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  • AustriaAustria
    Title: Alpine Reservoir

    Alpine Reservoir
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 0 N: 4293] (20931)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-09-04 7:24]
    Hello Ann,

    A delightful photograph from your recent Alpine walking tour and an interesting note too. Not only is your note an interesting one but it also is a salutary lesson for anyone, however fit they might think they are, not to consider serious unaccompanied walking in places like this - just in early July a retired librarian from our hospital went missing whilst walking alone in Glen Nevis and he has never been found. His rucksack, however, was discovered beside a narrow but rapidly flowing river. A very sad state of affairs.

    On a happier note, this is a wonderfully uplifting view - the beautiful sky, studded with high puffy white clouds, makes an immediate impact as also does its glorious reflection in the smooth water below. The lone dog exploring the narrow spit of land is a perfect focal point in a fine composition and the walkers dotted along the horizon add human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.

    Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness, especially when viewed at its "proper" size of 1300 pixels in width.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Fishery harbour scenes - INikon D 5000

    Fishery harbour scenes - I
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5782 W: 492 N: 16325] (89166)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-09-04 4:28]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    What a wonderfully striking photograph! The big and bold splashes of colour in the foreground really make a statement and immediately draw the eye while in the background we see a busy line up of boats, nicely out of focus due to your clever use of quite a wide aperture lens.

    The presence of yellow and blue (complementary colours) in a photograph always does add some impact and it certainly his very effective here, those bright yellow floats standing out beautifully against a darker blue background.

    Glorious light and colours, perfect presentation and composition and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Seller GhentCannon EOS 5D

    Seller Ghent
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19811 W: 519 N: 33777] (144328)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-09-04 4:23]
    Hello John,

    What a wonderfully cheeky looking fellow! And you have captured him perfectly with your 85mm "portrait" lens at a wide aperture to throw any background distractions beautifully out of focus.

    The seller's features are portrayed in stunning detail and sharpness and the soft light brings out his natural skin colours and tones perfectly. And I love the intimate eye contact which you have managed to achieve.

    I do hope that you managed to give this man a copy of this splendid portrait.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Open Day At The MillCanon PowerShot G10

    Open Day At The Mill
    saxo042 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3650 W: 205 N: 5851] (37700)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-09-03 8:14]
    Hi Gunnar,

    An interesting note, a fine photograph and two excellent workshop photographs to accompany them. Obviously this mill works - and were you able to buy some flour to take home to bake some bread? I have done that in the past and it certainly adds to the appeal!

    The old windmill is here seen beautifully portrayed against a very interesting and rather moody sky, the white sails standing out remarkably well. The inclusion of some people adds not only human interest but also a fine sense of scale.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • EstoniaEstonia
    Title: FacadesSony DSC HX200v

    Facades
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7876 W: 120 N: 15109] (82720)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-09-03 4:14]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    An interesting note and a very fine photograph of these facades from Tallinn's main square. The light is beautifully strong and brings out all the vibrant colours of the walls and the details of the windows and the fine script on the walls too.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect composition, spot-on exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Weather beatenPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Weather beaten
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 521] (2602)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-09-03 4:08]
    Hello Jean,

    Yes, indeed, the larger version of your photograph does indeed let us see all the different layers of flaking paint - and rust - perfectly and in great detail. I wonder how old this wrought iron gate is and just how many coats of paint it has received during its hard life?

    A very well seen and taken photograph with lovely soft light, true colours and exceptional details and clarity.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SlovakiaSlovakia
    Title: To buy or not to buyCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    To buy or not to buy
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4087 W: 331 N: 9011] (45341)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-09-03 3:39]
    Hello Gert,

    This is a very fine trio of photographs, your main picture being a delightful one which we can contemplate very much in the way the lady herself is contemplating these paintings in the gallery, examining every detail of the fine composition, the lovely soft light and the natural colours. An image which really tells a story, very well seen and very well taken.

    Your other two images are ones clearly taken more "on the spur of the moment", brighter and more striking pictures, each very well executed and with good light, strong vibrant colours and more action.

