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  • CubaCuba
    Title: Cuban Cars for TyroPentax K7

    Cuban Cars for Tyro
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4841 W: 88 N: 11175] (53952) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-16 1:02]
    Hi Craig,

    Geez, man, thank you for your kind dedication!

    A wonderful photograph of this old American car perfectly captured as it languishes in a traditional and rather shabby Cuban street. I can imagine that when this car was brand new it was probably advertised with photographs of it standing proudly outside a posh hotel in New York or Hollywood with some leggy blonde sprawled over it - and not a place like this! Your composition is excellent and I love the play of light and shade on the cobbled roadway and the buildings. Lovely light and colours and exquisite details and sharpness throughout. The lone man on the left adds considerably to the composition too.

    I love your two workshop pictures too - the age of these vehicles and the rough and varied life they have had gives their coachwork a lovely patina which you have caught perfectly.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Thanks for your comments about the Sigma 12 - 24mm lens. Yes, I've read a lot of the reviews too. Your 8 - 16mm lens is deemed to be a real cracker and the 12 - 24mm does have issues with sharpness and suchlike. From what I've read, there are some other issues too but there ain't anything around that goes quite so wide - apart from fisheyes. Did you have the Mk I or the Mk II version of the 12 - 24mm? The other worrying thing is that there seems to be quite a bit of variation between samples too - with people having to return a new lens to the shop two or three times until they get a satisfactory one. I'm not desperately thinking about getting one right now, but it's just a thought - and it was fun to have a go with this one.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Behind the fallsOlympus OMD EM5

    Behind the falls
    trevormoffiet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 2 N: 522] (2842)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-14 5:01]
    Hello Trvor,

    Oh dear, what a pity that so many of your photographs from Iceland were ruined because of that "rogue" polarising filter. But, I suppose, it's a hard lesson earned and you certainly won't let that happen again.

    I must admit that I also find that a polarising filter can cause vignetting if I have my lens zoomed back to its widest setting, so I have to be very careful. The vignetting is never very apparent when looking through the viewfinder but I find that I can usually see it if I review my images on the back of the camera after taking them. The other reason I seem to get vignetting is that I always have a UV filter on my lenses (mainly for protection) and I have to admit that I'm lazy and screw the polariser on top of it - i.e. I "stack" the filters, which is supposed not to be the right thing to do. However, I do find that I tend to use a polariser less and less these days - a polariser is a thing which you seem to use very frequently when you first buy it, then you seem to use it less and less.

    Anyway, Trevor, you have managed to rescue this picture absolutely perfectly. I'm not sure if it was cropped from a larger image, but the quality is excellent, even at its full size of 1500 pixels wide. The light is beautifully soft, as are the colours, and your composition is superb with the two figures in colourful clothing perfectly placed in the frame. Excellent details and sharpness too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Prophet Elias

    Prophet Elias
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2886 W: 5 N: 5760] (28278)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-14 3:59]
    Hello Ourania,

    A very interesting note and a beautiful photograph to illustrate it. I only hope that the bomb (which presumably landed and did not explode) has now been made safe!

    A beautifully composed photograph in which the little chapel stands proudly on the hill, overlooking Alinda across the bay, almost as though it were offering protection - and, perhaps, a blessing. You have placed the chapel perfectly in the frame and the bright light upon it also makes it stand out perfectly against its slightly darker background and the distant view.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: City wildlifeNikon D 90

    City wildlife
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2277 W: 1124 N: 2163] (29722)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-14 3:51]
    Bonjour Claude,

    I can quite understand why a street photographer certainly couldn't resist the chance of a shot like this! I'm not sure if this lady's dress was, in fact, pure black and white but your picture definitely reminds me of wildlife we would normally associate with the plains of the Serengeti rather than the inside of a tramcar in Bordeaux!

    A beautifully captured shot, perhaps quite severely cropped from a larger image but I like the strong contrasts and the "grittiness" which are very appealing.

    Excellent!

    Amicalement,

    John.

  • AfghanistanAfghanistan
    Title: A minor breakdown on the highway

    A minor breakdown on the highway
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3450 W: 298 N: 7350] (38579)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-14 3:05] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    Again, a superbly interesting note and one which makes so many questions pop up in my mind.

    This must have been a wonderful (if not terribly comfortable) part of your journey. I presume that the majority of the passengers were locals, perhaps only travelling for a much shorter distance than yourself. Were you the only "foreigner" or even the only European? Did these little trucks travel singly or in small convoys? And were you travelling in your capacity as a journalist or simply as a young man "wanting to see the World"?

