cathedral of Koln (Dome).
You'll find more details about this here.

This Cathedral is a classic example of Gothic Architecture

I found this photo perfect to upload for this eve.
Mother Mary...a devine soul and beauty.

Mary Christams to all TL members.
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
-Roy L. Smith

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Hello Vandana,

Very interesting capture. Nice vertical composition, good details, lighting and well framed. Good work my friend & TFS :]

Greetings from Poland,

nice shot...tfs

nice close-up of the 2 figures from the wonderful cologne cathedral! :-) great contrast, good sharpness and terrific
details, very suitable for christmas. hope you had a great time in cologne & best wishes, thor.

hi vanadana, a nice postcard shot with great notes you have added, seasons greeting to you and your family.
thanks scott

Hi my friend!
Wonderful work.Great shot.

Am Abend von Weihnachten here as well but more late there...Thanks for sharing this wonderful day! Merry Christmas....I love your saying...Er, der nicht Weihnachts in seinem Herzen hat, nie wird finden es unter einem Baum

Hi Vanny,
A perfetc photo for thsi evening. Great clarity, sharpness and details.
What a beuty...your little hands can do wonders :-)
Great note..and next from Montral.
May I send you a big hug for this Christmas!!
John T

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2007-12-24 20:22]

A very beautiful Christmas image! TFS and a Merry Christmas to you!

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1253 W: 75 N: 2365] (9460)
  • [2007-12-24 20:46]

Namasthe Vandana,

An image for this day :)
Good, sensible presentation.


jean paul

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-12-24 20:51]

Merry Christmas Vandana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and thank you for super nice photo and note :):):)

Thank you for the Christmas wishes Vandana.

Another beautiful shot to add to your reperetoire - fantastic sharpness and clarity, beautiful light and colours.

Very nice shot!

Hai Vandana,
This is a beautiful capture off this statue,
love the framing,
Merry Christmas,
Gr, Jacqueline

Hi Vandana,
Very good shot of this statue.Excellent POV, sharp and details.TFS.


Merry Christmas and a happy and very good 2008.For you and all your familie

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-12-25 1:12]

Hi Vandana
This is the just atmosphre.
Merry Christmas.
Gr Jos

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-12-25 1:44]

merhaba myfriend VANDANA...
Verynice comp...and shot..superb colors and detail..bravo..selamlar

Hello Vandana,
A lovely Christmas motif!
Skilfully captured, super details....
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-12-25 4:02]

Hi Vandana & Merry Xmas!

A logical choice of a portrait format, with excellent dof & sharpness. I like the subdued colours. Tfs!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-12-25 5:24]

The perfect posting for the season: the reason for the season!
superb composition and details

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2007-12-25 5:47]

Hello Vandana didi,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

You have chosen a beautiful subject which is right suitable for the right occasion. An excellent presentation in a fine composition. Loved you aesthetic sense. Well done.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful shot.

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-12-25 6:09]
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Very well presented, Vandana. Nice work on straightening the verticals. Excellent colour rendition on the statue too. The bright parts on top are a wee bit distracting for me, maybe some burnbrush there would work magic ;o).
Anyway, TFS and all the best for 2008.

Hi Vandana! A very unique but fitting post on the eve of the birthday celebration of Jesus. I like the close crop. Very good details and perspective. Cheers!
Merry Christmas!
Freddie :)

Hello Vandana,
A very inspirational and meaningful post, expertly executed and presented.
Merry Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful 2008,

Hi Vandana,
your Christmas-post is wonderful, I also love the motive from my homeland Germany.
Excellent shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2007-12-25 16:12]

Very sharp details on a great composition, Vandana, and I like this pov. Nice exposure. Well done. TFS


Hi Vandana,

Excellent composition with well lighting angle setup . .
Highlights and details are clearly presented . .
Beautifully framed . .


Many thanks for your kind words on Mery Christmas .


Merry Cristmas un un hermoso cuadro felicidades


Ciao Vandana, great composition for Christmas with splendid statue, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2007-12-26 2:02]

Very strong job,classic work..

Hello Vandana.
Merry Christmas to you.
Lovely picture you took of this statue.
Very nice frame around it.
Best wishes from Jan

Hello Vandana,

Wondeful photograph with an excellent frame! Very useful and interesting note!

Congratulations! TFS

Mery Christmas to you, my friend!


