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  • TunisiaTunisia
    Title: Fly with meSony DSC HX200v

    Fly with me
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6776 W: 117 N: 12670] (71485)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-08-01 11:29]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    This really is a fun shot, so well captured with the diver caught spectacularly in mid-air!

    I just hope that these young fellows know exactly what they are doing if, as you say, the water is quite shallow here.

    A beautiful photograph, very well taken in lovely light and with fine colours, perfect exposure (using an appropriately fast shutter speed) and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The Auxerre boatsCanon EOS 60D

    The Auxerre boats
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6326 W: 241 N: 10863] (72680)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-08-01 10:33]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    What a beautiful place you live! And what a beautiful photograph - just taken this morning!

    Your composition is both classical and very pleasing to the eye, the cathedral lit beautifully in morning sunshine (it was raining this morning in Scotland!) and casting its reflections on the smooth glassy water of the Yonne. The colourful boats make a wonderful foreground feature and you have accentuated them very effectively by your use of a wide lens.

    Gorgeous light and colours, beautiful reflections, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness - especially when viewed at its full size of 1500 pixels in width.

    Stunning!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Jarlshof # 2Sony A77

    Jarlshof # 2
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 122 N: 1065] (15914)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-08-01 7:55]
    Bonjour Roland,

    I really must visit Shetland and see Jarlshof too, especially as I live in Scotland! It must be amazing to see this place and try to realise how people lived here so long ago. Sometimes we become obsessed with how wonderful the ancient Egyptians were and we forget that many people in Europe at that time were also remarkably civilised.

    This is a lovely shot and I can appreciate how difficult it must have been to take. An aerial view from a helicopter would have been much easier but you have done very well here to show the extent of these underground habitations.

    Despite the poor light, the colours are wonderfully vibrant and the details are excellent.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Genzano fontana

    Genzano fontana
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2209 W: 15 N: 2708] (26938)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-08-01 5:08]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    This is a beautiful photograph in which you have made the very most of the lovely light falling on this ancient drinking fountain. The play of light and shade is gorgeous and brings out all the lovely details in the weathered stonework perfectly. And the nicely out of focus street scene behind the fountain is appealing too with its bright colours. And all beneath a lovely clear azure sky.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Testa AddormentataSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Testa Addormentata
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3884 W: 7 N: 5830] (44525)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-08-01 4:51]
    Hello Brian,

    A quite magnificent "portrait" of this very fine bronze sculpture.

    You have caught the beautiful light on this artwork so very well that we can see all the beauty and subtleties of shape and form within it as well as the glorious colours and reflections off its surface. I suspect that the light levels were less than good and there was probably quite a mixture of natural and artificial light, so you have coped with these difficulties very well to produce a perfectly exposed image with exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Le "Rhône" dans la grisaille

    Le "Rhône" dans la grisaille
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4393 W: 265 N: 7642] (62438)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-08-01 4:26]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Now this is quite different to your recent photographs of Alpine scenes with warm sunshine, lush grass and beautiful mountains - a grey and dull and cold looking day on the water as this boat ploughs its way through the roughened water.

    Your composition is excellent and you have made good use of the bright Swiss flag to add brightness and foreground interest to the scene. The colours and shades of green and blue in the wake of the boat are beautiful and the inclusion of a small craft in the distance is an added bonus.

    An interesting note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NamibiaNamibia
    Title: Sossusvlei Colours

    Sossusvlei Colours
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 71 N: 6362] (28921)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-08-01 3:50] [+]
    Hello Rosemary,

    Another sriking photograph from you of these magnificent dunes showing, once again, the fabulous contrast between two complementary colours - orange and blue - as the sharp top edge of "Big Daddy" comes against the backdrop of that magnificent sky.

    A very fine and imposing composition with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness, especially when viewed at its "proper" size on "beta" TE.

    I presume that there must be a huge iron content in the sand of these dunes to give them this wonderful orange colour - and I also presume that much of the soil in Namibia must have a high iron content too - does that ochre with which the women cover their bodies also owe a lot of its colour to iron?

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The 'New' Glasgow BridgeNikon D-300

    The 'New' Glasgow Bridge
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2905 W: 200 N: 6521] (25934)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-08-01 1:50]
    Hi Bev,

    This is a very fine photograph of Glasgow Bridge, very well taken in fine light, with lovely colours and with excellent diagonal composition.

