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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: bothwell castle

    bothwell castle
    dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 628 W: 0 N: 76] (7441)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 13:19]
    Hello Dale,
    It's an uncomplicated but quite efficient composition. I like the contrasts of the green meadow and the brown tower. The blue flowers make the foreground nice and the hillside has given you a fine diagonal that splits the photo in two halves. It's very well exposed and saturated,
    Berst regards,
    Gert

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pulcinella and the catSony DSC HX200v

    Pulcinella and the cat
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8763 W: 123 N: 16440] (89740)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 10:35]
    Hello Luciano,
    It's a nice photo but this time I rather prefer the WS. The cat and the sculpture look good together but the wall and the signs don't add much further, really.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Postcard from Moszna CastleCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Postcard from Moszna Castle
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3358 W: 91 N: 8543] (35788)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 10:25]
    Hello Mariusz,
    If you had been like some of your compatriots on this site you would have slept in your car outside the palace to catch the perfect light and reflections ;-). Maybe this castle is so relatively little known because everyone is embarrassed to talk about it? How could it get such a name?
    Apart from that, this is a very good photo in an appealing square shape. What we see of the building is truly impressive, it's a very well exposed photo and the dark clouds seem to underscore the good light and intense colours of the façade and towers.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Sierra de Tejeda at dawnNikon D3100

    Sierra de Tejeda at dawn
    cornejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3442 W: 2 N: 7594] (41303)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 10:17]
    Hello Angel,
    The nice hills with white buildings along the ridges were captured at the time of the day when the light was the most favourable. The warm and intense tones are beautiful and the cloud to the left is very pretty. I can't believe this was March. You would never see such colours and light at that time of the year in northern Europe. The photo has a wonderful clarity and sharpness.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Abstract FlamingoPentax K3

    Abstract Flamingo
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 88 N: 14177] (66972)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 10:13]
    Hello Craig,
    From this angle it's hard to tell what the red sculpture is supposed to mean, but it's a very elegant composition of interesting red shapes on a black background. It's not necessary to always "understand" a work of art (I'm referring to this photo) as long as you like what you see and your imagination is inspired. (I pretend I didn't see the earlier photo.)
    Best regards,
    Gert

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Viking-minimalistCanon 400D Digital

    Viking-minimalist
    Hansaphotos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 675 W: 63 N: 1434] (7959)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 10:07]
    Hej Erling,
    Det går knappast att ta en bild av ett vikingaskepp på ett enklare vis, och knappast snyggare heller. Det är en enormt slagkraftig bild av brunt mot blått som framhäver skeppets otroligt vackra utformning. Du har beskurit bilden väldigt snyggt också. Kan inte Bergen be att få låna originalet till nästa 17 maj? ;-)
    Hälsningar,
    Gert

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Marriage ceremony in the cathedralNikon D7100

    Marriage ceremony in the cathedral
    Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9425 W: 271 N: 3038] (102570)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 9:13]
    Hello Aleksander,
    It's a beautiful church and you handled the light very well and captured the colours that look quite natural. But the ceremony is so far away that we don't really see the couple and the priest. I think you should have zoomed in on them a bit more and maybe taken a vertical photo, capturing more of the ceiling and less of the floor.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • ChinaChina
    Title: ~ face of time ~Nikon D70s

    ~ face of time ~
    abmdsudi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5356 W: 152 N: 11933] (52963)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 8:24]
    Hello Abmdsudi,.
    You have photographed this elderly man from an original low angle (maybe another shot from your hip). It's a fine document of the old age of the man as well as the rather dilapidated building. The old house doesn't look good in a conventional way, but for the photo I love the pattern of irregularly sized squares and rectangles with various gritty colours. It looks a bit like some kind of modern art applied to an old building in rural China. Maybe a surprising reaction,. but the look of the wall is one reason why I really like this photo.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • 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: 1617 W: 408 N: 5968] (24330)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 5:17]
    Hello John,
    I am as fascinated by these "blue hour" photos as many other members of this site, but I would never take a picture like this. Not because it wouldn't be fun but because I couldn't ever imagine carrying a tripod on my journeys. ;-) But I understand it could be worth the trouble, because the effect of dark blue sky and warm yellow light is often captivating, at least if the view as such is attractive. And this place is really perfect for this kind of photo with the lights so beautifully reflected in the black water. But although my attention is immediately drawn to the buildings at the end of the bay I am actually even more fond of the lower left corner showing a part of the marina and the walkway along the water. The colours are not as spectacular, but maybe because it's so much closer I can more easily identify with someone walking there in the romantic light of the night.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
    Title: Cayo LevantadoCanon EOS Rebel T3

