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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Postcard from CambridgeCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Postcard from Cambridge
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2944 W: 95 N: 7434] (31131)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-11 4:34]
    Hello Mariusz,

    Oh, dear, the weather really is playing nasty tricks with us - after a long spell of horrid wet and windy weather we had lovely warm sunshine for the last few days but, now that the weekend has come, the weather has turned cold and wet and windy again. We've even had sleet and hailstones here this morning! It just isn't fair for people like yourself whose only time off is at the weekends.

    But you have caught a lovely brief spell of sunshine here in this lovely photograph. You really do have a wonderful ability to capture buildings like this very beautifully, especially when you use that lovely wide 10 - 22mm lens which allows you to bring in some fine foreground interest too.

    Your composition is delightful, the magnificent building perfectly placed in the frame and depicted against a beautiful clear blue sky and with the foreground of parked bicycles in relative shade. The diagonal line of the bicycles and of the "stripes" in the grass lead the eye perfectly to this lovely building.

    Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, impeccable technical quality with exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Route 66 Garage

    Route 66 Garage
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1661 W: 0 N: 4151] (20237)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-11 3:03]
    Hello Ann,

    As a dedicated petrolhead and lover of old cars, I'd love to travel Route 66, especially if there were photographic gems like this to capture. And how wonderful to pass by places with amazing names like Bagdad and Lebanon!

    I think this is a fabulous photograph and your conversion to black and white not only gives it an aged look but also a wonderful "grittiness" which enhances the grime on this old 1950s Oldsmobile (I'm sure that's what this is!) and the oil stains on the ground. The man is perfectly placed in the frame and I love his relaxed pose and his happy face which expresses both contentment and pride.

    Your composition is very pleasing and obeys all rules of diagonals, balance and so on. I imagine some might have cropped a chunk off the bottom of the picture but I wouldn't - I think the grime and oil stains on the ground are an important part of this image. Lovely light, tones and contrasts and, as always, impeccable details and sharpness despite the low light levels.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NepalNepal
    Title: Green yarn

    Green yarn
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3839 W: 313 N: 8343] (42643)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-10 8:48] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    Another fine photograph and accompany note from your travels through Asia over forty years ago. Of course, I just couldn't resist the temptation to look at Wikipedia and try to find out something about Kirtipur nowadays - you can read the Wikipedia page in English here. It is clearly now much bigger than when this picture was taken - with a population of over 65,000, though I suppose not immense in comparison to many towns and cities.

    This is a delightful photograph in which much of the colour is provided by the numerous skeins of emerald green yarn hanging out to dry. I presume that the man in the foreground is in charge of the work of dyeing the stuff while young children seem happy to play amidst piles of straw - I wonder if the straw is used in the dyeing process or if it perhaps provides bedding for the goats or sheep who provide the wool in the first place?

    The temple seen across the far wall looks fairly diminutive and is overshadowed by residential buildings behind it. I like the brickwork in the foreground - the textures in it suggest that it is of handmade bricks.

    Again, a lovely picture of remarkably good quality considering that it is from a scanned colour slide. The light and colours are lovely and there's lots of human interest and activity too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Guisborough ChurchNikon D-300

    Guisborough Church
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3365 W: 216 N: 7767] (31133)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-10 3:43]
    Hello Bev,

    As always, you've given us an interesting and informative note - and this time a very nicely framed view of this fine church. How clever to make the very most of the less than perfect light and use that archway to frame not only the distant church but also to include the foreground ruins of the ancient priory.

    And, despite the poor light, you have managed (as you always do) somehow still to retain detail and interest in what was probably an overly bright sky.

    Lovely light and fine natural colours, spot-on exposure and excellent depth of field and overall sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: My view of Santa Cruz

    My view of Santa Cruz
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4742 W: 271 N: 8272] (68708)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-10 3:38]
    Bonjour Denis,

    How nice to seek out the older and more characterful parts of this large town and how fortunate you were on this occasion to be blessed with some bright sunshine to bring out all the wonderful colours and textures of these old and worn buildings.

    A very pleasing diagonal composition with wonderful colours and textures, particularly in the flaking paint of the woodwork and the masonry, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Black and white!Nikon D 90

    Black and white!
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2327 W: 1186 N: 2225] (30836)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-10 3:33]
    Bonjour Claude,

    How clever to sit quietly in the shade with your camera and just "lie in waiting" for some fine photographic opportunities to present themselves! And your plan has certainly worked very well here.

    Not just black and white but also some stunning bright splashes of yellow and red which make this man and his bicycle stand out beautifully against the dark and nicely subdued background. A fine strong composition with good light, colours and contrasts and excellent details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Have a wonderful time with your grandson and when visiting your family!

