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  • FranceFrance
    Title: Pelican PortraitCanon EOS 5D Mk II

    Pelican Portrait
    claudeD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2562 W: 76 N: 1166] (39217)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-25 16:01]
    Hello Jean Claude,

    I remember this little poem:

    “A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
    His beak can hold more than his belly can.
    He can hold in his beak
    Enough food for a week!
    But I'll be darned if I know how the hellican?”


    A beautiful profile portrait of this beautiful pelican, perfectly taken in lovely light and with fine colours and perfect exposure against a beautifully soft background. The sharpness and details are stunning.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards.

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Nine years??

    Nine years??
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7407 W: 100 N: 18650] (98706)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-24 13:55]
    Hi dear Malgo,

    Congratulations on nine years of TE today! In two days' time I shall have been here ten years but you have been far more prolific here than I have - you have posted almost three times as many photographs as I and written more than four times as many critiques. Your photos have been (despite what you say) wonderful and your notes, just like this one, have been exceptionally interesting, entertaining and informative. You are a true TE star, probably having visited and photographed a greater number of, and more varied, parts of our wonderful World than any other member here today!

    And today another delightful photograph and a fabulous note to accompany it. Perhaps the weather was a little dull and disappointing but your note and photograph are both excellent!

    Congratulations!!!

    Kind Regards and lots of hugs,

    John.

    xx


  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Amatrice

    Amatrice
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11535 W: 132 N: 22815] (144288)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-24 12:21]
    Caro Silvio,

    Like Malgo, when I heard the news this morning, the first person I thought about was you as I know that Spoleto is not very far from Amatrice. So I am pleased and relieved to know that you and your family are safe.

    And, dear God, I see just now that this dreadful earthquake has so far claimed the lives of over 120 souls. Buildings can be rebuilt but the precious lives of these people cannot be restored.

    Of course, it is also tragic that such beautiful buildings as this magnificent cathedral have been lost but, I am sure, with determination, hard work and enough funds they can be rebuilt and restored though there are no doubt many treasures within them which are lost and are irreplaceable.

    Your beautiful photograph provides a lovely and lasting memory of this fine cathedral.

    Take care and trust in God.

    Kindest regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Ice creamCanon EOS5D

    Ice cream
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 918 W: 296 N: 2289] (10894)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-23 23:39]
    Hello Will,

    I've never went to Siena, so was you sat near these two when you done this picture?

    Seriously, Will (or should that be "Went"?), this is a wonderful candid shot, perfectly taken with spot-on timing and with stunning technical quality too. Most of us can spend time lining up a landscape shot to get good composition and quality and many of us can take quick candid shots, but to take a quick candid shot on the spur of the moment and still achieve such image quality shows a rare ability.

    Yes, colour was definitely the better choice here, not only because it lets us admire the young lady's colourful and neat hair but because I also suspect that, converted to black and white, this image would have a more stark and contrasty and "gritty" appearance which would not suit the serenity which she, in particular, displays.

    The moment is perfect as each of the subjects takes a pause before going in for another lick of their ice cream - perhaps they have seen you - perhaps not - and, though obviously a couple, their attire is quite different: the man demonstrating a somewhat "macho" appearance with his torn jeans though I suspect his jacket and wrist watch are most likely expensive; while she is the epitome of elegance, immaculately dressed and similarly sporting what appear to be expensive accessories.

    Your composition is excellent, the light on the faces of the subjects perfect, the colours natural and the details and sharpness exquisite against a nicely out of focus background.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: MinimalismNikon D 90

    Minimalism
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2487 W: 1252 N: 2637] (34546)



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    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 918 W: 296 N: 2289] (10894) [2016-08-23 4:19]
    Hello Claude

    Grey and gold: what an effective combination for your restricted palette. Colour minimalism and compositionally minimalist too. I like this a lot.

