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  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: ONE OF BLUE ANGELS (tribute to Eleu)

    ONE OF BLUE ANGELS (tribute to Eleu)
    serp2000 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2885 W: 63 N: 4142] (35764)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-18 1:21] [+]
    Hello Dear Serghei,

    At the outset, I like the composition with the juxtaposition of a pair of fairly old planes. That is probably a DC-3 in the back, and the small jet fighter in the foreground. Eleu would know well.

    It was wonderful to see you in Pasadena. Thank you for attending my lecture at the Norton Simon Museum. The following day, we traveled back to Los Angeles and flew to Las Vegas for two days. Then we returned to Los Angeles, and boarded a plane for Washington, DC. I continued onto Istanbul, where I am now. This afternoon at 3:00 pm local time (4:00 or 5:00 pm in Russia, 5:00 am in California) I must give a lecture. We have now met in 2013 and 2014. I hope we can make it a habit in the future.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: fire in the sky

    fire in the sky
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2471 W: 4 N: 4740] (22722)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 21:06]
    Hello Ourania,

    Your description, "Fire in the sky," is entirely appropriate for this genuinely beautiful seascape. It reminds me of some of the seascapes produced by the Dutch Masters of the Dutch Golden Age. It's almost too beautiful to believe it's real.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Reflets aux ìlesNikon D800

    Reflets aux ìles
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7555 W: 0 N: 13700] (111282) *



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 20:57]
    Hello Nicolas,

    The magical light and the mirror-like surface of the water has produced two photos for the price of one. The composition, colors, resolution... are all first rate.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Passing Ship in Snowstorm

    Passing Ship in Snowstorm
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1432 W: 0 N: 3380] (16819)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 20:53]
    Hello Ann,

    I love the magical light in which you've captured the Vesteralen, and the informative note. I had not heard of this particular voyage, but it has certainly intrigued me.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Guarding the unruly crowd

    Guarding the unruly crowd
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3177 W: 284 N: 6407] (34613)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 20:47]
    Hello Gert,

    The "unruly crowd," is a facetious title! They could be the urchins of the "Slum Dog Millionaire." Again, the scanned image harks back to 37 years ago, and some of these children are now pushing 50. It's a first rate example of photojournalism;

    Warm regards from Los Angeles,

    Bulent

  • ArmeniaArmenia
    Title: Night on Cascade (my 1800th)

    Night on Cascade (my 1800th)
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4649 W: 76 N: 11355] (68576)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 8:39]
    Dear Malgo,

    Congratulations on your 1800th. The resolution, sharpness and color fidelity are perfect in this photo with symmetric perspective. I should have asked you to log into my website, so that a flag of Armenia would be raised in the "Flag Counter." We have been in Las Vegas for the past two days, and in LA and Pasadena for the three days prior to that. We return to Virginia then I leave tomorrow for Istanbul. I could never match your travels, but we did see Serghei in Pasadena. He came to my lecture and a small reception following the lecture.

    Warm regards to your family. How many minutes will you be home, before you leave on another lengthy trip.

    Bulent

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Between RealitiesCanon PowerShot G1 X

    Between Realities
    saxo042 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3511 W: 207 N: 5459] (35798)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 5:52]
    Hello Gunnar,

    I have always enjoyed pictures and paintings at exhibitions, and I've enjoyed just a much seeing the visitors. You note is thoughtful and a pleasure to read. I hope you don't mind, but I am hanging this beauty in the group theme, Pictures at an Exhibition II.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ChinaChina
    Title: Black Dragon PoolCANON EOS 600D

    Black Dragon Pool
    Kamilutka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 478 W: 0 N: 1405] (6631)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 5:31]
    Witaj Kamila,

    There is a extraordinary serenity in this scene, with the roofs seemingly having floated into place. The water and bridge, and the steep hill behind, all perfectly placed in the frame. Thank you for letting us see this lovely place vicariously.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Devotion # 2Canon EOS 700D

    Devotion # 2
    Romano46 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1031 W: 0 N: 2448] (15574)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 5:28]
    Ciao Romano,

    This is a magnificent photo, of the lady in devotion in front of massive Rococo mural, but what is especially eye-catching is her roll-on suitcase behind her. Where is she coming from and where is she going? Your note is very good for the details of the edifice.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SerbiaSerbia
    Title: Zaprezna kola.Nikon D300

    Zaprezna kola.
    pajaran Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5927 W: 1713 N: 10032] (45488)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 5:19]
    Witaj Paja,

    You have created a wonderful ensemble of ancient carts and parts (for the carts). The colors are all compatible in your collection of six photos, and appropriately framed.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Entrée du châteauPanasonic LUMIX DMC FZ38

    Entrée du château
    papagolf21 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10549 W: 884 N: 19720] (81646)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 5:16]
    Bonjour mon cher ami Philippe,

    The ivy covered 19th century structure, built on the ruins of the 14th century chateaux, represent a veritable time capsule. I like the photo and just as much, the note.

