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  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Shopping HeavenCanon EOS 1100D

    Shopping Heaven
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7676 W: 63 N: 21383] (97607)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-29 2:33]
    Hello Stephen,

    An interesting note about this well known up-market department store and an excellent "circular panoramic" view of it.

    Your neck might be getting a bit strained with your recent "looking up" shots but I hope you managed to keep a firm grip on your wallet when doing that in this place as I can imagine many of the stores here might be extortionately expensive.

    Looking upwards has certainly given you a wonderful compressed view of the myriad brightly lit store fronts and the lavish modern architecture in this place, full of light and colour and well taken with the golden motif at the bottom anchoring the symmetrical composition perfectly.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.


  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
    Title: On the steppes - red

    On the steppes - red
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7014 W: 100 N: 17770] (95349)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-29 1:23]
    Hi Malgo,

    "Let's twist again - like we did last summer...." - I can just imagine you singing along to Chubby Checker's song as you bounce about in a Jeep crossing the steppes of Kazakhstan! I can't stop thinking about it! :o)

    As always, a fascinating and very informative note and a brilliant photograph too. Perhaps the colours are just a little over exaggerated but this, of course, was not your "good" camera. Even so, the colours are very striking and the scenery beautiful and I love how the bright and colourful foreground flowers contrast so well with the distant blue mountains.

    A real adventure indeed, perfectly captured in this stunning landscape shot.

    Beautiful!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Panorama da Taormina

    Panorama da Taormina
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3710 W: 27 N: 4331] (46545)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 14:16]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Wow! This could be a photograph from a holiday brochure as it's the perfect scene to attract people to this part of Sicily.

    What more could one ask for in a holiday? Warm sunshine, blue sea and sky, a gorgeous coastline, beautiful scenery with flowers - and some ancient history thrown in for good measure.

    A spectacular view, perfectly captured with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Aqua TowerPentax K3

    Aqua Tower
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5944 W: 88 N: 14204] (67126)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 7:41] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    Two fabulous photographs which hark back to your earlier days when modern architectural photography was your main theme.

    I like this one with the modern Aqua Tower reminding me more of a CD rack than of ocean waves, but that's probably just down to my lack of imagination. Your close viewpoint and use of your wide "city" lens has given lovely strong perspective and I like how the upper reaches of the tower are starting to blend into the fog and mist. And, despite the soft light and fog, you have come away with some lovely contrasts and textures.

    But, do you know something? On balance I definitely prefer your workshop picture with the tops of the tall towers - and those in the background - swathed in mist and fog. I simply love that one! For me, that fog would have made my day and I would have been happy snapping away at it all day long! Perhaps you already have enough fog in Vancouver but I'll guess you'll probably see plenty of it in Scotland too.

    Brilliant!

    Cheers,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: devanture originale

    devanture originale
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2797 W: 0 N: 6131] (36833)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 6:30]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    This kind of store wouldn't interest me but I know that you ladies can never have enough handbags or pairs of shoes - my wife would love this place! And I can imagine this shop is quite expensive too!

    You have presented this photograph superbly in a fine bold and strong composition with the handbags and shoes prominent in front of the background of, presumably, old vinyl records.

    Lovely soft light, good colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Rouge de bonheurNikon D7000 HDdSLR

    Rouge de bonheur
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 6541 W: 0 N: 6530] (77485)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 6:20]
    Bonjour Serge,

    A fascinating and informative note and a magnificent photograph to accompany it!

    I love the bold presentation which not only obeys all the classical rules of composition but which is also very pleasing to the eye. Thee deep reds of the lighthouse and its neighbouring house stand out stunningly against the rich green grass and the lovely blue sky. Perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Castelluccio

    Castelluccio
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11172 W: 132 N: 22126] (140951) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 6:06]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    A fabulous photograph of a gorgeous scene in Castelluccio just yesterday and with so many levels to ponder and enjoy - from the colourful foreground meadow flowers to the glorious sky above and with the trees, the flat green plain and the spectacular distant mountains between them.

