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  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Suíça 2015 nº 015 - EXCELSIOR!Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Suíça 2015 nº 015 - EXCELSIOR!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9242 W: 58 N: 12522] (68306)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 16:00]
    Hello Neyvan,

    First of all, congratulations on your 50th birthday! And it's nice to hear that you're still young and going back to skiing again!

    This looks like a very elegant and up-market hotel - did you stay here? Your photograph is delightful, well composed and bright red bushes make a very striking foreground. The details in the hotel are wonderful - the balconies with their little blue sunshades and the magnificent arches and columns - and you have captured them perfectly in this fine picture with perfect exposure, beautiful colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I'm taking a sip of wine now and wishing you all the very best for the next 50 years!

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: New York! New York!Nikon D200

    New York! New York!
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3464 W: 218 N: 7957] (31957)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 15:02]
    Hello Bev,

    I remember your showing us other photographs from the same time and place - just as you were sailing into New York this wonderful morning. I can fully understand how exciting it must have been for you, looking at this amazing city during sunrise - and contemplating what you might do here later with Len's credit card. :) Only joking.

    This is indeed a beautiful scene and you have captured it perfectly. I love how the orange orb of the rising sun silhouettes the tall buildings beautifully but I also love, perhaps even more, the bright illumination on the small clouds above. The reflections on the glassy water are divine, your composition is excellent, your exposure perfect (in difficult conditions) and the details and clarity are superb.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. No need to switch to "beta" for a larger view - I'm using the "beta" version already today as the "new" TE website is unbearably slow and erratic.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: entrance

    entrance
    COSTANTINO Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4880 W: 22 N: 7878] (58037)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 9:47]
    Hello dear Constantino,

    It's not just the "Welcome" sign which makes this lovely entrance so welcoming - it's the glorious colours, the cleanliness and the interesting artefacts in this little hallway which also add to the warm and welcoming feeling here.

    And you have captured this little scene perfectly in a lovely photograph with fine vibrant colours, lovely light, a fine strong composition and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Au coeur de la villeNikon D80

    Au coeur de la ville
    Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11562 W: 154 N: 20280] (109851)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 9:06]
    Bonjour Christiane,

    A beautiful photograph from an interesting and narrow street in the heart of Île-Rousse with splendid perspective and fine composition, the distant archway perfectly placed in the frame and almost beckoning us to approach and enter it.

    The colours are wonderfully vibrant and the details and sharpness are exquisite, but what I love most is the lovely contrast of strong light and quite deep shade - yet we can still see full details in both the very deepest shadows and also in the very brightest parts of this image.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: the salisbury museumNikon D3200

    the salisbury museum
    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1568 W: 34 N: 2269] (13915)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 8:51]
    Hello Benny,

    A very interesting note you have written and you've given us a very fine photograph to accompany it!

    The light here is beautiful and warm and the colours wonderfully vibrant. An excellent composition too with the tall spire of Salisbury Cathedral perfectly placed in the frame and nicely balancing the statue to left of centre. Your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pescatore solitario

    Pescatore solitario
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2923 W: 21 N: 3453] (36303)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 6:57]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    How wonderful that this man can fish right in the city! In this photograph he looks as though he could be miles from anywhere, perhaps far away from civilisation in the countryside!

    You have captured him perfectly in this clear sharp photograph. I wonder if he caught any fishes?

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Boulders and clouds

    Boulders and clouds
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4786 W: 271 N: 8357] (69570)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 6:51]
    Bonjour Denis,

    I recognise the red granite of the Brittany coastline from your previous photographs from here and I see that Trégastel is not very far from Ploumanac'h.

    Despite the strong winds, the water here looks remarkably calm and you have managed to capture some beautiful reflections of the rocks and the lovely sky in this fine photograph which has lovely light and colours, perfect composition and exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Preparing the nets

    Preparing the nets
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5713 W: 492 N: 16007] (87452)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 6:46]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    An interesting note about fishing in the Black Sea and a lovely photograph of this old man repairing his nets in front of a wonderful old house. The house looks so rickety and misshapen but I'm sure that it has looked that way for a long time and that it will survive for many years longer!

