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  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Tuttomondo

    Tuttomondo
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5750 W: 86 N: 14830] (82596) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 15:22]
    Hi Malgo,

    You've written a fascinating note about this "Tuttomondo" mural which, I have discovered, is really quite famous. The evil serpent is not seen in this picture but it can be seen at upper right in your wider view of the wall of this church. Thankfully, the serpent appears to have been snapped in two so must be about to die!

    But your main photograph is a perfect depiction of part of this mural and it's also brought to life by the young lady with bright red jacket walking past. A very well composed shot with excellent lighting and fine colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Bucato d'altri tempi

    Bucato d'altri tempi
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2907 W: 21 N: 3445] (36147)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 15:08]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    This is a fun picture - and fun note too! Is Malgo hiding somewhere behind one of those big white sheets? :o)

    Very well seen and very well taken, the white sheets stand out beautifully against the dark olive trees and the clear blue sky above. Technically excellent photo too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Silent Sentinels II

    Silent Sentinels II
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5227 W: 367 N: 11050] (54141)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 15:01]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    I well remember your showing us at least one other photograph from the Nambung National Park and this is yet another stunning picture. I read your discussion with Will and I can perfectly well believe that you did nothing to increase or change the colour saturation in this lovely image.

    Your composition is both classical and also very pleasing and your use of a wide lens has strengthened the perspective very well. Yellow and blue, being complementary colours, always "work" well together and this a perfect example. Not only that, but the bright sun on the bright golden sand is so intense that I can almost feel that sweltering heat.

    Gorgeous light and fabulous rich colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I shouldn't worry too much about missing the lunar eclipse - there's plenty more to come and you'll have several more opportunities to see another - far wiser to miss it and have a safe journey.

    P.P.S. Yes, thank you, I did read that write-up in the Sydney Morning Herald - things at the Tent Embassy do sound as though they are getting a bit ugly, especially when people like yourself start to become victims of violence and abuse. So you take care, Lisa.

    Un abbraccio,

    Giovanni.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: en passant devant une vitrineSony RX100 II

    en passant devant une vitrine
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1590 W: 128 N: 1239] (19187)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 14:26]
    Bonjour Roland,

    An interesting note you have written - but, unlike your reference to Matthew's Gospel, these two mannequins don't appear to be the slightest concerned about their nakedness! And none of the passers-by seem to be troubled either!

    This is a fabulous shot and it works so very well in black and white with its strong contrasts. The two mannequins stand out brilliantly and it is only when we look a little closer that we see the darker "real" people walking past the window quite oblivious to what they are passing.

    Lovely strong light, tones and contrasts and excellent details and sharpness. Very well seen and very well taken!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: EXPO 2015 - RussiaSony DSC HX200v

    EXPO 2015 - Russia
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7576 W: 119 N: 14470] (79772)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 14:18]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    I've been away on holiday so am now just catching up with your lovely "EXPO" series! The preparation and workmanship which must have gone into producing areas like this must have cost a fortune - but I expect that they get the money back through the prices places like this charge for their food! Caviar isn't cheap.

    But what a fabulous photograph, taken from the perfect viewpoint to achieve a lovely and pleasing composition with the open "book" perfectly placed on the right and balanced nicely by the bright "Periodic Table" on the left. But it is the light which is so amazing here with glorious soft reflections on the dark floor. The colours are vibrant, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Porto Alegre 2015 nº 030 - SIMETRIA!Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Porto Alegre 2015 nº 030 - SIMETRIA!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9231 W: 58 N: 12503] (68172)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 14:00]
    Hello Neyvan,

    I love photographs of church and cathedral interiors and this is a very special one.

    You have managed the low level of light here remarkably well and, despite an ISO of 6,400, there is remarkably little noise in this image at all. In fact, the light is absolutely delicious and the colours are wonderfully rich.

