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  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Mukilteo LIghthouseCanon 1D MKII N

    Mukilteo LIghthouse
    fotoguy22 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 60 N: 666] (4696)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-28 2:20]
    Hi Greg,

    Thanks for your kind critique on my last picture! So I decided to have a look at your gallery.

    This is a fabulous photograph and demonstrates that you are not only good at your sports (and particularly baseball) pictures but also at landscape images too.

    Your composition not only obeys the classical "rules" but is also very pleasing with all the elements very nicely arranged within the frame. The light and colours are wonderful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness exquisite, especially when viewed at full size.

    Although you do not mention it in your notes, could this possibly be an HDR image? If so, the HDR work has been done very subtly and expertly as I often find that HDR images have been "overcooked" giving them a surreal appearance which this picture certainly doesn't have.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The White DoorSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    The White Door
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3876 W: 7 N: 5823] (44431)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 17:29]
    Hello Brian,

    I can understand your desire to get closer to this building. But is that a desire to get so close that you might get inside for some interesting shots, to get some more "personal" shots from outside, or is it simply that boyish craving to do something which is clearly forbidden?

    Whatever the reason, you have still managed to produce a fabulous image from some distance, making the best use of a long lens. The regular "graphic" disposition of the windows (and the white door, of course) is very attractive and I love the contrasts between the different coloured bricks and the blue reflections of the sky from the intact parts of the windows.

    Lovely light and fine vibrant colours, good simple composition and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The 20th RallyCanon EOS 60D

    The 20th Rally
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6321 W: 241 N: 10853] (72614)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 17:14]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Three fabulous photographs from this "stage" of a motor rally, presumably through a forest. I hope there were no casualities - in the Scottish Borders a few weeks ago we had a tragedy when two rally cars crashed into the specators, killing three of them.

    Three spectacular shots with brilliant action helped by the flying mud and dust behind the cars. Good use of a fast shutter speed with perfect exposure, lovely light and colours and exceptional clarity.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Portrait à la tour Eiffel!Nikon D 90

    Portrait à la tour Eiffel!
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2202 W: 1088 N: 2018] (28604)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 17:06]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Three wonderful pictures of the "Tour Eiffel"!

    I love your main picture - I'm wondering how long you had to wait before that "lady in red" appeared in just the right place for you to be able to frame her between the "legs" of the model tower. Or was she sitting there when you arrived? However it happened, it happened perfectly and you have caught this pretty young lady in exactly the right position for her to be framed exactly right!

    Your first workshop picture shows us the details of this interesting "model" tower and your second workshop image is wonderful - the "model" and the "real" towers shown together from the perfect viewpoint.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: S.B. do Sapucaí nº 7 - BOM JESUS !Nikon D7000 DSLR

    S.B. do Sapucaí nº 7 - BOM JESUS !
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8490 W: 56 N: 11128] (60160)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 16:57]
    Hello Neyvan,

    What a gorgeous landscape view!

    The lighting is simply beautiful and, coming in low from the right, has illuminated the undulating hills and the trees beautifully, casting lovely shadows and bringing out all the wonderful derails of the landscape.

    The colours are vibrant and true, your exposure and composition perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: O' Children

    O' Children
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5079 W: 367 N: 10613] (52289)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 16:50]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    A perfect dedication in these troubled times when war and conflict appear to be on the increase and the main sufferers are the innocent victims, particularly children.

    And what a stunningly beautiful photograph to remind us that whoever or whatever we believe our God to be, He (or She) has provided us with with a beautiful place in which to live and all we seem to be able to do by way of appreciation is to destroy it - and ourselves into the bargain.

    How wonderful that you were with Malgo when you took this one! I seem to recall a picture which Malgo posted some time ago and which echoed those same gorgeous colours - the colours of liquid gold.

    The sky is fabulously dramatic, the sun, hidden behind a large cloud, lighting up that cloud's edges and sending beams of light toward the horizon almost as in an artist's interpretation of some Biblical scene. Yet that same light softens as it hits the sea and the waves in the foreground have a much softer and calmer appearance.

