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  • GermanyGermany
    Title: REPOST "Bach or Buxtehude"Nikon D200

    REPOST "Bach or Buxtehude"
    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6196 W: 468 N: 10822] (36467)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-07-03 3:53] [+]
    Hello Bulent,

    An interesting question - who could this be? Bach or Buxtehude? The dress of the man does not really seem to resemble that in any portraits of J.S. Bach which I have seen and, as far as I know, only one portrait of Buxtehude exists. So my money would probably have to be on Buxtehude!

    Be that as it may, this is a delightful and beautiful candid photograph of this elegant "statue" as he smiles benevolently upon the little girl with golden hair passing before him, the colour of her hair nicely matching the trimmings of his coat.

    A very finely composed photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. But are you not underestimating Bach's stoicism and stamina? I had always believed that the young Bach had actually walked all the way from Arnstadt to Lübeck, a distance in excess of 400 kilometres or 250 miles. But perhaps historians have exaggerated the facts.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Lost Horizon

    Lost Horizon
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5261 W: 371 N: 11119] (54463)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-07-01 9:24]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    This is a spectacular shot and even more impressive is its detail and sharpness, particularly as you took it from a small aircraft.

    A wonderfully, almost graphic, image of the coastline of this lagoon which has a pinkish hue about it though nothing nearly quite so pink as we have seen in your other photographs from this place. A fabulous picture which makes me look and look again - I still can't quite work out a proper sense of scale either - how high were you?- are all the dark dots in the foreground small rocks or big ones or big clumps of vegetation - or trees? Yet I love it!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Eggs from hell

    Eggs from hell
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5897 W: 90 N: 15199] (84117)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-07-01 9:15]
    Hi Malgo,

    A very interesting note about these hot springs and people cooking eggs in them. And three brilliant pictures too. But, like you, I wouldn't like to eat an egg with a chicken inside it either - Yuk!

    Of all your pictures here, this one has to be my favourite. I just love how the eggs, the maize and the ?eggplant sit waiting to be cooked while the woman sits, totally bored, reading her newspaper. Perhaps you should have eaten some of her eggs to give her something to do?

    From the photographic point of view, this is also a delightful picture because the food is clearly seen, brightly lit and pin-sharp in the foreground while the woman is almost hidden in the steam.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: La Poesia di Castelluccio

    La Poesia di Castelluccio
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10154 W: 132 N: 20124] (128359) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 14:25]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    Oh, it doesn't get any better than this! This is a truly magnificent photograph - the young boy with his mother in a field of glorious and colourful flowers on a summer's day! What could be more delightful?

    Yes, Silvio, I must come and see it all some day. But in the meantime I am happy just to admire your wonderful photograph with its glorious light and colours, so well captured.

    Thank you for this lovely picture, Silvio!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Rue de la Tour GaillardeCanon EOS 60D

    Rue de la Tour Gaillarde
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6712 W: 239 N: 11645] (78372)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 14:01]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    You are fortunate to live in such a beautiful city and this small street in the centre of Auxerre is stunningly beautiful.

    You have composed this photograph extremely well, using the vertical lines of the timbers of these old houses to give a wonderfully graphic effect, yet also taken it close enough to allow us to see the details, colours and textures of the ancient woodwork and walls wonderfully well.

    Lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: From the follyPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    From the folly
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 374] (1944)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 13:36]
    Hello Jean,

    Judging by the quality of this lovely photograph, it obviously wasn't folly to climb this folly because the folly has not only given you a fine high viewpoint but you have been able to incorporate a part of its decaying stonework to make a fine foreground, so adding depth and interest to the image.

    And very well done you in achieving such remarkable depth of field and sharpness - everything is pin-sharp from the nearest stone in this wall to the horizon and the bridge is perfectly portrayed - I'm sure you could probably not even have seen that from ground level.

