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  • ItalyItaly
    Title: In Teatro del Silenzio

    In Teatro del Silenzio
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5897 W: 90 N: 15199] (84117)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-28 5:08]
    Hi Malgo,

    As always, am interesting note and three beautiful photographs of this wonderful place. The "giants" may not have been there at the time but this is a beautiful sculpture and you have shown it from three different viewpoints.

    And what a glorious day you had for your visit here with Carlo! The light is beautiful and that sky is absolutely stunning. All three photographs are of excellent quality with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Cragside - an explorer's dreamNikon D-300

    Cragside - an explorer's dream
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3525 W: 223 N: 8104] (32603)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-27 16:49]
    Hello Bev,

    Two lovely pictures - one from the outside and one from the inside - of this interesting place - and a fascinating note to accompany it!

    Britain now may be a pretty uninspiring place but, in the Victorian era, "us Brits" were at the forefront of invention, innovation and development. I'd love to visit Cragside.

    Your main picture of the exterior view is lovely, the bifurcating path with its visitors making a fine "lead in" to the house, perfectly seen in its woodland setting. But I really love your workshop picture of that cosy living room - I could just imagine myself relaxing there by the fireside, sipping a Scotch and with a pencil and paper trying to work out my next invention. What could it be - an electric back scratcher, a steam driven mouse trap or maybe a computer? - no, no-one would ever want one of those.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CubaCuba
    Title: The indio caveSony DSC HX200v

    The indio cave
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7699 W: 119 N: 14745] (81098)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-27 16:32]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    What a wonderfully interesting note - and two wonderful photographs to accompany it!

    Looking at your workshop picture, you were definitely not the only person there with a camera! Everybody seems to be taking pictures, with cameras or with their phones.

    This must have been a tremendously interesting place to visit and you have captured the details of a small portion of the limestone walls beautifully in your main picture with lovely light and fine subtle colours and amazing detail. The flash has worked very well and we don't see any of those horrid strong shadows normally associated with flash.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Bella Italia - 200 photos

    Bella Italia - 200 photos
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5897 W: 90 N: 15199] (84117)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-27 16:25]
    Hi Malgo,

    You have given us three beautiful photographs of this beautiful house in beautiful lush surrounding countryside. And who wouldn't want to live here in this gorgeous place?

    So why has it been abandoned? Probably, as in most countries, life in the country might have been good for the soul but moving to the cities for work was definitely better for the pocket. Or perhaps just the same reasons that so many of our good friends have abandoned TE?

    Three lovely pictures with beautiful skies, gorgeous rich greens and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Yes, Malgo - I'm like you. I wouldn't have tried to climb inside this building - probably quite dangerous as well as being a bit spooky! Much better to admire it from the outside.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Love Your Dog!Pentax K3

    Love Your Dog!
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5300 W: 88 N: 12614] (59956)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-27 3:43]
    Hi Craig,

    Oh dear, you've just made me upset again - just four days ago we had to take our poor old cat to the vet to have her "put to sleep" as she appeared to have suffered a stroke and was very unwell. Not a nice thing to have to do. And so, like yourself, I'd be horrified to see cats and dogs so maltreated and neglected as you have described.

    This poor fella might be unwell and underfed but here he appears content and just having a nap in this colourful corner. The varying shades of blue in those walls are just stunning and you have captured those colours and the rough textures of the walls perfectly. And the windows, one with a pile of bricks, the drainpipe and the dangerous looking electricity installation all add to the impression of neglect and decay.

    A well composed shot enhanced by the presence of the resting dog - and a wonderfully personal note to accompany it.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I've sent you a forum message - a reply to your kind critique of my last picture!

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Castle of Lomnica

    Castle of Lomnica
    Matyas Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 596 W: 21 N: 1421] (6594)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 17:24]
    Hello Maciej,

    You have written an interesting note about this castle and I really appreciate that you have also included a map reference - I love looking at maps and seeing from exactly where photos were taken! Not many of us nowadays add map references to our photographs.

