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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Inside Buckland Abbey for JohnNikonD300s

    Inside Buckland Abbey for John
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 969 W: 41 N: 1713] (12573)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-02 0:35]
    Hello Les,

    Thank you for this lovely photograph - which I presume is for me since I did comment on Gladys's lovely photograph of the outside of this building just a few hours ago!

    This is a beautiful interior shot and very impressive indeed when viewed at its full size of 1400 pixels wide. And what is also very impressive is the fact that your picture is almost devoid of any "noise" or "grain" despite having been taken at ISO 5000.

    A very fine symmetrical composition with beautiful light, contrasts and tones and exceptional details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. This building is magnificent and I'm sure that is because the monks here are probably very wealthy from the sale of their tonic wine - I'm sure they make a lot more money out of that than they do from selling peanut brittle! But the peanut brittle will have tasted far better than the wine - I once tried a little sip of "Buckie" (as it is called in these parts) and it was horrible - very, very sweet with a strong vanilla flavour but also thick and sticky - it reminded me of cough mixture my Mum used to shove down my throat when I was a kid.

    Of course, it's not the fault of the wine but the fault of the people who drink it that we seem to have so much of a problem here. You can read a bit more, first on Wikipedia here, then some more here and here! Don't try this stuff - you might get hooked! No, honestly, I don't think you would. :o)

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Buckfast Abbey.FinePix S4500

    Buckfast Abbey.
    jadesgran Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 478 W: 0 N: 308] (5018)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 17:03] [+]
    Hello Gladys,

    As soon as I saw your title, I just had to write a critique on this one. You see, you mention in your note about the Abbey's products: one of those is Buckfast Tonic Wine and did you know that something like 90% of this drink is consumed in Glasgow and Lanarkshire? It is the staple alcoholic drink of so many people, mainly youngsters, here and seems to cause no end of problems. The problem seems to stem from the fact that although it is only about 15% alcohol, it contains and enormous amount of caffeine and the combination of alcohol and caffeine is believed by many to be the cause of the disruptive and aggressive behaviour which seems to stem from drinking the stuff. The authorities have tried to ban the sale of Buckfast Wine in parts of Scotland but attempts at legislation have so far failed.

    Anyway, Gladys, that's all by the by for this is a delightful and very appealing photograph which shows this spendid building perfectly.

    I love your composition which is not only classical, obeying all the rules, but is also very pleasing. The colours are delightful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Have you and Les had the opportunity to have a tour of the inside of this lovely place? And are you allowed to take photographs inside?

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: YellowPanasonic DMC LX5

    Yellow
    berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4678 W: 195 N: 6275] (33739)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 9:41]
    Hello Burak,

    This is a stunningly beautiful photograph, taken (I think) in early evening when the sun is low and its light is warm. And that light illuminates the hull of this little yellow boat perfectly and helps it to cast some beautiful reflections on the water in the foreground.

    Your composition is excellent too, the proud owner of the boat standing upright on its bow, he also beautifully lit by that lovely light, and with the distant land and the warm sky above it.

    Perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: One To Call My OwnPentax K7

    One To Call My Own
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4723 W: 88 N: 10800] (52394)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 8:59] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    What a fine note you have written - and I'm so pleased that you and Tosca enjoyed Sienna so very much.

    This, of course, could be nowhere else on Earth but Italia! The colours are beautifully warm - the colours, in fact, of sienna (an earth pigment containing iron oxide and manganese oxide) and burnt sienna (the same pigment heated) - which blend beautifully and contrast well with the tiny patches of greenery throughout your picture.

    Yes, I agree, this is alsmost a collage and a beautiful one at that, with the fine church taking pride of place in your composition.

    Wonderful colours and light, a perfect high viewpoint and stunning technical quality too.

    Gorgeous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Just wondering (in case I'm lucky enough to visit this place!) from where you took this shot. Was it from the very tall belltower at the cathedral? Looking at Google Earth, I suspect that might have been from where you took this as the church in your shot is not the cathedral itself (I think) but a smaller one.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Chicago Blue HourPentax K7

    Chicago Blue Hour
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4723 W: 88 N: 10800] (52394)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 8:27] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    I'm just thinking that a year or two ago we could have seen an image of this place from you - and it would have been technically perfect - but it would have been totally devoid of any shape or form of human life. Do you think it was your trip to Cuba that changed all that, so that we now see so many pictures from you which include people?

    This is a fantastic shot - technically perfect as always - but those colourfully dressed youngsters running through the lights around the base of this tall structure really do bring the whole image to life brilliantly.

