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  • ItalyItaly
    Title: les pieds dans l'eauSony RX100 II

    les pieds dans l'eau
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1501 W: 122 N: 1165] (17565)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-21 10:53]
    Bonjour Roland,

    This is a delightful photograph from Venice and not like the "usual" pictures we see from this wonderful city.

    But here you have caught the moment of "high tide" perfectly as well as explaining it well in your note. How funny are the man's bright red boots! And I'm sure that the water looks far too deep for his boots too.

    A well captured moment with lovely light and colours and amazing details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: UnfinishedPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Unfinished
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 0 N: 158] (773)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-21 9:32]
    Hello Jean,

    I really love interior shots like this. And I admire people who can take them properly too - they are really challenging when the light is low and often very variable with very dark areas and very bright windows.

    But you have coped with the variations in lighting here exceedingly well to produce a nicely balanced composition with lots and lots of lovely colours and immaculate detail throughout.

    Your note is interesting and this looks like a lovely place to visit.

    Beautiful!

    Have a Great Christmas!

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Periphery # 3Canon EOS 700D

    Periphery # 3
    Romano46 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1157 W: 0 N: 2742] (17554)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-21 9:17]
    Ciao Romano,

    This is a very striking photograph, mainly on account of the wonderfully bright light which illuminates the frontage of the old building, making it stand out spectacularly against the deep indigo sky above.

    I love your simple and imposing composition. The light and colours are fabulous and the details and sharpness exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Christmas at OkehamptonNikonD300s

    Christmas at Okehampton
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1045 W: 41 N: 1925] (13761)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-21 9:09]
    Hello Les,

    This is a lovely photograph, taken at just the right time. You have amnaged to capture the very beginnings of the "blue hour" and I reckon that a few minutes later it would have been impossible to take a picture here hand-held because the light would have been quite insufficient.

    A very well composed image with a lovely mixture of natural and artificial light. The wet pavements and roadway have given some lovely reflections, the light and colours are perfect and the details and sharpness exquisite.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I hope that you and Gladys have a Wonderful Christmas!

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: Inside the Orthodox Church

    Inside the Orthodox Church
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5278 W: 84 N: 13580] (77500)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-21 9:03]
    Hi Malgo,

    A very interesting note and a fabulous photograph of the spectacular and lavish decoration inside this church.

    The artworks and the incredible attention to detail are amazing here and you have captured them very well in this lovely picture. A very fine composition with lovely light, fine vibrant colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Waiting for mum !Nikon D 5000

    Waiting for mum !
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5456 W: 482 N: 15259] (83056)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-21 8:42]
    Hello Mesut,

    This is a charming shot, so well seen and so well taken too. An excellent "decisive moment" shot, the little boy sitting waiting patiently for his mother, eating what looks like a piece of chocolate cake and examining everything that's happening in the street in front of him!

    A very well composed image with lovely light and natural colours and amazing sharpness considering that this picture must have been taken very quickly.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I wonder how different things are in Turkey compared to Britain? People here have become quite paranoid over recent years and people are very suspcious of anyone taking photographs in a street or a shopping mall. It seems that if you walk around a city here with a big camera, you are immediately thought to be either a terrorist or a paedophile. It's not a nice situation and I would be very, very afraid to try to take a picture of a lone child like this in a street - people could well call the police. It's not a happy situation here.

    Have a Wonderful Christmas!

  • VietnamVietnam
    Title: Just hanging around

    Just hanging around
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3578 W: 301 N: 7729] (40101)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-20 16:49]
    Hello Gert,

    A splendid pair of photographs here demonstrating this fellow's very relaxed view of his work. He should be out with his cutting torch, chopping up this huge artillery barrel to sell for scrap, though perhaps metal prices were not so high in Vietnam 20 years ago as they are here now.

    And your main picture is a fine portrait of this chap, smiling at you while he hangs across the remains of this fearsome weapon with not a care in the world. Lovely light and colours and exceptional details and a very good quality scan too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ChileChile
    Title: Chile&Argentina 2014 nº 49/EX-CONGRESO!Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Chile&Argentina 2014 n║ 49/EX-CONGRESO!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8844 W: 56 N: 11828] (64320)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-20 16:25]
    Hello Neyvan,

    What a very impressive and striking photograph of this fine old building portrayed beautifully against a deep blue sky!

