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Geese Drongengoed

Geese Drongengoed
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24399 W: 523 N: 40812] (175612)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-12
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canonn 5D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/11, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My favorite pictures, Great animal photos 2., My best of 2008 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-21 23:18
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I wish you and your family a,


This picture is taken middle of Drongengoed forest, the geese and sunbeams are for me the most attractive moment for this picture.
As in most of Western Europe, the landscape in the Meetjesland long time remained unchanged. Only after the Industrial Revolution, and particularly after the Second World War, has undergone significant changes. The transformation of an agrarian-craft "in an" advanced-industrial "society has occurred during the second part of the twentieth century, accelerated by put. The traditional cultural Meetjesland it is transformed into a modern, industrial-agricultural landscape. In this landscape are the traces of history here and there is still perceptible here on my last photograph.

I hope that you can enjoy.


Canon EOS 5D Shooting Date/Time
12/12/2008 8:50:55
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EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
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16,0 mm
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4368 x 2912
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prachtige foto John,
mooi gewerkt met dat niet eenvoudige licht.
zeer fraai foto werk.
prettige dag verder.
groet jaap

Ciao John,
a particular light characterizes this photo. unique atmosphere typical of the morning. the insertion of the animals in the scene is a beautiful idea.
nice job

Hi John,

I really enjoy the high key look of this image. It is a simple and interesting moment near the forest. The geese really make this one lively. It my be heresy to some but my personal favorite part of your image is that the sky has gone completely white. So many people in this digital world have the idea that "blown highlights" are some sort of ultimate sin or something. I say that there are times when clipped highlights or blocked shadows are appropriate and this image is one of those occasions. Really nice John.

Happiest of holidays to you and yours!

Bob G.

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  • orme Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1694 W: 114 N: 1605] (7219)
  • [2008-12-21 23:40]

Hello John,
The lighting in this shot is simply magical.
It almost looks as if the sun is setting right behind the trees.
Beautiful 'rust' colours in the trees. Very well captured.
And a Merry Christmas to you too my dear friend.
All the best,

Goodmorning John,
what a lovely scene here, and what a wonderful picture, finely done and composed (as usual from you) I like the soft tone and the perfect composition, BRAVO+++

have a wonderful Christmass,

Hi John,
What a nice idea to celebrate Xmas with this scene !
Very good pov and fascinating soft early morning light and perfect compo. Nice notes as well.
TFS and Merry Christmas to you as well.
Best regards

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-21 23:43]

Hi John!
Merry christmas to you,too.
A great shot with a wonderful winteratmosphere.I like the pale tones caused by frost and little fog.The geese are at the perfect position and the sunrays look fantastic.

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  • phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785)
  • [2008-12-21 23:53]

Hi John,
And a Merry Christmas to you and your family, I hope 2009 is a great year for you.
I like the image very much, I agree with you, the rays of sun coming through the trees is very pretty.
Certainly much more of a high key look than your normal images, but in this case I think it works well. The smoke/fog in the air contributes to the effect perfectly
As usual superb composition and POV, I like this very much.
Best regards and all my good wishes.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2008-12-22 0:09]

Hi John,
amazing scene and scenery. Superb sun rays and atmosphere. I like it a lot. Best wishes to You and your family, too.
Gr., Aleksander

Bonjour John,

Une superbe scène très bucolique avec ce troupeau d'oies idéalement placé dans l'image. la lumière est magnifique et superbement gérée. Du très beau travail.
Un excellent Noël à toi et à ta famille,

Bonjour, mon ami John,
Seraient-ce les oies du Capitole pour annoncer l'arrivée des fêtes de fin d'année !
Une très belle image matinale où les rais de lumière éclaboussent avec beauté cette campagne couverte de givre.
Excellentes fêtes de fin d'année.