    Lovely light and colours and exceptional details and clarity too.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Toile au soleilNikon D800

    Toile au soleil
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8000 W: 0 N: 13909] (116688)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 8:18]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    A beautiful and perfectly taken photograph of this spider's web, showing its wonderful and delicate structure standing out perfectly against its darker and colourful background.

    Gorgeous light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Breskens IICanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Breskens II
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18422 W: 499 N: 31677] (135396)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 7:27]
    Hello John,

    Again, you have written a very interesting note about this place and also given us a delightful photograph to accompany it.

    This is a beautiful and restful scene, made so by the lovely wide expanse of blue sea and the even wider expanse of blue sky with light fluffy clouds. And the boats add interest in the mid-ground as well as adding to a fine composition.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Good catch !Nikon D 5000

    Good catch !
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5263 W: 494 N: 14838] (80202)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 7:22]
    Hello Mesut,

    I hope that the fishermen do have a successful day today - but you certainly had a wonderful capture yesterday with this fabulous photograph!

    The fresh new nets with their fresh and sparkling white and yellow floats stand out beautifully against the deep blue of sea and sky and the line up of fishing boats across the water. Blue and yellow, being complementary colours, always look good together in a picture.

    A beautiful and striking photograph with amazing depth of field and sharpness, a fine bold composition and spot-on exposure.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TunisiaTunisia
    Title: Postcard from MonastirSony DSC HX200v

    Postcard from Monastir
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6869 W: 117 N: 12881] (72543)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 6:47]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    A very interesting note about this place - especially that Monty Python's "Life Of Brian" was filmed here - and a beautiful photograph to accompany it.

    The old fortifications are perfectly placed in the frame and the natural curve of the water's edge leads us perfectly into the scene past the rows of little sunshades and the sunbathers and swimmers.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Heavy Metal

    Heavy Metal
    Spyder Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 1 N: 34] (174)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 6:20] [+]
    Hello Edward,

    Unfortunately photographs of vehicles don't really seem to go down all that well on TE - but, as a dedicated "petrolhead", I love them!

    What a magnificent beast of a machine, quite different from the lorries or trucks we see in Britain and the rest of Europe but I suppose these massive tractor units are designed for pulling huge trailers over very long distances in America.

    This, of course, is a "customised" truck with gorgeous shiny paintwork and all the chrome and "bling" you could possibly ask for. It must take hours of dedicated work even to manage to keep it clean.

    A well taken photograph in which the bright sunshine picks out all the details superbly well. Fine composition and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. In view of your past connections with Le Mans, you might be interested in this - a replica of a Le Mans Bentley (a few years before your time at Le Mans) - the cars Ettore Bugatti referred to as "Le Camion Plus Vite du Monde"!

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5097 W: 367 N: 10685] (52575)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 4:27] [+]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    What a very interesting, thought provoking and emotive note you have written and what a fabulous photograph to illustrate your points.

    The lady on the left is, well, flamboyantly dressed to say the least - but I find that really brilliant! I love the clashes of colour in her hair, her clothing and even those bright pink stockings - all topped off with an air of total defiance which is accentuated by her stare, her dark glasses and her policeman's hat.

    The lady on the right - well, quite honestly, I thought that was a bloke. Geez, look at those arms - like a coal heaver's - I certainly wouldn't fancy a fourpenny one from her - she'd knock you into the middle of next week. But, quite honestly, she looks more relaxed and as though she'd be a lot more fun than Mrs. Grumpy Pants on the left.

    A brilliant picture with wonderfully vibrant colours and excellent details and clarity.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FinlandFinland
    Title: The Moomins and their MomCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    The Moomins and their Mom
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3365 W: 298 N: 7017] (37231)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 4:10]
    Hello Gert,

    You have written a very interesting note, particularly about Tove Jansson who must have been a very talented lady, both painter and writer. Your description of her books about the "Moomins" makes me think of our British author, Roald Dahl, born of Norwegian parents and who wrote an amazing variety of books, mainly for children, and which, although of great appeal and fun for youngsters, also have a wonderful subtlety which can make them even better appreciated and enjoyed by adults.

    From your decription of the "Moomins" as rounded characters, I suspect that the lady on the right, dressed in a variety of bright red colours and perusing her diary or mobile 'phone, might look not unlike one of those fictitious people. And, of course, she's perfectly placed right next to a painting of a much skinnier character. And on the left we see an approaching lady who immediately draws our attention to the sketch, presumably of a Moomin family, and who also balances the composition perfectly.

    A brilliant and well caught image, very much in the style of Cartier Bresson's "Images la Sauvette" with lovely vibrant colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Shardview of St Paul's cathedralSony Nex 6

    Shardview of St Paul's cathedral
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2510 W: 299 N: 1653] (5773)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-09-01 1:55]
    Hello Rob,

    This is a beautiful photograph of the city of London with the jewel of St. Paul's Cathedral perfectly placed in the frame.

