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3 years on TN

3 years on TN
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-09-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-04 13:10
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the 2nd of March 2009, it's been my 3rd "TN birthday". I can remember very clearly still the day where I created my account here - I had discovered this site, by chance, and for several month I had only watched the pictures of all those great photographers. I was so impressed by their talent. I started taking pictures differently, also : taking more care about composition, POV, colors, BG, etc... Trying to do as well as those I admired. Trying to do GOOD photographs, instead of just pushing on the button without thinking. And so I started loving photography, more and more, until the day where I took all my courage, subscribed to TN, and posted my first picture.

I have received such a warm welcome, and many advice, and kind words from people all around the world - people who soon became friends. Most of them are not here anymore, now, but they have been replaced by other friends. Each day, I am impatient to come here, look at their work, read their notes, get news from them. And I really miss all those who are gone and will never return, as much as I enjoy the company of those I still consider as true friends.

TN is my special place - the only site where I can share my love for nature and photography.

As for the picture, it is quite unusual. Very soft, I know, but I did it on purpose. In fact, I was going through my archives, today, and I thought - wow, these wolfes have wonderful eyes. The picture was very poor quality (noisy, greyish colors, some parts of the fur are OE) and that's why it went unnoticed to my eyes up to now. But today I really liked it. So I tried to bring out the best I could with Photoshop, but without success - the result was not good. Then, instead of trying to correct the defects, I decided to emphasize them and make something very special out of it. Dull colors became true B/W, and soft focus was turned into a real blurr. There are not so many details, but I really like the softness of this picture. The wolves looks smooth, tender, and their intense stare is intact.

I know it's far from perfect, but it's the best I could do, and I hope you'll like it as much as I have liked all your wonderful pictures on TN.

By the way, these are two Arctis Wolfes (Canis lupus arctos) and the picture was taken at the Parc Naturel de StCroix, in France. A wonderful place. I hope I will have the occasion to visit this year again.

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A beautiful posting of these wolves. And congrats to your 3 years on TN and may the next years ahead be just as rewarding for you.



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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-04 13:16]

Hi Valerie,
Happy birtday:)It's very nice capture.I liked pose of wolves,framing and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2009-03-04 13:17]

Hi Valerie
Congratulations, and indeed I hope for you that you can go back to the park where this shot is taken.
Very special POV and and with a nice frame. Love it.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-04 13:19]

Hi Valerie. A big congratulation for three years on TN. I agree so with what you said about TN its such a special place i would find it hard to leave.
I do like the BW picture from your archives. As you say in your notes its the stare in the eyes that do it . But i like the rest of the picture as well. TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-04 13:20]
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Salut Valerie!

Big congratulations my Friend! Three years full of fantastic photos from you. Like this one. I disagree with you - in my oppinion this picture is superb. Models are beautifull. Composition and poses - they're like open book ready to read from it! And those eyes! Beautifull but also with shades of danger, mystery. Black and white and softness are not disturbing for me! With soft fur these two look like ready to attack, like always in the move. I'll write it again - it isn't usuall great picture with superb quality, blah-blah and boring like hell - your picture tells us story. To my favs!

Ciao Valerie,
Félicitations! une très belle photo pour célébrer cet anniversaire, j'adore ces regards percants et la photographie en noir et blanc. Bravo.
Merci, encore félicitations.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-04 13:30]

Hello Valerie,
Thanks for your wonderful contribution these three years on TN. Congratulations.
You celebrate this with a beautiful photo in a fantastic composition, POV and beautiful colours. Lovely eyes.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-04 13:36]

Hello Valerie,
This is a very nice portrait with a smooth texture, great POV
and composition... Well done


ciao Valerie!
wonderful black and white, rare on TN ...
picture perfect for renewing the friendship with all of us after three years
congratulations sERGIO

Hello Valerie, congrats on your 3 yeras on TN. Wonderful shot of these wols.
TFS and greetings,

