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  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Lady and Ducks

    Lady and Ducks
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4997 W: 365 N: 10348] (52638)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-21 14:12]
    Hello Gert,

    Three lovely clear and sharp photographs and an interesting and informative note too - though perhaps you should have kept the recommendation of Södermalm island as a lovely place to visit to yourself. :)

    How amazingly patient these ducks must be: I am sure that the seagulls we have in parts of Britain (and perhaps in Scandinavia too) would have no hesitation whatsoever in snatching that sandwich straight out of the lady's hand while she was preoccupied with her conversation on her mobile 'phone.

    Three lovely photographs, each of amazing technical quality and with very natural and true colours. All well seen and taken too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Love at first sight!Panasonic Lumix TZ30

    Love at first sight!
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 332 W: 0 N: 1030] (4853)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-21 13:27] [+]
    Hello Jean,

    This is a fine looking house and if I were in the process of looking for a house (and if I had enough money!) I am sure I'd fall in love with this place too as it looks utterly delightful in your fine photograph.

    I've always loved reading Kipling's poems, having been introduced to them by my father many, many years ago but now, after seeing a programme on the telly about Kipling's reporting from India, particularly Simla, and having acquired a Kindle copy of his book "Plain Tales from the Hills", I've found that he was also an astute reporter as well as an excellent writer of fact as well as fiction and a wonderful commentator on the human condition.

    Anyway, your photograph certainly does this magnificent home justice. There's a wonderfully serene quality to this photograph with its soft light and fine colours and with beautiful reflections on the calm water of the little lake. Excellent and pleasing composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: How Could You Not Love this City?Pentax K3

    How Could You Not Love this City?
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6003 W: 88 N: 14338] (67706)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-21 0:32]
    Hi Craig,

    I well remember you shooting away from the top of the Nelson Monument and you've come away with some pictures a lot better than mine!

    This is a wonderful view eastwards along pretty much the whole length of Princes Street, taken in early afternoon when the sun was strong and so you have very wisely converted this image to black and white as well as managing to control the strong contrasts very well in your processing.

    Your composition is very pleasing and I like how the sun strikes the street below, lighting it up amidst the darker buildings on either side and how we clearly see all the people, traffic and activity below. Stunning quality as usual too.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: TE Meeting ViewsPentax K3

    TE Meeting Views
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6003 W: 88 N: 14338] (67706)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-20 6:21]
    Hi Craig,

    I have to admit that our meeting at Edinburgh Castle was probably only the third time that I'd ever visited this castle and I must confess that I didn't actually see this particular view which you have so nicely taken here. Also, apart from the War Memorial (which we didn't go into and where you're also not allowed to take photographs), I think the place is actually a bit of a disappointment - I'm sure you'll agree that Dunnottar was much more interesting as well as more photogenic!

    But, yes, this is a very fine photograph indeed, very well composed and with wonderfully rich greens in those trees and lawns - that's because we get so much rain here in Scotland! The other colours are wonderfully rich too, especially the red sandstone of that building beyond which you and Tosca stayed, and the church makes a lovely strong foreground feature.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: Komsomolskaya StationFuji XT 1

    Komsomolskaya Station
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 608 W: 7 N: 283] (1054)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-20 4:51]
    Hi Mike,

    A fascinating note about the architecture of this place and the political scene at the time of its building - and well done you for being so dedicated as to haul yourself out of your bed to achieve such a fine shot without being overburdened with busy commuters.

    And a very fine photograph this is too: I rather like the "tilted" composition which allows for some fine interesting "lead in" lines as well as giving a very clear view of the magnificent ceiling and never-ending pillars while the people are, to some extent at least, seen in relative gloom below.

    Lovely lighting, fine colours, perfect exposure and excellent depth of field and sharpness throughout.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Big Fish II

    Big Fish II
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5529 W: 369 N: 11898] (58026)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-20 3:42]
    Ciao carissima Lisa,

    For someone who has not experienced anything like swimming with sharks (and who can't even swim!) this sounds like a most wonderful and exciting experience. Just to be in the presence of such a huge yet docile creature must be totally awe inspiring.

