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  • NepalNepal
    Title: The beauty of Nepal (No points please)

    The beauty of Nepal (No points please)
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3850 W: 313 N: 8400] (42837) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-25 14:41]
    Hello Gert,

    As the news unfolds of today's terrible tragedy in Nepal, this is a most fitting tribute to all those who have died, those who have lost family members and friends and those who have suffered - and not only in Nepal but also in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and even on Mount Everest.

    May our thoughts and prayers be with all of them.

    Another of your wonderful photographs of a beautiful temple surrounded by ordinary people going about their daily lives in happier times.

    Many thanks for this, Gert.

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Poolbeg Station. Icon or Eyesore?Canon EOS 60D

    Poolbeg Station. Icon or Eyesore?
    Noel_Byrne Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3011 W: 18 N: 7332] (25844)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-25 10:37]
    Hi Noel,

    Having read your interesting note in its entirety and having studied your photograph too, I must say I rather like these twin smoke stacks. The fact of the matter, of course, is that they were initially built purely for function and yet they have become iconic - quite unlike that hideous top on St. Michael's Church at Linlithgow (on which you kindly commented) which was actually built purely as a work of art. I guess it probably works as a lightning conductor too.

    Now I like your picture - a lot. And what really makes this one for me (and probably for many others such as Craig, Gert and so on) is the fact that you have a person in it! In fact, not only a person, but a lady with a lovely bright red top - and a dog into the bargain. Not only do they add human/canine interest but they also brighten up the foreground and give depth to the image as well as a fine sense of scale.

    And good composition, fine light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: The Bank of Victoria, BeechworthNikon D80

    The Bank of Victoria, Beechworth
    williewhistler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1119 W: 41 N: 2094] (14805)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-25 9:20]
    Hello Les,

    This is a delightful photograph of what looks to be a delightful small Australian town.

    Your composition is excellent and has made the very best advantage of the lovely light falling on the front of that lovely Georgian building and the cobblestoned roundabout with its antique lamppost makes an excellent foreground feature.

    Lovely light and fine colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. But, always the sleuth, I have a couple of points to make here. The first one is relevant to your location - this is Victoria, Australia (as you state in your note) and not Tasmania (though I know you certainly have visited there).

    The other point is that, if you look for Beechworth in Wikipedia, you will clearly see a big mistake - there's a picture there of a red building which is purported to be the Bank of Victoria but most definitely isn't. Looking at Google maps, that building is on Ford Street while your bank (the real one!) is on Camp Street though very close to the roundabout with Ford Street. Now it's quite easy to post pictures on Wikipedia (I've done it once or twice before) so why not post your picture there? It's good fun and then the whole wide World can see it - not just the few who look at TE!

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Enjoying the viewPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Enjoying the view
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 289] (1462)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-25 5:55]
    Hello Jean,

    Golly gosh, how did I manage to miss this one?

    This is spectacular view and I think I've been to this place too - not a long walk at all from Keswick. And, funnily enough, the first thing I think here is that you have captured a far better view than either of those photographers way out at the end of the jetty will ever hope to achieve - after all, you have them and the jetty to provide a wonderfully interesting and colourful foreground and they're going to have, well, nothing in the way of foreground interest!

    Still, let's not bother about their plight: as I say, they provide a wonderful foreground and they also very nicely balance the snow capped hills on the right, so adding to a fine composition. The reflections in the water are beautiful, the light lovely and soft, your colours true yet vibrant, and the details and sharpness exquisite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: dog and castle

    dog and castle
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3315 W: 5 N: 6727] (33643)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-25 5:45]
    Hello Ourania,

    A fascinating note - you obviously made a little friend here with this cute dog!

    What a beautiful view of this little bay with the town spread out before us, all brightly lit in the sunshine while the darker castle sits atop the hill on the left. Lovely soft waves hitting the shoreline - and your little friend perfectly placed in the frame.

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

    Lovely!

    kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: A big thanks to AngshuPentax K3

    A big thanks to Angshu
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5138 W: 88 N: 12154] (58014)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-25 5:38]
    Hi Craig,

    How wonderful that you had advice from Angshu before your India trip so that you could find some of the most photogenic areas to visit! And you've certainly found a very photogenic place here and a very photogenic lady to grace it.

    Yellow and blue, being complementary colours, really do work so very well together and this is no exception. The blue flaking paintwork and the crumbling masonry make a perfect backdrop for this contented elderly lady as she sits peacefully watching you and wearing the most magnificent bright yellow clothing.

    A lovely capture with fine soft light and wonderfully rich and vibrant colours, perfect composition and exposure and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Old doors again

    Old doors again
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5683 W: 86 N: 14674] (81972)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-25 5:14] [+]
    Hi Malgo,

    I love your note! How interesting that you had to take your own tea bags to India - but I couldn't drink tea made with milk and no water either. Nor do I take sugar in my tea.

