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  • FranceFrance
    Title: Saint Brevin les Pins

    Saint Brevin les Pins
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3098 W: 23 N: 3661] (38601)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 14:32]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    This is a stunningly beautiful shot and I think much of its beauty derives from its sheer simplicity.

    Your composition is simple yet strong, the only interruption in the progression from nearest foreground to the horizon being a slim line of land and the row of bright yellow buoys strategically placed across the frame.

    Gorgeous light and colours, stunning reflections, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The mill of PorquerollesPentax K10D

    The mill of Porquerolles
    chrisnet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2949 W: 110 N: 5637] (22366)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 14:25]
    Bonjour Christian,

    This is a very fine photograph of this lovely mill, well composed and made all the more attractive on account of the presence of a few brightly dressed visitors in the frame.

    The light, as in all of your photographs, is beautiful and you have managed it well with fine contrasts. The sky in particular is beautiful, making a fine backdrop to the sails of this ancient mill. Good natural colours, wonderful textures in the old stonework and exquisite details and sharpness.

    You have written an interesting note but I am surprised that you find difficulty in posting vertical format images. I wonder what is the problem?

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Your workshop, using "Shift N" has straightened the verticals very well here - it's now totally perfect!

  • FranceFrance
    Title: phares de Trouville

    phares de Trouville
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2715 W: 0 N: 6058] (35841)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 12:55] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    I remember that you showed us this red topped lighthouse before but this is a delightful shot, showing not only the larger lighthouse with its red top but also its smaller green topped "companion"!

    I love your strong composition and the good "lead in" lines of the wooden railings which lead us into the distance to the little outcrop of land and beach.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. You mentioned in your note that you were not entirely happy that the larger lighthouse was not completely straight. I hope you will not be offended, but I have done a very quick workshop for you in an attempt to straighten it.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The yellow facadeCanon EOS 60D

    The yellow facade
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6732 W: 239 N: 11737] (78960)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 12:02]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Another fabulous photograph from your trip to Troyes, this time of the two upper storeys of a half timbered building taken with a fine almost symmetrical and very pleasing composition.

    But it is the light which makes this one so special: that light which strikes the façade of the building obliquely and which so brings out all the textures of the old woodwork and plasterwork so beautifully. The colours are perfect and the pink flowers in the windows "lift" the image beautifully.

    Perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • EstoniaEstonia
    Title: After a long hard climbSony DSC HX200v

    After a long hard climb
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7856 W: 120 N: 15056] (82472)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 11:57]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    What an interesting note you have written, particularly about this tall tower and these presence of a nurse station at the top!

    And what a beautiful aerial view of the city below in this finely composed photograph, the tall distant spires standing out against a clear blue sky and the bright red roofs filling the foreground.

    Gorgeous sunlight, fine vibrant colours and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Heddal Stave ChurchCanon PowerShot G1 X

    Heddal Stave Church
    saxo042 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3643 W: 205 N: 5835] (37642)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 11:36]
    Hello Gunnar,

    How wonderful to see you back posting photographs again! I've just noticed that this is only the second picture which you have uploaded this year - but this one has certainly been worth all the waiting!

    As always, you've given us a fascinating and very informative note. I presume that the legend refers to the building of the original church in the 13th century and not to these more recent restorations?

    You have, of course, shown us wonderful photographs of stave churches before, but never one on such a grand scale and with such tall and complex proportions as this one. To me it almost looks more like a fairy-tale castle than a church.

    And your photograph is truly stunning: the light is beautifully soft, the colours rich and vibrant and your composition excellent and pleasing. And even when viewed at its full size of 3000 x 2725 pixels, it is stunningly clear and sharp.

    I do look forward to seeing many more of your pictures again soon.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Flaherty & CoCanon EOS 1100D

    Flaherty & Co
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6913 W: 63 N: 19732] (89858)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 8:28]
    Hello Steven,

    Today must be a day of names: I've just critiqued a photograph of Claude (CLODO) showing a butcher's shop belonging to Mr. Beef and now we see the premises of a French coffee and tea seller rejoicing in the less than familiar Callic name of Flaherty!

