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  • EstoniaEstonia
    Title: A slight touch of the Middle AgesCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    A slight touch of the Middle Ages
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3661 W: 309 N: 7929] (40947)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5074] (20412) [2015-01-25 6:13]
    Hello again Gert,

    I was, of course, directed to this picture from your most recent posting and it is remarkable that this image was taken just a few metres away from it, though presumably looking in the opposite direction.

    The architecture is delightful and I like the rough and worn walls on either side. Your composition is excellent, the lines in the cobblestones leading us nicely to the distant archway and, of course, the romantic couple lead us that way too as well as being perfectly placed in the frame and adding a welcome splash of colour.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PortugalPortugal
    Title: Alfama

    Alfama
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3661 W: 309 N: 7929] (40947) *



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-25 6:10]
    Hello Gert,
    I was curious about your picture of Alfama. Indeed, meanwhile the district and most of Lisbon have been restored. You won't be able to take this picture again in Alfama.
    First time I visited Portugal was in summer 1985, so one year after this picture was taken. I must admit that my memories of that trip are fading but I do remember that I thought that the difference between poor and rich in Portugal was quite big.
    Second time was a few years ago when I visited Madeira. Then I spent a few days in Lisbon right before and after the trip to Madeira. The difference with my first journey was very big. Lisbon looked like completely cleaned up. I had the impression that the country's accession to the EU had done them no harm.
    Now, just a few years later, I had the impression that the crisis had hit the country very hard. Again many poor and homeless people in the city. Portuguese people told me that their government says the crisis is overcome but that it cannot yet been felt by everyone. An explanation that says little, of course.
    On this picture I like the chaotic feeling with the many little red roofs spread over the place and the many antennas.
    Best regards, Paul

  • EstoniaEstonia
    Title: Just a nice streetCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    Just a nice street
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3661 W: 309 N: 7929] (40947)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5074] (20412) [2015-01-25 6:08]
    Hello Gert,

    Yes, I agree: this really is a lovely little street with a pleasant and relaxing ambience with people eating, walking and going quietly about their own business amidst lovely old architecture. A lovely air of unhurried contentment amongst these people too.

    A delightful photograph with lovely light and colours, a fine composition including interesting people - and excellent technical quality too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: The Haunted House

    The Haunted House
    Sayanchanda (24)



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    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2837 W: 15 N: 6885] (24199) [2015-01-25 5:00]
    Hi Saran
    A very cool subject and one I too would actively seek out. I was quite surprised to read this is in a botanic garden! Personally I think your placement of the house in the frame is perfect, it allows the light falling on the house from the left to illuminate the subject very well, but on the right of the image we see into the back of the house which is notably darker, showing the dark heart and intentions of this spooky place. Very nicely done
    Best wishes from Ireland!
    Noel

  • ChinaChina
    Title: ~ colourful Qiang ~Nikon D70s

    ~ colourful Qiang ~
    abmdsudi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4381 W: 141 N: 10079] (43430)



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    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2837 W: 15 N: 6885] (24199) [2015-01-25 4:53]
    Hi Abmdsudi
    This woman's expression seems sad, and in addition to it this being a beautiful portrait, it makes me wonder why she is sad, adding a nice more personal element to the photo and making a connection between subject and viewer. As ever the of centre composition is perfect and depth of field combined with those colors, a really nice shot
    Thanks as always
    Noel

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Partie de pêche

    Partie de pêche
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4603 W: 271 N: 8032] (66492) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5074] (20412) [2015-01-25 4:48]
    Bonjour Denis,

    What a delightful picture of these young boys having fun fishing with their primitive equipment in this harbour! I wonder if they caught anything to take home for their mothers to cook for their dinners?

    A very pleasing and happy photograph which you have managed to capture very nicely in spite of the poor light. The colours are wonderful and I love the reflections of the boys on the water. Excellent technical quality too.

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: SelborneCanon EOS5D

    Selborne
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 625 W: 287 N: 1404] (6972)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5074] (20412) [2015-01-25 4:42]
    Hello Will,

    Wow! What a gorgeous photograph!

    Yes, this picture really is a stunner. You have, not without some considerable effort according to your note, achieved what must be the perfect viewpoint from which to appreciate the beauty of this little village as it nestles in a small clearing surrounded by trees in their rich autumn colours. The natural framing afforded by the foreground trees and branches is delightful, the light and colours lovely and your depth of field, sharpness and overall technical quality are exquisite.

    An interesting and informative note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: A Very Cold Day in Yellowstone

    A Very Cold Day in Yellowstone
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1615 W: 0 N: 3989] (19545)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5074] (20412) [2015-01-25 4:28] [+]
    Hello Ann,

    This must be one of your very best pictures from your Yellowstone trip three years ago - I wonder why you've been keeping it to yourself all this time?

    As with all great pictures, it is the superb quality of the light which helps make this so special and your very expert and very subtle processing work has, I feel, helped to enhance it very nicely. Did you add your "negative clarity" while working on the RAW file or was that done later in Photoshop? And, if the former, how did you manage to achieve the effect selectively?

