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  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Ice creamCanon EOS5D

    Ice cream
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 917 W: 296 N: 2283] (10872)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-23 23:39]
    Hello Will,

    I've never went to Siena, so was you sat near these two when you done this picture?

    Seriously, Will (or should that be "Went"?), this is a wonderful candid shot, perfectly taken with spot-on timing and with stunning technical quality too. Most of us can spend time lining up a landscape shot to get good composition and quality and many of us can take quick candid shots, but to take a quick candid shot on the spur of the moment and still achieve such image quality shows a rare ability.

    Yes, colour was definitely the better choice here, not only because it lets us admire the young lady's colourful and neat hair but because I also suspect that, converted to black and white, this image would have a more stark and contrasty and "gritty" appearance which would not suit the serenity which she, in particular, displays.

    The moment is perfect as each of the subjects takes a pause before going in for another lick of their ice cream - perhaps they have seen you - perhaps not - and, though obviously a couple, their attire is quite different: the man demonstrating a somewhat "macho" appearance with his torn jeans though I suspect his jacket and wrist watch are most likely expensive; while she is the epitome of elegance, immaculately dressed and similarly sporting what appear to be expensive accessories.

    Your composition is excellent, the light on the faces of the subjects perfect, the colours natural and the details and sharpness exquisite against a nicely out of focus background.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: My First Drone CrashPentax K3

    My First Drone Crash
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6074 W: 88 N: 14521] (68386)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-23 1:48] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    A fascinating (and worrying!) story and three brilliant photographs!

    To be honest, I'd never heard of Pennan and had to look at the wonderful "Undiscovered Scotland" website to find out more about it. And, although I've heard of "Local Heroes", I've never seen it either. So, see how uneducated I am!

    I'm pleased that your drone suffered only minor injuries and that you were able to keep on flying it. What a relief.

    Three lovely photographs here, each well composed and with good light and colours and excellent details too. You are producing a fine travelogue of Scotland!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Which of these pictures were taken with your drone and which with your "normal" camera?

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Boat Brufes VIICannon EOS 5D

    Boat Brufes VII
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21386 W: 522 N: 35234] (153640)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-22 3:59]
    Hello John,

    A beautiful photograph of tourists and locals enjoying a boat trip on this lovely canal between lovely buildings - this must be the perfect way to see the city.

    The boat, of course, takes pride of place in your fine composition and is particularly attractive because of the happy faces of the passengers. The line of the canal leads us deep into the image while we admire the wonderful colours and textures of the old buildings on either side, beautifully decorated with bright flowers.

    Lovely soft light, rich colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Elytra Pavilion at the V & AOlympus OMD EM5 MkII

    Elytra Pavilion at the V & A
    macondo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2948 W: 101 N: 5014] (19560)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-22 3:28]
    Hello Abdrew,

    You have written a fascinating note about this garden and particularly about the carbon fibre pavilion which we so clearly see in this lovely photograph. But I'm afraid that for me the "star of the show" just has to be the little girl with her red and white gingham hat startling a pigeon and beautifully portrayed against the stunning reflections of the museum off the calm water of the pond.

    A beautifully composed shot of this beautiful scene with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: BrowsingCanon EOS 1100D

    Browsing
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7881 W: 63 N: 21966] (99942)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-22 3:17]
    Hello Stephen,

    From the photographs you have been showing, it looks very much as though the historic centre of Clermont-Ferrand provides some wonderful camera fodder for keen photographers prepared to keep their eyes peeled!

    And I'll bet that this must be a fascinating bookshop to browse. There is indeed a wonderful warmth to this scene: apart from the bright vermilion of the woodwork of the shop front and the canopy on the right, there's also a lovely warmth in the stonework too. Your composition is pleasing to the eye and it's nice that you've managed to include some people in the image.

