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  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Matterhorn under the Milky Way

    Matterhorn under the Milky Way
    Arcamenel Silver Star Critiquer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 8] (842)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-09 21:06]
    Bonjour Gilles,

    What a spectacular panorama. I can imagine van Gogh would have loved this image, but where would he have gone with it. What were the settings on your camera?

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: YSony DSC HX200v

    Y
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8436 W: 117 N: 16000] (87220)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-09 21:03]
    Ciao Luciano,

    You had an amazing vantage point to shoot this photo. The maze-like image of stairs, however, requires close scrutiny to figure out what is up and what is down. Effectively, it is a puzzle.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Statue of DionysusCanon EOS 60D

    Statue of Dionysus
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7873 W: 597 N: 14390] (67291)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-09 8:02]
    Hello Ike,

    Whenever I see photos of archaeological relics, art or ruins, I am immediately moved! You have given a number of superb examples both from Israel and from Greece. The statue of Dionysus is beautifully photographed. And I like very much that it was not beheaded during the Iconoclastic Movement of the early Church. It must have been buried somewhere and the clergy could not get to it.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Don't Say Me About Stairway To Heaven

    Don't Say Me About Stairway To Heaven
    serp2000 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3404 W: 76 N: 5182] (43110)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-09 7:57]
    Dear Serghei,

    I think it is a great title for the unusual "ladder of clouds." The scene is spectacular, and it does not surprise me that you captured it.

    Incidentally, since you've visited me at home, see if you recognize the scene from the last photo I posted, "Green, green leaves..."

    Warm regards to the Urals,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Drama over the SeaNikon D-300

    Drama over the Sea
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3920 W: 237 N: 8931] (36183)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-09 5:14] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    This is indeed a dramatic scene with a sunburst effect over Morecambe Bay. The sharp silhouette of branches on the left edge adds depth, but I wonder if it would not have been useful to lighten the foreground slightly. I am posting a workshopto demonstrate what I am suggesting, in gratitude for letting me use your photo of the dome of the Dumo. I will certainly give you credit in the lecture, on a cruise in Australian waters next week.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Sikh Nuova Deli

    Sikh Nuova Deli
    cristina1 Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 79] (545)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-08 19:16]
    Hello Christina,

    The portrait of the Sikh you've presented certainly exudes an independence of spirit and personality. It is sharp, well composed and well exposed. With his hypnotic gaze, he is gracious to accommodate the photographer. the five-k's that you mention are very interesting.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Laundry DayFuji Finepix S9500

    Laundry Day
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5943 W: 494 N: 16689] (92414)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-08 14:59]
    Merhaba sevgili Mesut,

    Demek ki camasir gunu cekmissin bu fotografi. Oyle bir gunun oldugunu biliyorum, ama haftanin Sali, Persembe veya Cuma günlerinin birisi oldugunu saniyorum, tam hatirliyamiyorum. Herhalde 19.cu asirda insaa edilen evlerin biri, ama tamirata ihtiyaci olan bir ev.

    Sevgi ve saygilarimla,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Caring for FlorenceNikon D200

    Caring for Florence
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3920 W: 237 N: 8931] (36183)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-08 9:05] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    I love this unusual shot of Brunelleschi's magnificent creation, the great dome of the Duomo. But, where were you standing (or floating) to take the shot, perhaps atop Giotto's Tower. For me, it is the scale offered by the visitors at the base of the "lantern" of the cupola, that is most useful. If you don't mind, I will use this beauty in a slide show on Leonardo's contribution. At 19, he was assigned the project of placing the 8-ft diameter gilded ball on top of the lantern. Employing exterior hoists similar to those used by Brunelleschi, Leonardo achieved the task, and in the process acquired a lifelong love of gadgetry. I already have a photo showing the view from the top that I sometimes use in my talks — the actual the view that Leonardo had when he was working. But the scale offered by this photo is far better.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SlovakiaSlovakia
    Title: Pink and redCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    Pink and red
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4462 W: 338 N: 9625] (49030)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-08 8:46]
    Greetings Gert,

    The title you composed for the photo initially threw me off. "Where's the red?" I asked, until I noticed, along with the spherical pink balloons, was the hemispherical red hat of the would-be shopper. Wonderful slice-of-daily-life photo from Bratislava, which I've never visited.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Castle...Canon EOS 30D

