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Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce
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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: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-01
Categories: Trees
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-24 8:03
Viewed: 6746
Points: 146
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My dear friends. The most difficult for me in it this year was to pick up a picture for New Year's congratulations. Last years we almost have not snow. And I have only several not very bad winter shots which I cannot share with you. Therefore I have decided to express feelings of the love, sympathy and friendship to you by means of a picture of a branch of this fine blue spruce.

By your encouragement, interest and kindness you have gave me one more year of the life full of pleasure, sincere affection, fine virtual and real dialogue with the nature, new knowledge and impressions.

On the eve of greater holidays, I wish all of you of good luck, well-being, optimism and new successes in a photography.

Happy Holiday Time and New Year.

Blue Spruce: Picea pungens

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Hello Alexei,
Very good card, Alexei.
You can market this one...
Strong compo. Good light. Nice background. I like the somewhat blurred foreground as well.
Well done
Merry Christmas!

Hello my dear friend Alexei,
Thank you from heart for this wonderful christmas greeting postcard from you!
very much appreciated with such well composed image!
also sincerely wishing you and family
my best regards goes to you always

Hi Alexei,

This is a very beautiful christmas image, you've captured the spruce really well. Good sharpness, light, colours and I like the background.
Merry christmas and a happy 2008!

Greetings, Nel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-24 8:18]

Happy Holidays Alexei,
What a beautiful composition you share with us, your images are always superb as is your passion, thanks.

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  • pabar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 2] (22)
  • [2007-12-24 8:39]

Allo Alexei
Joyeux Nöel et Bonne Année 2008.
Ta photo est superbe. Beau mélange de couleurs, focus au point, bonne composition.

hello alexei,
very nice way to convey the seasons greetings, this is a beautiful post, the natural colours look lovely, well composed shot , good lighting,
well done,
tfs & regards
Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas

Hello Alexei!
Great picture and nice Christams card :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family my Friend!

Hello Alexei
What a great scene you show us today :o)
Perfect exposure,composition and POV,
Superb shot.

Merry Christmas

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-12-24 8:45]

Hello Alexei, a Beautifull cristmas card , good details compositie and colours , and we wish you and youre family a Merry Cristmas and Happy New Year , Greetings Jaap en Teunie .

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-12-24 8:53]

Hello Alexei,

Very nice postcard, very lovely as Christmas and new year card.
Very nice with the pine apples, nice presentation
Thanks for sharing

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-24 8:58]

Hi Alexei. A very good christmas looking picture. full of colour and detail. well done TFS. Thanks for all the lovely picture in 2007.

Have a Good Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-24 9:08]

Hi Alexei,
I liked the composition, details, color tones and lighting. TFS
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :o)Greetings,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-12-24 9:10]

Hi Alexei
This is fantastic greetin card, great composition and beautifully chosen picture
best wishes

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

Привет, Алексей!
Отличный снимок - резкость изумительная, удачное кадрирование, приятный фон. В общем, удачная рождественская открытка.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-24 9:18]

Hi Alexei.- Muy bella la foto, acorde a estos Dias de Navidad. Exelente presentacion de gran calidad y nitidez.
Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to You and all Your Family.
Regadrs from Mexico.
Luis Leal.

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful details in this great Christmas card!
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-24 9:25]

Hi Alexei,
a lovely, seasonal image you celebrate here with. i wish you and your family much happiness this christmas and a very prosperous New Year.
All the best,

Ciao Alexei, lovely Christmas card with splendid colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wonderful Alexi...now you show me hoe to do this correctly...You have an eagles eye and the heart of a lion...May you and your family be Blessed on this Holy Night and Day tomorrow.
Ой, погода за это ужасной, но огонь настолько восхитительными, и поскольку мы не место поехать, Пусть снег, пусть снег, пусть это снегом.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-12-24 10:19]

merry Christmas for you and your family Alexei.
Thank you very much for your wishes my friend. I am very busy on trekearth now for a time. When you have some time look to my gallery there Alexei.
gr. jaap

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-24 11:57]

Hi Alexei

Merry Christmas to you too Alexei. I hope Christmas brings everything you could wish for

Lovely close up work with excellent DOF, Sharp details and a nice Christmasy feel



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-24 12:04]

Hi Alexei,

Fantastic choice for your card. The green leaves with the beautiful cones and lovely background are a perfect symbol for the season. And beautiful!

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-24 12:13]

Hola Alexei,
preciosa postal y bonita compo,
bello trabajo y hermosos adornos,
muchos saludos
Merry Christmas to you and your family...

