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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Winter at St Aubin's Bay

    Winter at St Aubin's Bay
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1585 W: 0 N: 3905] (19231)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-19 5:46] [+]
    Hello Ann,

    This is a place I really must visit - but how easy and quick it must be for you to get there!

    It looks as though you had some lovely weather when you were in Jersey and this is a spectacular photograph. Your composition is excellent, the castle perfectly placed to the left on the horizon beneath a rather troubled sky and with a lovely sheen upon the calm water. I love how the clouds have given a lovely play of light and shade on the ground, particularly allowing some brightness to strike the ground in the immediate foreground - that always gives a wonderful feeling of depth to an image.

    The light and colours are lovely, your composition pleasing and well balanced and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Have a Great Christmas!

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Attraverso la tenda

    Attraverso la tenda
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2547 W: 19 N: 3130] (31414)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-19 1:37]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Oh, I like this!!

    How clever of you to think about shooting through this screen or thin curtain! With many types of photograph it wouldn't work at all, but in this case, with the two girls standing together in a very wide open space, it works very well indeed.

    A very finely composed shot with the horizontal balustrade dividing the image nicely into "thirds" and with the girls and their shadows perfectly placed. And the effect of the "screen" makes for a very interesting and novel filter effect.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Capraia fiorentina

    Capraia fiorentina
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2547 W: 19 N: 3130] (31414)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-19 1:28]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    An interesting note and a very fine photograph to accompany it!

    The light here is beautifully soft and brings out all the wonderful reds, yellows and ochres of the old stonework of the buildings beautifully.

    Your composition is excellent, the diagonal line of the water's edge leading the eye nicely across the frame from left to right. Perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Windblown on Davidstow MoorNikonD300s

    Windblown on Davidstow Moor
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1043 W: 41 N: 1920] (13741)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-19 1:16]
    Hello Les,

    This is a striking photograph, made all the more so by its subtle conversion to black and white.

    That windswept tree is quite amazing and, despite its considerable deformity, looks as though it has many years of healthy life ahead of it. That tree, of course, is the "star of the show" and you have placed it perfectly in the frame and the wall on the right and the gap left of it help to draw our eyes off into the distance. I like the little trio of birds at top left as they also balance the composition delightfully.

    Funny thing, camera club judges might make some comment that the photographer could have "added in" those birds but whether or not you did that does not detract from their appeal.

    I like the soft pale vignette, the light, tones and contrasts and the exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Low Sun On Dartmoor.FinePix S4500

    Low Sun On Dartmoor.
    jadesgran Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 499 W: 0 N: 325] (5282)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-19 1:08]
    Hello Gladys,

    You're absolutely right - the light here is stunning! Lovely soft, warm low-angle light bathing the foreground grass and golden leaves and contrasting well against the background hillside in relative shade. And how clever to frame the picture so nicely with those bright red berries.

    A fine and pleasing composition with gorgeous light and warm rich autumnal colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: embraceSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    embrace
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4129 W: 7 N: 6386] (48012)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-19 0:53]
    Hello Brian,

    I am amazed that you took this picture on a focal length as wide as 28mm - it really looks as though you have "homed in" on this view from some distance.

    But, however you managed this, you have come away with a wonderfully "graphic" image with beautiful light and colours. Blue and brown/ochre are almost complementary colours and really go so well together. Your composition is most pleasing and I love the subtleties of light and shade which you have caught very well indeed. And exceptional details here, even at its "proper" size of 1200 pixels wide.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I'm really curious as to how you achived this lovely "soft focus" view! It clearly wasn't something done at the time of taking because the depth of field is excellent, the soft focus affecting both the nearest and most distant parts of the subject. Did you simply apply a soft focus filter in processing?

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Laundry for MesutPentax K7

    Laundry for Mesut
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4962 W: 88 N: 11575] (55550)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-19 0:38]
    Hi Craig,

    This is a lovely and very colourful photograph of something which we rarely see in our western world. People in Britain are just a bit too reserved to think about displaying all their clothes in public like this and I must admit I think that's rather strange. On the other hand, if you live in Scotland (or Vancouver, I guess) it rains so much that there are few opportunities to hang out your laundry to dry!

