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  • MontenegroMontenegro
    Title: Sveti StefanCanon EOS5D

    Sveti Stefan
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 576 W: 283 N: 1327] (6609)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-23 10:21]
    Hello Will,

    You have written a very interesting and informative nots and also given us a beautiful photograph over which to linger.

    I love your presentation here with this delightful island framed beautifully by foreground rocks and vegetation and overhanging foliage. And the island looks so inviting: I could imagine spending hours wandering its quaint narrow streets and crumbling architecture and tiny shops run by old artisans and shopkeepers who have worked there for years. But your notes clearly tell me that that is not what I would expect to see were I to visit here - it might look old and quaint from the outside but the fact that it is now a playground for millionaires would definitely put me off getting any closer, even if I did have the money.

    But a beautiful photograph of what looks a beautiful place with perfect exposure, lovely light and natural colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Autumn in AmsterdamNikon D90

    Autumn in Amsterdam
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 62 N: 1372] (8037)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-23 5:22]
    Hello Daniel,

    This is a lovely photograph with gorgeous autumn colours, very well composed with the colourful boats finely framed in the arch of the bridge and with Amsterdam's ubiquitous bicycles above almost appearing as though they have been decorated with bright red flowers!

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Petrified Forest

    Petrified Forest
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1566 W: 0 N: 3840] (18949)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-22 0:45]
    Hello Ann,

    Wow! Yes, I do remember commenting on your photograph of petrified wood and I also remember thinking that to me it resembled a cut cross-section of a piece of agate. And it's lovely to see a far, far wider view here of this remarkable landscape.

    As always, you have written an interesting and informative note. But how did most of the petrified wood end up being removed? Was it removed by people and, if so, for what purpose?

    This is a remarkable landscape with remarkable colours and you have captured it perfectly in this lovely photograph. I really love the inclusion of the two walkers because they give an excellent sense of scale: without them I should have thought that the scale was far greater than it now appears - when I looked initially I thought that this might be on the scale of the Grand Canyon with the riverbed where the walkers are being perhaps half a mile or more wide, but that's clearly not the case.

    You must have been very high up to take this picture but you have planned this photograph very well to produce an image with a very appealing composition, the riverbed snaking from bottom to top and leading us nicely between those dark pink hills. Tehnically excellent too with spot-on exposure, striking colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Lake Crescent shorelineCanon T1i

    Lake Crescent shoreline
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1054 W: 1 N: 2752] (11373)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-21 8:19]
    Howdy Ray,

    A very interesting and heartfelt note you have written here - so-called "progress" and modernisation are not always the friends of Nature nor, indeed, of mankind.

    And what a beautiful photograph! This could almost be a Scottish loch - were it not so big - and you have composed this image beautifully with the overhanging branches making a lovely natural frame and with the fresh greens in the foreground contrasting well with the bluer tones over the distant mountains.

    Beautiful light and lovely true colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Catch the LightNikon D-300

    Catch the Light
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 211 N: 7081] (28337)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-21 2:41]
    Hello Bev,

    A lovely late autumn scene with beautiful low oblique and warm sunlight which lights the fields and also the top of the dyke on the left which acts as a bright diagonal to lead us along this lane to the tree and the distant vista beneath a bright and soft blue sky. And the sheep quietly grazing the short grass add an air of serenity to the scene. Indeed, Wordsworth could have written a far more poetic critique than I have!

    Your polariser has enhanced the blueness of the sky in this delightul photograph which is technically superb with lovely light, true colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Street Performers - IINikon D 5000

    Street Performers - II
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5393 W: 482 N: 15068] (82206)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-21 1:25]
    Hello Mesut,

    Another fine photograph from your musical "street performers" series!

    You have captured this musician perfectly and the important parts - his mouth on the mouuthpiece of the instrument, the look of intense concentration on his face and the work of his fingers on the pipe - are beautifully clear and sharp - while the faces of the onlookers (including the lady with pursed lips!) are nicely out of focus though easily seen.

    Beautiful light and colours, fine composition and excellent technical quality.

    It's strange that in Scotland people here believe that the bagpipes acually originated in Scotland: but they didn't - and I've read that the earliest evidence of bagpipes was actually in Turkey many centuries ago. Likewise, whisky was invented in China, "haggis" was first reported in ancient Greece and "kilts" were first seen in Denmark!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: EddlestonCanon EOS5D

    Eddleston
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 576 W: 283 N: 1327] (6609)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-21 1:03]
    Hello Will,

    Isn't it nice that sometimes seeing others' pictures can somehow just trigger some memories and make you look again at images which you yourself took at a particular time? And this is another picture which certainly needed to be shown - and not "sat on" for over a year!

