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Good Boy & Good Bye

Good Boy & Good Bye
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-09-22 22:57
Viewed: 4613
Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here also there has come the end of our story.
Third time the Hare had sat down to consider a situation and, at last, had made quite reasonable decision (see my WS #1 Correct decision). All members of my family and many TN members noted, that this hare like as greater lean dog. At my WS #2 (As a Dog) you can see one more proof of this similarity.

After a meeting with the fox I had been amazed by essentially various reaction of a hare in a similar situation. I had been impressed by speed of reaction of the fox that there is a guarantee of its survival in the real world. I had thought, a poor hare. How can you compete to the fox and other predators with such long decision-making process? I had spent with him whole seven minutes and took few shots after all posted pictures while the Hare had not disappeared finally.

However, when I had read info about hares I had understood all. Hares have excellent hearing both rather bad sense of smell and sight. Usually they look by the ground up to one meter on height. They notice moving subjects well and almost do not see motionless objects. When the hare looked at me, I stood absolutely motionlessly and silently. I think, it could hear only a sound of a working shutter (and beats of my heart -:)). The behaviour of the hare was such as though I was not present absolutely. It did not do any prompt movements and easy continued to survey district in searches of food. At my last series you can see as the hare rather slowly leaves from me. Soon it had again stopped and had changed a direction of movement.

I believe, it had confused first of all by sound of a shutter and, probably, by not clear sculpture with the camera. Therefore the hare had decided to not risk and slowly to retire.

What can I say some more? I am happy and I want to say: "Good bye, my friend, and good luck".

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Hello Alexei,
A funny fellow with amazing ears!
I notice how the ears are turned to monitor sounds from several directions...
Well captured here, fine details in the animal and good documentation of parts of it's behaviour!
Pablo -

hi alexei
one more great picture
very good pose
perfect focus

aleks ;)
best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-23 0:43]

Hello Alexei,
WHat a well-behaved Hare! A final excellent portrait and we shall remember him for ever!
Excellent capture, beautiful light, great sharpness and fine colours. The ears and the legs seem to be about the same length! :-)
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-23 1:03]

Hello Alexei,
A remarkable story of you and the hare. Good photo with sharp details. Fantastic pose, POV and focus. Excellent light and colours.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-23 1:06]

Hi Alexei,
Amazing series of shots and you end it with an outstanding capture. Awesome expression and a fabulous pose with sharp details and nice colours. I like the natural lighting and the surrounding too much. A precise DOF lets it stand out perfectly from the BG. Excellent POV to portray this beautiful scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Alexei.
your photograph is really beautiful with a beautiful clearness and tone superb. It is a beautiful image. Friendships.

Hi, he looks confuse to me. Ya, due to his poor eye sight. No wonder. Nice exposure and colour composition.

Hi Alex
Beautiful shot at the end of the story. Great serial presentation and fantastic ending. Natural surrounding, good exposure and sharpness. And of course good note
Best wishes

Amazing image. DoF is just perfect. The colors and detail could not be better. I love how you've captured that 'mad eyed' stare that hares have. Well done.

TFS, Mish

Gran toma de esta liebre donde se puede ver claramente su anatomía. Nunca vi tan de cerca a este animal. Colores reales y eso es de agradecer. Al final creo que la vas a domesticar. Buena pose.
Un saludo Alexei.

Hi Alexei, great end for your series with this beautiful hare with great ears, an other fascinating portrait with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei,
There's your athlete again...
How d(h)are you interrupt his trainings for Beijing:)!
Well done though!

Hi Alexei,
I will miss this nice guy ;-) In this pose and his size it looks similar to a kangaroo ;-)
Wonderful shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Alexei,
This ever-ready bunny just keeps going, and going, and going!!
Great capture once again mf..
I'm gonna miss em' :)

hello alexei,
nice shot, the ears look really very nice, well composed shot with fine pov, lovely natural colours, you got a good pose,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-23 6:54]

Hi Alexei,
Probably the best portrait of a hare in the wild! Pose and pov are proper of a studio! May be hares have a motion triger to start running. Or maybe the hare is quite socialized!
Best regards, José M.

