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  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Red tower, red men

    Red tower, red men
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4779 W: 360 N: 9997] (51180)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-27 8:28]
    Hello Gert,

    It's difficult to choose between your main image with the pair of men dressed in brilliant red or the photo with the girls pushing their bikes in foreground - the first has eye-catching colour while second has movement and activity in the foreground which draw us into the picture. Both are excellent - and I enjoy the last one of the two children at play too.

    Three delightful and colourful images of this place and a fascinating note to accompany them.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Looking into the domeCanon EOS 1100D

    Looking into the dome
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7672 W: 63 N: 21361] (97519)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-27 8:06]
    Hello Stephen,

    Again a fascinating and informative note and a delightful photograph to accompany it.

    Looking upwards in this tall tower has given you wonderfully strong perspective. I love the mixture of cool daylight at the top and the warmer artificial lighting below and the inner construction of vertical beams and round landings/staircases lends a delightful graphic quality to the image. Can you walk up the stairs and explore the higher levels here?

    Superb!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Schiller MonumentCanon EOS 1100D

    Schiller Monument
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7672 W: 63 N: 21361] (97519)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-27 6:23]
    Hello Stephen,

    You have written a fascinating and informative note and given us a lovely photograph to admire.

    I very much like the strong and bold symmetrical composition, the monument perfectly placed in front of the imposing Konzerthaus. The light is incredibly soft, almost reminding me of an HDR image - if this is indeed HDR, then it has been done very expertly and subtly; if not then it's simply a perfectly taken, exposed and processed photograph. The colours are lovely too and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: maybe ghostsNikon D 7100

    maybe ghosts
    berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7382 W: 201 N: 7140] (49702)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-27 6:12]
    Hello Burak,

    A photograph of this picture hanging on a wall and underlined by a bright red carpet would have been good enough - but the presence of the "ghost", clearly a woman, sweeping past adds a wonderful air of mystery to this very fine and innovative composition.

    The eyes of the woman in the picture are gazing at you while the passing ghost interrupts and distracts from that connectivity. There are just so many ways in which one could interpret this image. I absolutely love it!

    Very well seen and very well taken too!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Il sonno dei Brunelli CANON EOS 40D

    Il sonno dei Brunelli
    fabianoleite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2107 W: 69 N: 2392] (10792)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-27 6:00]
    Hello Fabiano,

    This is a delightful and very well composed photograph, the barrels perfectly placed across the frame and standing out beautifully as they are brightly lit against the darker interior of this vast vault which itself is lit by just a few dim chandeliers.

    The light and colours are superb and I love how the bright barrels contrast so well with the old flaking paint on the arched ceiling. Perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. An interesting note too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Malga Valparola II

    Malga Valparola II
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5243 W: 275 N: 9415] (77117)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-27 5:50]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Another of your fine autumn photographs from these high pastures overlooked by higher mountains.

    The scene is beautifully restful and calm, the fresh green pasture set against a backdrop of trees tipped with warm autumn colours and the imposing view of the distant mountain against a clear azure sky. The fence makes a perfect "lead in" in this fine composition, the old weathered wooden barns are a fine addition but what I really love is the play of light and shade on the nearest foreground.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Vagabundos de GranadaCanon EOS5D

    Vagabundos de Granada
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 892 W: 296 N: 2159] (10369) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-27 5:38]
    Hello Will,

    An excellent specimen of candid street photography is this! And your conversion to black and white adds a wonderful "grittiness" to the scene and to the air of desperation and misery of this little group of homeless people. Their sad mood is accentuated by the dark surroundings and their only hope of cheer is from the companionship of each other and their faithful dog, some meagre food supplies and a bottle of wine.

    A superbly well taken photograph with fine contrasts and textures and excellent details and which conveys the mood perfectly.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The Bluebell wood

    The Bluebell wood
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 41 N: 2350] (16390)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 9:51] [+]
    Hello Les,

    As soon as I saw your title I remembered that you had said that you'd been out near your home taking photographs of these lovely flowers but I see that this is a picture from ten years ago. But what a fine quality photograph it is considering that it is a scan of a colour slide!

