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  • GreeceGreece
    Title: field work

    field work
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4233 W: 12 N: 8542] (44276)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-22 5:43] [+]
    Hello Ourania.

    I am so sorry about your loss. This must have been a sad day for you and others but you were blessed with the friendliness of this man as well as a beautiful day on which to photograph him at his work.

    The light and colours here are amazingly beautiful, aided no doubt by the warm sunlight blazing through the crop in this field and making the man surrounded by a gorgeous golden glow.

    For a quick action shot this is a very well composed image with amazing light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

    If this is you using manual mode on your new Nikon already, then you are well on the way to full mastery of your new camera!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Visit BordeauxNikon D 90

    Visit Bordeaux
    CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2473 W: 1246 N: 2549] (33984) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-22 5:33]
    Bonjour Claude,

    Very well seen and very well taken too!

    These modern big tourist buses with their big exterior mirrors hanging down always seem to remind me of some huge insect with antennae. But this is a delightful shot in which the reflection caught in the large windscreen appears to have increased the contrast and saturation of the scene, the big white puffy clouds brightly seen in the sky and the theatre standing out boldly below. And the inclusion of the face of a single passenger on the bus is an added bonus.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: basilique Ste Marie Majeure

    basilique Ste Marie Majeure
    amaryllis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 0 N: 6131] (36787)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-22 4:24]
    Bonjour Juliette,

    You have given us a wonderfully fascinating and informative note and also a beautiful interior photograph to accompany it!

    Despite what must have been quite low light levels, you have managed the light here perfectly in this fine symmetrical composition. The details and clarity of the magnificent altar and the amazingly sumptuous interior generally are superb. Beautiful rich colours, perfect exposure and I very much like the inclusion of visitors and worshippers who not only add human interest but also a fine sense of scale.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
    Title: Worth going or not?

    Worth going or not?
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6993 W: 99 N: 17703] (95113)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-22 4:04]
    Hi dear Malgo,

    To answer the question in your title - Definitely YES!

    What an adventurous traveller you are! But it sounds very much as though your journey was quite an interesting and comfortable one - and remarkably cheap too.

    Your two images give us a wonderful insight into the beauty and complexity of construction of this magnificent mausoleum. The light might not have been the best but you have produced two photographs which are inspiring by their beauty with fine colours, good composition and excellent details and clarity. But, most of all, you have given us a wonderfully interesting and informative note.

    Fabulous!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Church of PeaceCanon EOS Kiss X4

    Church of Peace
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3358 W: 91 N: 8550] (35820)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 16:35]
    Hi Mariusz,

    Wow! This is incredible! Is this church really more than three centuries old and yet it is built entirely of wood and was built in just a year? And no bells and no steeple were permitted?

    Your photograph is truly wonderful, showing this beautiful and richly decorated church interior to good effect in a fine composition. The ornate sculptures are amazing and they stand out beautifully against the darker woodwork of the church. And I love the mixture of natural light coming through the high windows and the artificial lighting in the lower parts.

    The light and colours are stunning, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    A very fine photograph of an amazingly beautiful interior of this church.

    Absolutely Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Chateau de Missillac IX

    Chateau de Missillac IX
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5242 W: 275 N: 9414] (77091) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 14:16]
    Bonjour Denis,

    I can fully understand why you are drawn to visit this lovely place.

    This is a wonderfully peaceful and calming image in which the magnificent castle is perfectly seen at far right while being nicely balanced by the bright flowering rhododendrons on the left. The lush green grass brightens up the picture beautifully while the reflections on the mirror-like surface of the calm water are truly stunning. Perhaps not quite so interesting a sky this time but the reflections more than make up for that.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Il Duomo CANON EOS 40D

    Il Duomo
    fabianoleite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2101 W: 69 N: 2387] (10748)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 13:50]
    Hello Fabiano,

    Your high viewpoint has given you a wonderfully strong perspective on this magnificent cathedral and your composition is perfect with Brunelleschi's beautiful dome perfectly placed in the frame and dominating the whole image most impressively. And beyond we have a glimpse of the distant view of roof tops and hills, all beneath a glorious sky.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: BACKSTREET BOYS. AND GIRLS.

    BACKSTREET BOYS. AND GIRLS.
    serp2000 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3456 W: 76 N: 5214] (43798)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 13:05]
    Hello Serghei,

    Ah, ha, I know where this is! I don't know London very well at all but I'm sure it's just a hundred metres or so from here not far from Tower Bridge on the south bank of the Thames.

