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  • SpainSpain
    Title: Palmeral de El Cercado

    Palmeral de El Cercado
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4752 W: 271 N: 8284] (68862)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-26 9:32]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Yes, this looks as though it would be a wonderful place to have a picnic and enjoy the glorious scenery around you!

    This is a beautifully composed photograph of a beautiful place: the tall palm tree is perfectly placed in the frame and stands out beautifully against the "nuages de beau temps" in the otherwise clear blue sky above.

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

    An interesting note as well - I think I found this place on the map near here: 28.530152, -16.206438 and it looks lovely on Google maps too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Thank you for your kind remarks on my last picture - it was warm and sunny here four days ago but today it's much colder, we have had strong winds and rain - and even some snow!

  • CubaCuba
    Title: Santiago de CubaCANON EOS 600D

    Santiago de Cuba
    Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5644 W: 95 N: 8952] (49840)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-26 9:07]
    Hello Gerrit,

    What a wonderfully colourful view of this street scene in Santiago! Your composition is excellent, the main street leading us perfectly past all the varied buildings, but what really strikes us right between the eyes is the girl with the bright yellow bag over her shoulder - lit in bright sunlight, she stands out brilliantly to make an excellent focal point in the foreground.

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

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CubaCuba
    Title: Santiago SkylineCANON EOS 600D

    Santiago Skyline
    Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5644 W: 95 N: 8952] (49840)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-26 5:10]
    Hello Gerrit,

    This is a very interesting photograph from your roof terrace with lots and lots of things to see and examine in detail, especially the mixture of very old traditional buildings, more recent structures and the construction of new ones. The light and colours are lovely and the details and sharpness are exceptional.

    Excellent!

    Have a lovely Sunday.

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Tulip time in Istanbul 1962Rolleiflex 6x6 /twinreflex

    Tulip time in Istanbul 1962
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5684 W: 492 N: 15873] (86718)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-26 4:36]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    What a wonderful lesson in history! So now I know how Holland became such a great centre for growing tulips - they all came from Turkey!

    So this is a very historic photograph. It is also of remarkably good quality considering that it has been scanned from a black and white print which is more than fifty years old. The map, I suppose, is the most interesting feature but there are so many other details to examine here - and, as a car enthusiast, I think I can see, under the truck on the left, the wheel of a British Rover motor car.

    Splendid!

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Cammoro

    Cammoro
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9974 W: 132 N: 19620] (125725)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-26 4:12]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    You have written a very interesting and informative note. How remarkable it is that the population of this place has declined so drastically, and not due to plague or famine but simply due to the more recent migration of people from the country to larger cities.

    This photograph is all about light and textures and you have captured this little corner of the castle beautifully, bringing out all the wonderful textures of the ancient stonework and old wooden features perfectly. As always, your control of the light is masterful, the colours are beautifully subdued and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: For The Birds

    For The Birds
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5180 W: 367 N: 10959] (53667)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-26 3:24] [+]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    I'm guessing that these lakes are somewhat akin to the salt pans you have previously shown us in western Sicily? But they are, of course, much more colourful. I'm wondering for how long these algae have been being used for food colouring - does that mean that we will no longer be needing to crush up poor little beetles to get cochineal to colour the icing on our cupcakes?

    You are forgiven for this image being slightly less than perfectly sharp, particularly as it has been taken through thick glass or Perspex while you were being buffeted about in a light aeroplane, but the graphical effect and the glorious colours certainly make up for any failing in that regard.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
    Title: I'm Not Listening To You!Pentax K3

    I'm Not Listening To You!
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5133 W: 88 N: 12138] (57950)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 15:26]
    Hi Craig,

    Photography of modern architecture, of course, has always been the type of photography which you do so very well. But, until a year or so ago, your photograph of this scene would have been devoid of people: now, however, that little "boy in blue" really adds some spice - in bucket loads!

    A fabulously well composed image in which the line of stone balls leads the eye perfectly into the scene, then upwards to the very tops of those tall modern buildings set against a glorious sky. But still our eyes flash back to the little "boy in blue" who commands so much attention.

    A wonderful photograph with glorious light and colours, fine composition, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    And, once again, your favourite ultra-wide "city lens" has done the business.

    Brilliant!

