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  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Summer has arrived (even to Stockholm)

    Summer has arrived (even to Stockholm)
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4881 W: 360 N: 10163] (51940)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-25 10:37]
    Hello Gert,

    How nice to see photographs from where you live - and these two are excellent. Your note too describes the location well.

    Actually, although both photos are excellent, I think I prefer your workshop one because we can see more details of the people enjoying themselves here in the warm and sunny weather - lots of interesting things to look at like the dog in the water and the young boy with his Mohican haircut. And, judging by the scanty clothing of some people, this must have been quite a warm day.

    As I say, both pictures are excellent but for me your workshop image is the winner with lovely light and natural colours, perfect exposure and exquisite technical qualities.

    But what is that at the far end of the jetty on the right? Is it a painting? It's quite big.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Artwork and it's original - VINikon D 5000

    Artwork and it's original - VI
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6064 W: 494 N: 17128] (95018)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-25 10:27]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    What a lovely smiling face this sculpture has! And so unlike so many ancient sculptures of people with angry or proud features. And, yes, there is a definitely likeness with your inserted photograph of Jean Marais too!

    I can fully understand why you love Aphrodisias so much - it must be a wonderful place to spend time exploring and walking in the footsteps of so many people from almost two thousand years ago. A very fine photograph with good light and contrasts, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. And a novel idea too of inserting a photograph of someone from the present time.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Edinburgh: Royal MileCanon Powershot A720 IS

    Edinburgh: Royal Mile
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6102 W: 53 N: 10159] (36128)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-25 9:06]
    Hello Lars,

    So in fact you have been to Edinburgh! In fact, I well remember critiquing a picture of yours quite a while ago - it was of a reflection of Edinburgh's Surgeons' hall in the glass frontage of the Festival Theatre. And that was particularly of interest to me, being a fellow of that same hall, though I am now retired.

    This is a beautiful photograph of St. Giles' Cathedral (even although it isn't actually a cathedral as the Scottish Church no longer has bishops). I know this place well, particularly as here becomes very busy at the time of the Edinburgh Festival in August.

    I suspect that this was taken in the evening with the warm light striking the west end of the cathedral and with the statue of Sir Walter Scott in front of it. Your photograph is well composed with all the elements nicely placed in the frame, the light and colours are lovely, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: AMOR in Washington DCSony Nex 6

    AMOR in Washington DC
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3068 W: 306 N: 3011] (11918)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-25 6:48]
    Hello Rob,

    You have written an interesting note, including a link to your fine photograph of "Hope", and shown us a lovely picture of "Amor".

    The light falling on the face and sides of this simple yet striking sculpture makes its and its vibrant colours stand out brilliantly against the soft natural background of trees and bushes. An excellent bold composition with lovely light, rich colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: BREXIT - back to a splendid isolationSony Nex 6

    BREXIT - back to a splendid isolation
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3068 W: 306 N: 3011] (11918)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-24 9:10]
    Hello Rob,

    Today is a very sad day for Europe but a horrific day for Britain. So many people, without due thought for the consequences, simply blame all their own troubles and misfortunes on the "establishment" (whatever that or they might be) and rebel against it/them: I can think of no other reason why anyone in command of their senses would have voted for Britain to leave Europe.

    But, on a lighter note, this is actually a remarkably apt photograph and you have also written a very apt note. Your photograph is very nicely presented with the "ship in a bottle" appearing to head out to sea against a clear blue sky and with the colourfully dressed young couple below in front of its plinth making a fine foreground.

    As Gert has pointed out, there is quite a lot of noise in this picture, especially in the sky. As this was clearly a bright and sunny day I can only presume that you must have made an error with your exposure (something I frequently do!) and ended up with a markedly underexposed picture which you had to lighten considerably in processing.

    But a great image all the same and, together with your fine note, a perfect posting for TE!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.


  • ItalyItaly
    Title: The World of Statler & Waldorf

    The World of Statler & Waldorf
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5478 W: 369 N: 11773] (57590)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-23 18:36]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    Isn't it damn annoying when your note disappears off to somewhere the other side of Andromeda? Did you copy it before you clicked the update button? Try that next time and you can always go to edit and then paste it back in the box and try again. But, yes, jolly irritating.