    Thanks for the link to some older pictures of the bridge too. It reminds me of what seemed to appear two or three years ago - the craze for "re-photography" - to which the BBC to some extent contributed. The idea is that people find old archive photographs (like the ones in your link) and then try to take a photograph nowadays from exactly the same viewpoint and with exactly the same framing so as to demonstrate the change in the landscape, buildings and so on. I've also recently seen some very impressive "re-photography" associated with the First World War in which pictures from France and Belgium taken in 1914-1918 have been compared with ones taken nowadays: the comparison between ruined towns filled with soldiers and guns and modern day peaceful and colourful scenes is remarkable.

    Thanks again for this fine picture.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Tea Anyone?Pentax K7

    Tea Anyone?
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4648 W: 88 N: 10571] (51476)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-31 11:18]
    Hi Craig,

    Yes, it's nice to go to places, especially foreign places, and find the local people to be friendly and not put off by your camera. Did they invite you to have some tea with them or just to take their photograph?

    This is a fine photograph of a relaxed and content group of people - not a "strained" or "forced" shot - just completely natural. Despite your lack of time to dsmount your camera from its tripod or change lenses, you've come away with an excellent informal shot of this little group of people drinking their tea in glasses with lots of sugar - no milk as we have here.

    To me the light and colours look good, your exposure is spot-on and the sharpness looks fine.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: St-LeuNikon D-300

    St-Leu
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4676 W: 0 N: 4317] (53863)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-31 11:04]
    Bonjour Serge,

    A beautiful photograph with fine composition, enhanced by the use of a wide lens and with the edges of the canal making an excellent "lead-in" to the scene so the viewer admires the colourful facades of the buildings.

    Lovely light and colours, gorgeous reflections on the still water of the canal, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Spoleto - Piazza del Mercato

    Spoleto - Piazza del Mercato
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9214 W: 132 N: 17702] (115213)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-31 9:38]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    Yes, cars and parked cars and vans are the curse of old towns and cities and an anathema to photographers! How nice to see a street or piazza totally empty of motor cars!

    A beautiful scene with lovely early evening light which benefits from the inclusion of people. A fine composition in which you have managed the light extremely well so that we can see full details in the brightest parts and also in the deepest shadows. Beautiful soft colours, fine textures in the buildings and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Chablis - Noel gateCanon 50D

    Chablis - Noel gate
    Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8069 W: 4328 N: 13857] (54727)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-31 8:55]
    Hello Didi,

    A very interesting and informative note about this place and a very fine photograph to illustrate it.

    As well as your fine composition, it is the lovely light which makes this picture so special - the way the oblique light falls on the walls of that rounded tower, bringing out all its beautiful colours and textures. The diagonal composition is excellent, the kerb of the pavement leading the eye from bottom right along the street past the facades of the buildings and into the distance.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Glasgow in Festive MoodNikon D-300

    Glasgow in Festive Mood
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2905 W: 200 N: 6521] (25934)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-31 8:39]
    Hello Bev,

    Ah, ha, this is what is locally known as the "Squinty Bridge" in Glasgow but it's not usually so full of people! The crowds on the pavements and the Tour 'Bus add to the feeling of festivities here and I'm pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Commonwealth Games here!

    A well composed shot with good lighting despite the fact that it wasn't very sunny that day. A fine composition with the curve of the bridge support and the curve of the roadway itself leading the eye nicely into the distance. Good colours and excellent detail and sharpness, especially when viewed at "unreduced" size on "beta" TE.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Welcombe MouthNikonD300s

    Welcombe Mouth
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 935 W: 41 N: 1665] (12152)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-31 8:32]
    Hello Les,

    An interesting note and I can fully realise that if those razor sharp rocks continue into the depths of the sea (as they certainly appear to do in your picture), then this would indeed be a most inhospitable place for any sailors and their crafts.

    This is a fabulous photograph which works beautifully in black and white. Your use of your 10 stop ND filter has worked magic on the water, smoothing it wonderfully as well as adding drama to the sky on account of the moving clouds. But it is the light and the strong contrasts on those rocks which makes this both so appealing and yet so foreboding.