    Lovely soft light and warm colours, perfect exposure and excellent clarity.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Marksburg CastleSony Alpha 6000

    Marksburg Castle
    claudeD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2562 W: 76 N: 1163] (39181)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-22 3:06]
    Hello Jean Claude,

    This looks to be a beautiful castle and much prettier than those we normally see that were built for defence - here we see lovely tall towers with pointed roofs and not stark and thick walled as we would imagine.

    Your photograph is delightful with the castle atop its hill perfectly placed in the frame while a church spire sits below and we see people and boats at the water's edge.

    Lovely light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Canale a Condom

    Canale a Condom
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3910 W: 28 N: 4665] (49103)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-22 0:13]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    You have shown us the Musketeers before - so now I see the town where they "live"!

    This looks to be a pretty little town, laid along the banks of its river and your photograph shows this perfectly. Your photograph has fine perspective with the line of the river leading us through the image which is brightened up by the rows of flowers on the left and the boats on the right.

    Lovely soft light and colours and excellent clarity.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Dreaming For You

    Dreaming For You
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5543 W: 369 N: 11958] (58276)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-21 13:27]
    Ciao carissima Lisa,

    This is indeed a spectacular place and I can understand the feeling of freedom you must have in this vast landscape which is so well depicted in your gorgeous photograph. But the only problem is that I can't see anything near to this vast rocky peak which gives any sense of scale - no people, no vehicles, no trees - nothing. And, because the air is so clear, there's little sensation of distance either. I suspect you could travel for miles and miles here and the landscape would hardly change, if at all. And it looks hellish hot too!

    This is a spectacular photograph, the rich ochre/red of the rock and the sands contrasting beautifully with the deep, deep blue of the sky. A perfect composition with fabulous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FinlandFinland
    Title: PatsaspuistoNikon D610

    Patsaspuisto
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 947 W: 65 N: 1976] (11055)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-21 12:45]
    Hello Daniel,

    Oh, dear, somehow I don't think I'm going to be able to sleep tonight. :(

    Somehow this statue looks just too "real" and those teeth and that penetrating eye definitely look very spooky. And to see a crowd of these "creatures" in a forest, as we see in your workshop picture, would be just a bit too much for me. Not a place I'd want to spend a night alone!

    But, whatever we think of these sculptures, your photographs are both of excellent quality and, if they convey the atmosphere of the place so well, then that is proof of the quality of your pictures.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Charaxes jasius

    Charaxes jasius
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11525 W: 132 N: 22795] (144202)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-21 12:38]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    What a fascinating note you have written about this beautiful creature - and what a stunningly beautiful photograph!

    The details and clarity here are absolutely wonderful and the colours are beautifully rich and vibrant. An I love how you have managed to capture this nymphalid so clear against a wonderfully soft and out of focus background.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste , Sere

    Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste , Sere
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5343 W: 277 N: 9666] (78528)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-21 12:33]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Again you have written a fascinating note about this church and, in particular, about its fascinating architectural feature. But, although you mention a workshop picture, I'm afraid I can't see one.

    Your low viewpoint has given this church a wonderful aspect as it stands, brightly illuminated in warm sunlight against the dark hills and a stormy sky above. Your composition is delightful and even the bright red flowers add so much to the appeal of this photograph.

    Glorious light ad colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: a chapel at sea

    a chapel at sea
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4411 W: 12 N: 8932] (46192)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-21 11:34]
    Hello Ourania,

    What a charming and beautiful little chapel, set on this island with only a long causeway to link it to the mainland! And there it sits, surrounded by sea and sparkling like a little jewel against the distant hills and evening sky.

    You have composed this picture beautifully and made good use of the blue railings and the blue-topped post to add a colourful foreground feature and also add depth to the image. The light is beautifully soft, your colours rich and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    A fine note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: I LiedPentax K3

    I Lied
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6074 W: 88 N: 14521] (68386)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-21 10:30]
    Hi Craig,

    Yes, there's no doubt that the people who built these castles weren't daft - they would use every feature of the landscape to help with their defence - and what better than to be surrounded by steep cliffs that drop straight into the sea or by impassable gorges like the one shown so well in your photograph?