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Roosting time at Dunterton ChurchNikonD300s

    Roosting time at Dunterton Church
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1115 W: 41 N: 2081] (14757)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-10 3:09]
    Hello Les,

    You have, as always, given us an interesting and informative note and also a stunning photograph to accompany it. But you've also given us an interesting conundrum too: for is that the Sun or the Moon which has cleverly avoided desaturation and shines so magnificently through the branches of that distant tree?

    Well, now, I see that when this picture was taken (15th February this year) then Moon was in its last quarter - so it's not the Moon. Also, if your camera's "clock" is correct, then this was taken shortly after 7 p.m. by which time the sun should almost have set. And anyway, if, like most churches, the nave of this one lies east- west, then we should be looking almost due south here and the Sun should be much farther off to the west. So, yes, a puzzle indeed! :)

    Puzzle aside, this is a beautiful photograph, very well composed, very well taken and extremely well and convincingly edited. The pathway and its accompanying fence lead us perfectly to the orange Heavenly sphere shining through the treetop and well as the beautiful church itself. The light, tones, contrasts and textures are sublime and the sky is stunning. Exquisite details and sharpness too.

    Thank you for a wonderful note, photograph - and puzzle too!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CubaCuba
    Title: schoolbusCANON EOS 600D

    schoolbus
    Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5624 W: 95 N: 8912] (49572)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-10 2:05]
    Hello Gerrit,

    Oh, yes, this is a delightful and ever so happy shot! As you say, not so much a school bus but rather a school truck or lorry with a canvas top but the smiling faces of those young girls are beautiful!

    A very well captured shot with remarkably good lighting considering the difficult lighting conditions, wonderful bright colours and stunning details and sharpness too.

    This picture really cheers me up!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Red hat

    Red hat
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5647 W: 86 N: 14582] (81608) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-10 0:16]
    Hi Malgo,

    Yes, I remember at least one of your other pictures from here - especially the one with the musicians, one of whom was playing a wooden "saxophone"!

    Now this must be one of the most colourful photographs I have ever seen and, of course, that bright red hat certainly adds an extra splash of foreground colour too. I've looked at your "whole view in vertical format" and I really do prefer that - I think seeing the lady with the red hat full-length really does improve the picture and seeing the whole of her gives the image even more depth.

    A fabulously colourful picture with lots of interest and activity going on, perfect exposure and composition and excellent depth of field and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: 500Sony RX100 II

    500
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1575 W: 128 N: 1220] (18939)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-10 0:07]
    Bonjour Roland,

    Ah, ha, a real Fiat 500! - much prettier in my opinion than the modern (and much bigger and fatter) version we are seeing so much of nowadays.

    A very well composed shot with the diminutive motor car perfectly placed in the frame dominating the foreground and with the tall sign perfectly balanced by the trees on the left. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Antincendio sul porto

    Antincendio sul porto
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2840 W: 21 N: 3357] (35104)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-10 0:00]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    What a beautiful day! The weather looks beautiful here - so clear and fresh and sunny - and you have captured that perfectly in this bright and colourful photograph.

    The view across the marina to the line of boats is lovely and the sky is stunning. And your inclusion of that bright red water point in the foreground adds interest as well as a very good sense of scale. A very fine composition with lovely light and colours and amazing details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: dunnottar castle

    dunnottar castle
    dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 585 W: 0 N: 30] (6673)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-09 23:14]
    Hi Dale,

    This is a delightful photograph of Dunottar Castle with lovely soft light and very fine natural colours. Your composition is very pleasing, the main "keep" of the castle being perfectly placed in the frame and the lady, dressed in white on the right and also perfectly placed, very nicely leads us along the clifftops towards the castle itself.

    It's many years since I've visited this interesting castle and your picture has given me incentive to go back for another visit soon. I seem to remember one interesting thing about the huge gun ports at the main entrance - it is said nowadays that those gun ports were misaligned when they were constructed and if a cannon had actually been fired from them it would have demolished the main gate itself! And were the crown jewels of Scotland not hidden away here from the forces of Oliver Cromwell in the 17th Century?

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Promenade matinaleNikon D 90

    Promenade matinale
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2327 W: 1186 N: 2225] (30836)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-09 2:16]
    Bonjour Claude,

    This is a lovely photograph of these two ladies and their dog, beautifully portrayed as they emerge from a misty background along a footpath beside a lake.

    The footpath and the line of tall trees add strongly to the composition, leading us nicely towards the distant lake, and I like how the two people and their dog stand out sharply against the soft misty background - that is much more evident in your colour version than in the black and white conversion so, like yourself, I prefer the original colour version too.