Hello Alexei
Another wonderful shot of this funny creature,
Perfect focusing,lighting and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-23 8:52]

Alexei, WOW what a shot. The pose is superb and it really says Bye to you. Lovely focus Ganesh

C'est l'étonnement complet !
Bonne journée.

Magníficos tonos y estupendo encuadre Alexei.
Buena nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-23 9:56]

Hello Alexei,
I like the expression on this hare's face and I like your title! His ears are turned in continued thought and no doubt he leaves the scene in that state of mind after the experience of staring into your camera. Technically superb and a pleasure to view.¨
Well done and thanks for letting us share these harey experiences!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-09-23 11:08]

Dear Alexei,

after my return from the Pamir I discover your latest contributions: the portraits of a hare. The shots are truly exceptional indeed. In this one you can clearly see all the things that distinguish hares from rodents, the posture, the ears, the specialized legs. Usually hares are hidden in the vegetation or running, here you have a real portrait. Wonderful!
My best regards to you

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-23 11:30]

Hi Alexei,

I hate to see this series end! The finale is just as fantastic as the previous posts. The position is amazing. His eyes are closed, his ears are tuned in to sounds, and he looks deep in concentration. I hope you meet up with him again and share him with us.


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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-09-23 12:09]

Hola Alex, perfecta captura, agradables y nitidos colores, me gusta mucho su galeria es muy interesante. Saludos Sira

He really looks like coming out from a cartoon Alexei, this is not for real, lol! This is the first time I see such a funny hare. I'm amazed by the number of pictures you could take of him. What a pose, what a shape, what a nice, well realized and funny picture! I like this animal :) Thanks!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-23 14:25]

Hello Alexei,
always with original series,
rich in details...
an animal of gigantic proportions,
good work.
greetings friend.
today in English :)

Hi Alexei,
A luminous and very clear iamge!
I like so much the expression caught on the hare, with is long ears and expecting what would be next.
The WS images illustrates us very well what was finally done by the hare.
I like also the square framing.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

A picture of poise and self-confidence, where the subject seems to have reached a firm decision, as you mention in your note, Alexei.
Wonderful portrait of the hare from an apt perspective. I like the naturalness of colours here.
TFS and best regards.

Hello Alexei,
Sharp and well seen image. Perfect work as usual. I found your conclusion note is very interesting and informative. Very well done and tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-24 5:48]

Hello Alex,
It was really an interesting story and a lot of informations on the behaviour of hares. This specimen is so amazing looking, we never will forget it!
Thanks a lot and best regards

Hi Alexei,
I have seen your whole serie of the hare and I must say,
it's a great series with well composed and great pictures
with fine details and good sharpness, all up to your high standard. And your notes are also up to your high standard,
pls keep it that way.
Great work, my friend.

bonjour alexei
une autre bonne image de ce lievre decidement tres temeraire.un peu comme si il voulait vous narguer.
bien realisé cette fois encore.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-24 10:18]

Hi Alexei. No wonder he has good hearing with big ears like that. you have capture a beautiful pose he was happy with you to take his picture. fine detail with sharp focusing.and natural colours. your notes are very interesting so thanks TFS.

Haha very funny picture
I like the faace of this rabbit
well focused
and really nice momenT
tfs TOba

Hi again!
Last time a fox, this time something smaller and much more vegetarian ;>
This is another photo from your collection with splendid colours (warm colouration of pictures is my favourite! :>) and very good sharpness and DOF. Moreover this rabit looks really funny - just like a surprised one :)
TFS and my best regards!

