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  • United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
    Title: Falconer

    Falconer
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3426 W: 107 N: 6013] (27290)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 6:38]
    Hello Klaudio,

    Having just critiqued the portrait of the dancer, I wanted to see the detailed shot of the falconer with his prized bird. The composition with the dark background behind the bird and the light background behind the man presents an interesting compositional effect. These birds of prey have evidently developed an extraordinary technique in attacking their prey. Spotting their prey from a significant height, this bird initially gains speed by flapping his wings while keeping his head and beak cocked forwards in order to minimize the air resistance. As it swoops downwards at increasing speed, the trajectory describes a logarithmic, converging spiral. Usually, the logarithmic spiral is seen in static shapes, horns of rams, the shell of the chambered nautalist, the human ear... But here it is the dynamic trajectory of the bird attacking its prey that describes the shape. If this is a peregrine falcon, it is the fastest species of any animal on earth.

    As you know, birds can see only see sideways. He is looking at you!

    Regards, Klaudio,

    Bulent

  • IndonesiaIndonesia
    Title: Ramayana

    Ramayana
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3426 W: 107 N: 6013] (27290)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 6:37]
    Hello Klaudio,

    This is a fabulous portrait of the young dancer illuminated with soft light of flames. The light management, the details of her costume, and the lack of any blur suggest you captured her in a fleeting moment when she was still. Moreover, your note is excellent, as always.

    I like your bio page photo with the falcon on your arm.

    Regards,

    Bulent

  • NepalNepal
    Title: 2014 Synchronised WalkingNikon D800

    2014 Synchronised Walking
    kasianowak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 2 N: 1361] (9719) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-05 14:31]
    Hello Kasia,

    Indeed, they are synchronized and they have their loads essentially parallel. It is a well composed shot and works well in B&W. Here is a

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: the quay

    the quay
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4657 W: 13 N: 9518] (48762)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-05 9:56]
    Hello Ourania,

    The seams in the ground tiles lead the eye toward the center of the frame creating an effective example of one-point perspective. The red ship on the right and the coat worn by one of the individuals immediately attract the eye, but it is the cat that serves as witness to the drama unfolding... slowly perhaps. This is a wonderful photo.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Le voilierPanasonic LUMIX DMC FZ38

    Le voilier
    papagolf21 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13557 W: 879 N: 24288] (105310)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-05 6:12]
    Bonjour mon ami Philippe,

    This is a bookmark created of a sailboat with variations of blue water and sky, and very pleasant to the eye. The water is as still as glass, making this a placid and peaceful scene in the marina.

    Warm regards, cher ami

    Bulent

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Korenmarkt Ghent XXCanon 7 D

    Korenmarkt Ghent XX
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21885 W: 523 N: 35948] (156520)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-05 6:07]
    Dear John,

    "Sharp as a tack," as we say in English. The resolution perfect, as is the composition. It must have been a confined space since you don't include a little bit more of the scene near the bottom. But it is a timeless scene, an old building, horse carriage, and pedestrians... but devoid of cars.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Swimmers for Zwemmers

    Swimmers for Zwemmers
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7801 W: 102 N: 19717] (102606) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 14:37]
    Dear Malgorzata,

    The photo and the subject are beautiful. But, I am most grateful to have the quote from Victor Hugo, "Dear God! How beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue, the marble must be like flesh. I may be able to integrate it into my new book,

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • MaltaMalta
    Title: Courage...Canon EOS 30D

    Courage...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6934 W: 157 N: 10473] (102352)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 14:30]
    Witaj Krzysztof.

    You captured the diver/jumper in midair, the others oblivious to his acrobatics. Now here is an In flight shot from the other side of the globe from two years ago.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Scotland National Museum, main hallCanon EOS 60D

    Scotland National Museum, main hall
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9051 W: 606 N: 16217] (74775)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 14:24]
    Hello Ike,

    You chose an ideal vantage position to shoot the elk/moose. It's a symmetric architectural point of view, one that this animal sees daily. The museum's display includes an Egyptian statue, the jaw of whale, and an eclectic mix.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Arche et gelNikon D5

    Arche et gel
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 11274 W: 0 N: 15082] (146794)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 14:19]
    Nicolas, mon ami,

    This is a genuinely beautiful winter shot, with a dusting of snow covering the ground and shrubbery. Among the trees, the poplar stands out tying in the dark colors of the trees and the white of the snow.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Anyone wants mulberries ?Nikon FM 2

    Anyone wants mulberries ?
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6098 W: 495 N: 17324] (96290)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 7:53]
    Dear Mesut,

    Forty-years and counting. These kids are now between 45 and 50, and I hope they've had a good life. It's a wonderful stroll down memory lane for all of us.

