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  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1961

    Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1961
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2744 W: 5 N: 5454] (26316)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-21 14:30]
    Hello Ourania,

    I'm sure that you're absolutely right with the identification of this fine looking motor car.

    And if you had taken this picture back in the 1960s, it would have made a wonderful promotional photograph for an Alfa Romeo advertisement or advertising brochure!

    The car is set perfectly in the frame and its deep blue colour and the gloss on its paintwork stand out beautifully against the pale sea, the red mountains in the distance and the red chairs on the left. And the two young ladies passing by (the one on the right looking almost as though she is about to enter the car) add a feeling of youth and freedom, just the features that car makers try to emphasise in their advertisements!

    Very well composed, the tall lampost well placed, lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Escandinávia 2014 nº 10 - OPERAHUSET !Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Escandinávia 2014 nº 10 - OPERAHUSET !
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8559 W: 56 N: 11247] (60836)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-21 14:21]
    Hello Neyvan,

    An interesting note and a stunning photograph to accompany it.

    You certainly know how to travel - Brazil to Qatar to Norway!!!

    A fabulous photograph, especially when viewed on "beta" TE at its "proper" size of 1200 pixels wide, with gorgeous light and colours, fine reflections on the glass frontage of this amazing building and excellent composition with clever use of perspective and "lead in" lines and the inclusion of people who add both interest and a fine sense of scale.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Lumière d'EstaubéNikon D 90

    Lumière d'Estaubé
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2228 W: 1095 N: 2085] (28938)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-20 7:04] [+]
    Bonjour Claude,

    I presume that you are now back home after your trekking in the Pyrenees and I hope you had a great time.

    This is a lovely photograph which really has captured the early morning light as it struggles to shine through the mist and cloud. It is one of those pictures which, sadly, has been very reduced in quality by the "shrinking" that occurs on the "new" TE website but, when viewed at its "proper" size of 2,300 pixels in width, the details in the rocks, the scree, the little stream and the solitary tree are superb.

    And this picture works so well in black and white too - lovely light, tones and contrasts and perfect exposure.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Looking at this at its full size, I see one or two circular artefacts in the sky. I'm not sure if they could be due to sensor dust or perhaps simply to some tiny spots of dew or mist on your lens or filter - these things become much more apparent at small apertures and I see that you used f/19 for this photograph.

    P.P.S. Do you want to hear the worst joke I have ever heard?
    Question: "Where are the Pyrenees?"
    Answer: "Just up from the Pyren Ankles."
    Terrible!

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Making contactOlympus OMD EM5

    Making contact
    trevormoffiet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 2 N: 445] (2414)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-20 2:24]
    Hello Trevor,

    I love this picture but I think I probably enjoyed reading your wonderfully in-depth note even more! On TE I find that notes can often be more inspiring than some of the photographs although not many people, sadly, write such interesting notes as you have here. And I also find that I learn so much by trying to compose notes for my own pictures too - as I am sure you do as well.

    Your description of these spinning teacups and how you managed to photograph them so expertly here is most intriguing and it reminds me very much of Einstein's introductory notes on Relativity - the example of two people playing table tennis on a moving train and how they and their ball are perceived by a person standing motionless beside the railway track.

    So this shows that you certainly did take time to observe what was going on, you analysed the motion of these swirling teacups and their occupants, and you came up with a solution of how to photograph these people at a point when they became, essentially, motionless for a split second.

    Yes, Trevor, this is a very inspired shot and now I kick myself because I was at a similar (though small) fairground just two or three weeks ago, saw these teacups and never even had thought to try to photograph people in them. Silly me.

    Anyway, after all that, this is a lovely photograph, the teacup and its occupants perfectly captured in happy mood - and the little girl waving at you is definitely the icing on the cake. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness against a lovely blurred background.

    Absolutely Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TunisiaTunisia
    Title: EntranceSony DSC HX200v

    Entrance
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6838 W: 117 N: 12823] (72197)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 17:12]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    You have given us an excellent note and it is also very interesting to compare this photograph with your previous one from 2008 when this dome, now green, was golden. I wonder why they changed the colour, especially as the gold looked so beautiful?

