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  • CanadaCanada
    Title: St-Lawrence River

    St-Lawrence River
    poutpout Silver Star Critiquer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 6] (810)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 14:43]
    Bonjour Robert,

    A beautiful vista from the Port of Quebec across the St. Lawrence River and you have captured it perfectly in this fine composition. The brightly coloured roofs of the houses lighten up the foreground beautifully adding depth to the image and we see the river and the distant hills perfectly portrayed beneath a glorious sky.

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

    An interesting note too, particularly about the little church whose steeple we can see standing proudly between the houses.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Phare de Newport,Nikon D7000 HDdSLR

    Phare de Newport,
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5492 W: 0 N: 5349] (65271)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 14:33]
    Bonjour Serge,

    As a retired surgeon, I know well that the traditional red/white striped poles outside barbers' shops date back to the days when barbers were not only barbers but "barber-surgeons", undertaking a lot more procedures on you than just cutting your hair or shaving you! But how interesting that the same red/white stripes were used on lighthouses so that they would also be clearly visible by day.

    This is a magical photograph taken quite late during the "blue hour" and what makes it so special is the glorious artificial light playing on the sides of the lighthouse making it stand out spectacularly against the dark background and deep blue sky. And just a little light on the foreground bushes gives a fine sense of depth to the image too.

    A fine composition with lovely light and vibrant colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: sense of direction

    sense of direction
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3416 W: 5 N: 7003] (35080)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 12:46] [+]
    Hello Ourania,

    This photograph would have been interesting enough but your clever idea of turning it through 180° really has added some dynamism and impact to the shot!

    In fact, this man might have a good sense of direction but the viewer is a little confused by the man leaning backwards yet following the lead of his shadow!

    A very simple and yet very impressive composition which certainly attracts attention and that is also accentuated by the man's bight red top. And, of course, this was very well seen and very well captured too - especially from the third floor of a hospital!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I couldn't resist putting this image into Photoshop and rotating it back to see your original image. I see that the man's T-shirt reads "I was born with a...." but I can't read any more than that. That adds to the intrigue too!

    P.P.S. Like Noel, I wish you and your wonderful country the very best for the future, whatever the outcome of tomorrow's referendum. These must be very worrying times for you all. Take care and God bless.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Blue Voyage 2015 - XIINikon D 5000

    Blue Voyage 2015 - XII
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5750 W: 492 N: 16130] (88186)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 7:53]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    A simple corner of an old village yet a lovely photograph showing a part of daily life with the rough whitewashed wall, the ladder splashed with white paint, a simple signpost and a magnificent sunflower, caught in bright sunlight, placed by a villager to brighten up his little town.

    A fine capture of a little corner which tells so much of daily life here, taken with fine composition, lovely light and glorious colours. Stunning details and sharpness too.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Castle Valley TowerSigma SD14

    Castle Valley Tower
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1144 W: 1 N: 3117] (13192)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 7:46]
    Howdy Ray,

    A spectacular photograph of a spectacular monument of Nature! And, as Eleu says, the play of light and shade on this tall pinnacle and its base is sublime, bringing out all the lovely colours and textures of it perfectly. The brown tones of the rock stand out beautifully against the magnificent blue sky.

    I can well imagine that the height of summer is best avoided for travel to this wonderful place - best to keep away from the searing heat and the crowds.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: The best of Holland 1: RansdorpCANON EOS 600D

    The best of Holland 1: Ransdorp
    Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5717 W: 95 N: 9071] (50768)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 7:34]
    Hello Gerrit,

    Lovely to see you back again!

    A beautiful and well composed photograph from your cycling trip with your son yesterday, the bold church tower perfectly placed on the horizon against a grey sky but with the mid-ground wonderfully lifted by the bright red roofs of the houses and the wide sweep of yellow flowers across the water, enhanced by their lovely reflections.

    Lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Ilha Bela nº 53 - BELEZA NATURAL!Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Ilha Bela nš 53 - BELEZA NATURAL!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9313 W: 58 N: 12677] (69146)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 6:39]
    Hello Neyvan,

    You have shown us photographs from the lovely island of Ilha Bela before and this is another absolutely splendid one!