    But it's not just the extreme height of your viewpoint which makes this picture so special - it is the wonderfully soft light which brings out all the details and intricacies of the facades of the cathedral and its surrounding buildings.

    A beautiful photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure, good composition and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Farewell Annie MooreCanon EOS 60D

    Farewell Annie Moore
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2529 W: 12 N: 6017] (20978)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-08-31 14:49]
    Hi Noel,

    What a fascinating story about young Annie Moore and her two brothers - she must have been a courageous young woman but, then, I suppose that she and her family were also desperate to escape poverty and a grim existence and seek a better life in America.

    This is a lovely statue and you have captured it perfectly here as it stands out beautifully against a dark and characterful sky. Your viewpoint too is perfect as we can see the features of all three of the figures perfectly and the baskets of brightly coloured flowers lift the whole image delightfully.

    A lovely photograph with lovely soft light, fine colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness. And, of course, a most interesting and informative note.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Colours of DartmoorNikonD300s

    Colours of Dartmoor
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 969 W: 41 N: 1713] (12573)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-08-31 11:10] [+]
    Hello Les,

    A beautiful scene but one which also, sadly, makes us realise that summer will soon be over as autumn approaches.

    But what a glorious day you had yesterday to take this lovely photograph! The sunlight on the bright yellow gorse and rich purple heather makes them stand out magnificently beneath a glorious sky. You have composed this picture very well and the narrow roadway on the left leads us nicely into the image and off to the horizon.

    Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite detail and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. How on Earth do you capture such gorgeous skies? I'm sure you didn't use a polariser for this one because at such a short focal length (10mm) the sky would have been "patchy" and the use of a polariser would have been pretty obvious. Or did you use a ND graduated filter? Or did you just choose exactly the right day and time to take this lovely picture?

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Gros Rocher

    Gros Rocher
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 266 N: 7726] (63076)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-08-31 9:42]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Yes, this could indeed be the Caribbean!

    A beautiful vista in which the viewer peers over the foreground rocks for a fine view of the distant sea, the boats and the far island - all beneath a gorgeous sky.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A boat

    A boat
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 30 N: 362] (2985) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-08-31 3:48]
    Hi Jasmine,

    This is a delightful photograph with such lovely rich vibrant colours and excellent composition, the half buried boat perfectly placed in the frame and standing out beautifully against the landscape and the glorious sky and nicely balanced by the bush on the left with its bright yellow flowers. A photograph made very appealing by its lovely colours and simple composition.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I've studied your workshop pictures too. I think I like your "main" picture best but, of the two workshop pictures, I like "Composition 1" the best - it has almost a Mediterranean look to it with the bright white wall at the bottom and the pagoda style canvas roofed building standing out against a blue sky and nicely balanced by the boat. But they're all very appealing!

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: The Church of WiesCanon 400 D

    The Church of Wies
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6373 W: 241 N: 10977] (73404)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-08-31 3:18]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    This is a stunningly beautiful photograph of a beautiful building, taken in lovely light and with amazingly vibrant colours. Your composition is excellent, the long pathway with its fence and solitary figure leading us right to the west door of this magnificent church where we also see a little group of people.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. You say in your note that the interior of this church is even more beautiful than its exterior - did you take any photographs inside it?

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Madonna del Morbo

    Madonna del Morbo
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2303 W: 15 N: 2780] (27898)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-08-31 3:11]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    You have written a very interesting note about this lovely little church and given us a beautiful photograph to accompany it.

    Although you say that it is difficult to avoid lots of tourists, I think that the inclusion of people here, several with nice brightly coloured clothing, really adds well to your fine composition. You have composed the photograph very well and you have also managed the light very well considering the bright sunshine and strong shadows.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: gone to the dogs

    gone to the dogs
    wolf38 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4245 W: 108 N: 3230] (30378)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1262 W: 391 N: 4632] (18676) [2014-08-31 3:02]
    Hello Wolfgang,

    This is a delightful and exceptionally well taken "image la sauvette" in which you have somehow managed to have all the elements perfectly arranged within the frame to make a very appealing composition.

    The elegant lady in the poster immediately draws our attention as she stares with those beautiful eyes straight down the barrel of your lens while her lap dog seems to stare directly at the real dog on the pavement. And those stares are reinforced by the couple (the man taking a photograph with his 'phone while the lady simply looks on) who are also staring back at the model. Only the live dog seems uninterested in the situation.

    A very well captured image with perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness and I feel that the lack of colour really grabs our attention and lets us focus on the fine composition and the interaction between all the subjects. A wonderful photograph!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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