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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Cooling off with a Beer, Tower BridgeCanon EOS 5D Mark II

    Cooling off with a Beer, Tower Bridge
    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 11:10]
    Hello John,

    The composition, colors and resolution, as well as the depth of field, are all excellent in this unusual shot of Tower Bridge. I remember the bridge when it was green, and then when it was red, white and blue. I'm not that impressed by the decisions of the original committee, the interim committee, nor the final committee. Something subdued would be good, but especially not the Victorian green that the British cannot get away from (as we watch the matches at Wimbledon taking place at every turn is that green). Maybe an Italian or Spanish guild of artists should be consulted. I enjoyed reading your note very much,

    Bulent

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Geothermal farmingNikon D90

    Geothermal farming
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 819 W: 66 N: 1604] (9211)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 8:23] [+]
    Hello Daniel,

    This, I see, was shot six days after the one of the waterfalls, and long after we had departed from Reykjavik. The exposure is ideal, revealing the sharpness, depth of field and light management in general. I had no idea that the power plant itself was lit up like a colossal light bulb. My son and his family will be visiting later this month. I will suggest to him to peruse your photos of Iceland before he embarks on his trip.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: No Fishing

    No Fishing
    mcmtanyel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2192 W: 127 N: 4147] (15607)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 8:19]
    Merhaba Murat Bey,

    I can identify with the experience of not keeping batteries charged, even though I carry an extra batter at all times. I have uttered invectives reflexively (in Turkish when I am in the company of Americans, and in English in the company of Turks). After all, "frustration is having no one else to blame." But this shot with a smartphone is nothing short of sensational. Are you using an iPhone or a Android Galaxy, and which model. My panoramic shot of Queenstown, New Zealand was shot with an iPhone V.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Garden court...Canon EOS 30D

    Garden court...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5616 W: 157 N: 7824] (88833)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 8:05]
    Witaj Krzysztof,

    Roads, footpaths and bridges all serve to lead the eye, they are inviting devices for composition. You had very good light, contrasts in light and darkness, and you achieved excellent depth of field and depth of field.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Post-card from Lake Annecy

    Post-card from Lake Annecy
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4836 W: 276 N: 8458] (70325)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 8:01]
    Bonjour Denis,

    What a colorful shot of the Rhones Mountains, with unusually good depth of field. Excellent composition along with the colors and resolution.

    Amicalement,

    Bulent

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Fun For All

    Fun For All
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3239 W: 107 N: 5696] (25441)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 7:54]
    Hello Klaudio,

    In this image evocative of a 17th century Dutch painting, you handle the light just a Dutch Master would have, and populated the frame with people, in the manner of Jan Steen. Your photos from June 20 are sensational. It is remarkable that shooting at 1/20 second shutter speed, you have so little distortion. The only sense of motion is in the face of the child on the left, and the hand bag of the woman just to the right. The faces in the crowd are genuinely reminiscent of the Dutch Master's handling of such scenes.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Half Dome UtahSigma SD14

    Half Dome Utah
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1145 W: 1 N: 3123] (13214)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 7:43]
    Hello Ray,

    This is an angle of Half-Dome that I have not seen before. It's a sharp photo showing colors and textures. A few years ago, my son then in medical school traveled to San Francisco for a meeting. Then he took a day to visit Yosemite, and to climb it (from the easy side). He told me that when he reached the top, he decided to take a picture from the ledge. He lay down on his stomach and camera in hand, inching his way to the ledge. Suddenly a knee came over, then the rest of the body. A Japanese climber and his three friends had just scaled the vertical side. The climber's first words, "Do you have a cigarette." My son did not have a cigarette, but he did ask the man to take the photo for him.

    Regards, and a belated 4th of July to you,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The summer at La RochellePentax K10D

    The summer at La Rochelle
    chrisnet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2876 W: 110 N: 5486] (21538)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 7:34]
    Bonjour Christian,

    I like the inclusion of the couple basking in the sun, even more than I did the other two renditions of this image. Excellent composition, colors and depth of field.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Birthday Celebration!

    Birthday Celebration!
    eldancer1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2431 W: 0 N: 5742] (30826)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 7:30]
    Hello Eleu,

    Excellent composition and a timely photo. I had heard about the world's tallest ferris wheel being constructed in Las Vegas. I don't think it was there when we visited last year in April. Happy 4th of July belatedly.

    Bulent

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: VoyagerCanon EOS 60D

    Voyager
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3094 W: 18 N: 7531] (26591)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 7:26]
    Hello Noel,

    You've clearly done justice to this very interesting statue. When a statue is designed to be "transparent," I think it makes sense to shoot it in silhouette. The statue and the sun comprise a pair of focal points.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Palace on the Water

    Palace on the Water
    Matyas Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 602 W: 21 N: 1447] (6698)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-05 2:22]
    Hello Maciej,

    Along with the late afternoon photo you posted prior to this, the pair represent fabulous architectural portraits of the Palace on the Water. Here it is the a magical shot at blue hour with ideal light management. Along with the notes you've provided, you should put together a calendar to be sold in the gift shop (if there is one).

