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  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Observation of an observationSony ILCE6300

    Observation of an observation
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3185 W: 306 N: 3301] (13136)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-28 0:00]
    Hello Rob,

    A very interesting note you have written about Jean-Paul Riopelle, the artist and his work, and a lovely picture you have presented too.

    Your photograph is very appealing, made up of four separate images, two of which have been "flipped" about their vertical axis, showing not only one particular work of art but four different poses of an admirer. And not just any admirer - an admirer who is also a photographer.

    I love how you have composed the four separate images so as to make it appear that the artwork extends around a corner - that somehow focuses the eye even more and draws the viewer closer to both the artwork and the rather elegant lady. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure in all images and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: not a lonely tree

    not a lonely tree
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4350 W: 12 N: 8789] (45500)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-27 23:50]
    Hello Ourania,

    This is a very attractive and appealing photograph. The solitary tree standing proudly before a beautiful clear and blue/green sea and set against the sky would have been good enough: the people relaxing in the shade on the left are a welcome addition - but the presence of the man on the right entering the frame with his towel of bright yellow (the complementary colour to the predominant blue) lifts this image to a higher level altogether.

    A perfectly composed photograph with gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity - but most appealing due to the happy arrival of the man on the right!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Stockholm colours IV

    Stockholm colours IV
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5019 W: 365 N: 10393] (52782)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-27 23:37] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    Three wonderfully colourful photographs full of activity and an interesting note about this place to accompany them.

    This Hornstull area looks like the "place to be" for young people to sit, relax, converse and enjoy a wide variety of different foods but I note that there seems to be a remarkable lack of people of "our" age here - perhaps the man who was not particularly looking at you was just a little surprised to see a "mature" gentleman approaching with a camera?

    This area may have had a "make-over" and the colourful decorations are quite appealing but I see some evidence of some rather crude graffiti too - has the area become a little more scruffy since its rejuvenation or is it still welcomed by the people who live here?

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • MontenegroMontenegro
    Title: Rainy Day, Dream AwayCanon EOS5D

    Rainy Day, Dream Away
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 911 W: 296 N: 2242] (10713)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-27 23:26]
    Hello Will,

    The weather may have been dull and wet but that certainly doesn't detract for the appeal of this photograph and your decision to convert to monochrome has allowed you to make the most of that interesting and characterful cloudy sky.

    Your slightly higher viewpoint than the human subjects has amplified the large extent of the sea before them and the attitude of the couple has a lovely tenderness to it. A well composed image with lovely light, tones and contrasts and exquisite details and clarity.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: a serene summer evening

    a serene summer evening
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4350 W: 12 N: 8789] (45500)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-27 1:02]
    Hello Ourania,

    What a lovely story - if you hadn't been good enough to stop to give directions to those people, you might have missed this lovely view and the beautiful light which attracted you to it!

    I love how the warm evening light illuminates the church and houses on the slope of Castle Hill while the reflections of the sky make the water seem to shimmer like silver in the more shaded lower part of your picture while a solitary fisherman sits relaxing in the hope that a fish will chance along and take his bait.

    Beautiful soft light, warm colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Peindre le montangesNikon D800

    Peindre le montanges
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10735 W: 0 N: 14949] (142176)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-27 0:52]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    This artist seems to be sitting in a rather strange place - he seems to be looking directly into the strong sunlight and I'm wondering how he is able to view his subject properly. But from your viewpoint the light is perfect and you have captured him with his easel, canvas and paints very well framed in the old stone archway of this house.

    Strong light but nicely managed shadows, fine colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Institute of Contemporary Art, BostonSony ILCE6300

    Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3185 W: 306 N: 3301] (13136)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-27 0:27]
    Hello Rob,

    A fascinating and informative note about Nalini Malini and her work and a very fine photograph, of considerable artistic quality itself, demonstrating a wonderful play of light, colour and silhouette.