    This is a beautiful and well composed picture of this lovely building which is perfectly placed in the frame surrounded by grassland and framed by trees and depicted against a beautiful clear blue sky. The light and colours are beautiful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Bell Tower

    Bell Tower
    poutpout Silver Star Critiquer [C: 29 W: 0 N: 5] (804)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 16:56]
    Hello Robert,

    What a curious but very attractive bell tower! The slatted openings are what we are used to seeing on bell towers (to let the sound come out) but I'm a bit mystified by the openings above and also by the little added-on circular structures which look like look-outs or little circular sentry boxes. Anyway, whatever the purpose of these odd structures, it's a beautiful tower and you've captured it perfectly in this very fine photograph.

    You've taken this from a very well considered viewpoint to produce a fine composition. The light and colours are perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Palazzo Mauri Spoleto

    Palazzo Mauri Spoleto
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10154 W: 132 N: 20124] (128359)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 16:42]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    Again, you have given us a very interesting and informative note but this picture is in quite marked contrast to your last one - compared to the simplicity and "sober" frontage of the last building, the fašade of this palace is much more sumptuously decorated with heavy mouldings around the windows and more intricate cornicing and a heavier and more formal archway around the door.

    But again you have managed the light extremely well and, despite the relative shade, we still see lovely light and colours on this lovely building, perfect exposure and stunning details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Palazzo Collicola Spoleto

    Palazzo Collicola Spoleto
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10154 W: 132 N: 20124] (128359)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 16:35]
    Ciao caro Silvio,

    The fašade of this palace certainly is, as you say, somewhat "sober" and not at all palatial in its aspect with its simple windows arranged in three simple rows and little evidence of decoration or flamboyance save for the cornice along the top.

    Despite the shade on this fašade, you have captured it perfectly and shown its simplicity to good effect as well as managing the light extremely well. The details and clarity are superb.

    An interesting note too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Lac de LhursNikon D 90

    Lac de Lhurs
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2371 W: 1214 N: 2276] (31606)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 16:25]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Very well done for you and your walking group to take on this challenge and what a wonderful prize to achieve - glorious scenery like this! I've had a look at your link describing the walks in this area of Lac de Lhurs and there are some lovely photographs in that too. Interesting too that you have the same word as we do for "cairn" - a pile of stones often used as a marker.

    This spectacular view must certainly have been worth all the effort and you have captured it perfectly in this beautiful photograph. The huge cloud rolling in behind you looks ominous and I hope it didn't cause you trouble on your descent from here. A gorgeous scene with lovely light and wonderful colours and interest provided by your little scattered group of friends. Perfect exposure and pin-sharp too.

    I hope you have a good relaxing time in Cauterets!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: La grimpeNikon D800

    La grimpe
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 9094 W: 0 N: 14177] (127818)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 16:00]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    This might now be a popular sport but it is not something I would want to do! This slope must be about 80░! Were you climbing too or were you standing somewhere safer?

    This is a remarkably clear and sharp photograph as we can see all the details of the man as well as his ropes and climbing gear and he is perfectly portrayed against a lovely background. That rugged tree with its bright green foliage is truly beautiful.

    An excellent photograph with lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Terrazzo sulla Cittadella

    Terrazzo sulla Cittadella
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2993 W: 22 N: 3510] (37232)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 15:53]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    What was once a major fortress or citadel to protect the city of Pisa now has a little balcony with plastic chairs for people to sit and relax!

    A beautifully simple composition with the little door and window both perfectly placed in the frame. The colours and textures of the ancient brickwork are delightful, your exposure perfect and the details and clarity exquisite.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: One man and his horseCanon EOS 60D

    One man and his horse
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3090 W: 18 N: 7522] (26567)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 15:43]
    Hi Noel,

    The Trim Haymaking Festival must provide you with some wonderful photographic opportunities and you've clearly made the most of it this year! It looks too like you've been having better weather in Ireland than we've been having here in Scotland.

