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  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Sunbeams XIVCanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Sunbeams XIV
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21883 W: 523 N: 35943] (156488)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-21 0:54]
    Hello John,

    This is a stunningly beautiful photograph, very well composed and taken from the perfect viewpoint and capturing the true beauty and spirit of autumn and its glorious medley of colours.

    I love how the bright early morning sunlight streams through the trees and the soft mist surrounding them and lights up the red and golden fallen leaves on the forest floor. A perfect place to enjoy a walk on such a gorgeous day!

    A lovely and pleasing composition with fabulous light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Nature's palettePanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Nature's palette
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 377 W: 0 N: 1168] (5349)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-21 0:02]
    Hello Jean,

    Like yourself, I've been a bit busy too and have neglected TE for a little while - but, sadly, you have another excuse. I was sorry to hear of the demise of your beloved camera but, yes, what a wonderful excuse for a special Christmas present - I hope you've done some research before writing your letter to Santa. :)

    Lukesland sounds like a lovely place to spend some time wandering around enjoying the autumn colours and you have captured some here in this beautiful photograph. The contrast between the green foliage on the left and the bright reds, yellows and golds on the right is fabulous - a perfect capture of autumn colours taken with fine composition, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Remember to leave out plenty of mince pies, sherry and, of course, some carrots for Rudolph. :)

  • MontenegroMontenegro
    Title: Church shared with refugeesCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Church shared with refugees
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3654 W: 91 N: 9423] (39137)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-20 23:51]
    Hello Mariusz,

    First of all, I well remember your previous photograph of this square - the one of St. Nicolas' Church taken with the sun behind you and looking in a different direction - but this image, although of the same square, has a somewhat darker and perhaps even sinister appearance, the bright red and white squares on the ground now appearing somewhat grubbier, the weather duller and darker and the people perhaps a little less relaxed. There is a totally different atmosphere in the square on this day even although it was taken only two days before your previous shot. So it is quite remarkable how a change of day, a change of viewpoint and a change of weather can make such an amazing difference!

    But this is an excellent photograph, capturing a different mood of this lovely square and St. Luke's Church, perfectly taken with good light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    A fine note too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Beach ....Canon EOS 5D Mk II

    Beach ....
    claudeD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2617 W: 76 N: 1172] (40285)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-20 23:34]
    Good morning Jean Claude,

    This morning it is -6°C here in Scotland with thick mist and frost, so this picture certainly brightens up the beginning of my day!

    Just as Mariusz says, this almost looks like a desert scene, though the deck chairs and sun canopies and the people walking to the water's edge tell us that this is, in fact, a place of relaxation and enjoyment.

    A very well composed shot in which the vehicle tracks make strong "lead in" lines, drawing the eye towards the distant people and the sea. Lovely light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pieve di San Donato

    Pieve di San Donato
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4128 W: 28 N: 4898] (52050)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-14 8:27]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    This is a delightful photograph of this church of San Donato taken as you climbed up the steps towards it on top of its hill.

    The church is brightly and beautifully lit in sunlight and stands out beautifully against a deep blue sky. The steps lead the eye gently towards the pretty church and the trees on either side act as a perfect frame.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Plage de Stagnolu

    Plage de Stagnolu
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5469 W: 277 N: 9910] (80156)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-14 8:08]
    Bonjour Denis,

    A beautiful landscape/seascape from Corsica, very well composed with the curvature of the beach leading the eye nicely to the distant mountains and horizon. Gorgeous light and wonderfully rich colours, perfect exposure and stunning sharpness.

    A fine workshop photograph too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Inside St. Patrick'sSony DSC HX400v

    Inside St. Patrick's
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6780 W: 53 N: 11273] (40776)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-14 1:03]
    Hello Lars,

    This is a very appropriate follow up from your last photograph and one which really appeals to me - I just love pictures of church and cathedral interiors.

    How fortunate you were able to take a photograph while a service was in progress, but this fine symmetrical composition really does demonstrate the enormity of this cathedral and, in particular, its height. The light must have been quite good, judging by your exif data.

    I love the play of light on the ceiling and on the tall columns on either side of the aisle and that gorgeous deep blue light in the windows of the chancel and the clerestory is simply the icing on the cake! Perhaps this was taken in the evening time?