Hello John,
A very appealing rural scene under a lovely soft light, which does much for the atmosphere of the image. The geese are nicely placed in the frame and are obviously very interested in the photographer :-) Very well done. Thanks for sharing and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

hi john
great and peaceful atmosphere captured in this picture, seems like a dreamland!!!
i like the colours and the way the rays of sun enter in the picture from the left!!!
my warm wishes for merrry xmas & a happy new year!

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  • ymrk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1442 W: 145 N: 1953] (15085)
  • [2008-12-22 1:48]

Hello John friend;
This is miracle view and wonderful Fog view.!
And lovely gaggle.:)
Good frame.
Good photo,work!
Have a nice day,


Hi John,
the light is nice and the ducks well placed.
Don't you think the picture is might be overexposed?
The sky is white and all is so light?
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9345] (52961)
  • [2008-12-22 3:29]

Dag John,
wat een prachtige winterplaat. Het licht is wonderbaarlijk en de samenstelling is ook fantastisch.
Prachtig, dat berijpte grasveld met die ganzen.
Groeten Gerrit

Hi John
joyeuses fêtes à toi aussi ainsi que que tous ceux qui t'entourent, bravo pour ta photo original de ces canards qui se promènent allègrement dans la campagne.

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2008-12-22 3:42]

Hi John,

for me this is a Christmas postcard! Beautiful scene, lovely message. The lighting is really pleasant. I really like to see fog and the sun rays effect. Very well done!
Merry Chsristmas to you and your family and Happy New Year!
From your friend from Brasil

Prettige Kerstdagen en een heel Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar, John! Zeker niet eenvoudig te hanteren maar wat een prachtig mooi licht! Precies wat je nodig had om de sfeer van deze koude ochtend in Meetjesland perfect weer te geven. Je moet het wel kunnen, he! Maar dat is voor jou geen probleem, dit ademt echt naar... ECHT!!! Werkelijk schitterend fotowerk geleverd, vriend, een plezier om ernaar te kijken. Chapeaux!
Ik wens je nog een fijne dag. Tot gauw,

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42578)
  • [2008-12-22 4:14]

Hallo John!
Here one word is enough: Gorgeous, really gorgeous!
Once again - Merry Christmas!

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2217 W: 153 N: 3554] (15929)
  • [2008-12-22 5:11]

Bonjoue cher John
A "frozen" texture to celebrate this time of frozen earth.

I wish a most Happy Christmas and New Year with good health joy and photos.

Greetings from Greece

Hello John,
Very good placement of this curious goose herd and dodues, at point for the festivals of Christmas. A good light, a pleasant back-light. Cheer.
Have a nice day. Joyeux Noël.

Nice view,good POV and fine soft early morning light.
Lovely colours and good sharpness.
Have a good Xmas

interesting choice of exposure, bright image with nice lighting, maybe I would have used a black frame for such a bright picture
best wishes

salut john
une lumiére tamisée du matin qui filtre au travers la foret, ambiance magnifique, les oies sont un plus sur la photo, beau travail

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  • cbrman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3098 W: 263 N: 4835] (21675)
  • [2008-12-22 8:29]

Hello John,

Une image presque comique pour illustrer cette fin d'année.
Joyeux Noël à toi et à toute ta famille. Passe de bonnes fêtes de fin d'année.



Bonjour John,
Une belle composition de lumière et de nature.
Un bel effet ce surex,
les oies n'ont pas l'air d'être contentes ,en tout cas elles accourent...

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  • Cormac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
  • [2008-12-22 10:19]

Wow, what beautiful soft light! This photo has a very unusual quality, seeming almost unreal, but so light and delicate. The geese add a nice bit of life and action to the shot, providing a good counter point to the trees on the other side of the frame. Well done!

Hello John!
Another pretty pleasant picture of yours!
The highlight in here are the sun beams passing through the branches of the trees with autumnal colors and also reaching the morning fog which has created such a magical atmosphere, where we can feel the freshness of a typical morning! The geese are a plus to the image, adding a bit of humor to it in my opinion, which I also like!
TFS - Congratulations!
Seasons greetings!

