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  • NepalNepal
    Title: Peanuts

    Peanuts
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3790 W: 313 N: 8240] (42235)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-26 9:28]
    Hello Gert,

    I'm sorry that I have been absent from TE for a little while - other things taking up my time - as well as yet more technical hitches on TE, I see.

    Anyway, this is a delightful candid photograph from over forty years ago and from a place which I should very much like to visit. The peanut-selling lady is perfectly placed in the frame and also stands out perfectly, largely on account of the light coloured clothing she is wearing. Another lady is partly seen off to the left but of interest are the two fierce and horrific looking dragons overlooking the peanut seller and, presumably, guarding the entrance steps of the temple.

    Excellent quality for a very old Kodachrome slide and very good scanning and processing too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Spoleto - Rocca Albornoziana

    Spoleto - Rocca Albornoziana
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9902 W: 132 N: 19413] (124525) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-26 2:50]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    An interesting note about this massive building an a beautiful photograph to illustrate it!

    I love how this magnificent building almost appears to "float" in a sea of mist as it sits proudly on top of its hill, illuminated in glorious warm sunlight.

    A very fine composition with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Del Mar FairgroundsPentax K1000

    Del Mar Fairgrounds
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1122 W: 1 N: 3025] (12679)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-26 2:39]
    Howdy Ray,

    I presume that this is a scan from either a colour slide, a negative or a colour print which may explain its slight lack of sharpness. But any slight lack of sharpness is completely overtaken by the subject matter - a wonderfully happy and colourful photograph of fairground fun on a lovely warm and sunny summer's day!

    The two guys on stilts are perfectly placed in the frame and I love how the children are gazing at them with interest and wonder. Lovely light and colours and perfect exposure too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Green EnergyNikon D200

    Green Energy
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3335 W: 214 N: 7675] (30739)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-26 2:33]
    Hello Bev,

    Sorry I've been away for so long - just so many other things to do (including building myself a new computer!) and, of course, the TE website has been a bit troublesome over the last month or so and that's been just a little off-putting too.

    Anyway, this is a delightful photograph, so well demonstrating a source of "green" energy but also a photograph with fine composition, lovely light and colours and exceptional depth of field and sharpness. The green grasses on the dunes in the foreground add perfectly to the "green" theme and, of course, they gain their energy and growth from the sun too - just like everything else on this planet. So sharp is this picture, in fact, that I can (on the "proper" sized image) see those two naked cast iron men perfectly clearly!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Just on the subject of Anthony Gormley's "iron men", did you know he has one up high on dry land too? Look here!

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Arno and Ponte VechioCanon 350d

    Arno and Ponte Vechio
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6607 W: 236 N: 11464] (76916)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-26 2:20]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Yes, it appears that TE is again working - but for how long this time?

    Although taken nine years ago and with an earlier digital camera, this is a beautiful photograph, very well composed and with lovely lighting and colours. The exposure is perfect and I particularly love that beautiful sky.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Bagdad Cafe

    Bagdad Cafe
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1649 W: 0 N: 4123] (20091)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-23 14:46]
    Hello Ann,

    You have written an interesting and informative note and given us a very fine black and white photograph to accompany it.

    I like your diagonal composition and the perfect placement of the proprietrix in the frame - I love how she stands there so proudly - perhaps proud that she has been responsible for more than a little of the coronary artery disease she has inflicted with her "greasy spoon" offerings! From the wording of your note, I suspect that you only stopped here for a quick cup of coffee and nothing to eat!

    A very fine photograph with lovely strong tones and contrasts, fine composition, perfect exposure and stunning details and clarity.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: north of the arctic circleNikon D610

    north of the arctic circle
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 775 W: 64 N: 1502] (8679)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-21 17:09]
    Hello Daniel,

    Interestingly, we had a speaker at our camera club last night who brought some lovely photographs from the Lofoten Islands but this image is as good as any of his!

    The light in the sky is beautiful and contrasts well with the snow covered mountains and the snowy foreground beautifully. Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure, a fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Hold Strong

    Hold Strong
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5157 W: 367 N: 10903] (53415)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-21 16:20] [+]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    Good Heavens, Lisa, I don't think I've ever read a TE note which has been quite so compelling or emotive as the one which you have written to accompany this photograph. And, like Noel and others, I was definitely not aware of much of the appalling history nor of how the Aboriginal communities were so dreadfully treated, not only in bygone days but also in very recent times - including the present day.