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CroatiaCroatia
    Title: Worst day of my tripCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Worst day of my trip
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3654 W: 91 N: 9423] (39137)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-14 0:54]
    Good morning Marius,

    Crikey! This sounds like a day from Hell! What a dreadful experience you and your family had here - and really all because there was no free parking. And €120 per day for parking? That's just crazy!!

    You must have been completely exhausted by the time you eventually settled in your room and took this photograph. At least the hotel room had a lovely view!

    This is a fine photograph overlooking your balcony and out to sea. The light and colours are beautiful and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    But it is your amazing note which plucks at our emotions as you tell us of your misery on what should have been a wonderful and relaxing day for you all.

    I hope the rest of your stay in this place proved to be a lot happier!

    Excellent!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: paysage jurassienSony A77

    paysage jurassien
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1828 W: 133 N: 1606] (23979)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-14 0:30]
    Bonjour Roland,

    This must have been a wonderful place to go for a walk in this fresh virgin snow on such a beautiful clear day! A day when it just feels so good to be alive!

    I love how the low oblique sunlight catches the roof of the little building and the tree beside it and causes such dramatic contrasts between the bright pure white snow and the deep blue of the sky above. And those fluffy white clouds finish off this fine image perfectly.

    Glorious light and colours, a fine composition and excellent details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Chiesa di San Giacomo

    Chiesa di San Giacomo
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11966 W: 132 N: 23931] (148447)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-13 7:10]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    As you know, I love photographs of interiors of churches and cathedrals and this is a magnificent one!

    The soft light has brought out all the lovely details and colours of these beautiful frescos and you have captured them perfectly in this fine photograph with perfect exposure, a fine composition and superb clarity.

    An interesting and informative note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: 'Lest We Forget'Nikon D-300

    'Lest We Forget'
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4448 W: 251 N: 10048] (40990)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-13 6:17]
    Hello Bev,

    You have written a very interesting and a very thoughtful note and given us a lovely photograph of what is a most unusual but very well conceived war memorial, quite different from those which we more usually see.

    And this is a remarkably clear and sharp photograph considering that it was taken from a moving car! The light and colours are delightful and you have taken the picture with perfect timing and perfect exposure.

    Excellent!

    kind Regards,

    John.

  • HungaryHungary
    Title: Under the Arcade

    Under the Arcade
    GyurMaster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 3 N: 699] (5676)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-13 6:02] [+]
    Hello Gyorgy,

    This is indeed a fascinating photograph which, like so many really good images, has a wonderful play of light and shade.

    I love how the archway makes a wonderfully strong frame which is almost entirely filled by the distant Parliament building with its seasonal Christmas tree, the only interruption to the view being the two men with a suitcase walking in step as they travel across the picture.

    A superb photograph taken with perfect timing and with beautiful light, tones and contrasts. The details and sharpness are truly amazing.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: The Yellow Jacket

    The Yellow Jacket
    GyurMaster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 3 N: 699] (5676) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-13 5:53] [+]
    Hello Gyorgy,

    This is a very striking image courtesy of the lady in the bright yellow jacket who really is the "star of the show", perfectly placed in the frame as she marches along this bridge. And your use of a wide lens has exaggerated the perspective wonderfully well to accentuate the proportions of the bridge from a well chosen viewpoint.

    A superb photograph with lovely light, rich colours and perfect exposure. And the details and sharpness, especially when viewed at full size, are exceptional.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: The Old Town HallCanon EOS 1100D

    The Old Town Hall
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8157 W: 63 N: 22858] (103215)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-13 3:24]
    Hello Stephen,

    A fascinating and informative note and a beautiful photograph of a beautiful building to accompany it!

    I love your strong and bold symmetrical composition and how the eye is immediately drawn under the magnificently ornate balcony through the archway to the brightly lit and busy street beyond - and then we draw back a little and admire the lovely façade of the Old Town Hall with its bright flags and just a glimpse of what looks like an impressive Trompe-l'œil on the right.