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2008-12-22 11:16]

Bonsoir John,

Je me souviens parfaitement de ton premier post sur un autre joyeux groupe d'oies, la luminosité était différente, mais ici j'aime beaucoup ce voile de lumière qui donne une certaine légèreté à cette scène. On ressent bien, malgré le sort, qui, j'imagine leur est réservé, leur joie de vivre à les voir courir ici. Jolie composition, merci John.

Avec toutes mes amitiés et je te souhaite ainsi qu'à tous ceux qui te sont chers un joyeux Noël et d'excellentes fêtes de fin d'année,


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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2008-12-22 11:38]

Hi John! They is a likeable moment and picture that has a atmosphere of mystery and clarity dream! The sentiments many the composition of supremacy and the sunbeams with her geese in a mad dance and game Impressively and the autumn trees cover the sky that is white Merry Christmas!

Hi John,
Beautiful photo! I like the great luminosity and the brilliant effect of the light that crosses the trees and that illuminates the frosted ground, but that it seems that they do not like to the geese ;o)
The aesthetic effect is very good and gives an almost celestial appearance to the scene.
I wish you for you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Best regards,

Bonjour John,
Whaoo! superbe travail! quelle lumière, quelle douceur d'image!
C'est absolument superbe, Merci, j'adore.
Amitiés et bonnes Fêtes.

Hallo John,

Ik kan bijna de lichte vrieskou, die bij dit zachte winterochtendlicht hoort, op mijn huid voelen. De ganzen nieuwsgierig naar die fotograaf die hen komt storen lijken langzaam uit het beeld te lopen.
De zachte pasteltinten stemmen vredig. Een heel mooie sfeervolle foto

Groet Rob

  • faubry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3066 W: 340 N: 4524] (35447)
  • [2008-12-22 14:02]

Bonsoir JOHN, magnifique lumière fusant au travers des arbres, j'aime beaucoup la compagnie des oies... merci
Bon Noel aussi

Hi John,

The geese are running away from the cold. The diagonal line made by the trees is an asset to the composition. The early morning ligfht and the rays of the sun have a special effect on the scenery and are enhancing the colors of it. Have a nice day.


Hi John.

The light...amazing! Excellent for sure! That rays are impressive.

My compliments!

Rgs, OScar

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2008-12-22 17:10]

Hi John, friend,

everything is here for a good and lovely picture. My reaction could be banal: I like these geese, the mist, the sun invisible. I like your idea, I wish your Canon.

All compliments and best wishes for year 2009!


Hi John,
A stunning early winter shot with the whites of birds, of fog, of frost all working together for a gorgeous image. Very well done and all the best for the holidays. Gerald

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14257 W: 1033 N: 28549] (135778)
  • [2008-12-22 18:49]

Hi John & Merry Xmas!

I like the repetition of the geese in the bottom right corner. The diagonal light streaming in from the top left is superbly captured. Attractive pastel colours, with very good sharpness too. Tfs!

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  • hispic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1191 W: 368 N: 1784] (9652)
  • [2008-12-22 19:12]

Hello John,
What a beautiful silky tone! you have caught perfectly the most attractive moment with glowing sunbeams and geese coming toward you on the frosty field. Superb image indeed!
Have a nice day, Hisashi

Indeed I like this shot alot and you have the fantastic moment to cap this beautiful forest, just notice a little bit too bright / pale in my taste and i have did a simple ws and hope you dont mind. Nonetheless i really enjoys this shot John, thanks. Merry Christmas too and have a great holiday...


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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2008-12-22 20:37]

Hello John,
Nice choice of picture for your Christmas wishes.All these geese seem ready to sing a special Christmas carol to the photographer and to Trekearth fans.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Hi John. VEry nice picture. The sunbeams are indeed very beautiful and you put the geese well in the frame.. TFS. Regards. PAulo

Bonjour John.
Sous une lumière magique les oies se promènent dans l'herbe givrée. Cette photo est superbe avec les rayons de soleil qui traversent le feuillage encore roux.
Merry Chritmas and Happy New Year 2009 !