    Despite your having taken this with your "handy", it is a photograph of amazingly good quality with lovely light, fine vibrant colours and lots of interesting details and fine textures in this rustic old building and of the man hard at his work.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: SolitudeNikon D 90

    Solitude
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2348 W: 1199 N: 2257] (31212)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 4:45] [+]
    Bonjour Claude,

    I don't think I've ever seen any of your photographs before which have been taken with that super-long (400mm) lens before! But that lens will certainly open up all sorts of possibilities for the candid street photographer, especially if he chooses a high viewpoint as here.

    This is a wonderfully simple - and therefore striking - composition which appears almost completely monochrome except for the curious red markings on the pavement. Just a man, a lamppost and a row of bollards.

    And what I love is how you have captured the man just as he walks across that man-hole: will it suddenly open and swallow him up? Has he even noticed that trap door he is walking on?

    An excellent candid shot with fabulous strong composition and excellent technical quality.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Piazza BologniCanon EOS 1100D

    Piazza Bologni
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6718 W: 63 N: 19281] (87466)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 4:35]
    Hello Stephen,

    You have given us a very interesting and informative note and also presented a beautiful photograph of this ancient piazza.

    Your viewpoint has been well chosen to provide fine "lead-in" lines from the paving toward the magnificent palace which still retains its majesty despite its flaking paintwork and crumbling stucco. The light and colours are lovely, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: sunny around the shade

    sunny around the shade
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3381 W: 5 N: 6917] (34583)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 4:15]
    Hello Ourania,

    What a wonderfully welcoming sight! I can just imagine myself walking here, seeing this table and chairs and wanting to sit myself down in the shade with a cup of coffee or a beer and just watch the world go by - and perhaps take some photographs too!

    A lovely and pleasingly balanced composition in which the curious tall lamppost is a strong feature but in which the shaded table and chairs are nicely balanced by the boats and the distant view of Pandeli. Gorgeous light and fine colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: One up, one downPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    One up, one down
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 0 N: 320] (1648)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-30 4:06]
    Hello Jean,

    What a fascinating building - and you have written a fascinating note about it too - a perfect upload for TE!

    Obviously the bridge must have been built before the house, but I'm wondering if it was used as a bridge for some time before the building was erected? If so, I imagine the other people of the village might have been a bit vexed to have their bridge obstructed by a house. And I wonder if building a house on a river meant you didn't have to pay any form of land tax?

    Anyway, a lovely and well composed shot of this interesting old building with fine natural colours and excellent detail.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Reflections and refreshment

    Reflections and refreshment
    federico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 0 N: 329] (3052) *



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3464 W: 218 N: 7957] (31957) [2015-05-29 22:48]
    Hello Federico,

    What a stunning photograph!
    The whole setting has huge impact, whilst the ladies, with their children and their reflections, make a focal image, hard to forget. Just the reflections in the shimmering water would make a great photograph on its own.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • IranIran
    Title: Zoroastrians in Yazd

    Zoroastrians in Yazd
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3209 W: 107 N: 5648] (25180)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-29 17:41] [+]
    Hello Klaudio,

    By Jove, you have written a very interesting and informative note for us about Zoroastra, his history, his teachings and his followers and this is a very fine and simply composed photograph to illustrate the symbolism of his teachings. Very well seen and very well captured.

    It upsets me that so many people here post pictures but don't write meaningful notes but you have accompanied your photograph with a wonderfully enlightening description of Zoroastrianism, something which, I must confess, I knew absolutely nothing about. And this, surely, is the whole ethos of TE, isn't it - to learn about our wonderful World through photography?

    So, does Zoroastrianism thrive in Iran which is an Islamic country and are its followers respected by the rest of the population?

    As I said above, this is a fine simple composition. It's been very well seen and very well taken in lovely lighting with fine colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.

