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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Castle WallsSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Castle Walls
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4185 W: 7 N: 6477] (48620)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-25 10:10]
    Hello Brian,

    A spectacular shot of Arundel Castle with a warm afternoon light, impeccable sharpness and wonderful warm cold colour contrasts between the blue sky and the yellow Autumn tones of the vegetation. Nice shadow play on the fg wall. Amazing repetition of the turrets and towers. Effectively framed with no part of the space wasted. Tfs!

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: The view from  Urquhart BluffCanon EOS 1100D

    The view from Urquhart Bluff
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6416 W: 63 N: 18497] (83631)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-25 10:07]
    Hello Stephen,

    Had to look this up in a map. It's actually quite close to the larger hamlet of Airey's Inlet to the east. A superb high pov with an expansive view across the windswept beaches. Good sharpness and excellent colour and saturation. I have been from Torquay to Apollo Bay and also to Port Campbell. Some of Australia's best coastline. Tfs!

  • FranceFrance
    Title: CancaleCanon 400 D

    Cancale
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6556 W: 236 N: 11369] (76284)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-25 10:01]
    Hello Jean Jacques,

    Amazing repetition of the bg boats. Good sharpness, colour and saturation. The fg beachcombers add scale and animate the scene. The 2 headland either side bookend the shot nicely as well as providing symmetry to the composition. I like the contrast of wooded headland at left and bare rocky promontory at right. Thought the dark sections were oyster racks and this is confirmed in your excellent note. Tfs!

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: No men's beachSony DSC HX200v

    No men's beach
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7242 W: 119 N: 13804] (76754)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-25 9:49]
    Ciao Luciano!

    Looks wonderful. I like the repetition of the coconut palms along the foreshore at left. Clear, clean water, not too rough, very little or no litter on the beach, almost no people. Paradise! Good sharpness, colour and saturation also. A nice warm cold color contrast between the blue sky and reddish yellow sand. Tfs!

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Oostkerke Mill 3Canon 7 D

    Oostkerke Mill 3
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18959 W: 517 N: 32560] (139094)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-25 9:45]
    Hallo John,

    The fg grass blades slightly oof add depth and layering the secondary layer and row of bg trees. Good sharpness and the windmill with red and green blades is a clear and immediate focal point. Excellent colour and saturation. I also like the warm cold colour contrast between the blue sky and yellow vegetation. Tfs!

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Ice teethCanon EOS 60D

    Ice teeth
    jemaflor Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8503 W: 378 N: 8088] (84629)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-25 9:42]
    Hello Jean,

    Superb graphism of light vs dark tones and I like the repetition of the ice teeth. Good sharpness and a fine upward pov with excellent lighting. I like the minimalist colour and the perspective has been well managed. The double layer of icicles is eyecatching. Superb shadow detail and density levels. Tfs!

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Movable bridges: Pyrmont

    Movable bridges: Pyrmont
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5420 W: 85 N: 13916] (78808)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-25 9:25]
    Hello Malgo

    There was another swing bridge at Middle Harbour. Love the repetition of the flags at right here. Good sharpness and the bg ferry and fg boats add good focal points at left. Excellent colour and saturation despite the dull day with a pleasant diffused light. Tfs!

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Porto Alegre 2015 nº 001 - DO BARCO !Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Porto Alegre 2015 nš 001 - DO BARCO !
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8981 W: 56 N: 12018] (65378)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 8:02]
    Hello Neyvan,

    I have found through trial and error that using the sports section of my digital camera will freeze a moving fg or subject to give a sharper image than a landscape setting. The 3 jetboats at right enliven the scene but are unsharp. You could also go the other way and use a higher fstop with a longer exposure time so that they become motion blurred streaks of color. The bg city makes a superb backdrop. Tfs!

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Jaszczurowka Chapel

    Jaszczurowka Chapel
    PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 676 W: 1 N: 1275] (8538)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:58]
    Ciao Piotr

    Superb sharpness and a good tonal range in this wonderful b&w image of the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Zakopane. I like the wedding cake like tiers in the church. Good exposure on the white snowy highlights with effective tight framing. Nice graphism of the dark cross against the lighter sky. Tfs!

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pontile in pietra

    Pontile in pietra
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2662 W: 20 N: 3246] (32683)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:55]
    Hello Carlo,

    Perfect symmetrical reflections in the mirror like surface of the placid water. You were lucky to strike a day with little or no wind. Good sharpness and excellent density levels and saturation. Good lighting contrasts and I like the warm cold color contrasts between the yellow green weed on the pylons and the reflected blue skylight within the water. Tfs!