Congaratulation Valerie! A fine capture of these white wolfs with excellent details and nice composition.
TFS and regards, Deniz

Salut Val
Félicitations pour ton 3ème anniversaire sur TN, tu m'as fait découvrir ce merveilleux site et c'est devenu une partie importante de ma vie même quand je n'était pas encore membre,
Ces loups sont très beaux, tu sais que j'adore les loups et surtout leurs regards moitie doux et moitié sauvage et toujours un peu mystérieux exactement comme sur ta photo
le noir et blanc renforce cette notion de mystère
excellente image

bonjour Valerie

félicitations pour ta 3e anniversaire dans TN,
belle photographie en noir et blanc de ces magnifiques
animaux qui sont les loups artiques, tu as réussi
à capturer leurs regards à la fois tendre et à la fois perçant,
moi avant TN je n'aimais pas les photos portraits
d'animaux sauvages et d'oiseaux, c'est ici dans TN
que j'ai appris à aimer ces photos comme celle-ci, TFS


Hi MF Valerie! Good Morning!
A great capture of these fella taken from nice POV with impressive details and lovely facial expressions. CONGRATULATIONs on your 3rd anniversary on TN MF!
All the best!
TFS and cheers,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-04 23:22]

Hello Valerie,
Congratulations on your three years on TN. And thank you for your forums post celebrating the day. Excellent shot of these wolves.Good composition, sharp details and colours. Good DOF and POV. Nicely exposed.
Excellent capture, thanks for posting.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Valerie,
Even though it is a bit soft and quite bright,this is a wonderful shot of these Wolves.
You're right,the eyes are very special.
A great post to celebrate your 3 years on TN.
Look forward to seeing many more fine works from you.
TFS & Cheers,

Hello Valerie,
congrats to your 3 years on TN, it have been a real pleasure to have to around, I hope you will continue for many years,
I like B/W picture, I don't know how many hours I had spent in the darkroom during the last 30 years before the digital cameras.
The picture is a bit soft and small lack of contrast, but that 's personal of course
You picture is well composed with a good POV and nice pose.
Well done.

Hello Valerie,
my large congratulations with your three year date on TN and with one additional great picture! Wishes of further fruitful creation, which brings pleasure to the surrounding people!

Best regards, Leonid

Hy Velerie
Congratulations for your 3 years and also for this two magnificent animals! TFS!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-05 4:32]

Bonjour Valérie,
Toutes mes félicitations pour les trois ans sur ce site. Et tu le fais avec une image très spéciale de ces deux loups arctiques, dont le regard est vraiment ce qui frappe d'abord. L'usage du n/bl est ici tout à fait approprié et rend la photo très parlante et intéressante.
Bon cadrage aussi.
Avec mes meilleures salutations

happy birtday Valerie
you are GREAT in comments
i hope you can give more of this nice comment
now the picture
this is great in light
so soft !!
i like the picture
great shot
greeting lou

I share your "feeligs" not only wholeheartedly but almost EXACTLY.
Congratulations on your 3rd. anniversary.
All your images are OUTSTANDING; I've seen them all.
Great image of the snowy white wolves.
Very fond regards from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-03-05 14:12]

Hi Valerie.
It congratulates 3 year in TN, I be glad that you are here and that I can observe your photos .
I salute, Slawek

Dear Vaerie,
This is beautiful, very impressive B&W composition. Congratulations on your 3 years on TN. Many more grand years to come with :)
Best wishes-Subhash

Hi Valerie,
CONGRATULATIONS on completing 2 years here on TN. A lovely capture of these wolves to celebrate it. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Dear Valerie,
an image taken with great passion and deep feelings,outstandingly well composed. High intensity achieved by perfect reduction.
You also seem to have done some excellent postwork to achieve this very subtle b/w version. I like it a lot. Something special, it standing out from all the colourful images around in a noble way, and threfore a perfect presentation to celebrate the day. My congratulations!
Really nice words about TN in your notes, and you are contributing a lot to its quality. Happy to be in that community.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-07 3:58]

Merhaba Valerie,
Congratulations with your 3rd "TN birthday".
Very nice capture,I liked POV,sharpness,lighting and framing a lot.

