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  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: The Needle and the Museum

    The Needle and the Museum
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1495 W: 0 N: 3586] (17803) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-24 8:56]
    Hello Ann,

    This is a delightful photograph very much in your "graphic" style - I knew this was yours as soon as I saw the thumbnail!

    Glorious light and colours - the complementary colours blue and yellow always go so well together - a fine and well thought out composition and impeccable details and sharpness too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Funnily enough, I remember something about the World Fair in Seattle way back in 1962. The Parker Pen Company had what must have been one of the earliest computers there and they had previously circulated leaflets all over the World promoting a scheme whereby this computer could set you up with a pen pal with similar interests to yourself. My Dad filled in one of those leaflets, sent it off and, lo and behold, about six months later got a letter from a guy in Chicago with whom he kept in contact right up until he died four years ago.

    Whether the chap from Chicago is still alive or not, I don't know: he was about 94 the last I heard of him. But we did have the opportunity to meet this chap and some members of his family because he came to visit us on a couple of occasions. He worked with United Airlines and could get very cheap flights. Unfortunately, although he had an excellent and very well paid job as chief mechanic at O'Hare Airport, he was almost bankrupt because his wife (who later died) suffered from multiple sclerosis, was bedridden and required constant nursing care - no NHS in the U.S. of A.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: The street lamp lookedCanon 350d

    The street lamp looked
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6365 W: 241 N: 10963] (73330)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-24 5:57]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    A lovely street scene taken as autumn approaches and the leaves turn red and fall. And the "star of the show" is the rather drunken lamppost, stretching its neck to examine those bicycles at its feet, perhaps rather disapprovingly looking at the one chained to it!

    Very well seen and taken, with lovely light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: White 2CV and blue shutters

    White 2CV and blue shutters
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4425 W: 265 N: 7722] (63008)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-24 5:31]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Ah, the iconic "Deux Chevaux" - we see fewer and fewer of them nowadays - they used to be very popular here in Britain too. I drove one once and was amazed how well it drove and how "unburstable" the tiny two cylinder engine seemed to be.

    The little white car stands out beautifully in the bright sunshine before the house with its old stonework and deep blue shutters. A fine composition with lovely light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Olympic Children in AthensPentax K7

    Olympic Children in Athens
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4711 W: 88 N: 10764] (52232)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-24 5:12] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    Yes, I sympathise with you about the degredation in quality we see here on "new" TE when pictures are "shrunk" to just 790 pixels wide and I think all you can do (as you have) is to refer people to view your images at full size either by opening them in a new tab or window or by viewing them on "beta" TE.

    I really admire your dedication to your beloved tripod but, really, I can't think that I would ever feel the need for a tripod if I were shooting with a shutter speed of 1/400 second - do you really need one at such a fast shutter speed? Have you got St. Vitus' Dance? Hee, hee.

    Anyway, again after some research, I see that this place was apparently first built with wooden seating, rebuilt in marble in 329 BC and enlarged in 140 BC, finally being renovated for the 1896 Olympic Games. What incredible history! And it looks like just the place I could imagine Ben Hur (and Ben Him if you're a fan of "Family Guy"!) racing around in his chariot.

    Your use of a wide angle has exaggerated the perspective very effectively and you have produced a wonderfully composed photograph here with lovely light and amazing details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Wedgemount ReflectionsPentax K7

    Wedgemount Reflections
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4711 W: 88 N: 10764] (52232)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-24 4:51]
    Hi Craig,

    What a gorgeous trio of photographs, each one with glorious light and colours and of stunning technical quality.

    I've just been doing a little research and I see that Wedgemount Lake is about 2,000 metres (probably around 6,500 feet) above sea level - so I presume that the glacier is higher still. I'm also intrigued by your workshop photo which shows the actual glacier itself - that must be the lower part of the glacier where it comes into the lake - it almost looks like it is "calving" as chunks of ice break off and float away - I guess they would be called icebergs if this were happening in the Arctic.

    What an experience this must have been for you and Tosca!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NamibiaNamibia
    Title: BraidsCanon EOS 1Ds Mark III

    Braids
    InasiaJones Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1426 W: 152 N: 6228] (31434)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-24 4:39]
    Hello André,

    A fascinating note and a beautiful portrait of this young Himba girl displaying her beautiful hair and wearing some very fine ornaments around her neck and arms. What strikes me as a little strange, however, is the size of her hands - they look much more like an adult's hands rather than those belonging to a pre-adolescent girl - I wonder if that might be the legacy of hard manual work done by children amongst the Himba people?

    In any case, this is a very fine portrait, taken in lovely light, displaying lovely colours and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Architecture de verreSony A77

    Architecture de verre
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1432 W: 122 N: 1120] (16326)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-24 4:32]
    Hello Roland,

    An interesting note and a finely composed photograph which has a wonderful "graphic" quality to it as well as some lovely light, colours and reflections.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Unfortunately, this is another picture which looks less than sharp when viewed on the "new" TE website which now "shrinks" all images to just 790 pixels wide. However, when viewed at its "proper" size of 800 pixels in width (on "beta" TE), this image is beautifully clear and sharp.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Breakfast for oneCanon EOS5D

    Breakfast for one
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 537 W: 269 N: 1187] (5978)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-24 4:26] [+]
    Hi Will,

    Of course, it's only on the larger version (as seen on "beta" TE) that you can actually read "Tiffany's" on the menu card - but what a pretentious name indeed for a café like this!

