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  • FranceFrance
    Title: Ups and downs of street photographyNikon D 90

    Ups and downs of street photography
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2260 W: 1117 N: 2139] (29366)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-23 3:17]
    Bonjour Claude,

    This is a really "fun" picture and I can imagine that these festivities were interesting and enjoyable to watch too.

    Although you apolgise for the picture not being quite so sharp as it might have been, nonetheless we can still see lots of detail amongst the dancers and the crowd - especially the dozens of people with cameras and 'phones trying to capture this moment. And that bald man's shiny head is brilliantly sharp too!

    Good light and colours,a strong composition and very good sharpness considering that this must have been taken very quickly.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A Fisherman's LotNikon D-300

    A Fisherman's Lot
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2977 W: 204 N: 6724] (26883)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-23 2:59]
    Hi Bev,

    As soon as I read your title I was reminded of that funny song by Gilbert and Sullivan, "A Policeman's Lot - is not a Happy One"! But that, of course, is irrelevant.

    I remember visiting this lovely little fishing village many years ago and, athough we didn't have a fish meal, we did have scones with clotted cream and jam and we did buy a lovely little piece of pottery which we still have.

    This is a lovely photograph in which the coils of rope and the nets make a strong foreground feature against a background in which we see the houses, cottages and boats of the little town so well. Lovely soft light and colours, a good strong composition and excellent depth of field and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Stockholm: Gamla StanCanon Powershot A720 IS

    Stockholm: Gamla Stan
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4978 W: 53 N: 8171] (26860)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-23 2:52]
    Hello Lars,

    A very interesting and informative note and a beautiful photograph to accompany it!

    The light here is stunning as it picks out the distant buildings with a lovely warmth against an interesting sky while the nearest foreground is in relative shade. The colours are delightful, your composition excellent and the details and sharpness are superb.

    And yes, even although your A720 IS is not the newest camera around nowadays, the quality of this picture is far, far better than that achieved with your old camera ten years ago. But, ten years ago your composition and "eye" for a good photograph were still excellent!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: Silver domes

    Silver domes
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4991 W: 81 N: 12603] (73925)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-22 7:18]
    Hi Malgo,

    An interesting note about the "Golden Ring" and a fabulous photograph of this monastery in Rostov.

    The silver "onion" domes stand out beautifully against a lovely indigo sky and the colourful foreground of green roof and pinkish walls are an added feature as also are the blue and golden trims around the roofline of the monastery.

    A fine composition taken in lovely low angle light with fine vibrant colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Scara BraeSony A77

    Scara Brae
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1443 W: 122 N: 1125] (16500)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-22 4:34]
    Bonjour Roland,

    This is a place I really must visit. It's amazing that this civilisation was building these structures around the same time that the Egyptians were building their pyramids.

    A beautiful and very well composed photograph with gorgeous light and lovely rich colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Amicalement,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: The Angry Man in IstanbulPentax K7

    The Angry Man in Istanbul
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4781 W: 88 N: 10974] (53090)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-22 4:29]
    Hi Craig,

    This is brilliant! "Terrorist Weirdo Shoots Man in Street"! Geez, that bloke doesn't seem too happy, does he? Was there an aftermath to this or did he just wander off? Just as well you had Tosca with you to protect you.

    It might not be quite so sharp as we are used to with your pictures, but this is a brilliant street scene. We see the rather aggressive looking chap standing apart from everyone else but we also have a fine view of this busy and colourful street with all its interesting shops and interesting wares displayed outside them.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Shy Elderly LadyPentax K7

    Shy Elderly Lady
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4781 W: 88 N: 10974] (53090)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-22 3:57] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    This is a truly lovely photograph!

    You should make no apology whatsoever for the fact that the background is very slightly out of focus. In fact, I think that helps to concentrate our eyes on the lady while still allowing us to see quite enough of the context of the background perfectly well. In fact, if I were to be over critical I would not suggest doing anything with the background at all: but I would suggest just a little touch of lightening of the shadow on the right side (our left side!) of her face.

    I'm going to do a quick workshop (hope you don't mind!) to try to lighten up some of those shadows.

