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  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Serenity

    Serenity
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6047 W: 494 N: 17031] (94562)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-29 0:21]
    Merhaba Mesut,

    This photograph records the sort of activity that must have taken place for centuries. A mother carefully watching whilst her children play and experience the pleasures of nature. It's unrehearsed and quite beautiful.
    Strangely, the tiny dot of a ship, on the horizon, is eye-catching and gives that sense of depth.
    Maybe a crop of some sky, to put the horizon on the thirds line, would have given an even better composition.

    Have a great Sunday,
    Bev :-)

  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
    Title: Souvenir from Turkistan

    Souvenir from Turkistan
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7006 W: 100 N: 17749] (95249)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-29 0:15]
    Hello Malgo,

    I have missed so many photographs whilst I have been away and have enjoyed 'catching up'.
    I chose this one because it has a very special mood. The two ladies, in traditional dress, holding hands and supporting the peacock, are quite charming. They are friends and together support Nature; wonderfully symbolic!
    They make a pleasing statement on their own, yet we also have the wonderful b/g of the mausoleum and all in clear details.
    I most enjoyable and informative photograph.

    Have a lovely Sunday,
    Bev :-)

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Between two regattasCanon EOS 60D

    Between two regattas
    jemaflor Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9785 W: 378 N: 8424] (96057)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-29 0:06]
    Hello Jean,

    I cannot help but perceive these boats as soldiers lined up for battle! I suppose, in a regatta, they are doing battle so the imagery is appropriate.
    A lovely, clear photograph, details the yachts with their flying pennants, set against a blue sky and blue water.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Buddah procession #2Canon 1DX

    Buddah procession #2
    bukitgolfb301 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1867 W: 0 N: 3377] (41056)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-29 0:02]
    Hello Takero,

    You reveal some amazing festival details which would be quite unknown to us without this insight.
    I love the pageantry which keeps alive ancient ceremonies and beliefs. Long may they continue!
    An excellent example of shallow dof, which gives crisp details of the focal character but still has exciting b/g information to clarify the setting.

    Have a lovely Sunday,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Madonna delle Lacrime

    Madonna delle Lacrime
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3704 W: 27 N: 4320] (46475)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 23:57]
    Hello dear Carlo,

    So, we have two TE contributors who have just visited Sicily. I recently saw a photograph by Paul.

    Like you, I would have imagined that the old buildings would have been of most interest but this is spectacular and just had to be photographed! It reminds me of the pleated skirts worn by Greek soldiers but on a huge basis!
    I think you were right to go for a central, symmetrical composition because of the regularity of the building. It's a fine, sharp exposure. I love the unusual detail of the cross on the apex.

    Have a lovely Sunday,
    Bev :-)

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Shopping HeavenCanon EOS 1100D

    Shopping Heaven
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7673 W: 63 N: 21366] (97545)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 23:50]
    Hello Stephen,

    What a store and what a composition!
    I love how you have emphasised the circular nature of the design.
    It resembles a huge dart board, yet it has 3D depth.

    Thanks for sharing this,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Panorama da Taormina

    Panorama da Taormina
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3704 W: 27 N: 4320] (46475)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1625 W: 408 N: 5977] (24386) [2016-05-28 14:16]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Wow! This could be a photograph from a holiday brochure as it's the perfect scene to attract people to this part of Sicily.

    What more could one ask for in a holiday? Warm sunshine, blue sea and sky, a gorgeous coastline, beautiful scenery with flowers - and some ancient history thrown in for good measure.

    A spectacular view, perfectly captured with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • LuxembourgLuxembourg
    Title: Water reflections 43Canon EOS 5D Mk II

    Water reflections 43
    claudeD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2510 W: 76 N: 1125] (38140)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 14:01]
    Hello Jean Claude,

    I remember visiting this place and what a wonderful reminder you have provided!
    The Alzette looks particularly still on this day, allowing you to take a photograph where the reflections are as clear as those from a mirror!
    A beautifully composed photograph which uses the the guide of the bridge to great effect.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: View of DenteCanon PowerShot S1 IS

    View of Dente
    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2958 W: 17 N: 6486] (28251)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 13:56]
    Hello Paul,

    I have always thought that Sicily would be an interesting place to visit, thanks for this!

    The car is actually very important as a reference point, to create the sense of depth to the house below, which are built like steps up the hillside. It's a picture which defines the individuality of the region, with its closely connected houses and pastel colours.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • HungaryHungary
    Title: An unjustifiably gritty photo

    An unjustifiably gritty photo
    GyurMaster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 118 W: 3 N: 294] (3165)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 13:48]
    Hello Gyorgy,

    This is a lovely shot, full of interest, particularly from the sky. The clouds look to have created a circle as if to encapsulate the sun, which has then proceeded to send out spears of light!


    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Castelluccio

    Castelluccio
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11168 W: 132 N: 22108] (140853) *



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 13:34]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    This is an outstanding capture of the Umbrian countryside!
    Utterly beautiful!
    The fields, with their masses of wild flowers and red bushes, undulating as far as the white topped mountains, are quite stunning! I find the whole scene quite breath-taking!

