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  • EstoniaEstonia
    Title: Doors of TallinnCanon EOS5D

    Doors of Tallinn
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 962 W: 296 N: 2440] (11456)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 11:47]
    Hello Will,

    This is indeed an excellent contribution to the theme of Old Doors. An indispensable part of any architectural edifice, except in one of the earliest cities ever, in Catalhuyuk, where the inhabitants would climb ladders and enter through trapdoors in the roof.

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: DecollageNikon D7000 HDdSLR

    Decollage
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7142 W: 0 N: 7447] (84445)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 8:40]
    Bonjour Serge,

    This is a spectacular action shot of the gaggle of geese taking flight. I'm surprised that in mid-November, they are still in Canada and have not headed south yet. We have a pond behind our house, a pit stop for Canadian geese flying south for the winter, like New Yorkers heading down to Florida.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Campinas nr. 99 - CENTRO!Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Campinas nr. 99 - CENTRO!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9926 W: 58 N: 13744] (75660)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 8:37]
    Olá Neyvan,

    You had a superb vantage point to present this street image of SÃO PAULO. When we were visiting Brazil in late December 2015-early January 2016, I had a chance to take a trip to Visit the great city and to give a lecture at the UNIVERSITY OF SÃO PAULO. Unhappily, the students were just returning from summer vacation and we could not extend our stay in Rio. One day, I hope...

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • EstoniaEstonia
    Title: When we were very youngCanon EOS5D

    When we were very young
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 962 W: 296 N: 2440] (11456)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 8:31] [+]
    Hello Will,

    This is a wonderfully engaging shot, with the little child in tears at an old door. The Old Town Section of Tallinn became a favorite area for me after a visit to Estonia in 2010. I just stored this photo in the group gallery Old Doors. I know that you like B&W, but those old doors in Tallinn would work just as well in color. What augments the photo, of course, is the presence of the child. But you've inspired me to submit an old door or two.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Screaming RedSony ILCE6300

    Screaming Red
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3596 W: 310 N: 4500] (17958)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 8:13]
    Hello Rob,

    What an intense red on the roof of Auberge du Trésor (I like your description "screaming red"). My guess is that the cable draped in sine-waves serve as a heating element to melt snow, and let the water flow into a gutter.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Union SquareSony DSC HX400v

    Union Square
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6781 W: 53 N: 11278] (40786) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 8:10]
    Hello Lars,

    I'm glad to see this photo, and to read the dedication the to Brenda Elaine, Trekearth's nominee for the "Queen of New York." We have all learned so much about the monuments and slices of every-day-life from her photos. Carol Jean and I had the pleasure of meeting Brenda a few years ago and celebrating a micro TE-meetings. She knows the modern center-of-the-world, better than anyone else. You had an excellent vantage point to see Union Square, with the Empire State Building looming in the distance. I was wondering of the subject of the Equestrian Statue. So it is George Washington. If you wandered to Central Park South, you probably saw the remarkable display of fathers of Latin American Countries also.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • EcuadorEcuador
    Title: TripletsSony Cybershot DSC-F828

    Triplets
    gervaso Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2601 W: 39 N: 3726] (15785)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 7:54]
    Hello Alexandre,

    At the outset, thank you for the correction in my last post, Recife's location being in the state of Pernambuco instead of Bahia.

    Meanwhile, this is an engaging shot, with the pair of sea lions sunning themselves in a water taxi, with a third one having climbed into the workshop. So, these massive creatures actually climb into the boats without any invitations extended to them. The subdued yellow is seen in so many contexts in Brazil, has here found itself on a taxi. I imagine, the other water taxis have the same colors and similar markings.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
    Title: Falconer

    Falconer
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3426 W: 107 N: 6013] (27290)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 6:38]
    Hello Klaudio,

    Having just critiqued the portrait of the dancer, I wanted to see the detailed shot of the falconer with his prized bird. The composition with the dark background behind the bird and the light background behind the man presents an interesting compositional effect. These birds of prey have evidently developed an extraordinary technique in attacking their prey. Spotting their prey from a significant height, this bird initially gains speed by flapping his wings while keeping his head and beak cocked forwards in order to minimize the air resistance. As it swoops downwards at increasing speed, the trajectory describes a logarithmic, converging spiral. Usually, the logarithmic spiral is seen in static shapes, horns of rams, the shell of the chambered nautalist, the human ear... But here it is the dynamic trajectory of the bird attacking its prey that describes the shape. If this is a peregrine falcon, it is the fastest species of any animal on earth.

    As you know, birds can see only see sideways. He is looking at you!

