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Christmas 2008 - This one is for YOU

Christmas 2008 - This one is for YOU
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Copyright: Loot Eksteen (loot) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-15
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 HZ DG Macro, Digital ISO 100, UV 62mm Kenko
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park - 2006
Theme(s): Sunsets, The Beauty of Sunrise & Sunset, A study in Geography (earth) 1, Kruger National Park 2, My Purple Obsession 2, My Dedications ;o), Anna's Favourites 1, Sunrise & Sunsets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-24 18:07
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Satara sunset

This sunset was captured on the H1-4 road, ±3km north of the entry gate to the Satara camp, in the Kruger National Park.

I dedicate this posting to the entire TrekNature community, which includes:-
1. All the personnel who runs and administer this site,
2. All the participating photographers who freely share all their wonderful material and experiences, as captured through the irises of their camera lenses,
3. All other non-photographic members who share their thoughts through critiques or other means,
4. And last, but not least, the entire Internet community who regularly or sporadically visit us and appreciate (with us) the talents and giving spirit exhibited on this site.

Christmas - 2008
The Christmas season normally fills our hearts with joy. The holidays bring special kinds of pleasure when family and friends get together. Wide-eyed kids (and sometimes us grownups as well) awaits in anticipation the delight in receiving a gift. We're enveloped in the excitement of it all - the sights, the sounds, the smells and the tastes we treasure. Yet, when we have some moment of quiet time to think about our finest blessings all year through, we would focus on our FRIENDS. For me, that is when I once again realise and appreciate the gift of knowing YOU!

On this Christmas…I pray:-
To my enemies – forgiveness.
To my opponents – tolerance.
To my friends - my heart.
To every child - a good example.
To myself - respect.

Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas. God bless you all.

To learn more about "sunsets" please visit this Source.

Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop CS2

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I appreciate the wonderful message you have composed on the occasion of Christmas 2008. I, in return, wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
The sunset image you have posted on this occasion is so beautiful and apt it cannot be described in words.
Thank you very much for it and warm regards.

Beautiful shot. The colours and silhouettes look breathtaking.

Merry Christmas Loot,
After watching your images in the past I think the best color is in South Africa, and this image runs right to the top of the list. The colors and framing of the sun with the silhouette of the tree is fantastic, there is nothing more that could be said. It is outstanding, and all and every adjective one could state would lie beneath this image.
I'm jealous I did not and was not able to witness this sunset.
Merry Christmas, and a note that many should read across the globe every day, every single day, every single person!!!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-24 21:34]

Wow.... Thanks for this gorgeous sunset....
And that wonderful message.
The colors are just incredible.
A fantastic composition of that setting sun framed by the silhouettes of the trees.
Best wishes to you and your family.

Hello Loot

Wonderful colours!
The placement of the sun in that spot was masterful.
I really like sunset and silhouette shots and this is beautiful.
A wonderful composition and a terrific gift for us.
Thank you.


very nice and romantic, TFS Ori

Hi dear Loot ,
So nice scenery.amazing colours.
Excellent composition.

Kind regrads

Hallo Loot,

A beautiful picture with a such beautiful colours. It almost looks like velvia. I like this picture very much. I would like to wish you and Anna and all Treknature members, a very blessed Christmas, and may you have a wonderful 2009.

Kind Regards

Hi Loot,
A wonderful sunset shot with excellent details and sharpness,great colours and nice composition.
Hope you have a very happy Christmas.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-25 5:49]

Hi Loot,
Colors and light look beautiful. The position of the sun among the trees is great. Very good composition and exposure handling.
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Loot,

What a sunset. I have a lot of beautiful sunsets on the coast had, but this is a very special. An explosion on colours. Wow....The black silhouetes at the FG makes this photo very special. Thanks for that.

God bless you my Friend.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-25 7:42]

Hello Loot,
Thank you for this wonderful Christmas gift. Splendid colours and composition.
Thanks for your kind wishes and to you and your family also a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

great colours and a very beautiful composition!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-25 10:28]

Hi Loot,
Magnificent sunset capture.I liked warm colors of sky,POV,framing,compositon and visual impact a lot.
Merry Christmas and thanks for posting.