    But all images are stunningly clear and sharp and together must be a fine memory of your time in Bratislava.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Each time I see or hear the word "tandem" I am reminded of my Latin teacher from more than 50 years ago telling us that the word was first used in the English language about 200 years ago as a rather whimsical or humorous use of the Latin word "tandem", meaning "at length". Is the same word used in Swedish?

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Bergen's Big TrianglesPentax K7

    Bergen's Big Triangles
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5438 W: 88 N: 13028] (61566)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-09-03 2:24]
    Hi Craig,

    Two beautiful images and an excellent note - what more could one ask for?

    Your main photograph looks as though it has been taken with a much longer lens than just 50mm focal length, but I guess exif data don't lie.

    Your workshop image is the more "traditional" of the two - I'm sure it was taken with your wide "city" lens - and is beautifully composed with a strong diagonal running through the line of buildings and it also has the distinct advantage of some beautifully sunny weather.

    But I do like your main picture - a wonderfully graphic image, very well seen and very well taken, the red/brown repeating triangles of rooflines standing out beautifully against a soft background but with a bright yellow triangle at bottom right attracting attention and also firmly anchoring the whole composition.

    Lovely light and colours and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Plan anti-caniculeNikon D 90

    Plan anti-canicule
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2403 W: 1223 N: 2360] (32220)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-09-03 2:15]
    Hi Claude,

    Ha, ha, that should cool these spectators down a bit - but would this not make the road a bit hazardous for the cyclists coming along later? I suppose the water would have dried off by then. But I don't believe a very hot photographer with his precious camera gear would want to be cooled down this way!

    A superb candid shot, this time taken with a very long lens and well composed with the bright red truck dominating the frame and with good interaction between the people on the left and the young lady in the truck with her water gun.

    Good light, lovely vibrant colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Cheers,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Rochefort en terre

    Rochefort en terre
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3109 W: 23 N: 3687] (38805)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-30 16:40]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    This is indeed a beautiful town and you have captured this scene perfectly. I love how you have used the old stone feature with its bright red flowers to make a very important foreground feature and yet we still see the lovely buildings in the background standing out against a clear blue sky.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Maisons vannetaises

    Maisons vannetaises
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4884 W: 276 N: 8575] (71467)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-30 12:56]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Yes, very much in the style and theme of Jean Jacques' most recent pictures from Troyes, this photograph from Vannes is also striking and beautiful.

    And what really makes this photograph so special for me is the dappled light and shade on the fašade of the building, presumably on account of nearby trees, and this adds interest as well as bringing out the textures and colours of those walls so vibrantly.

    Gorgeous light and colours, a fine composition and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Phare de Mean Ruz

    Phare de Mean Ruz
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4884 W: 276 N: 8575] (71467)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-30 12:51]
    Bonjour Denis,

    You have shown us this famous lighthouse before, but each time from a different angle and with a different and interesting composition. This time you have chosen a lower viewpoint so that we only see a small glimpse of the bridge but we do, as you say, see below the lighthouse the open jaws of some huge sea creature emerging from the waves!

    Your composition is excellent, the light is lovely and the details and sharpness are superb. But what I love most is the gorgeous colour and textures in that lovely rose coloured granite for which the area around Ploumanac'h is so famous.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • MyanmarMyanmar
    Title: White

    White
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6114 W: 91 N: 15849] (86607)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-30 4:58]
    Hi Malgo,

    Gosh, I learn something new on TE every day - you have again written a very fascinating and informative note.

    And what a splendid photograph too with immensely strong composition, the white ornate tower striking boldly up into the deep blue sky and standing out amazingly against it. Gorgeous bright light, wonderfully vibrant colours and stunning depth of field and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: English LonghornsPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    English Longhorns
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 521] (2602)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-30 4:53] [+]
    Hello Jean,

    This is a delightful scene and you have included a very interesting note about this fine breed of cattle. Unfortunately the "shrinking" which occurs when this is viewed on the "new" version of TE has not done this photograph any favours but, when it's viewed at full size, it is wonderfully clear and sharp and those lovely animals stand out against their pasture, almost seeming to jump out of my monitor.

