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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Melrose Abbey ceilingNikon D7000

    Melrose Abbey ceiling
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 501 W: 6 N: 1246] (6490)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-14 3:56]
    Hi Mike,

    Another fine picture from our TE meeting in October! I remember feeling very guilty about dragging you all to Melrose Abbey because I'd been there about six months before when it was very attractive and I didn't realise that extensive renovation works were in progress later, so when we went there in October, the place was half covered in scaffolding.

    But you have made the most of the poor conditions (and the poor lighting) on this day to produce an image with lovely light and with fine textures and contrasts and a superb symmetrical composition. Very much in keeping with this ancient and monumental structure.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
    Title: Springtime Field RoadSony SLT A65

    Springtime Field Road
    romanaa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 641 W: 94 N: 1166] (7740)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-13 13:50]
    Dear Romana,

    A delightful picture of springtime (albeit from this time last year) with glorious blossom on the cherry trees!

    A very well composed image, the narrow roadway leading us through the line of cherry trees to the distant fir trees beyond and probably into a little valley down there too. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The River Tweed. PeeblesNikon D7000

    The River Tweed. Peebles
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 501 W: 6 N: 1246] (6490)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-13 11:45] [+]
    Hi Mike,

    This is a another shot which brings back some lovely memories of our TE meeting in Peebles in late October. But, hee, hee, it also answers a question for me because I remember those two ladies walking along the footpath on the right bank of the river - they're in my shot here - and now I know who the suspicious looking guy on top of the bridge in my shot is too!

    Funnily enough, I suspect that I might in fact be in this shot of yours, right down at bottom right!

    Anyway, the light here was, for a few minutes at least, perfect and you have made the very most of that brief moment to capture a delightful photograph of the Tweed and Peebles beneath a gorgeous sky. The light and colours are wonderful, your composition excellent and the details and sharpness exquisite. The inclusion of the two colourfully dressed ladies walking on the right is a fine addition.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Just thought I'd let you know that I won the annual Nature photography competition at the club on Friday night and my red squirrel was best print of all the entries too. I thought I could just detect a few faint murmurs and grumbles from some of the longstanding dyed-in-the-wool members at the back. The judge was Sandy Cleland FRPS who also showed some of his own stunning photographs at the end of our meeting.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: A Door Always OpenCanon EOS 60D

    A Door Always Open
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2212 W: 8 N: 4900] (17121)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-13 10:33]
    Hi Noel,

    It is indeed a sad state of affairs these days that even churches have to keep their doors locked to keep out those who would rob or carry out deeds of vandalism. How times change. In fact, reading your note, I was immediately reminded of Croick Church, a tiny little church way up in Sutherlandshire in the far north of Scotland. During the Highland Clearances, many homeless local families spent a winter camping out in the churchyard as they thought the church too holy and sacred to use for shelter - and many of them died from the cold. It's a long time since I visited it but I must go back sometime with a camera because there are still some bits of writing etched into the outsides of the windows - words written by those people who suffered and died there. And, again, it's nowadays such a poor state of affairs that those very windows and the etchings of those wretched people now have to be covered with protective sheets of perspex to stop vandals defacing them.

    Anyway, Noel, this is a lovely photograph, very well taken with the half-door and its colourful glass panelling making up just a little more than half of the frame, the distant aisle , pews and window of the church making a fine background. You have controlled the exposure very well here, the light and colours are delightful and the details and sharpness are excellent.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Spring whiteCanon EOS 60D

    Spring white
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6427 W: 239 N: 10539] (70491)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-13 6:16]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    A delightful photograph which just breathes springtime and new life!

    Well composed with lovely light and fresh colours, perfect exposure and excellent technical quality.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: catching shadows

    catching shadows
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2467 W: 4 N: 4735] (22684)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-13 6:11]
    Hello Ourania,

    This is a delightful and very novel photograph which just breathes childhood happiness and carefree fun on a bright and sunny day - but which is in sharp contrast to your poignant and emotive note. That the poor, the young and the innocent should suffer through greed is despicable - whether it be the greed of politicians causing wars or, in the more recent scenario, the greed of bankers causing worldwide bancrupcy and poverty.

    But this is a novel and joyful photograph, so appealing by its sheer simplicity, very well seen and very well taken!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Castelluccio strips

    Castelluccio strips
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9048 W: 135 N: 16921] (110966) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-13 5:09]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    Another of your wonderfully colourful and graphic images from early summer on the plateau of Castelluccio! And a wonderfully interesting note about all the different plants and flowers which make up this wonderful display of colours.

