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  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Chalets cachésNikon D800

    Chalets cachés
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8492 W: 0 N: 14044] (121800)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-22 0:33]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    What a delightful scene!

    And now we see the roofs of those "hidden" chalets appearing, poking their noses out through the snow covered trees and from the snowy hillside while warm evening light fills the sky and mist rolls in from the left.

    A simply and beautifully composed photograph with lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Hoar Frost on the MoorsNikon D200

    Hoar Frost on the Moors
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3203 W: 212 N: 7344] (29471)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-21 23:56]
    Hello Bev,

    What a wonderful scene this must have been to greet you on the first day of the New Year, albeit six years ago!

    Curiously, this picture has a wonderfully pleasing, relaxing and almost cosy feel to it despite the fact that we can fully appreciate how cold it must have been when you took it. Perhaps it's because the frosted grass reminds me somehow of decorated Christmas trees and a warm fireside, I don't know.

    Anyway, the frosted blades of grass in the foreground and the hoar frost also seen more widely on the grassland in the mid-ground and on the distant hills is well captured as well as the mist which hangs over the distant view. Beautiful soft light and delicate colours, a fine composition and excellent depth of field and overall quality.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Fuori dal giardino

    Fuori dal giardino
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2661 W: 20 N: 3245] (32650)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-21 23:48]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    What a wonderful idea to use this decorative wrought iron grille and its aperture not only to frame your photograph but also to make a very elegant and appealing foreground feature!

    You have coped with the wide differences in lighting very effectively as well as managing to attain remarkable depth of field and sharpness too. The distant view of the garden is beautiful and your picture is well composed and very appealing.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SingaporeSingapore
    Title: Marina Bay Sands Hotel FoyerFuji XT 1

    Marina Bay Sands Hotel Foyer
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 537 W: 6 N: 1465] (7408)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-21 23:42] [+]
    Hi Mike,

    What an interesting note you have written and your workshop picture helps us to put the idea of a "banana boat" sitting atop this hotel in perfect context. You clearly had more time than just a quick "stop over" in Singapore on your journey to the Antipodes.

    And what a delightful and colourful photograph your main image is! And how well you and your camera have coped with taking this photograph in such dim lighting (and, presumably, hand-held). I love the wonderfully vibrant colours against which the people queuing are perfectly silhouetted in their varied poses and the foreground, occupied by their shadows, is delightful.

    A very well seen and captured scene with fabulous light and colours and amazingly good technical quality considering the lighting conditions.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The "Temple Neuf of MetzCanon EOS 60D

    The "Temple Neuf of Metz
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6555 W: 236 N: 11364] (76258)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-21 23:32]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    You have given us a very interesting note, particularly regarding the architecture of the "Temple Neuf", as well as a very fine photograph to illustrate it.

    The diagonal line of the water's edge "underlines" your composition very effectively and the "Temple Neuf" is perfectly placed in the frame and nicely balanced by a smaller spire at far right. The light and colours are delightful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness superb.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: St. John LateranCanon EOS 700D

    St. John Lateran
    Romano46 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 2858] (18414)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-21 12:28]
    Ciao caro Romano,

    A very interesting and informative note and a beautiful photograph to accompany it!

    As with so many excellent photographs, it is the wonderful quality of the light which makes this one so special. And I think your expert use of a polarising filter has helped very much to darken the sky and hence make the façade of this magnificent building stand out so well against it and and the building's surroundings.

    The light and colours are perfect, your composition is very strong and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Number 20Nikon D-300

    Number 20
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3203 W: 212 N: 7344] (29471)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-20 23:39]
    Hello Bev,

    Yes, perhaps not quite the sort of craft in which Francis Chichester or Robin Knox Johnston would want to tackle Cape Horn, but it's a very pretty little boat, sitting there in calm water with lovely colours and decorated by floats of contrasting colours hanging from its gunwales.

    And you've caught this boat beautifully in this photograph with some nice reflections on the water and with its ropes nicely tethering it within the frame. The inclusion of the shore also helps hold the composition together very nicely.

    Good light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • MalaysiaMalaysia
    Title: Singapore Central Business District 1Fuji XT 1

    Singapore Central Business District 1
    mjw364 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 537 W: 6 N: 1465] (7408)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-20 23:31]
    Hi Mike,

    I'm pleased that you have arrived safely in Australia and I hope that the life and the people in Melbourne are up to your expectations. And how nice that you actually managed to get out and about with your camera during your short stop off in Singapore on the way there.

    A very interesting and thought provoking note and a very fine photograph to accompany it.

    A lovely graphic and geometric image, very well composed and with lovely soft light and what appear like very true colours. The details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Looking forward to seeing some pictures from Australia. Now that you're down under, you'll no doubt be hoping to taste the true flavour of the bush.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Evening - Lofoten Islands

    Evening - Lofoten Islands
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1612 W: 0 N: 3986] (19531) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-18 23:07]
    Good morning Ann,

    What a spectacular photograph to greet me on this freezing cold morning, having just come back indoors after scraping the ice and snow off my wife's car so that she can get off to work! So now I can fully appreciate how cold it must have been up here as darkness fell in early spring!

