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  • PeruPeru
    Title: Early Bird Gets the WormPentax K7

    Early Bird Gets the Worm
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4533 W: 88 N: 10076] (49328)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-20 11:52]
    Hi Craig,

    An interesting and colourful scene and an interesting note too - well done you for scrambling out of your pit so early to catch this scene - I'll bet you were still sore and aching from the previous day's hike. Funny how there don't seem to be any clothes pegs holding the washing on the line - is there no wind there?

    A fine colourful view of an everday scene, well seen and well taken with lovely vibrant colours and exceptional sharpness and detail.

    Great!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Springtime At AmundönCanon PowerShot G1 X

    Springtime At Amundön
    saxo042 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3512 W: 207 N: 5465] (35814)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-20 11:42]
    Hello Gunnar,

    What a lovely summery shot - and from today too! Here in southern Scotland the temperature has been hovering around 15°C but nice and sunny.

    Again the smooth granite makes a fine base for your picture and a fine place for these walkers to enjoy the fresh sea air too. And the viewer naturally follows the lead of these two ladies towards the lovely blue sea, the horizon and the distant lighthouse on the left.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Préparation matinaleNikon D 90

    Préparation matinale
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2130 W: 1074 N: 1928] (27690)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-19 4:18]
    Bonjour Claude,

    This is a scene with which we are all familiar - people setting out the tables and chairs in preparation for the day's diners and drinkers - but I don't think I've seen it captured so well as this before.

    Your long lens has foreshortened the perspective and the backlighting (contre jour as we say in English!) has given lovely "rim lighting" to the girl's hair and outline, making her stand out nicely against a darker and nicely out of focus background.

    Very well seen, composed and captured with perfect exposure and excellent detail and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. See you in a few weeks!

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Hotel turned universityNikon D5100

    Hotel turned university
    rogerl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 197] (1314)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-19 4:03]
    Hi Roger,

    What a glorious building to have as a university! And reading your story about Henry Flagler and his exploits reminds me of just how forward looking and productive people were here in Britain too in the 19th Century - sometimes I think it puts us to shame.

    A very well composed photograph, the tall and elegant tower perfectly framed through the brick archway and nicely balanced by the tall palm tree. The light is glorious, the colours beautifully vibrant and the details and sharpness exquisite. The inclusion of some people in the mid-ground is welcome, giving a fine sense of scale and some human interest too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Deutsche Bank Twin TowersCanon EOS 60D

    Deutsche Bank Twin Towers
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2222 W: 8 N: 4942] (17253)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-19 3:43]
    Hi Noel,

    Wow! So you've just returned from a trip to Germany and brought back some lovely photos? This is a very impressive one of these huge towers. I guess that the Germans have such a thriving economy just now that they must surely need such huge buildings to store all their money!

    A most impressive and striking photograph - again taken in your signature contre jour fashion - with good strong composition, lovely light and good colours too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CubaCuba
    Title: What You Looking At?Pentax K7

    What You Looking At?
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4533 W: 88 N: 10076] (49328)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-19 3:33]
    Hi Craig,

    I have to agree with others here - to me this doesn't look at all dark and those cars - especially the one with the driver staring at you - stand out brilliantly against the much more sombre background of decaying buildings.

    I guess that petrol (gasoline) must be pretty cheap here otherwise, although people probably have very little money for food, clothes and new cars, it must cost them quite a lot to spend days cruising around in these huge "gas guzzlers".

    Another brilliant photograph from the streets of Havana, made even better by the human contact too. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure (to me) and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Tulip staircase

    Tulip staircase
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 190 W: 26 N: 280] (2499) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-19 3:26]
    Hello Jasmine,

    What a wonderfully graphic image, so very well composed with the rising spiral and the high round window perfectly arranged within the frame. Gorgeous soft lighting and soft subtle colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Very well seen and very well taken!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Underbelly

    Underbelly
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4934 W: 365 N: 10207] (50695)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-18 16:54]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    It might not be an underbelly quite so impressive or gross as my own but nonetheless this is a beautiful shot, so well taken and thoughtfully composed by a photographer fuelled with alcohol and camaraderie.

