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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: neidpath castle

    neidpath castle
    dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 618 W: 0 N: 40] (7279)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-03 13:55]
    Hello Dale,

    Yes, it's a real shame that this place is now closed to the public. It was open once upon a time as I remember visiting it and exploring the inside of the place, but that was probably 20 years ago or more.

    I recognise the place from where you've taken this - from along the banks of the Tweed - and it's difficult to get a good shot at the castle because you are so much lower than it. But you have coped very well here with the viewpoint as well as the dull light and miserable weather and the fact it was taken in late December. Good colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Covent Garden MarketSony Nex 6

    Covent Garden Market
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2872 W: 306 N: 2483] (9632)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-03 13:47]
    Hello Rob,

    Looking at the progression of your shots from St. Paul's to here, I suspect you might have walked the very same way which I did when I visited London last year!

    I must say that I don't quite remember all the mirrors in this place but they have allowed you to compose a rather interesting photograph here. I think I might just be able to see the photographer in the mirrored area on the left but that, the interesting and colourful and distorted reflections, together with the view outside, is quite delightful. You have done extremely well to cope with the very differing light levels and the image shows excellent depth of field and sharpness throughout.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: sunset

    sunset
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4186 W: 12 N: 8416] (43672)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-03 11:55] [+]
    Hello Ourania,

    I always admire people who can take photographs successfully into the bright setting sun because anytime I try it I always seem to be plagued with dreadful lens flare!

    Look at this lovely photograph - not even a hint of lens flare. It just isn't fair! :( I love how the young lady is beautifully silhouetted against the bright warm orange glow of the setting sun and yet we can still make out remarkable detail in her as well as the fishing boat, the fishermen's nets and the distant town.

    Gorgeous warm light and colours, perfect exposure, exquisite details and no lens flare!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Tulips White IICanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Tulips White II
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 20855 W: 522 N: 34610] (150872)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-03 9:16]
    Hello John,

    A fascinating note and a glorious photograph to accompany it!

    I love your composition in which the wide angle lens has very well accentuated the strong perspective with the rows of pure white tulips appearing to go on forever! The light is beautifully soft, your colours are pure and the depth of field and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: A deserted street in KaraikudiCanon EOS 1100D

    A deserted street in Karaikudi
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7611 W: 63 N: 21158] (96797)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-03 8:23]
    Hello Stephen,

    A fascinating and informative note and a very fine photograph to accompany it!

    The deserted street (well, apart from a lone motorcyclist) makes a strong foreground feature, leading us nicely into the frame and allowing us to examine closely the buildings, particularly on the left. The light and colours are delightful, your exposure perfect and the details and clarity are exquisite.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Looking out to distant shoresCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Looking out to distant shores
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3342 W: 91 N: 8500] (35608)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-03 4:05] [+]
    Hello Mariusz,

    As soon as I saw this lovely photograph and read your wonderful and extensive notes, I just couldn't resist trying to do some research here! As far as I can gather, the first plaque was presented in 1968 by Australia and New Zealand together to commemorate, not James Cook, but the Whitby ship workers who built Captain Cook's several ships. Then, in 1970, Australia presented a plaque to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Cook's landing in Australia. Canada presented a plaque in 1978 and finally New Zealand presented the final one in 1984.

    Anyway, this is a delightful photograph, so simply and so beautifully composed, the tall statue on its plinth perfectly placed in the frame against a clear blue sky with the distant sea stretching out to the horizon.

    Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Abbazia di San Felice di Narco

    Abbazia di San Felice di Narco
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11097 W: 132 N: 21904] (140005)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 13:39]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    A delightful photograph of this lovely building, so beautiful in its sheer simplicity of lie and form. You have composed this photograph perfectly, the space in the foreground adding depth to the image and the tall lamppost on the right anchoring the composition very effectively. The two people in the doorway add to the appeal as well as providing a good sense of scale.

    Lovely soft light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Cappadocian Scenes - IXNikon D 5000

    Cappadocian Scenes - IX
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6018 W: 494 N: 16912] (94034)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 13:25] [+]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    What a fascinating note you have written - and a fine photograph to accompany it!

    I presume that those dwellings in the cliff face were laboriously chiselled out of the rock - it is amazing to think of the hard work and toil which must have gone on to produce those.

    A spectacular photograph of this remarkable natural feature modified by mankind so long ago and yet these places were occupied by priests until just ninety years ago?

    A beautifully composed photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Local Parks in VancouverPentax K3

    Local Parks in Vancouver
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5906 W: 88 N: 14103] (66652)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 13:18] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    Yes, it's wonderful to view all your wonderful photographs from India, Peru and so on, but it's lovely also to see some lovely images from your own city of Vancouver!

    So this is where the "posh" folk live? This English Bay looks very well kept - not a sign of any discarded beer cans or cigarette packets (!) - and the view across to the tall white buildings set against the distant mountains is delightful, especially beneath such a gorgeous sky.

    A perfectly composed photograph with gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Meeting a young heart-throb in the next day or two! :)

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: The Cross and CastleCanon EOS 60D

    The Cross and Castle
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3599 W: 25 N: 8304] (30191)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 11:48]
    Hi Noel,

    As always, you have written a fascinating and informative note about this place, a castle which must have been a formidable place of defence when it was first built 800 years ago. An how nice to dedicate this to Lisa whom you spent some time with yesterday! Yes, TE meetings are wonderful, aren't they? I've met around 20 TE'ers so far and each and every one was (and is) a delightful and interesting person.

