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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The Naval College (1300th Post)Sony Alpha 850 DSLR

    The Naval College (1300th Post)
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4187 W: 7 N: 6480] (48640)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-26 5:24]
    Hello Brian,

    A most interesting and informative note and an immaculately presented photograph of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich.

    Your black and white rendition is beautiful and reminds me so much of monochrome etchings from the days of sailing ships apart from the fact that your rendering of the sky is much more natural and pleasing.

    A fine composition with lovely light and amazing tones and contrasts, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Chalet Le Jorat

    Chalet Le Jorat
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4603 W: 271 N: 8032] (66518)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-26 4:23]
    Bonjour Denis,

    This is just the sort of lovely scene I immediately imagine when I think of Switzerland! The beautiful chalet with its rich dark coloured wooden walls and roof standing proudly in fresh lush grassland against a background of tall and snow dusted mountains, all captured perfectly in your well composed photograph.

    The red shutters stand out strongly in the bright sunlight, your composition is both excellent and pleasing, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Oostkerke Mill 3Canon 7 D

    Oostkerke Mill 3
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18967 W: 517 N: 32573] (139134)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-26 3:55]
    Hello John,

    You have written a very interesting and informative note - but, oh, what a tragic story about Julian Thooft-Longueville's son, René, being killed by the mechanism of the mill! A real tragedy and I'm not surprised that he stopped the mill from working after that awful event.

    But the mood of your photograph is a much happier one: the warm sunlight bathes the whole scene beautifully, lighting up the sails of the windmill and the trees and the roofs of the houses colourfully against a lovely clear blue sky.

    A very fine composition with delicious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Singing in the rainNikon D 90

    Singing in the rain
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2295 W: 1161 N: 2189] (30220)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-26 3:16] [+]
    Bonjour Claude,

    How nice that you go for walks with your friends every month! I go most Wednesdays with a group of friends but we generally do about 5 to 10 miles (8 to 16 Km) and we've not been out this year because it has been horribly cold, wet and windy. And, of course, as well as being quite a healthy thing to do, it also is a good excuse to take a camera with you!

    Probably the weather this day wasn't good enough for you to find some good pictures of the countryside but you have captured a wonderfully striking and colourful shot here. The lady, all wrapped up warm against the weather, is beautifully portrayed against the bright crimson background of her open umbrella and I like the way she is looking off to the left of the picture, perhaps something else having caught her attention.

    A lovely and pleasing portrait with fabulous colours taken in lovely soft light and with excellent technical quality too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Time Stands StillNikon D-300

    Time Stands Still
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3205 W: 212 N: 7353] (29509)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-26 2:51]
    Hello Bev,

    A fascinating note and a gorgeous picture by way of illustration! What a nice name too - if you spelled it as "Lochronan" instead of "Locronan", I could imagine it as the perfect name for a little village on the coast of northwest Scotland. And, of course, there must indeed be similarities: after all, it was the Romans (and the Anglo-Saxons later) who referred to our own islands as "Britannia Major" as opposed to "Britannia Minor" which now approximates to modern day Brittany or Bretagne.

    What a wonderfully quiet and peaceful place this looks! And you have captured it perfectly in this fine diagonal composition in lovely light and with lovely true colours too. The composition also allows us to appreciate those magnificent and sturdy dormer windows to which you refer in your note. A technically perfect photograph too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Unusual WeatherNikon D-300

    Unusual Weather
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3205 W: 212 N: 7353] (29509)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-25 12:07]
    Hello Bev,

    I read your note with interest and, funnily enough, when you said you'd had odd weather and it was a strange sort of day I was reminded of Arkwright - "It's been a funny sort of day....."!

    The light here is beautiful and I love how the bright patches of sunlight play on the foreground snow dusted field as well as on the gable end of that house. And all beneath a wonderfully deep blue sky, courtesy of your clever use of a polarising filter.

    Lovely light and colours, a fine pleasing composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • 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: 3662 W: 309 N: 7935] (40971)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [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.

  • 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: 3662 W: 309 N: 7935] (40971)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [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.

  • 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] (66518) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [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: 626 W: 287 N: 1415] (7004)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [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: 1617 W: 0 N: 3999] (19585)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [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.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Stained Glass Artworks - IIINikon D 5000

    Stained Glass Artworks - III
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5549 W: 487 N: 15498] (84272)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-24 3:03]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    Another fine photograph in your "Stained Glass Artworks" series and an interesting note to accompany it.

    I suspect that the light in here was quite poor but you have come up with a beautiful and imposing composition which shows this lovely glass dome to excellent effect. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure, a fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pinching Myself!Pentax K7

    Pinching Myself!
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5033 W: 88 N: 11773] (56474)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-24 2:18]
    Hi Craig,

    Yes, I can fully imagine how you felt during your trip to Rome - it's a place I'd dearly love to visit and the photographic opportunities there must be immense.