    Your composition is both excellent and most pleasing to the eye and the light is truly beautiful. I love how the spring foliage on the background trees is so brightly and freshly lit while the bluebells themselves lie in relative shade. The colours are magical and in no way oversaturated and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    A fabulous photograph, especially considering that it has been scanned from a ten year old colour slide.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I'm actually amazed at the quality of this scan. Perhaps that has something to do with Fuji Velvia but I also suspect your scanner and your scanning technique must be very good too. What sort of scanner do you use or was this done professionally?

    P.P.S. On another technical topic, are you having problems with this TE website? I've been trying to write this critique for about three quarters of an hour - my text kept freezing then anything I did manage to type was totally corrupted. Whether this has something to do with Microsoft Edge and Windows 10 I'm not sure though I have to admit I don't have similar problems with any other website. In fact, I've just had to close down and restart my computer because the task manager was telling me my memory (all 16 GB of it!) was running flat out at 100%. I'm certain (as are many others) that this website causes many of these problems and it doesn't look like the technical people here are going to do anything about it. And that's a real shame because I'm also sure it's the reason so many good members and good photographers have already left - this place is not half so busy or interesting as it was a couple of years ago. Very sad. :(

    P.P.P.S. I hope, Les, that your health is continuing to improve and you're managing to get out and about a little more. And I trust that Gladys is well too.

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: San Francisco Wall PaintingSony Nex 6

    San Francisco Wall Painting
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2957 W: 306 N: 2721] (10616)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 4:40]
    Hello Rob,

    Well there's certainly no mistaking what the message is here. Very bold and colourful, sending out a message to all and sundry! But perhaps there are some other hidden features here which I don't fully understand - is bottom part of that hand supposed to represent part of a gun or a tuba, perhaps?

    Whatever the true meaning of this splendid example of graffiti, you have captured it perfectly in this very well composed and colourful photograph. The bright light and rich colours are superb and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Venetian lights VII

    Venetian lights VII
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5243 W: 275 N: 9415] (77117)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 4:23]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Another lovely photograph from your trip to Venice last autumn.

    Because of the obliquity of the sunlight, I presume that this was taken either in early morning or in the evening, the very best times for photography, because the warm light illuminates the colourful façades of the buildings beautifully and provides glorious reflections of them in the dark and shaded calm water of the canal.

    I love your fine composition in which the people on the bridge and the man on the left are welcome inclusions. The light and colours are stunningly beautiful as are the lovely clear reflections. Perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
    Title: Climbing the dune

    Climbing the dune
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6999 W: 100 N: 17732] (95203) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 4:14]
    Hi Malgo,

    Bravo!! Well done, Grandma!! :)

    Of course, I had no doubt at all that you managed to climb right to the top of this singing dune, even although it didn't want to sing to you this day! This sort of terrain can be very hard work for walking: you take two steps forward and you slide back at least one.

    And very wise to use a mobile to take pictures here - good cameras don't like blown sand!

    A lovely photograph with lovely light and rich colours (blue and orange/ochre always go so well together) and well composed too with other walkers clearly seen scaling the ridge of the dune. And excellent sharpness and clarity too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Ready for departureNikon D 90

    Ready for departure
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2474 W: 1246 N: 2551] (33996)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 4:00]
    Bonjour Claude,

    I wish you a safe trip and a happy stay with your daughter and her family!

    Although I don't much like airports and all the waiting, the crowds and the boredom of the places, this is a very well captured shot in which the background is dominated by the nose of the big Airbus while the prospective passengers, awaiting departure, are beautifully silhouetted in the foreground against its bright image. The tall handle of a suitcase and the just visible chair backs remind us of exactly where we are here.

    Very well seen and taken with good light and contrasts and excellent sharpness and clarity.

    Excellent!

    Bon voyage!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Punta Secca

    Punta Secca
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3701 W: 27 N: 4316] (46443)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 3:42]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    An interesting note and a fine photograph of this old architecture.

