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  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Abandoned - Route 66

    Abandoned - Route 66
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1617 W: 0 N: 4006] (19603)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-29 8:03]
    Hello Ann,

    Another fine photograph from your Route 66 trip two years ago and an interesting note about the almost deserted township of Conway. I wonder what the people there do other than practise graffiti? Or maybe the graffiti is mostly done by people like yourselves who do the Route 66 trip?

    This is a very nicely composed photograph and using the wide end of your lens you have very pleasingly exaggerated the perspective to make this old car stand out very nicely against its surroundings. Of course, the vibrant colours of the painrwork help a lot too as also does the dark sky (possibly partly courtesy of Lightroom) and the darker building off to the left.

    Lovely subtle light, fine vibrant colours, perfect exposure and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: On the Selaron steps

    On the Selaron steps
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5424 W: 85 N: 13937] (78918)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-29 0:58]
    Hi Malgo,

    You have written a very interesting note about these amazing steps and also about poor Jorge Selarón who sounds as though he was quite a troubled person even although he was a very gifted artist. Curious too that he was found dead on these steps - and with burn marks on his body: was that ever explained?

    Anyway, this is a delightful photograph which shows these steps extremely well but which is also enhanced by the inclusion of these musicians. And what a funny instrument - I've never seen a wooden "saxophone" before - or has that instrument got a different name?

    A lovely photograph with lots of fine bright colours and good human interest too. Very well seen and taken with perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Neglected HavenNikonD300s

    Neglected Haven
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 41 N: 1983] (14177)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-29 0:38]
    Hello Les,

    What a lovely photograph - and I've been reading your discussions with both Gert and Bev and the history of this place is indeed fascinating too! I wonder if it was built in a hurry during World War II to accommodate those owners from Plymouth or if it was originally some farm outbuilding which was out of necessity converted to a place suitable for human habitation? Even in the 1940s, a house built of corrugated iron would not have been very attractive but, having said that, I see that you mention houses in Australia built like this and I've seen perfectly respectable homes in Iceland similarly constructed. But what a shame that someone hasn't done something with this place: I'm sure if it were restored it would at least make a fine second home for somebody.

    However, one thing this place can still do is provide you with some fine camera fodder and you have cleverly made use of that to excellent effect. As with so many of your fine photographs, you have captured this place in the most magnificent warm low angled light which makes the building stand out beautifully against its surroundings. The light and colours are beautiful, your composition excellent and very pleasing and the details and sharpness, even at its larger size of 1400 pixels in width, are stunning.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I'm wondering what a picture of this place from the same viewpoint and in the same lighting conditions would be like after a shower or two of snow?

  • FranceFrance
    Title: PacmanNikon D-300

    Pacman
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3212 W: 212 N: 7373] (29591)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 6:45]
    Hello Bev,

    I think I'll give a game of Pacman a miss just now (I'm far to young to remember Pacman anyway) but I see what you mean: this huge lump of rock does look like a head with a mouth just waiting to gobble something up - luckily, your hunky male model has crept up behind and is not at the mouth end!

    This is a beautifully detailed photograph which shows the grain and tecture of this lovely pink granite perfectly. The bright sunshine is beautiful as are the colours and the surroundings too - just the thing to cheer me up on this cold, dark, windy and snowy day.

    A very well composed photograph with lovely light and colours, exceptional sharpness and an interesting and amusing note to accompany it.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Cripta di San Ponziano

    Cripta di San Ponziano
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9735 W: 132 N: 18971] (122215)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 5:57]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    Again you have given us a wonderfully interesting and informative note and also a very beautiful photograph by way of illustration!

    It clearly was pretty dark in here but you have very skilfully managed the poor light by using a very high ISO of 6400, a large aperture and your very wide 14mm lens to capture and amazing amount of detail in this beautiful crypt.

    Your composition is excellent, the light and colours are beautiful and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Tunnel Vision

    Tunnel Vision
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2809 W: 85 N: 6889] (31137)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 5:44] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Hello Rosemary,

    An interesting note and a very fine and graphic photograph to accompany it. Personally, I have no objection to, and welcome, the inclusion of women into the see of the Anglican Church - or any other church, for that matter. I think it all depends upon your own conception of religion and how you perceive God: whether as a loving and caring father who is there to support and help guide you through your life; or as a jealous, intolerant, vindictive and cruel being who eggs you on to carry out despicable crimes against other members of the human race. The former for me - definitely.