    When things are so impressive as this it must be exceedingly difficult to try to capture the dimensions and sheer majesty of such a creature with a camera but you have succeeded superbly well here in this remarkable photograph which displays wonderful light and colours and exceptional details and clarity.

    Of course, even in this fine image it's not possible really to appreciate the great size of this shark for all we have for comparison are the much smaller fishes (which might not actually be all that small!) in its vicinity. But I guess a "selfie" with a whale shark might be a difficult proposition and would probably be deleted by the administrators anyway. :)

    Absolutely Stunning!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Having seen and admired your own little Olympus underwater camera, we bought one of these a few weeks ago to take with us on our family holiday to Mallorca - quite a nice fun camera and we got lots of pics of grandkids in the pool - no sharks though.

  • Bosnia & HerzegovinaBosnia & Herzegovina
    Title: Waking up in different EuropeCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Waking up in different Europe
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3438 W: 91 N: 8763] (36699)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-20 3:23]
    Hi Mariusz,

    You obviously take a lot of care and do a lot of research when booking your holiday hotels but it's certainly paid off here - this is indeed a lovely and quite spectacular view from your hotel bedroom!

    You have composed this shot very well with the tall minaret perfectly placed in the frame, with the smooth rounded hill taking up pride of place in the centre and with the domed roof of the Turkish baths dominating the right foreground. Lovely light and true colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. An interesting and informative note too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
    Title: Black Canyon

    Black Canyon
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7252 W: 100 N: 18322] (97489)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-20 3:04]
    Hi dear Malgo,

    Although this canyon might not be so deep, nonetheless it is spectacular in the extreme and you have captured it perfectly in this very impressive landscape in which the colours are so wonderfully varied - from the rich red of the rocks and the blue of the river to the rich green vegetation and even the distant blue snow capped mountains. A superb photograph.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title:

    Patisserie ā Sienne
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2815 W: 0 N: 6155] (37039)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-20 2:53]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    An interesting note - I also find that one of the most wonderful things about travelling on holiday is to taste and enjoy some of the local produce. I still remember the delicious Far Breton with prunes - fabulous!

    This is a beautifully composed photograph taken in lovely delicate and soft light and very well presented with the little bouquet of roses at bottom left balancing the image perfectly. Perfect exposure, lovely true colours and exquisite details and sharpness. J'ai faim! :)

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Little morning mist , Esterre

    Little morning mist , Esterre
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5307 W: 275 N: 9532] (77956)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-20 2:40]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Getting up early has certainly paid dividends here as you have caught the low angled warm early morning light perfectly as it illuminates the mist as it floats over the richly coloured fields in this stunning landscape.

    Your composition is very pleasing with the high mountain perfectly placed in the frame, the light is delightful and the colours vibrant. Your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Piccole onde

    Piccole onde
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3839 W: 28 N: 4552] (48179)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-20 1:43]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    How nice to get down to the sea here before the tourists and bathers arrive so that you can have an uninterrupted view of the beauty of the sea, the morning sky and the distant hills.

    A very pleasing and restful photograph with beautifully soft light and colours, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Edinburgh GraveyardsPentax K3

    Edinburgh Graveyards
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6003 W: 88 N: 14338] (67706)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-17 5:08]
    Hi Craig,

    Glad to hear that you and Tosca arrived home safely and that you're now catching up with browsing through your scores of photographs and aerial videos too! In fact, I've been absent from TE for a couple of weeks too, just having returned from a fortnight in Mallorca yesterday.

    This is a pretty impressive photograph from old Edinburgh, the soft morning light illuminating these old moss covered gravestones beautifully against the backdrop of red sandstone buildings. The light and colours are wonderful, your composition and exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are stunning as always.

    And what a nice note you have written - it really was wonderful meeting you both as well as seeing some bits of Edinburgh I'd not visited before. Can't wait to see some lovely images of your beloved Dunnottar Castle!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CroatiaCroatia
    Title: Blue hour in DubrovnikCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Blue hour in Dubrovnik
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3438 W: 91 N: 8763] (36699)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-01 14:00]
    Hi Mariusz,

    By Jove, you've been travelling! In a few years you will be travelling perhaps as much as Malgo!!

