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  • IcelandIceland
    Title: SeljalandsfossCanon EOS 70D

    Seljalandsfoss
    HimalAnda Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 910 W: 7 N: 965] (9125)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 21:29]
    Hello Stephane,

    Another superb shot from the Iceland. Even in July when you shot the photo, I can imagine the chill in the air.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • South KoreaSouth Korea
    Title: In BloomNikon 5100

    In Bloom
    Mics Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 88 W: 0 N: 118] (685)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 21:27]
    Hello Michelle,

    Such colorful flowers against the silhouette of the old palace. I was there once, but could not remember the name until I saw your excellent note.

    Warm regards to you and your family. I've been very bad in writing blogs for the National Geographic, but I did write one about Robin Williams's suicide.

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Ora blu a Porto Venere

    Ora blu a Porto Venere
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2474 W: 19 N: 3058] (30583)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 18:49]
    Ciao Carlo,

    Splendid light management of the evening shot of Porto Venere. I believe, the great Romantic poets, Keats and Byron I believe met in Porto Venere. Wonderful shot,

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • RomaniaRomania
    Title: Lakeside in BranNikon D 90

    Lakeside in Bran
    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9936 W: 992 N: 18893] (95866)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 18:45]
    Hello Chris

    This is certainly the most eye catching photo I've seen on Trekearth since I returned from New Zealand a few days ago. It appears that you are now ensconced in Romania. The reflections of the trees in the lake are so dramatic.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • VietnamVietnam
    Title: The Sales LadyCanon EOS 450D

    The Sales Lady
    Cloud__Warrior Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 8 N: 48] (387)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 17:45] - [workshop] [compare]
    Hello Andy,

    This is a wonderful portrait of the young woman, bearing an infectious warm smile. However, if you don't mind, I am going to do a very simple workshop on the photo, in order to illustrate a recently discovered principle of composition.

    Christopher Tyler, a British born psychologist practicing in San FranciscoIt, discovered in 1998 that in almost all great single-subject portraits, one eye passes through the vertical bisector of the frame. This is true of Leonardo's few but great portraits, Rembrandt's countless self-portraits, even Picasso's works, and this could be the leading or the trailing eye. Accordingly, I cropped the image a little on the right to get the subject's left eye close to bisector. This is a simple principle that is never taught in art schools, but the greatest of all painters appear to discover the practice independently, and inadvertently. This is a useful principle for photographers to know about. It appears that we focus on one eye. Take a look at "Rembrandt at 400". I wrote about this principle in a book I wrote about Leonardo, "Math and the Mona Lisa."

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: L'automnePanasonic LUMIX DMC FZ38

    L'automne
    papagolf21 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11071 W: 880 N: 20361] (84772)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 17:23]
    Bonjour, Mon Cher ami Philippe,

    As usual you give us a superb autumn view, and as you do sometimes, submit a beautiful poem to accompany it. I just returned from a lengthy trip to the South Pacific, where they are just in Spring (Printemps) and ascending into summer, we are in Autumn and descending into Winter. They do not have the beautiful colors of Fall, but then we do not have their warming weather.

    Warm regards, my friend,

    Bulent

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Renkli HayatlarCANON EOS 600D

    Renkli Hayatlar
    TekAli Gold Star Critiquer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 2] (1357) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 11:07]
    Merhaba Ali Bey,

    Sahane bir portre. Pencere çerçevelerini resim çerçevesi olarak kullanmak güzel neticeler veriyor. Ben de geçen yil Misir'i ziyaret ettigim de, bunu biraz andiran bir fotograf yüklemistim.

    ABD'den selam ve saygilarimla,

    Bülent Atalay

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Modes Contrastes CouleursSony RX100 II

    Modes Contrastes Couleurs
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1495 W: 122 N: 1162] (17317)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 10:58]
    Bonsoir Roland,

    Nicely timed photo to capture this image with dominant red and green colors. It would be sad to be red-green color blind, and seeing these vivid colors and shades of gray.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Torbole

    Torbole
    jurek1951 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2601 W: 167 N: 5657] (41382)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 10:45]
    Hello Georg,