    A delightful and simple diagonal composition with beautiful light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Sunset near Rorvik

    Sunset near Rorvik
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1430 W: 0 N: 3369] (16763)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-13 4:58]
    Hello Ann,

    An interesting and informative note and a stunning photograph to accompany it!

    Such a simple and yet pleasing composition with the most glorious light and colours. It would have been easy to go "over the top" and try to oversaturate those colours but you have processed this image very sympathetically to produce a stunning photograph with fabulous natural colours and exquisite details and clarity. In fact, your sharpness here is amazing considering that it was taken from a moving ship at 1/60 second on a focal length of 85mm.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Men on the moon

    Men on the moon
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3175 W: 284 N: 6384] (34533)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-11 5:58]
    Hello Gert,

    This does indeed look like a moonscape and, I suppose, at 13,000 feet on Earth, there probably wasn't much more oxygen than there is on the Moon either. Was your sickness higher up the pass due to the altitude or mainly to a very rough ride in this 'bus? And not much evidence of any cafés, toilets or "rest areas" up here either. And, although clearly sunny, I presume that it must have been quite cold up here.

    A very interesting photograph and one superbly well taken, the 'bus parked on the outside of a sweeping bend in the road (which actually looks quite well surfaced here) with the steep and higher mountains behind and a glorious sky above.

    And I can see quite clearly that this road might in many places have quite a precipitous drop on either side - a feature so well shown in your workshop picture too - I suspect that might have been quite a sensible move to disembark from the 'bus during that passing manoeuvre, even if only to take a photograph!

    Two lovely pictures expertly scanned from good old faithful Kodachrome.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The House on the HillNikonD300s

    The House on the Hill
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 860 W: 41 N: 1510] (11236)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-11 5:33]
    Hello Les,

    Your exif data were clearly removed so that jealous and envious folk like me wouldn't be able to work out how exactly you managed to process such an amazing photograph with such wonderfully dramatic light and contrasts.

    The sky is indeed the "star of the show" in this picture, the clouds having that almost "explosive" quality, and it makes, as you say, a magnificent background to these two little buildings and the circular fence around them.

    Fabulous light, tones and contrasts, a fine composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. And excellent processing work to boot.

    And, of course, an interesting note.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • New ZealandNew Zealand
    Title: Cardboard Cathedral

    Cardboard Cathedral
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2814 W: 100 N: 4796] (21428)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-11 4:51]
    Hello Klaudio,

    An interesting note - and, yes, I agree with you entirely - Christ was of humble and poor origins so why should churches be fancy, decorated with gold and jewels and have utmost wealth? Here in Scotland, the Scottish churches are often fairly "spartan" and lack fancy decoration but they can often be quite beautiful by their sheer simplicity as in this case.

    This is indeed a remarkable building and you have captured its beauty and simplicity here perfectly. I love your composition - almost symmetrical but not quite so and that foreground cylindrical object is perfectly placed too. Lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Two very nice and interesting workshop pictures too!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Casa Mila againNikon D7000

    Casa Mila again
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 501 W: 6 N: 1246] (6490)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-11 3:28] [+]
    Hi Mike,

    Wow! You have chosen your viewpoint here perfectly to produce an almost abstract image with wonderful graphism and also incredible depth.

    The composition is dramatic to say the very least, the depth of field is remarkable, as is the sharpness throughout, and the colours are beautifully soft. You have also managed the lighting very well in your processing work as I can imagine that the original image must have had very strong contrasts with many areas of deep shadow and others of overwhelming brightness.

    I presume (from looking at "Properties for the image) that this might be an entry for a competition with the Coventry Photographic Society and I can't imagine that it could fare less than superbly with any judge who has even half a brain.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Come to think of it, I'm always the sleuth, so is this you? It must surely be!

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Light From AboveSony Alpha 200 DSLR

    Light From Above
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3713 W: 7 N: 5449] (41708)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-11 1:16]
    Hello Brian,

    How nice to see this picture back! I was trying to write a critique on this - and also try to give you a geography lesson into the bargain - but then it disappeared! Nice to see it properly located now. :o)

    Again, you have written a very interesting and informative note about this place and given us a beautiful photograph too.

