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  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Taranto - Cappellone di San Cataldo

    Taranto - Cappellone di San Cataldo
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9331 W: 132 N: 17975] (116861)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-17 3:39] - [workshop] [compare]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    You have written a very interesting note about this place and also given us a lovely photograph by way of illustration.

    Your viewpoint and the lighting here is lovely but, as others have remarked, there is quite a bit of "noise" in the image. I've done a very quick workshop in an attempt to reduce the noise a little - I hope you don't mind my doing that - but see what you think.

    Apart from the noise, this is a lovely image - perhaps just a pity that you didn't have your "big" camera with you when you took this - I am sure that your D700 would have coped with the poor light and a high ISO much better.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Pole and HungarianCanon EOS 450D

    Pole and Hungarian
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2840 W: 95 N: 7008] (29407)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-17 1:47]
    Hello again Mariusz,

    I was directed to this one from your most recent post and I see that I have also commented on a previous one of yours from this place.

    Just like your other two photographs of General Bem's Mausoleum, this one is a delightful shot which has a wonderfully serene quality to it, probably chiefly on account of the wonderfully calm reflections of the structure in the glassy water of the lake. I fact, I'm wondering if you might have used a polarising filter for this one as we can also see through the water into its depths where the lovely green plants in the lake shine through to add to the foreground interest. The mausoleum itself is beautifully lit and stands out beautifully against the dark and moody sky.

    An interesting note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Tomb of a HeroCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Tomb of a Hero
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2840 W: 95 N: 7008] (29407)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-17 1:42]
    Hello Mariusz,

    Make no apology for the lighting here: whatever the light was like, you have made the very most of it to produce a stunningly beautiful photograph of this very imposing mausoleum to a great Polish man. And you have also written a very interesting and informative note.

    The monument stands out beautifully against the light blue sky and the reflections of it in the calm water are delightful. Your composition is excellent too with the little spray of bright red flowers holding the foreground together perfectly.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Thank you too for including a map - I was able, with the aid of the "little yellow man", to see this mausoleum through the trees from the roadway!

    P.P.S. I see that I have already critiqued the "second" shot to which you refer in your note - I shall now go and write something about your "first"!

  • IraqIraq
    Title: Back into my time-machine

    Back into my time-machine
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3392 W: 298 N: 7122] (37663)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-17 1:12]
    Hello Gert,

    From your title, I was expecting to see a picture of Eloi amd Morlocks but this is a far more interesting one. And how wonderful that you experienced first hand the culture and happy mood of these innocent poor people quietly enjoying some food in the company of their friends and fellows.

    Make no apology for the quality of this photograph - to my mind it is superb - not the quality one expects nowadays from very technically advanced digital cameras, but a timeless quality which certainly captures the mood of these people every bit as well.

    Forty-four years ago your compositional skills were good and you have taken this one superbly well with the men's food displayed in the foreground, their faces all turned toward you and the scene of a part of the town and the landscape in the distance.

    Truly a photograph to treasure as it shows Mosul in far happier times than nowadays.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Honningsvag - North Cape

    Honningsvag - North Cape
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1521 W: 0 N: 3658] (18153)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-17 0:09]
    Hello Ann,

    Another beautiful photograph from your peregrinations into the Arctic earlier this year and a fine note to accompany it.

    This is a lovely photograph, perfectly composed with the shoreline leading the eye nicely into the picture and with the houses, as they climb up the snowy landscape, standing out magically against the dark sky. Fabulous light, fine vibrant colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity despite the fact that it was clearly snowing when you took this shot.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Picnic in the CotswoldsOlympus OMD EM5

    Picnic in the Cotswolds
    trevormoffiet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 200 W: 2 N: 478] (2596)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-16 14:59] [+]
    Hello Trevor,

    Ah, ha, I think I can just remember this place! If I'm not mistaken, I suspect you took this somewhere "over the hill" from here - is that right?

    What a delightful photograph and one which, had the people been wearing some slightly different clothes, could have been taken of a family picnic some 50 or more years ago.