    Mist can add wonderfully to the "depth" of an image and you have succeeded well here with lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A Big, Big SkyNikon D200

    A Big, Big Sky
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3365 W: 216 N: 7767] (31133)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-09 1:54] [+]
    Good morning Bev,

    Nice to see that you're looking through some older pictures and presenting them here - and this is a lovely one reminding us of carefree summer days at the seaside.

    I like your "minimalist" composition which also reminds me that in photographs sometimes "less can be more", the dominance of that glorious sky and wide beach giving a wonderful sense of space and freedom. The little figures of adult and child are perfectly placed in the frame and add human interest, the light and colours are lovely and the details and clarity are superb.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A walk around the lakePanasonic Lumix TZ30

    A walk around the lake
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 0 N: 278] (1406)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-09 0:30]
    Good morning Jean,

    First of all - thank you for your kind remarks about my picture from this place - and I recognise the scene very well from this lovely photograph of yours. Geez, you must be pretty fit to have walked the whole perimeter of Derwentwater - I've just looked it up and see that it's just over 8 miles - but I should have thought that it was much more than that. Very well done - I can imagine it must be a wonderful walk on a fine day.

    This is a beautifully composed shot with the lines of the jetties leading the eye nicely across the lake to the distant hills, at least two of which have snow cover, and with "Lady Derwentwater" perfectly placed in the frame. Gorgeous soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: DancersCanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Dancers
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19256 W: 518 N: 33035] (141081)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-08 0:39]
    Hello John,

    This is a delightful group photograph of these young dancers - and a very well "framed" shot too! How nice to see these children in their traditional dress and ready to entertain with their dancing. The colours in their clothing are wonderfully vibrant and they stand out beautifully against the duller and slightly out of focus background.

    A very interesting note about the founder of this school, Rudolph Steiner, and his life and philosophy too.

    And, of course, a nice "second" picture as well - in which we can also see the accordionist in the background.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NepalNepal
    Title: Temple town

    Temple town
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3839 W: 313 N: 8343] (42643)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-06 3:32]
    Hello Gert,

    As always, an interesting note. And, yes, we do seem to forget that we could never be quite so "snap happy" in the days of film than we can be nowadays in this digital era - around 1972 (when your photograph was taken) one shot on Kodachrome here in Britain cost one shilling (0.05) when many people were earning no more than 20 per week. Interesting too that Patan was so small forty years ago - a quick look on Wikipedia tells me that it now has a population of about a quarter of a million.

    But even though Patan was smaller in those days, this city still seemed to have some "buzz" about it with lots of activity in these streets and you have captured that perfectly in this colourful shot. The tall buildings, I presume, are temples and they are perfectly placed in this composition with a marketplace in the left foreground selling vegetables and fruit. Lovely vibrant colours, lots of activity and remarkable details considering that this is from an old scanned colour slide.

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Steam Driven

    Steam Driven
    jester5 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 66 N: 608] (2022)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-06 3:10] [+]
    Hello Marion,

    Once again you have written a very interesting and informative note and also given us a very fine photograph to accompany it. A real tribute to the hard work and inspiration of Victorian engineers and architects. I'm guessing that the system here in Leicester was pretty much on the lines of the fabulous works done by Sir Joseph William Bazalgette in London just a little earlier in the 19th Century.

    A very well composed photograph which must have been taken in very difficult lighting conditions. O.K., there's a little overexposure in the distant windows but you have still managed to retain detail in the huge flywheels, the gauges and ornate columns perfectly. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent depth of field and sharpness too. But how on earth did you manage to hold your camera still for 1/8 second? - I'm guessing that you didn't have a tripod for this one.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Oslo skylineNikon D610

    Oslo skyline
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 66 N: 1546] (8925)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-05 9:15]
    Hello Daniel,

    Now, I've seen a photograph taken at the top of this remarkable building before - one taken by our friend, Gunnar (saxo042) - and you can see it here.

    But this is a much wider view, taken during the "blue hour", with the distant buildings, brilliantly lit by their artificial lights, standing out beautifully against the deep blue sky. A well composed shot with lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The blue door ...Canon EOS 1100D

    The blue door ...
    Giustiniani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 9 N: 404] (3418)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1342 W: 397 N: 5177] (20884) [2015-04-05 6:05]
    Hello Magaly,

    An interesting note - and Collioure sounds as though it must be a wonderful place for a photographer to visit!

    It's not only the wonderfully vibrant colours which make this photograph work so well, but it is also the way that the sunlight is hitting the crimson wall obliquely, so bringing out all the lovely textures of the rough stonework.

    Glorious light and colours, a fine strong composition and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Have a Wonderful Easter.

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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