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  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Chinese GardenCanon EOS 1100D

    Chinese Garden
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7401 W: 63 N: 20875] (94751)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-06 1:32]
    Hello Stephen,

    I think I like this even better than yesterday's post!
    The pagoda is a great focal point, with its winged roof; it really engenders a sense of light and space,
    You have a good lead line through the beautiful rockery garden, right up to the strongly placed pagoda.

    I do like how you have been able to include the skyscrapers, in the b/g.
    What a strong, rigid contrast they make with the light and freedom of the garden!

    Have a good w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: house

    house
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3967 W: 12 N: 8050] (41090)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-06 1:27]
    Hello Ourania,

    I was concerned when I saw your photograph ... before I read your notes, wondering if the house owner was suffering from alzheimer's disease and need these signs as self reminders. It is a much funnier explanation!

    It's a nice compact photograph, everything well positioned in the frame, without anything distracting. There are some good lead lines and lovely textural details and, of course, the cat grabbing attention, as they often do!

    My cat is in a similar position to this one, as I type!
    What a life of luxury!

    Have a good w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • PortugalPortugal
    Title: The Castle of Arraiolos..IIFuji Finepix HS50 EXR

    The Castle of Arraiolos..II
    adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5695 W: 64 N: 10683] (43807)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-06 1:21]
    Hello Ana,

    The castle is definitely the focal point but you have been alert to the conditions and have used the lengthening shadows to create a very effective staircase to guide us.

    Have a lovely w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Canon EOS 60D

    Borgarfjörður
    chawax Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1392 W: 28 N: 3189] (20362)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-06 1:18]
    Hello Olivier,

    Iceland is the land of stories and myths and you can understand why!
    Even on a cold, cloudy day, the views are awesome.

    You have done an excellent job of portraying the character of Iceland.
    The shattered stone shelf, in the f/g, grabs attention and sets the mood, before we follow the surging river to the cloud covered plateau.
    I just love the wildness!

    Thank you for sharing this,
    Bev :-)

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Postcard from ParisCanon EOS 5D Mk II

    Postcard from Paris
    claudeD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2474 W: 76 N: 1091] (37252)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 11:31]
    Hello Jean Claude,

    You have chosen the perfect position to capture a new innovative shot of the Eiffel Tower! The golden statues are a strong focal feature and make a superb lead to the iconic, second focal point.
    An excellent exposure with clear, crisp details.

    Have you ever been to Barcelona?
    I am sure I saw a similar statue, of the lady holding the birds there.

    Have a great w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • ChinaChina
    Title: Sunset over Li River.Canon EOS 5 D

    Sunset over Li River.
    danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11805 W: 291 N: 23473] (94150)



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    Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2761 W: 157 N: 6196] (25482) [2016-02-05 11:29]
    Hello Danos,

    One of the very beautiful area in China, unfortunately it is over run by tourists these days and it lost its peaceful and serenity. This photo is wonderful and you capture that mood well.

    W

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Larch forest  #4Canon 5D Mark3

    Larch forest #4
    bukitgolfb301 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1802 W: 0 N: 3303] (39566)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 11:25]
    Hello Takero,

    This scene was attractive from the thumbnail and even more so, full size!
    This is Nature at her artistic best!
    The different hues create amazing patterns across the scene.
    I could imagine it swaying and changing in a strong breeze.

    Thank you for sharing this,
    Bev :-)

  • 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: 5177] (43084)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 11:20]
    Ha! Ha! Serge, if it's not a stairway to Heaven, then it must be a coded message, sent by the Native Americans to other members of their tribe! I rather like the idea that it is a Cherokee smoke signal, since that tribe sounds rather grand!

    I'm not sure where you would get a translator for smoke signals! It's not something that I have ever seen advertised!

    Whatever, It is a most unusual occurrence and I, like you, would have been attracted to photograph it.

    Have a great w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Lunch with a viewPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Lunch with a view
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 269 W: 0 N: 780] (3678)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 11:11]
    Hello Jean,

    A very nicely composed photograph has the steep slope of the mountain creating a good separation line for thirds.
    The water, cascading down the slope, makes an eye-catching spectacle and is perfectly complemented by the misty peaks, giving further evidence of its height!

    Have a lovely w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • FranceFrance
    Title: AurayNikon E995

    Auray
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 6215 W: 0 N: 5968] (73278)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 11:06]
    Bonjour Serge,

    I particularly enjoyed this shot for, if you look at other shots from Auray, you will see that I photographed the same bridge!
    It's a beautiful place and a favourite with many that I know!

    The old stone bridge, with its triangular strengtheners, makes a most interesting guide across the frame, with the sailing boat making a most rewarding secondary focal point.

    Have a great w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • IsraelIsrael
    Title: A window to seaPanasonic Lumix DMC FZ35

    A window to sea
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7834 W: 597 N: 14335] (67087)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 10:53]
    Hello Ike,

    Different peoples appear to have been queuing up to occupy this site! It has undergone an amazing number of cultures! What a rich heritage must have ensued, though not always peacefully!

