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  • FranceFrance
    Title: Canard & Champagne

    Canard & Champagne
    mayjayne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 23 N: 1012] (6618)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 20:59]
    Hello May,

    There is an unusual and appealing coloration, perhaps because of fluorescent lights. I like the atmosphere very much in this "Canard and Champagne." It's interesting that the covered arcades are disappearing in Paris. There are a few in Istanbul inspired by those old covered arcades. In the United States we are bracing for the Inauguration tomorrow wondering whether common sense will ever return... here and in the rest of the world).
    Warm regards.
    Bulent

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: high and low

    high and low
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4754 W: 13 N: 9732] (49861)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 15:16]
    Hello Ourania,

    Shades of silver and blue shimmer so dramatically in this shot following the rain. Sometimes you really do get the best light conditions after a rain has purified the air.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: A tower at the blue hourCanon EOS 60D

    A tower at the blue hour
    jemaflor Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10457 W: 371 N: 8816] (101321)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 15:13]
    Bonjour Jean,

    The deep contrast in light and shadow makes this such a dramatic presentation. Wonderful photo of the medieval castle.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Notre Dame des Cyclistes

    Notre Dame des Cyclistes
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4197 W: 28 N: 5015] (53282)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 14:55]
    Ciao Carlo,

    What an imaginative gateway with a pair of 19th-century bikes used in creating the gates. The light is perfect, and the gates are seen in silhouette.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: YOUNG NARCISSUS & MODERN MIRRORS

    YOUNG NARCISSUS & MODERN MIRRORS
    jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9273 W: 175 N: 14975] (67209)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 14:52]
    Hello Jorge,

    This is the new normal. In a book I am writing I spoke about the 9.3 million tourists each year to the Mona Lisa. They go in, and take their places, in front of the painting. Then they turn their back to the painting and shoot "a selfie." It's a statement that they were there. These children are having a good time.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Panorama...Canon EOS 30D

    Panorama...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7109 W: 157 N: 10869] (103954)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 14:25]
    Hello Krzysztof,

    The colors of spring... the early autumn colors along with the red tile roofs create a complementary scene. Presented as a panorama was a wise choice. The viewer of the photo "feels" the expression of being there.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Under the bridgeSony DSC HX200v

    Under the bridge
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9683 W: 123 N: 17935] (95902) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 14:23]
    Ciao Luciano,

    It's a gorgeous Impressionist painting of the waterway with the pastel colors shimmering. What a view!

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Snow Monkey 2017 #1Canon 1DX

    Snow Monkey 2017 #1
    bukitgolfb301 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2022 W: 0 N: 3606] (44279)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 14:16]
    Hello Takero San,

    It's an endearing photo of the snow monkey with her offspring. There is something so human about these creatures. Is that water or snow in the background?

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Regards from PAris

    Regards from PAris
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7957 W: 103 N: 20164] (104216)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 14:12]
    Hello Malgorzata,

    We all see dozens, maybe hundreds of photos "of the Sacre Coeur," but rarely do we see a photo "from the Sacre Coeur." It's an impressive view, thank you for climbing to the top and letting us join you on the experience.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Rota XVNikon D3100

    Rota XV
    cornejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3913 W: 5 N: 8606] (45432)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 14:09]
    Hello Angel,

    When I first looked at the thumbnail, I wondered whether it was a window or a mirror. Thanks for the note with all the detail. It's a very effective photo,

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: sea view from mountain

    sea view from mountain
    COSTANTINO Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5774 W: 22 N: 9405] (68194)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 14:05]
    Hello Constantino,

    It is a photo that actually conveys the feeling of the winter, wet, and penetrating cold. I can see that you are having a hard winter. Pun intended, warm regards, Constantino,

    Bulent

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: In the streets of Bhubaneswar

    In the streets of Bhubaneswar
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5662 W: 377 N: 11605] (57389) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 13:57]
    Hello Gert,

    For a photo you don't remember taking, it is a work of art. The exotic setting, the two you women shopping for fruit, and the man... all set against the wet pavement. It could be more effective only with the sounds and smells of the setting. A future generation will no doubt see it that way. As a photo it is one of your best.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: House of CardsNikon Coolpix S9300

    House of Cards
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6969 W: 53 N: 11613] (42130)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 13:37]
    Hello Lars,

    In July of 2014 when you took this photo, I was in Japan at a considerably different scene, listening to drums and watching a festival (I just posted). Indeed, tomorrow is the day of the Inauguration and we are all headed into it divided... The TV is on behind me for a concert from the Lincoln Memorial in advance of tomorrow's event. Let us hope for the better. This is is a gorgeous shot of the Capital, perfectly symmetric in perspective. As for your question, "What would have happened if it had been Mr Underwood who had run for President against Mr. Trump?" He too would have been steamrolled by Mr. Trump.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Sheep in fog IVCanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Sheep in fog IV
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 22073 W: 523 N: 36259] (157892)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 13:29]
    Dear John,

    Whenever I see a beautiful atmospheric photo like this, I think of listening to Bach "Sheep May Safely Graze". The scene is tranquil and very beautiful.

    Warm regards, John,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Late afternoon in PitlochryCanon EOS 60D

    Late afternoon in Pitlochry
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9206 W: 611 N: 16629] (76145)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 13:25]
    Hello Ike,

    More than anything else, it's the "Fish & Chips" sign that sets the tone, it's sharp, colorful, and places the photo in the British Isles. I see you took the photo last October. Good photo and note,

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • PhilippinesPhilippines
    Title: JEEPNEY

    JEEPNEY
    serp2000 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3606 W: 76 N: 5564] (45312)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-19 13:20]
    Hello Serghei,

    This is a cross between an armor car, Humvee, a bus... But a Jeepney, I had not heard about them before. The photo is first rate, and informed by an excellent note. Warm regards, Serghei,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Second Avenue Subway II

    Second Avenue Subway II
    worldcitizen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1481 W: 235 N: 2292] (9178)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-18 11:08] [+]
    Hello Brenda,

    With close friends living at 86th Street and Second Avenue, for several years now I've seen construction on the subway. So now, it has reached 96th Street. Will it stretch very much farther? Along the platform on the right side, is that the ghostly view of a train passing by?

    Wonderful shot, Brenda.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: purposes

    purposes
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4754 W: 13 N: 9732] (49861)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-18 10:08]
    Hello Ourania,

    A fleeting pitstop for the ferry, I've seen this sight many times, and enjoyed it each time. There are always the beckoning ruins of the timeless civilizations: enthusiasm if you are just disembarking or the memories of what you've recently seen as you are boarding. Excellent, slice of daily life scene on an August day in the South Aegean. Thanks for taking us along,

    Regards,

    Bulent

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: working man bluesNikon D3200

    working man blues
    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2060 W: 34 N: 3378] (19703)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-17 12:16]
    Hello Benny,

    It's a great shot, the well-illuminated, flag-decorated building serving as the backdrop to the statue seen almost in silhouette. You've managed to place the statue at roughly 62% from the left (as you must know, the golden ratio is 0.618) most agreeable to the greatest artists. On my screen, the frame has a width of 29 cm, and the statue's left eye is at 17.9 cm. Divide 29.0 cm by 17.9 cm to get the result.

    The note is highly informative.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: View from the cable carSony Alpha 6000

    View from the cable car
    claudeD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 76 N: 1186] (40856)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 477 N: 11771] (39927) [2017-01-17 12:04]
    Bonjour Jean Claude,

    I like this shot of the cable car, and from the cable car, showing a panoramic view Koblenz. It's possible to get a bird's eye view of the rivers, the junction, with the actual cables serving to establish a focal point.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

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