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From Santa's sleigh

From Santa's sleigh
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-25
Categories: Mountain, Sky
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-24 7:44
Viewed: 3607
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well...since i was somewhat o a good boy, Santa passed by my place not long ago and besides other things, he gave me this picture to post on TN :)

This is his view from his sleigh and it's now my Christmas card for all of you!

He took this from high above, but being so old, he couldn't remember on top of which country he was (therefore the location here was set for my my house)...sorry about that.

I wish a great and merry Christmas and only the best for the New Year!

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol.
Focal Length: 70mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec.
Metering Mode: CWA
Exposure Bias: -2/3
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: handheld
TOD: no idea :)
Weather conditions: sunny

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Merry Christmas Horia thanks for this update on Santas' progress. Also for your great contributions to this amazing site.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-24 7:52]
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Hi Horia,
so you know Santa on a personal basis eh? Impressive ;o) A very nice shot, and a great idea behind it too. The shady outlines of the peaks and the clouds are beautful to gaze upon.
A very merry christmas to you and your family my friend :o)


Salu Horia,
Superba imaginea din sania mosului. Multumesc pentu o asa felicitare frumoasa.
Si tie iti urez un Craciun Fericit si un An Nou plin de realizari, sanatate si mult succes in cariera !!


I do hope Santa is not so old that he forgets where MY house is!!! I asked him for a new lens! I'm glad he was able to let go of the reins long enough to snap this picture. It is an interesting long view with those puffy clouds.

Thank you for the good wishes. I send them back to you as well.

TFS today, yesterday and tomorrow!

Evelynn : )

Magnífica vista y genial la presentación.
Hermosos tonos y texturas.
Felíz Navidad, JL.

Hello Horia,
thank you so much for your Christmas greeting of a wonderful postcard!
a very meaningful christmas postcard indeed
Sincerely wishing you and family
best wishes goes to you always

Hi Horia and Santa:-),
Thank you sharing a beautiful Christmas image.
Merry Christmas!

hello horia,
looks like you have a good chemistry with santa for sure, he gave you such a nice gift i can give you many thanks for the wishes and this beautiful post, the colours and the composition are lovely,
well done,
tfs & regards

Wish you and your family Merry Christmas

Hi Horia.
Once more excellent and pleasant colour and light tones of the shot. I like interchange of sharp and smooth areas of the clouds. Vertical cropping is so impressive. DOF and exposure are superb too.
My best wishes and TFS. Happy New Year and Merry Christmas.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-24 9:05]
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Hi Horia. What a fine picture you must have been very good. !! Great detail in the clouds. well done TFS.

Have a Good Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Hi Horia,
Nice notes :o)) I liked the Santa's POV a lot :o)
TFS (both to you and to Santa)
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :o)Greetings,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-12-24 9:15]

Great shot amd wonderful colors. Thanks for sharing

A wonderful Christmas Card from Romania...and the skyscape is tremendous....May you be Blessed on this day by the Creator!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-24 10:15]
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Good evening Horia!
Santa is very kind to give you such an awesome shot!
He composed it perfectly!
You must have been a very good boy ;)
Merry Christmas my friend!
Happy 2008!
Best wishes,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-12-24 10:32]
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Hello Horia , Beautiful shot very apart ,groeten en Merry Cristmas en good 2008 for you and the famely , Teunie .

This is a good one, you always look at things from "High" prespective :) The view is very elegant and blanced, with beautiful light and atmosphere.
Thanks very much for your words, a lot of work has to be done, take into account that there were only walls and roof, but if everything goes well, in 2 or 3 months I will be there.
Receive also our best wishes in this days for you and your relatives.
Merry Christmas from Felipe & Cris.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-24 11:55]
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Hola Horia,
excelente trabajo y pov,
sensacional trabajo y hermosa vista...
bella realización.
Saludos amigo.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-24 12:16]
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Hi Horia

I must be a very naughty girl as santa has not visited me. I hope you put a good word in for me.