    The light is beautifully soft yet brings out the details and textures of the ancient stonework and the flaking paint and stucco perfectly as well as making the buildings stand out nicely against the clear blue sky.

    A fine composition with good light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: What is blue?Panasonic Lumix TZ30

    What is blue?
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 936] (4489)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 3:35]
    Hello Jean,

    Yes, there definitely is something about a bright blue sky and its darker and richer reflection off calm water which seems to lift our spirits and make us feel generally better, happier and more content with life!

    The light here is lovely and the blues of sky and water certainly stand out well in this well composed photograph. I love the framing afforded by the overhanging branches and the light rippling on the water caused by a soft breeze.

    Fine colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Sony A77

    DÔMES
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1760 W: 133 N: 1454] (22651)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 3:20]
    Bonjour Roland,

    A truly beautiful scene from Santorini, the white domes standing out beautifully against the blue sea and with the added rich crimson of the bougainvilleas cascading down the walls adding another dimension to the colour palette of white and blue.

    A very well composed shot with lovely light, glorious colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    Jon.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Postcard from Moszna CastleCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Postcard from Moszna Castle
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3361 W: 91 N: 8561] (35866) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 3:13]
    Hi Mariusz,

    Having worked as a doctor, I always fancied the idea of living in a house called "Bedsyde Manor" but "Castle Scrotum" certainly beats that! :)

    A fascinating note you have given us about this place and this is a beautiful photograph of what reminds me of a fairy castle with its rounded towers and romantic conical spires. You could just imagine a maiden in distress waving a handkerchief out of one of those high windows.

    The light here is glorious and illuminates the intricate façade of the building beautifully, setting it out splendidly against a darker sky. Your composition is both excellent and very pleasing, the colours are rich yet true and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Nr 26Nikon D 5000

    Nr 26
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6046 W: 494 N: 17025] (94536)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 3:04]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    I'm not particularly fond of graffiti but this example certainly brightens up what might otherwise be a rather dingy street and it has obviously been done very well by the artist.

    You have captured the scene perfectly in this colourful, clear and sharp image which is well composed.

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Abstract FlamingoPentax K3

    Abstract Flamingo
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5937 W: 88 N: 14189] (67038)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 2:24]
    Hi Craig,

    I think you might possibly be right: my favourite of these three pictures is the 2nd workshop one too - the one in which one "leg" of the "Flamingo" appears directly coming from the bottom left corner. But that's just a minor point - all of these three images are truly wonderful!

    A very imposing artwork indeed - though I must confess I've never seen a real flamingo that's vermilion - they're usually pink in my view. But I guess that's artistic licence.

    The contrast between the brilliant vermilion of the artwork and the black which dominates its background is superb and really makes it hit you between the eyes.

    And photographically speaking, these three images are all of your usual superb technical quality with perfect exposure, thoughtful cropping and framing and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Palazzo Reale di Napoli

    Palazzo Reale di Napoli
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11165 W: 132 N: 22098] (140815)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-26 2:16]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    A fascinating note about this magnificent 17th century royal palace and a beautiful interior photograph of it.

    Despite the obviously low light levels, you have composed a lovely shot with the huge chandelier perfectly placed in the frame and with lovely views of the magnificent decoration and sumptuous tapestries.

    The soft light is lovely, the colours rich and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pulcinella and the catSony DSC HX200v

    Pulcinella and the cat
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8775 W: 123 N: 16454] (89828)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1622 W: 408 N: 5974] (24362) [2016-05-24 23:22]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    An interesting note and wo wonderful photographs to accompany it. But this also appears to me to have a slightly darker side - the slightly spooky appearance of the figure of Pulcinella, the inscrutable gaze of the cat and the signs, one of which includes the word "purgatorio". So here I appreciate a rather dark side to the story!

    But two beautiful photographs, very well seen and superbly well taken and how fortunate you were too for this cat to pose for you. The light and colours are perfect, your composition well made and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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