  • PortugalPortugal
    Title: The countryside in winter...IIFujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR

    The countryside in winter...II
    adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5163 W: 64 N: 9149] (36977)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:52]
    Hello Ana,

    Looks like Girraween near Stanthorpe in eastern Australia. The balancing granite rock makes a fine focal point. And you are well off in winter. Here in Moldova it is bleak, 0c, cold, and all the trees look dead and bare. The cork trees add a welcome splash of greenery and are of interest in their own right. Usually I only see olive tree groves around southern Europe. Tfs!

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Chicago's Unique Downtown AreaPentax K7

    Chicago's Unique Downtown Area
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5030 W: 88 N: 11770] (56460)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:48]
    Hello Craig

    Like you, I am a fan of extreme wide angled shots, and I do not particularly care if the buildings at both far right and far left are leaning inwards or outwards, as long as the central verticals are at right angles and the horizon is straight as they are here. The bg cityscape looks like Melbourne in Australia. Good sharpness and great to see the people enjoying a game of beach volleyball on the beach side shores of Lake Michigan. Tfs!

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Newfoundland - 2014 - 63Nikon D300

    Newfoundland - 2014 - 63
    pierrefonds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6919 W: 108 N: 12245] (56931)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:44]
    Hello Pierre,

    The red and cyan colors of the unusual Catalina aircraft are perfect complimentary opposites. Good sharpness and a soft diffused light with no hard shadows. I might have cropped some of the white featureless sky for a more wide-angled view but this is fine as is. Excellent saturation and framing. Tfs!

  • AustriaAustria
    Title: Home, sweet home

    Home, sweet home
    fritzi007 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1879 W: 0 N: 743] (5280)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:40]
    Hello Wolfgang,

    Missed this one. I like the horse at left in the bottom corner of the frame. It adds life to the cold and desolate looking winter scene covered in snow. The bg cattle in the stall are only just visible and enhance the effect. Good sharpness and a fine exposure on the white highlights of the snow. Tfs!

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Monastery ...on the rockCanon 350 D

    Monastery ...on the rock
    danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10940 W: 291 N: 22096] (86621)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:37]
    Hello Danos!

    I only got to visit 3 of the 6 surviving Meteora monasteries so am saving the other 3 for another visit. Will get a taxi up there next time. Did not see a single public bus despite assurances that they went every hour. This looks like the first monastery at the bottom of the hill which I did visit. Good sharpness and amazing location and landscape of the buildings perched atop the granite rocks. Tfs!

  • RomaniaRomania
    Title: Stained Glass Artworks - IKodak EasyShare DX6490

    Stained Glass Artworks - I
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5546 W: 487 N: 15483] (84216)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:31]
    Hi Mesut

    Religion is often very dominant and important in the lives of most human beings. And one way to express it is through art, although at various times in the past, especially during the Reformation period, clerics argued that it was the imagery and the statues being worshiped, and not God himself, & that this was akin to idolatry. Sadly many cathedrals around Europe were ransacked of all statues and artwork, so it is good to see that some of it survived. I might have to visit this church when I am in Bucharest in February. Tfs!

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Todiano

    Todiano
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9718 W: 132 N: 18937] (122043)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:26]
    Ciao Silvio,

    Excellent sharpness and a fine angled pov on the old stone building at left showing a 2 rather than 1 dimensional aspect. I like the minimalist colours and diffused lighting. The bg village with its tightly clustered houses and the dominant belltower poking well above the town make a fine backdrop. Tfs!

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Mama Bear and Cubs

    Mama Bear and Cubs
    Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2746 W: 157 N: 6167] (25344)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:23]
    Hello Way

    Effective tight framing on the black bears with the mother cub showing the ropes to the 2 attentive cubs on how to diy when it comes to catching fish! Good sharpness and a pleasant diffused light. I like the splash of yellow green from the lichens and moss clinging to the boulders. Tfs!

  • AustriaAustria
    Title: Saint George's Abbey

    Saint George's Abbey
    fritzi007 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1879 W: 0 N: 743] (5280)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:19]
    Hello Wolfgang.

    I like the right angled pov on the tower which is perfectly positioned at the 90 degree mark. It red roof and the orange red roof of the adjoining low rise building at right create a fine warm cold color contrast against the bg blue sky. Good sharpness and saturation with effective tight framing. Tfs!

  • IsraelIsrael
    Title: Air-Canada Dreamliner on Take-offCanon EOS 60D

    Air-Canada Dreamliner on Take-off
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6376 W: 588 N: 12021] (57080)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10133 W: 993 N: 19334] (97786) [2015-01-24 7:16]
    Hello Ike,

    Another fine addition to your growing collection of international aircraft. This one with the distinctive Canadian red maple leaf. A fine upward pov on the undercarriage with good sharpness and no discernible motion blur from the high speed jet. The blue and white sky makes a superb backdrop. Tfs!

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