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  • TanzaniaTanzania
    Title: IncognitoCanon EOS 1Ds Mark III

    Incognito
    InasiaJones Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1418 W: 152 N: 6186] (31224)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-20 16:39]
    Hello André,

    Your note is interesting but, from this picture, I don't think I would have been aware that this man was actively avoiding being photographed - rather I see him simply sitting engossed in reading his newspaper and unaware of your presence.

    Whatever the situation, you have captured this scene perfectly and the man is well placed in the frame against the blue door (matching his trousers) and his newspaper also is an added focal point because it has some bright and varied colours in its bold text. In fact, the soft subdued lighting brings out the colours beautfully, your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite - as always.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Roofs of La Chapelle-d'Abondance

    Roofs of La Chapelle-d'Abondance
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4382 W: 265 N: 7618] (62176)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-20 16:18]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Yes, I see that there is a variety of different roof claddings on these new buildings but the glorious warm low evening light is very forgiving and you have taken this photograph at exactly the right time as the light cascades across those roofs and strikes the church tower, making them stand out beautifully against the much darker, shaded, hillside.

    Glorious light and colours, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: House FiskebäckskilMinolta SRT 101

    House Fiskebäckskil
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6310 W: 241 N: 10828] (72471)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-20 15:23]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Despite what you say, I think this is an excellent image, especially considering that it was scanned from an old "bromide" photograph.

    The colours might not be absolutely perfect but your composition is excellent as also are the details and sharpness. I wonder how much time the occupants of this house spend on looking after those glorious flowers?

    A very interesting note too - this place can't be all that far from Gothenburg where Gunnar (saxo042) lives.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: ColdridgeFinePix S4500

    Coldridge
    jadesgran Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 293] (4870)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-20 15:15]
    Hello Gladys,

    Yes, definitely worth a picture! It is a lovely scene and you have captured it perfectly - well, Edward (Spyder) did straighten it for you (!) - and of course, as many others have also commented, it is the presence of those wonderful "stooks" which makes it so appealing as well as bringing back many old memories for a lot of us.

    Your composition is excellent and I love how the lines of the stooks in the field curve around and lead us from the foreground toward the church and then off to the left and into the distance. Gorgeous light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: Dessin de plageNikon D800

    Dessin de plage
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7847 W: 0 N: 13866] (114952)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-20 15:07]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    A fine simple and yet very appealing composition with the little river snaking its way across the shore before finally reaching the sea. Lovely light and soft colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness, even down to the tiny birds along the line of the flowing water.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: For Our Brothers & Sisters on MH17

    For Our Brothers & Sisters on MH17
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5062 W: 365 N: 10570] (52125)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-20 15:03]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    A very appropriate dedication to those poor souls lost on flight MH17 and their heartboken families and friends. In fact, I believe that the number of people lost is now 298.

    A beautiful image, presumably taken in either early morning or late evening sunshine with glorious colours, fabulous reflections and a fine composition. Exposure and sharpness first class as always.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Moseley old hall

    Moseley old hall
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 204 W: 30 N: 336] (2845)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-20 12:34]
    Hello Jasmine,

    This is a perfect follow up from your posting of yesterday - the house with the lovely (and interesting) staircase now seen from outside!

    I must admit that I'm not a great fan of infrared pictures because they always look too harsh, but this "pseudo IR" effect which you have done in Photoshop (I don't know how you've done it!) is much more appealing and I really like it.

    The light, tones and contrasts are lovely and we can see all the wonderful details and textures in the lovely brickwork of the house and in the gardens and pathway. Perfect exposure and exquisite sharpness and clarity. And two fine workshop pictures too!

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Oldtimer Rally...Canon EOS 30D

    Oldtimer Rally...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5067 W: 157 N: 6768] (81388)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-20 3:38]
    Hello Krzysztof,

    Like John (jhm), I love old cars and this is a delightful little one - a perfect and shiny example of quite a rare model too.

