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  • SlovakiaSlovakia
    Title: Walking past the past

    Walking past the past
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5243 W: 373 N: 10816] (54363)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 412 N: 6328] (25718) [2016-09-30 3:13]
    Hello Gert,

    I think I am slowly and gradually managing to "get" the message about "special" and "nothing special"!

    This unoccupied and part derelict building with its broken windows and uninspiring graffiti would certainly classify as "nothing special" but the inclusion of the man with his bright yellow bag seemingly pausing to stare in the direction of the grimy statue on the left definitely does raise this image up a few notches to rather "special"!

    And, of course, the man's view immediately makes us wonder at what he is staring - and so we mimic him by also taking a closer look at the statue - and then we go on to compare it with the statue on the right and so discover that there are quite a few differences between the two.

    But that "connection" with the human subject is missing in your workshop picture with the lady because she is ignoring both the building and the photographer. And the pussy cat shows even less interest in his/her surroundings, obviously set on pursuing something outwith the photograph.

    A well seen and well timed photograph with good light and colours and excellent technical quality too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CroatiaCroatia
    Title: Laundry day in TrogirCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Laundry day in Trogir
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3543 W: 91 N: 9063] (37855)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 412 N: 6328] (25718) [2016-09-30 2:30]
    Hi Mariusz,

    I'm not sure if lines of laundry hung out to dry are "artistic" or not but there's just something a little strange about them. But I think the reason we find them a little strange is because the British never seem to like to hang out their washing in public view - we dry our laundry either in the house or on washing lines in our gardens away from the prying public - just in case any strangers happen to see that we actually wear socks and pants and shirts! But in other "normal" countries, people dry their laundry in public and seem quite happy to have others see what they wear. :)

    But, no, in this photograph the line of colourful clothes is a very important element, brightly lit and standing out brilliantly against a clear blue sky and very effectively "joining" the two buildings on either side as well as leading the eye nicely from the left and up to the window and the near lamp.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Candlelit interiorCanon EOS 1100D

    Candlelit interior
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7959 W: 63 N: 22210] (100850)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 412 N: 6328] (25718) [2016-09-30 1:53]
    Hello Stephen,

    A fascinating note about this huge and ancient cathedral. And with a place of such enormous proportions it must be very difficult to know where to start with a camera!

    But this is a fine glimpse of the interior, the rows of lit candles leading us along a long aisle past tall stained glass windows flanked by statues, presumably of saints, and with remarkably good light and fine colours.

    This must have been quite a difficult photograph to take but you have managed it well with perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Kilchurn Castle

    Kilchurn Castle
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6164 W: 88 N: 14746] (69223)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 412 N: 6328] (25718) [2016-09-30 1:44]
    Hi Craig,

    Aw, Shucks! Thank you for your kind words about my old picture of this castle - I'd almost forgotten about that one - but now I remember standing in the drizzle on the opposite side of the loch with my feet slowly sinking into the mud while I set up my camera - by the time I'd finished the mud was over my ankles and most of the pictures were rubbish because I'd managed to get a lot of tiny raindrops on my lens.

    I look at this magnificent drone shot and I'm trying to find you! I'm sure that's Tosca down there at bottom right - I remember her light blue jacket - but where are you? Hiding inside the castle ruins?

    Seriously, this is a fabulous photograph, the castle perfectly placed in the frame with the beautiful sky reflections in the calm water of the loch on the right and with a gorgeous view of the distant hills and sky beyond and with the water's edge leading us nicely into the picture from the bottom right corner.

    A beautiful view which few of us will ever see and with gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and, despite what you say, excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S.

    Just in case you didn't know (or didn't speak to anyone around here), "Kilchurn" is pronounced like "Kil-hoorn"! :)

  • EstoniaEstonia
    Title: Beyond the SteeplesCanon EOS 7 D

    Beyond the Steeples
    edge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 34 N: 2116] (7126)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-30 0:18]
    Hello Roger

    Colours are a bit too saturated for my taste, but this is all about composiiton and I like the ensemble of towers and roofs and tiles here. The chimney somehow belongs and does not belong in the scene, and the same goes for the cruis ships in the bg.

    Benny

  • ArgentinaArgentina
    Title: Rio LapataiaCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Rio Lapataia
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3543 W: 91 N: 9063] (37855)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-30 0:14]
    Hello Mariusz

    It seems I'm one of the few ones here who hasn't applauded this beautiful shot yet. Terrific piece of work! My congratulations (too).

    Benny

  • AlbaniaAlbania
    Title: Cable FerrySony RX100

    Cable Ferry
    ahmet54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 283 W: 342 N: 429] (3213)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-30 0:12]
    Hello Roland

    Fine framing and good reflections. A good slice of life on the road in Albania, a country that's quite unknown to me, but your picture has just moved the country up my list of places I'd love to visit.

