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  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: the devil's pathCanon EOS 650D

    the devil's path
    bostankorkulugu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3403 W: 744 N: 8247] (42512)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-14 3:33]
    Merhaba Korkut,

    Bu sahane fotografi, ve hatta daha evel cektiginiz 8-10 fotografla beraber yeni bir group theme'e aldim, "Compelling Backdrops."

    Selam ve sevgiler,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Above the "New Calton Burial ground"Canon EOS 60D

    Above the "New Calton Burial ground"
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9752 W: 618 N: 18036] (80932)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-12 18:07]
    Hello Ike,

    I like very much expansive views that show different components of civilization — housing, factories, sports fields, school — and set them against the natural backdrop, in this instance the hills of Scotland.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Pitjantjatjara

    Pitjantjatjara
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5673 W: 369 N: 12380] (60072)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-11 12:33]
    Hello dear Lisa,

    This is a superb portrait of the guitar player, Frank Yamma. You were perfectly positioned to capture him in performance. Meanwhile, I listened to his soulful singing at the links that you were kind enough to provide.

    Warm regard, Lisa,

    Bulent

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Full moonFujifilm FinePix HS30EXR

    Full moon
    rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2328 W: 0 N: 5712] (44928)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-09 21:38]
    Hello Ryszard,

    The gorgeous image of the mood reminds me of Dean Martin song, "That's Amore," where he likens the mood to "big pizza pie." You photographed the moon to perfection and I will place it in the group theme, The Moon....

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: RuggedPanasonic Lumix TZ70

    Rugged
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 448 W: 0 N: 1428] (6245)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-09 13:09]
    Hello Jean,

    This is a sharp image, thanks to the Lumix Leica lens and the photographer's skillful composition. The depth of field, echoing the actual height of the cliffs, is excellent.

    Have a good weekend,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Reflections of EdinburghNikon D-300

    Reflections of Edinburgh
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4937 W: 256 N: 11213] (45361)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-09 13:00]
    Hello Bev,

    With its glass facade, Waverley Street Station presents an unusual perspective on the North Bridge. Normally plate glass creates so much distortion. But in this instance, there is so little distortion that the bridge appears to be cantilevered.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Along Canal IXCanon 5D Mark III

    Along Canal IX
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 22741 W: 523 N: 37487] (162845)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-09 9:24]
    Dear John,

    Thanks to you, I have come to enjoy the beauty of the canals and the relaxed atmosphere of West Flanders. You ride along the canal, enjoy the clean air, and live a very long and healthy life. Just keep your bike out of the traffic where someone can cause an accident.

    Warm regards and have a good weekend,

    Bulent

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Bergen WaterfrontNikon D 90

    Bergen Waterfront
    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12743 W: 1019 N: 24671] (120911)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-09 9:17]
    Hello Chris,

    The spectrum of colors, the regularity of the roofs, all at the same optimum angle for the snowfall of Bergen, the rubber tires allowing fishing boats and yachts to dock, and the steeply rising hills comprise the impressions I take away from this excellent photo. I have visited Bergen 4-5 times and never been disappointed by the hustle and bustle of life in this Northern city.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: canon eos m5

    Passage d'un gué
    papagolf21 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14323 W: 880 N: 25947] (112616)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-08 14:44]
    Bonjour mon cher ami Philippe,

    The different depths and flow of the river are evident in the ford in the river. The water ripples and the sunlight appear to shimmer in the flowing water. Very good detail shot. Warm regards, Philippe,

    Bulent

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

    Exposure...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7776 W: 157 N: 11908] (109401)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-08 14:39]
    Witaj Krzysztof,

    The Armament Museum, I imagine, must have medieval and Renaissance Era weapons along with the modern historical weapons, e.g. the Soviet Era tanks. With the subdued light of an overcast sky eliminates stark contrasts of light and shadow, and one can see the details of the wheels and chain in greater detail.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • IraqIraq
    Title: The final battleground

    The final battleground
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6200 W: 397 N: 12515] (60898) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-08 14:21]
    Hello Gert,

