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  • KenyaKenya
    Title: The Future Looks Grim

    The Future Looks Grim
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2659 W: 72 N: 6451] (29302)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-27 15:14]
    Hello Rosemary,

    Thank you for this sobering photograph and essay. I like the drama of the B&W format for story as somber. Incidentally, you can make the links that you've cited live, so that they open up when you click on them. Thus More than 100,000 elephants..., Poachers can drive... and Save the elephants....

    If you are interested in the simple code that you can embed the links in, please drop me a note at drbtalay@gmail.com Another trekearth member once gave it to me.

    Regards,

    Bulent

  • SpainSpain
    Title: A Story Begins!Nikon D-300

    A Story Begins!
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2962 W: 203 N: 6669] (26629)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-27 14:56]
    Dear Miss Christie,

    There is little doubt they rushed off having sensed danger. Why would anyone abandon a glass of wine half full... or half empty. I like the perspective you've chosen, revealing transparent, translucent and opaque objects all in one frame. And of the course, the frame is gun metal gray in color, around the photograph tastefully placed in a double mat. The sunlight diffracting off the rim of the glass has cast a lovely halo over the shadow of the wine glass.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: A Wound That Can Never Heal

    A Wound That Can Never Heal
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5095 W: 367 N: 10675] (52533)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-27 7:39]
    Hello dear Lisa,

    An unusually powerful photo of a sad scene, emblematic of Dante's "Inferno." Your note, as always, is succinct and informative. It's really too bad that mine operators never think of restoring the land to their pristine forms after they extract the ore. Perhaps a future generation will be able to revisit such scars and indeed heal them.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • NamibiaNamibia
    Title: BraidsCanon EOS 1Ds Mark III

    Braids
    InasiaJones Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1426 W: 152 N: 6229] (31438)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-25 19:29]
    Hello André,

    An excellent portrait of the young girl. The earthy colors of the background complement the photo well. There is a certain innocence and poise in her demeanor. Well done,

    Bulent

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Relaxing

    Relaxing
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2936 W: 103 N: 5061] (22710)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-25 15:49]
    Hello Klaudio,

    The scene is evocative of a set from Mad Max, the chairs and other paraphernalia arranged wllly nilly — only the trucks and jalopies are missing.

    Regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Streets of MilanoNikon D610

    Streets of Milano
    FYZRMZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 19 N: 100] (994)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-25 15:32] [+]
    Merhaba Feyza Hanim,

    Aman ne kadar güzel bir fotograf bu. Demekki geçen ay Milano'daydiniz. Dubai'a döndünüzmü?

    Selam ve saygilarimla,

    Bülent

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: GlowPentax K10 D

    Glow
    Curious_Eye Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 54] (1000)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-24 20:05]
    Hello Izabela,

    A celebration of curves, seemingly made by a very large comb creating the parallel curves surfaces. I like the composition and the vantage point you've chosen to frame this image.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ZimbabweZimbabwe
    Title: MAIN CATARACT

    MAIN CATARACT
    jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7170 W: 179 N: 12540] (52728)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-24 19:57]
    Holá Jorge,

    Very beautiful view of the greatest of all waterfalls. In the film, "The Gods Must be Crazy," the native brings the Coca Cola bottle that had dropped from an airplane and landed in the Kalahari Dessert, and casts it over the "end of the world," into the Victoria Waterfalls. He has concluded that the bottle, a gift of the Gods, brought his people nothing but bad luck.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Asakusa-Samba 2014Canon 1D MKIII

    Asakusa-Samba 2014
    bukitgolfb301 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1589 W: 0 N: 3354] (34508)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-24 19:45]
    Hello dear Takero,

    You captured the moment well, with the Samba dancers frozen in time. They left fee are just off the ground, possibly because their dance is synchronized. What an amazing collection you are given us from your travels around the Tokyo area.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Vetrata

    Vetrata
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2293 W: 15 N: 2772] (27798)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-24 19:38]
    Ciao Carlo,

    Abstract and colorful composition from the Castello di Poppi. It is unusual and evocative of La Lique glass.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Le mélèze brûléNikon D800

    Le mélèze brûlé
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7988 W: 0 N: 13908] (116564)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-23 9:25]
    Hello Nicolas,

    Nature's own sculpture, creating a grotesque shapes and patterns. I see a seated element at the top, the profile of gaping monster on the left. Very effective!