    And a fine photograph to accompany your note. The massive keep and parts of the curtain wall dominate the skyline and the fence with its "golden" cross makes a fine foreground feature, almost "underlining" the view of the castle. Lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness. And what a gorgeous sky - obviously this picture was taken in a time of better weather than we are having just now!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Where to begin?Panasonic Lumix TZ30

    Where to begin?
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 0 N: 875] (4275)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 11:19]
    Hello Jean,

    Gosh, I didn't know you were an artist, but this looks like a terribly complex subject to transfer onto paper or canvas - taking a photograph with a camera is far, far easier!

    And you have captured this scene perfectly, the line of the edge of the little jetty making a fine diagonal across the base of the image and with the artist perfectly placed in the frame. The complex view of the multi-coloured boats and their trappings is delightful and there's certainly lots and lots to examine in this fine photograph.

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

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BoliviaBolivia
    Title: Essence of BoliviaSony Cybershot DSC-W5

    Essence of Bolivia
    gervaso Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2250 W: 39 N: 3007] (12723)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 10:40]
    Hello Alexandre,

    This is a truly delightful photograph of what I presume is a typical Bolivian lady in her village. Clearly there is some new building taking place here and the countryside does not look particularly lush - this must make living here a very difficult and laborious task.

    I love how the bright red cardigan and shawl of the lady stands out so beautifully against the plain coloured background. Just a little pity that her face is partly shaded but we can still see full details of her face perfectly.

    A very fine composition with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Boulevard de ClichyNikon D 90

    Boulevard de Clichy
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2470 W: 1241 N: 2540] (33878)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 8:36]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Yes, a wide angle lens should be in every photographer's armamentarium and I'm sure that you'll have great fun with it.

    And this is a fine first shot, celebrating the wonderful depth of field you can achieve with these lenses - everything from the nearest table and chairs to infinity is perfectly sharp and clear.

    A beautifully colourful candid shot in which the couple walking towards you are perfectly placed in the frame and balance the composition very nicely.

    Bravo!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Chapelle de Saint-Vio , Treguennec II

    Chapelle de Saint-Vio , Treguennec II
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5228 W: 275 N: 9345] (76665)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 8:17]
    Bonjour Denis,

    This is a beautiful photograph of this lovely little chapel and perfectly composed with the lichen covered stones of the corner wall and its bright flowers making a wonderful foreground feature with the chapel itself perfectly placed in the frame - and all beneath the sort of glorious sky which constantly seems to follow you around!

    Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite depth of field and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SenegalSenegal
    Title: Lagoon's most beautifulSony DSC HX200v

    Lagoon's most beautiful
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8704 W: 118 N: 16340] (89296)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 5:41]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    A fascinating note about this little Bee-Eater and a fabulous photograph to accompany it!

    I love how the background, nicely out of focus, complements the colours of this beautiful little bird to well yet is not in the slightest distracting. The details and sharpness on the bird are stunning, especially in the fine details of its colourful plumage.

    A pity there weren't many butterflies around but this fine photograph more than makes up for that.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Escandinavia 2014 N113 - TVINDEFOSSEN!

    Escandinavia 2014 N113 - TVINDEFOSSEN!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9820 W: 58 N: 13563] (74526)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 5:21]
    Hello Neyvan,

    This is a beautiful and very well composed photograph of a spectacular and very fine waterfall. The light and colours are beautiful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Harry Potter's HogwartsNikon D-300

    Harry Potter's Hogwarts
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4058 W: 238 N: 9171] (37691)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 3:19]
    Hello Bev,

    Oh dear, no Quidditch here for you? I was just conjuring up in my mind images of you astride a broomstick flying through the air over those battlements too! :)

    This is a delightful view of Alnwick Castle, especially with the foreground daffodils and bluebells making a strong and beautiful foreground feature against the dominating structure of the castle beyond. A fine composition too with the pathway leading us nicely into the frame.

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

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Where have all the mobiles gone?Canon EOS5D

    Where have all the mobiles gone?
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 874 W: 296 N: 2112] (10171)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-02 3:10]
    Hello Will,

    Yes, it's quite remarkable to see such a group of young people sitting in a café like this and not one mobile 'phone in sight! Mind you, they all appear to be writing away furiously and I wonder what they were all up to? Interesting to speculate.

    This is a very fine shot. You mustn't apologise for the lack of depth of field because I think this image actually works very well with the foreground people in sharp focus and the more distant ones less sharp. The light, tones, contrasts and textures are just perfect.

    An excellent candid shot!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
    Title: Fairy tale cityNikon D610

    Fairy tale city
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 918 W: 63 N: 1899] (10717)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-01 7:18] [+]
    Hello Daniel,

    I saw this photograph about an hour ago but waited until I could perhaps see a note. I can only imagine that you have suffered, like the rest of us, with a note which has been laboriously composed suddenly disappearing off to somewhere beyond Andromeda when you click the "Update" button. That has certainly happened to me on several occasions and what I now tend to do before finally uploading is to copy all the text of my note just in case it disappears.

    Anyway, note or not, this is a spectacularly beautiful photograph. Obviously others find the place photogenic too as I can see at least one other photographer here standing with his/her tripod.

    Of course, it was completely dark when you took this but the different colours or temperatures of the various artificial lights work very well, illuminating these lovely buildings and making them stand out fabulously clear and sharp against the night sky. Your composition is very pleasing, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The Last CascadeNikon D-300

    The Last Cascade
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4058 W: 238 N: 9171] (37691)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1595 W: 408 N: 5920] (24072) [2016-05-01 5:59]
    Hello Bev,

    An interesting note and a lovely photograph to accompany it!

    I like how you have managed to include at least two other photographers in this shot as they add some background interest to balance the otherwise symmetrical composition of the strong foreground feature of this magnificent fountain.

    Lovely light and natural colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. A fine workshop picture too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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