    Lovely light and colours, fine symmetrical composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I wonder if they laid down the red carpet just for you? ;o)

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Avé, Caesar, morituri te salutant!Nikon D 90

    Avé, Caesar, morituri te salutant!
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2342 W: 1199 N: 2252] (31150)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 13:53]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Is this a gladiator or is this Daniel about to meet the lions?

    Whoever he is doesn't really matter because the tiny lone figure in that huge arena is what brings this whole picture to life!

    A beautiful landscape view of this remarkable amphitheatre with fine details of the structure and the seating, all beneath a glorious sky. Perfect conversion to black and white with lovely strong tones and contrasts and perfect exposure. And the little figure saluting you is the icing on the cake!

    An interesting note too.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Art for Art

    Art for Art
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5710 W: 492 N: 15996] (87354)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 13:45]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    This is a lovely photograph of these street musicians playing outside an art centre. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the jazz music.

    Your photograph is of remarkably good quality considering that it's been taken with a mobile 'phone - you call them a "handy". I'm sure my own handy would never give pictures nearly as good as this one. The light, colours, exposure and clarity are superb!

    Perhaps we should all sell our expensive cameras and just use our handies? ;o)

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FijiFiji
    Title: Natadola Beach 2Canon AE 1

    Natadola Beach 2
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 680 W: 293 N: 1561] (7660)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 10:57]
    Hello Will,

    First of all - an interesting and informative note. But, oh dear, one of my biggest hates is the concept of "organised fun" and I suspect that the newly developed Natadola Beach Resort provides just that and in bucketloads. Not only will they provide trips to allow you to play golf, but I'll bet they'll have places at this beach which sell European beers and ice creams too, all the time blasting out horrendous piped music. And no children under sixteen? Phooey.

    So this is a historic shot - I'm sure no-one would be able to capture this lovely scene any more. And a fabulous shot it is - and one of remarkable quality considering it's been scanned from a twenty year old colour negative.

    A very fine composition with the two horses and riders perfectly placed near the water's edge, the smooth curve of the beach leading the eye well into the distance and with children playing in the immediate foreground. Gorgeous light and fabulous colours, perfect exposure and terrific details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: On Reflection!Nikon D-300

    On Reflection!
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3447 W: 218 N: 7931] (31809)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 6:12] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    An interesting note and two fine photographs to illustrate it. But, oops, your link to the "larger, sharper Beta version" only takes us back to the original (smaller) "new" TE image.

    The reflections in the window really are quite fascinating: we see another photographer off to the far left (wearing a ring on their right ring finger) and the photographer in red over to the right also appears to have a reflection of a lady's head in front of him/her - or perhaps that lady was not actually reflected but was on the other side of the window? How intriguing.

    Fascinating!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • LithuaniaLithuania
    Title: in your eyesCanon EOS 650D

    in your eyes
    bostankorkulugu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3431 W: 758 N: 8245] (42148)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 4:59]
    Hello Korkut,

    A very well seen and very well captured situation, perfectly presented in black and white!

    I love how the lady is looking upwards, almost wistfully, while the image of the girl in the shop window stares forwards and gives us strong eye contact. The light, tones, contrasts and textures are wonderful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PortugalPortugal
    Title: Santuário Nossa Senhora dos RemédiosNikon D610

    Santuário Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 804 W: 66 N: 1572] (9045)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 4:30] [+]
    Hello Daniel,

    I was pleased to learn that you didn't climb all 686 steps on your knees! Presumably this is very near the top of the steps and there must have been many, many steps down behind you.

    This is a splendid symmetrical composition, the symmetry only upset by the single man in blue who appears, inevitably, to be talking on his mobile 'phone. But he is a welcome addition and adds human interest as well as a sense of scale. But how much nicer it might have been if someone dressed in red had been on the foreground steps? Unfortunately the photographer doesn't always have control over these things!

    The light here is lovely and brings out all the details and textures of the steps and the fine ornate church which stands out proudly against a gorgeous and interesting sky.