    Cheers

    Benny

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Olympic stadium AthensNikon F75

    Olympic stadium Athens
    Poseidon_Simons (12)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-30 0:10]
    Fine architecture photography, with great definition and clarity. Sky is really good too. Your note seems to suggest it doesn't look that new anymore. That'd be a shame.

    Cheers

    Benny

  • New ZealandNew Zealand
    Title: Lord of the RingsNikon D200

    Lord of the Rings
    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6551 W: 477 N: 11533] (39149)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-30 0:07]
    Hello dear Bulent

    Lovely soft green moss in an almost surreal forest scene. I'm not a big fan of those Tolkien books, but surely this scene evokes those elves and golumns etc. Are you sure there isn't a unicorn hiding there somewhere?

    Great picture, thanks for sharing it.

    Benny

  • AustriaAustria
    Title: Eisriesenwelt

    Eisriesenwelt
    PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 2 N: 3204] (18902)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-30 0:04]
    Hello Piotr

    A fascinating view of zigzagging stairs leading up to a big hole. First thought was that this was a tunnel, then almost immediately you notice that this can't be a road. Fascinating view, perfectly framed.

    Benny

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: the kelpies

    the kelpies
    dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 662 W: 0 N: 223] (8136)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-29 12:27]
    Hello Dale

    You've posted two very pleasant pictures of these monumental horse sculptures. Both with just the heads and the sky beyond. This one is my favourite, I prefer the light here. Superb blue sky, great sharpness and definition on the horse head(s).

    Cheers

    Benny

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Alpine Reflections

    Alpine Reflections
    Hellas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1200 W: 176 N: 1297] (6947)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-29 12:25]
    A timeless bl/w nature shot, Athanasios. The play of reflection and lines is terrific. Black and white is perfect here.

    Benny

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Jardin Henri DeneuxNikon D7000 HDdSLR

    Jardin Henri Deneux
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 6942 W: 0 N: 7125] (81881)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-29 6:27]
    Bonjour Serge

    Une vue spectaculaire en plein couleurs et avec un grand clarité des arbres en bas jusqu' au ciel en haut. Mes félicitations!

    Benny

  • United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
    Title: WAFI Mall - VI

    WAFI Mall - VI
    Sardonik Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 687] (1805)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-29 6:24] [+]
    The best of the series so far for me, Ken. It doesn't really give a sense of scale, but details, colours and composition are spot on.

    Benny

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: GardesanaFujifilm FinePix HS30EXR

    Gardesana
    rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1691 W: 0 N: 4414] (37459) *



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-29 6:22]
    Hello Ryszard

    This sure is something different & I absolutely like it. Great light in the tunnel, lovely soft tones there. I also like the off-center composition. Slight blue noise in the shade underneath the tunnel.

    Nice one!

    Benny

  • FranceFrance
    Title: West PortalCanon EOS 1100D

    West Portal
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7959 W: 63 N: 22210] (100850)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-29 6:20]
    Hello Stephen

    A great way to fill the frame. I like the casual inclusion of that one person sitting below.

    Benny

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Tatra Mountains 2Sony a6000

    Tatra Mountains 2
    Sonata11 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2780 W: 59 N: 2900] (33927)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-29 6:15]
    Hello Barbara

    This does like a wonderful path to walk upon.
    A fine capture.

    Benny

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Walking in TiradentesNikon D40

    Walking in Tiradentes
    ricardomattos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 637 W: 6 N: 989] (7223)



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    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1898 W: 34 N: 2957] (17718) [2016-09-29 6:13]
    Ola Ricardo

    Fine low pov and great framing with the yellow tower in the distance.

    Benny

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: SunsetSony ILCE 7

    Sunset
    heimann2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 107 W: 0 N: 25] (1296)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 245 N: 9708] (39792) [2016-09-29 6:06]
    Hello Pierre,

    Your long exposure has really paid dividends as it has used all the available light to give us this wonderful orange sky, with lovely lake reflections! The features of hills and trees make interesting silhouettes against the brightness of the sky.
    I like the off-centre composition.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Jardin Henri DeneuxNikon D7000 HDdSLR

    Jardin Henri Deneux
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 6942 W: 0 N: 7125] (81881)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 245 N: 9708] (39792) [2016-09-29 5:13]
    Bonjour Serge,

    You have really captured the magnificence of the building which is adorned with many elegant towers and tall windows: a stunning building!
    According to the Internet, it was built on a Roman site!
    Your inclusion of the gardens, make a lovely introduction and gives bright colours to otherwise more staid examples.

    Have a lovely day,
    Bev :-)

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