    Regards

    Will

  • IndonesiaIndonesia
    Title: bird in god's garden

    bird in god's garden
    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1838 W: 34 N: 2842] (17160)



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    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 918 W: 296 N: 2289] (10894) [2016-08-23 3:58] [+]
    Hello Benny

    Maybe birds denied God's garden... But it makes an interesting ethnological documentary shot. The shop-owner stands partly in the sun, but his face is masked in shadow; his birds are in the sunlight.

    Regards

    Will

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Dreaming For You

    Dreaming For You
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5543 W: 369 N: 11958] (58278)



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    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 918 W: 296 N: 2289] (10894) [2016-08-23 3:53]
    Hello Lisa

    Classic composition, simple and clean, and a palette (OK, dictated by the environment) of strong contrasting colours. A treat for the eyes. The music's good too...

    Regards

    Will

  • ThailandThailand
    Title: Lady in Pink (for Abmdsudi)Nikon D800

    Lady in Pink (for Abmdsudi)
    kasianowak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 848 W: 1 N: 1225] (9183) *



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    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 918 W: 296 N: 2289] (10894) [2016-08-23 3:44]
    Hello Kasia

    A bit out of your comfort zone maybe, but an arresting and effective image. Back in the days of film, I remember taking similar pictures, and when the film came back from the processor's, they often didn't print these, and there was a sticker on the negative saying "blurred, out of focus"! I love the impressionist effect. And it's overcome the high contrast!

    Kind regards

    Will

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: the beginning

    the beginning
    sayeed_rahman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 648 W: 14 N: 854] (6436)



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    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 918 W: 296 N: 2289] (10894) [2016-08-23 3:30] [+]
    Hello Sayeed

    A compelling monochrome portrait, with forceful eye-contact, and make even more evocative by your interesting and thought-provoking note. Maybe a bit grainy (you don't divulge what camera you were using, and it looks as if it may have been a mobile 'phone or a small compact), but actually that doesn't bother me at all, and in fact probably adds to the documentary/cinéma vérité quality.

    Regards

    Will

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: My First Drone CrashPentax K3

    My First Drone Crash
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6078 W: 88 N: 14535] (68432)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-23 1:48] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    A fascinating (and worrying!) story and three brilliant photographs!

    To be honest, I'd never heard of Pennan and had to look at the wonderful "Undiscovered Scotland" website to find out more about it. And, although I've heard of "Local Heroes", I've never seen it either. So, see how uneducated I am!

    I'm pleased that your drone suffered only minor injuries and that you were able to keep on flying it. What a relief.

    Three lovely photographs here, each well composed and with good light and colours and excellent details too. You are producing a fine travelogue of Scotland!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Which of these pictures were taken with your drone and which with your "normal" camera?

  • PolandPoland
    Title: WalkingSony A7

    Walking
    jasmis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3169 W: 834 N: 3808] (58123)



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    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 918 W: 296 N: 2289] (10894) [2016-08-22 7:35]
    Hello Jasmis

    Another goody, and this time it needed the colour. It has an authentically gritty feel, enhanced by the rather dour expression of the girl. I'm reminded of a post of mine some long while ago: for the record, here it is.

    Regards

    Will

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Use your imaginationSony A7

    Use your imagination
    jasmis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3169 W: 834 N: 3808] (58123) *



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    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 918 W: 296 N: 2289] (10894) [2016-08-22 7:31]
    Hello Jasmis

    Streuth, this is good! I could have wished that the rim-lit child were as sharp as the bubbles are: I assume a wide aperture and consequent differential focus (I think I may have focussed on the girl). But for what I assume is a grab-shot, such details fall to near irrelevancy. We can still discern her concentrated/excited expression, and the chiaroscuro effect is superb. I love it.

    Regards

    Will

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: August Special Mood

    August Special Mood
    serp2000 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3508 W: 76 N: 5333] (44333)



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    macondo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2948 W: 101 N: 5015] (19564) [2016-08-22 4:01]
    Hello Serghei.
    A beautiful capture of the sun's rays streaming through the haze. I love the dusty road, the shadows, and the steel gates shrouded in the mist. I hope I can make one suggestion - I think you could crop about 40%of this photo from the top; I have done it on my screen by scrolling, and I think the top part is unnecessary.
    Regards,
    Andrew

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Boat Brufes VIICannon EOS 5D

    Boat Brufes VII
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21398 W: 522 N: 35241] (153674)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-22 3:59]
    Hello John,

    A beautiful photograph of tourists and locals enjoying a boat trip on this lovely canal between lovely buildings - this must be the perfect way to see the city.