    What really amazes me here is just how superbly you have managed the light, whether that be largely at the time of taking or by means of your very expert processing - or a mixture of both. The contrasts in light levels here must have been very substantial yet, despite that, we can see full details in the brightly sunlit distant view and also in the deepest shadows inside what, essentially, is a cave. And not a trace of any of those horrid "halos" which can so easily plague a contrasty image such as this when it's subjected to inexpert processing.

    Good composition, gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Before sunrise in Dedham Vale.

    Before sunrise in Dedham Vale.
    RhodieIke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 789 W: 1 N: 2490] (11011)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-11 0:23]
    Hello Iain,

    You have again given us an interesting note and a beautiful photograph to accompany it.

    You must have been out of bed bright and early to capture this one but your efforts have certainly paid off! I love the layer of mist hanging above the water in the distance and swirling around the loer parts of the nearer trees, the colours in the sky and its reflections are delightful and the presence of some birds in the foreground adds to the magic.

    Fine composition, lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness, even at the full size of 1600 pixels wide.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: The Bridge.FinePix S4500

    The Bridge.
    jadesgran Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 441 W: 0 N: 275] (4464)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-11 0:15]
    Hello Gladys,

    This is a delightful and well composed photograph of this fine modern bridge, well composed with the apex of the bridge perfectly placed in the frame and with a nice natural frame formed by the colourful foliage on three sides and an interesting sky above.

    Lovely soft light and natural colours, perfect exposure and excellent depth of field and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Crying Twice

    Crying Twice
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4929 W: 365 N: 10187] (50623)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-10 8:52] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    What a wonderul and most emotive (and emotional) note you have written. And what a delightful photograph too of this place which I should love to visit. I note that Herculaneum nestles near the seafront there at far right and I was lucky enough to see a very interesting programme on the television about that place recently.

    A beautiful photograph, well composed and perfectly timed to coincide with a lovely "blue hour" which provides a delightul combination of natural and artificial light. Perfectly exposed too and with stunning details and sharpness - the only thing not exquisitely sharp is the litle rubber boat, perfectly placed in the frame and obviously just bobbing about gently on the calm water.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Drawing lesson at ST. SabinaCanon EOS 700D

    Drawing lesson at ST. Sabina
    Romano46 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1028 W: 0 N: 2438] (15518)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-08 8:55]
    Ciao Romano,

    This is a wonderfully atmospheric photograph with gorgeous light and soft colours - it could almost be a painting by Leonardo himself!

    The light on the wall facing us is divine and I love the dappled shadows on the floor. The young lady standing and concentrating on sketching some small detail of the Basilica's internal architecture is perfectly placed in the frame and her line of sight leads us towards the large pillar which nicely frames the right side of the picture.

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

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: DevotionCanon EOS 700D

    Devotion
    Romano46 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1028 W: 0 N: 2438] (15518)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-08 8:48]
    Ciao Romano,

    I love all of your photographs but your photographs of the interiors of ecclesiastical building like this are simply stunning. You have a wonderful way of catching the light and lovely soft colours so perfectly!

    This, again, is a wonderfully composed shot and you have made excellent use of both the natural daylight coming in fom the right and the warm candlelight in the foreground to produce a wonderfully mystical and soft atmosphere. The light, colours and contrasts are divine and we can see full detail not only in the deepest shadows but also in the brightest parts of the image too. Perfect exposure and stunning sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustriaAustria
    Title: Vienna in spring - VINikon D 5000

    Vienna in spring - VI
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5100 W: 480 N: 14180] (76662)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-08 8:04]
    Hello Mesut,

    I don't think that I have ever seen such a pin-sharp portrait as this! Even at its full size of over 2500 x 3000 pixels, the sharpness and details and astounding!

    Now this is a very smartly dressed fellow with his sparkling white shirt, perfectly tied tie, checked waitcoat and plum coloured jacket with not a speck of dust. Just a pity he doesn't seem to be keen on the idea of having his photograph taken, but it's a fabulous photograph with gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and, as I say, incredible details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Chapelle Notre Dame

    Chapelle Notre Dame
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2512 W: 0 N: 5674] (32819)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1197 W: 387 N: 4273] (17246) [2014-04-08 7:53]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    You have written a very interesting and informative note - and I can tell from your note that you have fallen in love with La Roque-Gageac! And what a beautiful photograph - a photograph which reminds me so much of the photographs which Silvio shows us from northern and central Italy.

    This little chapel sits like a tiny jewel below the rough cliff face and the light on it here is delightful, bringing out all the wonderful colours and textures of its ancient stonework.

    A very well composed photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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