    Kind regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Una panchina per due

    Una panchina per due
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2854 W: 21 N: 3366] (35328)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 15:00]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Oh, yes, Malgo told me she was going to be travelling to Italy tomorrow - how wonderful that you're going to be meeting her again! Are you going to be meeting up with Silvio or Luciano too?

    This is a lovely photograph, very well seen and taken and very nicely composed too with the two ladies nicely placed at the bottom of the frame with a very simple large doorway above them. All elements are nicely placed in the image, the light and colours are excellent and the details and sharpness are superb.

    Beautiful!

    Have fun with Malgo and give her my best wishes!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Grand Canal SunriseCanon EOS 60D

    Grand Canal Sunrise
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3008 W: 18 N: 7314] (25788)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 14:50]
    Hi Noel,

    As always, you have written a very interesting and informative note. But, hey, wait a minute - you're a photographer and take photographs - you don't take "snaps". I take "snaps": you don't. :)

    And, just to prove you don't take snaps, you have very wisely included that jogger in your photograph. You see, like it or not, you are now changing - just as I have and as Craig has too - realising from looking at images from the likes of Gert that including people really can "make" a photograph, particularly if they're interesting or doing something - just like this fellow whom you have placed perfectly in your frame to benefit an excellent composition.

    Lovely morning light and, once again, an excellent result from this contre jour approach which you do so very well.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NepalNepal
    Title: The beauty of Nepal (No points please)

    The beauty of Nepal (No points please)
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3848 W: 313 N: 8393] (42831) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 14:41]
    Hello Gert,

    As the news unfolds of today's terrible tragedy in Nepal, this is a most fitting tribute to all those who have died, those who have lost family members and friends and those who have suffered - and not only in Nepal but also in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and even on Mount Everest.

    May our thoughts and prayers be with all of them.

    Another of your wonderful photographs of a beautiful temple surrounded by ordinary people going about their daily lives in happier times.

    Many thanks for this, Gert.

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Poolbeg Station. Icon or Eyesore?Canon EOS 60D

    Poolbeg Station. Icon or Eyesore?
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3008 W: 18 N: 7314] (25788)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 10:37]
    Hi Noel,

    Having read your interesting note in its entirety and having studied your photograph too, I must say I rather like these twin smoke stacks. The fact of the matter, of course, is that they were initially built purely for function and yet they have become iconic - quite unlike that hideous top on St. Michael's Church at Linlithgow (on which you kindly commented) which was actually built purely as a work of art. I guess it probably works as a lightning conductor too.

    Now I like your picture - a lot. And what really makes this one for me (and probably for many others such as Craig, Gert and so on) is the fact that you have a person in it! In fact, not only a person, but a lady with a lovely bright red top - and a dog into the bargain. Not only do they add human/canine interest but they also brighten up the foreground and give depth to the image as well as a fine sense of scale.

    And good composition, fine light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: The Bank of Victoria, BeechworthNikon D80

    The Bank of Victoria, Beechworth
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1117 W: 41 N: 2092] (14799)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 9:20]
    Hello Les,

    This is a delightful photograph of what looks to be a delightful small Australian town.

    Your composition is excellent and has made the very best advantage of the lovely light falling on the front of that lovely Georgian building and the cobblestoned roundabout with its antique lamppost makes an excellent foreground feature.

    Lovely light and fine colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. But, always the sleuth, I have a couple of points to make here. The first one is relevant to your location - this is Victoria, Australia (as you state in your note) and not Tasmania (though I know you certainly have visited there).

    The other point is that, if you look for Beechworth in Wikipedia, you will clearly see a big mistake - there's a picture there of a red building which is purported to be the Bank of Victoria but most definitely isn't. Looking at Google maps, that building is on Ford Street while your bank (the real one!) is on Camp Street though very close to the roundabout with Ford Street. Now it's quite easy to post pictures on Wikipedia (I've done it once or twice before) so why not post your picture there? It's good fun and then the whole wide World can see it - not just the few who look at TE!

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Enjoying the viewPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Enjoying the view
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 98 W: 0 N: 288] (1456)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 5:55]
    Hello Jean,

    Golly gosh, how did I manage to miss this one?

    This is spectacular view and I think I've been to this place too - not a long walk at all from Keswick. And, funnily enough, the first thing I think here is that you have captured a far better view than either of those photographers way out at the end of the jetty will ever hope to achieve - after all, you have them and the jetty to provide a wonderfully interesting and colourful foreground and they're going to have, well, nothing in the way of foreground interest!