    Otherwise, a brilliant shot and lovely too because, together with your note, it adds just a little bit of humanity to what would otherwise just be another scenic photograph.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pretty Procida - For LisaPentax K7

    Pretty Procida - For Lisa
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4781 W: 88 N: 10974] (53090)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-22 3:40]
    Hi Craig,

    An interesting note and I can fully understand why you love this place so much - and why Lisa does too.

    This is a lovely wide view, very well composed and taken in the most lovely light with the wide expanse of the marina sweeping into the distance to lift our eyes up to the magnificent buildings on top of the distant hill. And all beneath a glorious sky.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Medieval Fair

    Medieval Fair
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1524 W: 0 N: 3667] (18201)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-22 3:16]
    Hello Ann,

    These mediaeval fairs provide a wealth of opportunities for photographers and I'm really disappointed that the one which used to be held in Lanark on a yearly basis is now defunct.

    It can be very difficult in situations like this to come up with shots which are not cluttered but you have done exactly the right thing here by "homing in" closely on your subject and knocking any distractions well out of focus.

    Of course, the first thing we do when looking at a picture like this with reflections is to look for the photographer - but I don't see you anywhere - unless, of course, you're the old crone with the pointy Quaker type hat on the left. :o)

    A very well composed shot in which your subject is stunningly clear and sharp - I can see every detail of his beard, his helmet and his chain mail - and with a background which is beautifully out of focus but in which we can still see evidence of a tall tent, so typical of battle scenes from the 15th Century.

    Lovely light, glorious colours, fine reflections and spot-on exposure with exquisite detail in your main subject.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: United colors of ....Nikon D 90

    United colors of ....
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2260 W: 1117 N: 2139] (29366)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 16:48]
    Bonjour Claude,

    What fabulous colours!! That bright red hair really does contrast so well with the bright green shirt of the person in front of her and the yellow colour of the chair beyond.

    A wonderful and very "close cropped" image in which you really have "homed in" on your subject - Henri Cartier-Bresson would be very impressed!

    Fabulous light and colours, a very strong composition and excellent details and sharpness too.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Manduria - Chiesa Madre

    Manduria - Chiesa Madre
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9345 W: 132 N: 18007] (117063)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 16:42]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    A lovely photograph of this ancient church, very well taken in beautiful light.

    The church, of course, is mainly in shade but we can still see lots of lovely details in the old stonework. The man on his bicycle, brightly lit and passing in front of the building is perfectly placed in the frame and adds both human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.

    Lovely light and lovely subdued colours, perfect exposure and composition, and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: MontepulcianoCanon EOS5D

    Montepulciano
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 277 N: 1244] (6246)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 14:56]
    Hi Will,

    I'm not quite sure how I missed this one - it's brilliant!

    Someone either got a job lot of old shoes or a job lot of yellow paint but these yellow shoes do make rather attractive containers for these plants which, I think, are probably Rosemary.

    This is a very striking shot, very well seen and very well taken too - see what an advantage a few bottles of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano do - were you stooping because you'd consumed them or because you were still carrying them? Good light, lovely vibrant colours and a fine diagonal composition. Beauty through simplicity!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Brighton beachCanon EOS5D

    Brighton beach
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 277 N: 1244] (6246)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 14:49]
    Hi Will,

    An interesting note and a fabulous photograph to accompany it!

    We're all aware here of the wonderful photographs which Brian (timecapturer) has shown us of this sadly wrecked pier, often taken at varying times of day and year and with differing light but I don't think I've ever seen a picture of this place which is quite so appealing as this one. As Gert says, here are three apparently unconnected subjects but they work so well together - the ruined skeleton of the pier, a huge yellow buoy or float on a chain and a young lady in bright red clothing who almost appears to be dancing down the pebbled beach! She, of course, must be the "star of the show" and breathes life and dynamism into the image beautifully.

    The backlighting works very well as it shows the waves so very well and also adds rim light to the buoy and the girl.

    A wonderful photograph with fabulous light and colours, terrific composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Fantastic!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Call of the WildNikon D700

    Call of the Wild
    kasianowak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 456 W: 1 N: 440] (5288) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 14:29]
    Hello Kasia,

    This is a truly stunning photograph and, if I'm guessing right, it is another triumph for you because I suspect you took this very early one morning when anyone less keen would still have been snoring.

    The light is stunning as it breaks through the mist and almost silhouettes this magnificent creature against a backdrop of faintly seen distant trees. And yet it's not quite a silhouette as we can see the light glinting on the hooves of the stag.