    Yes, I know "carry coals to Newcastle" and "sell ice to Eskimos" and there's also "sell sand to the Arabs" - but Gert has also told you that one.

    Funnily enough, I once worked with a junior colleague who had come from Assam. And he had never tasted true Assam tea until he came to Britain - apparently all the good stuff gets exported and he had never tasted it at home.

    Anyway, I shall never tire of seeing your pictures from India - or from anywhere, actually! These old crumbling and dilapidated buildings might not look all that attractive but they certainly provide a wonderful background for "showing off" the local people in their brightly coloured traditional dresses.

    A beautifully composed photograph with lovely soft light and fine vibrant colours, very well seen and taken with excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. I've just looked at this picture again more closely - and I see that the lady's sack on the left says "Garden Fresh Assam Tea"!!!

  • FranceFrance
    Title: La Goulue de Montmartre

    La Goulue de Montmartre
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2679 W: 0 N: 5995] (35317)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-25 4:30] [+]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    As soon as I saw this picture, I just had to do some research - and now I see that "La Goulue" was a dancer! I found this and, of course, she was known as the "Queen of Montmartre".

    What a wonderfully colourful shop front - that must be an interesting shop to browse around in. And you have captured this colourful scene perfectly in an image with lots of things to look at and examine in detail, all taken with fine composition, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Thank you for letting me understand about "La Goulue"!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Storm Attack!Nikon D-300

    Storm Attack!
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3398 W: 217 N: 7819] (31353)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-25 4:13]
    Hello Bev,

    Wow! Now that looks like a really threatening sky! I hope you had your brollies with you that day.

    Despite the difficult lighting conditions, you have managed this photograph remarkably well and produced a very nicely composed image with lovely light and colours and superb details in the form and textures of the ancient stonework of this castle. Superb details and sharpness too.

    And, as always, an interesting note.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: 7 pots standing on the wall

    7 pots standing on the wall
    unclehotshot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 316 W: 51 N: 387] (2253)



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    Spyder Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 168 W: 15 N: 118] (863) [2015-04-24 15:50]
    Ha! Easy to please me, eh, Frank?
    Ronda, an amazing place, but all those hairpin bends to get there took their tole on my neck.
    I love this image, right up my alley…….and look at the pot on the right, it's got your initials on it. ;)

    Take care & regards
    the ED

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Bridge

    Bridge
    poutpout (294)



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    Spyder Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 168 W: 15 N: 118] (863) [2015-04-24 15:38]
    Très belle image, Robert, je l'adore, et ça marche bien en N&B.
    Merci pour cet bijoux.

    Cordialement
    Edward

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Old CourthousePanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Old Courthouse
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 289] (1462)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-24 10:00]
    Hello Jean,

    Now, after your last shot, this one has further reinforced my desire to visit Hawkshead!

    What a beautiful old building and I love how you have captured so very well the rough and interesting textures of the ancient stonework. Your shot is beautifully composed and I especially like the lone figure passing through that archway - that really brings the picture to life.

    Yes, it's a pity it was a dull and grey day because it's left you with a pretty featureless sky. On the other hand, don't you agree that damp grey days often really bring out the colours so much better than bright sunshine? The greens especially are really vibrant here.

    And what a pity you didn't manage to get inside this building - imagine that - that really would be a challenge to take some photographs because I bet it's as black as ink in there! :)

    Gorgeous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CubaCuba
    Title: walking the railroad tracksCANON EOS 600D

    walking the railroad tracks
    Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5650 W: 95 N: 8962] (49920)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-24 8:01]
    Hello Gerrit,

    I suppose that railroad tracks are much easier to walk on than rough tracks and they also run in nice straight lines too, so it's probably a much more convenient way of getting around - so long as you're careful to keep an eye open for approaching trains!

    A beautifully composed photograph in which the railway lines lead us way, way off into the distant hazy landscape. The light and colours are lovely and your inclusion of the brightly dressed walkers adds human interest as well as a good sense of scale. Perfect details and sharpness too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Who's Checking Out Who?Pentax K3

    Who's Checking Out Who?
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5138 W: 88 N: 12154] (58014)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-24 7:53]
    Hi there, Celebrity Craig,

    Sounds like you were really chuffed with the attention you received in India from the locals! Just don't expect to get the same sort of reception when you get back home to Vancouver. :)

    This guy certainly appears to be checking you out good style - but there's no malice there - he's just interested and perhaps a bit intrigued as to why this stranger should want to come and visit his home town.

    This is a beautiful capture. Someone once told me that India was the best place in the whole World for taking photographs because of the light and from this photograph I can understand why. Perhaps it is the amount of dust in the atmosphere, I don't know, but there seems to be a lovely softness to the light which is very evident in this image, the man and his rickety old bicycle standing out superbly against the hazy background.