Hi John
Amazing light and beautiful colours in this fine composition.
I like the atmosphere and how you framed it.
Hug and Merry Christmas

Hi JOhn,
Superb atmosphere!Great light and very nice capture.
Excellent work!

Hi John,
Charming shot with beautiful lights and very lovely details. The composition is excellent, the atmosphere is fabled.
I wish a Merry Christmas for you and your family!

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13801 W: 0 N: 16043] (169206)
  • [2008-12-23 7:00]


Mangigiqeu vue de ce soies, dans la belle breume avec le givre, très beau cpatage et ces rayons filtrant superbe.

bravoe et amitié


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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9133 W: 57 N: 15335] (56828)
  • [2008-12-23 8:50]

Goedenavond John,
Wat een prachtig ochtendlicht hier, het valt ook zo mooi in stralen door de gouden bladeren van de bomen. En zo te zien was het een behoorlijk koude morgen. Leuk hoe al die ganzen net nieuwsgierig deze kant op kijken!
Heel fijne feestdagen gewenst!

Bonjour John, une chose est certaine, si les paysages demeure inchangé le caractère belliqueux de ces oies à quant à lui pris de la vigueur, et ces animaux sont plus efficaces que des chiens de gardes,
Une scène des plus champêtre pour fêter Noël et cette nouvelle année sans gouvernement qui se profile, les rai solaire qui fuse et servent de fond à cette scène est agréable et allège l’image, bien amicalement et je te souhaite beaucoup d’inspiration pour 2009

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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2008-12-23 11:02]

Beautiful rays of light through the tree. Really fantastic setting. The Geese are nice and sharp coming toward us. Very delightful iamge full of nature's charm. Excellent quality with beautiful soft light and colors. Thanks and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Absolutamente fantástica foto; Cores perfeitas e esmaecidas que dão idéia do frio matinal; o conjunto de gansos em primeiro plano mas no canto deixam a foto perfeita e equilibrada. Competente e inspirado registro.

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  • gunbud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • [2008-12-23 21:42]

Hi John,
Beautiful beams of light penentrating this misty morning.
The frosty field makes for a lovely winter setting for the honking geese to move towards your lens.
Great depth and sharpness to this lovely holiday image.
A Very Merry Christmas to You and Your family.
Regards, Tom

Hello John!

A little bit too bright for my taste, but still a beautiful photo, a beautiful moment captured here! Great composition and framing! Congratulations!

Merry Christmass and best wishes to you and all your loved ones!


Hi John!
Wow, you are master of the light. Are you sure if this is no painting? ;-) I like your soft morning light and composition. The magical atmosphere is simply brilliant.
Merry Christmas to you my friend.


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  • Vames Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 0 N: 517] (4356)
  • [2008-12-24 4:12]

hi John,very nice composition and beautiful scapes!merry Cristmas my friend !

hi john,
the picture is really beautiful and nicely shows the cold atmosphere!!

the high key look is perfectly handled and managed.

i wish A Merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year 2009 full of joy with Happiness.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11750 W: 126 N: 21127] (108809)
  • [2008-12-24 6:59]
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Hi John,you're a great artist,this pic is fantastic!!!!RIght in my prefered! I wish you all the best for Crhistmas and new year and i must say thanks for your 2008's incredible gallery,Luciano

Very good composition, colors and light excellent, Ducks very nice seems, well done.
Best regards.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2008-12-24 9:03]

Bonsoir mon cher John
Je te souhaite de passer un bon réveillon de Noël parmi les tiens
Très original ce high key qui passe pour une très jolie carte de voeux.
Sincères amitiés

Privet from far cold Ural, John,
Thanks for your kind words, I wish you nice X-mas night! All the best for you and your home too. Happy New Year!
All the best,
I like your shot, fine diagonal sun lights, excellent composition, well done!

