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  • 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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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-05 9:29]
    Hello Daniel,

    As always, you have written a very interesting and informative note as well as showing us a very beautiful and striking photograph.

    These illuminated greenhouses stand out spectacularly here in the blue light of evening where they are surrounded by clouds of water vapour and are portrayed beautifully against their darker surroundings and the darkening sky. And the glistening reflections off the water in the foreground are delightful.

    A very well composed picture with wonderful light and colours, a perfect exposure (despite the poor light levels) and exceptional details and sharpness, even at 1/8 second.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The Spotted BoyLeica V Lux 40

    The Spotted Boy
    mrmike1935 Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 164] (3240)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-05 3:57]
    Hello Michael,

    To my mind, this is what TE should be all about - an interesting photograph and an interesting and informative note. And reading your words about George and seeing your photograph of his portrait, I have learned something today!

    In our day and age, however, such exploitation of people with congenital defects is deemed abhorrent but apparently it was quite the norm two centuries ago. Indeed, many believe that the story of the well known "Phantom of the Opera" was based upon some unfortunate human "freak" who was paraded around Paris by a showman.

    A lovely photograph of this painting, marred only by a couple of bright reflections (I'm not sure if you used flash or not), and a very interesting note!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: London eye - Occhio di Londra

    London eye - Occhio di Londra
    cristina1 (88)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-05 3:09] [+]
    Ciao Cristina,

    You have written an interesting note about this iconic landmark of London and given us a lovely photograph to accompany it.

    I like how you have carefully chosen your viewpoint and then looked upwards to depict the wheel against a glorious blue sky with high puffy white clouds. I also like how you have included the curvature of the glass roof on the left which echoes the curve of the wheel.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure (difficult on account of the strong contrasts) and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I've just looked at your introduction and I see that you stay in Cuggiono, the same small town where Luciano (lousat) lives and works as a barista - surely you must know him? I'm going to look at some more of your pictures but why not show us some pictures from your beautiful home town too? Luciano used to show us some lovely photos from Cuggiono but now he seems mainly to show ones from his travels to places like Cuba!

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: St-Lawrence River

    St-Lawrence River
    poutpout Silver Star Critiquer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 7] (814)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 14:43]
    Bonjour Robert,

    A beautiful vista from the Port of Quebec across the St. Lawrence River and you have captured it perfectly in this fine composition. The brightly coloured roofs of the houses lighten up the foreground beautifully adding depth to the image and we see the river and the distant hills perfectly portrayed beneath a glorious sky.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    An interesting note too, particularly about the little church whose steeple we can see standing proudly between the houses.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Phare de Newport,Nikon D7000 HDdSLR

    Phare de Newport,
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5494 W: 0 N: 5350] (65297)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 14:33]
    Bonjour Serge,

    As a retired surgeon, I know well that the traditional red/white striped poles outside barbers' shops date back to the days when barbers were not only barbers but "barber-surgeons", undertaking a lot more procedures on you than just cutting your hair or shaving you! But how interesting that the same red/white stripes were used on lighthouses so that they would also be clearly visible by day.

    This is a magical photograph taken quite late during the "blue hour" and what makes it so special is the glorious artificial light playing on the sides of the lighthouse making it stand out spectacularly against the dark background and deep blue sky. And just a little light on the foreground bushes gives a fine sense of depth to the image too.

    A fine composition with lovely light and vibrant colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: sense of direction

    sense of direction
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3418 W: 5 N: 7006] (35100)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 12:46] [+]
    Hello Ourania,

    This photograph would have been interesting enough but your clever idea of turning it through 180° really has added some dynamism and impact to the shot!

    In fact, this man might have a good sense of direction but the viewer is a little confused by the man leaning backwards yet following the lead of his shadow!

    A very simple and yet very impressive composition which certainly attracts attention and that is also accentuated by the man's bight red top. And, of course, this was very well seen and very well captured too - especially from the third floor of a hospital!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I couldn't resist putting this image into Photoshop and rotating it back to see your original image. I see that the man's T-shirt reads "I was born with a...." but I can't read any more than that. That adds to the intrigue too!

    P.P.S. Like Noel, I wish you and your wonderful country the very best for the future, whatever the outcome of tomorrow's referendum. These must be very worrying times for you all. Take care and God bless.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Blue Voyage 2015 - XIINikon D 5000

    Blue Voyage 2015 - XII
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5751 W: 492 N: 16131] (88194)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 7:53]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    A simple corner of an old village yet a lovely photograph showing a part of daily life with the rough whitewashed wall, the ladder splashed with white paint, a simple signpost and a magnificent sunflower, caught in bright sunlight, placed by a villager to brighten up his little town.