    I really cannot understand why this picture has not had more interest here because it is absolutely beautiful - lovely framing from the large tree trunks on either side, a glorious distant view and the family all gathered closely enjoying their picnic in a lovely piece of countryside.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness throughout.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The  Royal Chapel of VersaillesCanon EOS 60D

    The Royal Chapel of Versailles
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6389 W: 241 N: 11016] (73704) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-16 14:51]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    I remember having been at Versailles over 30 years ago and it is a magnificent place which I would love to visit again. And very well done for capturing the magnificence of this Chapelle Royale so very well considering the poor light and your lack of a tripod (I rather suspect that tripods were probably not allowed anyway).

    The splendour of the beautiful ceiling is perfectly seen here and your symmetrical composition with the pure white columns down either side is perfect. Lovely light, fabulous colours and exceptional details and sharpness considering that this was hand-held.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Jeu de toitsNikon D800

    Jeu de toits
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8056 W: 0 N: 13923] (117264)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-16 9:02]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    What a beautifully graphic photograph, the repeating lines of the collection of roofs making a strong statement and a fine composition. But, for me, it is the lovely light and the beautiful rich warm colours of the old wood and stonework which really appeal as they contrast so beautifully with the lovely blue sky.

    Lovely light and colours, a fine composition and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: ThalassaSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Thalassa
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3960 W: 7 N: 6021] (45633)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-16 8:53]
    Hello Brian,

    I love sailing ships and, as soon as I saw the thumbnail of this picture, Turner's famous painting of the "Fighting Temeraire" immediately sprung to mind. And, once I saw your full sized photograph, I was not disappointed!

    Not only do we see "Thalassa" but also two fine vessels astern her and how beautifully lit their sails are too in the warm sunlight. And what a wonderful spectacle of these beautiful ships against the background of modern tall buildings.

    Gorgeous light and colours, a fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    As with photographs of steam locomotives and old motor cars, images of old ships, for some reason, don't seem to spark all that much interest here on TE - but, for me, well, I just LOVE this!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: An artists perspective of  PorthgwiddenOlympus OMD EM5

    An artists perspective of Porthgwidden
    trevormoffiet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 200 W: 2 N: 478] (2596)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-16 7:22]
    Hello Trevor,

    An interesting note about St. Ives and its attractions and a very attractive picture to accompany it.

    Your inclusion of the artist seen with his painting on the bench adds foreground interest as well as depth to the picture and the distant view is delightful too with lots of detail of the people enjoying the beach.

    A well composed photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • MontenegroMontenegro
    Title: DobrotaCanon EOS5D

    Dobrota
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 277 N: 1236] (6220)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-16 1:42]
    Hello Will,

    A fascinating and informative note and a splendid photograph with which to illustrate it!

    Your composition is both classic and most pleasing, the little boat and its yellow buoy holding the foreground perfectly while still allowing a wonderful view to the distant mountains. The boat is also perfectly balanced by the foreground trees and the little stone jetties on the right.

    But what really "makes" this image for me is the glorious play of light and shade on the mountainsides afforded by the passage of the fluffy clouds overhead.

    The light and colours are glorious, your exposure spot-on with full details visible in both the deepest shadows and the lightest parts, and the details and sharpness are exquisite, especially when viewed at "proper" size on "beta" TE.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Christmas came early...

    Christmas came early...
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 214 W: 30 N: 368] (3011)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-15 16:53]
    Hi Jasmine,

    Hee, hee, this is fun!

    But how very strange that these people should be dressed in Christmassy clothes at this time of year. And what a weird vehicle they're traveling on too. Not quite sure how safe it is either, judging by the dents in it. I presume you have to be sober to "drive" one of these things too.

    A wonderful candid shot, obviously taken on the "spur of the moment" and a picture you certainly didn't want to miss either. Good light and lovely vibrant colours - a picture full of fun to cheer us all up!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: St Macuilin's ChurchCanon EOS 60D

    St Macuilin's Church
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 12 N: 6132] (21434)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-15 9:39]
    Hi Noel,

    A very interesting note about this building and its long and turbulent history. And a very striking black and white photograph to accompany it.

    This is certainly a photograph which works very well in black and white, especially on account of the strong tones and contrasts and the work you have done on that very characterful sky. The framing by the open gates is superb and the old church stands out magnificently.

