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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3253 W: 95 N: 8264] (34549)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-02-05 2:26]
    Hi Mariusz,

    Snap! I posted this picture a while ago from a time during the Edinburgh Festival but your photograph is far more impressive and less crowded than mine!

    I like the low viewpoint and how the use of a wide lens has nicely exaggerated the perspective here.

    Lovely light, a fine composition using the arches over the windows as a fine foreground feature, perfect colours and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. And did you know that Robert Louis Stevenson actually came from a family of lighthouse builders, his father, grandfather and several uncles and cousins having built many of the lighthouses around Britain?

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: For LucianoSony DSC H3

    For Luciano
    ricardomattos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 574 W: 6 N: 793] (6119)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-02-02 1:38] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Hello Ricardo,

    As Bev (Royaldevon) has said, I am surprised that more people have not critiqued this lovely photograph. This amazing and colourful grasshopper is much bigger than anything we see in Britain. Just looking at your photograph it looks to be about 8 cm or more in length - is that right?

    Your photograph is amazingly clear and sharp but to me it looks just a little dull. So I've done a very quick workshop for you in an attempt to lighten it a little - I hope you don't mind. Otherwise a beautiful close-up photograph of this beautiful creature!

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Cripta di Santa Maria in Platea

    Cripta di Santa Maria in Platea
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10813 W: 131 N: 21553] (136545)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-02-01 7:32]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    A beautiful and colourfully decorated ancient crypt and you have captured it perfectly in this very well composed photograph with the pillars perfectly placed in the frame and allowing us to see not only into the far distance but also to be able to admire the lovely paintings.

    Despite what must have been rather poor light, you have managed it extremely well, the colours are vibrant but true and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    An interesting note too.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Suicide club?Sony Alpha 700

    Suicide club?
    king Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 58 N: 310] (3033)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-02-01 6:10]
    Hello Huub,

    I can understand why people enjoy walking (I walk regularly with friends too and often through muddy places) but I can't understand why people would want to waddle through mud here when you have some other beautiful places and scenery in the Netherlands. But perhaps your have just concentrated on the mud and avoided the fine scenery in this excellent photograph!

    I love how you have concentrated on the foreground mud and you have shown its depth and stickiness to very good effect with the group of colourfully dressed hikers spread out in front before the distant horizon - which looks a long way off.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect tones and contrasts (especially in the mud!) and excellent depth of field and sharpness throughout.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: My Portraits Gallery - VNikon D 5000

    My Portraits Gallery - V
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5939 W: 494 N: 16672] (92292)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-02-01 3:18]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    This is a splendid portrait of this young boy, looking very pensive and, perhaps, just a little sad too.

    I love how you have chosen such a simple, plain and almost monochrome background so that he stands out so clearly against it with his bright red pullover. Lovely soft light, fine colours and excellent details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: 'Looking Back'Canon EOS 1100D

    'Looking Back'
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7401 W: 63 N: 20875] (94751)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-02-01 1:59]
    Hello Stephen,

    An interesting note and a fine photograph with lovely bright light and lovely rich colours. I love your composition in which there is a wonderful curving sweep afforded by the buildings from the foreground ladies right off to the tall modern building in the distance on the left. You have managed the light exceeding well considering that this is, essentially, a contre jour shot and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Recollections of ChildhoodNikon D-300

    Recollections of Childhood
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-02-01 1:15] [+]
    Hi Bev,

    Ah, Hansel and Gretel... are you sure this isn't the cottage where Grandma stayed and the big bad wolf isn't lurking just around the corner licking his lips?

    No matter. This is a lovely photograph, so well seen and taken, the cottage (quite a large one actually) lit in beautiful sunlight and so nicely framed by the dark wall of the church and the curving trunk of the tree and its overhanging foliage. Gorgeous play of light and shade, fine natural colours, perfect control of the light and exquisite depth of field and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: scottish highlands-winter

    scottish highlands-winter
    dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 597 W: 0 N: 30] (6964)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-02-01 0:48]
    Hello Dale,

    This is a simple yet very beautiful photograph, so typical of the Scottish Highlands in winter, the snow covered mountains providing a wonderful and majestic background to the foreground rough turf and heathers in browns and yellows. The narrow stony track is perfectly placed in the frame and provides an excellent "lead in" to the image, sweeping from the nearest point, around the foreground rock and leading us toward the peak on the left.

    Beautiful soft light, true colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Was this a walking holiday you were on or was this photograph taken not far from a main road?

  • EgyptEgypt
    Title: Location, location, locationCanon EOS 350D

    Location, location, location
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3253 W: 95 N: 8264] (34549)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 23:59]
    Hi Mariusz,

    Well done for managing to paint yet another part of your TE map - but you still have a long way to go to match Malgo's map! :)

    Almost nine years old, this photograph is beautifully presented, the group of colourfully dressed tourists leading us very effectively into the frame toward the huge and impressive temple which fills the distant view beneath the towering mountain range behind it. A fine strong composition with lovely light and colours and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    A fine note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Dreams, Smells, Sights & SoundsPentax K3

    Dreams, Smells, Sights & Sounds
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5744 W: 88 N: 13707] (64590)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 23:54]
    Hi Craig,

    You've written a very interesting and also moving account of this place and your time there and your excellent photograph echoes the mood of this place perfectly.

    I'm not sure, but I suspect you took this picture quite early in a morning as the mist and haze continues to lie over the Ganges and the distant scene and there is not yet much brightness around. But the mood of the place shines through perfectly as people start to go about their business along these stepped banks of the river.