    This place looks like Heaven and the colours here are beautiful - the rich warm colours of the foreground rocks, the lovely clear blue/green waters and a fabulous clear blue sky above with puffy white clouds. A very fine composition with lovely light, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Torre antica e panni lavati

    Torre antica e panni lavati
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2996 W: 22 N: 3512] (37258)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 5:13]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    Yes, it is interesting how "ordinary" life goes on in this place despite its long and involved history and that is perfectly exemplified by the fact that washing is hanging out to dry and a brightly coloured plastic chair sits beside an ancient tower which probably has survived many centuries and survived several battles and conflicts.

    A wonderfully colourful photograph, the tower perfectly placed in the frame, a colourful everyday foreground and a beautiful view to the distant hills.

    Beautiful light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Obashi houseCanon PowerShot S1 IS

    Obashi house
    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2504 W: 17 N: 5501] (24015)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3530 W: 223 N: 8113] (32627) [2015-07-04 5:01] [+]
    Hello Paul,

    You are certainly teaching me about the world through your photography! I cannot think of anything that is so different from a western home. It is so uncluttered, so sleek and yet contains a warmth of spirit.
    The idea of gardens between the rooms is such a wonderful idea. Nowadays, there is lots of talk about modern designs bring the garden into the house, the Japanese were already achieving that! I suppose, the problem with houses where I live, would be the frequency of rain! We would be using umbrellas all the time or the garden would need to be covered, like a greenhouse!!

    Thank you for sharing this,
    Bev :-)

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Nature's fortSigma SD14

    Nature's fort
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1144 W: 1 N: 3117] (13192)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3530 W: 223 N: 8113] (32627) [2015-07-04 4:54]
    Hello Ray,

    The light and shadows on this 'giant fort' really bring the relief to life.
    It is a colossal feature and your upward viewpoint give it even more emphasis.
    It must have given you quite a thrill to see it in reality!

    Have a good w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: To Say Nothing of the Dog

    To Say Nothing of the Dog
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5900 W: 90 N: 15213] (84169)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3530 W: 223 N: 8113] (32627) [2015-07-04 4:50]
    Hello Malgo,

    I found your photograph both appealing and well composed. I especially like how 'Montmorency' (I presume you mean the Jerome K. Jerome Montmorency) is giving you close scrutiny! Maybe he is hoping for a titbit, for sitting so still!

    We see street musicians much more frequently in our modern towns and cities but it is not often that people have time to stop and appreciate them! The difference seems to be when there are lots of tourist about who are much more generous with their time.

    have a lovely w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • IsraelIsrael
    Title: D-ALCE,  MD11fCanon EOS 60D

    D-ALCE, MD11f
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6952 W: 592 N: 13004] (61453)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3530 W: 223 N: 8113] (32627) [2015-07-04 4:40]
    Hello Ike,

    As I've said before, after your explanation, I appreciate the skill of plane photography much more.

    I think both photographs have excellent sharpness but, I have to admit, I do slightly prefer your w/s entry, giving more of a 3D effect and sense of movement.

    Have a lovely w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • Bosnia & HerzegovinaBosnia & Herzegovina
    Title: SarajevoNikon D 90

    Sarajevo
    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10647 W: 1001 N: 20504] (102789)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3530 W: 223 N: 8113] (32627) [2015-07-04 4:37]
    Hello Chris,

    An interesting look back in history.
    It's hard to believe that this peaceful, tranquil place could have been the scene of such brutality! The scene holds no clues, it is just in the people's records that the truth is known.

    Your well chosen viewpoint uses the river very effectively, not only leading into the m/g but, also, giving a guide up the hillside, to include the whole scene. As you mention, the light is lovely, giving deep shadows and colourful highlights.

    Kind regards,
    Bev :-)
    A good hint when levelling photographs, if you enlarge the canvas before you begin, it gives you greater leeway.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Away from the crowdsPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Away from the crowds
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 377] (1954)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 4:01]
    Hello Jean,

    Like Malgo, this also holds fond memories for me - in June, 2011 was my first meeting with Malgo and other TE friends and that was during a weekend in Keswick. I think too that we were quite fortunate in arranging our meeting for early June before the crowds attacked this lovely area.

    And here you have captured a scene "far from the madding crowd" at the southernmost part of Derwentwater - and a beautiful scene it is too and your fine photograph makes your long walk all the more worthwhile.

    A very fine composition with the water's edge on the left leading us nicely into the picture and off to the distant mountains while the near trees not only balance the composition perfectly but also tease us just a little as we try to peer beyond them to the farther reaches of the lake.