    Regards, Klaudio,

    Bulent

  • IndonesiaIndonesia
    Title: Ramayana

    Ramayana
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3426 W: 107 N: 6013] (27290)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-06 6:37]
    Hello Klaudio,

    This is a fabulous portrait of the young dancer illuminated with soft light of flames. The light management, the details of her costume, and the lack of any blur suggest you captured her in a fleeting moment when she was still. Moreover, your note is excellent, as always.

    I like your bio page photo with the falcon on your arm.

    Regards,

    Bulent

  • NepalNepal
    Title: 2014 Synchronised WalkingNikon D800

    2014 Synchronised Walking
    kasianowak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 2 N: 1361] (9719) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-05 14:31]
    Hello Kasia,

    Indeed, they are synchronized and they have their loads essentially parallel. It is a well composed shot and works well in B&W. Here is a

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: the quay

    the quay
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4657 W: 13 N: 9518] (48762)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-05 9:56]
    Hello Ourania,

    The seams in the ground tiles lead the eye toward the center of the frame creating an effective example of one-point perspective. The red ship on the right and the coat worn by one of the individuals immediately attract the eye, but it is the cat that serves as witness to the drama unfolding... slowly perhaps. This is a wonderful photo.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Le voilierPanasonic LUMIX DMC FZ38

    Le voilier
    papagolf21 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13557 W: 879 N: 24288] (105310)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-05 6:12]
    Bonjour mon ami Philippe,

    This is a bookmark created of a sailboat with variations of blue water and sky, and very pleasant to the eye. The water is as still as glass, making this a placid and peaceful scene in the marina.

    Warm regards, cher ami

    Bulent

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Korenmarkt Ghent XXCanon 7 D

    Korenmarkt Ghent XX
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21885 W: 523 N: 35948] (156520)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-05 6:07]
    Dear John,

    "Sharp as a tack," as we say in English. The resolution perfect, as is the composition. It must have been a confined space since you don't include a little bit more of the scene near the bottom. But it is a timeless scene, an old building, horse carriage, and pedestrians... but devoid of cars.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Swimmers for Zwemmers

    Swimmers for Zwemmers
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7801 W: 102 N: 19717] (102606) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 14:37]
    Dear Malgorzata,

    The photo and the subject are beautiful. But, I am most grateful to have the quote from Victor Hugo, "Dear God! How beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue, the marble must be like flesh.” I may be able to integrate it into my new book,

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • MaltaMalta
    Title: Courage...Canon EOS 30D

    Courage...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6934 W: 157 N: 10473] (102352)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 14:30]
    Witaj Krzysztof.

    You captured the diver/jumper in midair, the others oblivious to his acrobatics. Now here is an In flight shot from the other side of the globe from two years ago.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Scotland National Museum, main hallCanon EOS 60D

    Scotland National Museum, main hall
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9051 W: 606 N: 16217] (74775)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 14:24]
    Hello Ike,

    You chose an ideal vantage position to shoot the elk/moose. It's a symmetric architectural point of view, one that this animal sees daily. The museum's display includes an Egyptian statue, the jaw of whale, and an eclectic mix.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Arche et gelNikon D5

    Arche et gel
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 11274 W: 0 N: 15082] (146794)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 14:19]
    Nicolas, mon ami,

    This is a genuinely beautiful winter shot, with a dusting of snow covering the ground and shrubbery. Among the trees, the poplar stands out tying in the dark colors of the trees and the white of the snow.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Anyone wants mulberries ?Nikon FM 2

    Anyone wants mulberries ?
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6098 W: 495 N: 17324] (96290)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 7:53]
    Dear Mesut,

    Forty-years and counting. These kids are now between 45 and 50, and I hope they've had a good life. It's a wonderful stroll down memory lane for all of us.

    Sevgiler,

    Bulent

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Two men and a god

    Two men and a god
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5499 W: 373 N: 11291] (56159)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-04 7:50] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    Indeed, Ganesha would be my choice of gods, especially since I've always felt a bit leery of the only other Hindu god that I would consider — the multi-armed Sheva. Thank God, I don't have a choice. I am a theoretical physicist through and though. Was the statue for sale or just the garlands?

    Enjoy what's left of Sunday.

    Bulent

  • UkraineUkraine
    Title: White Wedding

    White Wedding
    kasianowak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 2 N: 1361] (9719) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6600 W: 477 N: 11654] (39547) [2016-12-03 9:07]
    Hello Kasia,

    This photo came up in the random order you've selected for your photos on your profile page. Shot in 2010, posted in 2013 and a welcome addition to my gallery of "favorites" in 2016. "White Wedding" or "White on White," by any other name is still a rose. I fear, if I am not more selective, I could fill my entire allowance of favorites with photos you've taken. If you get a chance, take a look at some of my earlier selection of favorites. There are some beauties by Trekkies who appeared and disappeared, like this one: "World of Tomorrow."

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