    The line of the river bank provides a wonderful "lead in" to the picture, the solitary boat on the bank in the foreground anchors the composition very effectively and the rough buildings on the right seem to disappear on forever into the distant mist. The soft early morning light is delicious and the colours are subdued but wonderful. Perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Leone di pietra

    Leone di pietra
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3506 W: 27 N: 4092] (43419)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 12:07]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    What a pity that the busy market was occupying the piazza, but you have caught a fine simple image here in which the seated girl with her bright orange bag and the hind quarters of the statue of a lion dominate the foreground against a non-distracting and darker background.

    Lovely bright light and true colours, a fine composition and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Butterfly , for Luciano

    Butterfly , for Luciano
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5109 W: 276 N: 9109] (74765)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 8:35]
    Bonjour Denis,

    How lovely that Luciano was able to let you know exactly what species of butterfly this is! I knew he would love this one as he is an expert lepidopterist - as also is Silvio.

    The warm, rich colours of this beautiful insect stand out gloriously against the green and nicely out of focus non-distracting background. Very well seen and taken with lovely light, perfect exposure and remarkable details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CubaCuba
    Title: My passion...Sony DSC HX200v

    My passion...
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8416 W: 117 N: 15956] (87012)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 8:04]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    Yes, I know you love butterflies - just as our friend Silvio also does! And you are obviously very knowledgeable about them too, judging by your fascinating and very informative note.

    You have captured this beautiful insect perfectly in this photograph, the bright, warm colours of the butterfly standing out beautifully against the soft green colours of the leaves and grasses, the butterfly remarkably clear and sharp while the background is softly out of focus.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • LithuaniaLithuania
    Title: Just another streetCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    Just another street
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4439 W: 336 N: 9587] (48838)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 7:49] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    Maybe this is just another ordinary street but it is not quite the sort of street which one would likely see in Britain nor, I suspect, in Sweden either.

    And, taken through an alleyway, we see not the length of the street but a small part of it nicely framed within the arched entrance to the side street. The young musicians appear to be taking their music making seriously and the young lady walking towards you is a fine inclusion in the picture too - perhaps she is smiling at the thought of having her photograph taken, perhaps she is grimacing as she tries to escape the poorly played music, who knows? But she adds more human interest as well as some dynamism to the image.

    I recognise the violin, of course, but is that a dulcimer which the seated boy is playing?

    A lovely colourful photograph with nice soft light and good framing, well seen and taken Ó la sauvette with excellent details and clarity.

    And a fine note, as always.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Chiesa di San Procolo

    Chiesa di San Procolo
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10813 W: 131 N: 21553] (136545)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 7:35]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    What a beautiful and elegant little church and you have captured the beauty of this interior perfectly in a nicely balanced composition with lovely light and true colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Warrior Women

    Warrior Women
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5421 W: 368 N: 11621] (56722)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 7:08]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    What a wonderfully fascinating and informative note you have written about these two brave women, especially Aunty Jenny Munro and her brave and arduous exploits, and the causes for which they stand. And it is clear that the pair of them have a strong and close rapport with yourself, the photographer, in this excellent black and white image.

    The light, tones, contrasts and textures in this photograph are remarkable, making these two ladies stand out beautifully against their surroundings and background. Perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness too.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Early morningPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Early morning
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 269 W: 0 N: 780] (3678)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 6:38]
    Hello Jean,

    For the keen photographer, there's nothing better than when on holiday to get up and out and about early while the light is good and the streets are not overly crowded. And you have caught just the right time of day here and your early rise has paid dividends aplenty!

    Your photograph is well composed with the tall belltower perfectly placed and with even the lines of stones in the pavement leading us toward the archway beneath it. I really love how the bright morning sun so strongly illuminates the colourful fašades of the buildings on the left, so strongly, in fact, that the light is reflected onto the ground and even lights up the lady on the right.

    A beautifully balanced composition with glorious light, fine colours and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Blackrock Castle, Cork CityCanon EOS 60D

    Blackrock Castle, Cork City
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3443 W: 25 N: 8121] (29093)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 3:51]
    Hi Noel,

    As always, a very interesting note. And what a variety of uses this splendid place has had in its long and eventful life - first as a defence against piracy and eventually ending up as an observatory!

    I like your composition with the large mural (is it still called a "mural" if it's outdoors?) on the left balancing the distant view of the castle so well portrayed against a lovely sky. Fine light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Water ScoopCanon EOS 1100D

    Water Scoop
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7401 W: 63 N: 20875] (94751)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-31 3:25]
    Hello Stephen,

    This is a nice little snapshot of a lovely simple device which, in my opinion, should fascinate any young child with an inquiring mind and so be educational in its own right - as well as good fun with which to play. I remember that at Lanark Loch, on the outskirts of our town, there was once a simple Archimedes Screw which I thought was a brilliant educational toy, but it eventually fell to bits (or was vandalised!) and was never replaced.

    Very well seen and taken, and taken at just the right shutter speed to allow us to appreciate the movement of this simple overpass water-wheel. And lovely bright light, good colours and excellent clarity.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: My Portraits Gallery - IVNikon D 5000

    My Portraits Gallery - IV
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5939 W: 494 N: 16672] (92292)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1552 W: 405 N: 5843] (23584) [2016-01-30 9:22] [+]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    This is a lovely portrait of this man who appears very clean and tidy despite his poor and old clothes which are clearly very worn. His face is full of character and his eyes are shining brightly.

    An excellent photograph with good soft light, lovely natural colours and excellent sharpness in the man's face which stands out perfectly against a nicely out of focus background.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Did you ask this man's permission before you took this picture or was this a purely "candid shot?

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