    Fabulous light and colours, spot-on exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. This picture just has to go into my "favourites!

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Lungarno di mattina

    Lungarno di mattina
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2350 W: 18 N: 2832] (28525)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 14:16]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    You are absolutely right - the light here is simply wonderful! And well done for having got out of bed early to capture this lovely photograph!

    The bright early morning sun illuminates the faces of the buildings nearest to us and there are beautiful reflections of them in the calm water of the Arno. And then the light becomes much softer into the distance. The whole city sleeps and you have caught this magical moment!

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

    Bellissimo!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Paper KiteCanon EOS 60D

    Paper Kite
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2583 W: 12 N: 6169] (21568)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 14:00] [+]
    Hi Noel,

    Well, despite your complaints about the heat and your camera lens fogging up, you've come away with a fabulous shot here! And I know two people here who will love this one - Luciano and Silvio - they are mad on photographing butterflies and have many, many pictures of them on TN as well as the occasional one on TE.

    I've never been to a butterfly farm but it's something I'd like to do, especially with a camera. But I've got this terrible fear that I might be standing in a place like this, a butterfly lands on me and unconsciously I give it a swipe - I guess you're not allowed to swat these creatures if they land on you - I suppose they'd chuck you out if you did! Oops, splatter, oh dear, I am sorry. :o)

    This is a stunning photograph, Noel, and I'm amazed that you got such good depth of field and sharpness at f/5.6 - I presume therefore that that wing was almost flat and facing you. The creature stands out beautifully against its nicely out of focus background, the light and colours are lovely and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Did you use a macro lens for this? I don't think you used flash here but are you allowed to use flash in these places?

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Trombettiere

    Trombettiere
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2350 W: 18 N: 2832] (28525)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 13:47]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    These historical reconstructions are really good fun and can provide some very good photographs - like this one.

    It looks to me as though this trumpeter has seen you and has chosen to look the other way (!) but his costume is magnificent and certainly is in strong contrast to the "ordinary" clothes that other people here are wearing.

    You have captured this man perfectly. The colours in his costume are wonderfully vibrant, your composition is excellent, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Fantastic!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Did he play a tune for you?

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The yellow potCanon Powershot A640

    The yellow pot
    gildasjan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4008 W: 297 N: 6152] (41136)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 13:41]
    Bonjour Gildas,

    A lovely image, very well seen and very well taken too.

    Your simple composition is very appealing and the yellow pot really stands out beautifully against the grey stonework and in sharp contrast to the blue door and window frames. Even the red pot seems dull in comparison!

    Beautiful light, fine vibrant colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Lesson of HistoryCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Lesson of History
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2845 W: 95 N: 7027] (29479)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 10:10]
    Hello Mariusz,

    You have written a very interesting note here - a true history lesson from Poland and particularly about Krakow Cathedral and those famous people buried within it. Isn't it funny how they named people in those days? The same seems to have been be true in all countries - but how would you like to be called "King Mariusz the Old"? :o)

    I've read Craig's comments on your picture and, like yourself, I don't see any "grey" tone to this picture - to me it looks just fine. There's no doubt that people often "boost" the saturation of yellow to make grass stand out more vividly but the greens here look perfect to me.

    Your composition is excellent and I like how (as you often do) you have given up quite a large area in the foreground to lovely and colourful flowers - that really adds depth to the image and helps to make the buildings stand out beautifully against the clear blue sky.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Puffin ShootOlympus OMD EM5

    Puffin Shoot
    trevormoffiet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 200 W: 2 N: 486] (2624)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 393 N: 4710] (18958) [2014-09-20 9:41]
    Hello Trevor,

    If what you mean by the "white line" is the line marked by white poles, then it looks as though these people (and yourself!) were beyond that line. The man crouched is certainly too close to the edge! And how strange that the two photographers nearest to you appear to have really long lenses - surely you don't need a lens as long as that if the puffins are really so close?

    A delightful photograph showing not only the wonderful landscape and the impressive cliffs, but also the cute puffins and three photographers in action. The light and colours are lovely and your composition is excellent too - the lady whose face we can see clearly and who is dressed in a bright red jacket really holds the composition together perfectly. And lots of fine details and excellent sharpness throughout.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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