    This is a magnificent entrance to this old building and you have captured it perfectly in a fine symmetrical composition. But, as always, it is the presence of the people in their variously coloured clothing, relaxing about the place, that add so much to the appeal and the composition in general.

    Lovely light and true colours, perfect exposure and, as always, immaculate technical quality.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FinlandFinland
    Title: Mirrors mirrors on the wall

    Mirrors mirrors on the wall
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3662 W: 309 N: 7935] (40971)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-23 16:37] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    A perfect title from the Evil Queen of "Snow Whte", an interesting note, a fine link to a picture from Burano and a lovely pair of photographs too!

    As always, you have captured not just a place or a scene but also humanity, your main picture depicting a lady looking, perhaps rather quizzically, at herself in these myriad small mirrors; and your workshop picture also showing another young lady, again somewhat perplexed, trying to take some sort of meaningful photograph with her mobile 'phone. In each case your composition has been excellent, the light and colours true and the details excellent.

    Two wonderful images of "people watching" - what could be better?

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. But the other thing that really interests me is this: I looked at your "linked" photograph from Burano taken by Bartek Rozanski (akustyk) and thought it was a delightful photograph, very well taken and with lovely light and colours too. But not a single person has actually written a critique on that picture. But then I see that he posts many photographs yet does not appear to write many critiques himself. In fact, he has posted over 500 photographs yet written fewer than 100 critiques. But are we on TE being seduced by people who write critiques on our pictures and not really assessing photographs for their worth? Do we just look at (and critique) images from people whom we know will give us praise for our own photographic efforts? It's a difficult situation and I must confess that I do not particularly like the idea of "backslapping" but I have this general feeling that TE is not so much really a forum for assessing the quality of photographs but, rather, it is really a social site where people can make friendships and discuss photography and other things too. The fact that I've met about 20 people from TE and enjoyed the company of each and every one of them is testament to that.

    But now I feel just a little guilty! I think I shall have a look again at that photograph from Burano and write a short critique on it! John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: buranoCanon EOS 5D Mark II

    burano
    akustyk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 44] (3891)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-23 16:29]
    Hello Bartek,

    A delightful and very colourful photograph of these terraced houses in Burano. The light is beautiful and the strong and vibrant colours of their façades have been perfectly captured.

    A lovely depiction of a street scene from Burano, well composed and with excellent technical quality too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: The Path of the Big Red PolesCanon EOS 60D

    The Path of the Big Red Poles
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2839 W: 15 N: 6894] (24235)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-23 15:41]
    Hi Noel,

    Once again I salute you for your courage in shooting directly into the sun: each time I try this I am plagued either with lens flare or areas of sky which are totally "blown out" yet, somehow or another, you seem to be able to get away with it! Life is not fair!

    A very striking photograph in which the red poles dominate and are magnificently seen against the bright sun and the blue sky. Very well done indeed for being able to get the exposure bang-on as well as managing to attain such good details and sharpness throughout this image.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Casa rosa

    Casa rosa
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2663 W: 20 N: 3247] (32711)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-23 15:35]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Yes, the strong crimson colour of the façade of this house dominates this photograph which was very well seen and very well taken too. You have balanced the composition very well with the less striking looking buildings making a fine background and I like the clothing hanging out to dry in front of the house.

    Lovely light and strong vibrant colours and excellent details and clarity.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Vieux bistrotNikon D800

    Vieux bistrot
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8503 W: 0 N: 14044] (121892)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-23 15:29]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    This is quite a different sort of photograph from the ones we are used to seeing from you - pictures of mountains with snow and mist - but it's a delightful image of this café and the inclusion of the lady and the boy riding his bicycle add human interest as well as contributing much to the composition. I'm wondering if you ventured inside for something to eat?

    A fine diagonal composition with lovely light and true natural colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Stained Glass Artworks - IINikon D 5000

    Stained Glass Artworks - II
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5549 W: 487 N: 15498] (84272)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-23 6:45]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    What a wonderfully colourful and amazing photograph of this beautiful piece of artistic glasswork!

    I can fully appreciate how difficult it can be to photograph displays such as this - they look amazing but can be very, very difficult to capture convincingly with a camera. But you have coped very well here with the lighting to produce an image which has the most glorious light, beautifully vibrant colours and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: château et clocher

    château et clocher
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2637 W: 0 N: 5938] (34775)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5076] (20418) [2015-01-23 5:50]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    You have given us two beautiful photographs here but, like yourself, I think I must prefer your main photograph with the wall and hedge in the foreground.

    What makes this picture so special is the beautiful warm light which illuminates the walls of the buildings as well as the foreground wall and hedge too. That wonderful light brings out all the colours and textures of the stonework perfectly.

    Your composition is excellent with all the elements very pleasingly arranged within the frame. Your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Amicalement,

    John.

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