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  • FijiFiji
    Title: Natadola Beach 2Canon AE 1

    Natadola Beach 2
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 680 W: 293 N: 1561] (7660)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 10:57]
    Hello Will,

    First of all - an interesting and informative note. But, oh dear, one of my biggest hates is the concept of "organised fun" and I suspect that the newly developed Natadola Beach Resort provides just that and in bucketloads. Not only will they provide trips to allow you to play golf, but I'll bet they'll have places at this beach which sell European beers and ice creams too, all the time blasting out horrendous piped music. And no children under sixteen? Phooey.

    So this is a historic shot - I'm sure no-one would be able to capture this lovely scene any more. And a fabulous shot it is - and one of remarkable quality considering it's been scanned from a twenty year old colour negative.

    A very fine composition with the two horses and riders perfectly placed near the water's edge, the smooth curve of the beach leading the eye well into the distance and with children playing in the immediate foreground. Gorgeous light and fabulous colours, perfect exposure and terrific details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: On Reflection!Nikon D-300

    On Reflection!
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3447 W: 218 N: 7931] (31809)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 6:12] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    An interesting note and two fine photographs to illustrate it. But, oops, your link to the "larger, sharper Beta version" only takes us back to the original (smaller) "new" TE image.

    The reflections in the window really are quite fascinating: we see another photographer off to the far left (wearing a ring on their right ring finger) and the photographer in red over to the right also appears to have a reflection of a lady's head in front of him/her - or perhaps that lady was not actually reflected but was on the other side of the window? How intriguing.

    Fascinating!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • LithuaniaLithuania
    Title: in your eyesCanon EOS 650D

    in your eyes
    bostankorkulugu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3431 W: 758 N: 8245] (42148)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 4:59]
    Hello Korkut,

    A very well seen and very well captured situation, perfectly presented in black and white!

    I love how the lady is looking upwards, almost wistfully, while the image of the girl in the shop window stares forwards and gives us strong eye contact. The light, tones, contrasts and textures are wonderful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PortugalPortugal
    Title: Santuário Nossa Senhora dos RemédiosNikon D610

    Santuário Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 804 W: 66 N: 1572] (9045)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 4:30] [+]
    Hello Daniel,

    I was pleased to learn that you didn't climb all 686 steps on your knees! Presumably this is very near the top of the steps and there must have been many, many steps down behind you.

    This is a splendid symmetrical composition, the symmetry only upset by the single man in blue who appears, inevitably, to be talking on his mobile 'phone. But he is a welcome addition and adds human interest as well as a sense of scale. But how much nicer it might have been if someone dressed in red had been on the foreground steps? Unfortunately the photographer doesn't always have control over these things!

    The light here is lovely and brings out all the details and textures of the steps and the fine ornate church which stands out proudly against a gorgeous and interesting sky.

    Lovely true colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    An interesting and informative note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: la Roberta di DorgaliNikon D5100

    la Roberta di Dorgali
    baddori Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1891 W: 124 N: 3481] (19997)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 4:19]
    Ciao Gianfranco,

    An interesting note about Dorgali and a stunningly beautiful portrait of this young lady.

    I love the softness of the light and how the main light illuminates the left side of her face, bringing out her lovely features and her fine complexion. Her clothing is beautifully portrayed in great detail but, most of all, I love the fabulous eye contact which the girl has with the photographer.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Sunset in West DevonNikonD300s

    Sunset in West Devon
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1134 W: 41 N: 2154] (15003)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 1:21] [+]
    Good morning Les,

    As soon as I spotted this one I was immediately reminded of this lovely photograph but, clearly, this is not the same tree! But the composition is similarly excellent with the old tree perfectly placed in the frame and making a fine connection between the bright green freshly mown field and the glorious late evening sky above. The diagonal line of the hedge is well placed too.

    But what a sky! The gradations from deep blue above to yellow/orange at the horizon are wonderful and those cloud formations are stunning.

    An excellent photograph, very well seen and very well taken with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Making the most of a sunny dayPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Making the most of a sunny day
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 313] (1594)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 1:05]
    Hello Jean,

    What a lovely restful scene, though perhaps it wasn't a few minutes later once that party of schoolchildren overtook you!

    A fine composition with the diagonal line of the estuary leading us nicely into the depths of the image and with glorious bright sunshine, fine natural colours and exquisite details and sharpness.

    An interesting and informative note too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PakistanPakistan
    Title: Doing business on Wool Street

    Doing business on Wool Street
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3892 W: 316 N: 8514] (43289) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-24 5:57]
    Hello Gert,

    An interesting note you have written. But no-one here seems to be at all troubled by your camera - or perhaps they were all too busy and so didn't actually notice you.

    This is an excellent photograph (which has scanned very well from Agfacolor) of this busy street teeming with people and with the huge mound of wool dominating the foreground. But, yes, why do this in an open and busy street and not in some sort of warehouse?