    This breakdown (do I see the left front wheel being changed, perhaps as a result of a puncture?) has afforded you a welcome opportunity to dismount from this vehicle and capture an interesting picture which shows not only the group of people in and around the truck but also the landscape and the condition of the "roads" on which you were travelling. And I can only imagine that the drivers in charge of these trucks must have been extremely resourceful - presumably a breakdown such as this would not be at all uncommon in this terrain.

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Starting pointPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Starting point
    jean113 Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 81] (395)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-14 2:52]
    Hello Jean,

    By the way you describe this place in your note, I presume that you actually did take the trip up the volcano. Did you get right to the top?

    From your photograph this looks like quite a touristy sort of place but you have composed this picture very well because, as I try to examine all manner of details in the town, I can't keep my eyes from going back to that threatening and somewhat evil looking mountain in the background - almost as though it were about to erupt at any moment!

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

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Too Late for GolfNikon D-300

    Too Late for Golf
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3020 W: 204 N: 6877] (27495)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-14 1:59] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    Yes, definitely too late for a game of golf - unless, of course, you had luminous balls.

    I'm not a golfer nor a follower of golf, but I found your note interesting. But I found your photograph more captivating with the low sun, approaching its setting, surrounded by lovely clouds and seen through the silhouetted vegetation of the dunes. Lovely warm light and colours and excellent details and clarity.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. How do you manage to avoid lens flare in such situations? Lens flare always seems to plague me anytime I try to take shots like this.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Boys and girls

    Boys and girls
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5052 W: 81 N: 12894] (75011)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-14 1:49]
    Hi Malgo,

    Hee, hee, I can predict that your racist and sexist remarks will soon have you removed from TE! :o)

    A very well captured candid street shot which is very appealing and the little group of three - a young lady in jeans flanked by two men in kilts - is perfectly placed in the frame. The fact that they are walking away from us makes us focus our attention on their dress rather than their features which, of course, is what you wanted. I'm not sure if the couple approaching from the left are giving the little trio some strange looks.

    Lovely light and colours, fine composition and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Shakespeare and Others

    Shakespeare and Others
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2706 W: 79 N: 6606] (30002)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-14 1:42]
    Hello Rosemary,

    Not quite sure how I missed this one but, again, it's another fine photograph and accompanying note on your "Shakespeare" theme from Stratford. Seeing these young schoolboys reminds me that I am, of course, now at the seventh stage of "Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything"!

    A very well taken candid shot and, considering your low viewpoint which is very appealing, I just wonder if this was a picture which you might have shot surreptitiously "from the hip" without actually composing it through the viewfinder? Ooops, just re-read your note - of course you did. Silly me.

    However you did it, it has worked out very well indeed and the black and white rendition is perfect with good light, tones and contrasts. A fine composition too with the "star of the show" - the rather posh smiling boy - perfectly placed in the frame.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: All the World is a Stage

    All the World is a Stage
    SnapRJW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2706 W: 79 N: 6606] (30002)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-14 1:17] [+]
    Hello Rosemary,

    "...And all the men and women merely players....". An interesting and informative note and a photograph which certainly fills an aching void in the TE gallery.

    How I wish I could have had more time to spend that day in Stratford - and you have produced a lovely photograph here of this place with a fine diagonal composition and with lovely light and colours, all beneath a fine summery sky. As always, your technical quality is superb and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Gola del Furlo - Galleria di Vespasiano

    Gola del Furlo - Galleria di Vespasiano
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9429 W: 132 N: 18195] (118187)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-13 10:10]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    What an interesting note about the ancient architecture and the skilled engineering which went into building this tunnel.

    A lovely view of the bright sunshine we see as we emerge from the tunnel into daylight and a view in which we can appreciate the structure of the tunnel, the chisel marks in the rock and the brickwork at the tunnel's mouth.

    Despite the very strong contrasts, you have still managed to preserve detail in the deepest shadows as well as the brightest parts of this image. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Runner ICanon EOS 5 D Mark II

    Runner I
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18579 W: 505 N: 31977] (136638)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-13 2:15]
    Hello John,

    This is a delightful photograph and very well taken in very challenging lighting conditions too. In fact, I am amazed at how steady a hand you must have to manage to take this at 1/20 second exposure!

    Beautiful light and colours, fine composition with the runner perfectly placed in the frame, and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: Pictures from the Gallery

    Pictures from the Gallery
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5052 W: 81 N: 12894] (75011)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-13 1:50]
    Hi Malgo,

    Again, you have written a very interesting and informative note and also given us a beautiful photograph from your recent trip to Russia.