    The bright pink wall of this building certainly makes a loud statement and contrasts well with the white front of the building and the green plant growing up the wall as well as making a fine backdrop for the lady hanging out her clothes to dry. And the lady leaning out of her window drying more clothes balances the composition very well too. I just hope she's not going to be electrocuted by that huge jumble of cables.

    A very well sen and well taken shot with lovely vibrant colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: The woodcarverCanon 400 D

    The woodcarver
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6511 W: 236 N: 11276] (75640)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-18 23:39] [+]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Another delightful photograph from your trip to Oberammergau four years ago with some beautiful detail from this lovely building's façade.

    A very nicely balanced composition with lovely light and colours and excellent details and sharpness. An interesting note too.

    Were you there for the "Passion Play"?

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AfghanistanAfghanistan
    Title: The face of poverty

    The face of poverty
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3575 W: 301 N: 7719] (40069)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-18 3:15]
    Hello Gert,

    Strangely enough, I was just now flicking through TE, came across your homepage and this portrait which you uploaded on Christmas Day seven years ago suddenly jumped out of the screen at me.

    To my mind, this is a magnificent portrait and also one of exceptional technical quality considering that it has been scanned from a 40 year old colour slide.

    The "full on" shot is something which I imagine professional portrait photographers try to avoid at all costs but here I think it is entirely appropriate as this man stares straight down the barrel of your lens. We can see every detail of this poor man's face and also his very worn and tattered shirt and collar. But what we can't see is into his soul: just what this man is thinking as he looks straight at you is a mystery to me. Obviously you would have had some idea of what he was thinking as it appears as though he consented to this photograph but, for others looking at him here, that face is rather inscrutable and full of mystery.

    A beautiful and very intriguing portrait!

    Fantastic!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Un temps de chien....Nikon D 90

    Un temps de chien....
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2290 W: 1156 N: 2188] (30060)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-18 2:36]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Very well spotted!

    I've never been sure if dogs actually like wearing raincoats - most dogs like to get wet and dirty! But this little white dog with its bright red coat stands out perfectly against the grey pavement and contrasts well with the "wall" of blue jackets and jeans on the right. Were all these people standing watching an event?

    Lovely bright and vibrant colours, lovely light (as is so often the case when it's dull and raining), perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Making glass beadsNikon D 5000

    Making glass beads
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5455 W: 482 N: 15254] (83028)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-18 2:16]
    Hello Mesut,

    I love of see pictures of artists and craftsmen at work and here it's lovely to see just how the famous blue glass "evil eye" beads from Turkey are made.

    And here it is nice to see this experienced craftsman working with a primitive kiln and tools which probably have not changed over several centuries. You have caught this scene perfectly in lovely light, your composition is excellent, the subjet matter is very interesting, the colours are perfect and the details and sharpness are excellent.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: St Paul's ChapelSony Alpha 200 DSLR

    St Paul's Chapel
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4129 W: 7 N: 6386] (48012)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-18 2:02]
    Hello Brian,

    A delightful photograph from Greece five years ago at which time your compositional and photographic skills were also excellent!

    The little chapel is perfectly placed in the frame, standing out in pure white like a little jewel against the rough dark rocks and dark green trees. The two little boats moored at the water's edge draw our attention to the beautiful clear waters.

    Perfectly captured with a fine composition, beautiful light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Magic time in Old Market

    Magic time in Old Market
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5267 W: 84 N: 13559] (77392)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-17 2:12]
    Hi Malgo,

    Although this picture is not quite up to your usual standards because you used a small camera which probably wasn't so good at dealing with the difficult lighting conditions here, it still gives and excellent idea of how attractive this old part of Warsaw is at Christmastime, especially with the lit Christmas tree and the lovely colourful old buildings in the background.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Yes, I have a Gorillapod too - it's light and easy to carry but it's not quite the same as a "real" tripod, is it?