Hi Vandana,
Excellent sharpness...
Nice POV...
Good framing...
Selahattin E

ciao Vandana.. wonderful post for christmas.. it's lovely and i love it!! so nice note.. so appropriate!! brava!! excellent job!!
auguri!! ciao Marco

Perfect exposure Vandana, a great masterful composition,
well done and presented. Happy Holidays.

Hi Vandana,
Excellent capture of this statue, great contrast and details. Perfect presentation in the nice frame.
Take care and wish you happy days!

:) Later...

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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-12-26 8:56]

Hi Vandana ,
WOW!! Excellent composition with wonderful colour tone and texture.
I like the low POV very much.
well done!! Happy Holidays.

Hi Vandana,
Beautiful composition and good shot.
Thanks for sharring.
Noeliniz KUTLU OLSUN......
M.D.Seyfettin GÜner

Superb artwork, excellent framing and clarity.
Have a wonderful Christmas and and a very good New Year !


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2007-12-26 10:20]

Hi Vandana,
great shot with beautiful frame.Cöngragulations.Happy new year to you and your family.Necla.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-12-26 12:08]

Hi Vandana,
a beautiful statue, very well captured. Nice sharp details and the framing is excellent.

nice image of mother Mary, sharp and detailed Vandana, well captured, nice framing too.Merry Christmas to you and family.

What a beautiful composition. Peaceful and relax. Great colors and details.TFS

Hello Vandana,

very nice shot. Great composition, well done. Actual motive. tfs. Stev

Hi Vandana

This is super nice to post during this Christmas eve and so beautifully takens... congrats


Amri HMS

Lovely notes Vandana. Excellent detail and colour in the image and nicely framed and presented. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘We are sailing’

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2007-12-27 5:32]

Hi Vandana...
Great as usually, very, very nice scene from the Church and really a very good shot. Well done...

Also, I like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...!
Have nice and good time with your family.

Hi Vandana, Merry Christmas to you too.

this is very well captured. I like the light and the colours.
Good close-up with good details.

I hope I will see you during the Holiday season.

Yan :)

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  • stery Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 268 W: 20 N: 71] (2050)
  • [2007-12-27 6:07]


Hi Vandana,

That must have been impressive in Köln - that cathedral is really the heart of the city.
You have an eye for lovely things, like this statue - very fitting for this time of year.


Hi Vendana
Güzel heykelin güzel fotosunu güzel çekmişsiniz..Tebrikler
Murat YAPICI..

Hi Vandana,

Good choice to upload this one this time of year!
Also very Merry Holiday times wished from the Netherlands.


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-12-27 8:45]
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Hi Vandana,
I didn't had time to visit you lately! A mother is very busy when Christmas and children arrive to home! :) So, your note touches me:"Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first".
Your beautiful photo is a good support for this quotation.
Dear Vandana, I wish you the best for 2008!

As always your work fascinates me. Beautifully shot and the frame suits it perfect.


Hello Vandana,
Excellent Architecture and Christmas composition.Well details, lighting and great framed.Well done.TFS.

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  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2007-12-27 11:26]

Hello Vandana, well Christmas is over & this was a great photo to post. Love the framework! Good notes too! Hope the New Year brings you happiness! :} Don

Hi Vandana,
This is just beautiful! Exposure and details are outstanding and your notes inspiring. This is an appropriated picture. I wish you the Best for 2008! Big hugs,

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  • HaBeMa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 33 N: 619] (3072)
  • [2007-12-27 14:24]

Hi dear Ladt Vandana;"Happy Christmas" good and meaningful a shot....

Hi Vandana - This image is from my country of origin. I visited the cathedral of Cologne visited many times. Its facade is partially 'plastered' with figures such as this one of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. I like the way you isolated her sculpture, all the more so since the grey carbon-dioxide coat all over the building makes it hard to get a good-looking shot. The figure looks better by itself. Good choice! Thank you for sharing! - Cordelia :))
PS: Did you know that it took some 600 years to build this cathedral?

Are these postcards sold overthere Vandana, because this is postcard quality sharp well lighted and fitting colors. Well done.

Grtz Pim

:) ltr

Hello Vandana,

Beautiful look of this sculpture, I went to look the Cathedral, it is fantastic, from his construction to the days today, she is imposing!
The details inside of her they are fantastic.
All the best!


> ((((((º>

Hello Vanny
So, now we see your family? Angels :-)
Its an impressive view, how she looks down on us.
Bit static, but thats normal with a statue.
Greetings from France

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-01-11 12:05]

I like the gotic architectur Vandana, the picture is very interesting. Clear,good details and sharpnes.wonderful place and a beautiful picture, which make correctly good mood.greetings from Freising.

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