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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Basket # 7 Interior

    Basket # 7 Interior
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2671 W: 73 N: 6501] (29570)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-29 16:15] [+]
    Hello Rosemary,

    This is a wonderfully "graphic" image and I know that this would really be right up Ann's street - she loves this sort of image. I like it too and I like your other two workshop photographs as well.

    It's not just the excellent combination of shapes and forms but also the lovely play of light and shade which makes all three pictures very appealing. And, of course, the richness of the colours.

    A very appealing trio of graphic images!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: Iconostasis

    Iconostasis
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4996 W: 81 N: 12663] (74159)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-29 8:41]
    Hi Malgo,

    What an interesting note! But I couldn't help laughing when I read the word "iconostasis" - it sounds like some medical condition like catatonia brought about by looking at too many icons!

    A lovely interior photograph which is of remarkable quality considering what must have been fairly poor light. The decoration and the sumptuous and lavish application of gold makes for a stunning scene and the lady standing very primly examining a larger icon makes a fine foreground feature as well as adding human interest.

    Lovely light, fine colours and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AfghanistanAfghanistan
    Title: Local flavour

    Local flavour
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3417 W: 298 N: 7209] (38025)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-29 8:25] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    Well, firstly I have to say that this picture looks absolutely fine on my monitor - not dark at all.

    In fact, this is a lovely street shot and the colourful clothes of the bystanders, the red cart and the variously coloured bottled drinks make this an even more interesting shot. It looks as though the patient lady leaning on her cart isn't getting much in the way of sales, unless those people on the right have already sampled her wares. However, she seems quite content to have a camera pointed at her and, interestingly, she is barefaced too and appears to have made no effort whatsoever to cover her face - is that not unusual in this place? Or perhaps I'm misguided in thinking that this is, in fact, a woman.

    What sorts of drinks were these? I'm certain that they were not alcoholic and the darker ones look a bit like cola.

    Again, a photograph of amazing quality considering its age - but also a photograph of wonderfully happier times in Kabul.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: A Cold Morning  in the Arctic Circle

    A Cold Morning in the Arctic Circle
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1527 W: 0 N: 3685] (18303)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-29 5:18]
    Hello Ann,

    By Jove, this looks damn cold! And well done you for venturing out on deck in these conditions to get this picture! I seem to recall that you dislike the cold more than most people, so that's an even greater sacrifice for you!

    Just looking at this photograph makes me shiver, so that's a sign that this is a good photograph! But, apart from that, it it technically excellent with a fine diagonal composition, strong foreground interest, lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I just had to look on a map to see where Havoysund is - it's just about the very, very "top" of Norway and it's at 71°N - pretty much the same latitude as where I was in East Greenland in 1970 - but that was during summer, not winter or spring.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Stavros S NiarchosSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Stavros S Niarchos
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3974 W: 7 N: 6070] (45957)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-29 4:37]
    Hello Brian,

    Goodness me. I cannot believe that I am the first person to write a critique on this gorgeous picture which has been viewed by 80 people already. Perhaps, though, not everyone is impressed by pictures of such things even though I can't see images of sailing ships, steam locomotives and vintage cars without my pulse starting to race just a little. Others, it seems are not so affected!

    A beautiful photograph of a stately ship under sail and perfectly depicted against a lovely background and a magnificent blue sky. Beautiful light and colours, a fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    Gorgeous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Cathedral at nightCanon EOS 60D

    Cathedral at night
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6404 W: 241 N: 11051] (73996)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-29 4:25]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    You have shown us photographs previously of this fine cathedral but this night time shot is stunning.

    The floodlit walls of this beautiful building stand out wonderfully against a deep blue sky and the reflections in the glass-like waters of the Yonne are even more impressive. The little area of parkland with its lamps and people makes a fine feature to separate the cathedral from its reflections.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Bicton GardensNikonD300s

    Bicton Gardens
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 978 W: 41 N: 1769] (12837)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-29 4:17]
    Hello Les,

    Another beautiful photograph of these lovely gardens. Your composition is excellent and the fountain is very well placed in the frame too because it not only is a fine feature in its own right but also its fine spray in the air adds a lovely "mistiness" to the distant view off to the far hills, so contributing a fine sense of depth to the image. And the brighter sunlight on the well tended flowerbeds "lifts" the foreground beautifully.

