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  • SwedenSweden
    Title: A dull Midsummer's Eve

    A dull Midsummer's Eve
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4899 W: 360 N: 10186] (52022)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-28 3:00]
    Hello Gert,

    It was with interest that I read your note about the Swedish tradition for partying, eating and drinking on Midsummer's Eve but was saddened by the fact that such festivities can end in a very similar way to what not infrequently happens here with fighting and knife crime. But, if the dull weather put a damper on the festivities, perhaps it also reduced the number of casualties. It's also quite poignant to note the two foreign gentlemen working hard to scratch a living here while others relax and indulge themselves - I fear that in Britain, following the disastrous result of the recent referendum, many such honest workers are already facing appalling resentment and verbal abuse.

    Despite the poor weather, this is a fine photograph though there is little sign that anyone's really having any great amount of fun - just sitting quietly contemplating the distant view or each other. Though the two rather cuddly young ladies in your workshop picture appear as though they have definitely made the most of the eating, if not the drinking, and have at least made the effort to wear their garlands.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: The Hague Under HeavenSony Nex 6

    The Hague Under Heaven
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3085 W: 306 N: 3049] (12052)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-28 1:55]
    Hello Rob,

    You have innate ability to use your imagination - something in which I feel sadly lacking - when taking your photographs in museums and art galleries. For here we see a beautiful depiction of this classic statue of a discus thrower, perfectly shown in exquisite detail while on the left is your very own "living statue" and on the right, a rather surreal image including, amongst other items, a chequered cow, perhaps about to launch itself over the moon.

    Your clever use of the reflections in the mirror has certainly paid off in full to produce a fascinating photograph with so many things to look at and examine in detail, stunning sharpness, perfect exposure and remarkable clarity considering that the lighting conditions must have been less than ideal.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ChinaChina
    Title: walk on downNikon D40

    walk on down
    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1812 W: 34 N: 2779] (16845)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-28 0:22]
    Hello Benny,

    A fascinating note about this old central part of a town which around it has undergone development, expansion and development - and it is lovely to see this old part preserved, whether that be for its use as a film set or simply to preserve some elements of the past.

    You have captured this scene perfectly and with perfect timing too, just as the old man passes down the upper part of this stairway beneath the old lamp while the colourful red features on the right balance him very nicely.

    I love the play of light and shade here which you have captured so well, the colours are rich and vibrant and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    I love this one!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BoliviaBolivia
    Title: Death RoadSony Cybershot DSC-W5

    Death Road
    gervaso Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2326 W: 39 N: 3115] (13273) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-28 0:08]
    Hello Alexandre,

    I have seen pictures (as well as videos on YouTube) of this amazingly dangerous road but it is nice to see a more pleasing and picturesque view of it such as this. I congratulate you at having travelled this road and admire you for your courage. And it's perfectly understandable that there must be very many places where it would indeed be very dangerous to stop to take photographs! Did you drive or cycle this road yourself or did you travel with others?

    A truly spectacular landscape in which the meandering narrow road snakes its way along the side of the precipitous mountainside. But the light, the distant mist and the rich colours of the dense vegetation are truly amazing.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Andalucia 16 - 2016Canon EOS 5D Mk II

    Andalucia 16 - 2016
    claudeD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2523 W: 76 N: 1128] (38382)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 23:53]
    Bonjour Jean Claude,

    Yes, indeed, what a beautiful place to spend a holiday!

    This is a lovely plaza surrounded by fine buildings and your photograph has been taken on what looks like a very warm and sunny day.

    Your composition is excellent with the tall belltower perfectly placed in the frame and nicely balanced by the two very tall trees. The light and colours are magnificent and you have done well to avoid any overly strong contrasts. And the inclusion of a few people adds human interest as well as a fine sense of scale - I particularly love the little child at bottom left manfully striding along!

