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International Women's Day

International Women's Day
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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: 2008-03-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(white)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-07 0:15
Viewed: 5431
Points: 132
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the Soviet Union and till nowadays this Holiday is one of the most popular. And it is clear the meaning of the IWD is determined by that role, which Women play in our life.

Few days ago I went to my countryside garden and took pictures of crocuses and snowdrops. They grow there in one place only (and only few flowers and plants). I found them last winter for the first time in my life and then I shared one of them (see Microcosm). This time I was sure that I would find them at the same place again and I turned out right. I photographed these flowers to this Day specially.

By shared shot I wish to congratulate all out charming TN Women. I also wish congratulate Women which surround our TN men. These are our wives, mothers and grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters, sisters and so on. They are always near to us, they always help us, they gift us their attention and kindness and they need this from us, they love us, they are sense of our life and we are nobody and nothing without them.

I wish our dear Women true spring mood and feelings, to be so beautiful as this flower, remain so fine as this snowdrop during all year and for many years. And we shall support them in it.

Happiness to you, dear Women.

International Women's Day 2008
International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for "liberty, equality, fraternity" marched on Versailles to demand women's suffrage.

The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies. Following is a brief chronology of the most important events:
IWD #1
IWD #2

New Technique:
First I have used built in flash compensation -2.0 eV and exposure compensation +1.3 eV and rather long exposure time at the same time (considering cloudy weather) for good illumination of white petals and BG.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-03-07 0:36]

Hi Alexei,
This is excellent exposed, with excellent sharpness, detail and colors. Well composed, nice POV. Very well done!

Hi dear Alexei my friend,
Nice and lovely shot from this beautiful flower.Great details and nice colours.

Thanks for sharing
My beat wishes

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-07 1:11]
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Hello Alex,
Your snowdrop picture looks very luminous and natural. I like these little flowers also very much. A nice way to dedicate this picture to all women. We need the support of men!
have a nice day

magnificent capture.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-07 1:22]

Hi Alexei

This is a superb shot - fantastic exposure and detail - the texture of the snowdrop is perfect.



All good feminine qualities are represented by your image of the tender and delicate Snowdrop you have captured so beautifully here, Alexei. Couldn't think of a better tribute than this for the women of the world.
Your understanding of the phenomenon of light is reflected in this well-controlled image.
Thanks and have a great day, my friend.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-07 1:57]

Hi Alexei

You are a day early :) But we too have the same celebration here and thanks for reminding me that i have to go buy some beautiful flowers for my mother :)

This is a splendid symbol-shot for both this holiday and spring...let's hope warm sunny days will come soon, too.
An excellent macro shot from you, my friend, with a very well controlled exposure and flash.
Crispy clear details and gorgeous natural colors complete this great presentation.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Alex
Great gift on womens day. Great sharpness, nice contarst, good OOF background and good exposure on white. Also very good note ;-)
Best wishes

Hello Alexei,

Is it today? Silvio was too early then. Excellent composition. Great DOF and sharpness. Superb light and colours. And thanks for us.

A perfect macro shot in finest detail and a perfect dedication to women in our life Alexei, thank you for both of them my friend.

Thank you, Alexei!
I have just mailed you to ask you what IWD meant but now I know! Actually, I think it is a very sensible title for an International day! Women in many parts of the world need to be recognised for their contributions to the smooth running of the family , and much more! Equality is their right!

Now, back to your photograph!
It is beautiful; it is symbolic; it is extremely detailed and I just love how the light makes soft shadows across the leaves and makes the sepal part of the flower round and shiny!
This shot, to me, is a delight to enjoy!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-07 4:12]

Hello Alexei,
what a nice image for all the women on TN!
Very nice composition.
Superb DOF.
Nice lighting.
Well done my friend.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-07 4:42]

Hello Alexei,
I believe it is our day tomorrow but you're already presenting us with a beautiful Snowdrop for which I'm grateful! Excellent sharp capture very nicely composed with the leaves in the background. A very nice note too!

My thoughts at this time goes to an Iranian woman, Parvin Ardalan, who has succeeded in making the demand for equal rights for men and women a central part of the struggle for democracy in Iran. She's just been awarded the Olof Palme Prize 2007 but has been refused to leave Iran to receive it. SHe's very brave!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-07 4:53]

Hello Alexei,
first of all thank you for such a lovely flower for Womens day!
What a shot, technically perfect and the composition is beautiful.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-07 4:55]

Hi Alex,very very beautifull,i like a lot this kind of flowers, but there they are missind,we can see only the borthers of this,the galanthus nivalis.I like a lot the quality of your pic and perfect white,great work,thanks for share,Luciano

bonjour alexei
bien vu ,le blanc des petales est parfaitement exposé et le vert tres naturel.
lorsque ces fleurs sortent cela annonce le retour des beaux jours,enfin normalement!!