    Fascinating!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: The Lonely BeetleCanon EOS 60D

    The Lonely Beetle
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 18 N: 7416] (26137)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-29 17:20]
    Hi Noel,

    An interesting note about car registrations in Ireland - I remember the days when you could recognise an Irish car simply by the presence of an "I" or a "Z" in the number but this sounds far, far too complicated for my tiny brain. I've had two VW Beetles in my life and I loved them both - great for long distance runs on motorways (they were designed to run for hours on end on the German autobahns) but they could be an absolute pig on slippery wet or icy roads on account of their "tail-happy" behaviour because there was virtually no weight at the front, the engine and all the running gear being at the back. Pretty noisy and heavy on fuel too but you didn't need to worry about winter - no need for anti-freeze in that air-cooled engine!

    Despite what Will says, I think the selective desaturation here has worked very well, the old car standing out brightly against its backdrop of dark monochrome buildings and the cobbled roadway. A fine composition with perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pescatore solitario

    Pescatore solitario
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2923 W: 21 N: 3453] (36303)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3464 W: 218 N: 7957] (31957) [2015-05-29 15:52]
    Ciao Caro Carlo,

    The lone fisherman makes a strong focal feature, enhanced considerably by the reflection of the rod, which makes it appear as if the fisherman is using tweezers.
    The triangular shadow across the corner is a fine compositional addition.

    Have a good w/e,
    Bev :-)

  • CyprusCyprus
    Title: Agia Napa = Holy woodCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Agia Napa = Holy wood
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2987 W: 95 N: 7544] (31563)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1365 W: 397 N: 5253] (21196) [2015-05-29 15:44] [+]
    Hi Mariusz,

    I remember passing through Agia Napa ten or more years ago and thinking that this was a resort which catered more for young, single 18 to 25 year old people than it did for families: it seemed to have lots of modern bars and entertainment but, perhaps it is now more family friendly. Did you stay here on your Cyprus holiday?

    The beach here looks wonderful with lovely soft white sand whereas I seem to remember most Cyprus beaches as being rocky.

    I love how the view of the beach, the sunbathers, the sea and the distant island are all seen here through the trees - almost as if the viewer is somehow "spying" on this lovely scene. An excellent composition with gorgeous warm light, lovely colours, perfect exposure and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    And a picture this time not taken with your favourite wide 10-22mm lens!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustriaAustria
    Title: 'Vienna Calling' I

    'Vienna Calling' I
    GyurMaster Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 17] (973)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3464 W: 218 N: 7957] (31957) [2015-05-29 15:16] [+]
    Hello Gyorgy,

    This is a very creative, contre jour shot.
    I have never seen the sun look more like a regular star!
    The cobbled walkway makes a good lead with lots of figures with whom to share it and the extensive palace as the ultimate goal. The b&w treatment works well.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Riomaggiore from the sea

    Riomaggiore from the sea
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5763 W: 86 N: 14882] (82800)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3464 W: 218 N: 7957] (31957) [2015-05-29 15:06]
    Hello Malgo,

    Isn't it interesting when you can use previous shots for ideas and comparisons! I've done the same and noticed how things have changed or, sometimes remained exactly the same!
    This is a lovely view of the village. The colourful houses rise like steps up the hillside. Maybe it was fortunate that the other trip was postponed.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)
    My photograph of N.Y. was from my archive and I have posted most of them either on TE or TL. Maybe a few left yet!

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Collonges la Rouge .

    Collonges la Rouge .
    cargus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1179 W: 76 N: 947] (8879)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3464 W: 218 N: 7957] (31957) [2015-05-29 14:59]
    Hello Adrian,

    It doesn't surprise me that this place is included in 'the Most Beautiful Villages of France' or that it is very popular, for it looks so attractive, with its ancient sandstone buildings, its narrow lanes and pretty floral decoration. You have chosen a good viewpoint, creating a lead which takes us gently up the hill of time to enjoy the details.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

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