    All a matter of perspective really - just as you have captured linear perspective so perfectly here in your photograph! The light and contrasts, as well as the tones and textures, are exceptional here as also is your composition. My only (and probably trivial) suggestion is that it might just benefit a tad from about 0.5° counter-clockwise rotation to straighten up the wall on the left and then a quick application of the "transform" tool to "lift" the bottom right corner - that would bring the line between the roadway and the wall snugly right into the bottom right corner as well as levelling the roadway a little: just a thought. Might not work - but this is a fabulous image as it is!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: MudlarksCanon PowerShot SX40HS

    Mudlarks
    jester5 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 66 N: 601] (2012)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 3:59]
    Hello Marion,

    You have given us an interesting note here and also a very fine photograph to illustrate ti.

    Gosh, isn't it strange how times change? A couple of centuries ago, people would, I imagine, have "looked down their noses" at "mudlarks"; and the conditions in which these people worked to try to scrape a living enough just to sustain them must have been absolutely dreadful. Not to mention the risks of contracting some injury or infection which could easily have proven fatal. But nowadays middle class people can buy their expensive and sophisticated metal detectors and spend their leisure time combing these places in search of some interesting finds, if not valuable treasure, purely for the fun of it. It is a bit strange, isn't it? Just, I guess, a bit like people who go pot-holing for fun while we all think of the appalling conditions under which miners worked. I know - maybe we should all take up the hobby of climbing up and sweeping chimneys - just for fun: now there's a jolly good idea.

    A lovely photograph, very well seen and taken with good light and colours and excellent details too. And it doesn't look as though any of the "mudlarks" here are going to get themselves too messy and muddy either.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Soir d'automne à la Petite Cale

    Soir d'automne ŕ la Petite Cale
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4604 W: 271 N: 8036] (66594)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 3:44]
    Bonjour Denis,

    As with so many of your lovely photographs, it is the wonderful light which makes this one so special, the warm late afternoon autumn light illuminating not only the beach, the buildings and the boats but also the edges of the clouds, so making them stand out beautifully against the deeper blue sky.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Across The ValleySony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Across The Valley
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4193 W: 7 N: 6492] (48740)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 3:11]
    Hi Brian,

    This is a beautifully presented photograph with just so many lovely elements to linger over, and it has a lovely peaceful quality too.

    The light on the distant chapel is magnificent and brings out all the details of its fine architecture magnificently; the Adur and its surrounding trees and grassland fill the mid-ground perfectly and the contented horse relaxing in the warm winter sun makes the perfect foreground feature.

    A beautiful image with lovely light and colours, a very pleasing composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Preci

    Preci
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9735 W: 132 N: 18971] (122215)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 2:58]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    A very interesting and comprehensive note and a very fine photograph to accompany it!

    This is a very fine composition and, taken with a long lens, presumably from some distance, that has accentuated the wintry appearance and the general mistiness which surrounds this village as it nestles against the wooded hillside. But the light on the buildings magically "lifts" them from their darker surroundings, bringing out their beautiful colours and textures.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Non-conformityFuji XT 1

    Non-conformity
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 6 N: 1478] (7462)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 2:49]
    Hi Mike,

    It's nice to see your first photograph here from Melbourne and, of course, it just had to be a wonderfully graphic and abstract one, so reminiscent of some of those you have previously presented from your native Birmingham.

    And abstract it certainly is: I look at it and think that it might be rows of oil drums but I'm guessing the image has been rotated somewhat and the "tilted" lids of those twelve "oil drums" might just be windows or suchlike in the side of a modern building, opened for ventilation.

    A very appealing image, very well presented with strong diagonal composition and lovely light, tones and contrasts. I rather like the vignetting too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
    Title: Beginning of the trip: Prague

    Beginning of the trip: Prague
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5424 W: 85 N: 13937] (78918)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 2:42]
    Hi Malgo,

    So "Mrs. Itchy Feet" is off again on her travels! And how nice to stop off in Prague at the beginning of your trip.

    Yes, this place does look rather quiet in this picture but you have captured the scene perfectly and there are just one or two other people around - and the man on the right with the bright red jacket certainly does much to hold the composition together and provide some foreground interest against the beautiful architecture behind him.

    Lovely light and colours, a fine composition and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards and a Safe Journey!