    Lovely light and colours and an interesting note.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Tutti i fiori di Castelluccio

    Tutti i fiori di Castelluccio
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10154 W: 132 N: 20124] (128359)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 13:23]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    As always, you have given us an interesting note and a delightful photograph from just yesterday to accompany it.

    What a gorgeous and splendid display of colours from the flowers of the plateau of Castelluccio! And you have captured this display perfectly in this lovely photograph which gives so much importance to the foreground and yet also lets us see the distant patchwork of colours in the far off fields.

    Gorgeous light and colours and amazing details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Alignement de drapeauxSony RX100 II

    Alignement de drapeaux
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1602 W: 128 N: 1260] (19477)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 13:19]
    Bonjour Roland,

    The colourful flags add brightness to this picture and their diagonal line, together with that of the bridge, leads the eye nicely into the depths of the image and to the distant buildings while the left foreground is occupied by the beautiful blue/green waters of the Rhône.

    Lovely light, fine vibrant colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Blue Voyage 2015 - VIIINikon D 5000

    Blue Voyage 2015 - VIII
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5749 W: 492 N: 16125] (88168)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 13:14]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    How nice that these little boats come to visit you and are able to provide you with fresh fish and seafood - I am sure you could not possibly get them fresher than that!

    A lovely and nicely composed photograph with the blue and white boat and its master perfectly placed in the foreground and with the little harbour behind and its houses hiding beyond the trees.

    Lovely light and colours and, actually, it doesn't appear so cold as you say in your note. Perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: View from the cathedral stepsCanon EOS 1100D

    View from the cathedral steps
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6782 W: 63 N: 19444] (88357)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 8:54]
    Hello Stephen,

    Always the sleuth, I have tried (but in vain) to find out what that rather beautiful and ornate building behind the railings on the right might be: however, I suspect you might be right in thinking it is perhaps the Bishop's Palace judging by its grandeur.

    But, whatever that building is, this is a fabulous view, the warm colours of the buildings standing out gloriously against the clear blue sky. In fact, I suspect if I'd been here I would have lingered quite a while in the shade of the cathedral and enjoyed the view a little longer - that sun looks blisteringly hot out there.

    A very well composed photograph indeed with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Bend it in BuxtonNikon D-300

    Bend it in Buxton
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3525 W: 223 N: 8104] (32603)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 8:11]
    Hello Bev,

    Not really being a football fan, as soon as I read your title I was waiting to see a rowdy bunch of TE members bending their elbows in the Queen's Head in Buxton.

    But this is a far more sober picture - and a fine one at that. How clever simply to crop out the bottom part of the scene which, of course, was littered with builders' rubbish and other detritus, but also to come up with a very appealing composition as a result.

    There's not a lot of light on the main façade of the crescent but that is more than compensated by the lovely bright light on the corner of the building in the left foreground, so adding a wonderful sense of depth to the image. Lovely colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness. But where's the big sculpture on the roofline with the shield and two stags? I guess that must be slightly farther round to the right!

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Let the Cannon Balls Fly!Pentax K3

    Let the Cannon Balls Fly!
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5300 W: 88 N: 12614] (59956)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 5:41]
    Hi Craig,

    Hee, hee, I hope you weren't thinking of me when you wrote your title - mine are well tucked in, thank you very much. :-)

    Geez, these guys certainly knew how to build - I can't imagine many modern buildings lasting over eight centuries, never mind withstanding an onslaught by cannon fire.

    The light here is magnificent and lights up this wonderful cathedral beautifully against the dark sky with its puffy white clouds as well as bringing out all the lovely colours and textures in the ancient stonework.

    Gorgeous light and colours and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Could the cannon ball be between the two largest windows - I think I see what looks like a rusty mark running down from it?

  • SlovakiaSlovakia
    Title: Beautiful Bardejov - 2

    Beautiful Bardejov - 2
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3922 W: 319 N: 8612] (43701)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 1:35]
    Hello Gert,

    Most certainly not! Those brightly dressed children, all "following the leader" and full of excitement setting off on their excursion, add colour and interest and a very fine foreground to your photograph of this beautifully preserved town which appears refreshingly devoid of both motor cars and advertising slogans.