    A truly stunning image with fabulous light and colours, perfectly captured with spot-on exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Going For GoldCanon EOS 400D

    Going For Gold
    finlay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 7 N: 304] (1549)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 16:08] [+]
    Hi Finlay,

    A lovely photograph from today - and a historic one at that, showing the eventual winner of this marathon as he passes Pollok Park.

    I can imagine that the route of the marathon must have been quite crowded with spectators, so I suspect you probably did your homework well in advance and planned your position and got there pretty well ahead of the event too.

    Your composition is good and what is really appealing is that Shelley has excellent eye contact with you - or your camera - and I like the way we can see water spilled from the water bottles too as that adds to the action. Just such a slight pity that we can't quite see the feet of all of the runners - I wonder if they are in your original image or not?

    An excellent and historic photograph.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Trim Haymaking Festival 2014Canon EOS 60D

    Trim Haymaking Festival 2014
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2468 W: 12 N: 5773] (20085)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 15:57]
    Hi Noel,

    As always, you have given us a very interesting note and a lovely photograph to accompany it.

    I can understand how much you love going to this event - I am sure there's lots to learn, some wonderful people to meet and chat with, and many good photographic opportunities too.

    This is a delightful picture showing this older man doing the sort of manual work which must have been so prevalent in the days before mechanisation was introduced into farming. And where else could this be than Ireland (or, perhaps, Scotland) with that fit looking elderly gentleman sporting such a pale complexion with rosy cheeks?

    Your viewpoint is good, having included the castle as a fine background, your relatively slow shutter speed has shown movement in the hay as he tosses it, the light and colours are lovely and the details and sharpness are excellent.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Vernazza ViewsPentax K7

    Vernazza Views
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4641 W: 88 N: 10543] (51374)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 15:47] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    Na, I don't like it - I LOVE it!!

    This is a fabulously beautiful photograph, perfectly composed and with the most delicious combination of light and shade. The harbour, with its boats and reflections on its calm water, makes a fine foreground and is surrounded by beautiful sunlit buildings, giving it a delightfully "cozy" feel, and all topped off by just a glimpse of the distant sea.

    Your viewpoint is just perfect, you have chosen exactly the right time of day to achieve this lovely light, the colours are divine and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: FemundenCanon PowerShot G1 X

    Femunden
    saxo042 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3564 W: 206 N: 5671] (36702)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 15:39]
    Hi Gunnar,

    An interesting note and fascinating to learn that you lost a sizeable chunk of your country to Norway in the 18th Century.

    And a beautiful photograph which shows how such an appealing and spectacular picture can be produced with such a limited colour palette of shades almost entirely of blue - with th exception, of course, of your "signature" splash of red!

    A wonderfully simple yet attractive composition with the boat and its occupants perfectly placed in the frame and balanced nicely by the little bit of foliage at bottom left. Lovely light and reflections, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Metropolitan - Saticoy Country ClubSigma SD14

    Metropolitan - Saticoy Country Club
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 970 W: 1 N: 2406] (9849)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 15:23]
    Hi Ray,

    This is a delightful photograph of this car, taken from just the right angle to show off its two-tone gleaming paintwork and its proportions to best effect. The picture is incredibly sharp and clear, the light is good and the colours are vibrant yet true.

    Strangely enough, the Nash Metropolitan was actually produced and assembled in Britain, the mechanical parts being made by the Austin Motor Company and the bodywork by British Pressed Steel. This was the first time an American-designed car, to be exclusively marketed in North America, had been entirely built in Europe. However, by 1957, permission had been granted by Nash to allow Austin to produce numbers of the car (badged as "Austin Metropolitan") to be sold in the British and European markets.

    I can remember a few of these cars in Britain when I was a kid. They looked really odd and rather futuristic too but they had an appalling reputation for very poor road handling - the overhang of the body on either side and the soft suspension made them roll badly on cornering. So, yes, your Mom was probably right on two counts - dangerous because the car might attract strange women - and it might kill you too! But, oddly enough, Nash actually designed this car with the definite purpose of making it appeal to women drivers - so perhaps your Mom should have suggested you buy yourself a more "macho" set of wheels than a Nash Metropolitan. And definitely something a bit faster - these cars were as slow as treacle!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Better pastures ?