    Fabulous light, wonderful strong tones and contrasts, excellent composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: RiomaggiorePentax K7

    Riomaggiore
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4648 W: 88 N: 10571] (51476)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-29 16:45]
    Hi Craig,

    Nope, in my opinion there ain't nowt wrong with postcard pictures just like there's nothing wrong with "chocolate box" pictures either.

    This picture's a smasher with lovely strong but well balanced composition, lovely light, fine vibrant colours and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    A Beauty!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Combestone  TorNikonD300s

    Combestone Tor
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 935 W: 41 N: 1665] (12152)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-29 15:56] [+]
    Hello Les,

    This is a truly beautiful photograph.

    The short grass, the bare rocks and that windswept gnarled old tree all suggest exactly what you say in your excellent note - that this is a wild and exposed place which can be very inhospitable in bad weather or at certain times of year. I can imagine times and situations when it might be quite spooky up here.

    A beautifully composed photograph with gorgeous light and colours, a splendid sky and exquisite details and sharpness. The lone figure standing on that outcrop of rock clinches the composition perfectly. Did you "plant" her there or was her presence simply fortuitous? Or, indeed, serendipitous?

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: The roof

    The roof
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4871 W: 81 N: 12243] (72344)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-29 15:43]
    Hi Malgo,

    As always, you have given us an interesting note. Nothing better than olive oil on bread - far healthier than butter and quite tasty too! You can have butter and jam but I don't think olive oil and jam would taste very good! :o)

    What a wonderful idea to have a canvas "roof" above the street to give shade on very hot days. Something we don't really need in Britain too often. Your photograph is delightful and you have captured this scene beautifully. There's something amazing about the light in this picture - it really makes the people stand out beautifully against the paving and the buildings. Gorgeous light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. And what a wonderful photograph of Wolfgang - very well captured acting as a perch for a butterfly! Your 100th TE member to meet! :o) Fabulous!

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A clock

    A clock
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 30 N: 339] (2863)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-29 14:40] [+]
    Hello Jasmine,

    I absolutely love clocks and love playing around with them, taking them apart and trying to fix them! So this one is really interesting for me.

    It took me a little while to work this one out and I had to look at Wikipedia to find this picture because I was wondering how you "read" the time on this clock. Now I understand that the face or dial of the clock is lower down on the marble base! And I presume that the "wire" which the pendulum hits then works an escapement mechanism to regulate the clock. All very clever!

    This is another of your fine "interior" shots which you do so very well despite the usually poor light. And here we not only have a fine image of this remarkable timepiece, but we also see an excellent view of the rest of this room reflected in that huge mirror behind the clock.

    Gorgeous light and colours, fine composition and excellent details and clarity.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: RiddarhusetNikon D5100

    Riddarhuset
    rogerl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 0 N: 270] (1544)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-29 13:57] [+]
    Hello Roger,

    You have given us a very interesting note here - but tell me, if this place was built in the 1600s, then why does it have 1870 written on the side of this building in Roman numerals? Or perhaps these outbuildings were constructed at a later date than the main Riddarhuset?

    Anyway, this is a delightful photograph taken in lovely light and displaying beautiful soft colours. You have managed to overcome any temptation to oversaturate the colours which, to my mind at least, are perfect. Your exposure is spot-on, the details and sharpness are exquisite and the composition is very pleasing to the eye.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. This picture, like many uploaded at 800 pixels wide, does unfortunately demonstrate the degradation in quality and sharpness which occurs now that TE has decided to "shrink" all pictures to just 790 pixels in width. Have a look at this same picture on "beta" TE here, where it is displayed at full size, and see if you see the difference! We've had discussions (with the administrators too) about this on the forum but no cure has so far come about. The answer would appear to be either to restrict the size of your posted images to no more than 790 pixels in width or else post them considerably larger (say 1200 pixels wide) when they seem to suffer less in the way of degradation when "shrunk".

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: tempietto del Clitunno

    tempietto del Clitunno
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9214 W: 132 N: 17702] (115213)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4547] (18344) [2014-07-29 9:33]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    An interesting note about this place and a delightful photograph to illustrate it.

    Your composition is excellent and pleasing to the eye, the light is beautifully soft and the reflections in the calm water are sublime.

    Gorgeous soft colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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