    Lovely soft light, fine colours and exceptional details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Town Hall Leuven.Canon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Town Hall Leuven.
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18500 W: 504 N: 31842] (136072) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-29 4:05] [+]
    Hello John,

    You have given us a very interesting and informative note, particularly about the atrocities waged here during the early days of World War I. And how amazing that this beautiful building survived despite all the havoc and bloodshed around about it.

    This is a superbly ornate building and you have captured it here in the most lovely light which brings out all the details and textures superbly well. And the inclusion of people in the square really adds human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.

    Beautiful light and colours, fine composition and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Looking at your photograph, I see something very interesting to me. While this building is incredibly ornate, the tower to the left (probably the south-east tower) is much less ornate in its lower parts than the rest of the building - the stonework there is quite plain. Could that be a part of the building which was damaged and has since been more simply reconstructed?

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Basket # 7

    Basket # 7
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2671 W: 73 N: 6501] (29570)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-29 3:02]
    Hello Rosemary,

    What a weird sculpture. It looks almost like some steel mesh enclosure you might build around some piece of electronic equipment to shield it from stray radio waves or something like that. You say that it affords good views of the surrounding countryside but it looks to me as though you can't actually climb out onto the top of it so any view is going to be hampered by the steel mesh. Certainly no good for a keen photographer!

    Anyway, you have captured this strange erection perfectly here, placing it in just the right position in your frame and with the expanse of lovely countryside visible off to the left. The inclusion of a figure climbing inside the structure gives us a good sense of scale too.

    Lovely light and colours and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: Lap owl. Strix nebulosa

    Lap owl. Strix nebulosa
    unclehotshot Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 2 N: 62] (239)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-29 1:51]
    Hello Frank,

    Thank you for directing me to this fine photograph. I've been looking a bit on the internet and I see that this "Lapland Owl" is also called a "Great Grey Owl" and a few other names too. I read some things about it here.

    This is an excellent close shot in which you really have "homed in" on this creature's face and shown us some wonderful details of its feathers and, particularly, its eyes. The details and sharpness here are amazing.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Charaxes jasius

    Charaxes jasius
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9361 W: 132 N: 18049] (117355)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-28 16:02]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    This is a stunning macro shot of a beautiful butterfly! And you have also given us a very interesting and informative note.

    Your focus on the insect is perfect with all the details in its body and wings stunningly sharp against a nicely out of focus background. Gorgeous light and colours too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: KookaburraNikon E5700

    Kookaburra
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 551 W: 277 N: 1254] (6282)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-28 15:50]
    Hi Will,

    Funnily enough, we've both uploaded pictures of birds today - but yours is a lot more unusual and more interesting than mine! You've written a very interesting and informative note too.

    The quality of this photograph is stunning and it is even more impressive when one considers that it was taken over ten years ago and with a fairly low resolution early compact digital camera too.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: 'Grand Raid'

    'Grand Raid'
    Spyder Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 1 N: 56] (277)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-28 15:38] [+]
    Hello Edward,

    Now this is right up my street! The Bugatti Type 57 must be one of the most beautiful cars ever built and you have captured the details of it here perfectly.

    But this is a tantalising shot - how I would love to see just a little more of it - like looking at a beautiful woman - you just want to see more. :) But this is also a wonderfully "graphic" shot too with lovely strong lines and bold colours, perfect exposure and excellent detail and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A Huge Metalic SpiderNikon D-300

    A Huge Metalic Spider
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2984 W: 204 N: 6754] (27035)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-28 8:04]
    Hello Bev,

    Yes, a very impressive structure indeed and you have provided us with a fascinating note about it too!