    Thank you for sharing this.
    It will have to go straight into my favourites.
    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Dans les champsNikon D800

    Dans les champs
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10487 W: 0 N: 14865] (140072)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 13:28]
    Hello Nicolas,

    These wild poppies are so vivid!
    They make a strong, visual statement amongst the whites and yellows of the surrounding wild flowers.
    I like how you have concentrated on the poppies, giving them the sharp focus, whilst the other flowers create the useful blurred b/g.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: SirmioneNikon D70 S

    Sirmione
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 6535 W: 0 N: 6512] (77401)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 13:24]
    Bonjour Serge,

    Your photograph reveals the tremendous strength and awesome construction of these fortifications! They look truly formidable!
    I like how you have concentrated on the repeating towers to create this mood. The towers are pin sharp, showing strong contrasts of their textural surfaces.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Evening at Cales Fonts, MenorcaCanon EOS 5D Mark II

    Evening at Cales Fonts, Menorca
    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1625 W: 408 N: 5977] (24386) *



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 13:15] [+]
    Hello John,

    What a fine shot!
    I can't understand why you have had it under wraps for so long!
    The long time exposure has really captured the possible light to great effect! The buildings look gilded whilst the reflections across the water look like flames! And what a contrast they make with the dark hues of the sky!
    I keep being drawn to the single tree, silhouetted against the sky. It's a most eye-catching feature!
    A very well composed photograph and with such clarity! I'm proud of you, taking a tripod to Spain!

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)
    Thank you for your warm critique of my photograph. But, I have to tell that Len didn't come. I went with a close friend whose husband was too ill to travel.
    Have you made any definite arrangements to meet Craig?

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Quiet lifeSony DSC HX200v

    Quiet life
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8778 W: 123 N: 16463] (89862)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 13:06]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    Apart from the use of colour photography, this scene could have been one taken centuries ago! There is nothing to define the 21st century! Even the speed of movement doesn't equate with modern times ... as you refer to with regard to most of Naples!
    It's a beautifully composed photograph, giving excellent linear perspective, as well as interesting peripheral details. The two monks are a great focal point, providing a fine scenario.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: For King and Country

    For King and Country
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4782 W: 360 N: 10008] (51216)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 12:58]
    Hello Gert,

    A most interesting note to accompany your equally interesting photograph. It's a pity that the day was so wet for this happy, outdoor celebration but when bubbles are raining down, the atmosphere can only be light hearted!

    You are quite close to this girl, displaying her orange scarf, yet she is totally unaware of your presence, which I think helps the mood of the shot; she appears quite hypnotised by the bubbles! Love her position in the frame, too!
    Despite the weather, you have given us a clear and well saturated photograph.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)
    p.s. Bosch seems much more humorous celebrating King's Day!

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Pacific Beach GamesSony Nex 6

    Pacific Beach Games
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2961 W: 306 N: 2732] (10660)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 12:45]
    Hello Rob,

    Is this a case of, 'Look at me! Count my rippling muscles!'
    I hope you pointed out that in Scotland just one man tosses a caber, not three!

    Joking aside, this is a very different photograph!
    The men, with their bronzed bodies and colourful shorts, make strong images against the dull-green, blurred background.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • LuxembourgLuxembourg
    Title: Clervaux in the MirrorSony DSC HX400v

    Clervaux in the Mirror
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5991 W: 53 N: 9996] (35334)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4090 W: 239 N: 9222] (37927) [2016-05-28 12:39]
    Hello Lars,

    I'm glad you explained the figure.
    How sad he insisted on intruding; a sideways step would have been all that was necessary!
    Never mind, apart from the unwelcome face, this is a very well composed photograph. The path makes a pleasing guide around the building, which is extremely well exposed; I'm sure it would be possible to count each individual stone!
    The glimpse of another eye-catching building helps to create a fine sense of depth and perspective.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Aqua TowerPentax K3

    Aqua Tower
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5939 W: 88 N: 14191] (67060)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1625 W: 408 N: 5977] (24386) [2016-05-28 7:41]
    Hi Craig,

    Two fabulous photographs which hark back to your earlier days when modern architectural photography was your main theme.

    I like this one with the modern Aqua Tower reminding me more of a CD rack than of ocean waves, but that's probably just down to my lack of imagination. Your close viewpoint and use of your wide "city" lens has given lovely strong perspective and I like how the upper reaches of the tower are starting to blend into the fog and mist. And, despite the soft light and fog, you have come away with some lovely contrasts and textures.

    But, do you know something? On balance I definitely prefer your workshop picture with the tops of the tall towers - and those in the background - swathed in mist and fog. I simply love that one! For me, that fog would have made my day and I would have been happy snapping away at it all day long! Perhaps you already have enough fog in Vancouver but I'll guess you'll probably see plenty of it in Scotland too.

    Brilliant!

    Cheers,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: devanture originale

    devanture originale
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 0 N: 6131] (36787)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1625 W: 408 N: 5977] (24386) [2016-05-28 6:30]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    This kind of store wouldn't interest me but I know that you ladies can never have enough handbags or pairs of shoes - my wife would love this place! And I can imagine this shop is quite expensive too!

    You have presented this photograph superbly in a fine bold and strong composition with the handbags and shoes prominent in front of the background of, presumably, old vinyl records.

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

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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