    Lovely light and strong contrasts, perfect exposure and processing work and stunning details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Toronto SkylineSony Nex 6

    Toronto Skyline
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 299 N: 1690] (5913) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-15 9:26] [+]
    Hello Rob,

    An interesting note and a splendid photograph to accompany it!

    Having also seen your recent "aerial" photograph of London from the Shard, it appears that you are very good at such shots as these. This really is a delightful and extremely high quality picture with incredible details and sharpness, also taken in lovely light which picks out all the details and colours of these tall buildings beuatifully. Your close and concentrated composition is very pleasing and you have been very clever in also excluding the sky which, I suspect, might have been both overly bright and probably also distracting.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Salisbury Cathedral

    Salisbury Cathedral
    miumiu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 670 W: 3 N: 433] (5224)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-15 7:41]
    Hello Agnes,

    A very interesting note about this splendid cathedral and a delightful photograph to accompany it.

    Your closely cropped and symmetrical composition is excellent and I love how the oblique lighting on the front of the building (actually, I suspect that this is the west door!) brings out all the lovely details and textures in the magnificent stonework. Your inclusion of some people, especially the person with the very bright red top, adds both human interest as well as a fine sense of scale and depth to the image.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Selfies at the Giants CausewayCanon EOS 60D

    Selfies at the Giants Causeway
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 12 N: 6132] (21434)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-14 6:09]
    Hello Noel,

    You have given us a fabulous photograph and note which together span the ages - from the millions of years ago when these great basalt columns were formed to the most recent times in which the "selfie" has become a modern craze. Just a pity that Fingal and Fionn Mac Cumhaill hadn't taken "selfies" at the time and we would have been able to verify your interesting story!

    A lovely photograph in which we see the basalt columns of the famous Giant's Causeway in both the foreground and distant view and in which the young tourist is perfectly placed and perfectly seen taking her own photograph with a rather ingenious "selfie stick".

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: The view from above

    The view from above
    wolf38 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4250 W: 108 N: 3237] (30532)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-14 5:45]
    Hello Wolfgang,

    This is a striking and very effective photograph, made so by its simple composition and limited colour palette. The arrangement of the tables and chairs within the frame is superb and the man is perfectly placed amidst them as he progresses from right to left. The simple and very plain background emphasises the graphism of this shot, the light and colours are excellent, your exposure perfect and the details and clarity superb.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: 100 year old TitanNikonD300s

    100 year old Titan
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 975 W: 41 N: 1754] (12733)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-10 12:29]
    Hello Les,

    An interesting note and another fine picture of this wonderful old International Titan tractor and its following plough - this time taken from the other direction but also, I see, with you having again trampled across the freshly ploughed earth!

    This viewpoint really does let us see this wonderful piece of machinery to best advantage and, although your shutter has apparently stopped the vehicle in its tracks, yet we can still see that awesome flywheel spinning furiously - not much evidence of Health & Safety here!

    Lovely light and colours in this slightly "high key" picture with lovely pleasing composition and excellent details and clarity.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. $950 must have been a considerable sum to shell out in 1916 for a machine like this tractor - I've just had a quick "Google" and I see that Ford's "Model T" car at that time cost around $300.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu

    Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5103 W: 367 N: 10721] (52731) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-10 0:36]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    Another of your gorgeous seascapes of the Bay of Naples, taken in the most glorious soft light with fine simple composition, beautiful soft colours and exquisite details and sharpness. The brighter light falling on the foreground rocks really makes them stand out as well as adding a lovely feeling of depth to the whole image.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: A favourite  viewPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    A favourite view
    jean113 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 39] (211)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1267 W: 393 N: 4691] (18884) [2014-09-08 7:27] [+]
    Hello Jean,

    A delightful view across one of the cities I should love to visit.

    Your viewpoint is well chosen - so much so that I'm wondering if capturing this image was perhaps your prime reason for visiting the upper floors of this museum - or was the museum actually quite interesting too?

    A fine composition with all the elements very pleasingly arranged within the frame, with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Not meaning to be nit-picking but I see a couple of small slightly blurred areas here - one in the orange central part of the bridge and one at bottom right - perhaps someone had been putting their wet nose against the window before you took this shot? :)

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