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  • AfghanistanAfghanistan
    Title: The face of poverty

    The face of poverty
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3571 W: 301 N: 7713] (40049)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-18 3:15]
    Hello Gert,

    Strangely enough, I was just now flicking through TE, came across your homepage and this portrait which you uploaded on Christmas Day seven years ago suddenly jumped out of the screen at me.

    To my mind, this is a magnificent portrait and also one of exceptional technical quality considering that it has been scanned from a 40 year old colour slide.

    The "full on" shot is something which I imagine professional portrait photographers try to avoid at all costs but here I think it is entirely appropriate as this man stares straight down the barrel of your lens. We can see every detail of this poor man's face and also his very worn and tattered shirt and collar. But what we can't see is into his soul: just what this man is thinking as he looks straight at you is a mystery to me. Obviously you would have had some idea of what he was thinking as it appears as though he consented to this photograph but, for others looking at him here, that face is rather inscrutable and full of mystery.

    A beautiful and very intriguing portrait!

    Fantastic!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Un temps de chien....Nikon D 90

    Un temps de chien....
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2288 W: 1156 N: 2187] (30044)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-18 2:36]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Very well spotted!

    I've never been sure if dogs actually like wearing raincoats - most dogs like to get wet and dirty! But this little white dog with its bright red coat stands out perfectly against the grey pavement and contrasts well with the "wall" of blue jackets and jeans on the right. Were all these people standing watching an event?

    Lovely bright and vibrant colours, lovely light (as is so often the case when it's dull and raining), perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Making glass beadsNikon D 5000

    Making glass beads
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5453 W: 482 N: 15244] (82990)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-18 2:16]
    Hello Mesut,

    I love of see pictures of artists and craftsmen at work and here it's lovely to see just how the famous blue glass "evil eye" beads from Turkey are made.

    And here it is nice to see this experienced craftsman working with a primitive kiln and tools which probably have not changed over several centuries. You have caught this scene perfectly in lovely light, your composition is excellent, the subjet matter is very interesting, the colours are perfect and the details and sharpness are excellent.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: St Paul's ChapelSony Alpha 200 DSLR

    St Paul's Chapel
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4126 W: 7 N: 6376] (47952)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-18 2:02]
    Hello Brian,

    A delightful photograph from Greece five years ago at which time your compositional and photographic skills were also excellent!

    The little chapel is perfectly placed in the frame, standing out in pure white like a little jewel against the rough dark rocks and dark green trees. The two little boats moored at the water's edge draw our attention to the beautiful clear waters.

    Perfectly captured with a fine composition, beautiful light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Magic time in Old Market

    Magic time in Old Market
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5260 W: 84 N: 13535] (77306)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-17 2:12]
    Hi Malgo,

    Although this picture is not quite up to your usual standards because you used a small camera which probably wasn't so good at dealing with the difficult lighting conditions here, it still gives and excellent idea of how attractive this old part of Warsaw is at Christmastime, especially with the lit Christmas tree and the lovely colourful old buildings in the background.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Yes, I have a Gorillapod too - it's light and easy to carry but it's not quite the same as a "real" tripod, is it?

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Laundry in GraveyardAsahi Pentax 6x7

    Laundry in Graveyard
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5453 W: 482 N: 15244] (82990)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-16 6:24]
    Hello Mesut,

    What an interesting note and a very fine photograph from thirty five years ago!

    I had always thought that Turkey was quite a religious place and I wouldn't have thought that people would be so irreverent as to hang their washing out to dry in a cemetery or graveyard! But I suppose when there is nowhere else to dry your wet clothes, a graveyard is as good as anywhere else!

    A lovely snapshot of daily life in this little street. It works very well in black and white and the presence of the two boys in the foreground adds human interest and depth to the image. And a very fine quality scan too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pyramid of CestiusCanon EOS 700D

    Pyramid of Cestius
    Romano46 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1149 W: 0 N: 2728] (17436)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-16 6:08]
    Ciao Romano,

    A fascinating and very informative note and a very fine and striking photograph to illustrate it!