    Beautiful soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Verona diptychCanon EOS5D

    Verona diptych
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 695 W: 293 N: 1593] (7820)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 3:43]
    Hello Will,

    I'm not sure if this might or might not be Juliet in the window on the right but perhaps I do see one of the Two Gentlemen of Verona through a window on the left?

    But this is a delightful diptych, very well thought out and assembled with colours, shapes and forms which conform so perfectly between the two images. "Juliet", of course, is the star of the show and holds this interesting composition together so very well. Lovely soft light, fine colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
    Title: What time is it? 1955!

    What time is it? 1955!
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3923 W: 319 N: 8613] (43707)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 3:25]
    Hello Gert,

    From your extensive and interesting note, Olomouc sounds a fascinating place to visit. Also, I was aware of the astronomical clock in Prague but not of this one nor, indeed, of its long and involved history.

    You have provided three lovely photographs which, together with your note, describe this magnificent clock perfectly. In fact, I suspect that it is quite a difficult photographic subject, not because of the crowds gathering round about it, but because it sits quite deeply under and arch and might, on a sunnier day, be in quite deep shade.

    I do like the inclusion of people in your main picture, especially the happy group of men on the right smiling and apparently waving at you as well as the colourfully dressed ladies in the middle.

    And, from the technical point of view, all three pictures are of excellent quality with fine soft light, vibrant colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Fascinating!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Relief from the HeatPentax K7

    Relief from the Heat
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5303 W: 88 N: 12619] (59970)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3530 W: 223 N: 8113] (32627) [2015-07-04 3:18]
    Hello Craig,

    I think taking pictures of people can be challenging no matter where, but I do appreciate what you are saying about the differences in attitude towards men and women! I read a most interesting article, in the forum, submitted by Claude (clodo) which I found most interesting!
    This is such a fun shot!
    (I suppose if you were laughing when you took it, they would assume you were joining in with the fun!) I love how the children are so naively sharing this great moment! There is a fine lead line from the jet, great interaction and a sense of depth as we can journey around the corner!

    Have a great w/e,
    Bev :-)
    It has been amazingly hot here, too! Record temperatures in some parts of the country and conditions to which we are just not accustomed!

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Farm Sheep IIICanon 7 D

    Farm Sheep III
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19544 W: 519 N: 33440] (142852)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3530 W: 223 N: 8113] (32627) [2015-07-04 3:09]
    Hello John,

    A very well composed photograph of this Belgian farm, with its guide line of trees and strongly placed house, with attractive terracotta roof.
    The flat terrain is so characteristic of your land and so very different from the farms that I see in my own neighbourhood, which have thickly walled houses and fields following the slopes of steep hills!
    You had a beautiful day for your photograph, with a blue, cloud speckled sky and bright light over the scene.

    Have a lovely w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: jets d'eau

    jets d'eau
    Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 3 N: 600] (7074)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3530 W: 223 N: 8113] (32627) [2015-07-04 3:02]
    Hello Alain,

    This is a fine subject for a blue hour shot; the building makes an interesting b/g, whilst the water and illuminated fountains offer so much interest in the way of colour and reflection contrasts.
    The whole shot is well composed, the edge of the building being almost on the thirds line.
    My only niggle is the cropping of the very top of the building. Maybe a half crop would have worked but not loosing just the tips.

    Have a lovely w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: To Say Nothing of the Dog

    To Say Nothing of the Dog
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5900 W: 90 N: 15213] (84169)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1399 W: 397 N: 5343] (21596) [2015-07-04 2:57]
    Hi Malgo,

    As always, you have given us a wonderfully interesting note and for a music lover such as yourself, this must have been a wonderful place to visit. Did you actually go and listen to any concerts or were you happy just to walk around here admiring Siena and its people while having the music heard in the background?

    Two wonderful photographs too - and don't apologise for any lack of sharpness - the subject matter is far more important. This happy relaxed trio of people would have been good enough but the piercing look of the little dog, staring right down your camera lens, is what really adds to the appeal. And, of course, we can appreciate the beautiful stonework of the beautiful building in the background.

    Your workshop photograph is fabulous too - demonstrating just the thing which Gert and I so frequently comment upon - three people sitting together, not talking to or looking at each other, but concentrating on their mobile phones or "handies"!

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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