    A fine capture of a little corner which tells so much of daily life here, taken with fine composition, lovely light and glorious colours. Stunning details and sharpness too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Castle Valley TowerSigma SD14

    Castle Valley Tower
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1145 W: 1 N: 3123] (13214)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 7:46]
    Howdy Ray,

    A spectacular photograph of a spectacular monument of Nature! And, as Eleu says, the play of light and shade on this tall pinnacle and its base is sublime, bringing out all the lovely colours and textures of it perfectly. The brown tones of the rock stand out beautifully against the magnificent blue sky.

    I can well imagine that the height of summer is best avoided for travel to this wonderful place - best to keep away from the searing heat and the crowds.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: The best of Holland 1: RansdorpCANON EOS 600D

    The best of Holland 1: Ransdorp
    Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5718 W: 95 N: 9081] (50798)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 7:34]
    Hello Gerrit,

    Lovely to see you back again!

    A beautiful and well composed photograph from your cycling trip with your son yesterday, the bold church tower perfectly placed on the horizon against a grey sky but with the mid-ground wonderfully lifted by the bright red roofs of the houses and the wide sweep of yellow flowers across the water, enhanced by their lovely reflections.

    Lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Ilha Bela nº 53 - BELEZA NATURAL!Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Ilha Bela nş 53 - BELEZA NATURAL!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9313 W: 58 N: 12682] (69166)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 6:39]
    Hello Neyvan,

    You have shown us photographs from the lovely island of Ilha Bela before and this is another absolutely splendid one!

    This place looks like Heaven and the colours here are beautiful - the rich warm colours of the foreground rocks, the lovely clear blue/green waters and a fabulous clear blue sky above with puffy white clouds. A very fine composition with lovely light, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Torre antica e panni lavati

    Torre antica e panni lavati
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2998 W: 22 N: 3516] (37278)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 5:13]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Yes, it is interesting how "ordinary" life goes on in this place despite its long and involved history and that is perfectly exemplified by the fact that washing is hanging out to dry and a brightly coloured plastic chair sits beside an ancient tower which probably has survived many centuries and survived several battles and conflicts.

    A wonderfully colourful photograph, the tower perfectly placed in the frame, a colourful everyday foreground and a beautiful view to the distant hills.

    Beautiful light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Away from the crowdsPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Away from the crowds
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 377] (1954)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 4:01]
    Hello Jean,

    Like Malgo, this also holds fond memories for me - in June, 2011 was my first meeting with Malgo and other TE friends and that was during a weekend in Keswick. I think too that we were quite fortunate in arranging our meeting for early June before the crowds attacked this lovely area.

    And here you have captured a scene "far from the madding crowd" at the southernmost part of Derwentwater - and a beautiful scene it is too and your fine photograph makes your long walk all the more worthwhile.

    A very fine composition with the water's edge on the left leading us nicely into the picture and off to the distant mountains while the near trees not only balance the composition perfectly but also tease us just a little as we try to peer beyond them to the farther reaches of the lake.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Verona diptychCanon EOS5D

    Verona diptych
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 695 W: 293 N: 1596] (7836)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 3:43]
    Hello Will,

    I'm not sure if this might or might not be Juliet in the window on the right but perhaps I do see one of the Two Gentlemen of Verona through a window on the left?

    But this is a delightful diptych, very well thought out and assembled with colours, shapes and forms which conform so perfectly between the two images. "Juliet", of course, is the star of the show and holds this interesting composition together so very well. Lovely soft light, fine colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
    Title: What time is it? 1955!

    What time is it? 1955!
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3925 W: 319 N: 8623] (43747)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 3:25]
    Hello Gert,

    From your extensive and interesting note, Olomouc sounds a fascinating place to visit. Also, I was aware of the astronomical clock in Prague but not of this one nor, indeed, of its long and involved history.

    You have provided three lovely photographs which, together with your note, describe this magnificent clock perfectly. In fact, I suspect that it is quite a difficult photographic subject, not because of the crowds gathering round about it, but because it sits quite deeply under and arch and might, on a sunnier day, be in quite deep shade.

    I do like the inclusion of people in your main picture, especially the happy group of men on the right smiling and apparently waving at you as well as the colourfully dressed ladies in the middle.

    And, from the technical point of view, all three pictures are of excellent quality with fine soft light, vibrant colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Fascinating!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: To Say Nothing of the Dog

    To Say Nothing of the Dog
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5904 W: 90 N: 15223] (84209)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 2:57]
    Hi Malgo,

    As always, you have given us a wonderfully interesting note and for a music lover such as yourself, this must have been a wonderful place to visit. Did you actually go and listen to any concerts or were you happy just to walk around here admiring Siena and its people while having the music heard in the background?

    Two wonderful photographs too - and don't apologise for any lack of sharpness - the subject matter is far more important. This happy relaxed trio of people would have been good enough but the piercing look of the little dog, staring right down your camera lens, is what really adds to the appeal. And, of course, we can appreciate the beautiful stonework of the beautiful building in the background.