Hello Loot,
Magical sunset, precious landscape. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year,

Hello Loot,
Photographing sunrises and sunsets isn't really my cup of tea. It's too ad random in terms of photography.
That said I witnissed a sunset in the Kalahari desert lately and I couldn't resist to photograph that spectacle. I think sunsets are soo much Africa.
Secondly and that's what it is all about: your picture.
It definitely reflects the African soul somehow; well done with this perfect tree in harmony with the light source called the sun.
Finally it's also a nice Christmas card.
Merry Christmas

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-25 20:22]

Hello Loot, Perfect moment and what a shot. Simply amazing. Brilliant colors and what a vibrant colors. Simple WOW and it was nice talking to you. thank you for sharing this beauty. Ganesh

Whew! Great sunset photo. In all my life I have never seen colours like those! Well done!

  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-12-25 23:33]

Dearest Loot,
A beautiful Xmas message a a beautiful picture to accompany your words.
My heartfelt thanks for both. ur wishes, and payers for a wonderful Xmas and a New year filled with love, joy, respect, peace and Hope for you and your family.
I am happy that you could witnesss such a marvellous sunset.
The colours are fantastic. I am sure it must have fillled your heart with joy and excitement as it is doing with ours now when we look at your picture.:)

Thanks a lot for the share good friend,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-26 0:43]

Hi Loot and Merry Christmas!

It's nice to see you back here, my friend, even if only around holidays :) I hope you are well and even if not posting as much, that you're still taking photos and loving it :)

This is a lovely sunset from you and an extremely kind dedication. This has been a tough year for TN - we all know why - and it's nice that we all end it in good heart.
The colors and composition in your shot are excellent but it's the mood that it inspires, the atmosphere that is has that fits this time of the year.
Thank you again for all your contributions and friendship!

I hope you had a great Christmas together with your loved ones and i wish you only the best for the next year!

Cheers and TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-12-26 3:19]

Hi Loot!

Not much to say about this picture, maybe only - a dreamshot, breathtaking sunset, soul of Africa catched in one picture. Colours and mood are unique. It's a pity that we can't hear and smell this place. Perfect note also.

God bless you!

Hi Loot,
Wonderful Christmas offering, your thoughtful words show us who you really are.
A thoughtful & thankful person who appreciates the BIG picture.
Speaking of pictures, this image is striking.
The dramatic sunset colors and sky are beautiful, the use of silhouette excellent.
Very good comp & timing, that setting sun is right where it needs to be..
In each & every heart there resides the potential for greatness.
I see it here :)

Hallo Loot
WOW! What a sky scene. The colours are amazing. The assortment of colours is beautiful, and it looks like a painting. It in fact looks like an artist that has dropped his palette of different colours of paint from the sky and it all blended with one another and created this magical scenery. The ball of yellow sun captured between the tree and the silhouette of the bushes in the foreground makes this image worth AA+. Thank you also for the well chosen and valuable words in your notes. I take them to heart and give them back to you as well. I thank you for sharing.

hello llot,
what a wonderful image and with great set of notes, i liked the colors and the silhouette of the tree , excellent composition and fine pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-28 1:56]

Hello Loot,
Well this outstanding composition with its beautiful colors and well thoughtout composition is truly indicitive of the ending of 2008. The silhouettes and placement of the sun is marvelous. Your words are a very wonderful message to all, and I pass along greetings for this special season to you and Anna. May health and love be yours always.

Hi Loot,
Great to see a landscape photo from you. I think its always nice to see a landscape photo from a place mostly visited by wildlife photographers without a eye for the habitat of the animals.
This is a very beautiful photo where the shape and condition of the sun is of a high quality. The warm colors on the sky and the beautiful silhoutte of the tree give the image a perfect finishing touch.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-12-28 10:34]

Hello Loot , Splendid compositie and colours wow It's a beauty , we wish you and anna and the famely a Very Good 2009 . greetings jaap en teunie .

