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The image of my HEART

The image of my HEART
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix F601zoom, SUPER EBC FUJINON LENS 3X Optical Zoom
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/340 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Peace and Love, Small bird, big World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-06 18:06
Viewed: 3383
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello DEAR FRIENDS, first i THANK YOU very much
for your ENCOURAGEMENT WORDS on my last posting

the suregeon veterinian phoned me today to tell that
with that BIG cyst on Celtick's back skin with the blood.
it is a risk to do the surgery, i went to take back Celtick,
he will be on antibiotiques until may 20
and the 21 of may the surgery will be

with my today's posting i will certainly
not win a photo contest, but this image has
a big place on my HEART, i had Celtick since 1998,
in 2005 i had his son Ranger, but Celtick was'nt
happy that i had another dog, so little by little in 2006
he had a BIG depression, Celtick become jalous
of Ranger and had a skin sickness, he was suffering,
we went to veterinian and Celtick recovered

on that time, in june 2006, looking my dog
on that depression and sickness shape,
myself i was going on a depression,

i did'nt accept that the nature
was HARD againts Celtick

i passed like that for few days until one day
i decide to take my small Fuji 3 megapixels camera
and to go on a nature park, near the river
separing Montréal from Laval

over there i saw this Wood Duck Mommy and
her ducklings, it was a fence at the park to the river,
i entered the small 3X zoom lens
of my camera on the fence hole and when
the Mommy and her ducklings pass in front
of me i shooted the image, they are againts daylight,
there is not much and details of their plumage

but this image has a BIG place on my heart,
it saved me from a depression, is after that
i decide to go to duck photographing
and not to stay at home looking Celtick sick

before this image when i had the occasion
i did Blue Jay, Eastern Cottontail,
White-tailed dear and a Moose photos

but it is with this image i started to really
do nature photography, i did alot of shots of ducks
but with today's photo i posted only 5 duck images
and one marmot image from my summer and fall 2006
nature photography year, photos done with my
« point and shoot » small FujiFilm camera

from the year 2006, i still have 3 or 4 images,
that maybe one day i will post them

in autumn 2006 Celtick recovered
from his sickness of that time,
i am wishing him the same thing for 2008,
the suregery will be the 21 may

sorry if i was too long in my words
and my English is not very good

i decided to add this image on the theme
« Small bird, big World » created by Bob (Eqshannon)



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My heart goes out to you, my friend. I know what it's like to absolutely love something and feel absolutely helpless. My prayers are with you - and I love this photo as well!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-06 19:09]

Hi Asbed,

Your English is just fine! I know just what you mean - photographing nature is a wonderful pick me up - better than a pill. And this family shot is just lovely. I think I counted ten ducklings! I love the swirls in the water and the mom's reflection.


My very best to you, a man who not only has a heart like all others, but wears it on his sleeve...your emotion is so important and so much a part of the peace and love in you..and well said through this image..to which I add it to the right theme!

Dear Asbed,

Your words go straight to the heart, I sincerely hope all will be fine with Celtick in the coming days both now and after the surgery, all the best.

Cheers Rick :)

Very cute ducks. Trevor

hello Asbed,

A family shot of the woodducks, lovely photo.
The firstime i see an capture from these speie with ducklings.


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-05-06 23:19]

Hi Asbed, sorry to hear about your dog. This is an early shot of yours, and it's not the best you've done, but the pose is good. I could see how it would lift your spirits taking, and then later reviewing this shot. You had a good eye for composition even back then. I like the shot of the mother and the young ones in a line like this.

Thanks, John

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-06 23:51]

Hi Asbed

Lovely composition with great use of light and colour.

My best wishes for Celtic's recovery - I know I would be devastated if anything happened to Coco (my westie - who is currently ignoring me and sitting in the window, waiting for the postlady to arrive)!


Hi Asbed, another easily affected note and splendid capture of these cute duck family with nice details. Composition is also great my friend. TFS.


Bellissima nidiata, efficace POV dall'alto, che in questo caso favorisce un taglio compositivo con un'ampia ambientazione in acqua con riflessi e colori molto belli, buona nitidezza. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Bonjour Asbed
Il n'y a pas beaucoup a reprocher a to anglais car tu exprimes tres bien ton emotion et compassion pour ton compagnon

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-07 9:37]

Hi Asbed,what a tender situation to take!!Wonderfull pic married whit a fantastics words,my best compliments for this great work,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi again Asbed, and again best wishes to you, sorry but my english is very poor and bad and I cannot find the words for you, but I hope that you understand that all your TL friends are with you:)
Thanks for this lovely photo of cute family, very well done, un abbraccio, ciao Silvio

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-07 12:16]

Hi Asbed

Nice to see one of your start out shots of the Mother Wood duck and her Ducklings, I started in a similar way with a low pixel camera and lots of Duck and Swan shots and its nice to look cabk to see how we all have come along.

I hope all will be well with Celtick and he comes through his surgery and makes a full recovery.

Best Wishes


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-07 12:28]

Hello Asbed

A lovely family of ducks,I must place it in my theme.
It is a very heartwarming shot.
The shot is well composed.The POV is very well done.


Hallo Asbed
Time is limited at the moment but I could not pass without leaving a few words of appreciation for your posting. I can understand after reading your note why you gave this image the title "The image of my HEART". It is indeed a very peaceful and lovely image and looking at it, it has a calming effect to it. Very passionate and motherly scene of the mommy duck and her ducklings. Good presentation, greatly displayed. Your note was really touching and I am sure things will turn out fine with the surgery. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.


Hang on in there my friend. Things will turn out good, just give it some time.
I really liked reading about your experience. I can appreciate where you are coming from as nature and nature photography always served as a huge stress reliever for me. Its awesome this has worked for you as well.
This picture really sums up what you've said. Its a great capture.

Best wishes,


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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-05-08 20:17]

hi Asbed,
nice shot of these ducks. not the clearest, but the concept and feeling is definitely there! my thoughts are with you and Celtick. I hope the 21st turns out to be a great day! regards

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-05-12 19:37]

This would be perfect Mother's day card. Just lovely full of charm and in the most natural way. Very well capture and presented. Thanks for sharing and your nice comments. I've been busy and have not been active here.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-14 0:58]
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Dear Asbed,
Days have passed since you posted this photograph, and the story that you have accompanying is touching and heart warming.

I'm glad you decided to focus on something that could distract you from the worry that was weighing down your mind and i wonder what came of Celtic after the crucial day!

This is a fine image with a nice PoV and great mood - one that shows the sentiments of a relationship between living beings, here a mother who is moving with her little ones...Look around and there are so many of us caught in one relation or the other going through certain worrying times...yet most of us are lucky to have the Lord bringing us some distraction or the other to rise up again and get back to life...

Thank you for sharing this...pains shared are pains spared...Take care

*wil be back later

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