    A very pleasing shot with fine composition, lovely soft light and natural colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: San MarcoCanon EOS5D

    San Marco
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 294 N: 1731] (8355)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-30 4:34]
    Hello Will,

    All the features we see here are well recognised - the Ducal palace, the campanile of St. Mark and so on - but I'm not sure I've ever seen them from this particular maritime viewpoint. And you have taken this, composed it and framed it in a most delightful and pleasing manner.

    All the important features stand out beautifully against that wonderful sky with its fabulously defined clouds, the light, tones and contrasts are superb and the details and sharpness are exquisite. A romantic scene indeed - just a pity your sole companion was just another grizzled old salt.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Did you read my reply on the forum about your hijacking and have you managed to get rid of those damn pop-up messages with the aeroplanes?

  • AustriaAustria
    Title: The Grossglockner Alpine Road

    The Grossglockner Alpine Road
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 0 N: 4293] (20931)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-30 3:54]
    Hello Ann,

    So this is where you've been for the past two weeks! You've been missed but I'm glad that you've been away for such a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing many more of your lovely pictures from your walking in Austria!

    I well remember from more than thirty years ago driving the Grossglockner High Alpine Road from Zell-am-See in our old Volkswagen Beetle during the course of a little run from Inverness to Venice - and having to stop several times on the descent into Italy to allow the brakes to cool off.

    A beautiful photograph demonstrating the magnitude and majesty of these beautiful mountains, set against a glorious clear blue sky and with amazing clarity - so clear is the air here that, were it not for a pleasing little slice of near foreground, one might feel it would almost be possible to lean out and touch those steep rocky slopes.

    Gorgeous light and colours, a fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SlovakiaSlovakia
    Title: The sunny side of the streetCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    The sunny side of the street
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4087 W: 331 N: 9011] (45341)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-30 3:36] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    Somehow I rather doubt if this lady has ever heard of TE: in fact, not a single person I speak to at my own local camera club has ever heard of this website so I suspect that we members of TE are either a very elite group or else just a rather odd bunch.

    I like the simple and straightforward composition here but it is the "play" of the oblique sunlight on this shop front which really makes this such a lovely photograph. We see the lady, brightly lit, and we also see in good detail the wares in her window. But what I keep looking at again and again is the shadow of the "L" in "ZLATOKOV": the golden letter itself looks to be perfectly straight yet its shadow leans over at a drunken angle! How very odd!

    A well seen and taken photograph with lovely light and colours and exceptional details and clarity.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Aux Dames de FranceCanon EOS 1100D

    Aux Dames de France
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6925 W: 63 N: 19772] (90030)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-30 3:19]
    Hello Stephen,

    I wonder if "Aux Dames de France" was perhaps an earlier and somewhat upmarket version of that now defunct British chain store "What Every Woman Wants"?

    Anyway, I like the way you have "attacked" this fine corner of the building with your wide lens, almost giving it an appearance a little akin to New York's famous Flatiron, or maybe like the prow of a ship proudly displaying its name high above its bow. The building stands out wonderfully against a fine sky with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FinlandFinland
    Title: Boat tripSony DSC HX200v

    Boat trip
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7876 W: 120 N: 15109] (82720)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-30 1:58]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    A very interesting note about this fine cathedral which, as you say, for its size appears to be remarkably tall, especially in the bit just below the main central dome.

    Here we see the cathedral perfectly as it reaches up above the other buildings at the waterfront but even that big cathedral appears dwarfed by the enormous cruise ship on the left!

    Lovely light, perfect colours, a fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Beamish Open Air MuseumCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Beamish Open Air Museum
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3069 W: 95 N: 7793] (32521)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5490] (22184) [2015-08-29 16:53]
    Hi Mariusz,

    As always, you have written a very interesting and informative note and that has inspired me to go to visit Beamish sometime soon. I believe that although it's quite expensive to visit, your ticket lasts you for a year so you can visit several times. That must be good for you because Beamish isn't that far from your home, I think.

    What a beautiful day you had for your visit- lovely sunshine and a beautiful blue sky with just a few light puffy clouds. And you have captured this scene perfectly (including your beloved tramcar) with beautiful vibrant colours, perfect composition and exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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