    I love this one: I love the spontaneity of it, the light, the colours, your composition - everything. A wonderful memory from your travels in India.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Street in the old townCanon EOS 60D

    Street in the old town
    jjcordier Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6641 W: 236 N: 11544] (77518)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-24 6:24]
    Bonjour Jean Jacques,

    What a beautiful and colourful old town! And you have captured this narrow street beautifully in this well composed photograph, the curving road enticing us to follow it and discover what lies in the distance!

    Your picture is beautifully balanced and the soft light brings out all the bright colours vibrantly. Perfect exposure and stunning details and clarity.

    An interesting note too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Postcard from StonehengeCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Postcard from Stonehenge
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2961 W: 95 N: 7481] (31317)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-24 5:25] [+]
    Hi Mariusz,

    Gosh, £14.50 to see Stonehenge? And £24.25 to visit Peppa Pig World? That's dreadful. Although it wouldn't work for seeing Peppa Pig, have you thought of joining English Heritage? When I retired, I joined Historic Scotland and it costs me just £35 per year - with that I can get into places like Edinburgh Castle (normally £26) free - and I could go as often as I wanted. I can also get free entry to many other Scottish castles and historic sites and I can get into English Heritage places free as well. It would certainly be worth thinking about if you visit a lot of these sorts of places.

    Anyway, although I must confess that I've never been to Stonehenge, I have seen many, many pictures of it and most of them look pretty much the same. But this is far better than the usual pictures we see.

    Of course, you have not taken this on a bright and sunny day - the sky is dark and overcast and the light is very soft and that's what makes this image so delightful as these immense stones stand out beautifully against the dark sky. I like the band of brightness in the sky just at the horizon but it is the lovely lighting on these megaliths and their beautiful textures which I love most. You have also cleverly included some people which not only adds human interest but also gives an excellent impression of the immense size of this structure.

    An interesting note and a technically superb photograph.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: le pannierSony RX100 II

    le pannier
    rbassin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1580 W: 128 N: 1225] (19003)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-23 14:01]
    Bonjour Roland,

    As soon as I saw this photograph I remembered this picture which you showed us before! But, although both pictures were taken on the same day (and only a few minutes apart), this is not the same bicycle!

    I love this picture (and I loved the other one too) probably on account of its wonderful simplicity. The bicycle sits perfectly in that gap in the wall and the background is wonderfully simple too with nothing but sea and sky.

    A wonderfully simple and appealing composition with lovely light and colours and exceptional details and clarity.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Tulip time in Istanbul - IXNikon D 5000

    Tulip time in Istanbul - IX
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5686 W: 492 N: 15881] (86760)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-23 13:50]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    I'm sorry I've been absent from TE for a little while - so now I need to catch up with my critiquing!

    This is a beautiful photograph of these magnificent tulips and what really appeals to me is the fact that you have taken this from a low viewpoint - not only does that give us an interesting view but it also allows us to see not only the lovely light and colours reflected off the flowers but also the light which has passed through these glorious petals.

    The lighting here is superb and makes the flowers stand out beautifully against the deep blue sky and the darker building and foliage behind.

    Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure (in difficult conditions) and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NepalNepal
    Title: Market actress

    Market actress
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3850 W: 313 N: 8400] (42837)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-23 13:33]
    Hello Gert,

    Not only do you present some lovely and very interesting photographs but, as in this case, you more often than not treat us with a trio of them!

    It is difficult to know quite why this lady in your main picture is looking away: perhaps she is trying to avoid your camera, perhaps she has spied something more interesting than you to look at or, indeed, she might be trying to present her most appealing profile to you. Who can know? Whatever the case, her child seems somewhat less than happy with the situation!

    I can see why photographing people at fruit and vegetable markets would be good - there's no doubt that the produce itself adds interest and colour to the pictures and that's especially true here where the rather bland background allows the eye to be drawn to the lady with child and the bright and colourful foreground.

    The lady in one of your workshop pictures certainly is neither shy nor self conscious as she stares down the barrel of your lens. And I wonder if we would still see ladies working and being overlooked by men or if Nepalese women have gained emancipation over the last 40 years?

    Three wonderfully interesting photographs and an excellent note - perfect uploads for TE.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Collonges-la-RougeCanon Powershot A640

    Collonges-la-Rouge
    gildasjan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4068 W: 285 N: 6262] (41838)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 397 N: 5205] (21006) [2015-04-23 13:20]
    Bonjour Gildas,

    This is a beautiful photograph of a beautiful place. Your shot is very pleasingly composed with the tall and colourful hollyhocks very nicely balancing the building on the right and with the gate, the wall and the roadway leading us in a diagonal into the distance.

    Lovely light and wonderfully rich and vibrant colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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