    A view which perfectly captures the beauty of this region of Italy in late springtime with beautiful light, fine vibrant colours and exquisite depth of field and clarity.

    Absolutely Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Shadows in IbizaNikon D-300

    Shadows in Ibiza
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4094 W: 239 N: 9232] (37967)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 4:35]
    Hello Bev,

    Quite often beauty and simplicity go hand in hand and this, to my mind, is a perfect example. The colour palette couldn't be simpler - just white and blue - and the subjects are little more than a wall and a lamppost with the added features of a couple of shadows. But the resulting outcome is a fine, bold and striking composition in which all the elements are pleasingly ordered within the frame. The light and colours are lovely and what impresses me most is how the eye seems to be drawn automatically to the intricate details of the lamppost as they are portrayed in exquisite detail.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Nice to see you back after your break in Ibiza. I hope you and Len had a wonderful time and I look forward to seeing many more lovely photos!

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Postcard from Krasiczyn CastleCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Postcard from Krasiczyn Castle
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3368 W: 91 N: 8581] (35936)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 4:27]
    Hi Mariusz,

    What a dreadfully sad history this magnificent castle has had, and all in fairly recent times too. It must have survived as a splendid and beautiful place from the 17th century onwards until it was vandalised by Germans and Russians in the 1930s and 1940s. Of course the exterior has now been restored but its vandalised interior will never be restored nor will the dreadful desecration of the sacred remains of so many Polish people.

    But your beautiful photograph gives no hint of this castle's awful recent history. The magnificent structure stands out brightly and boldly against a glorious deep blue sky while the walled roadway leading to its main gate leads us perfectly into the depths of the picture.

    Fabulous light and gorgeous rich colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
    Title: On the steppe of Central Asia

    On the steppe of Central Asia
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7014 W: 100 N: 17770] (95349)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 3:37]
    Hello dear Malgo,

    Two versions of a lovely photograph - one in colour and one in monochrome sepia - and both showing what I tend to imagine when I think of the "Steppes of Central Asia". I often wonder if Alexander Borodin actually came here or if, as a part-time composer, he was more likely to have spent most of his time on his research into aldehydes rather than travelling?

    Yes, I do see that distant range of snow capped mountains and they make a perfect backdrop to the flat plains which are made more interesting by the inclusion of the old Muslim cemetery in the foreground.

    Excellent!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Nr 20Nikon D 5000

    Nr 20
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6048 W: 494 N: 17044] (94610)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 3:30]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    Doorways make a fascinating subject for photographers and this is an excellent example. The old wooden door stands out beautifully with its flaking paintwork, surrounded by the heavy and massive whitewashed surround while the greenery with its little red flowers at its base add pleasingly to the otherwise simple colour palette.

    A fine bold composition with lovely soft light and fine colours.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Nr 26 - IINikon D 5000

    Nr 26 - II
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6048 W: 494 N: 17044] (94610)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 3:25]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    This is indeed a huge doorway as so well shown by the presence of the lady above it. The archway and the worn wooden doors look ancient though the inscription above it dates from only 1953 - well within our lifetimes!

    Your photograph is very well presented with lovely light and natural colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness. But I'm wondering what caused the quite marked wear in the stonework on the left side?

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Dans les champsNikon D800

    Dans les champs
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10494 W: 0 N: 14873] (140154)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 3:01]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    A lovely capture of these bright meadow flowers, the red poppies dominating the foreground, the bright yellow colza behind and all amidst a sea of little white flowers. A wonderfully bright and cheerful image which lifts my spirits!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Madonna delle Lacrime

    Madonna delle Lacrime
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3710 W: 27 N: 4331] (46545)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-28 2:47]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    What a remarkable piece of modern architecture! And it must be even more remarkable to see it amidst so many ancient remains in Syracuse.

    You have taken this photograph from the perfect viewpoint as the sunlight hits it obliquely, showing the tall "ribs" of the structure very well. A fine symmetrical composition with lovely light, perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.