    This is a very imposing photograph, the strong light from the side illuminating one face of this pyramid brightly and making it stand out dramatically against the deep indigo sky. And, compared to the sharp and regular lines of the pyramid, the soft curvature of the near archway makes a very fine frame.

    A beautiful photograph with wonderful lighting, fine strong colours, perfect exposure, fine composition and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Dublins Four CourtsCanon EOS 60D

    Dublins Four Courts
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2757 W: 15 N: 6628] (23252)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-16 6:03]
    Hi Noel,

    A very interesting and informative note and a gorgeous photograph to illustrate it!

    I love the diagonal composition, the water's edge and the fine long balustrade cleverly separating these magnificent buildings from their glorious reflections in the smooth water of the Liffey. Beautiful light, fine colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • VietnamVietnam
    Title: Sleeping on the job

    Sleeping on the job
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3571 W: 301 N: 7713] (40049)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-16 1:47]
    Hello Gert,

    Two wonderful photographs, an interesting note and also - how delightful that Rosemary actually went to all the bother of translating that slogan for our benefit!

    Both images have the benefit of huge posters displaying some sort of proclamation that Communism is good but yet the images are quite different. Your main picture shows an exhausted (or just fed up) rickshaw driver relaxing or sleeping on his vehicle, obviously unaware (or at least uninterested) of your presence.

    But I wonder what the farmers are up to in your workshop photograph, all sitting lined up on their little mini-tractors? The first thing that this reminds me of is farmers these days in Britain on some sort of rally or demonstration, perhaps making some protest about their poor treatment. At the moment, dairy farmers here are protesting that our supermarkets are paying them far too little for their milk - at other times they have protested against rising costs of vehicle fuel. But I rather doubt that such demonstrations would be countenanced in a Communist country twenty years ago.

    Again, two excellent scans, very well presented and with an excellent note.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: God Bless Sydney

    God Bless Sydney
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5121 W: 367 N: 10802] (52999)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-16 0:30]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    What a tragic event this was yesterday and one of which I doubt anyone in the civilsed World will not have heard, seen or read. But not a tragic event like an earthquake, tornado, tsunami or other natural phenomenon - but a tragedy brought about by the pure unadulterated evil of a member or members of our human race. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those innocent people who suffered injury or loss of life.

    A most appropriate photograph: this fountain could almost be one at a place of remembrance and you have captured it in a perfect composition with lovely soft light and it very appropriately has a lovely mood of peace and tranquillity at this awful time.

    God Bless,

    John.

  • GeorgiaGeorgia
    Title: Spring in Ushguli

    Spring in Ushguli
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5260 W: 84 N: 13535] (77306)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-15 3:27]
    Hi Malgo,

    What a fascinating note you have written!

    And a wonderful wintery scene - by Gosh, it looks very, very cold! The widespread snow and the cold make this almost a monochrome image, apart from the blue sky and the little touches of brown on the roofs of the buildings and the foreground gravestones. Your photograph has a wonderfully "graphic" quality with strong lines of composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    A lovely workshop picture too!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: The KissPentax K7

    The Kiss
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4958 W: 88 N: 11562] (55504)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-15 2:18] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    Two lovely photographs of the Spanish Steps with, I believe, in the background the house in which the English poet, John Keats, lived for some time.

    Your main picture is really delightful with the young romantic coupe kissing in the foreground but, purely from the point of view of the fine composition, I think I prefer your workshop picture.

    In both photographs your composition is delightful, the colours and light are lovely and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: 11 Years TECanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    11 Years TE
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18798 W: 508 N: 32341] (138192)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-15 0:59]
    Hello John,

    How wonderful that you were given permission to take photographs in this beautiful garden! And you have produced a beautiful photograph here! And how nice that you were able to give the owner of this lovely place some photographs too.

    Your composition is delightful, the lines on the mown lawn drawing the eye so nicely across the frame and with the large "bowl" in the foreground making a nice feature. Beautiful fresh spring colours, lovely light and a delightful clear blue sky. Perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Congratulations for 10 years on TE!