    Cayo Levantado
    gervaso Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2281 W: 39 N: 3062] (12957)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 5:02]
    Hello Alexandre,
    I could not ask for a more perfect beach of soft sand, trees and beautiful colours. Maybe there are big hotels and noisy bars just outside this view, but here you make it look like Paradise. For this composition the huge and compact cloud plays an important role as a balance to the turquoise and pink colours below. You found a good spot on the hill for this very nicely composed photo.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • CambodiaCambodia
    Title: Me ChreyCanon EOS5D

    Me Chrey
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 889 W: 296 N: 2150] (10339)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 4:55]
    Hello Will,
    This looks gritty enough to be genuine. It is a sad but understandable fact that "picturesque" places so often develop into tourist traps where money is the only thing in common between the locals and visitors. I like this photo for its quiet atmosphere and lack of Coca-Cola signs. The colours are good in spite of the rather harsh light. I would have liked to come here, but I always feel slightly uncomfortable when I just turn up close to people's homes for no other reason than my own curiosity. I prefer watching people in the cities where to some extent I can disappear in the crowds.
    Your note is highly interesting but mainly makes me sad at the shortsighted and careless policies of so many governments (and probably UN agencies and the World Bank as well).

  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
    Title: I love organized tours (sometimes)

    I love organized tours (sometimes)
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6990 W: 99 N: 17694] (95073)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 4:18]
    Hello Malgo,
    Sometimes it pays to spend some extra money to see the places off the tourist track. (In Kazakhstan everything seems to be off the tourist track.) It's a fascinating scenery and the light and colours are good in spite of the rather dull weather.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • LuxembourgLuxembourg
    Title: Clervaux CastleSony DSC HX400v

    Clervaux Castle
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5979 W: 53 N: 9974] (35232)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 4:12]
    Hello Lars,
    You were certainly busy during the rest of the week after we had met. Good for you that distances are not very long in your part of Europe. This looks like a charming village below the fairytale castle. Its white walls really make the castle stand out in this environment of dark forests. You found a good place for this shot and it is also technically perfect.
    Best regards,
    Gert

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Le matin

    Le matin
    papagolf21 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13006 W: 879 N: 23344] (99586)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 4:07]
    Hello Philippe,
    The light has a fine freshness which tells us this is early morning and not the evening. I like the fine depth created by the river and trees as well as the narrow path. The panoramic shape was well chosen.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Empire State BuildingSony Nex 6

    Empire State Building
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2945 W: 306 N: 2698] (10496) *



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 4:03]
    Hello Rob,
    Big houses again but more space and fresh air. Maybe similar photos could be taken in Rotterdam? The river and the old fashioned boat create a fine contrast to the compactness of the urban jungle. The light and colours are great.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Family tomb...Canon EOS 30D

    Family tomb...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6166 W: 157 N: 8978] (95983)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 3:58]
    Hello Krzysztof,
    It's a fine building but the idea of having a family tomb has always seemed strange to me. Maybe because I don't belong to a rich and famous family with a need to express its importance. But your photo is good and informative, with perfect sharpness and colours.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Wojslawice ArboretumFujifilm FinePix HS30EXR

    Wojslawice Arboretum
    rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1514 W: 0 N: 3858] (34507)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 3:55]
    Hello Ryszard,
    The park is beautiful and you composed this photo very well with a good balance of flowers, trees and small hills. The people walking along the road add life, the clouds contrast the green dominance nicely and the light has a wonderful clarity.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: A MOMENT OF PEACE

    A MOMENT OF PEACE
    jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8846 W: 175 N: 14174] (63350)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 3:51]
    Hello Jorge,
    A very nice kind of portrait. The monkey looks just like it is posing for you. It makes me think of old portraits of elderly people. The perfect sharpness gives me the impression I could really feel the softness of the fur.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Donnafugata

    Donnafugata
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3693 W: 27 N: 4304] (46353)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 3:48]
    Hello Carlo,
    A bicycle tour would be a perfect way to see this area. Good roads, probably not many cars, maybe not so many hills and a lovely scenery with memories of old cultures. This is a very pleasant photo with fine colours and a good look along the road and the carefully built walls.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

  • EgyptEgypt
    Title: El MoezNikon D 90

    El Moez
    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11726 W: 1004 N: 22601] (112259)



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    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4769 W: 360 N: 9982] (51100) [2016-05-24 3:16]
    Hello Chris,
    Some time ago I looked through my old photos from Cairo and was amazed by all the beautiful mosques I had photographed but forgotten. I don't remember if this was among them but the minarets certainly deserve their places on this site. It's typical of Cairo that there are more mosques seen in the distance between the minarets and more minarets to the right. It's a well composed photo with fine colours in what I suppose is an early evening light.
    Kind regards,
    Gert

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