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  • SlovakiaSlovakia
    Title: Various activities

    Various activities
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5648 W: 377 N: 11586] (57311)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-17 10:21]
    Greetings Gert,

    A great piece of street photography, and very much out-of-the-ordinary. Three openings, not very evenly spaced, three concrete bollards - not totally symmetrical, two men facing away from each other. It all works rather well - nice work. Iain.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Ermita de Santa Ana

    Ermita de Santa Ana
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5509 W: 277 N: 10068] (81032)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-17 10:15]
    Greetings Denis,

    A simple and very effective composition - nicely set up in thirds - three predominant colours (blue, green, white); three main sections - sky, greenery and building; nice use of triangles. A very effective work, thanks, Iain.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Colours of Brick LaneCanon EOS 5D

    Colours of Brick Lane
    Nina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 757 W: 282 N: 114] (5003)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-16 9:35]
    Greetings Nina,

    Two great pieces of street photography for the price of one. A nice idea, well executed - with both left and right standing as excellent portraits in their own right, but when combined producing something quite special. Nice work, Iain.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Bodrum Limani

    Bodrum Limani
    halikarnas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 625 W: 0 N: 484] (7823)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-16 9:24]
    Greetings Ataman,

    You have some wonderful, backlit works in your portfolio and this is one of my favourites. You have an unusual, reflection in the wet stones in the foreground, and the management of the depth of field works well to help abstract the background somewhat. Nice work, Iain.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: St. Mary's LighthouseNikon D-300

    St. Mary's Lighthouse
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4523 W: 253 N: 10230] (41732)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-16 8:40]
    Greetings Bev,

    A grey sky indeed, but just enough detail to add interest to this shot - good PoV, nice composition and a very nice cluster of buildings around the lighthouse. Good work, Iain.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: NYC: "They Were All Yellow"Nikon Coolpix S9300

    NYC: "They Were All Yellow"
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6956 W: 53 N: 11593] (42054)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-16 8:26]
    Greetings Lars,

    As you suggest in your note, even for those who have never been there, the yellow taxis are iconic New York images. You have a great interpretation here, with your personal stamp in it. A nice, tight crop and the inclusion of three cars for a bit of translational-symmetry works very well. Nice work, thanks, Iain.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Nothing special with mermaid

    Nothing special with mermaid
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7956 W: 103 N: 20154] (104172)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-16 8:19]
    Greetings malgo,

    I like the graffitti and painting, but what makes this shot for me is the contrast of two-dimensionality of the central piece of your subject matter, with the obvious three-dimensionality of the arched corridor leading away and the alleyway in the left of the frame. Very nice work, thanks, Iain.

  • BulgariaBulgaria
    Title: Alexander Nevsky Cathedral IINikon D 90

    Alexander Nevsky Cathedral II
    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12318 W: 1010 N: 23744] (117197)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-16 8:15]
    Greetings Chris,

    I would agree - not too many night shots seen. Good colours on the building itself, but the ghostly, frame-within-a-frame of the branches at the top of this work are what make it for me. Nice work, thanks, Iain.

  • CubaCuba
    Title: Puzzle windowsSony DSC HX200v

    Puzzle windows
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9670 W: 123 N: 17913] (95800) *



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-16 8:10]
    Greetings Luciano,

    A great shot of la Habana. I love the colours mixed in with the architecture in serious need of repair. Nice to see la Habana still has some of the same features that made it so photogenic in the late twentieth century. Regards, Iain.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: 'Apparition in Bamberg'

    'Apparition in Bamberg'
    GyurMaster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 326 W: 3 N: 804] (6404)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-16 8:06]
    Greetings Gyorgy,

    Another great piece of B&W work - this time found in your random photos. The B&W looks stunning - like a piece of mitteleuropean, between-the-wars impressionism - not so much Eisenstein as Murnau for me. I really like it, thanks, Iain.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Northern California nš 61 - MONO LAKE!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10049 W: 58 N: 13995] (76857)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-16 7:47]
    Greetings Neyvan,