    Amicalement, Philippe,

    Bulent

  • IsraelIsrael
    Title: A window to seaPanasonic Lumix DMC FZ35

    A window to sea
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5211 W: 575 N: 9781] (48302)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 5:11]
    Hello Ike,

    The Swiss Cheese-like ruins serve as multiple windows to the Mediterranean. What I also like here is that it is scene I remember from one of my visits to Israel. Thank you for the informative note.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Green bridgesCanon EOS 1100D

    Green bridges
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5902 W: 61 N: 16985] (76370)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 5:07]
    Hello Stephen,

    The cerulean blue, the reflection of the sky in the canal, becomes the focal point of this fine photo, but it is the engaging note that is just as interesting for me. You must have been standing on an adjacent bridge to capture this lovely scene.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Man in the BusOlympus OMD EM5

    Man in the Bus
    siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2510 W: 20 N: 3832] (29617)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-15 4:58]
    Hello Malgorzata,

    Surrounded by transparent glass, creating a situation of reflections and refraction, there is sense of extra dimension. It's a very clever photo. I like it very much.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Beautiful grit

    Beautiful grit
    worldcitizen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1196 W: 213 N: 1450] (6115)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-08 13:35]
    Hello dear Brenda,

    The young woman leaning against a steel girder makes a compelling sight, "What is she contemplating?" "Or is she on her cell phone, hidden by her thick hair" The straps on her backpack are reminiscent of Minuteman outfits.

    Regards,

    Bulent

  • United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
    Title: Burj KhalifaNikon D3100

    Burj Khalifa
    krzychu30 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1711 W: 0 N: 3146] (14986)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-08 5:57]
    Hello Krzysztof,

    In the third photo you posted (from the top) I could see a building with an angled roof far far below. Now I can see that building clearly in this photo. A year ago in April were were in Dubai for a day, as I mentioned in my other critique, but missed the opportunity to ascend to the top. I am very happy to see your marvelous photos.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Cubist Skylight @ Museu Blau BarcelonaNikon D7000

    Cubist Skylight @ Museu Blau Barcelona
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 501 W: 6 N: 1247] (6514)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-08 3:03]
    Hello Michael,

    You were highly observant in creating this image of abstract geometric shapes and textures. I like it very much. Incidentally, on your Intro Page you list some links to your other photographic endeavors. You could make them live links by embedding them in fairly simply html code, e.g. my website, as I did with mine, Bulent Atalay
    Drop me an email at drbatalay@gmail.com, and I'll be happy to give you the code.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: The Scala Sancta

    The Scala Sancta
    terez93 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 72 W: 75 N: 353] (962)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-07 18:43]
    Hello Terez,

    I placed this image from the Basilica of Stl John in Lateran in the group theme Memorable Staircases. Along with the rich note, you've given us a very good package.

    Regards,

    Bulent

  • NepalNepal
    Title: At Kodari-3Nikon Coolpix P7000

    At Kodari-3
    nikkitta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1405 W: 9 N: 2757] (11142)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-07 18:38]
    Hello Maria,

    What stunning topography Nepal possesses, where even the foothills of the Himalayas tower over most peaks around the world. Here above the truck and building, one a vertical hillside rises, seemingly endlessly. I am glad you did not show the top of the hill, placing no limit on its height.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

  • NamibiaNamibia
    Title: THE MOON OF NAMIBIA

    THE MOON OF NAMIBIA
    jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6820 W: 181 N: 11991] (50347)



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    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5933 W: 454 N: 10199] (34109) [2014-04-07 18:34]
    Hello Jorge,

    What a clever juxtaposition of the bird and moon, seemingly hanging from a bare branch as if it were a cotton ball stuck to it.

    Warm regards,

    Bulent

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