    But, by Jove, what an opulent place! And what a remarkable history! To think that all these famous composers of opera and performers of it graced this spectacular venue! Of all of those the one I think I'd most like to meet would be good ol' Rossini - anyone who could write such tuneful music, have such self adoration to start his letters to his mother with "Dear Mother of the great Composer.." and be such a glutton as to invent such a protein and animal fat hit as Tournedos Rossini with fillet steak, paté and Brioche - would be a guy to admire.

    A fabulous photograph of a fabulous place, perfectly taken to show off its opulence with its symmetrical composition, lovely light and rich colours and very well taken considering what must have been less than ideal lighting conditions.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards e un abbraccio,

    Giovanni.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Brussels market XVCanon 7 D

    Brussels market XV
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21093 W: 522 N: 34893] (152164)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-23 18:12]
    Hello John,

    As always, you have given us a fascinating and informative note about this part of Brussels and shown us a beautiful photograph of these beautiful and opulent buildings.

    Your photograph is beautifully composed and taken in lovely soft light. The details and sharpness are exquisite, the colours beautifully rich and the inclusion of some colourfully dressed visitors in the foreground adds depth as well as a fine sense of scale.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Greetings from Gouda

    Greetings from Gouda
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4881 W: 360 N: 10163] (51940)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-23 17:48]
    Hello Gert,

    A fascinating note about your experiences during stay in Gouda and three lovely photographs of this pretty town which, like its cheese, is pleasing to the senses and not at all as controversial or pungent as some other cheeses might be.

    All your photographs and delightful but your main image is probably my favourite with the cluster of bicycles making a fine strong and appropriate foreground feature. I also rather like your picture of the canal with its pretty buildings on either side.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Shop Window ReflectionSony Nex 6

    Shop Window Reflection
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3068 W: 306 N: 3011] (11918)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-23 17:10]
    Hello Rob,

    Looking at this fine photograph I can fully understand your fascination with these dummy heads we so often see in shop windows, especially if they have reflective and/or refractive qualities.

    I must confess that to me this image has a slightly "spooky" look to it, especially with the somewhat ethereal light and colours, but it also has some interesting graphic shapes and contours, not least including your good self.

    Am interesting and intriguing shot with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: BuildingsSony DSC HX200v

    Buildings
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8889 W: 123 N: 16628] (90604)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-23 16:42]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    As you say, the invasion and spread of concrete is both terrifying and depressing but your photograph, on account of its lovely soft light and fine pastel colours, actually makes this invasion look quite pretty and certainly not at all depressing. Perhaps you need to concentrate alone on the most depressing parts of this city to show just how horrid the concrete invasion really is!

    But this is a very fine photograph in keeping with your usual style with lovely soft light and colours and amazing details and sharpness.

    lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Venitian taxis

    Venitian taxis
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5277 W: 275 N: 9461] (77590)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-23 16:01]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Again you have made the very most of the glorious warm light to enhance this fine view of Venice which is perfectly composed with the fine bridge framing the canal view perfectly while the distant view appears almost separately above the bridge. The boat is clearly the most important foreground feature, again bathed in warm light.

    Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Geometrie siciliane

    Geometrie siciliane
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3765 W: 28 N: 4437] (47341)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-23 15:51]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    This is a very appealing and wonderfully "graphic" image, very well seen and very well taken with good light and contrasts and an interesting limited colour palette of warm reds and soft yellows.

    A fine composition with perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: balloons

    balloons
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4299 W: 12 N: 8655] (44938) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-21 23:39]
    Hello Ourania,

    Despite the fact that this photograph was probably taken quite quickly, it is a remarkably well seen and well constructed composition. I love how the two balloons held by the boy in the foreground and the others held aloft by the man appear to be mirrored by the three spherical lamps on the lamppost. The diagonal line of the quayside is reinforced by the strong foreground shadows and, while the major part of the picture has lovely soft light and colours, the foreground boy and his balloons stand out brilliantly with their vibrant colours and contrasts.

    A beautifully composed photograph, very well seen and taken!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. How wonderful that people and organisations are helping to care for these poor migrants. And, judging by the clothing of the boy in this picture, I presume a lot of work is also being done in providing these people with decent fresh clothing too.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: floating

    floating
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4299 W: 12 N: 8655] (44938)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-21 23:31]
    Hello Ourania,

    I can almost feel the heat here as the temperature starts to rise on this calm and peaceful morning.

    This is a scene of pure tranquillity, the boat lying motionless in a calm sea while the early morning light lights up the water and distant hills, almost bleaching them of colour. I love how you have resisted any temptation to increase the contrasts or colour saturation here because the softness of the light and the natural appearance of the colours reinforce really do add to the appeal of this peaceful photograph.