    The villa had an enviable location! It's views over the sea are quite spectacular! You can imagine how much people enjoyed living here!

    The walls have acted as an effective filter, to block the dazzling sunlight, whilst still allowing you the desired viewpoint. Despite the contre jour, the details and textures of the internal wall have been faithfully captured.

    Have a lovely w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • PortugalPortugal
    Title: Study in yellow & B & W

    Study in yellow & B & W
    king Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 58 N: 310] (3033)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 10:44]
    Hello Huub,

    Partial desaturation is a very effective means of making a strong point about a particular colour in a scene. Here, you have demonstrated, without doubt, that the trams in Lisbon are a mustard yellow. It has not prevented us from appreciating the other features in the scene, and the good use of the curved pavement.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Blackrock Castle, Cork CityCanon EOS 60D

    Blackrock Castle, Cork City
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3443 W: 25 N: 8121] (29093)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 10:38]
    Ha! Ha! Noel, I love your notes.
    People taking photographs of other people could go on for an amazing number of repetitions! It's a bit like looking at a reflection of yourself in another mirror!

    This is a a very well composed photograph. The mural of the painter and the fishing boat is a very attractive and colourful guide towards Cork Castle, which I have to say is very well preserved! You know, it reminds me of a birthday cake with an eclectic mix of candles!
    A very fine exposure gives excellent textural details.

    There is nothing in the photograph to tell us about the season. The grass is green, the sky is blue so we could be easily lead, to believe that it is much later in the year! A very clement February!

    Were you surprised by February's weather?

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Athena, view due northCanon EOS 60D

    Athena, view due north
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7834 W: 597 N: 14335] (67087)



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    Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2761 W: 157 N: 6196] (25482) [2016-02-05 8:39]
    Hello Ike,

    Very nice panoramic of the city. it shows just how densely populated the city really is. Excellent depth and details. I can see all the way to the mountain in the background.

    W

  • UzbekistanUzbekistan
    Title: ~ cheeky chap ~Nikon D70s

    ~ cheeky chap ~
    abmdsudi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5132 W: 152 N: 11443] (50420)



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    Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2761 W: 157 N: 6196] (25482) [2016-02-05 8:37]
    Sabaidee Abmdsudi,

    Absolutely lovely the expression of the child is so adorable and priceless. You caught it at the right moment. There is a little shyness and playful and curiosity. The vertical crop is perfect to isolate all else to allow all the attention to the subject.

    W

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Panasonic DMC-TZ3

    Arènes d'Arles
    papagolf21 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12578 W: 879 N: 22558] (95373)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 4:08]
    Bonjour Philippe,

    This is a remarkable building, having survived so much intact for so many centuries! You have provided an excellent, bird's-eye view, perfectly sharp, so that we can appreciate its shape, size and structure.
    Your details suggest that the amphitheatre is being used for a bull fight! I was unaware that such activities occurred in France!

    Have a lovely day,
    Bev :-)

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3253 W: 95 N: 8264] (34549)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 4:00]
    Hello Mariusz,

    This is an unusual, head tilting view of the tavern but it really makes us look at the shapes and the materials and gives a fine impression of the height, created by its many stories.
    It's nice how the light is playing on the various features, giving reflections and shadows.

    Having read your notes, I suddenly saw the leaves of the plants, on the first storey, as spiky fingers, curling outwards to grab unsuspecting pedestrians!

    I remember John having posted this tavern but his photograph was so different in aspect and had a jolly mood.

    Have a lovely day,
    Bev :-)

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Nikon D800

    Forêt de mélèzes
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10053 W: 0 N: 14721] (135990)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 2:48]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    You appear to be having much more snow than us!
    We have only had a few days with snow and it has quickly melted!
    Although I'm not very keen on snow, it does make beautiful pictures!
    I love how it is defining the wispy branches of the trees and contrasting them with the strong robustness of the towering mountain!
    The cool colours perfectly indicate the mood!

    Have a lovely day,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Cripta di Santa Maria in Platea

    Cripta di Santa Maria in Platea
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10813 W: 131 N: 21553] (136545)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 2:42]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    This is beautiful!
    I'm sure it was a difficult shot, without natural light but you have captured the details and the colours with excellent clarity.
    I love how the extending arches, with their patterned details, seem to be acting as a guide and as a frame to the illustrated panel.

    Thank you for sharing this,
    Bev :-)

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: A romantic corner for dinner.Canon EOS 5 D

    A romantic corner for dinner.
    danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11805 W: 291 N: 23473] (94150)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3908 W: 233 N: 8905] (36063) [2016-02-05 2:35]
    Hello Danos,

    Romantic is the perfect adjective!
    Dining by the sea, near the walls of a castle, with these shimmering reflections can only be regarded as romantic!!

    You have done well to collect so many details but, more than that, you have captured a 'mood', [perhaps more difficult.

    Have a lovely day,
    Bev :-)

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