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-28 14:18]

Loot, what a lovely photo!
The colours are stunning!
Crisp silhouette.
Very good composition.

Well done!


p.s I hope you had a great Christmas!

Hi Loot,
It´s a magnific gift for us, a very nice landscape during a marvelous sunset.I wish to you and your family a good new year (is late to wish you happy christmas, je)plenty of happiness and health.
Warm greetings

PD: Sorry for my short comment, I´m not a good english speakers and is not fluid to me to write many words without effort; unfortunately translator technology is not very satisfactory and I must to correct many of translation.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-12-28 22:35]

Merry CHRISTmas to you too Loot.

WHAT AN AWESOME SUNSET this is. Gorgeous colours, perfectly composed, and very well displayed.

CHRISTmas blessings to you and your family


HI loot.
so this is for ME, it's beautiful my friend.
I'm a bit late, I hope you was out from the DB and could celebrate the Christmas with lots of good food.
This is a beautiful picture with lovely colours and a fantastic silhouette of the tree.
Great work, Loot.
Happy New Year, I hope 2009 will be a good and healthy year for both.
Best Regards

Hi Loot,
Thanks for this wonderful message and I would like to state that you have been a wonderful inspiration to most of us in TN and had a profound impact on the way we deal with pictures and the way we take pictures! Like this picture , its a wonderful piece of art and contains loads of information on composition , placement of the subject, colors and management of horizon and curves which we can imbibe in our pics as well.

Thanks for being that guiding force on this wonderful site.
"Have a wonderful and successful year" and convey my regards to Anna as well.

PS. Thanks for the wonderful note that you have left on my previous post and I treasure it the most.
Keep posting and shoot a mail once in a while :-)

Goutham R

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-02 3:58]

Hello Loot,
I missed this stunning image!
I suppose sunsets are an easy way to get a spectacular and colourful image, but this is an exception, not only because of the superb colouring and cloud formation, but that you managed to take this with the sun so neatly framed by the silhoutted tree and this puts it in the elite sunset class in my book.
A wonderful Christmas image and thanks for sharing it,
With best wishes for 2009,

Hello Loot.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Howzit Loot,
Stunning silhoutte with exceptional warm colours in the background.Well positioned with POF on the big tree and sun.Great shot my friend, and well done.

My friend Loot
I am just repeating the words that I have used on one of your previous sunset photos, as it once again comes straight from the heart. The trophy is yours! You surely are a winner.
Congratulations, or an exceptional outstanding photo, your expertise as photographer is worth much more than what you have received for this remarkable scenery. Congratulations for having a camera in the one hand and the proficiency in the other. I cannot say much, not because I don’t have anything to say, but because I am at lost of words. What a wonderful photo to share with us. A part of the Creation, in all its Glory. I must once again thank you for all you have shared with me and thousands of others. I appreciate your wisdom, knowledge, talents and kind heartiness, that you share so willingly with us. May we receive photos like this one in abundance in the future.
Kind regards
Aaltjie & Hettie

Wow! A very beautiful sunset! Very lovely purples, one of my favorites of yours, thanks for sharing this wonderful moment in nature. Cheers Josh Lewis.

  • sranjan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
  • [2009-01-20 8:22]

Dear Loot,
This is stunning magical sunset with beautiful color tones & mood. I agree with many others who feel that colors and framing of the sun with the silhouette of the tree are fantastic. I am sorry that I missed it well in time, however I wish you a wonderful time ahead & grand success in your project. TFS.
Best wishes & regards-Subhash

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2009-05-05 12:43]

Hello Loot, that's truly a great shot my friend, very impressive. You composed it perfectly and the exposure and colors are fantastic, well done!


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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2009-08-23 22:09]

Eish, hierdie pers/pienk/blou is van die beste kleur kombos wat mens kry!

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