hello alexei,
very nice post for International Women's Day.
the petals look so soft and beautiful, the texture is clearly visible and the colours look so natural, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

A quote for them on International Women's Day

Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece. ~Author Unknown

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-07 7:14]

Hello Alexei,
A marvellous tribute to Women for IWD! This capture of a simple snowdrop flower is not only technically superb with fine sharpness and excellent use of flash, but the central composition couldn't be better.
To me this fine portrait symbolises purity and peace: perhaps we could encourage the women of our species to promote peace and environmental protection on our planet!
Thanks for sharing this beauty and have a good weekend,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-03-07 7:27]

What is better than flowers for 8th of March?
Thanks for wonderful picture, Alex.

Hi Alexei,
I'm not a woman ans still I feel I should answer here :-) You present a convincing technique to solve the problem of white flowers (or snow patches) . The result is more than convincing! Thanks for this.
Best regards

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-07 8:43]

Hi Alexei,
Thanks of the dedication in the note!
Beautiful shot!
Wonderful capture of the white color!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-07 8:47]

Hi Alexei,

Stange, I haven't heard International Woman's Day mentioned once in the US. This TN woman thanks you for the lovely flower. It is exceptionally beautiful. The white petals against the green leaves are striking. Excellent details and, as always, a magnificent composition.


Hello Alexei,
A beautiful picture and a very touching note to celebrate International Womens Day. Thank you Alexei for that charming note. It's always wonderful to know that there are people who really understand our worth.;) And I am sure each and every one of us in TN has enjoyed reading it.
As for the picture, it's an excellent capture with fine POV, sharpness, details and exposure. Good use of fill in flash.
Thanks for the shatre,

Excellente idée, bravo et bien vu.
Bonne journée.

Hi Alexei,
a very fine dedication to all women of the world.
The picture of "snödroppen" is very beautiful, simple but lovely colours.
The exposure and sharpness are spot on, all details are well seen. You handled the fill-in flash well with good balance with the nature light.
Great work, my friend.
Have a great weekend.

Hello Alexei and thank you for the flower and TFS

Hello Alexei,
Very fine piece of image with a good close up! a perfect posting for IWD!
so sharp with excellent natural colouration and superb details in the shot!
well done always from you!
best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-07 10:34]

Hello Alexei,
So much beauty in one simple flower! You made a perfect photo of it.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-07 12:54]

Hi Alexei. A very nice dedication to all the women on TN and every where on this special day. you have chosen a beautiful flower and captured it so well with fine detail and sharp focusing. so very well done .TFS.
Have a good weekend my friend..

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-03-07 13:55]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful colours, perfect light and extreme sharpness make of this an outstanding photo.
TFS and best regards, José M.

Hello dear friend Alexei,
a perfect macro shot of Galanthus sp. It is very nice dedication for all woman's day. Your new technique resulted with excellent close-up. Wonderful sharp details a white balance. Composition and colors super. TFS, have a nice weekend

Hello Alexei fine clarity and detail great exposure. DOF well controlled. Nicely composed tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Alex,

Nice photo! That's a good way to use the flash. In rare occasions when I use it, I usually do the same, playing with exposure compensation according to the subject and adjusting the flash to approximately -3 eV from that value. In your photo that difference is 3.3 eV, it confirms this rule.
By the way, you are located 1 degree of latitude to the North from us, but you have flowers, and we already got more than 3 meters of snow and wait for another 20 cm...

Thank you


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-07 20:37]

Hello Alexei,
My wife thanks you for this outstandingly beautiful image and I agree this is wonderful Alexei, thank you.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-07 22:20]

Hello Alexei

A beautiful shot with exceptional clarity and detail.
Well composed in the frame.
The lighting and colours are excellent.
A fitting tribute for the ladies.


Hi Alexei, lovely dedication to women, delicate flower with splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-08 5:02]

Hi Alexei,
Thank you for this kind dedication. It's a beautiful capture of this gentle flower. Good use of the built in flash, nice focus, sharpness, POV and details. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-08 5:58]

Hello Alexei, it's impossible to be more sharp and well exposed than that! It's a fantastic one, congrats!


Alex, A very thoughtful contribution to the day.

I really love this photo. However, I am lost as to why. I know that I like the reteating curves, the power of the white against the intense green but it is something else that really draws me in. Perhaps it is the very delicate feel of the flower? I do not know. In any event, a wonderful photo yet again.

Hola Alexei, veo que está teniendo mucho éxito tu fotografía. Yo creo que es una toma sencilla pero muy bien captada. Buena nitidez en los colores así como naturalidad en ellos. Formató práctico para poder apreciar parte de la formas de las hojas.

Salutations, today from Torino (Italy).

