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  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Wilderness in Finnmark

    Wilderness in Finnmark
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1698 W: 0 N: 4240] (20711)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 10:38]
    Hello Ann,

    All these pictures I am seeing just now from Craig and Malgo of Lofoten are urging me to travel north again - and this one convinces me even more that this is what I need to do!

    A beautifully simple composition taken in lovely bright sunlight, the snow covered rocks standing out beautifully against the dark sea and a fine sky above. And the image is almost monochrome save for the tiny bright red splash of colour on the roof of the little lighthouse which is perfectly placed in the frame.

    Glorious light, tones and contrasts, spot-on exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Here Fishy Fishy Fishy

    Here Fishy Fishy Fishy
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5275 W: 371 N: 11172] (54693)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 8:31]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    It really surprises me how few people mark photographers' notes as "useful" - because in this case I felt that your note was very much more scary than either of the wonderful photographs you've shown us today.

    Your main photograph is delightful and, unlike Hitchcock's "The Birds", is not the slightest bit scary - in fact, I think it would make wonderful wallpaper for a kiddies' bathroom! The light and colours are divine and I love the simple composition in which we can just see a glimpse of the water's surface at the very top.

    Then we read your note and empathise with your fear - all I can say is that you're a damn sight braver than I would have been - I wouldn't have ventured anywhere near the water - then we look at your workshop picture which clearly has been taken after the event and from above the surface - and we see a rather indistinct yet rather horrid and evil looking shape shimmering in the deep, presumably very near where you were actually swimming. Damn scary. In fact, it's a wonder you managed to hold your camera still enough to take that second picture.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Judging by the clarity of the water in both these shots, your shutter control has been second to none. :)

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The Yellow Umbrella

    The Yellow Umbrella
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1698 W: 0 N: 4240] (20711)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 7:18]
    Hello Ann,

    An interesting note and two excellent photographs (or at least two different editions of the one photograph!) to illustrate it.

    Much though I do like your processing of the main image, I think I have to agree with Les in preferring your workshop (i.e. the original) image as it gives a fine wider view of the environs of Brick Lane and its graffiti. But both are excellent with very good lighting, colours, exposure and sharpness - and your processing work is very well done too!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Crackington HavenNikonD300s

    Crackington Haven
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1164 W: 41 N: 2212] (15431)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 6:14]
    Hello Les,

    This is a stunningly beautiful photograph and has been very well worth the effort and dedication which has clearly gone into making it: I can imagine you having to seek out this spot, set up your tripod, compose the image in your viewfinder, then estimate exposure, lock your focus, pop on your 10-stop ND filter, set your calculated exposure and eventually take the picture! Hard work but at least, after all that, the sunlight still remained to brighten up that foreground so beautifully.

    Yes, a perfectly composed shot with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and wonderful depth. The details and sharpness are superb too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Paragon Of Virtue

    Paragon Of Virtue
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5275 W: 371 N: 11172] (54693)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 5:54]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    Hee, hee, as soon as I saw your title, I was expecting to see a self portrait! But this is almost as good!

    What an inviting frontage this place has: lots of signs and illustrations of sweet and sticky and chocolaty indulgences! There's probably a dentist across the street making a fortune too.

    A very well presented photograph with excellent light and colours and superb details and sharpness throughout. Yum, yum.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I actually managed to find this place on Google maps - if you look at it there, you'll see very many photos of the interior too - you might just be able to see the page if you look here.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Sky and reflections

    Sky and reflections
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4871 W: 276 N: 8536] (70981)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 5:36]
    Bonjour Denis,

    A beautiful scene indeed and one which is made all the more appealing and attractive by its sheer simplicity of composition. A simple seascape, a small rocky outcrop, a beautiful sky with fluffy white clouds and some stunning reflections of that sky in the smooth water.

    Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Fallen #2Panasonic Lumix TZ30

    Fallen #2
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 439] (2258)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 5:07]
    Hello Jean,

    Wow, this is interesting! It's nice that both Gert and Malgo have been able to give you some information about the Polish sculptor, Igor Mitoraj, who did this work. I have to agree too with John (jhm) about the risks of leaving bronze artworks like this around in the open - thieves of copper and bronze are very active in Britain too and a valuable bronze sculpture by Henry Moore was stolen from an area near Dumfries just eighteen months or so ago: the sad thing was that it was probably stolen in order to be melted down for its scrap value.

    Anyway, this is a very fine composition you have produced here with the sculpture very aptly dominating the foreground and with the ruined temple making a perfect backdrop. But, probably most important of all, is the lady standing to the right, perfectly placed in the frame and giving a fine sense of scale as well as some living human interest too.

    Lovely light and colours, spot-on exposure and excellent depth of field and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Back Streets of LofotenPentax K3

    Back Streets of Lofoten
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5371 W: 88 N: 12779] (60642)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 4:41]
    Hi Craig,

    I think someone is trying to tell me something - that I must go sometime to Lofoten! Every time I look at TE I see pictures from yourself or Malgo from this part of northern Norway and each picture is more beautiful than the last one and seems to beckon me to go visit this place!

    It's interesting to compare your snowy scenes with Malgo's more summery views. This is a particularly attractive photograph, the composition being superb with the little stream meandering through the snow covered grasslands and leading us gently toward the few colourful houses nestling at the foot of tall snow clad mountains. The light is stunning, the colours delightful and the details and sharpness, as always, are superb.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Paradise in the Far North

    Paradise in the Far North
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6004 W: 91 N: 15496] (85255)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 4:32]
    Hi Malgo,

    Three beautiful photographs you've shown us and I think you've made the right choice for your main picture - the romantic couple there do add some interest as well as some red colour too! But the other two pictures are also delightful with lovely light and colours and excellent composition and details. I would love to visit this place!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: An Adventure PlaygroundNikon D-300

    An Adventure Playground
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3582 W: 222 N: 8225] (33061)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 4:18]
    Hello Bev,

    An interesting note and a fine photograph! My thoughts are with this little girl - I hated going shopping with my Mum when I was a kid - it was just so boring - and six decades later I still loathe shopping! I've never quite understood why it is that so many people look upon a visit to the shops like some great adventure. I would much prefer to play on these steps and have some fun!

    A very fine composition in which the curvature of the steps on the foreground is a very important feature, leading us to the little girl in red, then to the bottom of the steps and railings up to the shopping mall and the "Welcome" sign above - while her mum at far right looks on.

    Good light and colours, spot-on exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Mentor ICanon 7 D

    Mentor I
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19675 W: 519 N: 33589] (143511)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 4:04]
    Hello John,

    I believe that proper carriage driving is a real art and I can understand why people might find it both interesting and challenging too.

    This is a very fine portrait of this carriage driver - very appropriately wearing his waistcoat bearing the “Nieu Wege” logo - and you've taken it against a very simple and non-distracting background. Despite his broad-rimmed hat, there is still good light on the young man's face, there is good eye contact with the subject and the details and sharpness are superb.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Black Sea Beauties - IIINikon D 5000

    Black Sea Beauties - III
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5766 W: 492 N: 16193] (88536)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 3:56]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    An interesting note and a very fine portrait of this very pleasant looking elderly woman seated in the doorway of her modest house.

    The wooden doorway makes a perfect frame for this attractive subject and the dark interior of her house makes a perfect and non-distracting background. Lovely soft light, fine colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Viale Trento e Trieste - Spoleto

    Viale Trento e Trieste - Spoleto
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10246 W: 132 N: 20333] (129368)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 3:43]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    An interesting note and a fine photograph of a much more modern part of Spoleto than those you have shown us before.

    The diagonal composition is delightful and the sunlight on the façade of the main building makes it stand out beautifully against its background and a lovely blue sky above. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Decadenza

    Decadenza
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3064 W: 22 N: 3602] (38052)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 3:22]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Sometimes, as in this case, a part of a building which has fallen into decay and disrepair like this is much more attractive to photographers than parts with fresh paint and plasterwork!