    Beautiful soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Chiesa di S. Eufemia

    Chiesa di S. Eufemia
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11263 W: 132 N: 22355] (141955)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-21 13:40]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    Yes, this place is a real jewel! And I think its beauty is partly due to its sheer simplicity: simple straight lines and simple curves and arches, simply formed stonework and very simple colours. Perfection is not always ornate or complex.

    And you have captured this beautiful interior perfectly. I love your symmetrical composition and how the "herringbone" pattern on the floor leads us through the main arch to the apse in the distance with its three little windows and decorated roof. It's interesting that the two columns in the mid-distance are of different styles - one cylindrical, the other square and carved - I wonder why?

    Lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Modern Museum VisitorSony Nex 6

    Modern Museum Visitor
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3068 W: 306 N: 3011] (11918)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-21 13:31]
    Hello Rob,

    Yes, why waste time enjoying a piece of art when you can quickly take a snapshot of it and move on to the next one? But will you actually be bothered looking at the snapshot again? Who knows?

    But you have captured this scene perfectly - we see the rather fine painting with the lighthouse dominating the composition so strongly - yet we also see the same image on the screen of this visitor's phone.

    And your own composition is perfect too - the painting perfectly placed and the man with his phone in the perfect and typical stance of someone lining up a shot - and all against a wonderfully pale and non-distracting background.

    Very well seen and very well taken!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: this way to castle

    this way to castle
    dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 0 N: 136] (7738)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-21 12:59]
    Hi Dale,

    Now, you see, if you were a member of Historic Scotland, you could have got into Caerlaverock Castle for nothing! :)

    This is quite an inspired photograph and I can just imagine you standing patiently waiting for your bus, wondering what to do and then suddenly whipping out your camera and taking this! And, actually, it's quite appealing - and quite well composed too with good light, colours and sharpness.

    Funny that Noel says he would never think of taking a photograph of a road sign like this - but I did a year or two ago - see here! So it's not that strange! :)

    Lovely!

    Cheers,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: BantryCanon EOS 60D

    Bantry
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3704 W: 25 N: 8503] (30980)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-21 9:46]
    Hi Noel,

    A fascinating note indeed - just as we have become used to with your photos! That fella, St Brendan the Navigator, sounds like a pretty good guy - not bad sailing to the Americas before Columbus - and in a leather boat no less! Some chap!

    The early morning light has done you proud here. The low cloud and mist hangs on the distant hills while soft light bathes the statue and the buildings on the right making for a very appealing picture which is perfectly and pleasingly composed. The light is beautifully soft, the colours true but vibrant, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I met up with Craig and Tosca in Edinburgh on Saturday. Bev (Royaldevon) and her husband, Len, were there too. A brilliant day and Craig was as enthusiastic as you would imagine him to be. A lovely couple too. I reckon you'll be meeting them sometime soon when they head for Ireland. Have fun!

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: London - 1980 - 1Minolta SRT 100

    London - 1980 - 1
    pierrefonds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8083 W: 108 N: 13967] (65796)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-21 0:04]
    Bonjour Pierre,

    I know from my own experience that photographing large specimens like this in a museum can be very difficult even with modern digital cameras on account of the poor light and reflections, but you have done an amazing job here considering that this was taken 36 years ago on ISO 100 colour negative film! With a modern digital camera you could increase the ISO to enormously high levels but here you were stuck with what you had in your camera at the time.

    The details and sharpness in the statue is remarkable and there is also very little evidence of grain or noise. The light and colours are good too.

    An amazing result in this very well composed photograph!

    Bravo!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: MEN IN GOLD

    MEN IN GOLD
    serp2000 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3477 W: 76 N: 5254] (44013)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1651 W: 408 N: 6016] (24586) [2016-06-20 23:53]
    Hello Serghei,

    An interesting note and a wonderful photograph of this statue of three men who were influential during the Industrial Revolution in Britain. And how amusing that this statue has gained nicknames from the locals - especially "The Carpet Salesmen"!

    You have chosen the perfect viewpoint for your photograph - which must have been quite difficult on account of some construction work going on nearby - and managed to place the statue so that it stands against a dark part of the building behind it. And the inclusion of the couple in the foreground adds human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.

    Good composition, perfect exposure, nice soft light, good colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I presume that you were here in Birmingham with Mike? If so, I'm sure you had a great time!

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