    Perfect technical quality too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Banc de gouilleNikon D800

    Banc de gouille
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10602 W: 0 N: 14918] (141134)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 23:45]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    A beautiful and restful scene of this calm little lake set amidst lush vegetation and pretty wild flowers beneath a clear blue sky. And the little bench is perfectly placed in this image, inviting us to walk but a few paces, sit down, take a rest and enjoy the peace and tranquillity - if the mosquitoes will allow!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: NestledPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Nestled
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 0 N: 986] (4677)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 14:27]
    Hello Jean,

    Yes, it is amazing to think how these settlements were built here on what must have been pretty small and precarious bits of land at the foot of such enormous cliffs. Then, I suppose, the only way to expand was by building farther and farther up the cliff face!

    You have composed this picture perfectly from what I presume is a little harbour: everything in the image is very pleasingly placed, even right down to the tall lamppost at far right which draws our attention and then leads the eye off into the far distance, past the point of land to the far mountain shrouded in mist and cloud while the jetty on the left similarly draws us to the lovely ochre buildings at the water's edge.

    Lovely soft light, fine colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: La scala dei fichi

    La scala dei fichi
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3769 W: 28 N: 4451] (47433)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 14:15]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    You have written a fascinating note about these "prickly pears" but the fruit from these are not the same as normal "figs", are they? I cannot imagine that many people would want to eat these.

    But your photograph is delightful, this stair adorned with a whole row of pots containing these cacti leading us ever upwards to the bright yellow building with its welcoming doorway.

    The light here is glorious, bringing out all the colours of the yellow building and the rich reds of the terracotta pots and the old red brickwork. And I love the play of light and shade on the wall on the right.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelarusBelarus
    Title: Landscape of Belarus

    Landscape of Belarus
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7132 W: 100 N: 18062] (96487)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 13:36]
    Hi dear Malgo,

    A fascinating note and two lovely photographs which are of amazingly good quality considering that this wasn't your "good" camera and also that you were shooting through the window of the aeroplane.

    But, Gosh, it is flat! And that very low cloud is quite remarkable, as well as pretty.

    Yes, two lovely photographs, both with excellent details and clarity, but I think I prefer your workshop photograph as the colours in it just appear a bit more true to life - though maybe with the low sun on your approach, the colours really were as rich as this.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: tic tac toe

    tic tac toe
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4303 W: 12 N: 8671] (45002)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 13:27]
    Hello Ourania,

    Of course we call this game "Noughts and Crosses" but it certainly seems to be concentrating the minds of these young dancers while the others are off having their official photographs taken. But I'll bet that the official photographs don't have quite the spontaneity or charm of this one!

    You have caught this moment perfectly in a very fine photograph, full of life and, on account of the lovely soft light, glorious rich colours too. And, as always, exquisite details and clarity.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Reflections of RotterdamSony DSC HX400v

    Reflections of Rotterdam
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6117 W: 53 N: 10183] (36234)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 8:50]
    Hello Lars,

    A fascinating note and a delightful photograph to accompany it!

    I remember that there was quite a vogue a while ago for presenting photographs of reflections "flipped" or rotated through 180░ and Gert's brother, Gunnar, showed us quite a few of his two or three years ago.

    The colours here are wonderfully rich and vibrant and the soft ripples on the water have given the image a wonderfully "Impressionist" look. Beautiful soft light, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Study HeadsSony Nex 6

    Study Heads
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3085 W: 306 N: 3049] (12052)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 7:56]
    Hello Rob,

    You have written a fascinating and informative note about van Dyck, Rubens and their work and shown us a beautiful photograph.

    As Gert so correctly says, this young lady's painting appears to be of remarkably high quality, the colours, forms and contrasts so perfectly matching those of the original on the wall on the right.

