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  • IranIran
    Title: Hormoz castleNikon D700 fx

    Hormoz castle
    sabermonajati Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1333 W: 65 N: 747] (10267)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-31 6:14]
    Hello Saber,

    With a short but informative note, this is a beautiful photo of the historic site. Indeed, the Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch expeditions, "Spice Race," was underway. Of course, the English and French joined it also, and the domination by the West had begun. I did not know that the Safavid Dynasty also began in this time. Have a good weekend.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • MexicoMexico
    Title: Tulum - viewCanon EOS 60D

    Tulum - view
    Sonata11 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2767 W: 59 N: 2914] (33615)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-31 6:08]
    Hello Barbara,

    With the palm tree leaning over the Atlantic, this is beautiful view from Tulum. In 2009, we were there and loved walking through the ruins. In 2006, the film Apocalypto was released, written, produced and directed by Mel Gibson. The very last scene is on this beach in Tulum. If you don't mind blood and gore too much, you might enjoy viewing the film, both to learn about the Maya, and to see the sites in the Yucatan.

    Warm regards, and thank you for sharing this beautiful photo with us.

    Bulent

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Gajon FetivalNikon D5100

    Gajon Fetival
    supi4u Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 131] (599)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-30 16:44]
    Hello Supriya,

    The composition and the light management are extraordinary. congratulations. You have not been very active on TE in the past year.

    Regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Reflections of a modern bird

    Reflections of a modern bird
    worldcitizen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1299 W: 222 N: 1805] (7505)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-30 13:29] [+]
    Hello Brenda,

    A sensational shot featuring reflections, refractions, and an area of New York that holds so much sad memory. I uploaded it to the group theme City reflections.

    I shot one of my best photos of all in the mid-90s, standing in the cemetery of an old church around the same location. I was with a friend, it was a cold winter day with snow on the ground and on the gravestones. The all black Millennium Hotel stood on the left, and the Twin Towers on the right. Because of the peculiar light, the bare branches of a sunlit tree stood in the foreground against the black Millennium building, and the bare branches of a silhouetted tree stood in front of the gleaming white Twin Towers. The left side of the photo appeared as an exact negative of the right side. When I wrote the blog for the National Geographic, "Ten Years After 9-11" I could not bring myself to include that photo, especially because of the gravestones in the foreground.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • IranIran
    Title: From the Teahouse in Yazd

    From the Teahouse in Yazd
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3259 W: 107 N: 5718] (25553)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-30 6:02]
    Hello Klaudio,

    I like very much the composition here, with the thorny plant and its red flowers in the foreground and goldfish in the pond in the background. A line in your Intro Page, "It is a wonder and a privilege to have the gift of sight," would be especially poignant, if you were to insert the word "color" before "sight." Imagine how the red-green color blind individual would see this image.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • IranIran
    Title: The Agony and the Ecstasy

    The Agony and the Ecstasy
    daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3259 W: 107 N: 5718] (25553)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-30 5:49] [+]
    Hello Klaudio,

    Your gorgeous photograph shows the detailed and intricate mathematical mosaics created by Islamic artists. I used to think that the Shia were allowed to depict human and animal figures, and the Sunni only decorate with calligraphy, mathematical mosaics and flora (including the ubiquitous tulip), but there is a great deal of crossover. In graph theory, a major area of modern mathematics, one studies mathematical mosaics. It is remarkable that Islamic artist intuitively arrived at many of the patterns described as mathematical mosaics.

    Warm regards, Klaudio,

    Bulent

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: Wine TrainCanon EOS Rebel T3

    Wine Train
    gervaso Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2087 W: 39 N: 2758] (11352)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-30 5:19] [+]
    Hello Alexandre,

    Of course you are in the middle of your winter, and the two individuals are dressed for the season. The fog enveloping the background creates an atmosphere of mystery for this black train with red trim. It's a beautiful photo. Many years ago I met two ladies on a cruise to Alaska, one of them was Miss Wine Festival from Caxias do Sul. Is that nearby, and is this a particular wine center in Brazil?

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Stormy day over the StooksNikonD300s

    Stormy day over the Stooks
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1162 W: 41 N: 2209] (15413)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-30 4:47]
    Hello Leslie,

    The depth of field is astounding in this image, especially under that unusual sky. And thank you for the informative note. I had no idea how the harvest was carried out when the straw is intended for thatched roofs.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Venedik Klasigi2

    Venedik Klasigi2
    GFSSD-1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 119 W: 29 N: 47] (3755)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-29 19:58]
    Merhaba Recep Bey,

    Venedik kanallarinin en muhtesem bir fotografi. Insan boyle bir manzaradan bikamaz. Ben de Venedik de kendi cektigim fotograflardan bir slide show hazirladim: Life on the Venetian Canals.