    This really is a decisive moment or an image à la sauvette as both cartier Bresson and Claude (CLODO) would call it, perfectly timed with the rather doleful (and doubtless hungry) dog studying each mouthful of food which his master eagerly devours.

    Good that you weren't spied by this chap as you took your picture but I see from your exif data that this was taken on a focal length of 113mm, so you obviously weren't using your 24 - 70mm lens and were at a respectable distance.

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

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TunisiaTunisia
    Title: The wet featherSony DSC HX200v

    The wet feather
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6862 W: 117 N: 12861] (72425)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-23 19:22]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    A beautiful photograph of a view which many of us would simply have passed by without a second look and yet this simple photograph has an inspiring beauty all of its own.

    The light is soft, the colours wonderfully vibrant and the inclusion of a single "lost" feather is all it takes to make a wonderfully well composed photograph with stunning details and sharpness.

    Bellissimo!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Postcard from ChesterCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Postcard from Chester
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2833 W: 95 N: 6974] (29259)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-23 15:23]
    Hello Mariusz,

    A very interesting note about Chester. I lived not far from there until I was eleven years old and I vaguely seem to recall having been there once, but it's a distant memory. I'd love to go back sometime. And one of my daughters, while she was studying zoology at Liverpool, spent quite some time at Chester zoo working.

    This is a lovely photograph in which there is just an incredible amount to look at and examine closely - hundreds of people in this street and some very fine old architecture too. Although the weather wasn't great for walking around, the light is lovely and soft and I think that often (as in this case) makes the colours more vibrant - and, of course, you don't have problems with too much contrast.

    Unfortunately, as we discussed before, the "shrinking" of this picture on the "new" TE site from 800 to 790 pixels in width has definitely caused problems here with image quality but, when we view this picture at its "proper" size (or look on "beta" TE), we can see just how incredibly clear and sharp it is.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Roses are redCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    Roses are red
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3359 W: 298 N: 6997] (37145)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-23 9:19] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    This is a lovely and quite striking shot, totally uncluttered and so simple in its composition, just two people connected by some bright red roses.

    But is the man simply giving away these roses? Is the girl not opening her purse, perhaps to pay him? So the picture also makes us curious as to what, exactly, is going on here!

    A lovely and intriguing shot with lovely light and colours (especially those roses and the girl's very Scottish-looking hair) and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: From the Inside OutNikon D-300

    From the Inside Out
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2962 W: 203 N: 6669] (26629)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-23 9:11] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    How nice to include a lovely portrait of your husband in this picture! :o)

    And what a clever way to take an interesting shot of an old car rally and avoid having to battle against and through the crowds of people who always seem to block your view.

    A well thought out and composed photograph which provdes an excellent view of the interior of this car as well as the wider view of the rally field with a lovely variety of cars of different ages and colours.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I'm not sure the make of this car (do you know?) but it's probably from around about the 1920s - probably the early 1920s. Most cars at that time had (like this one) the accelerator pedal between the clutch and the brake. I see it also has a "split" windscreen and that was fairly common on Humbers and Crossleys and a few other makes. What I don't like is the hub of that steering wheel - it was the two levers for mixture stregth (i.e. a choke) and ignition advance/retard - but someone's bodged something else (probably the horn button) by fixing a modern switch to the hub with a red wire coming out of it - surely they could have found (or have made) a more convincing replacement!

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Chevy & Art DecoCanon 5D Mark III

    Chevy & Art Deco
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 993 W: 1 N: 2496] (10227)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-23 8:49]
    Howdy Ray,

    WOW! Now this is some set of wheels!

    You have captured this immaculate specimen of a Chevvy perfectly as she poses in front of a fine example of Art Deco architecture. The light is fabulous and brings out the colours and the gleam on the coachwork of this beautiful car perfectly. Your composition is good too, those red umbrellas adding a splash of colour in just the right place, emphasising the open bonnet (? hood?) of the car and the immaculately clean engine bay on display.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: 80 rooms and 4 inhabitantsNikon D90

    80 rooms and 4 inhabitants
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 694 W: 62 N: 1233] (7403)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-23 8:37]
    Hello Daniel,

    You've written a very interesting note about this lovely château and also provided us with a delightful photograph. Yes, despite what people may think, the owners of magnificent buildings like this are not always wealthy. The same problem exists here in Britain and when the owner dies, there are enormous inheritance taxes to be paid to the government, so the children or inheritants of the properties can end up bankrupt unless they are clever and find ways to make money - like opening a wildlife park or a brewery and allowing the public to visit. So many of these large castles and grand houses have been sold off or even just abandoned and left to decay. Very sad.