    I love how we see, in the distant view, works of art on the warm orange wall while three admirers of them are nicely silhouetted against them and there's almost an appearance of an aurora above them as light is reflected and refracted in those clear transparent cylinders at the top of your image.

    A finely composed photograph with amazing light, shadows and contrasts, rich colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Santo Stefano di Sessanio

    Santo Stefano di Sessanio
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11410 W: 132 N: 22591] (143240)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-26 23:56]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    A fascinating note about the history of Santo Stefano di Sessanio and a beautiful and well composed photograph of it.

    I love how you have used this magnificent high and bold archway to frame the piazza and the old buildings which themselves are beautifully portrayed against a lovely blue summer sky. The light and colours are delightful, your exposure perfect and the details and clarity are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Disturbing elementsSony DSC HX200v

    Disturbing elements
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9027 W: 123 N: 16824] (91424)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-26 23:50]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    You write a very thought provoking note here! If we believe that photography exists purely to record things and places of beauty, then, yes, these are disturbing elements. But if we believe that photography is for recording reality, then this is a perfect example of that - a perfect representation of daily life with all its beauty but with all its blemishes and scars.

    If we take a photograph of another human being, do we want to record them as being beautiful with glowing skin, bright eyes and looking 20 years younger than they really are? Or do we want their photograph to show all the lines of laughter and experience on their face, their grey hairs and their less than perfect figures? In reality, very few of us look as perfect as Michelangelo's David - so are we all supposed to look as perfect as him?

    I love this picture, very well seen and very well taken - and perhaps we should all be trying more to capture reality rather than trying to capture only the beautiful things we see around us!

    Perfect!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CroatiaCroatia
    Title: Kamen BrelaCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Kamen Brela
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3442 W: 91 N: 8776] (36747)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-26 16:17]
    Hi Mariusz,

    What a gorgeous place! I can understand why you wanted to visit this lovely beach and I hope you and your family managed to spend some time here.

    The view here is spectacular and you have captured it perfectly in this beautifully composed photograph with glorious light and colours, especially of the clear blue/green sea and the fascinating vegetation on that rock. Perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FinlandFinland
    Title: HurricaneCanon 7D

    Hurricane
    ktanska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3578 W: 59 N: 4339] (27672)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-26 13:41]
    Hi Kari,

    Thank you for your critique today on my photo of a Spitfire with a Hurricane!

    As soon as I saw this I got a bit of a fright - how ignorant I am that I had not realised that the swastika was used as an emblem of the Finnish Air Force until 1945. And, of course, the swastika was actually a symbol of peace in many religions for thousands of years - long before the Nazis adopted it.

    This is a much nicer photograph than mine. I like the interesting sky with its puffy white clouds and I like how the aeroplane actually appears to be moving rather than just static in the sky. Your composition is just right, the colours are true, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are excellent.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I think you have been wise to use 1/500 second for this exposure as we can see plenty of movement in the propeller - my photo doesn't show the movement so well at 1/1250 sec.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Green on TopPentax K3

    Green on Top
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6019 W: 88 N: 14365] (67806)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-26 9:40]
    Hi Craig,

    A quick look at Google told me that this is, in fact, the Headquarters of Edinburgh Council.

    Your high "aerial" view from the top of the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill has given you a very fine picture in which the lush green grass on these flat roofs brightens up the whole building against the darker drab background of old tenement buildings behind. And the fact that the sun was shining brightly on this building when you took the picture has enhanced the image even more.

    A well composed shot with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Sanssouci SymmetryCanon EOS 1100D

    Sanssouci Symmetry
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7817 W: 63 N: 21774] (99116)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-26 0:30]
    Hello Stephen,

    As always, a fascinating and informative note - and, having seen a picture yesterday from the interior of this sumptuous place, how nice now to see a photograph of its splendid southern fašade.

    Facing south, this splendid part of the palace is lit in glorious bright sunlight, bringing out its vibrant colours superbly against the deep blue sky. I love the symmetrical composition, the light and the vibrant colours - and the details and clarity are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: O sole mioSony DSC HX200v

    O sole mio
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9027 W: 123 N: 16824] (91424)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-25 16:26]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    A fascinating note about your visit to Naples, even though the weather was not the best.