    Well composed photo incorporating vivid colors. September and October are ideal months to visit the area. Together with the informative note, you've submitted an image embodying the spirit of Trekearth, geography through photography.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • IsraelIsrael
    Title: Bow, ropes and reflectionCanon EOS 60D

    Bow, ropes and reflection
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6097 W: 585 N: 11582] (55332)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 10:40]
    Hello Ike,

    The reflections of the lines creates a lovely abstract piece. You captured the scene well, presenting a very nice detail shot.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: a moment in the life of...

    a moment in the life of...
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2975 W: 5 N: 5991] (29417)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-26 10:04]
    Hello Ourania,

    People being people... you've captured the moment well, and articulated in clearly. I see that it was shot last April, seven months ago, before the actual beach season. It must not be too different now that it is late fall.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ChinaChina
    Title: SeriousNikon D7000

    Serious
    berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5069 W: 196 N: 6409] (36504)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-25 21:06]
    Merhaba Burak Bey,

    Tom 30 yil oluyor Hong Kong'u ilk ve son kez ziyaret ettigim. Kim bilir ne kadar degistim ana anladigim burada Çinden ne kadar daha demokrasi olmasi. Hong Kong'da protestoya katilan gençler Kizil Çin'e giremiyorlarmis.

    Selam ve saygilarimla,

    Bülent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Canal et arbresNikon D800

    Canal et arbres
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8257 W: 0 N: 13980] (119507)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-25 20:58]
    Hello Nicolas,

    You have captured an atmosphere of serenity with the bridge at the mouth of the lake. The colors of fall, the slender beach of course all add the scene.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: the sun:see you tomorrow again!

    the sun:see you tomorrow again!
    serp2000 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3113 W: 68 N: 4553] (39250)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-25 19:03]
    Hello Serghei,

    In this spectacular photo, it appears that a streaking meteorite has just struck the ground.. The light and sharpness are superb. I am also back from travels, and am beginning to post again.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Windsurfing

    Windsurfing
    eldancer1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2077 W: 0 N: 5065] (26786)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-25 16:35]
    Hi Eleu,

    The light is perfect for the shot, and you timed it well to capture the windsurfer along with the two individuals paddling boards. We were in San Diego between Oct. 24-28, just a few weeks after you took this photo, and was genuinely impressed by the city.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Jackson-Clark HouseCanon EOS 50D

    Jackson-Clark House
    asajernigan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3610 W: 90 N: 5503] (21102)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-25 14:37]
    Hello Asa,

    Lovely Georgian architecture, similar to many homes in Virginia. the clapboard house, without its porch, could be in Williamsburg or Fredericksburg. I've also found that a vantage point featuring two point perspective ideal for depicting architectural portraits.

    Regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: NYC enthusiasm!

    NYC enthusiasm!
    worldcitizen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 218 N: 1600] (6733)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-24 17:54]
    Hello Brenda,

    The detail shot shows blazing reflections of a spot in New York, a bit devilish actually since Ms. Mannequin is supporting a happy smile. Perhaps we should place this image in the group theme, City Reflections.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: SkógafossCanon EOS 70D

    Skógafoss
    HimalAnda Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 910 W: 7 N: 965] (9125)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-24 17:48]
    Hello Stephane,

    Having visited Iceland just two months ago, I am especially receptive to scenes from this wondrous land of ice and fire. A waterfalls 62 meters is higher than the ones I saw in my brief visit, but I still remember well the cold rain pelting us horizontally and turning umbrellas inside out. This is gorgeous photo.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: reflection after rain ii

    reflection after rain ii
    COSTANTINO Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4618 W: 22 N: 7126] (53715)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-24 17:23]
    Hello Constantino,

    This artistic composition captures a different aspect of Volos than many of your other photos. The puddle created by rain, provides a mirror to show the masts from a different angle. The light blue colors reflecting the sky, framed by the muddy ground, offers a beautiful abstract work of art.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Cuffy's CoveCanon T1i

    Cuffy's Cove
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1059 W: 1 N: 2767] (11451)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6039 W: 458 N: 10459] (35187) [2014-11-24 17:18]
    Hello Ray,

    This is a genuinely beautiful cove, and one that I never knew about. Perched on high ground, you had a perfect view of the smooth curve the beach presents. The waters, however, must be frigid, if they are anything like San Francisco.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

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