    So I have learned a lot and also been quite appalled by the disgraceful treatment which has been given to the rightful inhabitants of your country and I have also been very impressed by your own dedication to those peoples' cause. I only hope and pray that your dedication and your efforts do play some part in bringing about some resolution of the problem. Also, I can't help feeling that we in Europe hear nothing in the news of these problems in Australia - we hear constantly about troubles, conflicts and persecution in the Middle East and Africa but little if anything about what goes on at the opposite side of the Globe. And, again, as one who gives monies to charities like Oxfam on a regular basis, I also get no information from those charities about what's going on in your country.

    I suppose I could go on forever but, as this is a photographic website, I guess I should comment on your photograph too. I'm wondering what this fellow is doing - my first impression was that he was perhaps involved in some religious festival, inhaling some intoxicating smoke from burning leaves, but I'm not sure and you don't tell us in your note. But it's a fine photograph, very well taken and with good light, perfect colours and exposure and excellent details too. And a photograph which makes me want to meet these people - the first civilised people in our wonderful World.

    A lovely photograph and a very compelling note - a perfect upload for TE.

    You Take Care.

    Kindest Regards and God Bless,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: EMP Museum Roof

    EMP Museum Roof
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1649 W: 0 N: 4123] (20091)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-20 7:53]
    Hello Ann,

    This is just the sort of photograph which you are so very good at capturing - the lovely play of light on the surfaces and the revelation of wonderful textures in the materials!

    And this picture is no exception, beautifully presented in black and white with excellent tones and contrasts and stunning details and sharpness.

    Your composition is excellent too - you have a great "eye" for this sort of subject.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. And it looks all the better being displayed on my new 24" Dell monitor too! :)

  • BeninBenin
    Title: On the lagoon

    On the lagoon
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3790 W: 313 N: 8240] (42235)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-17 4:47] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    How nice that these boys offered you a ride in their boat! And how grown-up this boy appears for his age too.

    I agree that the horrid bright white plate is a bit of an irritation and it does immediately distract one from looking at this boy's features. I've done a very quick (and not very expert) workshop for you - as I say, it's not very well done but at least that plate has now disappeared!

    Another triumph for Kodachrome and your scanning skills in this very well taken photograph. The boy, of course, is the "star of the show" but we see his surroundings perfectly and the buildings and people in the background add to the appeal.

    I like your workshop pictures too, especially the one with the group of kids looking so happy, laughing and grinning at you - I love it and you should certainly make no apology for its quality. If only photographers nowadays could concentrate on their subject matter like this rather than being totally obsessed with examining pixels under a microscope.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards.

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: The Porta NegraNikon D200

    The Porta Negra
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3335 W: 214 N: 7675] (30739)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-16 5:36]
    Hello Bev,

    An interesting and informative note and a very fine photograph to accompany it!

    I love that rather jolly yellow and red road-going "train" and how it stands out so boldly against the very dark stonework of the Porta Nigra behind it. Your composition is very pleasing and the people (including a fellow photographer) add to the interest.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness, especially when viewed at its "proper" size.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Sorry for having been absent from TE for so long - partly because of some irritating technical problems on TE but also because I've been a bit busy too - including building myself a new computer! :)

  • CubaCuba
    Title: Take Away

    Take Away
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1649 W: 0 N: 4123] (20091)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-16 4:14] [+]
    Hello Ann,

    This is a lovely candid shot which gives us a fine taste of daily life in Cuba. I'm sure that this sort of thing is quite commonplace there but we do find it somewhat amusing - and that feeling is reinforced by the man across the street who is smiling - either at you or at the man taking his dinner home.

    A very well captured la sauvette photograph which you have also managed to compose remarkably well considering that this must have been taken "in the heat of the moment". The light, colours and details are excellent and the man in the background really does add to the composition and the appeal.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: First and Last Motel in Texas

    First and Last Motel in Texas
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1649 W: 0 N: 4123] (20091)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-03-16 4:04] [+]
    Hello Ann,

    Just getting back to TE after quite a long break - partly due to the technical problems here and also because I've been a bit busy doing some other things - including building a new computer - I'll let Dave know about that later!