    Lovely light and rich colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: She and her dogs

    She and her dogs
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7800 W: 102 N: 19704] (102562)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-13 2:47]
    Hi dear Malgo,

    If I had half a dozen dogs to walk, the last place I would take them is into the midst of a busy city - far better to take them for a walk in the country and far less trouble too. And in all three of these lovely pictures we see that not all of the other people appear all that happy about this lady and her dogs.

    But these three photographs are excellent and each one is a perfect capture of a moment in time while your main photograph also gives us a very fine vista of the Piazza del Plebiscito.

    Very well seen and taken with perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    A fine note too.

    Excellent!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Dangerous POVSony DSC HX200v

    Dangerous POV
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9525 W: 123 N: 17643] (94698)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-13 2:37]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    Ah, ha, I look at this and immediately think of Craig - he would be sitting right on the edge with his legs dangling over the precipice! Hee, hee.

    This girl actually seems to be quite safe but perhaps jumping the fence wasn't the most sensible thing. However, she has done you a great favour by providing some very welcome foreground interest in this splendid photograph of these magnificent waterfalls.

    Somehow I don't think that the girl will have come away with such an impressive photograph as this one as she won't have any significant foreground.

    I love the way the huge rainbow frames the waterfall so perfectly and you have captured the young photographer in just the right place in the frame.

    Gorgeous light and colours, a brilliant composition, perfect exposure and stunning details and clarity.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Via The Quiraing (X)Fuji FinePix S602Zoom

    Via The Quiraing (X)
    Porteplume Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1730 W: 596 N: 560] (3460)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-13 1:46]
    Hello dear Viviane,

    I hope that you are well and I must thank you for your message to Lisa and myself about walking in the Quiraing.

    Obviously I must have missed this lovely photograph over three years ago but it is absolutely delightful and it has obviously been taken on a remarkably clear day. So often we see these spectacular hills and mountains clothed in mist but here the view right to the distant horizon is quite clear.

    A beautifully composed photograph with beautifully soft light, perfect true colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

    P.S. An interesting note too. Yes, I often refer to the "Walk Highlands" website - it has a wealth of information and good maps as well.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Portrait of an IrishwomanCanon EOS 60D

    Portrait of an Irishwoman
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3973 W: 25 N: 8925] (32532) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-12 17:54]
    Hi Noel,

    Yes, you're absolutely right: this lady's face is indeed fascinating and behind it there is a lifetime of experience of happy times and probably quite a lot of times of hardship too. She has a wonderfully honest expression, devoid of all vanity and I like how you have captured her with good eye contact - she is perfectly happy to stare down the barrel of your lens without any embarrassment whatsoever.

    As well as your lovely subject, this is also a very fine photograph. Taking the picture while she is in her doorway, the background is nice and dark and non-distracting while the soft daylight illuminates her face gently and far better than could ever have been achieved using flash.

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I wrote this critique twelve hours ago and am now upset to find that others have said that this lady looks like Donald Trump: nothing could be so farther from the truth as this lady's face breathes simple honesty and I doubt if she has a single cynical or evil bone in her body. I love this portrait!

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Shaping the glass - IINikon D 5000

    Shaping the glass - II
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6098 W: 495 N: 17321] (96278)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-12 17:48]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    I love to watch craftsmen at their trade working skilfully and this is a perfect example: the man with simple tools making something beautiful.

    You have captured the moment here perfectly in this glass factory with the man obviously studying his subject while he controls the metal rod with his left hand.

    A very fine composition, perfectly taken and with good light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Bridge Beguinage XIICanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Bridge Beguinage XII
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21883 W: 523 N: 35943] (156488)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1785 W: 412 N: 6449] (26138) [2016-11-12 11:30]
    Hello John,

    I can understand why Bruges remains an inspiration to you as this scene is beautiful and you have captured it perfectly.

    I love how the mottled light strikes the foreground and lights up the many swans against the dark ground while farther back we see a fine bridge with colourfully dressed visitors and the buildings on the right are brightly lit whilst those on the left are in relative shade.

    Despite the strong sunlight, you have managed the contrasts here remarkably well so that we see magnificent detail in the deepest shadows as well as the very brightest parts. A very fine and pleasing composition with lovely light, true colours, perfect exposure and exquisite sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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