Hi John,
Lovely mood captured here and an excellent composition.Merry christmas to you,

Hello John.
An excellent light management for this landscape shot.
I wish you a Merry Christmas!
With friendship, Bobo.

Hi John!
Fantastic lightness. Superb colors. Very funny scene. Good capture and frame. Great shot.
Greetings from Poland!

I recognise those geese John!! Merry Christmas.



Hi John,
wonderful shot, very original and very beautiful! Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays and all the best in 2009!! Health, happiness, contentment and love - the priceless gifts!
Take care and see you around. Warm wishes,

Hi, John -

Nice composition, well organized, the geese even cooperating (something geese never do!). And of course the streamers of sunlight are a great touch. I think you might try applying Levels, though, pushing the left slider in about 5 points, to get more depth in the shadows. See the WS I posted.

Happy holidays,

amazing scene and scenery. Superb sun rays and atmosphere.

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2260 W: 172 N: 4300] (14348)
  • [2008-12-26 0:09]

hi John

A nice scene of the geese, but I suppose the light is more interesting here, whether it is bright light, fog or overexposure, the effect is quite unique.

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(¸,·´ (¸*★ MERRY CHRISTMAS &
       Happy 2009 New Year ★〃´`)
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Thank you for your visit and kind critiques throughout 2008. I appreciate it.

tfs, bill

Helo John
Excellent picture and realy wonderfrul country virew
Bravo mon amie
Merry X mas and Happy New Year

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  • dumbo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 502 W: 64 N: 199] (4541)
  • [2008-12-26 3:03]

Hello John,
WOW! What else can I say? Just fantastic photo with womderful colors and light. I like those funny looking duks and the sunrays through the forest.
Well done!


de rijp op het gras en in de bomen, met daarbij de laagstaande zon, geeft het zo typisch vale winterlicht.
Ik vind het plaatje daarom prachtig. De ganzen zijn gewoon een leuke vondst.

Fijne kerstdagen, ook voor jou!

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2008-12-26 3:25]

Hi John,

Wonderful scene. I love the soft colours and the light. The picture is also very well-composed. Season's Greeting a Happy New Year


Ciao John,
yes, geese are likeable, but I like overall the wonderful sumbeams and the warm light.
I hope that you have had a merry Christmas and I wish you an happy year 2009.


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  • MarcT Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2055 W: 428 N: 4747] (20964)
  • [2008-12-26 8:51]

Hallo John,
Mooi licht, koud en helder.
Beste wensen

Hello my friend John,
Heartedly thank you for such a beautiful Season greeting card for every one of us!! much appreciated!!
the sunbeam is totally wonderful from the forest and the geese makes a perfect composition with good colour and details
my sincere and warmest season greeting to you and family in Belgium!
a hug from NZ

Hallo John,
Een prachtige foto waarop je duidelijk de koude van de winterochtend voelt.
De nachtvorst op de weide is nog zichtbaar. Alhoewel reeds december hebben de bomen nog heel wat mooie goudbruine bladeren. De zonnestralen vallen prachtig in, bijna over de hele breedte van de foto. Ook het bos in de verte oogt mooi en wat geheimzinnig. De ganzen zullen waarschijnlijk flink kabaal gemaakt hebben maar brengen leven in deze bijzondere foto.
Groeten, Paul

Hi John,
A wonderful atmosphere... I like the lighting and POV. Excellent work!
Best regards and Happy New Year 2009!

Hi John,

Amazing light managment, wonderful color... a lovely atmosphere... it goes to my favorite..

happy new year...