    There's tons of interesting things and interesting people to look at and examine in this picture which has wonderful atmosphere, fine light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Le temps des coquelicotsNikon D800

    Le temps des coquelicots
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8950 W: 0 N: 14121] (126322)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-24 5:28]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    A wonderfully peaceful and tranquil image with beautifully soft light, the distant mountains almost blending into the sky above, and with the bright red poppies making a glorious foreground.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Chiesa di Sant’Anna – Ocosce

    Chiesa di Sant’Anna – Ocosce
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10051 W: 132 N: 19840] (126896)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-24 5:08]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    I love your photographs of church interiors and this is a splendid one. An interesting note too.

    The light here is delicious and brings out all the wonderful textures of the old stone floor as well as the details of the fine decoration of the ceiling and the golden altar. Wonderful light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Staircaise under the "Grande Arche"Canon 400 D

    Staircaise under the "Grande Arche"
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6670 W: 239 N: 11587] (77870)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-24 4:50]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    This is a wonderfully graphic and colourful image, very well seen and very well captured too!

    Your composition is excellent and pleasing as well as very intriguing - it's a challenge to try to work out which parts of the image are actually "real" and which parts are reflections! Beautiful contrasting colours and textures and varying lines, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness throughout.

    Brilliant!

    Amicalement,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Niveau femmeNikon D 90

    Niveau femme
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2342 W: 1199 N: 2252] (31150)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-24 3:46]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Another fine shot from your excursion by the Lafayette galleries, this time with a woman's rather than a man's "silhouette" in the window.

    Your use of a very wide lens has nicely exaggerated the perspective and what is intriguing is that we see a man on the right crossing the road but the reflection we see in the window is not of the man but of two people on the pedestrian crossing.

    Again, lovely tones and contrasts in this monochrome image and stunning details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CyprusCyprus
    Title: Mini-skirt among ruinsCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Mini-skirt among ruins
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2979 W: 95 N: 7525] (31481)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-23 17:50]
    Hi Mariusz,

    I've been to this place myself because my mother-in-law used to live in Cyprus and we visited Limassol a few times in the past. This is an interesting place but, yes, I agree, it's difficult to get good photographs from here.

    But you have wisely taken advantage of the presence of the girl in the bright yellow skirt to add a focal point in this fine photograph. She's cleverly framed in the ancient stone archway and we are encouraged to follow her view out across the blue sea to the horizon.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    An interesting note too. I'm pleased you had a lovely holiday in Cyprus!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Time to restPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Time to rest
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 313] (1594)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-23 12:04]
    Hello Jean,

    Yes, I remember commenting on your lovely photo from inside the studio here.

    This is a beautiful and restful scene and I can imagine you sitting a while in the sun around that little table as you relaxed after a fine lunch at the restaurant.

    A very well chosen viewpoint has provided you with a pleasingly composed photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Morning at the GangesPentax K3

    Morning at the Ganges
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5203 W: 88 N: 12356] (58890)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-23 11:29]
    Hi Craig,

    Either I read it somewhere or someone told me, but apparently many photographers say that the best light in the whole World is to be found in India - perhaps it's the mist and fog or perhaps it's just the amount of dust in the atmosphere - but, looking at this photograph of yours, I can quite believe that it's true.

    The light here is truly fabulous - a lovely mixture of early morning blue light and warm artificial lights, all trying to break through the early morning mist. Gorgeous colours, a fine composition and, as always, stunning details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Niveau hommeNikon D 90

    Niveau homme
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2342 W: 1199 N: 2252] (31150)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-23 8:04]
    Bonjour Claude,

    A fine candid shot, very well seen and taken! The "silhouette" in the window here is good enough, but the inclusion of the lady walking towards you adds greatly to the appeal of this image. Lots of interesting reflections of the street in the window too.

    Excellent!

    Amicalement,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: St Ives in monochromeCanon EOS5D

    St Ives in monochrome
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 680 W: 293 N: 1561] (7660)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-23 7:48]
    Hello Will,

    An interesting note about St. Ives and a lovely monochrome photograph to accompany it.

    A beautiful and well balanced composition with fine contrasts and tones all beneath a gloriously interesting sky.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: China in CheshireNikon D-300

    China in Cheshire
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3447 W: 218 N: 7931] (31809)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-23 5:58]
    Hello Bev,

    What a wonderfully peaceful looking place and you have captured that peace and tranquillity perfectly in this lovely photograph.

    Your composition is delightful with all the elements pleasingly arranged within the frame and with the lovely deep and rich maroon paintwork standing out beautifully. Lovely soft light, gorgeous colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    A fine note too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Acquapalombo

    Acquapalombo
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10051 W: 132 N: 19840] (126896)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-21 15:07]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    An interesting note about the founding of the village of Acquapalombo and a very fine photograph of a little alleyway in it.

    A very well composed photograph in which the two cats add interest - as well as eye contact with the photographer! - and with lovely soft light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Porta abbandonata

    Porta abbandonata
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2907 W: 21 N: 3445] (36147)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-21 14:54]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Yes, old doors do have an attraction for photographers - and the older and more decayed they are, the better!

    The light here is lovely and soft and it has brought out all the details and textures of the decaying woodwork and flaking paint of the door as well as the fine colours and textures of the surrounding old stonework. Interesting too that there is still a chain and padlock on the door to keep people out!

    A very well seen and captured photograph.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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