    This is a beautiful "blue hour" shot though I imagine that to your eyes it felt a bit beyond that - almost darkness. I don't think I've ever known you present a picture taken at ISO 6400 before but, despite your apologies for less than perfect quality, I think your camera has done exceedimngly well and I see very little evidence of noise. And very well done you to to be able to hold a camera steady for 1/20 second in such cold conditions!

    And this is a beautifully composed photograph, the cold blue sky and the huge snow covered mountains making a superb backdrop to the warmly lit and cosy looking houses at the waterside. The reflections of the lights and houses on the water are delightful.

    A lovely mixture of natural and artificial light, lovely colours, perfect exposure and, despite the slow shutter speed and high ISO, stunning details and sharpness throughout.

    And, of course, an interesting and informative note.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Canary ConnectionsSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Canary Connections
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4184 W: 7 N: 6472] (48586) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-18 5:27]
    Hello Brian,

    The thumbnail of this picture jumped out of the screen at me and the full sized image is noo disappointent: it is absolutely stunning.

    Your composition is bold and obeys all the rules but it is the light and the quality of it that really makes this picture a winner in my eyes. The sublety of light and shade, the wonderfully vibrant colours all add to the appeal as well as the feeling of depth in the image - a feature which makes me feel that I am actually here, standing looking at these beautiful façades and their perfect reflections in the water. And, of course, immaculate technical quality as always!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Midsummer MorningNikonD300s

    Midsummer Morning
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1075 W: 41 N: 1967] (14085)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-17 8:48]
    Hello Les,

    Ah, ha, I think I recognise that tree, bent over and leaning over that hedgerow as though it's craning its neck to get a better view! You've definitely shown us that tree before - and taken from two different viewpoints if I remember correctly.

    But what a spectacular shot you have been rewarded with for climbing out of bed early to catch the midsummer sunrise! Before 6 a.m. you were here - if your exif data are correct. The light and colours are divine, especially as the warm light catches the cut field and the nearest straw bale. But the colours in the sky and the mist hanging in the distance are beautiful too.

    A very fine composition with stunning details and sharpness - and an excellent "stitch" of two images as well.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Shelly BeachCanon AE 1

    Shelly Beach
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 287 N: 1402] (6968)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-17 8:40] [+]
    Hello Will,

    This is a fabulous result from a scanned slide! My old slide scanner scans at a maximum of 1,800 dpi but, quite honestly, I thnk that's probably more than sufficient for the quality of slides which I have! This scan, however, is in a totally different league to any of mine.

    What a wonderful remote place: it looks like Paradise with its soft undulating sands, calm water and a glorious sky above. It must have been wonderful to visit this place when you were living in Australia - was it far from where you lived?

    An excellent and pleasing composition with the two beached boats perfectly placed in the frame, beautiful strong light and amazingly vibrant colours. Excellent details and sharpness too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Pause for CoffeeCanon EOS 60D

    Pause for Coffee
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2835 W: 15 N: 6875] (24163)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-17 8:00]
    Hi Noel,

    First of all, you should make no apology for the technical quality of this photograph - I think it's absolutely superb considering the extremely difficult lighting conditions you were faced with in this coffee shop, what with the extreme brightness outside and the much darker interior. I think you've done a splendid job!

    You must have had your ISO "wound up" pretty high (you're a secretive sort of a chap and never seem to let us see your exif data! :o) ) and yet I see little evidence of noise in this picture. You've also achieved excellent sharpness and depth of field, the only slightly out of focus thing being the lady who's obviously very close to you.

    I like how you have converted the exterior (and most of the interior) view to monochome yet retained the warm orange glow of part of the inside of the shop. That helps add depth to the image and makes the interior appear all the more inviting.

    A fine composition as well as an exccellent "candid" shot too. Perhaps you will go the way that Craig (macjake) has gone and we shall start seeing more and more people pictures soon?

    Oh, yes, and, as always, an interesting and informative note!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Chicago Train StationPentax K7

    Chicago Train Station
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5027 W: 88 N: 11758] (56406)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-17 7:24] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    This is yet another photograph of yours which has got me thinking about that ultra-wide Sigma lens again!

    Yep, I can see that the lighting was less than helpful but you have managed the difficulties exceedingly well and come up with three stunning interior photographs. I think your main picture must be my favourite but I lke the other two as well - and why shouldn't the Americans be keen to display and wave their flag at every opportunity? :o)

    Again, I think the inclusion of people does add a lot to this picture - this huge interior would look bare without people in it. The light you have managed very well and it's absolutely gorgeous and there's absolutely no sign of overexposure in those roof windows - which is remarkable. Lovely colours too, perfect exposure and your usual immaculate details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Were these pictures hand held?