    A beautifully clear and sunny day compared to your previous "aerial" view of this place, showing off the clean and tidy square with its pristine and colourful buildings. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and clarity.

    Two excellent workshop pictures from this place too and, as always, a fine note.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Vineyards in Val'dOrcia

    Vineyards in Val'dOrcia
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5897 W: 90 N: 15199] (84117) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 1:23]
    Hi Malgo,

    Please do not apologise for showing us your pictures - I love them all! Keep them coming! :)

    And what a glorious scene - so nice to stand and look or take a walk through this lovely vineyard, especially under a fabulous sky like this one!

    A beautiful shot with lovely light and fine vibrant colours. I like how the rows of vies lead us to the red roofed building in the distance, as also do the hundreds of puffy white clouds dotting the deep blue sky. Perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Flowers carpetCanon 50D

    Flowers carpet
    Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8411 W: 4413 N: 14733] (58426)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-30 1:13] [+]
    Bonjour Didi,

    As soon as I read your interesting note, I just had to do some research for you! I do believe that the flowering plants in the water here are Ranunculus fluitans, sometimes called "water buttercups" in Britain. I found an interesting page here - look at the big image on the right and you can read the note. I hope that helps!

    Your photograph has an excellent diagonal composition with the brightly lit bridge making a fine background to demonstrate the lovely flowers occupying the surface of the smooth waters of the Loiret. The light and colours are beautiful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Piazza Grande

    Piazza Grande
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2993 W: 22 N: 3510] (37232)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-29 3:41]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    An interesting note and a delightful photograph!

    You have captured this lovely piazza in lovely soft light of evening as the setting sun just catches the top of the cathedral. But, despite the rest of the scene being in relative shade, we can still see some lovely details in the piazza and the people out for an evening walk.

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

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Let the Light ShinePentax K3

    Let the Light Shine
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5300 W: 88 N: 12614] (59956)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-28 13:31]
    Hi Craig,

    This is magnificent! It's almost as though God knew you were coming and opened up the clouds and let a glorious beam of light come down and light up this little town especially for you and Tosca!

    The light on the houses and foreground snow is delightful, making them stand out proudly against the darker background of snow covered mountains and dark sky above. A very fine composition with lovely colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Along the Royal MileCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Along the Royal Mile
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3022 W: 95 N: 7649] (31981)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-28 13:26]
    Hi Mariusz,

    Well I certainly recognise this place with the statue of David Hume in the foreground and St. Giles' Cathedral behind. In fact, I reckon you must have been standing quite close to Deacon Brodie's Tavern when you took this.

    A lovely shot taken in fine weather (quite rare for Scotland!) and good light and your wide lens has given you remarkably good depth of field - the picture is stunningly sharp. Lots of interest too from the lots of colourfully dressed people here.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Wonders of natureNikon D90

    Wonders of nature
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 819 W: 66 N: 1604] (9209) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-28 11:53]
    Hello Daniel,

    As always, an interesting note - as well as a question! Of course, I can't make up my mind which I prefer - your last photograph or this one - because I love them both. Your picture from Lofoten is beautiful but it is more bleak and shows a harsher side of Nature than this one with its beautiful greenery. Of course, your slow shutter speed has softened the water flow in the waterfall and the river in this one and that all adds to the "gentle" feel of this picture.

    A beautiful and well composed photograph of a fine waterfall in glorious countryside with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Force of the Tides

    Force of the Tides
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1686 W: 0 N: 4194] (20539)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-28 11:41]
    Hello Ann,

    Looking back at your previous picture from Thor's Well, your note becomes so much clearer, so the water we see here cascading down into a channel is water which was thrown up by the last wave.

    A beautiful photograph with lovely light and in which the bright foreground cascading water stands out brightly against the distant view of hill and sea. Beautiful colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness. A fine composition too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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