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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Old CourthousePanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Old Courthouse
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 98 W: 0 N: 287] (1452)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-24 10:00]
    Hello Jean,

    Now, after your last shot, this one has further reinforced my desire to visit Hawkshead!

    What a beautiful old building and I love how you have captured so very well the rough and interesting textures of the ancient stonework. Your shot is beautifully composed and I especially like the lone figure passing through that archway - that really brings the picture to life.

    Yes, it's a pity it was a dull and grey day because it's left you with a pretty featureless sky. On the other hand, don't you agree that damp grey days often really bring out the colours so much better than bright sunshine? The greens especially are really vibrant here.

    And what a pity you didn't manage to get inside this building - imagine that - that really would be a challenge to take some photographs because I bet it's as black as ink in there! :)

    Gorgeous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CubaCuba
    Title: walking the railroad tracksCANON EOS 600D

    walking the railroad tracks
    Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5642 W: 95 N: 8946] (49772)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-24 8:01]
    Hello Gerrit,

    I suppose that railroad tracks are much easier to walk on than rough tracks and they also run in nice straight lines too, so it's probably a much more convenient way of getting around - so long as you're careful to keep an eye open for approaching trains!

    A beautifully composed photograph in which the railway lines lead us way, way off into the distant hazy landscape. The light and colours are lovely and your inclusion of the brightly dressed walkers adds human interest as well as a good sense of scale. Perfect details and sharpness too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Who's Checking Out Who?Pentax K3

    Who's Checking Out Who?
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5128 W: 88 N: 12116] (57848)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-24 7:53]
    Hi there, Celebrity Craig,

    Sounds like you were really chuffed with the attention you received in India from the locals! Just don't expect to get the same sort of reception when you get back home to Vancouver. :)

    This guy certainly appears to be checking you out good style - but there's no malice there - he's just interested and perhaps a bit intrigued as to why this stranger should want to come and visit his home town.

    This is a beautiful capture. Someone once told me that India was the best place in the whole World for taking photographs because of the light and from this photograph I can understand why. Perhaps it is the amount of dust in the atmosphere, I don't know, but there seems to be a lovely softness to the light which is very evident in this image, the man and his rickety old bicycle standing out superbly against the hazy background.

    I love this one: I love the spontaneity of it, the light, the colours, your composition - everything. A wonderful memory from your travels in India.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Street in the old townCanon EOS 60D

    Street in the old town
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6636 W: 236 N: 11531] (77448)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-24 6:24]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    What a beautiful and colourful old town! And you have captured this narrow street beautifully in this well composed photograph, the curving road enticing us to follow it and discover what lies in the distance!

    Your picture is beautifully balanced and the soft light brings out all the bright colours vibrantly. Perfect exposure and stunning details and clarity.

    An interesting note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Postcard from StonehengeCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Postcard from Stonehenge
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 95 N: 7467] (31265)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-24 5:25] [+]
    Hi Mariusz,

    Gosh, 14.50 to see Stonehenge? And 24.25 to visit Peppa Pig World? That's dreadful. Although it wouldn't work for seeing Peppa Pig, have you thought of joining English Heritage? When I retired, I joined Historic Scotland and it costs me just 35 per year - with that I can get into places like Edinburgh Castle (normally 26) free - and I could go as often as I wanted. I can also get free entry to many other Scottish castles and historic sites and I can get into English Heritage places free as well. It would certainly be worth thinking about if you visit a lot of these sorts of places.

    Anyway, although I must confess that I've never been to Stonehenge, I have seen many, many pictures of it and most of them look pretty much the same. But this is far better than the usual pictures we see.

    Of course, you have not taken this on a bright and sunny day - the sky is dark and overcast and the light is very soft and that's what makes this image so delightful as these immense stones stand out beautifully against the dark sky. I like the band of brightness in the sky just at the horizon but it is the lovely lighting on these megaliths and their beautiful textures which I love most. You have also cleverly included some people which not only adds human interest but also gives an excellent impression of the immense size of this structure.

    An interesting note and a technically superb photograph.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: le pannierSony RX100 II

    le pannier
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1576 W: 128 N: 1220] (18965)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 14:01]
    Bonjour Roland,

    As soon as I saw this photograph I remembered this picture which you showed us before! But, although both pictures were taken on the same day (and only a few minutes apart), this is not the same bicycle!

    I love this picture (and I loved the other one too) probably on account of its wonderful simplicity. The bicycle sits perfectly in that gap in the wall and the background is wonderfully simple too with nothing but sea and sky.