    Indeed, it is a timeless photo. I did not know about the leaning minaret. It's quite amazing that it has not toppled after 800-900 years, especially it is curved so badly. Also, I did not know about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi selecting Mosul as the seat of his future Caliphate. I fear the minaret, the mosque, and most importantly, thousands of residents will become collateral damage in the liberation of the town.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Enkhuizen IISony DSC HX400v

    Enkhuizen II
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7428 W: 53 N: 12416] (45414)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-08 14:05]
    Hello Lars,

    An instructive photo and note based on your visit to Enkhuizen last September. I know so little of Holland, just from 2-3 visits to Amsterdam in the 1980s and again in 2010 when you were our gracious host. Do you know anything about the town and museum where van Meegeren's forgeries (Vermeer paintings) are on display? That's where I would like to visit.

    You critiqued my photo of the changing of the guard at the Stockholm Palace. Posting the photo was inspired by the photo you had posted earlier. In critiquing it I had mentioned that it would be good to do a macro photo of the guard's eyes showing the photographer reflected.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Pomnik Kapeli PraskiejSony HX200v

    Pomnik Kapeli Praskiej
    dekanski Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 308 W: 129 N: 816] (6200)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-08 13:13]
    Hello Aleksander,

    Artwork depicting culture and everyday life is always appealing to me. Future generations seeing such works will be able to appreciate life in earlier times much better. Your note is wonderful.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Lealt canyon cliffCanon EOS 60D

    Lealt canyon cliff
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9752 W: 618 N: 18036] (80932)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-08 9:03]
    Hello Ike,

    The two aspects of this extremely eye-catching scene are first, the brilliant colors of the scene — the cerulean blue sea, patches of green, and the earthy colors of the rocks — and the second, the remarkably rugged cliffs of the British Isles, especially on the Northern and Western coasts. You have done justice to both aspects.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Shirakawa-go Rice palanting festival #3Canon 1DX

    Shirakawa-go Rice palanting festival #3
    bukitgolfb301 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2067 W: 0 N: 3666] (45929)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-08 7:47]
    Dear Takero,

    This is a wonderful action shot. How did you charm these young women to behave in such an engaging manner, something that tourists would never be able to see. How many times did they have to jump in order to synchronize their leaps.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Rocca Albornoziana

    Rocca Albornoziana
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12805 W: 132 N: 26024] (156365) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-08 7:40]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    In your photo the massive building is seen through a misty atmosphere, and also through the mists of time. This is a work of art... complemented by a succinct but informative note. (My notes are generally too long.)

    Warm regards, good friend.

    Bulent

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: tavern and sea

    tavern and sea
    COSTANTINO Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6031 W: 22 N: 10066] (71377)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-08 7:28]
    Hello Dear Constantino,

    This photo indeed captures the atmosphere in dozens of Aegean Islands, the tavernas lining the shore, beautiful shades of blue and white, emblematic of the Greek flag. Clearly, you have the advantage of walking in that idyllic world that the great philosophers and artists saw through two-and-a-half millennia, but tourists only see in crowded conditions. I can picture Thales of Miletus being inspired by the sea and stars, and Aristarchus of Samos hypothesizing the spherical shape of the earth, and just a planet in a heliocentric universe.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: the blues & the abstract truthNikon D3200

    the blues & the abstract truth
    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2195 W: 34 N: 3780] (21519)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-07 22:22]
    Hello Benny,

    Seurat is alive! This is evidence that Pointillism lives in Antwerp, just as it still lives in Paris.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent


  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Superman works here

    Superman works here
    worldcitizen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1531 W: 241 N: 2445] (9680)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-07 21:00]
    Hello Brenda,

    I was away in April when you submitted this photo. Augmented by a wonderful note, what a wonderful package. In the lobby of Georgetown University's Foreign Service School, there was an illuminated globe similar to this one decades ago. Since then, I've seen them in in other places, including the Science Museum in Boston. This is an unusually beautiful setting in a cylindrical hall.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ChinaChina
    Title: On the way to Shangri La

    On the way to Shangri La
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8477 W: 108 N: 21568] (109263)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6748 W: 479 N: 12029] (40779) [2017-06-07 20:53]
    Hi Malgo,

    The colors of the wildflowers add to the green rolling hills. Shangri-La is as exotic a destination as anyone on Trekearth has visited. You are the unrivaled Queen of travel.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

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