    And how wise of you to see the potiential of this superb viewpoint: the rest of us clearly either lacked the wit to see the potential or were so decrepit as to be unable to leap that five bar gate!

    A perfect composition with the large tree perfectly placed in the foreground and with the line of trees in autumn colours making a fine diagonal across the mid ground before the distant hills and beneath a wonderfully interesting and broody sky. Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3519 W: 301 N: 7558] (39427)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 8:54]
    Hello Gert,

    I've been looking at Wikipedia and I see that the words "taxicab" and "taxi" were first coined in 1906 in New York as a contracted versions of the words "taximeter cabriolet". I rather suspect that these two horse drawn vehicles might well predate that time.

    In both photographs you have captured these interesting old vehicles, each with its driver and pair of horses. Your compositions are excellent and the details in both pictures are superb. Lovely bright and vibrant colours too.

    But you ask which do I prefer? I think I'd choose this blue one: the driver of the red one looks to me like a bit of a "spiv" (if you know what I mean) and his horses, especially the one nearest to the camera, don't appear too well nourished and look as though they might bend at the knees and collapse at any time.

    A lovely pair of photographs and an interesting note too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ParaguayParaguay
    Title: Basilica of CaacupéCanon Powershot A640

    Basilica of Caacupé
    gervaso Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1899 W: 38 N: 2486] (9781)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 4:31]
    Hello Alexandre,

    What a wonderfully interesting note you have written and what a lovely pair of photographs you have shown us to illustrate it!

    The symmterical composition of your main photograph is excellent and I like the framing from the overhanging foliage on either side. The wide paved pathway leads us perfectly to the entrance of this lovely basilica.

    Beautiful light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness. And, of course, your workshop photograph explains it all with that lovely image of the fine window.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Boats & ChurchesSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Boats & Churches
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4064 W: 7 N: 6273] (47354)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 3:48]
    Hello Brian,

    Another fine photograph from your beloved Greece - and it's amazing that you've "sat on" this one for over five years!

    Although your exif data state that this was taken near the middle of the day, the light here more becomes that of morning or evening as it is quite soft and beautifully "models" the lovely buildings, making them stand out perfectly against the darker background of the distant hillside. It also brings out the vibrancy of the colours very nicely.

    A well composed photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

  • IranIran
    Title: Edifice of the Sun

    Edifice of the Sun
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3031 W: 103 N: 5268] (23577)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 3:23]
    Hello Klaudio,

    A very fine photograph from a place about which I know rather little - so your note is very welcome and very interesting and informative too.

    You have captured the magnificent facade of this building in the most beautiful light which has brought out all the varied colours and textures wonderfully well. And I love the dappling of the light afforded by the presence of nearby trees.

    A fine diagonal composition with beautiful colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Spoleto - Complesso di San Nicolò

    Spoleto - Complesso di San Nicolò
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9513 W: 132 N: 18432] (119497)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 2:42]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    How wonderful that this ancient building, used for so many purposes over the centuries and eventually almost abandoned and partially demolished, should now have been given a new lease of life - like a Phoenix arisen from the ashes!

    It is unusual for us to see the interiors of modern buildings from you but this is a modern renovation which has been done very tastefully and with respect for the old architecture. The red seats here stand out beautifully and they lead us beautifully through the length of this theatre.

    A very fine photograph with lovely soft light, fine vibrant colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: A detail of the glass roofCanon EOS 60D

    A detail of the glass roof
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6485 W: 238 N: 11190] (75086)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 2:33]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    How wonderful that this magnificent glass roof was taken down and preserved from the onslaught of enemy bombing during the Second World War. And magnificent it is indeed, with wonderful bold lines and glorious vibrant colours.

    You have captured the details and the wonderful colours here perfectly in a very well composed and clear photograph. I can just imagine you lying flat on your back of the Printemps store taking this one!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: A little of Mongolia

    A little of Mongolia
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5155 W: 81 N: 13239] (76255)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 2:22] [+]
    Hi Malgo,

    What an interesting note and what a beautiful photograph of this traditional yurt! Did you buy yourself a hat and some shoes? :)

    The light and colours here are delightful and you have captured this yurt perfectly as it stands out brightly and colourfully against the background of high mountains, mist and the trees between which we see much more modern buildings. The details and clarity are superb and your composition is excellent too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. When I see this I am reminded of the scenes that come into my mind when I listen to Borodin's "In the Steppes of Central Asia" - an enchantic piece of music.