    Very well spotted and very well taken! But there's a lot more to this picture than the name above the shop: your composition is excellent and you have captured the magnificent half timbered façade of this building beautifully with its rich colours and beautiful reflections of the blue sky in its windows. Even the lone boy sitting outside Mr. Flaherty's shop adds nicely to the foreground and aids the composition too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Take a seatPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Take a seat
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 0 N: 505] (2528)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 8:18]
    Hello Jean,

    Gosh, this reminds me so much of the picture I recently uploaded from Tissington Hall, also in Derbyshire, but your photograph has much more depth and foreground interest as well as a lot more lovely colour.

    O.K, the sky is a bit bright but there's nothing really that you could have done about that and, of course, the sky occupies only a tiny fraction of this delightful picture. I love your strong diagonal composition with the line of the pathway leading us past the inviting table and chairs and the colourful border to the distant view of those lovely huge windows which must allow the ingress of so much light.

    The light is beautifully soft, your colours true yet vibrant and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Boucherie Duboeuf!Nikon D 90

    Boucherie Duboeuf!
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2397 W: 1219 N: 2350] (32140)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 4:52]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Ah, ha, Mr. Beef the butcher - but here we only can see his back as he works away in his empty shop in the background. But Mrs. Onion (or could it be Mrs.Tomato, dressed in red) dominates the foreground at her grocery stall while a gentleman dressed also in bright red peruses her wares wondering what to buy.

    A very well seen (and waited for) moment, well caught and with brilliant colours, perfect composition and excellent details and clarity.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: Décor des FéroéNikon D800

    Décor des Féroé
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 9336 W: 0 N: 14233] (129967)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 4:45]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    A beautiful and well taken photograph with strong composition yet soft light and very natural colours.

    The tall peak on the left is perfectly placed in the frame and rises beautifully through the mist while beneath it we see the row of colourful houses standing proudly against the mist and above beautiful verdant grassland. The glimpse of a waterfall at bottom right balances the tall mountain perfectly. Stunning details and sharpness complete this beautiful image.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Limenitis reducta

    Limenitis reducta
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10268 W: 132 N: 20554] (130286)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 4:40]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    A delightful and perfect macro photograph of this beautiful butterfly taken on a long macro lens putting the background perfectly out of focus to make this lovely creature stand out stunningly in fine light.

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

    And a very interesting and informative note.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Tour EDFNikon E5700

    Tour EDF
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 294 N: 1707] (8265) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 3:17]
    Hello Will,

    A very fine note you have written about this interesting piece of architecture and you have also given us a striking and beautifully exposed and presented photograph of it!

    Thank you for including a map link: I've looked carefully at it and also done a little tour around this building in the company of Google's little yellow man. Unfortunately the yellow man is far, far less competent that you with his camera, his images from this viewpoint mostly having been taken into direct sunlight with awful results. But you have chosen a better time of day (though your exif data don't reveal that) to capture this fine building in lovely light with fine contrasts, lovely tones and excellent textures. Your symmetrical composition is striking and the details and sharpness are exquisite. And all the more praiseworthy considering that this has been taken with quite an early model of compact digital camera.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
    Title: A message from above

    A message from above
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4076 W: 331 N: 8972] (45167)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 2:53]
    Hello Gert,

    Three lovely and very colourful photographs of these "tall" people (on stilts) who appear to be handing out "fliers" to adults and children as some sort of promotion, whether that be for an upcoming concert or play or musical event or, as you also suggest, the opening of a new shop or store. What a pity you didn't take one of these leaflets to take home and translate at your leisure!

    Your main picture is the most colourful and striking but the others are perhaps better composed, especially the one of the tall woman and the children as that really does emphasise the difference in height of the characters and also gives us a fine wide view of this city square.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. On the subject of not quite knowing what is going on, you might be interested to read my critique of Jasmine's recent photo - as you rightly said, this is not a death mask but is, in fact, simply one of a series of very old painted wooden carvings of the heads of English monarchs and so not the slightest bit spooky or macabre.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Rowan Trees at ScorhillNikonD300s

    Rowan Trees at Scorhill
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1171 W: 41 N: 2250] (15561)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 1:35] [+]
    Hello Les,

    By Jove, what a fascinating note you've written about the uses and the value of the Rowan. And you've given us two very fine photographs of this particularly wild and weather-beaten example.

    Both photographs are perfectly composed and taken so I hope I'm not being asked which I prefer. In each the characterful tree is perfectly portrayed against a lovely sky and its background landscape in lovely soft light and with fine rich colours. Perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I very much liked browsing your "West Devon Part 3" theme - congratulations upon that.