    But this is a beautiful photograph, so lovely in its simple composition and with the wide expanse of pale flooring making a fine foreground feature to the rows of pillars and finely coloured archways and with the dome towering above.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Postcard from LiverpoolCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Postcard from Liverpool
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2829 W: 95 N: 6957] (29199)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 14:02]
    Hello Mariusz,

    I've missed you! I hope that you and your family are all well.

    This is a lovely photograph from Liverpool even although it might not be all that terribly original. But it does bear all your hallmarks of a very fine composition, lovely light, true colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    The light on the buildings is superb and the black pear-shaped bollard in the foreground holds the composition together very well. Even the two seabirds on the right add foreground interest.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Paysage d'Islande # 2Sony A77

    Paysage d'Islande # 2
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1425 W: 122 N: 1110] (16272)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 13:58]
    Bonjour Roland,

    This is a very impressive view of these geothermal features!

    Your composition here is excellent, the long narrow stream leading the eye very nicely toward the distant pool with its sulphurous vapour hanging above it. The people to the left of the pool add interest too, especially as one of them is wearing bright colours.

    The orange of the earth contrasts well with the blue of the water and the sky, the light is beautiful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness excellent.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Blue houseCanon EOS 60D

    Blue house
    jemaflor Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8127 W: 381 N: 7990] (80650)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 12:31]
    Bonjour Jean,

    Well, "blue house" might not be its name but this house is certainly blue - or at least all of its paintwork is - while next door is less impressively painted white.

    Despite the blue of the house, yet it still stands out beautifully against the blue sky and a simple picture of it would be good enough. But the inclusion of the bright red-flowered hollyhock standing proudly on the left really adds amazing depth to the image and also balances nicely the orange flowers climbing up the house wall.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: In the cathedralCanon EOS 60D

    In the cathedral
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6352 W: 241 N: 10946] (73218)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 12:23]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    An interesting note about this building and it's nice to see that your little trick of steadying your camera on a railing worked well - there's no sign of any motion blur here at all - this picture is superbly sharp and clear!

    If this is one of the side aisles, I presume that the central one must be even higher! The repeating pillars and arches provide a wonderful composition and the inclusion of some people in the distance adds human interest as well as a good sense of scale. The light, contrasts and textures are lovely too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: No photos!!

    No photos!!
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4940 W: 81 N: 12434] (73139)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 9:47]
    Hi Malgo,

    This is brilliant!! With a picture like this, you could be a war photographer! It seems as though nothing shakes your nerve - you could probably stand quite happily taking photographs with bullets flying past your ears and bombs exploding all around you!

    Funnily enough, I took some pictures in a fish market in Spain (Menorca) earlier this year and I have a picture of a very grumpy fishmonger staring at me in a very unfriendly manner - but at least he wasn't waving a huge knife at me!

    Yes, you can see some weird looking fish in these places and I think these ones might be Red Mullet though I'm not entirely sure. They're probably very tasty even although they're not one of God's prettiest creatures.

    A brilliant photograph, very courageously taken!

    Bravo!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: The ReaderCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    The Reader
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3352 W: 298 N: 6971] (37033)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 9:39]
    Hello Gert,

    An interesting note about this place and also about Adam Mickiewicz. And a fine photograph to accompany it - nice to see someone young reading and not staring at and texting on a mobile 'phone for a change.

    Your photograph is very well composed considering the fact that you had to shoot fast to avoid passers-by and I like how the woman is so nicely framed by the archway. The large poster behind her adds interest as also do the "Muzeum" plaque and the "Pub" sign and decending stairway to our right.

    The lady's immediate monochrome background and the rather sombre colour of the rest of the building make the woman's red clothing and bright blue shoes stand out beautifully; your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: La Toscana Nel Cuore

    La Toscana Nel Cuore
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2657 W: 72 N: 6436] (29248)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 9:25]
    Hello Rosemary,

    I guess that this is just so typical of Italy - those bicycles all lined up for hire and fitted with rather quaint wooden boxes above their front wheels. In fact, those look like wooden wine boxes to me - maybe they are?

    A lovely photograph, almost monochrome save for a few little splashes of colour here and there, with lovely light, poerfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Ford's Tin LizzyCanon 5D Mark III

    Ford's Tin Lizzy
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 982 W: 1 N: 2472] (10125)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 5:56]
    Howdy Ray,

    What a wonderful photograph of this Ford "Model T" - the first ever car to be built on a mass production line and the car which made motoring first available to the general public!