    Seriously, I love the strong graphic diagonal composition, the lines, the light, the colours and the details of the brickwork and ironwork which are perfectly displayed against a lovely "blue hour" sky. And, of course, were it straight, it would not have been half as good!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Green chilies, red nails

    Green chilies, red nails
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3182 W: 284 N: 6421] (34669)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-18 15:47]
    Hello Gert,

    Again you have given us a fascinating and informative note. I did believe that the red dot at the hairline told us that the lady was married but I was not aware that the red mark worn lower down had a different significance - in fact, I'm not sure if I've ever been aware of seeing two separate red marks on Indian ladies' foreheads.

    This particular lady might not have been particularly impressed by the photographer but the photographer has done a good job in capturing her quite striking pose in her colourful garments and her bright red painted nails in front of her innocent looking, though probably dreadfully fiery, chillies. And does this lady not have incredibly long fingers and toes?

    A striking shot, perfectly taken against a nicely out of focus background but where we can still make out details of the extensive vegetable market.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Old Warehouses - Trondheim

    Old Warehouses - Trondheim
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1439 W: 0 N: 3385] (16859)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-17 13:38]
    Hello Ann,

    This is a delightful and colourful photograph, perfectly composed with the cathedral spire perfectly placed, a lovely diagonal on the facades of the warehouses, fine reflections on the water and, of course, the two red buoys in the foreground topping it off nicely. Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. And all beneath a fine blue aky. What more could one ask for?

    An interesting note too about this place. Am I right in thinking that these tall narrow buildings are no longer used as warehouses but have probably been converted into expensive apartments?

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Melrose Abbey ceilingNikon D7000

    Melrose Abbey ceiling
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 501 W: 6 N: 1248] (6518)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-14 3:56]
    Hi Mike,

    Another fine picture from our TE meeting in October! I remember feeling very guilty about dragging you all to Melrose Abbey because I'd been there about six months before when it was very attractive and I didn't realise that extensive renovation works were in progress later, so when we went there in October, the place was half covered in scaffolding.

    But you have made the most of the poor conditions (and the poor lighting) on this day to produce an image with lovely light and with fine textures and contrasts and a superb symmetrical composition. Very much in keeping with this ancient and monumental structure.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
    Title: Springtime Field RoadSony SLT A65

    Springtime Field Road
    romanaa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 641 W: 94 N: 1166] (7750)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-13 13:50]
    Dear Romana,

    A delightful picture of springtime (albeit from this time last year) with glorious blossom on the cherry trees!

    A very well composed image, the narrow roadway leading us through the line of cherry trees to the distant fir trees beyond and probably into a little valley down there too. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The River Tweed. PeeblesNikon D7000

    The River Tweed. Peebles
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 501 W: 6 N: 1248] (6518)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-13 11:45] [+]
    Hi Mike,

    This is a another shot which brings back some lovely memories of our TE meeting in Peebles in late October. But, hee, hee, it also answers a question for me because I remember those two ladies walking along the footpath on the right bank of the river - they're in my shot here - and now I know who the suspicious looking guy on top of the bridge in my shot is too!

    Funnily enough, I suspect that I might in fact be in this shot of yours, right down at bottom right!

    Anyway, the light here was, for a few minutes at least, perfect and you have made the very most of that brief moment to capture a delightful photograph of the Tweed and Peebles beneath a gorgeous sky. The light and colours are wonderful, your composition excellent and the details and sharpness exquisite. The inclusion of the two colourfully dressed ladies walking on the right is a fine addition.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Just thought I'd let you know that I won the annual Nature photography competition at the club on Friday night and my red squirrel was best print of all the entries too. I thought I could just detect a few faint murmurs and grumbles from some of the longstanding dyed-in-the-wool members at the back. The judge was Sandy Cleland FRPS who also showed some of his own stunning photographs at the end of our meeting.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: A Door Always OpenCanon EOS 60D

    A Door Always Open
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2222 W: 8 N: 4942] (17253)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-13 10:33]
    Hi Noel,

    It is indeed a sad state of affairs these days that even churches have to keep their doors locked to keep out those who would rob or carry out deeds of vandalism. How times change. In fact, reading your note, I was immediately reminded of Croick Church, a tiny little church way up in Sutherlandshire in the far north of Scotland. During the Highland Clearances, many homeless local families spent a winter camping out in the churchyard as they thought the church too holy and sacred to use for shelter - and many of them died from the cold. It's a long time since I visited it but I must go back sometime with a camera because there are still some bits of writing etched into the outsides of the windows - words written by those people who suffered and died there. And, again, it's nowadays such a poor state of affairs that those very windows and the etchings of those wretched people now have to be covered with protective sheets of perspex to stop vandals defacing them.