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Farm Sheep IIICanon 7 D

    Farm Sheep III
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19550 W: 519 N: 33446] (142884)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-04 20:03]
    Dear John,

    An amazingly bucolic scene with the sheep feasting on the lush green grass. I understand the sheep keep the grass short and close to ground, and that cows cannot graze on it afterwards. That was one of the disagreements of cattle and sheep growers in the old West.

    Two weeks ago with guests visiting us from Greece we visited George Washington's birthplace, about 50-60 km from our home. The historic house is maintained as a working farm just as the first President knew it. It is remarkable how the scene in your photograph resembles the farm with its sheep.

    Warmest regards, dear John, have a good Sunday,

    Bulent

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Wonders of natureNikon D90

    Wonders of nature
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 819 W: 66 N: 1604] (9211) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-04 19:36] [+]
    Hello Daniel,

    The 1 sec shutter speed, coupled with a microscopic f/22 aperture has converted the rushing waters into gaseous fluid, while accentuating overall sharpness. It's an interesting idea. We must have been in the land of Fire and Ice at the same time.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • CubaCuba
    Title: Palacio de la ArtesaníaSony DSC HX200v

    Palacio de la Artesanía
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7705 W: 119 N: 14751] (81124) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-04 19:22]
    Ciao Luciano,

    What a spectacular courtyard in the old palazzo. You have been treating us all to the amazing sites of Havana, and what a pleasure it has been. In this photo the composition is perfect, as are the resolution, colors and textures. The man strolling across the courtyard is wearing a New York Yankees cap, and it might be as old as some of the automobiles of the city.

    Have a good Sunday,

    Bulent

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Palace on the Water

    Palace on the Water
    Matyas Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 602 W: 21 N: 1447] (6698)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-04 17:45]
    Witaj Maciej,

    Now this is majestic! You had spectacular light, and composed the scene perfectly — The reflections in the pond of just a few of the columns, the brilliant green foliage in the back, the contrast of light and dark — everything collaborating to make this perfect photo of the palace.

    Warm regards and have a good Sunday,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: EGYPTIAN SURPRISE

    EGYPTIAN SURPRISE
    jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8029 W: 175 N: 13305] (58163)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-04 16:53]
    Perfect timing, Jorge. It almost looks like they all posed for you. The poor girl looks petrified. The well composed shot exhibits sharpness, brilliant colors and also good composition.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Rue de la Tour GaillardeCanon EOS 60D

    Rue de la Tour Gaillarde
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6712 W: 239 N: 11645] (78372)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-04 16:46]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    The detailed shot of the half-timbered houses displays excellent composition, brilliant colors and textures, and razor sharpness. I was not familiar with Auxerre until I saw this photo, but it is enough to inspire a visit.

    Have a good Sunday,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: In the port of AntibesCanon EOS 60D

    In the port of Antibes
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6712 W: 239 N: 11645] (78372)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-04 16:39]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Indeed, your description of a "forrest of masses" describes the scene perfectly. The shimmering reflections in the water makes this a most eye catching image. Thank your for letting us see a beautiful corner of Antibes.

    Amicalement,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Roman Baths

    Roman Baths
    nikkitta Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1999 W: 17 N: 4048] (16230)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-04 10:57]
    Hello Maria,

    This is fabulous! It's an interior I haven't seen in years. and better than I remember. When I was at Oxford, I remember visiting the Roman Baths with friends from the United States. The guide was the Director of the Roman Baths, and just as he was showing us the lead plumbing originally left there by the Romans, he mentioned that it was not known how the water was heated. I noticed there were flies walking around, unable to fly. I took him aside, and mentioned to him that sometimes where there is lead, there is also the possibility of uranium (uranium decays into lead). "This could be a natural nuclear reactor," I said. He turned red, and admitted they did know how the water was heated. There was nuclear radiation, although quite low level.

    Wearing my artist's hat, rather than a physicist's, I made a sketch of the square in front of Bath Abbey. If you get a chance, take a look at the third photo down in the left column, Bath Abbey.

    Warm regards, Maria, a very beautiful photo. Have a good Sunday,

    Bulent

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Swiss FoodNikon Coolpix S2800

    Swiss Food
    Zengi001 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 260 W: 54 N: 208] (2711)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505) [2015-07-04 10:45]
    Merhaba Engin Bey,

    Insanin midesi ac'ken boyle resimlere bakmamasi gerekir. Hakikaten lezetli gorunuyor -- bilhassa sebseler. Afiyet olsun.

    Selam ve saygilarimla,

    Bulent

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