    Still, let's not bother about their plight: as I say, they provide a wonderful foreground and they also very nicely balance the snow capped hills on the right, so adding to a fine composition. The reflections in the water are beautiful, the light lovely and soft, your colours true yet vibrant, and the details and sharpness exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: dog and castle

    dog and castle
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3310 W: 5 N: 6715] (33565)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 5:45]
    Hello Ourania,

    A fascinating note - you obviously made a little friend here with this cute dog!

    What a beautiful view of this little bay with the town spread out before us, all brightly lit in the sunshine while the darker castle sits atop the hill on the left. Lovely soft waves hitting the shoreline - and your little friend perfectly placed in the frame.

    Lovely light and colours, a fine composition and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: A big thanks to AngshuPentax K3

    A big thanks to Angshu
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5133 W: 88 N: 12138] (57950)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 5:38]
    Hi Craig,

    How wonderful that you had advice from Angshu before your India trip so that you could find some of the most photogenic areas to visit! And you've certainly found a very photogenic place here and a very photogenic lady to grace it.

    Yellow and blue, being complementary colours, really do work so very well together and this is no exception. The blue flaking paintwork and the crumbling masonry make a perfect backdrop for this contented elderly lady as she sits peacefully watching you and wearing the most magnificent bright yellow clothing.

    A lovely capture with fine soft light and wonderfully rich and vibrant colours, perfect composition and exposure and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Old doors again

    Old doors again
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5679 W: 86 N: 14669] (81954)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 5:14] [+]
    Hi Malgo,

    I love your note! How interesting that you had to take your own tea bags to India - but I couldn't drink tea made with milk and no water either. Nor do I take sugar in my tea.

    Yes, I know "carry coals to Newcastle" and "sell ice to Eskimos" and there's also "sell sand to the Arabs" - but Gert has also told you that one.

    Funnily enough, I once worked with a junior colleague who had come from Assam. And he had never tasted true Assam tea until he came to Britain - apparently all the good stuff gets exported and he had never tasted it at home.

    Anyway, I shall never tire of seeing your pictures from India - or from anywhere, actually! These old crumbling and dilapidated buildings might not look all that attractive but they certainly provide a wonderful background for "showing off" the local people in their brightly coloured traditional dresses.

    A beautifully composed photograph with lovely soft light and fine vibrant colours, very well seen and taken with excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I've just looked at this picture again more closely - and I see that the lady's sack on the left says "Garden Fresh Assam Tea"!!!

  • FranceFrance
    Title: La Goulue de Montmartre

    La Goulue de Montmartre
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2679 W: 0 N: 5995] (35305)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 4:30] [+]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    As soon as I saw this picture, I just had to do some research - and now I see that "La Goulue" was a dancer! I found this and, of course, she was known as the "Queen of Montmartre".

    What a wonderfully colourful shop front - that must be an interesting shop to browse around in. And you have captured this colourful scene perfectly in an image with lots of things to look at and examine in detail, all taken with fine composition, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Thank you for letting me understand about "La Goulue"!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Storm Attack!Nikon D-300

    Storm Attack!
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3395 W: 217 N: 7812] (31339)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 397 N: 5201] (20978) [2015-04-25 4:13]
    Hello Bev,

    Wow! Now that looks like a really threatening sky! I hope you had your brollies with you that day.

    Despite the difficult lighting conditions, you have managed this photograph remarkably well and produced a very nicely composed image with lovely light and colours and superb details in the form and textures of the ancient stonework of this castle. Superb details and sharpness too.

    And, as always, an interesting note.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: 7 pots standing on the wall

    7 pots standing on the wall
    unclehotshot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 313 W: 51 N: 387] (2243)



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    Spyder Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 168 W: 15 N: 117] (857) [2015-04-24 15:50]
    Ha! Easy to please me, eh, Frank?
    Ronda, an amazing place, but all those hairpin bends to get there took their tole on my neck.
    I love this image, right up my alley…….and look at the pot on the right, it's got your initials on it. ;)

    Take care & regards
    the ED

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Bridge

    Bridge
    poutpout (284)



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    Spyder Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 168 W: 15 N: 117] (857) [2015-04-24 15:38]
    Très belle image, Robert, je l'adore, et ça marche bien en N&B.
    Merci pour cet bijoux.

    Cordialement
    Edward

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