    The composition, light, colours, details and sharpness are all superb.

    A fine note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind regards,

    John.

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Pelourinho,colors and lifeSony DSC HX200v

    Pelourinho,colors and life
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7121 W: 117 N: 13549] (75622)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-20 16:16]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    A very interesting note and a very fine photograph from this part of Brazil.

    The buildings are delightful - the distant old building contrasting well with the colourful buildings on the right and the hundreds of colourfully dressed people in this piazza adding to the appeal.

    Gorgeous soft light and colours, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. The light here is fabulous - could this be a HDR image?

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: ContrastsPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Contrasts
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 0 N: 158] (773)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-20 15:06]
    Hello Jean,

    This is very interesting. Of course, your previous photograph of Scotney Castle was the "classical" view of it which we have all seen several times before, either on TE or on calendars because, as Will (willperrett) would say, most images of it are of the "chocolate box" genre! Having said that, I rather like "chocolate box" pictures.

    But this is a view which I, at least, have never seen before and that, together with your note, makes it all the more interesting. As you say, that fine and majestic old tree stands out wonderfully against the blue sky and it really is the "star of the show", perfectly placed in the frame and nicely balanced in your composition by the ruined walls of the old manor house on the right.

    Fine light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Just one little point. Because I've not been on TL for some time (I really must get back and have a look around sometime), I'm not sure if the image sizes on TL are still limited to a maximum of 800 x 800 pixels. But, as you will have noticed, here on TE you can post pictures almost as big as you want. They are then displayed on "beta" TE at full size but on "new" TE they are reduced to 790 pixels in width.

    Some people are still posting pictures on TE at 800 pixels in width but those images are the ones which appear to suffer the most in loss of sharpness and general quality when they are "shrunk" even although it's only by 10 pixels. Images posted at larger size seem to suffer less on "new" TE.

    I see that you posted this picture at 3500 pixels in width. Even when seen at that size, this one is of excellent quality and it is also of excellent quality on "new" TE after it's been shrunk. The trouble is that some people still use "beta" TE exclusively and so, if you post a picture at 3500 pixels in width, it's impossible to see it all on a screen.

    Personally I've found that if I post images at around 1200 pixels in width they can be viewed in their entirety on "beta" TE and they also seem to be big enough not to suffer too badly with the "shrinking" on "new" TE.

    Anyway, Jean, I just thought I'd point those little things out as I wasn't sure which version of TE you tend to use. And, of course, whichever way you look at this particular photograph, it's a very fine one indeed!

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Old painted façadeCanon 400 D

    Old painted fašade
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6516 W: 236 N: 11286] (75684)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-20 14:45]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Another fine photograph from your trip to Oberammergau four years ago - this time not quite a view of wonderful artistry on a classical old building but rather of a rather worn and tired fašade which is awaiting restoration and repainting.

    Yet your photograph gives splendid details and we can clearly discern the images and realise just how much work and skill will be required to restore and refurbish those images.

    A very nicely balanced composition with good light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Turisti dall'alto

    Turisti dall'alto
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 19 N: 3142] (31488)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-20 14:39]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    A delightful shot of a pair of tourists relaxing for a while on a seat with their rucksacks and bags beside them. But I don't see a camera! Perhaps these are "ordinary" tourists and not photographers!

    You must have taken this from a balcony but it was very well seen and very well taken. Although we cannot see thesee peoples' faces, we can imagine that they are discussing something about where to go next and what to see.

    A good composition with fine light and colours and excellent details.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Winter at St Aubin's Bay

    Winter at St Aubin's Bay
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1586 W: 0 N: 3912] (19257)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-19 5:46] [+]
    Hello Ann,

    This is a place I really must visit - but how easy and quick it must be for you to get there!

    It looks as though you had some lovely weather when you were in Jersey and this is a spectacular photograph. Your composition is excellent, the castle perfectly placed to the left on the horizon beneath a rather troubled sky and with a lovely sheen upon the calm water. I love how the clouds have given a lovely play of light and shade on the ground, particularly allowing some brightness to strike the ground in the immediate foreground - that always gives a wonderful feeling of depth to an image.