    This is a delightful photograph and, together with your interesting and informative note, is a perfect upload for TE. I like the diagonal composition with all the elements very pleasingly arranged within the frame. The light and colours are perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite, especially when viewed at full size.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: 1860's Head Office BuildingCanon EOS Rebel T3i

    1860's Head Office Building
    bona Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1321 W: 119 N: 2639] (13035)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-02-24 8:01]
    Hello Andre,

    You have written a very interesting note about this place and also given us a beautiful photograph to accompany it.

    Your composition is excellent, the very tall and slender tree on the left perfectly placed in the freame and holding the whole composition together very well. The building itself is lovely and you have portrayed it against a fine background of tree covered slopes and beneath a fabulous clear blue sky.

    Lovely sunny light, fine vibrant colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ArgentinaArgentina
    Title: Making selfie in Iguazu

    Making selfie in Iguazu
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5572 W: 86 N: 14395] (80790)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-02-23 3:26]
    Hi Malgo,

    What a wonderful and beautiful place to spend a few hours wandering around and taking in all of Nature's beauty and majesty!

    You have captured this scene perfectly, even including the person in the distance standing on a rocky outcrop taking a "selfie"! Your composition is delightful and the pathway and steps (with some visitors) lead us perfectly towards those magnificent falls.

    Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ArgentinaArgentina
    Title: Recoleta - for Noel and John

    Recoleta - for Noel and John
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5572 W: 86 N: 14395] (80790)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-02-23 2:20]
    Hi Malgo,

    Thank you for your kind dedication - I'm sure Noel will be very delighted by this too!

    You've written (as always) an interesting note and also shown us three excellent photographs from this famous cemetery. Very nice too that you have included a picture of Eva Peron's tomb as well.

    This does indeed look like a lovely peaceful place and I'm sure it would be easy and interesting to spend a few hours exploring it. Unlike the cemetery in Glasgow which is rather dull and dismal, this place looks bright and the pale coloured stone makes it look far less depressing. It's almost like a small town with its proper roads lined by trees with colourful flowers.

    This is a very nicely composed shot with lots of detail and the lone person walking in the distance helps to draw us into the image. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards and Thank You once again!

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Wintery beauties - INikon F 90x

    Wintery beauties - I
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5656 W: 492 N: 15746] (86006)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-02-23 1:28]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    This is the pretty side of winter and snow - not the miserable side of winter when it takes you four hours to travel 15 kilometres through traffic chaos caused by snow!

    A beautiful winter scene with gorgeous soft light and colours and wonderful clear textures seen in this freshly fallen snow. The photograph is also of remarkable quality considering it has been scanned from an Ektachrome slide - perfect exposure and strunning details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: First snow of the yearNikon D 5000

    First snow of the year
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5656 W: 492 N: 15746] (86006)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-02-22 13:49] [+]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    We have had little snow in lowland Scotland this year also but, as with you, when it comes it can cause chaos with roads and traffic.

    But this is a much more pleasant view of snow and you have captured this beautiful little scene perfectly. I love the fine textures of the virgin snow which your photograph shows so very well. The play of light and shade is sublime and those little spindly bare twigs just add to the appeal. But by now, I guess, this snow has probably all disappeared.

    A very fine photograph with gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Sharp ShadowsSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Sharp Shadows
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4238 W: 7 N: 6586] (49288)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-02-22 13:42]
    Hello Brian,

    This is another of your wonderfully graphic images of modern London architecture. Again, not only is your viewpoint both novel and well thought out but your timing has also been excellent to have the shadows of surrounding buildings perfectly arranged on the sides of this striking building.

    Lovely light and colours and your usual exquisite technical image quality.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Cotehele QuayNikonD300s

    Cotehele Quay
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1112 W: 41 N: 2066] (14697)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1336 W: 397 N: 5155] (20778) [2015-02-22 13:27]
    Hello Les,

    This is a lovely tranquil photograph with lovely soft light and colours. Your composition is both excellent and pleasing, the little old winch or derrick perfectly placed and the stone wall making a fine foreground feature. I am sure that in times past this place would have been buzzing with activity and probably wouldn't have looked half so attractive.

    Lovely soft light and colours, a glorious sky and your usual stunning details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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