Hi Alexei,
this motive is perfect for your season-greetings. I love the arrangement so much.
I wish you wonderful Christmas-days and all the best for 2008, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-24 12:56]

Hello Alexei,
Many thanks for this lovely capture of the Blue Spruce with beautiful pine cones. A fine composition, very sharp and colourful and suitable for the occasion. All the very best wishes to you and your family for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-24 13:17]

Hello Alexei,
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your wife too!
Your fine srpuce shot is very suitable, despite the lack of snow and it is technically excellent and well composed.
We have no snow here in the north and it has been grey and cloudy for over a month now.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-12-24 14:52]

Hi Alexei,

What a lovely card you share with us for Christmas, very nice sharp details, great lighting and well saturated colours.

Merry Christmas & Happy 08 to you and your Family

Hil :o)

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-24 15:06]

What a marvellous Christmas card, dear Alexei! It couldn't be otherwise coming from you. A marvellous shot with a marvellous and delightful composition and presentation.
Thank you very much for this great gift, my friend, and for your kind wishes.
All the best for you and yours.
With my best regards

Hello Alexei,
Very nice shot and well composed picture. The color clarity is great. Merry Christmas and Happy New year. With all best wishes,

  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-12-24 18:42]

Hello Alexei,
A beautiful greeting card! Thank you so much for your wishes. I wish you great love, joy, success and a lots more beautiful pictures to share with us all for the next year.

What a beautiful card image Alexei.
This is a very good composition. Best wishes to you and yours. Peace.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-24 23:24]

Hello Alexei,
Congratulations for this awesome capture and
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful new year.


Un abrazo desde España Alexei. Feliz Navidad !!!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-25 0:32]

Hi Alexei,
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you too.
Outstanding shot and a wonderful card for the joyous occasion. Very impressive sharpness and lovely colours and the lighting and exposure levels are just perfect. A true masterpiece. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-25 0:58]

Hi Alexei

Thanks for this beautiful gesture and for this lovely image and also for all the wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year.

All the best for you and your loved ones during this festive season and beyond into the New Year that looms ahead.

May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas, and for the New Year I wish for you:
Health to Enjoy each day in Comfort,
Copious measures of Love from Friends and Family,
The Exquisite Beauty of Nature,
Wisdom to Choose priorities Sensibly,
Prosperity and the Best of everything,
Generosity so you may Share the above,
Overflowing Happiness and Abundant Joy,
and a Youthful Excitement at life's Simple Pleasures,

Warmest regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-25 1:11]

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful Christmas photo. Excellent colours and composition. Thanks.
Merry Christmas to you and your family,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-25 2:02]

Hi Alexei,
lovely Christmas card!
Excellent composition.
The brown stands out well against the green/blue.
Great sharpness and detail.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Best wishes,

Hi dear Alexei ,

Very nice shot for this day.
lovely shot.

Happy Holiday Time and New Year too.

my best wishes

Hello Alexei !
This is a beautiful picture for a very special occasion - details, colors, composition, POV, everything is excellent, as usual on your pictures.
With your pictures, notes and comments, you have made such a huge contribution to TN, and I hope that you will spend many more years here with us. I think TN would not be the same without you.
I hope you had a merry Christmas, and I wish you all the best for 2008.

Hello Alexei,
very nice Christmas shot,
I hope you have a wonderfull new year
cheer and thanks

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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2007-12-25 7:03]

Dico solo questo, di una qualita' di immagine sopraffina, stupenda cromaticita' che si intona perfettamente, con il senso dell'immagine proposta.
Tanti auguri ancora ate e a tutti i tuoi cari.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-12-25 8:29]

Hi Alexei,
Very well composed , yep a perfect greeting card.Love the way the orange cones stand out against the blue green foliage.

Merry Christmas & New Year Greetings.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-12-25 9:28]

Hello Alexei,
Nice card!
Beautiful composition!
Nice BG. Good sharpness!
Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

Thank you Alexei for this beautiful Christmas card and sentiment. The Spruce bough image is well composed, wondefully sharp and fine DOF use.
Excellent as usual.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you also.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-25 15:19]

Thanks for this loveable Crhistmas card,Happy new year to you,Luciano

Beautiful! Perfect composition, great light, wonderful color....just perfect!!!

And I wish you all the best for the holiday season as well!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-26 5:48]

Hello Alexei, great shot my friend ! Very nice composition and very sharp details. Thanks,


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-12-26 8:07]

Hi Alexei,
Congratulations for you too! Quite appropriate image for the season with nice colours and perfect dof.
TFS, José M.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-12-26 8:34]

Very good work Alexei!
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your loved too.

Beautiful picture and aptly chosen Alexie. Though the buds are dry, they are warm and colourful and very splendid. A nice reminder that life can have beauty and joy hidden even in the driest of circumstances.

Thank you for sharing this.

A VERY Happy new year to you and your loved one too!