    Sevgiler,

    Bulent

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Two men and a god

    Two men and a god
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5499 W: 373 N: 11291] (56159)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 7:50] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    Indeed, Ganesha would be my choice of gods, especially since I've always felt a bit leery of the only other Hindu god that I would consider the multi-armed Sheva. Thank God, I don't have a choice. I am a theoretical physicist through and though. Was the statue for sale or just the garlands?

    Enjoy what's left of Sunday.

    Bulent

  • UkraineUkraine
    Title: White Wedding

    White Wedding
    kasianowak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 2 N: 1361] (9719) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-03 9:07]
    Hello Kasia,

    This photo came up in the random order you've selected for your photos on your profile page. Shot in 2010, posted in 2013 and a welcome addition to my gallery of "favorites" in 2016. "White Wedding" or "White on White," by any other name is still a rose. I fear, if I am not more selective, I could fill my entire allowance of favorites with photos you've taken. If you get a chance, take a look at some of my earlier selection of favorites. There are some beauties by Trekkies who appeared and disappeared, like this one: "World of Tomorrow."

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Copacabana Beach I

    Copacabana Beach I
    fritzi007 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2735 W: 0 N: 1718] (11537)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-03 8:02]
    Hello Wolfgang,

    It's a wonderful shot, with you woman approaching from the rear. I have fond memories of wandering around Copacabana Beach, site of our hotel, the Arena Nacional, from 11 months ago. This particular vendor I do not remember seeing, but scores of others I do remember. I also remember a man approaching me and telling me to hide my watch, "They'll kill you for that watch."

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Autumn in BergenCanon 400D Digital

    Autumn in Bergen
    Hansaphotos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 703 W: 63 N: 1503] (8329)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-02 17:54]
    Hello Erling,

    This is a lovely shot from the shores near Bergen. The surface of the water is as mirror-like as I can imagine. I hope that if I visit your beautiful city again (the last time was in 2010), I will get to meet you in person.

    Warm regards and have a good weekend,

    Bulent

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: one step beyondNikon D40

    one step beyond
    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2018 W: 34 N: 3234] (19009)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-02 17:49]
    Hello Benny,

    This is the type of photo from Athens I also like very much. You captured the guards in their traditional outfits against the white marble walls. Your note is highly informative. I see that they have civilized hours to stand guard, and not eight hours at a time, every day of the week.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: PharmacyNikon FM 2

    Pharmacy
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6098 W: 495 N: 17324] (96290)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-02 17:44]
    Merhaba Sevgili Mesut,

    Frequently, we see photos from Gert's archives that have unusually good color and resolution, but they are Kodachrome slides. This is an excellent shot from 35 years ago shot on Ektachrome 100 and just good. Do you have your slides scanned or do you perform the process yourself?

    Warm regards, dear Mesut,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Bend and soar...

    Bend and soar...
    worldcitizen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 235 N: 2243] (9002)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-02 17:30]
    Hello Brenda,

    This is a first-rate architectural photo with contrasting shapes, concave, convex and strait. Your note, as always, is a pleasure to read. You had a lovely day to take the photo. Have a good weekend and warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: CornigliaNikon D100

    Corniglia
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7142 W: 0 N: 7447] (84445)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-02 17:23]
    Bonsoir Serge,

    I know the exact spot you took this photo 10 years ago. I was there last year. Cinque Terra is certainly some of the most interesting landscapes in all of Italy, and we went there from Livorno. This is a beautiful photo, with good color and resolution,

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Scene AutomnePanasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

    Scene Automne
    Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13226 W: 156 N: 22793] (122554)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-02 10:37]
    Bonsoir Christiane,

    This a magnificent scene, I can picture the characters of "Sleeping Beauty" prancing down the footpath. The light management is also first-rate.

    Have a good weekend,

    Bulent

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