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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Globe WharfSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Globe Wharf
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4007 W: 7 N: 6136] (46443)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-21 6:16]
    Hello Brian,

    How wonderful that this old Victorian warehouse has not been left to go to wrack and ruin but has been saved by having been converted into (probably very profitable!) housing. I presume that the red crane has been left as a feature and is no longer operational.

    A fine "portrait" of this building taken with a long lens across the Thames with lovely soft light which brings out all the details and textures and colours beautifully. What a stunning sky too.

    I'm wondering if this might be an HDR image but, whether that is the case or not, this is a beautiful photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Up side downNikon D 90

    Up side down
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2277 W: 1124 N: 2163] (29722)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-21 6:03]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Waaaah! This makes me feel queasy just looking at it and I'm not quite sure how I'd cope with an acceleration of 2g as shown in your workshop picture.

    But two excellent photographs, very well captured indeed. I can imagine that these pictures must have been incredibly difficult to take, so you have done very well here!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Eating Indian style

    Eating Indian style
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5052 W: 81 N: 12894] (75011)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-21 5:58]
    Hi Malgo,

    You have given us a wonderful little trio of photographs here as well as a very interesting and informative note.

    Yes, it is amazing how different are all the customs in different parts of our wonderful World. At my age, I certainly cannot sit comfortably cross-legged like this - but I don't think I could have sat comfortably like that even when I was young. Just what you're used to, I suppose.

    A very interesting insight into food and eating in rural India - these two men eating together (the man on the left looks a little grumpy!) - the guy making chapatis - and the two men eating and drinking together in the bar.

    All excellent photographs (despite what you say!) and a wonderful "window" on life in India.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: AnchoredPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Anchored
    jean113 Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 81] (395)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-21 5:39]
    Hello Jean,

    This is a lovely calm and peaceful shot which is perfectly and pleasingly composed, the large modern cruise ship resting at anchor behind the wonderful vista of clear blue sea and sky and with the terraces and buildings of the old town standing proudly at the water's edge. I love the framing with the dark green foliage of the trees.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AfghanistanAfghanistan
    Title: It's a Man's Man's Man's World

    It's a Man's Man's Man's World
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3450 W: 298 N: 7350] (38579)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-21 3:00] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    As always, you have given us a fascinating note and this time a lovely trio of fine photographs of life in Afghanistan four decades ago.

    Yes, it is interesting that the number of ladies whom we see in your photographs is very small and even here your workshop photograph is of a group of schoolgirls and not grown women. I wonder if the culture there in those days (and probably even nowadays) was that the men tended to socialise with friends and neighbours in the streets and in marketplaces whereas the women congregated mostly indoors and, therefore, more privately? It is interesting too that that group of girls is travelling to or from school - presumably in those days there were no radical groups who believed that girls should not be educated?

    Three lovely photographs which really do let us see glimpses of everyday life and each of exceptional quality considering that they have been scanned from Kodachrome colour slides.

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Le scale della scienza

    Le scale della scienza
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2398 W: 18 N: 2933] (29355)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-20 15:52]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    An interesting note and a fine "graphic" image, very well seen and very well taken.

    A fine composition with strong geometrical lines and strong perspective. Good light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: InterlakenCanon EOS 50D

    Interlaken
    asajernigan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3594 W: 90 N: 5442] (20876)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-20 15:12]
    Hello Asa,

    What an interesting note you have given us as well as a delightful photograph to illustrate it.

    Such a typical Swiss scene, the tall slender tower of the church beautifully depicted against a backdrop of magnificent mountains. Your composition is perfect with all elements very pleasingly arranged within the frame: the light and colours are lovely, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PhilippinesPhilippines
    Title: house with a viewCanon EOS 400 D

    house with a view
    Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5316 W: 95 N: 8459] (45771)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-20 14:52]
    Hello Gerrit,

    Yes, this little house must indeed have a wonderful view but you have also captured a beautiful scene here - and that little house provides a perfect focal point, perfectly placed in the frame.