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A quiet cornerPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    A quiet corner
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 50 W: 0 N: 151] (745)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-12 8:24]
    Hello Jean,

    Now this is just the sort of photgraph we need to cheer us up on a dark and freezing cold day of wind and sleet!

    A fine composition with absolutely beautiful soft light, lovely rich fresh spring colours and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Famous FaceSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Famous Face
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4126 W: 7 N: 6376] (47952)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-12 6:41]
    Hello Brian, an interesting note and a very fine photograph!

    Yes, I keep on correcting people about "Big Ben" which, as you so rightly say, is the name of the big bell (a cracked one too!) which chimes the hour. Not the biggest clock face in Britain (I believe that's on the Liver Building in Liverpool) but a lovely one and, curiously, I had never noticed that the "four" was expressed here as the usual IV and not as the IIII that we usually see on clock faces. But I wonder why clocks do traditionally have "IIII"? I must look that up!

    A very bold and striking (!) composition with lovely light and colours and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Come to think of it, I'd always thought that this was called St. Stephen's tower. But a little research has taught me that, yes, it was called that in Victorian days by some, then it was called simply the "clock tower" and it was formally named the Elizabeth Tower on Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee. Amazing what you learn here!

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Colors of Levanto

    Colors of Levanto
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4552 W: 268 N: 7961] (65644)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-12 4:41]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Yes, I agree: that "tired" and worn appearance does really make these houses look even more attractive than they must have been when they were new. And, of course, the strong vibrant colours in which they are painted also add to the attraction - as also does the deep blue sky above. Deep blue skies and yellow/ochre buildings always look good together!

    A beautiful and well composed shot with lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • VietnamVietnam
    Title: Street in Hanoi

    Street in Hanoi
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5260 W: 84 N: 13535] (77306)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-12 3:15]
    Hello Malgo,

    An interesting note, especially about the Vietnamese language and writing and also about mad ladies on motorcycles!

    And a fine street scene from three years ago, the lady with her conical hat carrying two giant buckets with her yoke making a fine foreground feature against the background of parked motorcycles the the shops across the street. And not a single person here is "posing" for your camera!

    Lots and lots of things to look at and examine here and a fine snapshot of daily life.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: For Gert - A couple in OiaPentax K7

    For Gert - A couple in Oia
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4958 W: 88 N: 11562] (55504)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-10 23:51]
    Hi Craig,

    Yes, I'm sure that Gert will like this one! But, of course, and as you tell us in your note, this is very much a "posed" photograph even although it was not "posed" by yourself.

    And, yes, of course you always have a beautiful woman by your side - she's called Tosca. What's more, I just can't imagine that the lady in this photograph would be faithful enough to trek with you through the heights of Peru suffering from fatigue and altitude sickness - she would probably have abandoned you for some wealthy playboy long before that.

    Anyway, this is certainly different from the many pictures we see from this attractive place. You've managed to "muscle in" on this photoshoot very effectively to come up with a delightful photograph. Your low viewpoint has helped a lot and the romantic couple are seen beautifully portrayed against the pure white of the building and the deep blue of the clear sky above. The light blue door on the right balances the composition very effectively as does the darker bit of the building on the left.

    Gorgeous bright light, lovely vibrant colours, a fine composition and excellent details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A Sussex AutumnSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    A Sussex Autumn
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4126 W: 7 N: 6376] (47952)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-10 5:35]
    Hello Brian,

    Another fine autumnal shot with glorious colours and wonderful light - especially the bright streaks of light illuminating the grassland in the mid ground and the light catching the tops of the trees, resplendent in browns and gold. An excellent composition too with the house nestling cosily amidst the trees.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Ceselli

    Ceselli
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9582 W: 132 N: 18638] (120522)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4981] (20012) [2014-12-10 4:41]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    An interesting note and a very attractive photograph to illustrate it!

    I love the softness of the light and colours in this photograph which is beautifully composed with the buildings standing out beautifully amidst the trees in their autumn colours and with the morning mist still hovering around them. Perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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