    An interesting note too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Palazzo Reale di Napoli

    Palazzo Reale di Napoli
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11172 W: 132 N: 22126] (140951)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-27 14:47]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    Another fine photograph from the interior of this viceregal palace, very well taken and beautifully presented.

    I love your well considered composition and how the light from a window on the right lights up the doorway on the right which leads us through to numerous other doorways and rooms. The ornate chandelier is perfectly placed in the frame and we can admire the sumptuous wall coverings, the ornate ceiling and the paintings in this gorgeous room.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure despite the difficult lighting conditions and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: bothwell castle

    bothwell castle
    dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 632 W: 0 N: 89] (7525)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-27 14:35]
    Hi Dale,

    I've walked to here along the Clyde walkway with some of my old pals last year - we're a bit like the "Last of the Summer Wine" when we go on our little treks! And I think we sat just at the base of the wall of the castle on the left here to eat our sandwiches.

    I found this castle quite difficult to photograph (I didn't get a decent picture at all) but you have very wisely chosen a low viewpoint and used the lovely bright yellow flowers and a few bluebells to create a beautiful and colourful foreground which contrasts very nicely with the rich red sandstone of the castle ruins. And all beneath a lovely blue sky. This must have been a very fine day.

    Beautiful light and colours, a good composition, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
    Title: The pearl of Tien Shan

    The pearl of Tien Shan
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7014 W: 100 N: 17770] (95349)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-27 14:16]
    Dear "Iron Grandma with the Itchy Feet",

    A fascinating note and a good recount of your intrepid trek around this lake! I'm so pleased that your driver eventually found you!

    But what a glorious view across this lake - and this is the lowest of the three lakes which you describe - I wonder just how beautiful the two higher lakes might be? Perhaps there would not be quite so much lush greenery and trees?

    The is indeed a beautiful view, the high snow capped mountains making a fine background while we see some lovely light on the blue lake itself, nicely framed by the foreground trees which almost glow in the sunlight. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.

    Bravo!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Master of all he surveys?Panasonic Lumix TZ30

    Master of all he surveys?
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 315 W: 0 N: 947] (4531)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-27 14:05]
    Hello Jean,

    As a dedicated recycler, I think it's good that sculptors and other artists can make use of discarded materials and put their skills to work, especially if they can come up with a result as attractive as this splendid fox!

    It may not be art in the classical sense, but this fox is very attractive indeed and you have captured its image perfectly as it stands out colourfully and boldly against the background of these lovely gardens. The light generally is lovely but on the fox itself it is stunning, bringing out the rich colours beautifully. Superb technical quality too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Carlow CathedralCannon EOS 60D

    Carlow Cathedral
    Meglodon Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 45] (205)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-27 13:32] [+]
    Hello Fred,

    An interesting note and a splendid photograph to accompany it!

    I love your composition in which the modern stainless steel sculpture is brightly lit and dominates the left side of the image while the beautiful old cathedral, surrounded by mature trees sits behind it in soft light against a gorgeous deep blue sky.

    The light and colours here are lovely, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I'm sure it's not just a coincidence that two amateur photographers from Ireland share the surname Byrne? :) I hope you're enjoying this site as much as Noel and I do!

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: San Marco in rainNikon D60

    San Marco in rain
    dkmurphys Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4403 W: 83 N: 7455] (57530)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1629 W: 408 N: 5979] (24408) [2016-05-27 13:17]
    Hello Daniel,

    Most of us have probably been here but I never knew about the "Piazetta", so I have learned something useful today!

    The weather wasn't great when you were here but, you know, sometimes rain and wet weather can actually enhance a photograph by increasing colour saturation and reducing strong contrasts. And the dull wet weather here has done just that but it has also given you some lovely reflections on the wet ground as well as providing some very colourfully dressed visitors with their bright clothes and umbrellas.

    Lovely soft light, great colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. And those rows of empty wet chairs make a fine foreground.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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