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  • FranceFrance
    Title: Boucherie Duboeuf!Nikon D 90

    Boucherie Duboeuf!
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2397 W: 1219 N: 2352] (32174)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-27 4:52]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Ah, ha, Mr. Beef the butcher - but here we only can see his back as he works away in his empty shop in the background. But Mrs. Onion (or could it be Mrs.Tomato, dressed in red) dominates the foreground at her grocery stall while a gentleman dressed also in bright red peruses her wares wondering what to buy.

    A very well seen (and waited for) moment, well caught and with brilliant colours, perfect composition and excellent details and clarity.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: Décor des FéroéNikon D800

    Décor des Féroé
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 9358 W: 0 N: 14236] (130145)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-27 4:45]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    A beautiful and well taken photograph with strong composition yet soft light and very natural colours.

    The tall peak on the left is perfectly placed in the frame and rises beautifully through the mist while beneath it we see the row of colourful houses standing proudly against the mist and above beautiful verdant grassland. The glimpse of a waterfall at bottom right balances the tall mountain perfectly. Stunning details and sharpness complete this beautiful image.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Limenitis reducta

    Limenitis reducta
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10284 W: 132 N: 20577] (130392)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-27 4:40]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    A delightful and perfect macro photograph of this beautiful butterfly taken on a long macro lens putting the background perfectly out of focus to make this lovely creature stand out stunningly in fine light.

    Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    And a very interesting and informative note.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Tour EDFNikon E5700

    Tour EDF
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 731 W: 294 N: 1716] (8311) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-27 3:17]
    Hello Will,

    A very fine note you have written about this interesting piece of architecture and you have also given us a striking and beautifully exposed and presented photograph of it!

    Thank you for including a map link: I've looked carefully at it and also done a little tour around this building in the company of Google's little yellow man. Unfortunately the yellow man is far, far less competent that you with his camera, his images from this viewpoint mostly having been taken into direct sunlight with awful results. But you have chosen a better time of day (though your exif data don't reveal that) to capture this fine building in lovely light with fine contrasts, lovely tones and excellent textures. Your symmetrical composition is striking and the details and sharpness are exquisite. And all the more praiseworthy considering that this has been taken with quite an early model of compact digital camera.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
    Title: A message from above

    A message from above
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 331 N: 8993] (45267)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-27 2:53]
    Hello Gert,

    Three lovely and very colourful photographs of these "tall" people (on stilts) who appear to be handing out "fliers" to adults and children as some sort of promotion, whether that be for an upcoming concert or play or musical event or, as you also suggest, the opening of a new shop or store. What a pity you didn't take one of these leaflets to take home and translate at your leisure!

    Your main picture is the most colourful and striking but the others are perhaps better composed, especially the one of the tall woman and the children as that really does emphasise the difference in height of the characters and also gives us a fine wide view of this city square.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. On the subject of not quite knowing what is going on, you might be interested to read my critique of Jasmine's recent photo - as you rightly said, this is not a death mask but is, in fact, simply one of a series of very old painted wooden carvings of the heads of English monarchs and so not the slightest bit spooky or macabre.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Rowan Trees at ScorhillNikonD300s

    Rowan Trees at Scorhill
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1172 W: 41 N: 2254] (15571)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-27 1:35] [+]
    Hello Les,

    By Jove, what a fascinating note you've written about the uses and the value of the Rowan. And you've given us two very fine photographs of this particularly wild and weather-beaten example.

    Both photographs are perfectly composed and taken so I hope I'm not being asked which I prefer. In each the characterful tree is perfectly portrayed against a lovely sky and its background landscape in lovely soft light and with fine rich colours. Perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I very much liked browsing your "West Devon Part 3" theme - congratulations upon that.

    P.P.S. Your photograph also immediately reminded me of a song about the Rowan tree which I remember my mother sometimes singing when I was a kid. It was written in the 19th century by a Scotswoman, Lady Carolina Nairne, from Perthshire so I suppose it was appropriate that my Mum, also from Perthshire, sang it.

    You can read the words here and even listen to someone singing it here.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Mask No.4

    Mask No.4
    Tigerlily Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 230 W: 33 N: 428] (3301)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-27 0:52] [+]
    Hello Jasmine,

    Considering what must have been pretty poor light levels (and your exif data would tend to confirm that), you have managed what light you had very well here and the result is a rather mysterious and also rather spooky image. Of course, taking pictures of even living peoples' faces from this low angle tends to give an unflattering result! The light is well managed, your colours are well saturated and the details and sharpness are excellent.