Bravo Valérie!
Je vois que tu combines tes talents de photographe avec une belle maîtrise de photoshop. Le résultat est superbe: un mélange de douceur - par le flou du pelage du loup de droite et le fond flou - et de sauvage - les regards fantastiques des loups. J'espère que tu auras l'occasion d'y retourner et de nous faire partager tes découvertes. Félicitations pour tes 3 ans sur ce site fantastique. Amitiés,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-07 21:42]

Congratulations Valérie!
Three years on TN! Your contributions to this site have been a pleasure to see and read about, which makes you a valuable contributor. I hope you will be with us for a long time to come.
Though I always prefer colour I understand the reason for the use of B&W in this tender capture of two Arctic Wolves, beautifully composed.
Un grand merci!

First of all, congratulations on completing three years on TN, Valerie!
I realize I'm senior to you by 35 days only, so we are, more or less, class-mates in our learning curve here on TN.
I agree with you fully. TN is a wonderful place where people care for each other. It is through this warm interaction that we bond with each other and develop an optimistic attitude towards life as a whole. Without this warmth, we would not have learned what we did in the period since we joined TN. I am sporadically active on quite a few other photo-sharing websites, but the warmth we get on TN is lacking in all of them.

Coming to your picture of these two white wolves, you know what I thought when I saw the thumbnail first? I thought Valerie had succumbed to the temptation of posting her pets on TN :)!
I remember the one who filled your place on your profile page for quite some time.
So I was utterly surprised when I came to know that these are actually Arctic Wolves. Whatever you might think about the quality of the picture, my sincere submission is that these two wolves are just BEAUTIFUL. Look at those eyes; they convey peace and friendship. I guess wolves have been wrongly maligned in our world culture. Even in my country, a wolf is treated as evil and wicked.
You did well to present them in B&W. It is a very strong medium and has done wonders to the eyes of these subjects. It is the eyes of these creatures that matter in this image.

Wishing you peace, fulfilment and joy in your 4th year on TN,

Hello Valerie.

Excellent image, nice composition.

Jose Luis.

Hi Valerie.
Three year. It is a lot and it is a little at the same time. However, personally for me it is huge event in my life - our friendship and your contribution here. Thanks a lot for all. This subject is symbolic. The wolfs are the most favorite animals for me from deep childhood and I love to watch these clever and courageous animals. My heartfelt congratulations and TFS.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-10 6:03]

Salut Valerie
Désolé j,ai manqué ton post.Félécitation pour ta troisieme année sur TN.Excellent closed up et image bien composé
Bravo et merci Michel

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-14 5:37]

Hi Valerie,
excellent depiction and superbs presentation. The fluffy foxes are beautiful.
Sharpness and details are well seen.
The tight framing is well done.
Well focussed.


Hi Valerie,
A little bit late "happy birthday" wish from me, but better later than never, isn't it? For me this is a magic pic, a fantastic capture, and the choice of b/w was a great idea also. Bravo.
I hope You'll stay here with us for many more years. Tfs the pic and the interesting, personal note.
Best regards, László

Hi Valerie,

I've missed this beautiful picture from you.
Congratulations for on TN and with your contributions on TN.
Great shot and good composition.


Hi Valerie,you show as a magical picture of these wolfs...the softness...the eyes...like a dream...

Waw!! What a great shot, dear Valerie!
Lovely guys, my friend. Nice crop and presentation.
Congratulations and TFS!

Greetings from Brazil,

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  • TicTac (36)
  • [2009-05-21 11:50]

Quelle superbe photo... Tu as définitivement du talent en ce qui concerne les prises de vue de Nature...

Excellent shot! The eyes of the wolves have a captivating effect. The over-exposure works really well. Good choice of B&W. Thanks for sharing.

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