    I love how you have obviously used quite a wide aperture to show the young artist and her work clearly and sharply against a nicely out of focus background. Lovely soft light, fine natural colours, perfect composition and exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwedenSweden
    Title:

    Escandinavia 2014 N118 - VARM KV─LL!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9876 W: 58 N: 13660] (75110)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 7:41]
    Hello Neyvan,

    Gert (holmertz) showed us a photograph of summer weather in Stockholm just a day or two ago but this is a fabulous photograph taken on a warm evening with the sun low down in the sky.

    The warmth of the sunlight is remarkable, making this photograph look almost like a painting of one of the Old Masters, with people sitting relaxing while their faces are illuminated by the warm sun.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Montefalco

    Montefalco
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11275 W: 132 N: 22374] (142095)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 6:50]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    An interesting note and a truly magnificent photograph to accompany it!

    Taken at just the right time, that sky is stunningly beautiful and the buildings, seen across the wide expanse of the piazza, are beautifully lit in warm artificial light. A very fine composition with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: They have done it!Nikon D 90

    They have done it!
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2477 W: 1246 N: 2569] (34096)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 6:38]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Oh Dear! Quel Dommage! What a Bloody Mess!

    Do not just feel pity for the English - feel pity for the Scottish people too who will no doubt soon be dragged into another Scottish independence referendum and the whole of the United Kingdom will collapse and fragment and 300 years of the Union will disappear down the toilet.

    "WiFi Here" is the only truth told by this poster which you have captured very appropriately in this fine bold composition. A very apt photograph and an excellent note too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Reflections by the Nouveau RicheNikon D-300

    Reflections by the Nouveau Riche
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4157 W: 241 N: 9350] (38471)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 6:01]
    Hello Bev,

    A very fine photograph of these reflections in this amazing Rolls Royce and an interesting note to accompany it!

    Lovely soft light and colours, fabulous reflections and excellent details and sharpness.

    I think I might just post a picture of my own from here!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: In the St. James's Park (For Burak)

    In the St. James's Park (For Burak)
    serp2000 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3483 W: 76 N: 5269] (44069)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-27 3:17]
    Hello Serghei,

    An interesting note and a lovely photograph to accompany it!

    The light here is beautifully warm, lighting up the fašade of this beautiful building and making it stand out against its darker surroundings. The reflections on the calm water are lovely. What a gorgeous place to be able to work in the middle of London!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: UmbrellaSony Nex 6

    Umbrella
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3085 W: 306 N: 3049] (12052)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-26 11:00]
    Hello Rob,

    A fascinating note, especially about the artist Richard Pousette-Dart and his works and thoughts.

    But, like you, I am amazed that this group of young people were allowed in this gallery with an umbrella, the perfect weapon people might use to damage art works.

    But this is a very fine photograph, particularly as the light levels here do not look good and the image shows very little in the way of noise. The group are nicely gathered around the painting, the girls, as you say, studying it while the boys seem more intent on either talking or simply admiring the girls.

    A perfect capture of a brief moment in time with well managed light, good colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.


  • GreeceGreece
    Title: the island of Artemis

    the island of Artemis
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4303 W: 12 N: 8671] (45002)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-26 10:42]
    Hello Ourania,

    How nice that these traditions are still passed down to future generations and that young people can be aware of and enjoy their culture.

    You have captured this moment perfectly with the children in their brightly coloured clothes perform in front of a group of what, I presume, are admiring and proud parents.

    A very fine and pleasingly composed photograph with lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness. And I like very much how, at the top of the picture, we see a hilltop overlooking this school.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Artist City HallCanon 7 D

    Artist City Hall
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21102 W: 522 N: 34910] (152232)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1657 W: 408 N: 6044] (24654) [2016-06-26 10:20]
    Hello John,

    The art exhibition sounds like a wonderful thing to see and you have taken advantage of the situation by taking this very fine photograph of an artist.

    Your use of a wide aperture has made the man stand out beautifully sharp against a nicely out of focus background and we can see every detail in his complexion and his magnificent beard. The light is beautifully soft, the colours natural and the details and sharpness exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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