Hello John,
Nice brightness here.
I like hoiw you used light, nice job,
Have a nice day,

Ciao John, fantastic light on your lovely composition with a lot of goose, very well done, Happy New Year to you, ciao Silvio

Hello John,
many thanks for your criticism, you have a superb gallery, fabulous, full of wonderful pictures.
The last critical because I do not know precisely where to start. The colors, composition and so sharp are excellent, as is the beautiful light filtering through the trees and the presence of ducks!
GOOD YEAR dear friend.

Bonsoir John
encoer une magnifique image avec une lumière très belle (juste un poil de sur exposition peut être); la scène avec les oies est drole
Bonnes fêtes

Salut John,
Merci pour tes voeux. Je te souhaite également une Bonne et Heureuse Année 2009 et de terminer dans la joie les fêtes de cette fin d'année. Et que les rayons du soleil apportent la chaleur dans ton foyer !
Mes amitiés

Hello John,
Superb sun rays and atmosphere.Beautiful 'rust' colours in the trees.That rays are impressive.Regards.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9585 W: 157 N: 15497] (123989)
  • [2008-12-27 10:11]

Witaj John!
Very interesting light.
Good composition.
Photo has climate.

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  • Enzo63 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 60 N: 100] (1574)
  • [2008-12-27 11:08]

Hi John
Wonderful explosion of light
nice the gooses race
Happy 2009
Best Regards

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  • ifanik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 52 N: 3687] (21679)
  • [2008-12-28 1:44]

Hi My friend
Wonderful light in your photo
Very beautiful composition
Best regards

- Superb special effect on this poetic and peaceful landscape, appropriate with this period of Xmas, well done !
Have a nice sunday.

Hi Dear John,
an extraordinary golden light.sharpness,colours and framing are superb.very beautiful composition with nice details.like a wonderful postcard.well done.TFS

Hi John,
Great landscape and great light.
It looks very beautiful and you did a wonderful work.
Best regards. Uğur

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  • emilbo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2051 W: 498 N: 2162] (22616)
  • [2008-12-28 6:34]

Salut John!
Une belle photo tout en douceur pour le temps des Fêtes et belle atmosphère matinale. Les rayons en diagonal qui traversent les arbres sont merveilleux et je prendrais bien un oie pour le dîner du Jour de l'An. Bien vu.
Tous mes meilleurs voeux à toi et à ta famille pour la Nouvelle Année.


The first rays of the sun, beautiful morning mist, lovely view.Very well done, John.

I wish you * Happy New Year 2009 * for you and you family too.

Golden leaves...and golden light: a charming countryside atmosphere enhanced by the presence of the geese. A simple composition which transports us into another epoch and environment.
Thank you for the wishes, let's hope the future will be as brihgt as this photo!
Happy 2009 to you,

A very pale winter light, and the grass looks frozen, a strange background for these white gesse. Overal a very nice composition.

All the best,


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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2008-12-29 4:37]
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Dag John. Ik herken dit plaatsje van ergens. Lopen die ganzen daar nog rond? Mooi beeld vooral met die binnenvallende zonnestralen en goed in evenwicht met die ganzen.

  • mirarer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 0 N: 603] (4751)
  • [2008-12-29 13:25]

Hi John,
Beautiful morning light and winter atmosphere. I like the effect of the sun rays, and the geese.
Great shot.
Best wishes for you and your family and Happy New Year.

The light is lovely here John. it illustrates how we can profit from special light effects and light angles. It gives a sort of frosty , gentle colour which is very attractive. regards kevin

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-29 23:49]

Bonjour John,
je me rappelle d'une photo qui ressemblait très fort à cela.
J'aime beaucoup le rendu de la brume et les lumières qu'elles procurent. Une photo sympathique.

Merveilleuse année 2009 à toi et tes proches.


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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2008-12-30 0:41]

Dag John
The light rays falling diagonally across the frame is a delight to watch. Beautiful how we see the autumn trees in the BG & of course the gaggle of geese, who are highlighted by the sun rays. Wonderful shot!
Best Regards
PS : Thanks for your wishes on mail. I wish you & your family a very happy 2009. Hope you had a great Christmas as well!