Warm regards,

Hello Alexei,

First of all I would like to thank you for your Christmas greetings. I'm happy that you chose this picture to express your feelings. It's a great idea to post an image of a Blue Spruce with beautiful cones as this picture is meant as a Christmas card! I can't critique a picture that is dedicated to all TN members or at least that bears your kind wishes of well but I'm happy to give this wonderful picture the 100th. point! It definitely deserves it as it doesn't only convey the idea of Christmas but it also speaks to our sense for aesthetics!
Please accept my sincere Christmas greetings and wishes of well! May the coming year bring you happiness and success in all your endeavors and health to enjoy all of them!
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

With Friendly Regards,

Very nice greeting card Alexei..are you sure you don't work for a greeting card company? :)
Tastefully done, I like it alot mf.
Happy New Year!

Hello Alexei,
A very nice picture/card with the excelent delicacy and beauty carachteristic in your works. I´m glad for your dedicatory to TN members, you have a great sensibility and transmits always optimism to us.
I wish the best for you the next year
Best regards

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-27 14:27]

Hi Alex, This is a favorite tree that looks good at any season, but your composition to include the cones makes it special indeed. Beautiful cropping and colours. TFS. Murray.

Hi Alexei

I really like this shot Alexei. The DOF is spot on and excellent. the sharpness is great and the composition could not be better and the Blue Spruce is great for a Christmas theme.

Nicely done and Happy New Year

Hola Alexei.
Genial composición la que nos brinda la naturaleza y que tu has captado para nosotros.
Bellos tonos y colores.
Saludos y felicidades para tí y los tuyos en estas fechas tan entrañables, JL.

Hi Alexei,
I hope you and your family are having a great holiday season. The Blue Spruce is a most appropriate scene for the holidays. Colors and detail are excellent in this nice composition.

very nice pic, TFS Ori

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-12-28 13:18]

Hello Alexei,
a wonderful subject for this Season and it makes a great Greeting card.
Very well composed,details are nice and crisp and the POV is wonderful.
Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

Hi Alexei,
Thanks for those nice wishes and beautiful picture. This is a tree that our countries have in common :)! This is a beautiful macro, well composed, detailed and exposed. I wish all the best for this New Year from the bottom of my hearth. Best Regards,

Hello Alexei wonderfull work the details and clarity is spot on and DOF was just right to get a place blurred for the writing. tfs and Have a great New year Necip

"DEAR" Alexei,
Hope your 2008 is WONDERFUL.
Great image for the season.
How did you write on the image itself???
Warm greetings from COLD COLD Calgary,
Mario ... your SINCERE friend.
You can always count on me .... no matter what.

Hola Peter,
Hermosa composición, con gran definición y detalles, buen POV y excelente iluminación. Que tengas un feliz año nuevo. Un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Ciao Alex,
grazie per le belle foto che sempre ci proponi e per le tue critiche, sempre molto gradite.
Auguro anche a te e a tutte le persone che ti sono più care, un felice e sereno 2008.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-12-31 0:17]

Hi Alexei,

A nice posting to give the seasonal greetings,for you and your family as well a good and healthy 2008 with loads of pictures,


Dear Alexei,
thank you for those wonderful greetings, so tastefully arranged. Returning all my best wishes to you and your family. Happy New Year my dear friend!

Dear Alexei,
The intensity of your feelings and thoughts you have conveyed through this simple but deeply touching image of a Blue Spruce cannot be expressed even in million words.
Thanks, my friend.
Let me also take this opportunity to wish you and your family a successful, peaceful and fulfilling New Year 2008!

Hi Alexei,

beautiful shot and i wish you and your family a Happy and Healty New Year
С Новым годом

TFS Thijs

Bonjour Alexei
C'est un merveilleux macro et les couleurs et les détails de ces cocottes et de ces branches ce sapins sont très jolies et la composition est s uperbe.
Je te souhaite a toi et ta famille une merveilleuse année pour 2008
Merci et au revoir....JP

Lovely composition and wonderful photo to go with the greetings. I've tried several similar shots and never been quite happy with the results. Yours is beautiful... I guess I am going to have try again, lol.

TFS, Mish

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-13 23:04]

Belle et délicate présentation pour la nouvelle année.
Bonne journée.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-14 10:27]

merhaba my friend
nice and meaningful gift for us
it looks like a postcard
composition, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hello Alexei. This is very well captured image. The framing is brilliant and the sharpness is immaculate. Very good color coordination and well chosen for the season's greeting. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Hi Alexei,
I don't know where you are now, but I hope you'll return to TN once. Have a nice Christmas also! Beautiful image with exceptional sharpness, probably I'd crop more from the blank space left to off-center the male "flowers" (these are male, and in case of a gymnospem we can't really speak about flowers) more - otherwise an excellent shot.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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