    The light and colours are lovely, your composition pleasing and well balanced and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Have a Great Christmas!

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Attraverso la tenda

    Attraverso la tenda
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 19 N: 3142] (31488)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-19 1:37]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Oh, I like this!!

    How clever of you to think about shooting through this screen or thin curtain! With many types of photograph it wouldn't work at all, but in this case, with the two girls standing together in a very wide open space, it works very well indeed.

    A very finely composed shot with the horizontal balustrade dividing the image nicely into "thirds" and with the girls and their shadows perfectly placed. And the effect of the "screen" makes for a very interesting and novel filter effect.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Capraia fiorentina

    Capraia fiorentina
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 19 N: 3142] (31488)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-19 1:28]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

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

    The light here is beautifully soft and brings out all the wonderful reds, yellows and ochres of the old stonework of the buildings beautifully.

    Your composition is excellent, the diagonal line of the water's edge leading the eye nicely across the frame from left to right. Perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Windblown on Davidstow MoorNikonD300s

    Windblown on Davidstow Moor
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1045 W: 41 N: 1925] (13761)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-19 1:16]
    Hello Les,

    This is a striking photograph, made all the more so by its subtle conversion to black and white.

    That windswept tree is quite amazing and, despite its considerable deformity, looks as though it has many years of healthy life ahead of it. That tree, of course, is the "star of the show" and you have placed it perfectly in the frame and the wall on the right and the gap left of it help to draw our eyes off into the distance. I like the little trio of birds at top left as they also balance the composition delightfully.

    Funny thing, camera club judges might make some comment that the photographer could have "added in" those birds but whether or not you did that does not detract from their appeal.

    I like the soft pale vignette, the light, tones and contrasts and the exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Low Sun On Dartmoor.FinePix S4500

    Low Sun On Dartmoor.
    jadesgran Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 499 W: 0 N: 325] (5282)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-19 1:08]
    Hello Gladys,

    You're absolutely right - the light here is stunning! Lovely soft, warm low-angle light bathing the foreground grass and golden leaves and contrasting well against the background hillside in relative shade. And how clever to frame the picture so nicely with those bright red berries.

    A fine and pleasing composition with gorgeous light and warm rich autumnal colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: embraceSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    embrace
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4138 W: 7 N: 6394] (48086)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-19 0:53]
    Hello Brian,

    I am amazed that you took this picture on a focal length as wide as 28mm - it really looks as though you have "homed in" on this view from some distance.

    But, however you managed this, you have come away with a wonderfully "graphic" image with beautiful light and colours. Blue and brown/ochre are almost complementary colours and really go so well together. Your composition is most pleasing and I love the subtleties of light and shade which you have caught very well indeed. And exceptional details here, even at its "proper" size of 1200 pixels wide.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I'm really curious as to how you achived this lovely "soft focus" view! It clearly wasn't something done at the time of taking because the depth of field is excellent, the soft focus affecting both the nearest and most distant parts of the subject. Did you simply apply a soft focus filter in processing?

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Laundry for MesutPentax K7

    Laundry for Mesut
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4967 W: 88 N: 11588] (55614)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-19 0:38]
    Hi Craig,

    This is a lovely and very colourful photograph of something which we rarely see in our western world. People in Britain are just a bit too reserved to think about displaying all their clothes in public like this and I must admit I think that's rather strange. On the other hand, if you live in Scotland (or Vancouver, I guess) it rains so much that there are few opportunities to hang out your laundry to dry!

    The bright pink wall of this building certainly makes a loud statement and contrasts well with the white front of the building and the green plant growing up the wall as well as making a fine backdrop for the lady hanging out her clothes to dry. And the lady leaning out of her window drying more clothes balances the composition very well too. I just hope she's not going to be electrocuted by that huge jumble of cables.

    A very well sen and well taken shot with lovely vibrant colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: The woodcarverCanon 400 D

    The woodcarver
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6516 W: 236 N: 11286] (75684)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1314 W: 396 N: 4991] (20050) [2014-12-18 23:39] [+]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Another delightful photograph from your trip to Oberammergau four years ago with some beautiful detail from this lovely building's fašade.

    A very nicely balanced composition with lovely light and colours and excellent details and sharpness. An interesting note too.

    Were you there for the "Passion Play"?

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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