    Anyway, your composition is both excellent and very pleasing, making use of the fence as a perfect "lead in" to the image, the light and colours are stunning and the details and sharpness are exquisite. And thank you also for an interesting note and an excellent workshop picture which reminds us of how you travelled in these challenging conditions!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: open marketPanasonic DMC LX5

    open market
    berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5457 W: 198 N: 6528] (38396)



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    serp2000 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3163 W: 68 N: 4656] (39982) [2015-01-24 22:05]
    Good morning, Burak,
    This is very familiar scene, so we can find the textile markets everywhere in Turkey. Sometime I also have got shopping for economy of my budget. I see there is the vendors more than buyers. Simple but interesting daily life shot.
    Best wishes,
    Serghei

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Beach of the cathedrals IINikon D3100

    Beach of the cathedrals II
    cornejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2558 W: 0 N: 5924] (31415)



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 15:22]
    Hello Angel,
    Excellently composed and taken from the best POV.
    Beautiful with the young couple at the rock on the foreground and with the group of people on the beach at the other side of the natural arch.
    In the water on the foreground we find beautiful reflections of the rocks and the sky under the arch.
    Now I notice another person at the right side. There are people everywhere except on top of the arch which is probably too dangerous and forbidden.
    Best regards, Paul

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Two golden jewelsNikon D7000 DSLR

    Two golden jewels
    josepmarin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7610 W: 186 N: 15844] (57789)



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 15:12]
    Hello Josep,
    Congratulations with your 9th anniversary on TE!
    It's a wonderful night shot of Toledo with it's two largest monumental buildings well illuminated side by side on this picture.
    I wonder what your viewpoint was to have the Cathedral and the Alcázar next to each other. I was thinking at the parador but then the view would be from above. So it must be closer to town.
    Best regards, Paul

  • PortugalPortugal
    Title: Lisbonne

    Lisbonne
    Gigidusud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1219 W: 0 N: 2223] (15793)



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 12:10]
    Bonsoir Ghislaine,
    Un endroit célèbre à Lisbonne et quand même un point de vue original et plus élevé.
    Un panorama magnifique.
    J'aime les couleurs et la luminosité éblouissante.
    Amicalement, Paul

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Escandinávia 2014 nº 74 - REINE !Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Escandinávia 2014 nº 74 - REINE !
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8981 W: 56 N: 12018] (65378)



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 12:02]
    Hello Neyvan,
    Just wonderful with these sharp peaks on the background.
    Also very impressive.
    Attractively composed with the boats and the village on the foreground.
    Also a nice view with the parts in the sun and with some mountain slopes in the shadow.
    Best regards, Paul

  • PortugalPortugal
    Title: The countryside in winter...IIFujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR

    The countryside in winter...II
    adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5163 W: 64 N: 9149] (36977)



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 11:58]
    Hello Ana,
    During Christmas holiday I was in your country and I was surprised to find spring scenes in nature. At least it looked like spring in my country. Sometimes not only green but even with many flowers.
    It was cold in the evenings but I always had blue skies at daytime.
    A beautiful accumulation of these rocks, nicely presented with the surrounding trees.
    It looks a little like dolmen.
    You write about the cork trees. I had been in Portugal before but then I didn't see all these souvenirs made in cork. Now they're sold everywhere.
    Best regards, Paul

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Lacoste - Bow and bellNikon D90 - Nikkor AF-S 18-200

    Lacoste - Bow and bell
    adramad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4957 W: 5 N: 8260] (37991)



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 11:49]
    Hello Luis,
    Different stones than the constructions of the Bories and much later built of course. But also a great capture of this stone village.
    Nice view of the clock tower from in the rather narrow street.
    Best regards, Paul

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Live in antiquityNikon D90 - Nikkor AF-S 18-200

    Live in antiquity
    adramad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4957 W: 5 N: 8260] (37991)



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 11:45]
    Hello Luis,
    Excellent clear and sharp capture of these Bories.
    Beautiful with the access through the stone walls on the foreground while the open entrance gate of the construction is visible.
    Very well composed, also with the overhanging branches.
    Best regards, Paul

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: The red riverSony DSC HX200v

    The red river
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7242 W: 119 N: 13804] (76754)



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 11:38]
    Hello Luciano,
    It must be great to be able to experience such a feast when you are traveling.
    Indeed, lots of red shirts and parasols in the street! Very nice in combination with the soft tones of the facades.
    3 beers for 5 reais, I read but I have no idea if this is a good deal or not :)
    Excellent view from above.
    Best regards, Paul

  • FranceFrance
    Title: GordesCANON EOS 550D

    Gordes
    SWEETFREEDOM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1509 W: 0 N: 2908] (22690)



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 11:24]
    Hello Alessandro,
    Very beautiful how these houses are built behind each other on that steep rocky slope.
    Also beautiful how trees and green spots are found all over the place.
    Brilliant under that blue sky.
    An excellent viewpoint above the roof on the foreground from where you could capture the entire village.
    Best regards, Paul

  • SpainSpain
    Title: The North TowerOlympus OMD EM5

    The North Tower
    siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2736 W: 23 N: 4480] (33519) *



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 11:03]
    Hello Gosia,
    Like a precious gem the tower appears from behind the fountain.
    Beautiful capture of the many waterjets.
    Excellent luminosity and colour contrasts.
    Best regards, Paul

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Golden Plaza de EspañaOlympus OMD EM5

    Golden Plaza de España
    siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2736 W: 23 N: 4480] (33519)



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    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2304 W: 17 N: 4980] (22059) [2015-01-24 10:57]
    Hello Gosia,
    There's a Plaza de España in many Spanish towns but I think that the one in Sevilla is the most beautiful of all. Also the most romantic plaza with its bridges and water.
    Here you present it very well with its golden tones on a splendid blue hour picture.
    Very nice with the lights in star shape.
    Best regards, Paul

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