    The boat, of course, takes pride of place in your fine composition and is particularly attractive because of the happy faces of the passengers. The line of the canal leads us deep into the image while we admire the wonderful colours and textures of the old buildings on either side, beautifully decorated with bright flowers.

    Lovely soft light, rich colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Elytra Pavilion at the V & AOlympus OMD EM5 MkII

    Elytra Pavilion at the V & A
    macondo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2948 W: 101 N: 5015] (19564)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-22 3:28]
    Hello Abdrew,

    You have written a fascinating note about this garden and particularly about the carbon fibre pavilion which we so clearly see in this lovely photograph. But I'm afraid that for me the "star of the show" just has to be the little girl with her red and white gingham hat startling a pigeon and beautifully portrayed against the stunning reflections of the museum off the calm water of the pond.

    A beautifully composed shot of this beautiful scene with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: BrowsingCanon EOS 1100D

    Browsing
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 63 N: 21974] (100000)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-22 3:17]
    Hello Stephen,

    From the photographs you have been showing, it looks very much as though the historic centre of Clermont-Ferrand provides some wonderful camera fodder for keen photographers prepared to keep their eyes peeled!

    And I'll bet that this must be a fascinating bookshop to browse. There is indeed a wonderful warmth to this scene: apart from the bright vermilion of the woodwork of the shop front and the canopy on the right, there's also a lovely warmth in the stonework too. Your composition is pleasing to the eye and it's nice that you've managed to include some people in the image.

    Lovely soft light and warm colours, perfect exposure and excellent clarity.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Two survey ButtermereCanon EOS5D

    Two survey Buttermere
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 918 W: 296 N: 2289] (10894)



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    macondo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2948 W: 101 N: 5015] (19564) [2016-08-22 3:08]
    Hello Will.
    A marvellous shot. Making a great landscape scene even better. We see what the two are seeing, and can wonder at their thoughts and words. The branches above create a nice frame effect in this well proportioned picture. And you could take it without their realising, always a boon!
    Regards,
    Andrew

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Marksburg CastleSony Alpha 6000

    Marksburg Castle
    claudeD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2562 W: 76 N: 1166] (39217)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1703 W: 412 N: 6215] (25282) [2016-08-22 3:06]
    Hello Jean Claude,

    This looks to be a beautiful castle and much prettier than those we normally see that were built for defence - here we see lovely tall towers with pointed roofs and not stark and thick walled as we would imagine.

    Your photograph is delightful with the castle atop its hill perfectly placed in the frame while a church spire sits below and we see people and boats at the water's edge.

    Lovely light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ColombiaColombia
    Title: Bienvenidos en ColombiaCanon PowerShot S1 IS

    Bienvenidos en Colombia
    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3055 W: 17 N: 6713] (29147)



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    macondo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2948 W: 101 N: 5015] (19564) [2016-08-22 3:04]
    Hello Paul.
    Your excellent note complements this great daily life scene very well. An unpretentious photo of ordinary people making an unpretentious celebration of their independence day. I presume you were leaning out of a window to take this one. You managed to get a good angle of view. I hope you'll show more photos of Colombia, the country of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Did you visit Aracataca, I wonder.
    Regards,
    Andrew

  • IndonesiaIndonesia
    Title: purple girlNikon D3200

    purple girl
    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1838 W: 34 N: 2842] (17160) *



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    macondo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2948 W: 101 N: 5015] (19564) [2016-08-22 2:57]
    Hi Benny.
    Beautiful portrait capture of a lovely young woman, with great context provided by those timber shutters. The light falling on her is very well caught, standing out so well against the shadowy background. Superb photo.
    Regards,
    Andrew

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