    However, the lack of sun has not stopped you achieving a wonderful photograph here, particularly as that cloudy sky is incredibly impressive! I love how the boats and the water seem to be lit much brighter than the sky, making them stand out wonderfully and clearly.

    A well composed photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Oast housesPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Oast houses
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 336 W: 0 N: 1046] (4901)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-25 12:48]
    Hello Jean,

    Thank you for such an interesting and informative note. I've always thought that oast houses were pretty much confined to Kent - is that true or have you seen them in other parts of the country? And I presume that nowadays hops are dried in modern electrical or gas fired ovens or driers.

    But these old oast houses are delightful and you have captured them perfectly in this very pleasingly composed image in which the curvature of the roadway leads us toward them so effectively.

    I love the rich warm colours of the old brickwork and the roofs and how the white metal cowls all point in the same direction into a lovely blue sky with nice fluffy clouds. And the image is nicely framed by the two trees - a tall one on the left and a smaller one to the right.

    Lovely soft light, lovely natural colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Tall Ship Race ICanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Tall Ship Race I
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21256 W: 522 N: 35081] (152970)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-25 6:03]
    Hello John,

    I see that you have been using the same lens (Canon 100 - 400mm) which I was using at our recent airshow!

    This is a beautifully clear and sharp photograph. Yes, it is just a pity that this beautiful ship was not in full sail but, nonetheless, you have produced a very well composed image in which the tall ship stands out beautifully against the dark sea and sky with stunning details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I am afraid that as soon as I saw this, I simply could not resist doing some research! I do believe that this ship is the Georg Stage, a training ship.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: St Jacobs GhentCanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    St Jacobs Ghent
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21256 W: 522 N: 35081] (152970)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-25 4:57]
    Hello John,

    Two splendid photographs, each quite different: one of a friendly and helpful policeman guiding a tourist while the other is a fabulous photograph of the magnificent interior of St. Jacobs church.

    I love the soft light in the church and how you have managed to take this photograph without any strong shadows or overly bright areas - I suspect that your secret is to keep the contrast low in processing. The colours are lovely, your exposure perfect and the composition and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: le bassin de Latone Versailles

    le bassin de Latone Versailles
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2815 W: 0 N: 6155] (37039)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-25 3:32]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    What a beautiful and striking photograph of this magnificent fountain at Versailles!

    I love the symmetrical composition and how the light falls on the details of the fountain and makes them stand out so wonderfully against the dark background and the deep blue sky above. The reflections in the calm water are delightful too.

    Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The Other DirectionPentax K3

    The Other Direction
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6019 W: 88 N: 14365] (67806)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-25 3:12]
    Hi Craig,

    As I mentioned to you, I've been up here myself though many, many years ago. Even as a young chap I found the stairs towards the top very narrow and awkward and it must have been difficult for you with a rucksack full of camera equipment if the place was as busy as you say. And did you know that this is the largest monument anywhere in the World dedicated to a writer?

    Anyway, your workshop photograph shows the monument perfectly and your main photograph clearly demonstrates what a wonderful and panoramic view you get from the top. A very well composed shot with the clocktower perfectly placed and with lovely light and colours and, as always, stunning details and clarity.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Bicycle HireSony Nex 6

    Bicycle Hire
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3185 W: 306 N: 3301] (13136)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1668 W: 410 N: 6091] (24828) [2016-07-25 2:51]
    Hello Rob,

    Not only does this bicycle lack a saddle but it also has no pedals so it would not only be uncomfortable but also almost impossible to ride. However, the bright orange paintwork on this decrepit machine makes it stand out brilliantly against its simple deep blue background and, underlined by the bright green foreground grass, makes for a striking and very appealing composition. And the little glimpse of beach and sea on the left puts the whole scene in place perfectly.

    A fine composition, very well seen and taken, with fabulous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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