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  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Kasteel de Haar

    Kasteel de Haar
    jurek1951 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2668 W: 166 N: 5803] (42164)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-26 11:17]
    Hello Georg,

    This is a spectacular photo of the Castle De Haar, with its massive moat. I'm surprised such a structure dates not to 15th-16th centuries, but to the 19th. The reflected light shimmering in the waters of the moat raises the photo to the level of a first rate architectural portrait, especially with the two-point perspective you've chosen.

    Warm regards, Georg,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Fata Morgana - Madison Square Park

    Fata Morgana - Madison Square Park
    worldcitizen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1278 W: 222 N: 1756] (7321)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-25 5:52]
    Hello Brenda,

    Fascinating concept with the cutouts mimicking the leaves. I am puzzled by the mirrors, however. Could the artist not have used any other opaque material for the light to filter through. Excellent shot, as usual, complemented by an engaging note.

    Warm regards and Happy Memorial Day,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: la Roberta di DorgaliNikon D5100

    la Roberta di Dorgali
    baddori Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1891 W: 124 N: 3483] (20011)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-25 5:39]
    Ciao Gianfranco,

    You captured her soul in this beautiful portrait! The girl's expression, the colors and sharpness are all spectacular. Even placing her left eye on the vertical bisector is a masterful, if unintentional strategy. According to the "Centerline principle,"
    In 1998 Dr. Christopher Tyler, an English born psychologist living in San Francisco, made a remarkable discovery regarding single-subject portraits: in the preponderance of great portraits spanning the centuries, the centerline passes through one eye — not the nose, not the ear. It could be the leading eye (as in the case of this rabbi) or it could the trailing eye. All three portraits of young women painted by Leonardo (including in the most famous portrait in the history of art), in countless portraits by Rembrandt, in many paintings by van Gogh and even Picasso. It is a principle never taught in art schools, and yet one that the great artist discovers intuitively. See for example, Rembrandt's Portrait of the Old Rabi.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Porto Alegre 2015 nº 029 - MILITAR !Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Porto Alegre 2015 nº 029 - MILITAR !
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9234 W: 58 N: 12506] (68210)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-25 5:10]
    Hello Neyvan,

    Excellent composition and depth-of-field in this architectural portrait of the military school in Porto Alegre. I have close friends inRio Grande do Sul, and it is a pleasure to see more about their world.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Porto Alegre 2015 nº 030 - SIMETRIA!Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Porto Alegre 2015 nº 030 - SIMETRIA!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9234 W: 58 N: 12506] (68210)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-25 4:58]
    Hello Neyvan,

    Where the architect has given us symmetry, we should celebrate the symmetry. I think, you've chosen the best angle possible for your your photo of the interior of the Cathedral Porto Alegre. The red carpet is eye catching and offers a welcome invitation.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • IranIran
    Title: Lari houseNikon D700 fx

    Lari house
    sabermonajati Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1308 W: 65 N: 707] (9909)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 21:26]
    Hello Saber,

    Where the architect has designed a symmetric view, we should celebrate the symmetry. I like this image very much, especially with the clean crisp colors and resolution. The depth-of-field is outstanding.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • IranIran
    Title: Towards Geyser

    Towards Geyser
    omid266 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 1105] (6338)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 21:24]
    Salam Omid,

    I like expansive scenes like this, with the long line of visitors making a pilgrimage to the geyser, amidst the parched land and rugged mountains. Good composition and resolution,

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Toscana pisana

    Toscana pisana
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2913 W: 21 N: 3449] (36191)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 21:22]
    Ciao Carlo,

    With our good friend Malgorzata, you saw this verdant scene only 12 days ago. Such lush greens, high resolution and superb colors.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: OutCanon PowerShot SX60 HS

    Out
    mcmtanyel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2133 W: 127 N: 3992] (14969)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 20:58]
    Merhaba Murat Bey,

    As an old soccer player, I am always interested in scenes from a soccer field, no matter the level of competition. The linesman is doing his job, and regarding your engaging note, your son's team showed improvement. It is better to lose "five-nil" in the afternoon after losing "six-nil" in the morning than the other way around.

    Warm regards and best wishes for Memorial Day.

    Bulent

  • QatarQatar
    Title: Lucky StrikeNikon D70s

    Lucky Strike
    DonGusti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 7 N: 107] (936)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 20:49]
    Salam Ahmad,

    The two image create an abstract diptych and are quite complementary, as are your notes. I hope you don't think it is a cop out, but it is really quite difficult for me to pick out as the better of the two. I've gone back and forth. I actually like the work on the left better, since it is reminiscent of the spirals in Leonardo's depiction of a storm over landscape . The one on the right appears to have a pair of embedded eyes and quite haunting.

