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  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Archival postcard from RomeCanon EOS 300

    Archival postcard from Rome
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2789 W: 95 N: 6750] (28456)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 14:45] [+]
    Hi Mariusz,

    Although this picture was taken thirteen years ago on 35mm colour negative film with a Canon EOS 300 SLR, I would certainly be very happy if I could produce an image as good as this with my digital SLR nowadays! You must have an excellent scanner and also some excellent abilities in processing too!

    All right, it's not the "blue hour" here, but does that really matter? The sky might be pure black but the artificial light more than makes up for that with beautiful lighting on the bridge and on the building on the right with its glorious dome.

    Thank you for your inclusion of a map too - if I've read your map correctly, I think the bridge must be Ponte Sant Angelo and the large domed building must be St. Peter's Basilica - am I right?

    No, Mariusz, do not complain. I think that this is a fabulous photograph with gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. And even more impressive that it was scanned from a negative! It's a phtotograph I'd be very proud to have taken today.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. But, yes, Mariusz, you must take your daughter (and your digital camera) back here! Oh, yes, and your wife too! :o)

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Stormy light in le Logeo

    Stormy light in le Logeo
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4413 W: 267 N: 7437] (60343)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 4:38]
    Bonjour Denis,

    It is the wonderful light which makes this photograph so special - the dark and threatening sky above and the darkness on the horizon contrasting wonderfully with the bright light in the foreground. And that same bright light illuminates the boats spectacularly, making them stand out against the calm sea perfectly.

    A fine strong composition with the bright red and white boat perfectly placed in the frame, good exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Reflets et nature mortesNikon D800

    Reflets et nature mortes
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7574 W: 0 N: 13712] (111529)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 4:18]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    The is a delightful photograph in which we see the old dead branches of trees partly submerged in the water and yet we also see gorgeous reflections of bright and fresh new growth on the trees behind - a sign that springtime is here and life is coming back into the landscape.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Tra i vicoli di Guardistallo

    Tra i vicoli di Guardistallo
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2026 W: 16 N: 2384] (23866)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 4:13]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    This is a delightful photograph with lovely light and colours and fine composition. I love how the bright sunlight casts shadows of the wall and trees across the paved path and how the pathway leads us deep into the image between the brightly coloured buildings. And all beneath a lovely clear blue sky. Stunning details and sharpness too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Boissons coloréesNikon D 90

    Boissons colorées
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2131 W: 1074 N: 1928] (27714)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 3:56]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Another of your wonderful "candid" shots and a very striking and colourful photograph too.

    The lady might or might not have seen the photographer but she is probably less important in this picture than the glass and bottles with their brightly coloured liquids. Your use of an ultra-wide lens has strengthened the perspective and made those small bottles appear huge in the foreground - just the thing for a thirst on a summer's day.

    Lovely vibrant colours, fine light and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.

    Luciano (il barista) will love this!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: No One Writes to the ColonelOlympus OMD EM5

    No One Writes to the Colonel
    macondo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2878 W: 101 N: 4787] (18501)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 3:31]
    Hello Andrew,

    What a fabulously interesting and thoughtful (as well as thought provoking) note you have written. But I must confess that I have never read Gabriel Garcia Márquez nor have I ever heard of the fictional town of Macondo either - though now I know from where you got your name on TE! Perhaps I should consider changing my name to Llareggub - the name of the fictional Welsh town in Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood - and which, when read backwards, means precisely nothing!

    Your photograph looks good enough on the "new" version of TE but on "beta" TE at its full size of 1200 pixels wide it is absolutely stunning! The contre jour lighting, the contrasts and the tones are beautiful and the details and sharpness are exquisite. A fine composition too, the diagonal line of the moored boats leading the eye toward the distant buildings and with the elderly gentleman perfectly placed in the frame - and the viewer is naturally tempted to follow his line of sight toward the distant skyline of Marseilles.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ArmeniaArmenia
    Title: Lake Sevan

    Lake Sevan
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4665 W: 76 N: 11410] (68834)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 3:15]
    Hi Malgo,

    As always, you have written a very interesting and thoughtful note about this place and also provided three wonderful photographs for us to enjoy.