    The distant view across water to distant hills is fabulous beneath a wonderfully interesting sky but what I love most is the detail and clarity in the foreground grasses, ferns and trees.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Lock passageCanon 50D

    Lock passage
    Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8128 W: 4337 N: 14019] (55465)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 12:02]
    Hello Didi,

    A delightful photograph of this boat approaching lock gates with the canal disappearing into the distance beyond. This canal seems much wider than many of the canals in Britain - on some canals, the boats are no more than 2 metres wide and the locks are less than 3 metres wide.

    The light and colours are lovely, your composition excellent and the details and sharpness, even in your larger version, are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Waddesdon Manor

    Waddesdon Manor
    miumiu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 703 W: 3 N: 498] (5542)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 7:40]
    Hello Agnes,

    You have written an interesting note about this place and provided us with a very appealing photograph too.

    You have portrayed this beautiful building perfectly against a clear blue sky (where I think I see the tiny crescent of a new Moon) and the reflections of the sky in the windows is very attractive. The low angle light casts some lovely shadows and also helps to illuminate the little wedding party, including the bride and groom, who look as though they are about to drive off in that lovely old Armstrong-Siddeley Sapphire motorcar. Were you fortunate enough to be a guest at this wedding in this lovely setting?

    Lovely light and colours, a fine composition with the added attraction of some people, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Le ballon rougeNikon D 90

    Le ballon rouge
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2277 W: 1124 N: 2163] (29722)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 7:14]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Yes, when I look carefully at the roadway I can see that there is some colour there but the contre jour (as we say in English!) lighting has itself reduced the colour saturation in all reflected light: only the balloon (which is transilluminated) shows its full colour. And, I suppose, the transillumination of the balloon means that the light has shone through two sides of the balloon before we see it and so it appears even more colourful! A real exercise in light physics!

    A very striking composition too, caught at just the right time as you followed this little trio into the sunlight. The shadows are lovely but that balloon just has to be the "star of the show"!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Beech AvenueNikonD300s

    Beech Avenue
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 992 W: 41 N: 1821] (13111)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 7:08]
    Hello Les,

    This is a delightful photograph which, as others have commented, looks akin to a pen and ink drawing. And, of course, it reminds me of pictures of a similar road lined with beech trees on either side - I think that famous one is in Northern Ireland and I think our friend Noel has a photo of that here.

    I like your almost symmetrical composition which carries us through to the far end of the road although we are also allowed some glimpses of the countryside off to the right. You have chosen exactly the right time of day to capture the perfect lighting and that has "modelled" the trees and their branches beautifully.

    Gorgeous light, lovely tones and contrasts and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: Elektrozavodskaya

    Elektrozavodskaya
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5052 W: 81 N: 12894] (75011)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 3:20]
    Hi Malgo,

    An interesting note and a lovely trio of black and white photographs of this beautiful station. In fact, your photographs are so impressive that I see that Jason (jcpix) has now posted a black and white picture from this same place!

    Your main picture has a wonderful composition with very impressive use of a wide lens to produce a strong perspective effect, and the inclusion of the people marching resolutely towards you gives a certain dynamism to the image too. Lovely light, fine strong tones and contrasts and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Your two workshop images complement the main one perfectly.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: Eclectic Elektrozavodskaya

    Eclectic Elektrozavodskaya
    jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1687 W: 2 N: 3333] (12508)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 3:14] [+]
    Hi Jason,

    You've written an interesting note and what really appeals to me is the fact that, like myself, you have now discovered that people in a picture really can add just that little bit of magic. Craig (macjake) has also found this - he, like the rest of us, used to post fabulous architectural photographs but they were always devoid of people: now he's started to include people more and more in his pictures and I think they benefit as a result.

    Yes, this picture would have been good enough without the people, but the inclusion of the man walking down the long corridor demands that we follow him and that takes our eyes off to the end of the passageway to explore that area more fully. Even the lady seated on the left adds interest too.

    A fine composition with good "lead-in" lines, perfect exposure and lovely tones and contrasts.

    I shouldn't worry too much about a little "noise" here as that can add a lovely sort of "grittiness" to high contrast black and white pictures. Personally, I find the best way to deal with noise is always to shoot in RAW and try to reduce the noise during editing the RAW file and before converting the picture into the "normal" Photoshop window.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Dartmoor 3FinePix S4500

    Dartmoor 3
    jadesgran Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 0 N: 322] (5176)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 3:05]
    Hello Gladys,

    How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful piece of countryside! And now we see the first signs of autumn with the changing colours of the trees.