    A wonderfully simple and appealing composition with lovely light and colours and exceptional details and clarity.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Tulip time in Istanbul - IXNikon D 5000

    Tulip time in Istanbul - IX
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5683 W: 492 N: 15861] (86660)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 13:50]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    I'm sorry I've been absent from TE for a little while - so now I need to catch up with my critiquing!

    This is a beautiful photograph of these magnificent tulips and what really appeals to me is the fact that you have taken this from a low viewpoint - not only does that give us an interesting view but it also allows us to see not only the lovely light and colours reflected off the flowers but also the light which has passed through these glorious petals.

    The lighting here is superb and makes the flowers stand out beautifully against the deep blue sky and the darker building and foliage behind.

    Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure (in difficult conditions) and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NepalNepal
    Title: Market actress

    Market actress
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3845 W: 313 N: 8376] (42799)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 13:33]
    Hello Gert,

    Not only do you present some lovely and very interesting photographs but, as in this case, you more often than not treat us with a trio of them!

    It is difficult to know quite why this lady in your main picture is looking away: perhaps she is trying to avoid your camera, perhaps she has spied something more interesting than you to look at or, indeed, she might be trying to present her most appealing profile to you. Who can know? Whatever the case, her child seems somewhat less than happy with the situation!

    I can see why photographing people at fruit and vegetable markets would be good - there's no doubt that the produce itself adds interest and colour to the pictures and that's especially true here where the rather bland background allows the eye to be drawn to the lady with child and the bright and colourful foreground.

    The lady in one of your workshop pictures certainly is neither shy nor self conscious as she stares down the barrel of your lens. And I wonder if we would still see ladies working and being overlooked by men or if Nepalese women have gained emancipation over the last 40 years?

    Three wonderfully interesting photographs and an excellent note - perfect uploads for TE.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Collonges-la-RougeCanon Powershot A640

    Collonges-la-Rouge
    gildasjan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4066 W: 285 N: 6255] (41810)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 13:20]
    Bonjour Gildas,

    This is a beautiful photograph of a beautiful place. Your shot is very pleasingly composed with the tall and colourful hollyhocks very nicely balancing the building on the right and with the gate, the wall and the roadway leading us in a diagonal into the distance.

    Lovely light and wonderfully rich and vibrant colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: FableCanon 50D

    Fable
    Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8329 W: 4385 N: 14576] (57724)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 11:50] [+]
    Bonjour Didi,

    Although I certainly don't speak fluent French, I think I have (with the help of Monsieur Google) managed to understand the gist of the fable which you quote!

    And this is a fabulous portrait of a beautiful swan. Even when seen at its proper size of 2,000 pixels wide, the details and sharpness of this magnificent creature are exquisite. The light and colours are beautiful and I love how you have portrayed the swan against a dark and non-distracting background and also allowed us to see its entire reflections in the water.

    Absolutely Beautiful!

    Amicalement,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Casa Romana  Spoleto

    Casa Romana Spoleto
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9967 W: 132 N: 19612] (125647)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 11:39]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    A very interesting note about this ancient Roman villa - and I love the simplicity of this beautiful photograph!

    Not only is it the sheer simplicity of your composition, but it is also the lovely soft light coming in from the left which "models" this portion of a carved pillar so perfectly, bringing out all its wonderfully subtle colours and textures. And that same soft light allows us to see details in the mosaics on the floor of what must have been a very impressive house when it was first built two millennia ago.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IranIran
    Title: Violin Maker

    Violin Maker
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3166 W: 107 N: 5590] (24910)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 7:32]
    Hello Klaudio,

    I love photographs of craftsmen and women at work and I love interior shots with lovely natural lighting - and this is a perfect combination of both!

    I once dreamed of taking up violin making as a hobby - until I discovered what huge skills were required - but it is lovely to see this young lady so delicately working at her bench. I can see that she has strips if wood in her vices on the left being bent to form the sides or "ribs" of the violin and she herself appears to be building up those ribs around a wooden "former" which will later be removed when she builds on the front and back parts of the violin's body.

    Your photograph is beautifully composed. I like how there is so much that we can see and examine in detail, I like the freshly completed violin hanging up, but, perhaps most of all, I love that look of serene contentment in this young lady as she practises her craft.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Mystery Mural ManPentax K3

    Mystery Mural Man
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5128 W: 88 N: 12116] (57848)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 7:21] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    I must apologise for having been relatively inactive on TE of late: I now have a lot of catching up to do!

    I love your note and clearly Klaudio knows a lot more about Indian customs and art than we do, so I respect his interesting comments.