    Your workshop photograph is fabulous too - demonstrating just the thing which Gert and I so frequently comment upon - three people sitting together, not talking to or looking at each other, but concentrating on their mobile phones or "handies"!

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A Medieval Festival at WarkworthNikon D-300

    A Medieval Festival at Warkworth
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3532 W: 223 N: 8117] (32641)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 2:34] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    These Mediaeval Festivals really are so much fun and also provide lots of photographic opportunities too. We used to have one each summer in Lanark but unfortunately it stopped a few years ago.

    A lovely photograph with lots of colour and lots of activity too, taken in lovely warm light and with fine composition - difficult to achieve in the "heat of the moment" - with the tower/gatehouse of the castle perfectly placed in the background behind the archer taking aim on his next victim. Wonderful details and sharpness and, of course, a very interesting and characterful sky which you always seem able to achieve whatever the weather!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. An interesting note too. The archers with their bows and arrows really were the mediaeval equivalent of the modern machine gun and were a formidable fighting force. This archer's bow looks a little puny - in the days of Henry V the English bow had a "pull" of something like 160 lb and, what with the amount of practice that archers were enforced to undertake, they developed hugely enlarged muscles as well as deformity of their arm bones.

    I've had a look through my archives on TL (not been there for a year or two, I'm afraid) and you might just be interested to read the note I composed on this picture - it gives some details of the archers in days of old as well as giving a pretty graphic description of how a rather resourceful surgeon removed an arrow from the face of Prince Hal (later to be Henry V).

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Wheal BetsyNikonD300s

    Wheal Betsy
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1152 W: 41 N: 2185] (15283)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-04 1:56] [+]
    Hello Les,

    An interesting note about the tin, lead, zinc and silver mining here and a beautiful photograph to accompany it.

    The ruined shell of the Wheal Betsy engine house is perfectly placed in the frame, nicely balanced by the crooked tree to its right and with a lovely distant view of the hill beneath a wonderful sky. This is another of your fine black and white renditions, perhaps a little more "high key" than usual but with lovely tones and contrasts, fabulous textures seen in the old stonework, and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I've seen quite a few images of the Devonshire and Cornish tin mining engine houses here on TE. As they seem to lack any form of "winding gear", I presume they were not built to carry miners down the mineshafts - were they simply used as pumps to drain water out of the mines?

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Relief from the HeatPentax K7

    Relief from the Heat
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5307 W: 88 N: 12623] (60000)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-03 18:38]
    Hi Craig,

    Like us living in Britain (and especially Scotland), really hot and dry weather must be quite a novelty for you! So it's nice to see people enjoying a nice "cool off" under this shower, even if it is in Chicago and not Vancouver! Personally, and at my age, I think I'd rather just sit with an ice cream or a cold beer but these people certainly seem to be having some fun.

    This is a brilliant photograph with the happy bunch of adults and children cavorting around in that cold fountain and they are well portrayed against the simple brickwork-like background.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Of course, I share your concerns about being thought of as a "creep". It really is so difficult nowadays taking any form of candid or street photographs but I now understand (just heard today and have just signed a petition against it) that the European Parliament is trying to put forward some horrendous legislation to stop people taking any pictures whatsoever in public places without formal consent - not only from people but also from the architects who, apparently, have copyrights to the buildings they've designed too! Geez, I think the World's gone stark, raving mad.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: REPOST "Bach or Buxtehude"Nikon D200

    REPOST "Bach or Buxtehude"
    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6197 W: 468 N: 10834] (36505)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-03 3:53] [+]
    Hello Bulent,

    An interesting question - who could this be? Bach or Buxtehude? The dress of the man does not really seem to resemble that in any portraits of J.S. Bach which I have seen and, as far as I know, only one portrait of Buxtehude exists. So my money would probably have to be on Buxtehude!

    Be that as it may, this is a delightful and beautiful candid photograph of this elegant "statue" as he smiles benevolently upon the little girl with golden hair passing before him, the colour of her hair nicely matching the trimmings of his coat.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. But are you not underestimating Bach's stoicism and stamina? I had always believed that the young Bach had actually walked all the way from Arnstadt to Lübeck, a distance in excess of 400 kilometres or 250 miles. But perhaps historians have exaggerated the facts.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Lost Horizon

    Lost Horizon
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5262 W: 371 N: 11120] (54467)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 397 N: 5349] (21620) [2015-07-01 9:24]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    This is a spectacular shot and even more impressive is its detail and sharpness, particularly as you took it from a small aircraft.

    A wonderfully, almost graphic, image of the coastline of this lagoon which has a pinkish hue about it though nothing nearly quite so pink as we have seen in your other photographs from this place. A fabulous picture which makes me look and look again - I still can't quite work out a proper sense of scale either - how high were you?- are all the dark dots in the foreground small rocks or big ones or big clumps of vegetation - or trees? Yet I love it!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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