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Moto Guzzi

    Moto Guzzi
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2672 W: 20 N: 3251] (32793)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 2:36]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Always interested in old cars and motorcycles, I like how this magnificent Moto Guzzi machine is being used as a promotional aid in this shop and I'm sure that it attracted a lot of attention.

    Very well seen and taken with good composition and lovely light and colours.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Breton blueCanon 400 D

    Breton blue
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6562 W: 236 N: 11375] (76350)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-28 2:07]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    This is a delightful, simple and well balanced composition with a lovely contrast of the bright blue door and window of this Breton house with the lovely crimson and yellow flowers both standing out beautifully against the fine textures of the stonework of the building.

    Perfectly seen and taken with excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Gimme shelterNikon D 90

    Gimme shelter
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2295 W: 1161 N: 2190] (30256)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-27 3:27]
    Bonjour Claude,

    I'm not sure if I'd like to be listening to the Rolling Stones when I'm out for a walk in the countryside - I prefer just to admire the surroundings and perhaps listen to some birdsong - but I can appreciate how that song fits in perfectly with your lovely photograph of two of your walking companions taking shelter unfer their colourful umbrellas.

    And these umbrellas are indeed colourful - and multicoloured - and complement well bright red clothing of these two ladies too. I like how the two ladies are looking down at you and I also like how, between them, we can just see a little chink of the countryside and path along which you were walking: the weather doesn't look too good!

    A lovely well composed and close-cropped photograph with lovely soft light and fabulous vibrant colours (doesn't dull wet weather really bring out the vibrancy of colours?), perfect exposure and stunning depth of field and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Amicalement,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Take me to Taksim Please!Pentax K7

    Take me to Taksim Please!
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 88 N: 11799] (56582)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-27 3:15]
    Hi Craig,

    I'm not sure how I missed this one - or, rather, these three lovely photographs.

    Those old red tramcars really are a delight and you have made the very most of them in this trio of pictures. Pity about the lack of snow but there's not a heck of a lot you could have done about that.

    All three are delightful compositions and, though I'm impressed by your HDR image, I think I prefer the other two actually. But all are perfectly and pleasingly composed and in each the red tram takes pride of place and, also in each, the inclusion of lots of interesting people adds to the appeal.

    Again, lovely light and colours and exceptional technical quality.

    Brilliant!

    Cheers,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Istanbul???....Yes it isPentax K7

    Istanbul???....Yes it is
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 88 N: 11799] (56582)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-27 3:09]
    Hi Craig,

    As always, you've written an interesting note and so now I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures from that old abandoned factory as well as some old cars too.

    But this is a delightful shot which is actually enhanced by the dull weather and the dark and moody sky. That bright blue and white boat stands out beautifully against its much darker background and its reflections on the calm water in the foreground are divine. Have you ever noticed how dull wet weather really brings out the saturation of colours?

    A lovely shot with gorgeous soft light, fine vibrant colours and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Holocaust DayFuji Finepix S9500

    Holocaust Day
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5555 W: 487 N: 15515] (84330)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-27 2:12]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    What a very appropriate photograph and note to post on this, the day of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

    The dull and dreary weather adds to the atmosphere of this shot as also does the solitary figure standing amidst the rows of concrete "stelae" but, as you say, the lines of bright, fresh and colourful trees in the background do indeed breathe an element of hope into this very thoughtfully taken image.

    Perfect!

    Kind Regards,

    John

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The Naval College (1300th Post)Sony Alpha 850 DSLR

    The Naval College (1300th Post)
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4193 W: 7 N: 6492] (48740)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-26 5:24]
    Hello Brian,

    A most interesting and informative note and an immaculately presented photograph of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich.

    Your black and white rendition is beautiful and reminds me so much of monochrome etchings from the days of sailing ships apart from the fact that your rendering of the sky is much more natural and pleasing.

    A fine composition with lovely light and amazing tones and contrasts, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Chalet Le Jorat

    Chalet Le Jorat
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4604 W: 271 N: 8036] (66594)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5082] (20454) [2015-01-26 4:23]
    Bonjour Denis,

    This is just the sort of lovely scene I immediately imagine when I think of Switzerland! The beautiful chalet with its rich dark coloured wooden walls and roof standing proudly in fresh lush grassland against a background of tall and snow dusted mountains, all captured perfectly in your well composed photograph.

    The red shutters stand out strongly in the bright sunlight, your composition is both excellent and pleasing, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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