    This is a beautiful "blue hour" photograph, taken at just the right time while there is still some light and colour in the sea and sky and yet the warm artificial light is starting to illuminate these lovely buildings.

    And what a fascinating collection of rooftops, towers and domes, all perfectly described in your fascinating note.

    Gorgeous soft light and colours, perfect exposure, a fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Best of luck with looking through all your photographs! :)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: ROUGESony RX100 II

    ROUGE
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1765 W: 133 N: 1458] (22783)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-01 13:53]
    Bonjour Roland,

    Just like Claude (CLODO) you are always at the ready with your camera!

    This scene was well spotted - and very well photographed too. And your title is perfect as well.

    A very bold and strong composition with the lines of the road crossing leading us to the lady with the red bag and then to the bright red Vespa while there really aren't any distractions in the background.

    Lovely bright light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Bravo!

    Kind Regards.

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Dresden FrauenkircheCanon EOS 1100D

    Dresden Frauenkirche
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7796 W: 63 N: 21717] (98918)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-01 12:58]
    Hello Stephen,

    A fascinating note about the old and recent history of this fine church and a beautiful photograph of it.

    Surrounded by what appears to be a very extensive square, this beautiful church stands out stunningly from your well chosen viewpoint. The buildings around the square are lovely in themselves while the scores of colourfully dressed visitors brighten up the foreground and give a fine sense of scale.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Pairi Daiza XXIIICanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Pairi Daiza XXIII
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21223 W: 522 N: 35051] (152842)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-01 12:33]
    Hello John,

    As always, you have given us a fascinating note about this lovely place and it does not surprise me that it attracts so many visitors.

    Your composition here is both perfect and most pleasing to the eye with the little boat house and its accompanying jetty perfectly placed in the frame while birds of several species gather round the water's edge against a backdrop of beautiful trees including willows. The fence makes a fine "lead in" to the photograph.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Tower...Canon EOS 30D

    Tower...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6355 W: 157 N: 9350] (97515)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-01 12:17]
    Hello Krzystof,

    You have written an interesting and very informative note about this cathedral and shown us a beautiful photograph of it.

    Despite the fact that you have taken this from the shaded side of the cathedral, this is a wonderful photograph and this beautiful building stands proudly against a beautiful bright blue spring sky and the colourfully dressed people around the church door add some human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Pillow maker's shopNikon D 5000

    Pillow maker's shop
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6066 W: 494 N: 17155] (95244)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-01 8:30]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    I very much like your "crafts" series and this is a delightful example.

    We may not actually see the craftsman or woman here but we get a good view of this shop while the customer quietly and patiently waits for the owner to return.

    A well composed and pleasing photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: ONE U.N. PLAZASony Nex 6

    ONE U.N. PLAZA
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3179 W: 306 N: 3277] (13036) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-01 7:45]
    Hello Rob,

    A fascinating and informative note and a fabulous photograph to accompany it.

    Your well chosen viewpoint and use of a wide lens has given some wonderfully strong perspective in this very bold and graphic image making for a very striking composition.

    The light, colours and reflections are glorious, your exposure perfect and the depth of field and sharpness are exquisite.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Cage Fighters

    Cage Fighters
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4997 W: 365 N: 10348] (52638)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 410 N: 6072] (24766) [2016-07-01 6:48] [+]
    Hello gert,

    yes, that's quite a thought: that one's social class determines one's taste. I'd never quite thought of it like that but the more I do think about it, the truer it seems to be.

    So perhaps the fact that I do like this photograph puts me in a particular social class, though I'm not entirely sure which one. The colourful tapestry, of course, is the "star of the show" in this photograph but not only do we see the three admirers of it but those three people are perfectly placed and their lines of gaze are too - almost as radii of a semicircle. While the simple bench, on which the central figure is seated, blends almost imperceivably into the wooden floor.

    A superb composition with lovely light and colours, perfect composition and exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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