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Sunshine for the New Year

Sunshine for the New Year
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Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-28
Categories: Nature, Macro, Mood
Camera: Nikon D70s, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 (IF) Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-02 1:28
Viewed: 1174
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I wanted to share some sparkle of sunshine to Northern European people and others, Americans and Canadians that are suffering terrible cold in their countries.

This sunflower from Malta is shining for you - last week we had some beautiful days and tourists that visited our Island enjoyed some real sunshine and I noticed that some even had a swim!

I wish everyone "SPARKLE" in their lives which leads to Happiness throughout 2011.

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Hello Francis Xavier!
Amazing sunflower. Fine lightness and brightness, ideal saturation and colours.
Good exposure and capture. Good contrast and sharpness.
Interesting information.
Well done!

Bom dia Francis,
Very nice backlight macro from this amazing Sunflower. Good capture, great colors and details. Great equilibre and placement from the segments from photo, observing the thirdies. Simple but adequate frame.
R. :o)

Hi Francis.
Beautiful against light composition where you beautifully highlighted the features of sun flower,the illuminating petals with little transparency makes you presentation more beautiful.
Best Wishes

Hello Francis,

Excellent shot with a beautiful sunflower and colors, great lighting and nice frame.
Congratulations and TFS

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-01-02 3:04]


Un vrai soleil qui va nous réchauffer les coeurs, quel captage de ce toune-sol, ça fait plaisir e voir de si belles fleurs, rayonnante et souriante, un grand merci.
Bravo et belle journée


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2011-01-02 3:06]

Hi Dear Fracis,
beautiful and meaningful post for the new year.Beautiful light on the pedals.Beautiful naturel colors and perfect framing as always.TFS.Necla.

Ciao Francis

Fine lines in the composition!
Macro work is well done, great details in
the flower that stands out well on the gray background...
Attractive vivid colours!

Best regards from Brazil

๑۩۞۩๑ Sergio ๑۩۞۩๑

IT is so inviting, Francis!
Thank you for this breath of sunshine!
Your narrow dof works well to give sharpness to the flower against an oof b/g. The backlighting on the petals certainly helps to reproduce a symbolism of the sun.

My warm wishes to you, too,
Bev :-)

Happy New Year to you, Francis.
Thanks for sharing the sunshine from Malta.
I like the shadow on the flower.

Hi Francis,
Beautiful sunflower nicely composed and presented with great colors and light,
Excellent point of view and details,
well framed too.
all my compliments

Yes, I hope there will be a lot of sunshine and a lot of happiness for the new year. Great pov and dof with nice of backlighting. Well done, tfs.

You managed a wonderful natural backlighting in this capture from a young sunflower, Francis!
Great focus and perfect details at the heart of the flower.
The sharpness and POV are well chosen, by placing the flowr slightly off-centered worked very well for this picture.
An elegant frame adds another feather to your cap.


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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2011-01-02 17:11]

dear Francis Xavier,
this your picture was taken at 28th/December, it is incredible,
your land is always summer?
anyway, beautiful and joyful sunflower you present us,
clear light and yellow shining petals are beautiful so much,
and the atmosphere is vigor and delightful,
thank you for your excellent shot,

Bonjour Francis Xavier
Très jolie macro avec un excellent focus.Joli jeu de lumière et d'ombre et belles couleurs ensoleillées...
I wish you all the best for 2011.Amicalement.Catherine

Hello Francis Xavier

A look at the sun, it will fill my day light, it's snowing right now!
Attractive presentation, fine saturation, superb detail.
My compliments for this. Friendships.

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