    What a beautifully groomed horse and what a wonderfully proud owner! That fellow really does look ever so proud to have his photograph taken by you.

    A lovely photograph of excellent technical quality with fine straightforward composition, lovely light, true colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Back from fishingCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Back from fishing
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3022 W: 95 N: 7649] (31981)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 7:57] [+]
    Hello Marius,

    I didn't realise you were a Nature photographer until I looked at your linked picture - so you are an accomplished photographer in all fields of the art!

    An interesting note you have written - and, yes, Nature can be so cruel but there's nothing you can do to stop hungry and aggressive seagulls from attacking these cute and defenceless birds.

    A beautiful photograph of this little trio of puffins, one with its beak stuffed full of sand eels, taken in lovely light with fine vibrant colours and excellent details and clarity against a nicely out of focus and non-distracting background.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Our camera club sometimes arranges trips to the Isle of May off the east coast of Scotland - there are puffins there too but the boat trip out to the island can be quite rough. I've not been but it's something I'd like to do. How long does the boat to the Farne Islands take and is it a rough crossing too?

  • ChinaChina
    Title: The Funeral SingerCanon 5D MII

    The Funeral Singer
    KevRyan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1798 W: 193 N: 5128] (22956)



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    Rinie_Hoff Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 183 N: 2438] (9340) [2015-06-26 5:15]
    A blast from the past, Mr Ryan!
    You caught a very passionate moment. I really like the open hands. It's also the way muslims pray, ready to receive, but also to let go.

    First critique in I don't know how many years....

  • SlovakiaSlovakia
    Title: How about some Asian food?

    How about some Asian food?
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3922 W: 319 N: 8612] (43701)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 2:17]
    Hello Gert,

    Yes, it doesn't happen often but every now and then a picture does appear of its own accord, you press the button and it's captured and you have a nice inner glow of satisfaction. Not that it happens very frequently for me!

    Your photograph is indeed well composed and the bright light has helped make it very colourful too. The couple certainly enhance the picture but it appears to me that they are lingering quite a long time - perhaps they are contemplating how hungry they are, what sort of food they want or perhaps wondering about the food and the level of hygiene in this place?

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Come è delizioso andar

    Come Ŕ delizioso andar
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2993 W: 22 N: 3510] (37232)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 1:25]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    How lovely to travel slowly around a city in an open horse-drawn carriage like this!

    You have captured the scene perfectly in this picture with the horse and carriage filling the foreground with its happy passengers and drivers and its contented horse!

    A very well taken photograph with lovely light and fine rich colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Archi e Vettovaglie

    Archi e Vettovaglie
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2993 W: 22 N: 3510] (37232)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 1:20]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    A lovely and well composed image of this old arcade in which the inclusion of the two young ladies walking together really adds life and interest - without them this picture would not be nearly so appealing.

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

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Japanise Garden XIICanon 7 D

    Japanise Garden XII
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19540 W: 519 N: 33429] (142808)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 1:15]
    Hello John,

    Again, how nice that you were so kind as to give the owner of this beautiful private garden some photographs in exchange for being able to capture some lovely images here for yourself!

    An what a wonderfully colourful scene we see, so well composed with the formal ornate canopy perfectly placed in the frame and with lovely lines provided by the narrow footpaths and low hedges. A true delight captured with stunning details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: chaussures rougesSony RX100 II

    chaussures rouges
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1602 W: 128 N: 1260] (19477)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 397 N: 5340] (21590) [2015-06-26 1:09]
    Bonjour Roland,

    So typical of the term "Ó la sauvette" of Henri Cartier-Bresson, this is a fabulous photograph and, considering that you obviously took this one in a hurry, it's of remarkably excellent quality!

    The juxtaposition of the red post and the lady's bright red shoes is wonderful and the composition is nicely balanced by the bicycle wheel on the left and the wall on the right - even the uncluttered background with its non-intrusive pale yellow stripes adds to the appeal.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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