    I love all three pictures but I think your main picture is my favourite. The monastery really is quite small, isn't it? But you've made a fine composition here with the octagonal/conical roof perfectly placed in the frame, with good "lead in" lines from the foreground stonework and a fine view across the lake to the snow covered distant hills.

    In all three pictures, the light is lovely, the colours are beautifully vibrant and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Amsterdam facadeCanon 350d

    Amsterdam facade
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6437 W: 239 N: 10550] (70629)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 3:07]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    It is nice sometimes to go back and look, with a "fresh eye", at pictures we took some years ago. Often we find that pictures which we initially dismissed can be quite appealing and this is a perfect example.

    Your older camera has certainly done well here, proving that it is not the camera, but the photographer, who makes good photographs. The "tight framing" works very well here and those windows with their colourful flowers in their window-boxes, stand out perfectly against the darker wall.

    Lovely light, fine vibrant colours and exceptional sharpness throughout. A fine simple composition too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: StarsNikon D 700

    Stars
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 70 N: 5965] (27198)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 3:01]
    Hello Rosemary,

    Well, if any picture on TE can be considered as having "impact" or "punch", it's this one!

    A stunningly colourful photograph which just leaps out of the page or the monitor with fabulous colours and lovely light as well as incredible depth of field and overall sharpness. A fine bold composition too, to which the shopper, the bicycle and the dog add even more interest.

    And a fine note about this street of restaurants. Did you visit the big food market in Cork? I think that would be a great place to see - and to photograph as well.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Beauvoorde ICanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Beauvoorde I
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18088 W: 489 N: 30802] (132000)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 2:27]
    Hello John,

    What a wonderfully fascinating and informative note you have written about Castle Beauvoorde! And what a beautiful photograph too.

    It really is the lovely light which makes this picture so special - not only the light but the gorgeous shadows cast on the walls of the castle by the nearby trees. Perhaps a slight pity about the green vegetation on the water because we see no reflections, but the green, I think, does add to the photograph rather than detracting from it.

    A lovely composition with the castle perfectly placed in the frame and balanced nicely by the bridge on the left. Lovely light and fine vibrant colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Avro ShackletonCanon PowerShot SX40HS

    Avro Shackleton
    jester5 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 66 N: 545] (1845)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-22 1:53] [+]
    Hello Marion,

    Now this is right up my street! What an interesting and informative note you have written. And how wonderful that this was actually the very aircraft in which your Dad flew as navigator! (And so nice to see that, like me, you also spell your own "Dad" with a capital "d".)

    This is a lovely photograph of this beautiful aircraft and the counter-rotating propeller quite rightly takes pride of place in your composition. Lovely light and fine vibrant colours and excellent details and sharpness too.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Reading that this magnificent aircraft was equipped with Rolls Royce Griffon engines reminds me of an inteersting fact. The Griffon was a successor to the Merlin engine, made famous by the Supermarine Spitfire to which it was fitted. One embarrasing problem that supercharged engine had was that, if it was subjected to negative "g forces", the carburettors flooded causing the engine to stall in mid-air. Engineers worked hard to try to rectify the problem but the eventual very simple and elegant solution was conceived by a very junior female engineer, Miss Beatrice ("Tilly") Shilling - a simple restrictor with a small opening which allowed enough fuel to pass to the carburettors to allow full power but which didn't allow the passage of excess fuel which caused flooding. Much to the amusement of airmen, this clever development became known as "Miss Shilling's orifice"!

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Early springCanon 50D

    Early spring
    Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7974 W: 4312 N: 13550] (53453)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-21 12:55]
    Hello Didi,

    You have given us two beautiful photographs to ponder here and they are both quite different.