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: caffé e CorriereSony RX100 II

    caffé e Corriere
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 128 N: 1202] (18139)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-17 5:49]
    Bonjour Roland,

    Ah, ha, this cheers me up! It's lovely to imagine myself sitting here in Naples in the sunshine, relaxing with a cup of coffee, while now I sit here in Scotland on a horribly cold, wet and windy day!

    A lovely relaxing scene, very well captured and with lovely light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Millennial ReflectionCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Millennial Reflection
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2913 W: 95 N: 7304] (30610)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-17 5:37]
    Hello Mariusz,

    This is another of your absolutely beautiful photographs of Newcastle's Millennium Bridge! You have very carefully chosen exactly the right time of day and exactly the right lighting conditions and you have also been very expert in your use of a polarising filter to enhance both the sky and the lovely reflections in the calm water. I'm wondering exactly at what time of day you took this and whether or not this was a long exposure?

    An excellent, well balanced and pleasing composition with beautiful light which makes the distant buildings and the bridge stand out perfectly against the darker sky and water. The reflections are absolutely stunning, your colours are true and the details and sharpness, as always, are exquisite. A true masterpiece!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Good Polish food

    Good Polish food
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3659 W: 309 N: 7917] (40893)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-17 5:13]
    Hello Gert,

    I can quite believe that Polish food (and sausages in particular) can be quite delicious and, if the wooden lady is anything to go by, the sausages might perhaps even help you put on weight and even bring about some splendid enhancement of certain female anatomical parts too. Quite an advertisement!

    And your photograph is quite an advertisement too: I am feeling a little hungy just now and could think of nothing better than joining this couple in a tasty snack.

    A delightful and well taken photograph with good composition, the big happy female statue perfectly placed in front of the kiosk and the two diners nicely balancing her on the left side. The light and colours are good and the whole mood is nicely lifted by the baskets of bright and colourful flowers.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Eternal Light - Eternal Night

    Eternal Light - Eternal Night
    annjackman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1612 W: 0 N: 3986] (19531)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-17 2:41] [+]
    Hello Ann,

    Nice to see you back - I was wondering if you were either very busy or else away on another lovely trip somewhere.

    This is a beautiful photograph from your trip last year on the Hurtigruten, very well composed and very moody too: I've read your confession and I think the partial desaturation of the sky was perfectly excusable and, as well as adding more interest to the sky, it has also helped "lift" the foreground and given added depth to the image very nicely. And the colourful "Eternal Light: Eternal Night" underlines the composition superbly well.

    Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Interestingly, we had an illustrated talk at our camera club last night from Peter Paterson FRPS from Edinburgh. As well as a huge variety of other pictures he also showed a few from Yellowstone from February, 2012. He also showed us a photo of that very same maroon 'bus in which you had travelled so I'm wondering if he was on that same trip with you? You can see some of his Yellowstone pictures on his website here.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Take a Few Steps BackPentax K7

    Take a Few Steps Back
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5027 W: 88 N: 11758] (56406)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-16 9:16]
    Hi Craig,

    Having not long ago commented on your photograph of the little girl playing in the water, I now know exactly where you were when you took that shot! Thank you for your reply too - so now you don't need to add a map to your last shot! And, incidentally, I thought your that shot really did "hit the ball out of the park" if you want my opinion!

    This too is a brilliant picture. Your composition is excellent and we can see the "Bean" perfectly off in the distance with the tall buildings behind beautifully portrayed against a lovely blue sky. Nice to see so many people thronging the place too because they certainly do add interest. But what immediately draws my attention, however, is the gigantic bum of the person (the one with the yellow and red hat) slap bang in the middle of the foreground - those buttocks can't be much smaller than the "Bean" itself! And they're not towards the edge of the frame and so they haven't been "stretched" by your wide lens.

    Lovely light and colours, a good strong composition and excellent depth of field and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: One Small StepPentax K7

    One Small Step
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5027 W: 88 N: 11758] (56406)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1325 W: 396 N: 5073] (20404) [2015-01-16 8:19] [+]
    Hi Craig,

    I remember this guy from Vancouver who would do absolutely anything to avoid having any human beings, children or animals in any of his superb architectural photographs. Perhaps you remember him? And now that same fellow is actually approaching strangers and photographing them and their children at play! All of which just goes to prove that people can change and a good photographer can take good photographs, whatever the subject matter!

    This is a wonderully happy shot (as also is your workshop picture), full of life and fun and a moment perfectly captured.

    Great light and colours, fine composition with the little girl perfectly placed in the frame and with others enjoying themselves in the water in the distance, bang-on exposure and excellent details and sharpness too.

    Bravo!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. No, I've not been to Chicago but is this somewhere near the "Bean"?

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