Bonjour John,
wonderful light management
Very well captured
happy new year

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2255 W: 203 N: 2719] (12516)
  • [2008-12-30 22:46]

Hi John, The angled rays of light are most attractive in this image. The geese are all looking your way. Good light and impact. Happy New Year and prosperity for us all. TFS. Murray.

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  • zmey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 95 N: 1748] (7335)
  • [2008-12-31 7:07]

hello John
interesting treatment of the scene. the overexposure creates fitting airy and light ambiance; meanwhile you have managed your exposure well to capture the texture of the rays. well done :)

happy 2009 to You and Yours!

Hi John
Beautiful capture with this light-beams. Lovely colours. As I understand - geese were refusing you access to this nice place?;)
Happy New Year

Olá John, gorgeous light, lovely soft colors and funny inclusion of the happy family at the corner coming towards you to say hello ;-) Maybe I would like to see a bit more of contrasts and saturation as suggested in both WSs but nevertheless, the mood from those beams of light is fantastic.
Congratulations and wishes for a Happy 2009!

Hi John,

What a wonderful image vith superb lighting and a peaceful atmosphere.TFS.


Compliments of the season John. Great photo. Wonderful light and atmosphere. Well timed to catch the geese and light in the same shot. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
All the best for 2009, Paul.

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  • mikeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1327 W: 90 N: 1756] (12129)
  • [2009-01-03 0:47]

Hello John,

This is amazing... graphic:) Looks really like great painting or computer graphic, so incredible light, colours and rays of light - I like this photo very much!

Very good job! Best wishes in 2009!

Greetings and TFS,


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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2009-01-14 13:10]

Hola John.
Not much to add, I think everything had been said, it's a superb shot. Well something I can say is that your original photo is better than the WS they did.
Best wishes.

Hello John,
Beautiful idea, perfect composition.
BR Giedrius

Hi John, What a great country scene & I really love the geese, the rays of light add amazing beauty, superb composition & just every thing is so right, TFS, kind regards Wilson.

  • anto95 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 234 W: 55 N: 211] (1840)
  • [2009-03-22 14:25]

Hi John,
The environment out and the composition is well thought, also excellent prensentation.

Hello my friend,
Que linda foto esta fantástica com uma luz magnifica de inverno , muito bonito os tons de luz a passarem pelas folhas amarelas , gostei muito dos patos :), parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Hello John
attractive moment for this picture for you
great atmosphere
great light
i like moving digs
best regards

Funny the action of ducks and dramatic the lights in the background trepassing the autumn leaves.

The contrast between the fun in the foreground and the "sadness" of the background is surreal and effective.



Hello John.
I haven´t occasion to see this very proper photography to feast the Christmas epoch. It is of a magic beauty with these so soft colors, the sunbeams filtering between the trees, The brilliant flock of ducks.
My congratulations for a beautiful work.
Best regards.

Hi John,

I really like what you did with the lighting in this photo (lots of post-editing, I presume?). You took what would otherwise have been a washed-out sky and over exposure and turned it into something beautiful: that is, a dreamy, peaceful, picturesque feeling full of light and joy. Great job!


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  • Amaz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2921 W: 346 N: 2836] (11475)
  • [2009-08-28 1:24]

Wonderful rustic shot, John!!
I think it shall be not easy make this capture in Belgium, the country with highest urban population rate in Europe - 97,2%!!! (talking only about the real countries, not including a small sovereign city-states as Monaco or San Marino).

The picture is very fine with impressive sunlights effect!!

Fine colors and excellent composition (as always)!!!

My congrats!!!

Kind regards,

Hi John,
I was visiting your gallery and I found this beautiful image. So beautiful that I wanted to give it a blue sky to replace the white, keeping these marvelous rays of the sun, of course. And I tried a WS, I hope you don't mind.