Josep Ignasi

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-08 10:11]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot of this tiny and delicate flower. Immaculate sharpness and clear details. Superbly handled lighting and exposure which is so difficult on white objects. It is really a great study on my part. The greens look fantastic. I like the natural setting and the chosen POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi alexei
very nice picture of your beatifull gallery
perfect sharpness adnd details and very good colours which make a good contrast to each other
very well done
Best regards Toba

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-08 13:05]

Hi Alexei

A lovely image for all of us ladies on TN. The exposure compensation worked well as you have caught some nice details on the difficult white petals. The POV, sharpness and DOF are all spot on.

It is one of my favourite flowers



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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-03-08 13:30]

Hello Alexei !
This is such a wonderful picture for the International Woman Day! Well, I am a woman and I kind of appreciate it. And the photo is excellent too, with sharp details, beautiful colors, excellent composition and POV, beautifultextures on the petals, and of course the flower is splendid - always the first flower in spring, it is all hope and beauty. very well done !

This is a very stunning photo Alexei.
The blossom looks like an insect of some sort.
Excellent lighting and focus.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-09 10:12]

Alex, excellent shot and what a great composition. Lovely exposure and sharpnes. ganesh

hello Alexei

lovely photographic presentation of the International Women's Day,
excellent luminosity of the image, great POV and excellent
vertical framing, superb sharpness and lovely details & colours, TFS


Hello Alexei. Women all over the world will be happy seeing this beauty. Pleasant looking flower in excellent sharpness and details. I like the inner petal with some touch of green. A beauty. Regards. Jusni

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-03-09 11:29]

Hi Alexei, A crystal clear composition of nature showing spring is around the corner. The words chosen are approriate worldwide. Good work. TFS. Murray.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-09 12:21]

hello my friend
its nice and meaningful gift for celebration day
successful technique for this macro
composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

..and so you too knew of these day. I mentioned it to my wife yesterday and she had not heard of it..I wonder if it is specific for certain countries or perhaps America just is paying too much attention to other things...very nice dedication Alexi. And a fine image as yours most certainly always are!

Hello Alexei,
A delicate flower has been captured!
The white petals are expertly exposed with attractive texture and fine details, effective point of view...
The composition is well balanced, and enhances the subject nicely!
Pablo -

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  • runa Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 11] (46)
  • [2008-03-10 9:03]
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здорово как! у вас уже подснежники цветут? у нас еще нету. очень выразительный снимок, хорошая композиция. весной пахнет.. =)

Hi Alexei,
What a sweet dedication to women and those in our lives. The image of the crocus is lovely, so delicate, and well see. A fine choice for this dedication and fine photographic work. tfs

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-10 13:01]

fine macro,
lighting and spectacular color...
lovely and grateful dedication,
Saludos Alexei.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-10 18:38]

Hi Alexei.
Great image, excellent note.
My Dear wife say many thanks for this present.
and I am sure that all great Ladys we have here in TN will be happy too.

Brilliant white and green colour and perfectly exposed. Nice shot, well composed with fine POV.
Best wishes,

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-03-11 5:01]

Amazing shot of the lovely flower and a really good symbol for the day!

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-11 22:09]

Hello Alexei,
What a beautiful flower! Very nice presentation
Great POV and composition.. Well Done


Dear Alexei,
very clear, simple, eleganty composed, with marvellous shining white petals - a gift full of grace. We also had so many of these "Schneeglöckchen" in the river forests of the Danube this year. What a pleasure to see that picture after my long absence from this site due to some travel and too much work. Wonderful image my dear friend - artistically well made, and technically so very precise, clearly your handwriting.
With thanks, and all my best wishes,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-03-23 12:36]

Hi Alexei

Lovely shot of the pretty Snowdrop, its a beautiful simple composition showing us how pretty the snowdrop is, nice detail and perfect use of lighting that has captured the luminesance of the petals, great colours and the exposure on the white is just wonderful.

Thanks for the lovely tribute for IWD something I actually didn't no about so next year I will look forward to reminding all the men I know about it.


Hello Alexei,
Technically well done. Blown highlights are far away and still you managed to get pure white.
Well done

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-30 0:30]

Hello Alexei,
beautiful capture of this lovely gentle flower!
great exposure & details,
best regards, Dejan

Hello Alexei,
Very good control of the flash mf. You've done a very good job of bringing in your BG, and lighting up these white petals. I can't imagine a better POV to photograph this one..
Color, detail, DOF, and composition R excellent :)

Excellent mastering of the exposure of the whites tones.
I Like this two colors only pics with a great set of nice tones.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-09 3:05]

Hi again, my dear Alexei
The lack of time makes me miss some wonderful pictures with lovely notes like this one. I have just seen and read it, and I am really grateful for this fantastic picture and for your nice wonderful words.
As a woman... Thank you very much!!!
My best wishes

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