    A very well taken photograph with lovely light and colours and exceptional detail and sharpness too.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. If you ever thought that you might be able to drive one of these cars, have a wee look at a picture I posted some time ago on TrekLens - here - and have a read of my note! I think it would be a challenge to any of us who are used to driving a "conventional" modern car!

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Storm Before FloodSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Storm Before Flood
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3927 W: 7 N: 5933] (45143)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 4:44]
    Hello Brian,

    A wonderful photograph of the iconic Thames Barrier taken in the most gorgeous light and a fine note to accompany it.

    I'm thinking (after looking at your exif data too) that it probably wasn't quite as dark when you actually took this one as this picture appears to suggest. However, the light and the reflections here are stunning and make the structures stand out beautifully against the dark and threatening sky.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Pointe de Brouel

    Pointe de Brouel
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4414 W: 265 N: 7701] (62886)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 4:13]
    Bonjour Denis,

    This is the sort of landscape/seascape photograph at which you really excel! And an interesting note to accompany it too.

    Here the place doesn't look too busy and it looks very peaceful. The light and colours are delightful - and all beneath a wonderful sky - beautiful skies are also one of your hallmarks!

    A very fine and appealing composition, the colourful rocks making a fine foreground feature before the smooth water with the boats and their reflections and the fine distant view.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A Balancing HydraNikon D-300

    A Balancing Hydra
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2949 W: 203 N: 6640] (26481)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-19 2:42]
    Hi Bev,

    As soon as I saw this, I thought it was an optical illusion with that boat balancing just on its keel! But then I think I managed to work it out - it has, I think, twin rudders - have a look here - and I guess that's how it's able to "stand up" almost on three legs. But if that old salt, Will, sees this, he'll surely be able to advise a lot more knowledgeably than me!

    A lovely photograph with lovely light and fine fresh colours with the boat and its reflections making a fine foreground against the backdrop of the land and the houses of Cemaes. Now I'm just wondering where, in relation to this spot, I stayed with my Dad's two maiden aunts sixty years ago. I really must go back and visit Cemaes!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The sun back to us!Canon EOS 60D

    The sun back to us!
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6352 W: 241 N: 10946] (73218)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-18 16:40]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Ah, ha, this is certainly a very different type of picture to the ones we usually see! The sunflowers have turned away from us!

    But what an amazing sight, for it is not just the bright yellows of the flowers that we can see but also beautiful and different shades of green in the leaves and stems of these magnificent plants. And from the large blooms in the foreground, the flowers just seem to go on forever to the horizon.

    A lovely simple composition with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning depth of field and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Il centro di Pratovecchio

    Il centro di Pratovecchio
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2263 W: 15 N: 2750] (27534)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-18 16:29]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    A delightfully simple and yet very effective composition with all the elements very pleasingly arranged within the frame and with lovely light and colours.

    The baskets of bright red flowers add lovely splashes of colour to give added appeal to this interesting old arcade.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Gallery in the Abbey of MaredsousKonica Minolta Dynax 7D

    Gallery in the Abbey of Maredsous
    JanArie Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 23] (503)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-18 14:27]
    Hello Jan-Arie,

    This is a wonderfully happy and appealing photograph, very well seen and very well taken.

    The light and contrasts here are stunning and I love how you have caught these three children running happily along this gallery, each of them lit by the bright light coming in through the archways on the right. That same light also brings out all the lovely colours and textures in the old stonework perfectly.

    A "decisive moment" indeed, the children caught at just the right time and in the right place. Lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Beachhouses at TexelCanon 7D

    Beachhouses at Texel
    JanArie Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 23] (503)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1255 W: 391 N: 4608] (18574) [2014-08-18 14:22]
    Hello Jan-Arie,

    This is a beautifully simple and yet so effective photograph, made so appealing by the strong perspective which we see in this row of beachhouses which disappears right into the far distance!

    The pale sand, the white buildings and the strong sunlight all contrast beautifully with the lovely summery blue sky with just a few fluffy clouds. The limited colour palette is very appealing, the light and contrasts superb, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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