    Castle...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6027 W: 157 N: 8767] (93911)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-08 8:41]
    Witaj Krzysztof,

    You've presented an unusual image of the celebrated Neuschwanstein Castle. Most touristic views of it show it in an organic view, fitting so beautifully into the hills. Here you've shown us the realistic, tourists' view, with visitors entering and exiting the edifice. And you've provided us all with an excellent note.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: The Italian sceneCanon PowerShot G1 X

    The Italian scene
    dkmurphys Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4329 W: 83 N: 7305] (55955)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-08 8:37]
    Hello Daniel,

    This photo could be celebration of globalization, with the Pizza, Vespa, the Union Jack (on the rear fender) and of course, its location, Stockholm. Accompanying an image I sent from the Ukraine a few years ago, Globalization, I had written an extensive note celebrating the phenomena. It might be useful for your excellent photo also.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: The New ER AdditionNikon Coolpix AW100

    The New ER Addition
    mcmtanyel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2633 W: 133 N: 5401] (19787)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-08 8:31]
    Merhaba Murat Bey,

    Your light management in this late hour scene was entirely first rate. the colors a vivid, and the impressive depth of field allows one to read the license plate on the car and the "Emergency" sign in the distance.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • CanadaCanada
    Title:

    Lumière Magique II
    Gigidusud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1536 W: 0 N: 2954] (19951)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-08 8:25]
    Bonjour Gigi,

    The magical colors you've captured creates an unforgettable scene in this image of the Richelieu River in Marseille. The owners of the white building on the opposite shore should purchase rights to this photo, offering the price of a new car.

    Magnificent photograph, dear Gigi,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Washington Street Life

    Washington Street Life
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2578 W: 297 N: 1843] (6589)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-08 8:18]
    Hello Rob,

    I love this shot from "my backyard." This must have been shot when you and Lars came to Washington, DC. The woman pausing at the intersection, the finger pointing at her in the poster behind her, the trump-playing performer, his prominent American flag. (Of course, you shot it on the 11th of July and just a week earlier was the "Fourth of July," commemorating the day of American independence from England.)

    Warm regards, Rob,

    Bulent

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Alacati Street Scene

    Alacati Street Scene
    cankorman (10)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-07 9:14]
    Hello Can,

    Welcome to Trekearth. It behooves me to tell you that this is a highly addictive site in cyberspace. I like this unusual shot you've used in your debut, a street scene showing an assortment of marine paraphernalia suspended above the street. Colors, resolution and depth-of-field are first rate.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: T(h)ree of a kindSony Alpha 77

    T(h)ree of a kind
    king Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 58 N: 341] (3163)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-07 8:58]
    Hello Huub,

    Interior decorators tell us that when artwork is to be displayed on a wall, make it an odd number. You have intuitively adhered to that principle of odd numbers.

    This is a wonderful shot. I see from your profile page, that you are an educator, just as I am.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Tous ensemblesLumix Digital Camera

    Tous ensembles
    besnard Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4608 W: 63 N: 9333] (55846)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-07 8:34]
    Bonsoir Nicole,

    This must be laundry day in Venice, a view that most tourists do not see. Narrow alleyways off the beaten track are some of the most attractive sites in the beautiful city. Thank you for sharing this image.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Panasonic DMC-TZ3

    Arènes d'Arles
    papagolf21 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12605 W: 879 N: 22609] (95625)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-07 8:29]
    Bonjour mon ami, Philippe,

    Like a miniature model of a bull-fighting arena, you have presented this beautiful photo in Elancourt. The light colors of the building are beautifully highlighted by the red padding on the fence encircling the grounds of the arena.

    Warm regards, dear friend,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Norcia

    Norcia
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10843 W: 131 N: 21600] (136829)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-07 7:45]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    All of your photos of Perugia are good, but this one to me special with the unusual lighting. And it is fresh — shot on 5 February, posted on 6 February. Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ChileChile
    Title: Casino Espanol, a Spanish splurgeCanon PowerShot S1 IS

    Casino Espanol, a Spanish splurge
    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2806 W: 17 N: 6148] (26708)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6374 W: 472 N: 11195] (37861) [2016-02-07 7:42]
    Hello Paul,

    The sharp and colorful photo shows the Moorish style, something I noted also in perusing the photo. My personal exposure to Chile consisted of visiting Santiago and Valparaiso. You have enlightened me and many others to the sites of the beaten track.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

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