    You have captured this amazing feat of engineering beautifully and your low viewpoint adds to the impression of its immense size as it towers above the buildings and trees and is beautifully depicted against a lovely sky.

    Fine composition, lovely light and colours and amazing details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Treasured Motors.FinePix S4500

    Treasured Motors.
    jadesgran Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 319] (5108)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-28 6:36] [+]
    Hello Gladys,

    Oh, what a lovely scene! I'd have a field day here, looking at all these lovely cars and chatting to the owners about them too.

    You've done very well here to get this picture without crowds of people blocking your view. Lots of cars I can identify here as well - an early 1960s Vauxhall Victor FB, a lovely little 1930s Morris 8 Tourer, a Rolls Royce, an open Triumph Herald. My favourite, of course, would be the one at far right which looks a bit like a 1920s Morris Oxford "Bullnose" but I'm not entirely sure - it could possibly be an A.C. or something else.

    Anyway, a lovely picture with lovely light and fine vibrant colours. Just wish I'd been there with my own little girlfriend!

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: stormy skysNikon D90

    stormy skys
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 705 W: 62 N: 1276] (7599)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-27 18:48]
    Hello Daniel,

    An interesting note here! Pretty much like Scotland's weather - just wait a few minutes and you can see all the seasons in just an hour!

    The light here is absolutely gorgeous, and I can imagine that it only lasted for a minute or two - but you have caught it at just the very right time to produce a beautiful image in which this little church stands out so magnificently against such a dark and brooding sky and the surrounding landscape.

    Gorgeous stormy light, perfect exposure, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Picturesque KrakówCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Picturesque Kraków
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2847 W: 95 N: 7043] (29529)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-27 17:35] [+]
    Hello Mariusz,

    After I read your note, like yourself, I really couldn't believe that the Mongolians had ever invaded Poland - but, as you say, it's absolutely true! I see that they invaded in 1240/41 A.D., destroying many cities, including Krakow, and culminating with the Battle of Legnica before heading off to conquer Hungary. How very interesting!

    But your photograph is wonderful! What a beautiful and spectacular interior to this splendid church! It's very difficult to take photographs in such places but you have done very well here. I suspect that tripods were not allowed and that this picture had to be taken hand-held.

    I absolutely love that gorgeous ceiling in this church - the deep blue with golden stars contrasting so beautifully with the rich reds of the walls on either side. But I also love the whole scene - no photograph would ever do it true justice - I can imagine sitting on a seat here for hours and just trying to breathe in the atmosphere of this beautiful building - it is absolutely spectacular and a tribute to the people who had the vision and provided all the work to produce it. Truly an effort of mankind to make something befitting to our God.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Portici a Lucca

    Portici a Lucca
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2362 W: 18 N: 2851] (28745)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-27 17:09]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    This is a delightful photograph and very well composed with perfect use of the strong perspective afforded by the long row of pillars and arches. The light is beautiful and soft and the colours are lovely. A well chosen viewpoint for this photograph which has perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    An interesting and informative note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Vache d'Abondance

    Vache d'Abondance
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4469 W: 267 N: 7780] (63750)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-27 8:22]
    Bonjour Denis,

    A very interesting note about French cattle breeds and also about the varieties of cheese produced from their milk. I know that in Scotland we have quite a lot of Charolais cattle and I believe they are also a French breed.

    This is indeed a beautiful creature and you have caught her in a lovely calm and settled pose. She looks very content with life - and why shouldn't she with all that wonderful fresh and rich grass to eat? She stands out beautifully against the grass and the distant mountainside in this photograph with gorgeous light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A Canal IdyllNikon D-300

    A Canal Idyll
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2984 W: 204 N: 6754] (27035)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1272 W: 393 N: 4740] (19072) [2014-09-27 5:35]
    Hello Bev,

    A very interesting note about this canal and its previous uses for trade - and some interesting history about good ol' Josiah Wedgewood.

    Your photograph truly conveys that idyllic sense of peacefulness and calm and is of a place far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern everyday life.

    Lovely soft light and colours, a fine composition and excellent details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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