    I'm not quite sure what the situation is here. I suspect that the man on the right has nothing to do with the very impressive artwork behind him and he's probably not the shoemaker having a rest either - more likely just an old soul who wants to sit and rest here for a while.

    Whatever the truth of the situation is, this is a very fine photograph, so nicely balanced yet with lots and lots of things to examine in detail. The colours and light are divine, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Traffic freePanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Traffic free
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 98 W: 0 N: 287] (1452)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 7:00] [+]
    Hello Jean,

    This is a delightful photograph of what appears and sounds to be a lovely little village. But I do suspect that those yellow lines really need to be there - no matter where you go nowadays, there's always some lunatic who refuses to walk more than his/her own length and will dump their motor car absolutely anywhere with no respect for the inconvenience it might cause others.

    You really have caught the light most perfectly here. The light is just of sufficient strength to cast some lovely soft shadows across the walls and bring out their fine textures - but not so strong that the shadows and contrasts are severe. The textures in the whitewashed walls are wonderful and - you've guessed it - I was wondering if I could spy some pargetting here - but no luck. I rather suspect pargetting is not a traditional masonry finish in Cumbria.

    Not only the light, but your composition is very fine too, nice and closely cropped with some lovely "lead in" lines. Not a huge amount of colour, but what there is is perfect and I especially like the sparse greenery at far left which attracts us to the steps which then very cleverly lead the eye upwards to the building forming the roof of that curious "tunnel".

    I love this one and it really makes me want to go and visit Hawkshead.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Tulip field ICanon 7 D

    Tulip field I
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19283 W: 518 N: 33076] (141273)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 4:02]
    Hello John,

    You have given us an interesting note and also a stunningly beautiful photograph of these colourful tulip fields.

    I love the strong perspective as the rows of carefully planted and grown tulips seem to lead off to infinity beneath a clear blue sky. Glorious light and fine vibrant colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Sunset SurfersNikon D-300

    Sunset Surfers
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3390 W: 216 N: 7805] (31293)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 3:21]
    Hello Bev,

    Sorry I've been "slacking" a bit on TE but now I see that you've been posting pictures like crazy during my brief absence so I'll need to catch up!

    And what better way to catch up by ogling this lovely picture which you must have taken either just before or just after we met up in Prestiwick last summer. And, always the sleuth, I see that this one was taken within a minute of this picture which I also thought superb!

    I must admit I'm never happy shooting contre jour (or "into the light" as Claude would say) and I never seem to get decent results any time I try it. But you have managed superbly well here with the water appearing like quicksilver with wonderful reflections and silhouettes.

    I really like how the sails are not simply pure silhouettes but there is still enough light on their surfaces to allow us to see some colours in them.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Swimming With Barney

    Swimming With Barney
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5180 W: 367 N: 10956] (53659)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 3:05]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    From this lovely trio of photographs I can fully appreciate the similarity you perceived between these lovely creatures and Labrador dogs: the natural curiosity, the cute and appealing looks but, most of all, those big dreamy loving eyes!

    Three lovely pictures of which your main one is my real favourite. I can imagine that taking pictures like this of creatures moving underwater in three dimensions is no easy task but you have managed these remarkably!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Spring at Werrington ChurchNikonD300s

    Spring at Werrington Church
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1117 W: 41 N: 2090] (14787)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 2:54]
    Hello Les,

    An interesting note and a delightful and pleasingly composed photograph of this lovely old church.

    You have made the most of a lovely spring afternoon to portray this fine building against a lovely blue sky and the beautiful carpet of bright yellow daffodils makes a perfect foreground.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Mother and child

    Mother and child
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5672 W: 86 N: 14649] (81866)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 2:43]
    Hi Malgo,

    Yes, your word "poignant" perfectly describes my feelings too when I see this lovely trio of photographs.

    The young lady does indeed look both beautiful and charming and her child is utterly adorable. But although they both appear well enough nourished, they still can't hide their poverty as she sits patiently trying to attract someone to buy those rather cheap looking plastic mirrors.

    A beautifully composed and presented photograph with lovely light and colours and also one which really lets us appreciate the plight of this poor woman and her child.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CubaCuba
    Title: Gran PiedraCANON EOS 600D

    Gran Piedra
    Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5642 W: 95 N: 8946] (49772)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1345 W: 397 N: 5191] (20934) [2015-04-23 2:35]
    Hello Gerrit,

    This is a magnificent landscape view, very well composed and with excellent detail and strong vibrant colours. All the elements are very pleasingly arranged within the frame but my eye is immediately drawn to that pale coloured and very undernourished bullock in the foreground - a testament to just how sparse the grazing must be here.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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