    But, Malgo, here's a little puzzle for you:- Why is it that Borodin's first work cannot be sung or played on a musical instrument or played by an orchestra? Well, Alexander Borodin was actually a part-time musician and composer: his main profession was that of an analytical chemist and his first work was a thesis on the reactions of aldehydes! :)

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Liverpool OneFuji XT 1

    Liverpool One
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 529 W: 6 N: 1434] (7270)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 2:00]
    Hi Mike,

    A very impressive and very "graphic" image - just one of the genres you do so very, very well.

    Very well seen and very well taken too. You're obviously getting your head around your new Fujifilm camera: I hope you're still enjoying it and not finding that you miss the versatility of your old DSLR too much.

    Your composition is clearly well considered and whether that was at the time of taking or during subsequent cropping does not really matter. The light, tones and contrasts are superb and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NamibiaNamibia
    Title: Uyimbube

    Uyimbube
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2763 W: 81 N: 6774] (30665)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 1:21] [+]
    Hello Rosemary,

    A very interesting and emotive note you have written and I do hope that, in the end, Solomon Linda's family do receive a decent financial recompense for what he was so cruelly denied during his lifetime.

    Two beautiful photographs of Mbube - one of him dozing and one of him awakening. They are both beautiful pictures and I love the dappled light afforded by the shadows of the overhanging tree. I'm wondering just how close you were when you took these shots - I see that you took your main picture on a focal length of 240mm. The light, colours, exposure and sharpness are all just perfect.

    I love both of these but I must confess that, on balance, I think I prefer your workshop picture which, because it is a closer view and Mbube is awake, is just that little bit more intimate.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Squirrels or Canal?Nikon D-300

    Squirrels or Canal?
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 211 N: 7081] (28337)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 1:02]
    Good morning Bev,

    This is a bit like my last two pictures - as my Mum used to say, "I went to view the view, but missed the view and viewed the mist." You went looking for squirrels and you got a picture of a canal and some narrowboats. Not a bad trade-off really, I suppose!

    A fine shot this, the boats nicely framed under the arch of the bridge and with lovely reflections in the calm water of the canal. Lovely warm light, a fine diagonal composition and excellent colours, details and sharpness.

    I like your workshop picture too - very well taken in these shaded woods - and I swear I can just see a squirrel poking his head out from behind a tree and thumbing his nose at you.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Street Performers - INikon D 5000

    Street Performers - I
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5393 W: 482 N: 15068] (82206)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-20 0:39]
    Hello Mesut,

    This is an interesting photograph! Is this what is called a "zither" or a "dulcimer"?

    You have not only captured good sharp and clear views of this instument and the face of the musician playing it, but you have also caught a lovely intimate interaction between the two. The man seems happy to be playing and I love the details we can see as his fingers move across the strings.

    A very well caught moment with lovely light, natural true colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Lochnagar from afar

    Lochnagar from afar
    bobsmith Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 10] (65)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-19 16:01]
    Hi Bob,

    As promised (in my forum message to you), I'm having a look at your gallery - so I started from the beginning and found this jewel of a photograph which appears to have had very little attention despite having been here for over six years: though I do see that Craig (macjake) added a critique just a couple of days ago.

    Anyway, this is a delightful photograph, so typical of winter in the Scottish hills. Despite what at least one person has said, I think that the strategically placed walking pole is a fine inclusion in the image - it is perfectly placed in the frame, leaning against a small cairn, and adds a splash of foreground colour and interest and, as a result, depth to the whole picture.

    The colours are true and natural and the snow is indeed white - not dirty grey as is so often seen. But it is the lovely play of light on the distant snow clad mountains and mid ground which makes this photograph so special. Technically excellent too with spot-on exposure and perfect details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Whiteout in Jackson Hole

    Whiteout in Jackson Hole
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1566 W: 0 N: 3840] (18949)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1294 W: 396 N: 4918] (19728) [2014-11-19 2:24]
    Hello Ann,

    Although we are having remarkably mild and warm weather just now for this time of year, looking at this fine photograph makes me shiver!

    The presence of the red car, of course, is absolutely essential here as it provides a bright focal point and holds the composition together perfectly. It is also placed perfectly in the frame as also is the sweeping line of the snow covered roadway which leads us nicely into the frame.

    Your "selective desaturation" has been done very well and very subtly, if only because I wouldn't actually have noticed it unless you had pointed it out in your note, and it certainly does add to the impression of intense cold and bleakness.

    A very fine photograph and a fine reminder of your Yellowstone trip from almost two years ago - and with your usual excellent technical quality.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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