    And I'm not the only person admiring this car - the crowds in the background seem very appreciative and I love the look of sheer pride in the faces of the driver and his companion!

    A very well taken photograph with gorgeous rich colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Alsace ... at its best!Canon EOS 5D Mk II

    Alsace ... at its best!
    claudeD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2126 W: 76 N: 933] (30055) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-20 3:33]
    Hello Jean Claude,

    This is a truly delightful photograph of a beautiful old and narrow street in Alsace!

    Your composition is perfect, the narrow cobbled roadway leading us nicely past the lovely and colourful houses with their balconies dressed with flowers and with the groups of casually dressed tourists leading the way for us. Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A Building Worth SavingNikon D-300

    A Building Worth Saving
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2888 W: 200 N: 6489] (25826)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-20 2:37] [+]
    Hi Bev,

    My thoughts are really exactly the same as those of Will. I'm sure we all took shots of this magnificent crescent when we met in Buxton but the rest of us were perhaps just too put off by the workings and general detritus that was sitting in front of it as renovation was in progress. Indeed, I've looked and looked and looked again at my pictures wondering what, if anything, I could do to make one of them presentable and on each occasion gave up.

    But you have very cleverly cropped this one - O.K., we can't see ground level (where all the rubbish was) - but in this view I don't think it really seems to matter as our eyes are drawn upward to the upper rows of windows and that is helped by the taller structure on the left and the tree on the right which helps lift our attention upward to the skyline.

    Taken during the only couple of hours of sunshine we had, the light and colours are lovely, your composition very pleasing and the details and sharpness excellent.

    Bravo!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Castle Venes II ...Canon EOS 1100D

    Castle Venes II ...
    Giustiniani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 149 W: 6 N: 291] (2314)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-19 18:21]
    Bonjour Magaly,

    This is a beautiful photograph and you have written a very interesting and informative note about it. How nice it would be to rent a room here for a couple of weeks and enjoy roaming in the surrounding countryside!

    A very fine composition with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SloveniaSlovenia
    Title: Slovenia's islandNikon D-80

    Slovenia's island
    pantooni Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 1 N: 31] (224)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-19 17:07]
    Hello Tonny,

    Like Edward (Spyder) I have to agree that this picture is slightly out of focus. Apart from that, it is a very fine composition, the light and colours are superb and the reflections on the calm water are stunning.

    A beautiful photograph, just let down by its lack of sharp focus. What a pity! But still very worthy of deux points!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TunisiaTunisia
    Title: Blue Tunisia 2Sony DSC HX200v

    Blue Tunisia 2
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6735 W: 117 N: 12612] (71211)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-19 16:09]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    You have given us a very interesting and informative note and a fabulous photograph to illustrate it!

    A beautiful symmetrical composition with glorious light and colours and I love how the central chandelier sparkles with beautiful light while the various coloured windows light up the inside of the deep blue dome.

    A fine composition with beautiful light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Valmalenco

    Valmalenco
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9185 W: 132 N: 17615] (114749)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-19 12:30]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    What a wonderful nocturnal view from your hotel room window! This is indeed a spectacular moonlit scene, the full moon lighting up the snow clinging to the mountainsides as well as the swirling mist and clouds. Your composition is excellent and very pleasing and the light and colours are divine. Perfect exposure and remarkable details and sharpness too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Millennium MillsSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Millennium Mills
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3851 W: 7 N: 5786] (44179)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-19 12:19]
    Hello Brian,

    Isn't it wonderful that beauty can come out of decay and dereliction? This is certainly the case here.

    This is a wonderfully graphic composition and, what with my OCD, I couldn't resist counting all the windows and trying to work out what percentage of the panes were either smashed or missing!