    How fascinating that two painters should work on the one picture and each do his own "speciality"! What a pity that you couldn't actually find that painting. But this painting in the distance looks very impressive (far more impressive than those recent ones of Mr. Putin portrayed as Hercules!) and seems to be attracting a lot of attention.

    I love your phootgraph with the huge painting in the distance surrounded by admirers and art lovers while in the left foreground we see a lady paying more attention to keeping herself looking beautiful. Techically a very good photograph too as I suspect that the light was not really in your favour. But the light is good here as are the colours, the composition and the sharpness too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Forgotten Places IICanon EOS 60D

    Forgotten Places II
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2639 W: 12 N: 6308] (22092)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-12 17:08]
    Hi Noel,

    I never cease to be amazed by the number of old ruins which you manage to seek out and by the very informative and well researched notes that you write too.

    And a very fine photograph too with fine composition, the pathway leading the eye nicely to the ruins which are depicted wonderfully against a beautiful sky. Lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Fano - Arco di Augusto

    Fano - Arco di Augusto
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9429 W: 132 N: 18195] (118187)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-12 12:12]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    An interesting note about this place and a beautiful photograph which shows not only the splendid Arch of Augustus but also a lovely view of this busy marketplace. The inclusion of people and the market stalls adds a lot of interest to this photograph too.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Devrim - RévolutionNikon D 5000

    Devrim - Révolution
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5332 W: 494 N: 15026] (81320) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-12 10:12] [+]
    Hello Mesut,

    I love old cars but I must admit that I've never heard of a "Devrim" before. It looks to me a little like the old Russian Moskvitch from the 1960s.

    Actually, I was interested enough to check on Wikipedia about Devrim and I see that only a very few were built and the car never made it to mass production. I see also on Wikipedia that there was a question as to whether there had been some sort of conspiracy by the American car producers to stop production of this car, perhaps because at that time many American cars were being imported into Turkey - is that still thought to be true?

    Your photograph is excellent and your low viewpoint and use of a wide lens have given impact to this shot making the car look very imposing indeed against its darker background. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: L'arbre dans les nuagesNikon D 90

    L'arbre dans les nuages
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2277 W: 1124 N: 2163] (29722)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-12 5:42] [+]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Yes, this is a change for you! No candid pictures of people in a street, but a wonderfully artistic nature shot which almost reminds me of some of the fine photographs we see here from Nicolas (Nicou).

    The contrasts between the "real" branches and their soft reflections in the still water are wonderful and what I really love are the couple of very small leaves floating on the surface of the pond - they suddenly allow the viewer to appreciate that this is a true scene and not an abstract composition.

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

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Was this "workshop" with a group of people from your own camera club?

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Just waking upPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Just waking up
    jean113 Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 81] (395)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-12 5:27]
    Hello Jean,

    This is an interesting picture. At first, it doesn't actually look that very warm but, when I look at this image at its full size of 3,500 pixels wide, I see groups of almost naked people on the beach across to the left.

    You have captured this scene perfectly, catching the early morning light as it illuminates the foreground with the little row of benches, contrasting well with the facades of the old architecture which are in relative shade except for the glint of sunlight on the rooftops.

    Lovely light and colours, fine composition and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Natures fireworksNikon D90

    Natures fireworks
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 721 W: 62 N: 1323] (7799)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-12 4:24]
    Hello Daniel,

    I've seen the Aurora Borealis in Scotland twice in my life but never had a camera with me on either occasion! But this is a spectacular photograph from just about the level of the Arctic Circle.

    Considering that these lights can be very fleeting, you have managed to compose this photograph exceedingly well and have also managed your exposure perfectly. The green lights in the sky contrast well with the browns of the mountainsides.

    A beautiful photograph, much better appreciated at its full size on "beta" TE, with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Time & TideSony Alpha 850 DSLR

    Time & Tide
    timecapturer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4007 W: 7 N: 6136] (46443)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1277 W: 393 N: 4786] (19248) [2014-10-12 4:11]
    Hello Brian,

    Yes, you're right: this looks a peaceful scene and the tide here certainly doesn't appear to be threatening this wonderful row of identically painted beach huts.

    The low angle warm and rich winter sun lights up the fronts of these beach huts beautifully as well as catching the higher points of the beach and the crests of the waves beating on the shore. And all beaneath a glorious deep blue sky. A very fine composition making the most of the curvature of the line of the huts, lovely light and colours and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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