    This is a beautiful shot, very nicely composed, even down to the single purple foxglove popping up at the lower left corner. You have managed the light here beautifully, the colours are perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The walking gullNikon D 90

    The walking gull
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2487 W: 1252 N: 2637] (34528)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-21 10:24]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Yes, a splendid capture of this seagull strutting along a railing by the sea. But, just as you were waiting for the perfect shot, he was probably waiting for someone to drop some food! These birds can be very aggressive and will even steal fish and chips out of peoples' hands.

    A lovely shot with the bird beautifully and clearly silhouetted against the golden reflections off the sea.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ChinaChina
    Title: Back to older days

    Back to older days
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5109 W: 366 N: 10560] (53414)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-21 8:44]
    Hello Gert,

    It's nice that you've been browsing through some old photographs and today you've come up with three lovely shots depicting your trip across this lake in southern China as well as writing a fascinating note about your travels here.

    Your main photograph is the one of best quality but the other two, especially the close view of your oarsman, really set the scene perfectly.

    In fact, your main photograph is very pleasingly composed with the full boat perfectly placed in the frame and with lovely light and colours and remarkable details considering that this was, I presume, scanned from a thirty year old Kodachrome slide.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Oliviers & CoCanon EOS 1100D

    Oliviers & Co
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7881 W: 63 N: 21966] (99942)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-21 8:28]
    Hello Stephen,

    I'm never quite sure whether olive oil products bought in up-market specialised shops like this are actually better or more healthy than those bought in a local supermarket. All I know is that they are very much more expensive.

    But, whether or not you bought anything here, this is a lovely photograph of what appears to be a "classic" type of shop and the presentation in black and white reinforces that appearance. This could almost be a photograph from 100 years ago.

    A fine symmetrical composition with lovely light, tones and contrasts and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Unusual SelfieSony ILCE6300

    Unusual Selfie
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3239 W: 306 N: 3484] (13862)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-21 5:45]
    Hello Rob,

    An unusual selfie indeed! And, as others have said, this does so much remind one of those puzzles with the shifting squares - but there must be an empty space somewhere!

    Very well seen and very well taken - one real advantage of having a camera with a tilting screen on the back!

    And a very good quality too considering the low light levels.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Castelfranco di Sopra

    Castelfranco di Sopra
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3910 W: 28 N: 4665] (49103)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-20 14:27]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    You have once again written an interesting and informative note about this place - and, as you say in your note, this day it appears to have been deserted! Where are all the people?

    But this little square has a certain charm to it and you have captured that well in this photo. I like how the building facing us is strongly lit while the one on the left is in relative shade, yet we can still see full details in it.

    The light and colours are excellent, your exposure perfect and the details and clarity are superb.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Open-air museum...Canon Powershot SD750

    Open-air museum...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6480 W: 157 N: 9576] (98429)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-20 14:16]
    Hello Krzysztof,

    I love old "folk" museums like this where we can appreciate just what a hard life our ancestors had - and how simple were their means of living.

    You have captured this scene perfectly with the simple old bed, a spinning wheel, some family portraits hanging on the walls and some wooden buckets for water or milk. No televisions, no radios and no books - apart from, most likely, a Bible.

    A lovely photograph which brings back memories of simpler times, taken with good light and colours and excellent technical quality.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Two survey ButtermereCanon EOS5D

    Two survey Buttermere
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 917 W: 296 N: 2283] (10872)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-20 14:04]
    Hello Will,

    Well it's pretty clear that this couple are not members of our elite TE group - definitely far too young and pretty - but their inclusion certainly adds another dimension to this already excellent photograph. We see the couple and immediately our eyes attempt to mimic theirs and we follow their line of sight to the far end of Buttermere and the peak of Fleetwith Pike which is just touched by the near overhanging foliage.

    A beautifully composed photograph with lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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