    This picture, taken in the afternoon in glorious sunshine, lifts our hearts because it shows beautiful spring-like weather and fresh green grass and fresh blossom of the trees. It is beautifully composed too, the canal leading us into the depths of the image, once we pass the little streams of water passing over the lock gates. Gorgeous light and colours and exception details and sharpness.

    Your workshop picture, taken around sunrise, is beautifully moody, the warm pinkish light pervading the whole image and the light and colours being so soft and subtle.

    A beautiful pair of photographs!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Walk in to the Sunrise..

    Walk in to the Sunrise..
    RhodieIke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 797 W: 1 N: 2514] (11108)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-21 12:45]
    Hello Iain,

    Crikey, what an interesting and very informative note you have written and what a delightful photograph with which to illustrate it!

    But this picture really must be viewed at full size of 1600 pixels wide to be appreciated: the reduced view here is less than satisfactory. For, on the larger picture, we can examine the minute details of the distant low mist and the dew (or frost) on the grass we are about to walk upon. The whole image is beautifully composed, the light and colours are deliciously soft and yet the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: AuditoriumCanon EOS 700D

    Auditorium
    Romano46 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1041 W: 0 N: 2493] (15808)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-21 12:39]
    Ciao Romano,

    A lovely photograph and a very inteersting note to accompany it. Isn't it interesting that there really has not been much change in the design of auditoria in over 2,000 years? Obviously the Romans got the design absolutely right all those years ago!

    This is a beautifully composed shot in which you have used not only the lines of the walls and seating but also the diagonal line of the shadow so effectively. The light and colours are delightful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Lyme Park

    Lyme Park
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 190 W: 27 N: 289] (2533)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-21 12:33]
    Hello Jasmine,

    Smn interesting note and a very fine photograph to accompany it!

    Your composition is excellent, the splendid house perfectly placed in the frame, beautifully lit and with a welcome array of visitors walking and relaxing on the grass in front of it. The foreground daffodils remind us that this is indeed springtime and the lake puts a nice distance between ourselves and the house.

    Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. Nice framing by the overhanging branches too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Easter Bonnets and Stained Glass

    Easter Bonnets and Stained Glass
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 70 N: 5965] (27198)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-21 7:41] [+]
    Hello Rosemary,

    An interesting note about this trade house window, windows of this type seeming to be quite common in Scottish churches. And a fine photograph and presentation for Easter too.

    You have not been so foolish as I was and you have used a respectably low ISO for this picture which is impeccably clear and sharp, noiseless (!) and has glorious vibrant colours. Your exposure is bang-on too with no blown-out areas whatsoever.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. This is inspiring me to get into Glasgow Cathedral myself sometime soon and take some pictures. I believe that this building suffered a good deal less than many churches during the Reformation and has some very interesting features as well as this fine window.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Combestone TorNikonD300s

    Combestone Tor
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 868 W: 41 N: 1530] (11332)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-21 4:39] [+]
    Hello Les,

    This is a delightful and very striking photograph and you have given us an interesting and informative note to accompany it.

    I wish I knew how you manage to produce such very dramatic skies in black and white - do you use a polariser to accentuate the clouds/sky and do you then do some clever things with the colours before you do a black and white conversion? Or perhaps that's a family secret! :o)

    But that glorious sky is surely the "star of the show" in this picture and the lone tree leads the eye right to it. The light on the rocks is wonderful too. All perfectly managed with good composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Santa Maria Assunta

    Santa Maria Assunta
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9070 W: 135 N: 16988] (111284)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [2014-04-21 4:23]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    An interesting note and a delightful and well composed photograph to accompany it!

    I like how you have given plenty of space in the image for an extensive view of the piazza which is abounding with life - people walking around and people relaxing, sitting and eating. The cathedral stands proudly in the background, perfectly placed and with its tall tower dominating the composition.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • 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: 4539 W: 88 N: 10099] (49438)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [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: 3519 W: 207 N: 5483] (35900)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 387 N: 4295] (17324) [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.

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