    Anyway, Noel, this is a lovely photograph, very well taken with the half-door and its colourful glass panelling making up just a little more than half of the frame, the distant aisle , pews and window of the church making a fine background. You have controlled the exposure very well here, the light and colours are delightful and the details and sharpness are excellent.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Spring whiteCanon EOS 60D

    Spring white
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6431 W: 239 N: 10545] (70567)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-13 6:16]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    A delightful photograph which just breathes springtime and new life!

    Well composed with lovely light and fresh colours, perfect exposure and excellent technical quality.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: catching shadows

    catching shadows
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2474 W: 4 N: 4758] (22778)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-13 6:11]
    Hello Ourania,

    This is a delightful and very novel photograph which just breathes childhood happiness and carefree fun on a bright and sunny day - but which is in sharp contrast to your poignant and emotive note. That the poor, the young and the innocent should suffer through greed is despicable - whether it be the greed of politicians causing wars or, in the more recent scenario, the greed of bankers causing worldwide bancrupcy and poverty.

    But this is a novel and joyful photograph, so appealing by its sheer simplicity, very well seen and very well taken!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Castelluccio strips

    Castelluccio strips
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9061 W: 135 N: 16951] (111120) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-13 5:09]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    Another of your wonderfully colourful and graphic images from early summer on the plateau of Castelluccio! And a wonderfully interesting note about all the different plants and flowers which make up this wonderful display of colours.

    A delightful and simple diagonal composition with beautiful light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Sunset near Rorvik

    Sunset near Rorvik
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1439 W: 0 N: 3385] (16859)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-13 4:58]
    Hello Ann,

    An interesting and informative note and a stunning photograph to accompany it!

    Such a simple and yet pleasing composition with the most glorious light and colours. It would have been easy to go "over the top" and try to oversaturate those colours but you have processed this image very sympathetically to produce a stunning photograph with fabulous natural colours and exquisite details and clarity. In fact, your sharpness here is amazing considering that it was taken from a moving ship at 1/60 second on a focal length of 85mm.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Men on the moon

    Men on the moon
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3182 W: 284 N: 6421] (34669)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-11 5:58]
    Hello Gert,

    This does indeed look like a moonscape and, I suppose, at 13,000 feet on Earth, there probably wasn't much more oxygen than there is on the Moon either. Was your sickness higher up the pass due to the altitude or mainly to a very rough ride in this 'bus? And not much evidence of any cafés, toilets or "rest areas" up here either. And, although clearly sunny, I presume that it must have been quite cold up here.

    A very interesting photograph and one superbly well taken, the 'bus parked on the outside of a sweeping bend in the road (which actually looks quite well surfaced here) with the steep and higher mountains behind and a glorious sky above.

    And I can see quite clearly that this road might in many places have quite a precipitous drop on either side - a feature so well shown in your workshop picture too - I suspect that might have been quite a sensible move to disembark from the 'bus during that passing manoeuvre, even if only to take a photograph!

    Two lovely pictures expertly scanned from good old faithful Kodachrome.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The House on the HillNikonD300s

    The House on the Hill
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 862 W: 41 N: 1521] (11292)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 387 N: 4276] (17254) [2014-04-11 5:33]
    Hello Les,

    Your exif data were clearly removed so that jealous and envious folk like me wouldn't be able to work out how exactly you managed to process such an amazing photograph with such wonderfully dramatic light and contrasts.

    The sky is indeed the "star of the show" in this picture, the clouds having that almost "explosive" quality, and it makes, as you say, a magnificent background to these two little buildings and the circular fence around them.

    Fabulous light, tones and contrasts, a fine composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. And excellent processing work to boot.

    And, of course, an interesting note.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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