    But, you know, there's not actually anything creepy or spooky at all about this poor fellow. This isn't a death mask and he wasn't a poor fellow either. He's one of a series of carved and painted wooden heads of English monarchs on display in the White Tower, Tower of London.

    This is King William III (reigned 1689 - 1702) and the carving was done in the year of his death by an artisan called Nicholas Alcock who was subsequently paid the sum of £2 for his work on 30th April, 1703.

    You can read more about these Wooden Heads here and more specifically about this particular one of William III here.

    A very well taken photograph!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Head for the White House.Nikon D-300

    Head for the White House.
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3608 W: 223 N: 8294] (33387)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-25 0:07] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    Oops, I almost missed this one! You've written an interesting note (as always) but here I am, sitting with my tongue hanging out and wondering if you ever did actually find that pub!

    Yes, your "new" style (though I rather think it has been tried before by others!) works very well here, the nicely out of focus heads of oat in the foreground (less ripe than those in sunshine) making an impressive though unobtrusive foreground above which we see the white house perfectly portrayed against an interesting sky.

    Lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent composition. But where's that darn pub?

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Bergerac

    Bergerac
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3104 W: 23 N: 3677] (38729)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-24 23:56]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    An interesting note and two fine photographs by way of illustration.

    Your main photograph is very well seen and very well taken, the vertical reflections of the church with its tall spire combining well with the diagonal lines of the glass. A lovely colourful and clear image.

    And I love your workshop of the nicely coloured statue of Cyrano de Bergerac, a writer and character of whom we are all aware, standing out beautifully on account of your low viewpoint which perfectly emphasises his large nose!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Never bought or soldPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Never bought or sold
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 0 N: 516] (2574)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-24 13:00] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Hello Jean,

    You've given us a fascinating note about this place and how wonderful that it dates almost back to the time of the Norman Conquest.

    How nice too that the lord of the manor is now Mr. Manners! Funnily enough, as a retired doctor, I always wanted to live in a house big enough to be able to call it "Bedsyde Manor", but it never happened!

    This is a delightful photograph and very well taken with good light and fine natural colours. Lots of excellent detail too. Just a pity about the overly bright sky but there's not a lot you could have done about that.

    Always up for a challenge, I'm afraid I've "had a go" at a simple workshop for you: I hope you don't mind and won't be offended. Basically I've tried to put a bit of interest into that sky but I'm not sure I've been entirely successful. I've also tried to add just a little bit of "punch" to the house and gardens but perhaps I've just overdone that a bit - see what you think.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Street photography?Nikon D 90

    Street photography?
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2397 W: 1219 N: 2352] (32174)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-24 12:29]
    Bonjour Claude,

    How interesting that you were born in Troyes - and, from Jean Jacques' pictures (as well as this one of yours) it looks to be a beautiful city.

    This is a very well seen and very well taken photograph. I presume that the glass in these windows is possibly as old as some of the buildings themselves and the distortion which we see in the reflections from the irregular old glass are delightful, accentuating the rustic appearance of the old half-timbered buildings.

    A nicely composed photograph with the ancient rough woodwork on the right nicely balancing the main theme of windows with their interesting reflections.

    Good light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Answer to Claude (clodo)Canon EOS 60D

    Answer to Claude (clodo)
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6737 W: 239 N: 11745] (79040)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-24 12:22]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    Ah, ha, you have played Claude at his own game!

    Two identical windows with two very different reflections in them, very well taken and very well put together as a pair too, each image with perfect light and colours and your usual exquisite details and sharpness.

    Claude-un point: Jean Jacques-un point.

    Bravo!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: a busy frame

    a busy frame
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3511 W: 5 N: 7278] (36428)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-24 12:15]
    Hello Ourania,

    It looks to me as though this group of fellows is either repairing an old steel water pipe or fabricating a replacement part. Just as well that you managed to capture this shot before the man in the mask with his welding torch "struck" his arc and produced an intense flash of light which might have made you jump as you looked through your viewfinder!

    But this is a wonderful candid shot of men at work, full of activity and with a variety of fine rich colours. Lots of detail, good light and excellent details and sharpness too.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: My anniversary

    My anniversary
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6103 W: 91 N: 15821] (86487)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-24 3:23]
    Hi Malgo,

    Wow! What a wonderfully interesting note and what a great flashback into history! Congratulations on eight years of TE addiction!