    A lovely photograph with gorgeous soft light and colours and wonderful reflections in the calm water. Good composition and pin sharp too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: WoodyCanon 5D Mark III

    Woody
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 993 W: 1 N: 2496] (10227)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-22 15:51]
    Howdy Ray,

    This is a lovely photograph of a real Station Wagon - or, as we call them here in Britain - an Estate Car. Modern versions of these vehicles just seem to have some wood (or even plastic wood look-alike) stuck on the sides of them, but this is an original station wagon (or estate car) in which the wood and panels are actually part of the structure of the vehicle.

    This one is in beautiful condition, complete with its open "suicide" door and the gleam off the coachwork and the woodwork is fabulous.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I've read that you have to be quite careful driving these sorts of cars through barriers in the likes of car parks because there have been a few instances when the barrier (sensing a large metal object) opened - but came down too early as it didn't "see" any metal in the rear part of the car, so causing damage.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1961

    Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1961
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2761 W: 5 N: 5486] (26518)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-21 14:30]
    Hello Ourania,

    I'm sure that you're absolutely right with the identification of this fine looking motor car.

    And if you had taken this picture back in the 1960s, it would have made a wonderful promotional photograph for an Alfa Romeo advertisement or advertising brochure!

    The car is set perfectly in the frame and its deep blue colour and the gloss on its paintwork stand out beautifully against the pale sea, the red mountains in the distance and the red chairs on the left. And the two young ladies passing by (the one on the right looking almost as though she is about to enter the car) add a feeling of youth and freedom, just the features that car makers try to emphasise in their advertisements!

    Very well composed, the tall lampost well placed, lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Escandinávia 2014 nº 10 - OPERAHUSET !Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Escandinávia 2014 nº 10 - OPERAHUSET !
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8576 W: 56 N: 11266] (60996)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-21 14:21]
    Hello Neyvan,

    An interesting note and a stunning photograph to accompany it.

    You certainly know how to travel - Brazil to Qatar to Norway!!!

    A fabulous photograph, especially when viewed on "beta" TE at its "proper" size of 1200 pixels wide, with gorgeous light and colours, fine reflections on the glass frontage of this amazing building and excellent composition with clever use of perspective and "lead in" lines and the inclusion of people who add both interest and a fine sense of scale.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Lumière d'EstaubéNikon D 90

    Lumière d'Estaubé
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2228 W: 1095 N: 2085] (28938)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-20 7:04] [+]
    Bonjour Claude,

    I presume that you are now back home after your trekking in the Pyrenees and I hope you had a great time.

    This is a lovely photograph which really has captured the early morning light as it struggles to shine through the mist and cloud. It is one of those pictures which, sadly, has been very reduced in quality by the "shrinking" that occurs on the "new" TE website but, when viewed at its "proper" size of 2,300 pixels in width, the details in the rocks, the scree, the little stream and the solitary tree are superb.

    And this picture works so well in black and white too - lovely light, tones and contrasts and perfect exposure.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Looking at this at its full size, I see one or two circular artefacts in the sky. I'm not sure if they could be due to sensor dust or perhaps simply to some tiny spots of dew or mist on your lens or filter - these things become much more apparent at small apertures and I see that you used f/19 for this photograph.

    P.P.S. Do you want to hear the worst joke I have ever heard?
    Question: "Where are the Pyrenees?"
    Answer: "Just up from the Pyren Ankles."
    Terrible!

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Making contactOlympus OMD EM5

    Making contact
    trevormoffiet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 2 N: 452] (2436)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-20 2:24]
    Hello Trevor,

    I love this picture but I think I probably enjoyed reading your wonderfully in-depth note even more! On TE I find that notes can often be more inspiring than some of the photographs although not many people, sadly, write such interesting notes as you have here. And I also find that I learn so much by trying to compose notes for my own pictures too - as I am sure you do as well.

    Your description of these spinning teacups and how you managed to photograph them so expertly here is most intriguing and it reminds me very much of Einstein's introductory notes on Relativity - the example of two people playing table tennis on a moving train and how they and their ball are perceived by a person standing motionless beside the railway track.

    So this shows that you certainly did take time to observe what was going on, you analysed the motion of these swirling teacups and their occupants, and you came up with a solution of how to photograph these people at a point when they became, essentially, motionless for a split second.

    Yes, Trevor, this is a very inspired shot and now I kick myself because I was at a similar (though small) fairground just two or three weeks ago, saw these teacups and never even had thought to try to photograph people in them. Silly me.

    Anyway, after all that, this is a lovely photograph, the teacup and its occupants perfectly captured in happy mood - and the little girl waving at you is definitely the icing on the cake. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness against a lovely blurred background.

    Absolutely Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TunisiaTunisia
    Title: EntranceSony DSC HX200v

    Entrance
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6862 W: 117 N: 12861] (72425)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1258 W: 391 N: 4623] (18626) [2014-08-19 17:12]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    You have given us an excellent note and it is also very interesting to compare this photograph with your previous one from 2008 when this dome, now green, was golden. I wonder why they changed the colour, especially as the gold looked so beautiful?

    But this is a beautiful photograph, so lovely in its simple composition and with the wide expanse of pale flooring making a fine foreground feature to the rows of pillars and finely coloured archways and with the dome towering above.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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