    A fine symmetrical composition with lovely colours and textures in the old paintwork and decaying woodwork, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: From Owl's point of view

    From Owl's point of view
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 223 W: 33 N: 388] (3147)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 2:37]
    Hello Jasmine,

    What a wonderfully co-operative owl! How patient of him/her to sit there and not move while you took your photograph!

    I amazes me that you have managed to keep the owl in focus as well as the distant view at f/10 on a full frame camera - very well done indeed!

    Like so many fine pictures, it's the light here which makes this one so very special - the way the mid-ground is beautifully lit in bright sunlight while the distant view and foreground are in relative shade.

    A very fine composition making good use of your friendly owl, excellent light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Cusworth Hall

    Cusworth Hall
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 223 W: 33 N: 388] (3147)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-08-01 2:29]
    Hello Jasmine,

    This is a beautiful photograph of this lovely house. Your composition is delightful but what really makes this so special is the glorious light on the façade of the building as well as the fabulously interesting clouds swirling above it.

    Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure, excellent processing work and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. And I see that this was taken with your little EOS M too!

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: 5047 BSPSony A77

    5047 BSP
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1613 W: 128 N: 1269] (19649)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-07-30 4:15]
    Bonjour Roland,

    You have written a fascinating and informative note about this place and also shown us a beautiful photograph to illustrate it.

    Obviously, this Scaliger castle is not only of historical significance but it also very popular with visitors and tourists - as we can see here there are crowds of people travelling in to see the castle as well as many more visitors off to the right. But you have captured this scene perfectly in a fine composition with the empty parked boats making a fine peaceful foreground.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Fisherwoman and her catfish

    Fisherwoman and her catfish
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6004 W: 91 N: 15496] (85255)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-07-30 3:16]
    Hi Malgo,

    Another fine photograph from Å! And what a contrast - the lovely friendly sweet smile of the young fisherwoman and the horrid ugly grimace of the catfish she is holding!

    Three lovely colourful photographs and again we can see the "stockfish" drying on these wooden racks in one of your pictures too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Tracks Across the FieldNikon D-300

    Tracks Across the Field
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3582 W: 222 N: 8225] (33061)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-07-30 3:04]
    Hello Bev,

    Ah, ha, the confessions of a dehydrated alcoholic photographer! And, yes, this indeed is a scene which could have been captured on canvas by Constable two centuries ago though the parallel tractor tracks might have been absent in those days. I'm sure too that Les is quite correct in believing that these tracks were made not at the time of seeding but much more recently.

    Be that as it may, the tracks act here very well as important "lead-in" lines in your fine composition, taking us past the rather regal oak in the left foreground, through the ripening field and off to the distant houses where, no doubt, resides your little pub!

    The light is beautifully soft, the colours true and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: The Bridal Veil

    The Bridal Veil
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5275 W: 371 N: 11172] (54693)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1410 W: 397 N: 5386] (21794) [2015-07-30 2:51]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    I'm not sure who said or wrote it and I can't remember quite where I read it, but I do recall that somebody once stated that there were no decent photographic images to be found more than 50 yards from a car park. I can't imagine that to be true but it does give some support to those of us who struggle to lug heavy photographic equipment (not to mention our heavy bodies) any significant distance.

    I agree that photographing waterfalls can be difficult - but please don't be so self deprecating - in my humble opinion this is a wonderful shot!

    Also in my opinion, it's not so much the exposure that's difficult to get right: rather it's a satisfactory composition which is difficult to achieve and I believe you've managed that perfectly here with the water flowing nicely along a fine diagonal and with the moss covered rock at the bottom holding the whole composition together very neatly.

    And your exposure is pretty good too - O.K., there's maybe a couple of areas of the water which are a tad too bright but otherwise I think it's spot-on with perfect detail visible in both the deepest shadows and also the brightest parts of the image.

    Lovely soft light and gorgeous colours, this is a cracker!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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