    P.P.S. Your photograph also immediately reminded me of a song about the Rowan tree which I remember my mother sometimes singing when I was a kid. It was written in the 19th century by a Scotswoman, Lady Carolina Nairne, from Perthshire so I suppose it was appropriate that my Mum, also from Perthshire, sang it.

    You can read the words here and even listen to someone singing it here.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Mask No.4

    Mask No.4
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 230 W: 33 N: 427] (3299)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-27 0:52] [+]
    Hello Jasmine,

    Considering what must have been pretty poor light levels (and your exif data would tend to confirm that), you have managed what light you had very well here and the result is a rather mysterious and also rather spooky image. Of course, taking pictures of even living peoples' faces from this low angle tends to give an unflattering result! The light is well managed, your colours are well saturated and the details and sharpness are excellent.

    But, you know, there's not actually anything creepy or spooky at all about this poor fellow. This isn't a death mask and he wasn't a poor fellow either. He's one of a series of carved and painted wooden heads of English monarchs on display in the White Tower, Tower of London.

    This is King William III (reigned 1689 - 1702) and the carving was done in the year of his death by an artisan called Nicholas Alcock who was subsequently paid the sum of £2 for his work on 30th April, 1703.

    You can read more about these Wooden Heads here and more specifically about this particular one of William III here.

    A very well taken photograph!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Head for the White House.Nikon D-300

    Head for the White House.
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3607 W: 223 N: 8294] (33381)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-25 0:07] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    Oops, I almost missed this one! You've written an interesting note (as always) but here I am, sitting with my tongue hanging out and wondering if you ever did actually find that pub!

    Yes, your "new" style (though I rather think it has been tried before by others!) works very well here, the nicely out of focus heads of oat in the foreground (less ripe than those in sunshine) making an impressive though unobtrusive foreground above which we see the white house perfectly portrayed against an interesting sky.

    Lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent composition. But where's that darn pub?

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Bergerac

    Bergerac
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3098 W: 23 N: 3661] (38601)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-24 23:56]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    An interesting note and two fine photographs by way of illustration.

    Your main photograph is very well seen and very well taken, the vertical reflections of the church with its tall spire combining well with the diagonal lines of the glass. A lovely colourful and clear image.

    And I love your workshop of the nicely coloured statue of Cyrano de Bergerac, a writer and character of whom we are all aware, standing out beautifully on account of your low viewpoint which perfectly emphasises his large nose!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Never bought or soldPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Never bought or sold
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 0 N: 505] (2528)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-24 13:00] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Hello Jean,

    You've given us a fascinating note about this place and how wonderful that it dates almost back to the time of the Norman Conquest.

    How nice too that the lord of the manor is now Mr. Manners! Funnily enough, as a retired doctor, I always wanted to live in a house big enough to be able to call it "Bedsyde Manor", but it never happened!

    This is a delightful photograph and very well taken with good light and fine natural colours. Lots of excellent detail too. Just a pity about the overly bright sky but there's not a lot you could have done about that.

    Always up for a challenge, I'm afraid I've "had a go" at a simple workshop for you: I hope you don't mind and won't be offended. Basically I've tried to put a bit of interest into that sky but I'm not sure I've been entirely successful. I've also tried to add just a little bit of "punch" to the house and gardens but perhaps I've just overdone that a bit - see what you think.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Street photography?Nikon D 90

    Street photography?
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2397 W: 1219 N: 2350] (32140)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-24 12:29]
    Bonjour Claude,

    How interesting that you were born in Troyes - and, from Jean Jacques' pictures (as well as this one of yours) it looks to be a beautiful city.

    This is a very well seen and very well taken photograph. I presume that the glass in these windows is possibly as old as some of the buildings themselves and the distortion which we see in the reflections from the irregular old glass are delightful, accentuating the rustic appearance of the old half-timbered buildings.

    A nicely composed photograph with the ancient rough woodwork on the right nicely balancing the main theme of windows with their interesting reflections.

    Good light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Answer to Claude (clodo)Canon EOS 60D

    Answer to Claude (clodo)
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6732 W: 239 N: 11737] (78960)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1427 W: 399 N: 5477] (22132) [2015-08-24 12:22]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Ah, ha, you have played Claude at his own game!

    Two identical windows with two very different reflections in them, very well taken and very well put together as a pair too, each image with perfect light and colours and your usual exquisite details and sharpness.

    Claude-un point: Jean Jacques-un point.

    Bravo!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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