Beautiful shot of the clouds, well composed and beautiful colours

Merry Christmas


Hello Horia,

A very original wish from SANTA to us. Thanks for that. A nice composition. It's a photo with a lot of serenity. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
There is one thing for sure. SANTA didn't fly at that time above the Netherlands (-:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Hello Horia,
Lovely details in the carpet of clouds, well exposed!
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -


:-) OK-

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-25 0:31]
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Hi Horia,
Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to you too.
Wonderful card presented with such love. Beautiful clouds and from above them they create a fantastic effect. Great soft lighting and colours. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi dear Horia ,
What a nice shot. the clouds are lovely in this shot.
Great details and lovely light.

Thanks for sharing

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-12-25 3:08]

Hi Horia,
You have great connections up in the north.
(ha ha or must I so ho ho). Santa did an excellent job with the clouds above the mountaintops.
Merry Christmas to you and your family

Ciao Horia, lovely Christmas card, great POV for a splendid sea of clouds, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Horia,
what a splendid shot, I like very much this unusual point of view,
a great cheer,
merry Christmas and have a fantastic New Year!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-25 20:39]

Hello Horia

A wonderful POV in this shot.The view is terrific.
Excellent colours and lighting.
Santa takes good photos from high above the world.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas time.


Hi Horia,
A photo taken from where the air is very thin and cold. Amazing sense of depth. I hope you have a great holiday season, and Santa Claus was very good to you.

Hi Horia,
Thank you very much for the wishes. I liked the composition of clouds here a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Salut Horia,

N-am stiut ca Mosul zboara atat de sus si nici ca face fotografii atat de frumoase :)
Multumesc pentru urarile de sarbatori!
Banuiesc ca fotografia asta ai facut-o la intoarcerea ta din SUA sau atunci cand te-ai dus. Ai avut o priveliste minunata de sus cu toti norii aia care se intindeau sub avion. Iti multumesc inca o data si iti urez Sarbatori Fericite si La Multi Ani!

Numai bine,

Hello Horia,
It's really lovely to see your TN gallery full of pictures and a new camera with a nice set of lenses on your equipment list! I think you have a preety good idea how to play with these toys :-)
And seriously, I'm very glad to see you on TN. Keep the great work coming!

Have a lovely 2008!


  • cecilia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 6 N: 1224] (4630)
  • [2007-12-31 20:27]

Wishing you and your love ones the joyous Happy New Year...


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-01 2:55]

Dear Horia
With this amazing and wonderful picture taken from Santa's sleigh :) I want to take the opportunity to thank you for all the great moments enjoying your marvellous pictures and your pleasant comments. I hope to keep enjoying with a lot more from you during the coming year.
Have a great Night and may 2008 will bring you great moments and lots of Happiness!!
With my best wishes


Ooh Yes, this one defiantly has atmosphere Horia. You captuted this very well. Its one of those images which hold your attention for quite a while. BTW Thanks for being the first to leave comment in my guessbook, chuffed about that. May the new year bring you many rewards and great photo opportunities. Regards Steve..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-05 1:15]

Hello Horia,
I'm very sorry to have missed your Christmas greeting card! This is very beautiful indeed and I hope you had a lovely Christmas! I hope you'll soon have more pics for us to see!
TFS and all the very best wishes for 2008!

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2008-01-12 23:36]

Hi Horia,
What an original idea...well thought of! You can certainly imagine this as Santas view as he speeds over the clouds.Have a great New Year!
Regards, David

Superb Horia
Ma bucur foarte mult ca l-ai intalnit pe Mos si ca ti-a dat aceasta fotografie!! intradevar, a fost darnic cu tine!!!
Mult noroc, sanatate si bucurii in 2008!!

Hi Horia,
Man..Santa sure does fly high, but no cop would ever pull em' over ;}
He's high on life of course!
Nicely done mf.

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