    Have a good weekend,

    Bulent

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Panorama Trail

    Panorama Trail
    mayjayne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 202 W: 22 N: 499] (3145) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-23 9:21]
    Hello May,

    What an artistic juxtaposition of the wintery Alps as the background and the spring like flora in the foreground. This is a lovely composition.

    Have a good weekend, May,

    Bulent

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Back poseCanon 5D Mark‡V

    Back pose
    bukitgolfb301 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1589 W: 0 N: 3354] (34508)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-23 7:33]
    Hello Dear Takero,

    This is an absolutely magical shot, a blurred background of light framed in an arch, then the lovely subject, in an elegant kimono. Having visited Kanazawa recently, I feel especially receptive to such beautiful scenes from Japan. This is absolutely first rate fashion and glamor photography,

    Have a good weekend,

    Bulent

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Regards from lazy holidays 2

    Regards from lazy holidays 2
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4965 W: 81 N: 12493] (73391) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-23 7:30]
    Hello Malgorzata,

    An expression in English calls for "...putting all your ducks in a row."Of course, these are swans and are not expected to be ordered in a linear path. It's a wonderful, heart warming shot from your native Poland (what a surprise).

    Warm regards and have a good weekend, Malgo,

    Bulent

  • PortugalPortugal
    Title: View of CaminhaOlympus E-300

    View of Caminha
    stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4329 W: 622 N: 7074] (22866)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-23 7:10]
    Hello José,

    The large version of this panoramic shot clearly does far more justice than the small version. It gives the viewer the opportunity to scrutinize each square centimeter. As usual, you've given an excellent introductory note.

    Warm regards, José,

    Bulent

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Misty green

    Misty green
    ryno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 771 W: 0 N: 278] (6743)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-23 7:05]
    Hello Ryno,

    There is a magical quality in the photo, with the shallow dugout being paddled gently along the waterway, a heavy mist hanging in the air... the paddler and the passenger unhappily reversed (he should be doing the labor). It's a first rate shot, with the dark shadow of the dugout collaborating with the boat to create an yawning mouth.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: NY ShoppingSony Nex 6

    NY Shopping
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2504 W: 299 N: 1645] (5723)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-23 7:01]
    Dear Rob,

    Now this is an eyeful! Layer upon layer, or perhaps I should say, "level upon level," of people, mannequins, colors... emblematic of New York itself. The presence of the carts selling fast food adds a slice-of-daily life effect.

    Have a good weekend, Rob,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Evening Swim

    Evening Swim
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1495 W: 0 N: 3599] (17851)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-22 23:33]
    Hello Ann,

    You chose a spectacular vantage point to shoot the Pacific Ocean. The late afternoon sun creates deep shadows and shimmering light rays on the water. Now this would be very inviting, but I do remember from days as a postdoc at Berkeley, the sea is so very cold in the Pacific Northwest. How are these people wading in those waters.

    Warm regards and have a good weekend,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: 50s Chevy StationwagonCanon 5D Mark III

    50s Chevy Stationwagon
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 993 W: 1 N: 2501] (10247)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-22 23:28]
    Hello Ray,

    I like the shot of the Chevy station wagon (that's an expression young people would not know). But it is the personal note that adds special interest. I remember the massive chrome bumpers on cars in those days.

    Warm regards and have a good weekend,

    Bulent

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: VDNH ParkCanon EOS 350D Rebel XT

    VDNH Park
    resat1972 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 1 N: 313] (7275)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 457 N: 10385] (34765) [2014-08-22 23:24]
    Merhaba Resat Bey,

    Çok güzel yakalamissiniz bu firsati, islak yerlerde yansimalar, rengarenk çiçek ve çimenler... harika bir manzara.

    Selam ve saygilarimla,

    Bülent

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