    Selam ve saygilarimla,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: UnchangedPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Unchanged
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 437] (2242)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-29 15:30]
    Hello Jean,

    Again, I'm delighted to see that you took the photo under a cloudy sky, eliminating stark contrasts in light and shade. The color and detail of the stone comes through so much better. Your note is much appreciated.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • UkraineUkraine
    Title: Modeling sessionCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    Modeling session
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4009 W: 321 N: 8788] (44458)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-29 10:51]
    Hello Gert,

    Shooting the photographer and including her subjects. This is a wonderful scene, especially with the two young women being photographed stand so confidently, defiantly.

    Regards,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Different perspectiveCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Different perspective
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3054 W: 95 N: 7746] (32353)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-29 10:48]
    Hello Mariusz,

    What a spectacular scene. The small boats in the foreground help to anchor the scene. Of course the real focal point is the triptych created by the three arches. They are three complementary scenes outlined in oval frames.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: From aboveCanon EOS 5 D

    From above
    danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11286 W: 296 N: 22885] (89911)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-29 10:37]
    Fantastic photo, Danos, of the sailboat set against the cobalt blue Aegean. When the sunlight is so good, how is it possible to take a bad picture. I appreciate the note.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: From Owl's point of view

    From Owl's point of view
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 33 N: 387] (3141)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-29 7:42]
    Hello Jasmine,

    Depicted from your symmetrically chosen vantage point, what a spectacular view "the owl" enjoys each day, but especially on this occasion when the atmosphere is clear, the sunlight so brilliant, and the clouds so distressed...

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Old Car - 2015 - 4Nikon D300

    Old Car - 2015 - 4
    pierrefonds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7325 W: 108 N: 12768] (59812)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 469 N: 10894] (36725) [2015-07-29 7:26]
    Bonjour Pierre,

    The classic car is beautifully photographed, from the best vantage point showing the front and one side. As a young artist I had a passion for drawing and designing automobiles, and this, I thought was the best possible angle. I am surprised the roadster is not from the 30s but, I imagine it was completely custom built!?!

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Tracks Across the FieldNikon D-300

    Tracks Across the Field
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3579 W: 222 N: 8216] (33033)



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    Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9216 W: 271 N: 2724] (99802) [2015-07-29 2:17]
    Hello Beverley,
    here's pleasant summer landscape. I like the composition with the big tree on FG. Fine colors and delicacy contrast. Large version is ok., too.
    Have a nice day.
    Aleksander

  • PolandPoland
    Title: White Factory of Lodz

    White Factory of Lodz
    Matyas Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 691 W: 21 N: 1644] (7735)



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    Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9216 W: 271 N: 2724] (99802) [2015-07-29 2:10]
    Czesc M.,
    ladnie pokazales ta fabryke, takze w WS. Ciekawa mieszanka roznych stylow architektonicznych, wieze tez przyciagaja uwage. Fajny kadr z fontanna na 1szym planie. Tylko sie cieszyc, ze Lodz pieknieje.
    Milego dnia.
    Aleksander

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Magic night in A

    Magic night in A
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6000 W: 91 N: 15488] (85217)



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    Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9216 W: 271 N: 2724] (99802) [2015-07-29 2:06] [+]
    Czesc,
    ale fajny moment zlapalas! Krajobrazy z tecza przyjemnie sie oglada. Tutaj podwojna. Co prawda tam latwo zlapac zorze ale chyba na Polnocy.
    Milego dnia.
    Olek

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: DENVER HISTORY

    DENVER HISTORY
    jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8074 W: 175 N: 13359] (58512)



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    Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9216 W: 271 N: 2724] (99802) [2015-07-29 2:02]
    Hello Jorge,
    nice monument in Denver. Interesting sculptures and theme about the pioneers in Colorado. Fine vertical format. Good shot.
    Have a nice day.
    Aleksander

  • FranceFrance
    Title: 24 arches' bridge IIICanon 50D

    24 arches' bridge III
    Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8445 W: 4428 N: 14797] (58772)



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    Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9216 W: 271 N: 2724] (99802) [2015-07-29 1:58]
    Hello Didi,
    very nice presentation of old monumental bridge. Fine panoramic format. Good quality of large vertion, too. I like it.
    Have a nice day.
    Aleksander

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