    I love how the dark clouds cast their shadows on the ground to give lovely contrasts between areas of bright sunlight and shade, all adding to the impression of depth in your photograph.

    Lovely light, fine natural colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Lampost of ArcachonCanon EOS 60D

    Lampost of Arcachon
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6443 W: 241 N: 11093] (74476)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 3:01]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    A fine note and a very impressive and striking photograph to illustrate it.

    The nearest tall lamppost makes a strong statement and also holds the composition together perfectly. We see the rows of lampposts disappearing along the pier, all brightly lit against a much darker background.

    A striking composition which works very well in black and white with lovely strong tones and contrasts and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: La "promenade" de Meillerie

    La "promenade" de Meillerie
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4494 W: 267 N: 7810] (64142)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 2:57]
    Bonjour Denis,

    An interesting note about this place and a very fine photograph of this lakeside "promenade", the rows of foreground flowers making a strong feature to lead us toward the houses which are portrayed beautifully against the backdrop of distant blue mountains.

    Glorious light and colours, fine composition, perfect exposure and fabulous depth of field and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: toits typiques

    toits typiques
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2574 W: 0 N: 5824] (33752)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 2:52]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    A lovely little corner of a country scene, very well seen and very well taken with a fine composition, the tower placed perfectly in the frame and with the line of the fence making an excellent diagonal. Beautiful bright foreground flowers and lovely colours throughout with excellent detail and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CubaCuba
    Title: Cuban Cars for TyroPentax K7

    Cuban Cars for Tyro
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4841 W: 88 N: 11175] (53952) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 1:02]
    Hi Craig,

    Geez, man, thank you for your kind dedication!

    A wonderful photograph of this old American car perfectly captured as it languishes in a traditional and rather shabby Cuban street. I can imagine that when this car was brand new it was probably advertised with photographs of it standing proudly outside a posh hotel in New York or Hollywood with some leggy blonde sprawled over it - and not a place like this! Your composition is excellent and I love the play of light and shade on the cobbled roadway and the buildings. Lovely light and colours and exquisite details and sharpness throughout. The lone man on the left adds considerably to the composition too.

    I love your two workshop pictures too - the age of these vehicles and the rough and varied life they have had gives their coachwork a lovely patina which you have caught perfectly.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Thanks for your comments about the Sigma 12 - 24mm lens. Yes, I've read a lot of the reviews too. Your 8 - 16mm lens is deemed to be a real cracker and the 12 - 24mm does have issues with sharpness and suchlike. From what I've read, there are some other issues too but there ain't anything around that goes quite so wide - apart from fisheyes. Did you have the Mk I or the Mk II version of the 12 - 24mm? The other worrying thing is that there seems to be quite a bit of variation between samples too - with people having to return a new lens to the shop two or three times until they get a satisfactory one. I'm not desperately thinking about getting one right now, but it's just a thought - and it was fun to have a go with this one.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Behind the fallsOlympus OMD EM5

    Behind the falls
    trevormoffiet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 2 N: 522] (2842)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-14 5:01]
    Hello Trvor,

    Oh dear, what a pity that so many of your photographs from Iceland were ruined because of that "rogue" polarising filter. But, I suppose, it's a hard lesson earned and you certainly won't let that happen again.

    I must admit that I also find that a polarising filter can cause vignetting if I have my lens zoomed back to its widest setting, so I have to be very careful. The vignetting is never very apparent when looking through the viewfinder but I find that I can usually see it if I review my images on the back of the camera after taking them. The other reason I seem to get vignetting is that I always have a UV filter on my lenses (mainly for protection) and I have to admit that I'm lazy and screw the polariser on top of it - i.e. I "stack" the filters, which is supposed not to be the right thing to do. However, I do find that I tend to use a polariser less and less these days - a polariser is a thing which you seem to use very frequently when you first buy it, then you seem to use it less and less.

    Anyway, Trevor, you have managed to rescue this picture absolutely perfectly. I'm not sure if it was cropped from a larger image, but the quality is excellent, even at its full size of 1500 pixels wide. The light is beautifully soft, as are the colours, and your composition is superb with the two figures in colourful clothing perfectly placed in the frame. Excellent details and sharpness too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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