    Better pastures ?
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4389 W: 265 N: 7634] (62368)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 3:11]
    Bonjour Denis,

    An interesting note about these cow bells and a brilliant photograph to accompany it.

    Yes, as we say, "The grass on the other side is always greener", and here we see this cow standing in contemplative mood wondering if the grass in the distance is, perhaps, just a little more lush and tastier than what lies before her.

    Glorious light and colours, incredible depth of field and sharpness and excellent and pleasing composition too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Albata - whatzathat?Canon 5D Mark III

    Albata - whatzathat?
    photoray Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 970 W: 1 N: 2406] (9849)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-27 3:07]
    Hi Ray,

    A brilliant photograph of this strange but very fast looking automobile! And well done Malgo for doing the research to tell you about this particular car and its interesting history!

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Space Needle

    Space Needle
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1473 W: 0 N: 3525] (17507)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-26 0:22]
    Hello Ann,

    An interesting note and a very striking and appealing photograph in the strong and simple style of composition which you love and do so very well indeed.

    The layout of all the elements in this picture is just perfect; the lines, shapes and forms work very well together, the colours are wonderfully vibrant and technically it is superb with spot-on exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TanzaniaTanzania
    Title: IncognitoCanon EOS 1Ds Mark III

    Incognito
    InasiaJones Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 152 N: 6195] (31250)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-20 16:39]
    Hello André,

    Your note is interesting but, from this picture, I don't think I would have been aware that this man was actively avoiding being photographed - rather I see him simply sitting engossed in reading his newspaper and unaware of your presence.

    Whatever the situation, you have captured this scene perfectly and the man is well placed in the frame against the blue door (matching his trousers) and his newspaper also is an added focal point because it has some bright and varied colours in its bold text. In fact, the soft subdued lighting brings out the colours beautfully, your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite - as always.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Roofs of La Chapelle-d'Abondance

    Roofs of La Chapelle-d'Abondance
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4389 W: 265 N: 7634] (62368)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-20 16:18]
    Bonjour Denis,

    Yes, I see that there is a variety of different roof claddings on these new buildings but the glorious warm low evening light is very forgiving and you have taken this photograph at exactly the right time as the light cascades across those roofs and strikes the church tower, making them stand out beautifully against the much darker, shaded, hillside.

    Glorious light and colours, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: House FiskebäckskilMinolta SRT 101

    House Fiskebäckskil
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6321 W: 241 N: 10853] (72614)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-20 15:23]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Despite what you say, I think this is an excellent image, especially considering that it was scanned from an old "bromide" photograph.

    The colours might not be absolutely perfect but your composition is excellent as also are the details and sharpness. I wonder how much time the occupants of this house spend on looking after those glorious flowers?

    A very interesting note too - this place can't be all that far from Gothenburg where Gunnar (saxo042) lives.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: ColdridgeFinePix S4500

    Coldridge
    jadesgran Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 470 W: 0 N: 293] (4880)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-20 15:15]
    Hello Gladys,

    Yes, definitely worth a picture! It is a lovely scene and you have captured it perfectly - well, Edward (Spyder) did straighten it for you (!) - and of course, as many others have also commented, it is the presence of those wonderful "stooks" which makes it so appealing as well as bringing back many old memories for a lot of us.

    Your composition is excellent and I love how the lines of the stooks in the field curve around and lead us from the foreground toward the church and then off to the left and into the distance. Gorgeous light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: Dessin de plageNikon D800

    Dessin de plage
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7880 W: 0 N: 13871] (115280)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-20 15:07]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    A fine simple and yet very appealing composition with the little river snaking its way across the shore before finally reaching the sea. Lovely light and soft colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness, even down to the tiny birds along the line of the flowing water.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: For Our Brothers & Sisters on MH17

    For Our Brothers & Sisters on MH17
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5079 W: 367 N: 10613] (52289)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286) [2014-07-20 15:03]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    A very appropriate dedication to those poor souls lost on flight MH17 and their heartboken families and friends. In fact, I believe that the number of people lost is now 298.

    A beautiful image, presumably taken in either early morning or late evening sunshine with glorious colours, fabulous reflections and a fine composition. Exposure and sharpness first class as always.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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