Hello Alexei
C'est une trs belle image de ce lievre`qui semble être beaucoup plus gros que les notres, les couleurs sont belles et nettes.
Merci a toi et amitié...JP

You have such good focus on this. It stands out well even with the same natural surrounding colours. This is sure a large hare.
Something we do not see here in my area.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-25 3:08]

Hello Alexei,
Pose you captured is very nice in this one too :o) I liked the color tones and the light a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-25 8:20]

Hello Alexei

A beautiful pose you have captured.The eye contact is wonderful.The focus is sharp with excellent detail.The lighting and colours are beautifully done.TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-25 9:20]

Hi Alexei. Another great foto of this Rabit. nice pose and focus. We also have this big ears arround here, the run very fast and it is hard to take a photo of them. You have done a nice job here too. Luis52.

selam alexi, excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely rabbit .nice pov and bg with splendid naturel colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Hello Alex superb focusing and very nice light central composition was fine tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-25 22:46]

Hi Alexei

A wonderful amd masterful shot. Great focus and exposure.


Hola Alexei,
Excelente toma de gan definición con excelentes detalles, simpática pose y comentario, TFS, saludos
José Ramón

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-09-26 7:40]

selam Alexei
really i like its posing and details of eyes in this photo
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
good job my friend...
thanks for sharing

hi alexei!
congrat to a very beautiful
picture on this fine animal!
great sharpness and a nice light
very good!

Hi Alexei,
Now that hare is almost a small kangaroo! This photo makes him look huge! You've got a great portrait of him for sure. Looks like hes made for speed. Great shot, beautiful natural color. TFS

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-09-27 0:03]

Hello Alexei,

What a nice series, what a sharpness and clarity, also the eyes are very nice, fine details in the animal and good documentation of parts of it's behaviour, very well done.

Have a nice day,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-27 11:59]

Hi Alexei

I will miss your wonderful hare shots. Perhaps he will be back again some day. I love the alert pose here. All the shots have been caught with magnificent sharpness and perfect exposure. The workshops have been a joy as well



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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-09-27 12:20]

wow, that is one big rabbit, alexei! :-)
terrific shot and a wonderful series - too bad it has come to an end.
the pose and the way he is watching is fantastic.
superb job & best wishes, thor.

What a huge species, Alexei.
Great amount of details.
Like this composition.
Enjoyed your notes too.
Best of the best to you, ALWAYS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-09-29 19:12]

Hello Alexei,
Great image of this hare, that looks quite similar to what we call Jackrabbits in our country, thanks for sharing.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-09-30 13:13]

hello Alexei

perfect capture in its typical posing +
very sharp and natural coloured picture.
this hare is really very interesting like a model for your photos.



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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-06 14:55]

Hello Alexei,
I like very much the whole Hare series but this shot is most funny in my opinion. I like the perfect pose of this guy - looking like totally overhelmed by your presence. To pose or not to pose - this was the question :-)
Excellent rom the technical point of view: light, focus, details. Everything is great.
Best greetings and TFS!!!

marvelous shot Alexei,
the pov is very nice and the quality is super, you made a good serie here, have a nice day my friend.
gr. jaap

great capture, greeetings Ori

Hi Alexei,

good capture, very nice details and POV



Hi Alexei,
I like the ending to this very interesting story of this hare. All the photo sequents have good informative texts with well captured photos. Well done!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-24 1:33]

Hello dear Alexei
I think this is almost like a caricature of a rabbit, he is so cute and amusing with those big ears, large nose and long legs! What a funny meeting. I didn't know that hares have such a bad sense of sight. You were very intelligent my friend, and had the chance for a lot of wonderful superb shots.
Congratulations and TFS

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-16 14:30]

Hi Alexei

I'm catching up on some shots I missed whilst absent from TN, this one really made me smile, I can't believe those ears and the look on its face is classic.
Very nicely composed with a great POV and a lovely pose with great eye contact.
Very good details and perfect natural colours.
Well done.


Hello Alexei.
This is a good pose for your camera. You have capitalized the moment really well in fine exposure and details. Happy New Year to you and your love ones and may 2011 brings you good health, prosperity and many great photos. Kind regards - Jusni

Hallo Alexei,
a superb capture, outstanding sharpness and fantastic natural colours, great timing for a spectacular posture of this hare, marvellous visual impact, very well done
Best regards

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