    Lovely true colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    An interesting and informative note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: la Roberta di DorgaliNikon D5100

    la Roberta di Dorgali
    baddori Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1891 W: 124 N: 3481] (19997)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 4:19]
    Ciao Gianfranco,

    An interesting note about Dorgali and a stunningly beautiful portrait of this young lady.

    I love the softness of the light and how the main light illuminates the left side of her face, bringing out her lovely features and her fine complexion. Her clothing is beautifully portrayed in great detail but, most of all, I love the fabulous eye contact which the girl has with the photographer.

    Gorgeous light and colours, fine composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Sunset in West DevonNikonD300s

    Sunset in West Devon
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1134 W: 41 N: 2154] (15003)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 1:21] [+]
    Good morning Les,

    As soon as I spotted this one I was immediately reminded of this lovely photograph but, clearly, this is not the same tree! But the composition is similarly excellent with the old tree perfectly placed in the frame and making a fine connection between the bright green freshly mown field and the glorious late evening sky above. The diagonal line of the hedge is well placed too.

    But what a sky! The gradations from deep blue above to yellow/orange at the horizon are wonderful and those cloud formations are stunning.

    An excellent photograph, very well seen and very well taken with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Making the most of a sunny dayPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Making the most of a sunny day
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 313] (1594)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-25 1:05]
    Hello Jean,

    What a lovely restful scene, though perhaps it wasn't a few minutes later once that party of schoolchildren overtook you!

    A fine composition with the diagonal line of the estuary leading us nicely into the depths of the image and with glorious bright sunshine, fine natural colours and exquisite details and sharpness.

    An interesting and informative note too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PakistanPakistan
    Title: Doing business on Wool Street

    Doing business on Wool Street
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3892 W: 316 N: 8514] (43289) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-24 5:57]
    Hello Gert,

    An interesting note you have written. But no-one here seems to be at all troubled by your camera - or perhaps they were all too busy and so didn't actually notice you.

    This is an excellent photograph (which has scanned very well from Agfacolor) of this busy street teeming with people and with the huge mound of wool dominating the foreground. But, yes, why do this in an open and busy street and not in some sort of warehouse?

    There's tons of interesting things and interesting people to look at and examine in this picture which has wonderful atmosphere, fine light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Le temps des coquelicotsNikon D800

    Le temps des coquelicots
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8950 W: 0 N: 14121] (126322)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-24 5:28]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    A wonderfully peaceful and tranquil image with beautifully soft light, the distant mountains almost blending into the sky above, and with the bright red poppies making a glorious foreground.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Chiesa di Sant’Anna – Ocosce

    Chiesa di Sant’Anna – Ocosce
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10051 W: 132 N: 19840] (126896)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-24 5:08]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    I love your photographs of church interiors and this is a splendid one. An interesting note too.

    The light here is delicious and brings out all the wonderful textures of the old stone floor as well as the details of the fine decoration of the ceiling and the golden altar. Wonderful light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Staircaise under the "Grande Arche"Canon 400 D

    Staircaise under the "Grande Arche"
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6670 W: 239 N: 11587] (77870)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-24 4:50]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    This is a wonderfully graphic and colourful image, very well seen and very well captured too!

    Your composition is excellent and pleasing as well as very intriguing - it's a challenge to try to work out which parts of the image are actually "real" and which parts are reflections! Beautiful contrasting colours and textures and varying lines, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness throughout.

    Brilliant!

    Amicalement,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Niveau femmeNikon D 90

    Niveau femme
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2342 W: 1199 N: 2252] (31150)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1359 W: 397 N: 5237] (21126) [2015-05-24 3:46]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Another fine shot from your excursion by the Lafayette galleries, this time with a woman's rather than a man's "silhouette" in the window.

    Your use of a very wide lens has nicely exaggerated the perspective and what is intriguing is that we see a man on the right crossing the road but the reflection we see in the window is not of the man but of two people on the pedestrian crossing.

    Again, lovely tones and contrasts in this monochrome image and stunning details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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