    Your composition is delightfully simple and regular but it works extremely well and it is the reflected blue light from the intact window panes which really lightens it up and adds a wonderful interest to it. The light, colours and tectures are wonderful and the details and sharpness, as always, are exquisite.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: Sunday RainLEICA V Lux 2

    Sunday Rain
    mrmike1935 Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 150] (3054)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-19 11:35]
    Hello Michael,

    This is brilliant! And this is also a lesson to the rest of us that we should not pack away our cameras when it starts to rain - there are plenty of photographic opportunities when the Heavens open up like this. Mind you, I hope that you and your camera were safe and sound and dry sheltering in a doorway or something similar!

    I love this picture because I can almost "feel" that rain coming down. And rain, of course, makes colours (as well as everything else!) more saturated. The bright waterproofs of the lady and child stand out vibrantly against the subdued background in this lovely intimate composition.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CroatiaCroatia
    Title: Otok GubešaCanon EOS5D

    Otok Gubeša
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 263 N: 1110] (5574)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-19 11:11]
    Hi Will,

    Now this is the sort of scene which could just get me interested in sailing. Not the hard tack biscuits full of weevils, the sea sickness, the storms, the force ten gales, but to berth beside a beautiful secluded island like this, lie in the sun, contemplate the scenery and enjoy a beer. What could be better? It must be Heaven on Earth!

    A beautiful photograph with gorgeous light and splendid colours and - look at that sky - it's magnificent! And the clarity of the water! A fine simple and appealing composition with perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Bricks and balconyCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    Bricks and balcony
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3291 W: 295 N: 6804] (36261)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-19 7:36]
    Hello Gert,

    Isn't it incredible how strange coincidences occur in our lives? You see, just yesterday evening I was having a discussion with a friend at our camera club, we started talking about astrophotography, the name of Copernicus came up, and my friend started to tell me that he had visited Toruń many years ago and remarked on having noted that Copernicus was very much revered in the town of his birth with statues and many other dedications to him. What a coincidence that I should now see these photographs from Toruń together with information about Copernicus!

    So, yes, an interesting and very timely note. And three fine photographs too. On first seeing the lady on the balcony and judging by her posture and her dress, my first impression (having seen that sort of posture in the past) was that the lady was probably about to shake a duster to rid it of dust but now having seen her "spy" through the glass, I'm not so sure. Quite intriguing.

    Anyway, that aside, I do, like yourself, like the contrast between the distant red brickwork and the white building with its rather fine balcony. And the big red and white sign certainly adds some foreground impact - I'm presuming that it means that vehicles (with the exception of bicycles) are forbidden from turning right.

    A lovely canidid shot of excellent technical quality and good composition too. And, yes, I do like your other two pictures!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Stairs-Moseley old hall

    Stairs-Moseley old hall
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 204 W: 30 N: 336] (2845)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-19 3:58]
    Hi Jasmine,

    Yes, that story suddenly makes this staircase very much more interesting! But after a hard day and being beaten in battle, I think I'd need more than a couple of biscuits and a cup of tea to revive me.

    I love your interior shots and, of course, that clever camera of yours with its high ISO capability and its in-built HDR gizmo must have helped a lot with the strong contrasts in the ligthting here. Yet we still can see wonderful details in the deepest shadows and also in the brightest parts of the image.

    Fine composition with all the elements pleasingly arranged in the frame, lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. What a pity you couldn't get your workshop picture to upload. Still, I look forward to seeing an "exterior view" tomorrow!

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Escheresque

    Escheresque
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4837 W: 81 N: 12144] (71960)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1243 W: 390 N: 4504] (18186) [2014-07-19 3:04]
    Hi Malgo,

    Yes, this certainly reminds me of the wonderful drawings of M.C. Escher. I love your workshop picture too - the image "split", reversed and pasted to produce a lovely graphic and symmetrical composition.

    This image works so very well in black and white, particularly as it brings out all the textures of the flaking paint and crumbling plaster so very well. Lovely light, tones and contrasts and excellent details and sharpness too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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