    By the way, I believe you live in Saudi Arabia. But if you are in Qatar, or periodically visit the country, would you click on the website, Bulent Atalay, created by my publisher (National Geographic). There is a flag counter on the lower right side. Each new country from which the website is accessed raises a flag. I believe, there are 40 flags from Saudi, but none from Qatar.

    Many thank and warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: THE "D" TEMPLEPanasonic Lumix FZ38

    THE "D" TEMPLE
    francio64 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2713 W: 520 N: 5044] (39437)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 6:41]
    Ciao Francesco,

    A view of the temple from the corner as you have caught, I believe also is the best possible vantage point (2-point perspective) you could have employed. The light is fantastic. The textures of the stones, the carvings, the deep shadows and the colors are all first rate. I have visited Taormina on many occasions, but it is Siracusa, Trapani and Agrigento that I want to see most.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Tribeca -Neighborhood in NYC #2Canon EOS 60D

    Tribeca -Neighborhood in NYC #2
    Sonata11 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 59 N: 2890] (33426)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 6:37]
    Hello Barbara,

    In its composition, this one is similar to a photo of a street corner you posted last month. You had a gorgeous day for both shots, and you produced excellent renditions of the intersections of New York. Here you have a pedestrian who becomes a focal point. It's very effective.

    Warm regards and happy Memorial Day weekend,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Four-SquareCanon EOS5D

    Four-Square
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 683 W: 293 N: 1565] (7676)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 6:18]
    Hello Will,

    The puzzling title certainly elicits a view, and an invitation to read the photographers's note.
    But obviously it's more than that. As a photograph of a work of art, a real specialty in photography, it is absolutely first rate. The colors, texture and the depth-of-view are outstanding... and I enjoyed reading the note.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Abbey of Montserrat

    Abbey of Montserrat
    PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 1 N: 1630] (10476)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 6:06]
    Greetings Pyotr,

    The composition is first rate with the crest of the mountain running diagonally. The crisp light, the resolution and colors contribute to the eye catching image. You have convinced me, the next time I go to Barcelona (later this year), I must make it a point to try to see the Montserrat Abbey.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Garden Adegem IICanon 7 D

    Garden Adegem II
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19396 W: 519 N: 33246] (141985)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 3:36]
    Dear John,

    It helps to know the owner, and for the owner to know that you are a modern Flemish Master. I can hear the shrill sounds of the fountain in my mind. What gorgeous reds and greens, in the perfectly composed photo.

    Warm regards, dear friend,

    Bulent

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Tulip Field IVCanon 7 D

    Tulip Field IV
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19396 W: 519 N: 33246] (141985) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 3:33] [+]
    Dear John,

    A field of tulips as far as the eye can see in perfect bloom, but as you mention you've removed some that are not quite ripe yet. This is in the Netherlands and not in Belgium. Can you ride there on your bike, or did you drive? There is a surreal aspect because it is so ideal.

    Warmest regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Palace CourtyardCanon EOS 1100D

    Palace Courtyard
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6711 W: 63 N: 19254] (87360)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-24 3:28]
    Hello Stephen,

    The photograph is technically first rate. Ideal lighting, sharp as obsidian glass, and featuring vivid colors of the Mediterranean sunlight. The palazzo is beautifully preserved. It's columns, arches, ironwork... are all opulent. It could date back to the Renaissance, or it could be an edifice in the neo-Renaissance design of the 30s, built by Chicago Mafia don who is in self-imposed exile. I'm relieved that even you can fail to give notes extensively researched. If it were shot by Didi, it could even be a composite of 4-5 photos seamlessly stitched together, and include the courtyard below. But it is a perfectly exposed beauty.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Aoi festival #7Canon 1D Mark‡W

    Aoi festival #7
    bukitgolfb301 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1660 W: 0 N: 3437] (37060)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-23 15:33]
    Hello dear Takero,

    Your chronicling of Japanese festivities and festivals are overwhelming as a collection, and extraordinary with individual photos. The colors, resolution, timing, exposure... all perfect. Have a good Sunday,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Le cloitreLumix Digital Camera

    Le cloitre
    besnard Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4538 W: 63 N: 9237] (54287)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-23 15:27]
    Bonjour Nicole,

    I like very much the two-point perspective you've chosen for the picture of the court yard. In the foreground the columns are backlit, and in the background well illuminated. The composition and resolution are superb.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Birth of river HueznarNikon D3100

    Birth of river Hueznar
    cornejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2758 W: 0 N: 6457] (34044)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 468 N: 10728] (36147) [2015-05-23 15:25]
    Hello Angel,

    I love the shimmering reflections in the water. The whites, blues and greens are spectacular in the manner of a very good landscape painting.

    Warm regards, and have a good Sunday,

    Bulent

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