Hello John,

I enjoyed visiting your gallery. You have many spectacular photos. This one in particular is soft and elegant. You have a knack for capturing natural scenery and animals. The softness is really emphasized by the light streaming in. The whole scene is lovely to look at.

Well done,

Attention, geese attack!!! It's really nice birds. Beautiful autumn, pastel picture. You got a lovely light, very delicate. Excellent color, sharpness, idea and execution.
Best Regards

Dobro vece gospodine.
Gledam vase fotografije, ova mi je prvukla paznju, odlican trenutak, guske i zraci sunca koji se probijaju kroz grane drveca ...
Prelepa priroda i trenutak, lepe boje i fotografija, odlican rad, neka bude vise gusaka i fotografija.
Prijatno vece, imajte lep san, zeli vam Paja.


Goedenavond, meneer.
Ik keek naar je foto's, zijn we de aandacht getrokken, een groots moment, ganzen en de zonnestralen doorbreken dat de takken van de bomen ...
De prachtige natuur en het moment, prachtige schilderijen en foto's, uitstekend werk, moet meer ganzen en foto's.
Een aangename avond, houdt een mooie droom, wil hij je Paja.

Good evening, sir.
I looked at your photos, this we attracted attention, a great moment, geese and the sun rays that break through the branches of trees ...
The beautiful nature and the moment, beautiful paintings and photos, excellent work, should be more geese and photos.
A pleasant evening, keep a nice dream, he wants you Paja.

A superb view of this nice gees family on yard in a forest, with the light of the sun-rays illuminating askew.
Well taken, though a bit of backlight-effect.

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  • yeln Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 55 N: 2227] (11516)
  • [2011-01-25 10:55]

pozdravljen John
zelo nežna fotografija gosi, ki se sprehajajo po zmrznjeni travi. odlična od strani padajoča svetloba s pridihom topline sončnih žarkov na listju dreves.
zelo lepo!!! tfs
lep in prijeten večer, vojko

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  • uzico (28)
  • [2012-07-17 7:19]

Nice atmosphere, nice colours and I like the sun rays too.

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  • gus72 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 1 N: 969] (3719)
  • [2013-02-14 23:57]

Hi John !!
your gallery of photos is amazing....photos like this..... it is not your regular subject.
Very nice soft colours with rays of light coming at an early hrs. of the day.
Nice composition that helps to create a special mood.
Well Done

John, I love geese and I can stare at them for hours, the same I do with your picture..what a magnificent light going through and marvelous colors...a great picture from a storybook..
good morning where you are!

Hello John,
this picture is very lovely and really unique. I like the original composition that contains several delightful surprises, like the placement of the group of ducks in the corner (some are looking towards the lens:), the diagonal that adds balance to the left, the sunrays invading the already bright area, the sense of depth through the mist, the definition that's extremely subtle but so clear at the same time. You managed this challenging capture superbly, the tonal range is wonderful and the whole scene looks so appealing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,

Hello John,
Another beautiful photo with excellent management of difficult light, congratulations and TFS!

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-04-21 23:06]

Dear John,

A beautiful scene with this very bucolic flock of geese ideally placed in the image. the light is beautiful and superbly managed. Take care
All the best.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10499 W: 174 N: 17832] (79193)
  • [2016-03-16 16:58]


very interesting this rural view. I liked the use of the light, crossing the trees and the fog with these geese escaping in a corner. very nice rural mood.



Hi John
Well taken opportunity showing these beautiful geese in a fascinating surroundings on the early morning I do like this shot as it has everything a good shot should have including clarity, sharpness, colours, super subject and terrific photographic techniques. The light shaft is particularly is amazing. Excellent shot, timing just right. Congrats
Best wishes

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15432 W: 159 N: 26991] (141662)
  • [2017-08-23 13:31]

Bonjour John
Quel charmante composition , la capture des rayons du soleil crée un bel effet, les couleurs sont vraiment belles , magnifique

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