    Lovely colour management on this shot - it is all nicely minimalistic which gives a nice finish to your work. Regards and thanks, Iain.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Insheeption IICanon EOS 60D

    Insheeption II
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4046 W: 25 N: 9075] (33048)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-16 7:39]
    Greetings Noel,

    There is something very Jack-and-the-Beanstalk about this shot - I like the playfulness of what you have done here - nicely surrealistic. Regards, Iain.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Micro-climatePanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Micro-climate
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 380 W: 0 N: 1195] (5441)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-15 5:59]
    Greetings Jean,

    This is a very nice composition - and you have an excellent depth of field with everything in the frame sharply focussed. Lovely colours of the plants on the cliff face and I enjoy the contrast between the very non-British agave and the rather more Northern European castle elements in the top of the frame. Nice work, thanks, Iain.

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: TIMBERS

    TIMBERS
    serp2000 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3606 W: 76 N: 5563] (45308)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-15 5:54]
    Greetings Sergei,

    This is a lovely abstract produced from what may well be an important historical building. Great composition and nice management of some soft and muted colours. I like it, Iain.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Tree on FireNikon D800

    Tree on Fire
    kasianowak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 951 W: 2 N: 1422] (10011)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-15 5:50]
    Greetings Kasia,

    My part of Swaziland (at an altitude of 1800m) in summer can be very foggy - with low clouds lasting for days. I have a number of shots of backlit subjects - but nothing that matches the quality of this shot. Stunning lighting on the tree, with the bonus of a reflection in the foreground water. In my opinion, it is the sharp silhouette of the bird in the foreground that lifts this work above the good and in to the great. regards and thanks, Iain.

  • IndonesiaIndonesia
    Title: Eyes speak... NIKON D200

    Eyes speak...
    abmdsudi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5822 W: 152 N: 12932] (57148) *



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-15 5:45]
    Greetings Abmdsudi,

    Picked up this wonderful portrait in your random selection - it is a great shot. I like the positioning of the subject in one half of the frame, with a nice, uniform, very dark background. The contrast with her yellow clothing works very well. The high saturation works well and the sharpness of the entire portrait is good. Nice work, thanks, Iain.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Winter 2012 - 2013Cannon EOS 5D

    Winter 2012 - 2013
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 22061 W: 523 N: 36242] (157802) *



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-15 5:42]
    Greetings John,

    Minus six would probably be an all-time record low where I am currently based - cold.cold.cold. This is a lovely composition, with good management of the backlighting. The close-to-monochrome, with some gentle shades of blue works very well. Regards, Iain.

  • South AfricaSouth Africa
    Title: The bad old days-2

    The bad old days-2
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5648 W: 377 N: 11586] (57311)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-15 3:43]
    Greetings Gert,

    Eish - the dreaded political funeral - as you title the shot: the bad old days, indeed. This is an important piece of photo-journalism with good compositional features - especially the triangulation and the slide-symmetry of the coffins and accompanying activists. I am sure you caught the toyi-toyi as the activists approached the funeral - it has been suggested that only indigenous Southern Africans will dance when they are angry (the Zambians even went as far as to name their own struggle the cha-cha-cha). Important shot, thanks, Iain.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Le portnikon D 7000

    Le port
    clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2433 W: 0 N: 2429] (17883)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-15 3:37]
    Greetings Robert,

    Wonderful management of the colours in this shot - and a very nice composition. It is the pink triangle in t Iain.he foreground which raises this shot significantly above t thanks,he quality of a typical boats-and-harbour snapshot. Nice work,

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: 31 Decembre 2016Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

    31 Decembre 2016
    Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13370 W: 156 N: 23038] (123694)



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    iainsp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 476 W: 0 N: 666] (3194) [2017-01-15 3:34]
    Greetings Christiane,

    A lovely detail - and for those of us based on the African continent a very novel sight. I am impressed with the way you have managed the DoF to produce a very artistic piece. The leaf is great, but also the branch on the left which moves from clear, focus to a more abstract, less sharp background. Very nice work, Iain.

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