    And this is a fine photograph for any celebration - a beautifully bright, sunny and cheerful view of your home city with a foreground lit up by those multi-coloured balloons. Lovely light, fine vibrant colours and excellent clarity and details.

    Wonderful!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

    P.S. But I can tell you that I'm almost a year "older" than you - I joined TE on 26/08/2006 and so in two days' time I shall have been on TE for nine years. Obviously I've not travelled so extensively as you nor have I met so many people or posted so many wonderful photographs but I'm afraid I have caught the same addiction and loved every minute of it!

  • FranceFrance
    Title: 'Eiffel Style'Canon EOS 1100D

    'Eiffel Style'
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6923 W: 63 N: 19761] (89996)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-24 2:57]
    Hello Stephen,

    It really is amazing how much inspiration I get from TE and how much I learn, not only about photography but about the World in general. As soon as I read your note and viewed this picture, I simply had to do a little bit of research about Eiffel: of course, we're all familiar with the Eiffel Tower in Paris but a little reading confirmed to me that Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was pretty much the equivalent in France of what Isambard Kingdom Brunel was in Britain - great ambitious and inspired civil engineers who made radical changes and modernisation in their respective countries.

    Anyway, as well as your inspiring note, this is a very fine photograph with a fine strong diagonal composition. good light, lovely colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Condom

    Condom
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3104 W: 23 N: 3677] (38729)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-23 17:07]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    An interesting note and two very fine photographs to accompany it! I read Alexandre Dumas's book of the Musketeers many years ago but I didn't realise that there was any connection between the book and the city of Condom.

    A fine photograph of this majestic cathedral, very well portrayed in bright sunlight against a clear blue sky and with excellent colours and detail. Unfortunately the light was not so good for your photograph of the Musketeers' statues but it is still an excellent representation and very sharp and clear.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: The beauty is in detail - IVNikon D 5000

    The beauty is in detail - IV
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5781 W: 492 N: 16316] (89124)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-23 13:22]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    Sometimes it is interesting and rewarding to look closely at details rather than just to examine the wider view - and this has certainly paid off with this lovely shot.

    I love the textures of the old woodwork, here perfectly seen in this beautifully clear and sharp photograph. And to think of that ironwork, perhaps fashioned 300 years ago - I can just imagine the blacksmith at his forge beating those hinges into shape on his anvil.

    Wonderful light and colours, fabulous texture and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FinlandFinland
    Title: MercedesSony DSC HX200v

    Mercedes
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7868 W: 120 N: 15086] (82604) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-23 12:31]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    I'm sorry that you found Helsinki to be disappointing but at least you have come away with this splendid photograph of the city reflected in a motor car! And what a shiny Mercedes this is too, providing wonderful rich and colourful reflections of the buildings beside it.

    Glorious light, fabulous rich colours and exquisite details and sharpness. Very well seen and very well captured!

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SlovakiaSlovakia
    Title: What goes up must come downCanon Ixus 1000 HS

    What goes up must come down
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 331 N: 8993] (45267)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-23 12:25]
    Hello Gert,

    This looks like a pretty terrifying event and I see little in the way of safety measures around should this brave (or foolish?) fellow get into trouble here. But I suppose falling a great distance is not at all dangerous - it's the landing after the fall that causes all the trouble! Two excellent photographs of this valiant young cyclist!

    But your "Colour Run" looks a much safer event. And spectacularly colourful it is too, despite the fact that some would prefer to gaze into the depths of their mobile phones and miss all the fun.

    An excellent trio of photographs and a great note as always.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Suíça 2015 nº 029 - SUNNEGGA!Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Suíça 2015 nº 029 - SUNNEGGA!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9391 W: 58 N: 12877] (70060)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1429 W: 399 N: 5486] (22162) [2015-08-23 12:13]
    Hello Neyvan,

    Another splendid photograph from your 50th birthday celebrations! And how nice that you were able to return to skiing after all those years too!

    This must have been a glorious day for trekking as here we see the narrow trail you were walking, leading us through pine forests to distant snow-capped mountains. Fabulous light and colours, a clear blue sky, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    I presume that you didn't climb the Matterhorn which we see on the left in the distance?

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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