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: 11 Years TECanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    11 Years TE
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18803 W: 508 N: 32352] (138230)



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    Spyder Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 9 N: 121] (757) [2014-12-16 8:13]
    Congratulations on surviving 10 years on Trek Earth, John, and what a beautiful gift you gave us.

    Carry on for another ten years, then another, etc. etc. etc.

    Kindest regards
    Edward

  • SpainSpain
    Title: View from Ronda

    View from Ronda
    unclehotshot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 144] (702)



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    Spyder Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 9 N: 121] (757) [2014-12-16 8:08] [+]
    I like the way the foreground is highlighted, Frank, with the background slightly hazy.
    Rhonda, aw, I was there far too long ago. We left the town to head towards Conil de la Frontiera on the Atlantic coast. Those crazy hairpin curves through the mountains gave be the biggest neck attack I have ever had…….the last kilometers I had to turn my whole body to see around the corners!
    Thanks for the memories.

    Cheers
    the ED

  • AustriaAustria
    Title: Hallstatt-DachsteinSony Alpha DSLR A200

    Hallstatt-Dachstein
    ecmel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 127] (1143)



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    Spyder Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 9 N: 121] (757) [2014-12-16 8:00]
    I love this image, Ecmel, with all those drive-in garages for the boats.
    I also like your pov, with some of the lake and those majestic mountains in the background.
    Thanks for this beauty.

    Regards
    Edward

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Colourful Family Planning...Canon EOS 5D Mark II

    Colourful Family Planning...
    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018)



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    Spyder Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 9 N: 121] (757) [2014-12-16 7:55]
    Well thank goodness you provide an in-depth explanation of these coloured sheep, for I feared that 'Benetton' had coloured wool to order.
    I appreciate the reasons for dying these poor beasts, but I much prefer animals in their natural state. Same goes for excessive ear tags on cattle.
    Thanks for this beauty, John, looks like you can get you skis ready soon.

    Regards
    the ED

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Honokowai RainbowCanon 5D Mark III

    Honokowai Rainbow
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1074 W: 1 N: 2834] (11785)



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    Spyder Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 9 N: 121] (757) [2014-12-16 7:44]
    Boy, don't you have enough sun & sea in California Ray??????
    Two pots of gold out there, too!
    Well I know the world is round (Fats Waller: "Christopher Columbus"), I know some people still think the earth is flat, but this is the first proof that the earth is concave!
    Those crazy fisheye lenses, thanks for this delightful image……..lucky sod!

    Happy holiday Ray
    the ED

    PS like your comment to Lisa about the recent attack in Sydney……..so pleased to hear from an American who isn't trigger happy.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Laundry in GraveyardAsahi Pentax 6x7

    Laundry in Graveyard
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5455 W: 482 N: 15254] (83028)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-16 6:24]
    Hello Mesut,

    What an interesting note and a very fine photograph from thirty five years ago!

    I had always thought that Turkey was quite a religious place and I wouldn't have thought that people would be so irreverent as to hang their washing out to dry in a cemetery or graveyard! But I suppose when there is nowhere else to dry your wet clothes, a graveyard is as good as anywhere else!

    A lovely snapshot of daily life in this little street. It works very well in black and white and the presence of the two boys in the foreground adds human interest and depth to the image. And a very fine quality scan too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pyramid of CestiusCanon EOS 700D

    Pyramid of Cestius
    Romano46 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1153 W: 0 N: 2736] (17494)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1313 W: 396 N: 4983] (20018) [2014-12-16 6:08]
    Ciao Romano,

    A fascinating and very informative note and a very fine and striking photograph to illustrate it!

    This is a very imposing photograph, the strong light from the side illuminating one face of this pyramid brightly and making it stand out dramatically against the deep indigo sky. And, compared to the sharp and regular lines of the pyramid, the soft curvature of the near archway makes a very fine frame.

    A beautiful photograph with wonderful lighting, fine strong colours, perfect exposure, fine composition and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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