    You have taken a nice low viewpoint here to accentuate the perspective in the roadway and also to accentuate the height of the buildings on either side. The multiple bridges across the street help to frame the image very well and I love how you have included some colourfully dressed people in the foreground to give depth as well as human interest.

    Good light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent depth of field and sharpness. And 1/16 second? Did you use a tripod for this one?

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.


  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Portraits from Cappadoce - XNikon F 90x

    Portraits from Cappadoce - X
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6045 W: 494 N: 17023] (94516)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 7:23]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    Of course, carpet making has long been a traditional craft in Turkey and I remember visiting some carpet making places in Turkey ten or more years ago and watching the amazing skills of the people weaving them.

    But how nice to have seen this tradition being carried out fifty years ago in this small village and to have had the opportunity to capture this lovely photograph of a woman weaving while her children look on and learn.

    The colours may have faded a little in this old colour slide but your composition is perfect, the lighting is good and you have captured the happy atmosphere of this place with the smiling children perfectly.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Creepy Alien Spotted in ChicagoPentax K3

    Creepy Alien Spotted in Chicago
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5934 W: 88 N: 14184] (67012)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 6:49]
    Hi Craig,

    To answer, at least in part, Gert's question, this sculpture was unveiled in 1974 but later underwent restoration and the only quote I can find is this from the Chicago Tribune in 1998: "The U.S. General Services Administration is spending at least $300,000 to restore the now-familiar Calder and the GSA's other publicly displayed sculpture in Chicago, Claes Oldenburg's "Batcolumn." That's nearly as much as the $350,000 the government paid to commission both pieces in the mid-1970s."

    Anyway, be that as it may, this is a fabulous photograph, the bright red (or vermilion) sculpture standing out brilliantly against its darker surroundings. You have chosen the perfect viewpoint to allow us, most enticingly, not to see the complete sculpture but only its main part as it seems to attempt to vanish out of sight off to the left. The light and vibrant colours are superb, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness, as always, exquisite.

    A photograph of which to be truly proud!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Nikon D800

    Lune voilée
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10479 W: 0 N: 14865] (139974) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 6:17]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    Yes, indeed, what a beautiful start to a day! What a striking and beautiful scene as the bright orange moon sets over the almost monochrome blue tops of the snow clad mountains!

    Gorgeous colours, lovely soft light and amazing details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • EstoniaEstonia
    Title: I want to ride my bicycleCanon EOS5D

    I want to ride my bicycle
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 891 W: 296 N: 2156] (10355)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 6:13] [+]
    Hello Will,

    Lots of bicycles on TE just now - Gert posted some pictures of some today and Ourania posted an image with the very same title as yours yesterday!

    Probably neither of these contraptions would be suitable to ride but I like the comparison of the illuminated one above and the decorated one below - two quite different images taken in different places. And I presume they were both where they were for some sort of advertising - perhaps the upper one outside a restaurant and the lower one in a clothes shop.

    Well seen and well taken!

    Super!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: morning calm

    morning calm
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4233 W: 12 N: 8542] (44276)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 5:42]
    Hello Ourania,

    A beautiful and calm and serene image in which your beautiful little old mill is again seen while the lone boatman slowly makes his way across the foreground water with the buildings and hills perfectly seen in the distance beneath a lovely sky.

    Whatever would you do if that little mill were to disappear? It reminds me of an old dead tree which used to stand beside a little lake at Rannoch Moor in northern Scotland - it featured on thousands of shots of the Scottish Highlands but, sadly, it eventually fell down in a storm a couple of years ago and photographers from all over Scotland have been totally distraught!

    A lovely shot!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Red, gold, blackCanon EOS 1100D

    Red, gold, black
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7669 W: 63 N: 21351] (97477)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 5:12]
    Hello Stephen,

    You've written a fascinating note and I'm reminded that St. Giles' cathedral in Edinburgh isn't a cathedral either - it was for two short periods in the 18th century when there were bishops in the Scottish church, but not since then.

    And what a striking photograph! The rich colours suit your title perfectly, the deep red carpet in the lower part of the image contrasting well with the acres of gold in the background around the altar and the tall dark columns on either side. Your symmetrical composition is perfect and the light very well controlled.

    Superb!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SenegalSenegal
    Title: Waiting youSony DSC HX200v

    Waiting you
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8767 W: 123 N: 16448] (89778)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 5:01]
    Ciao caro Luciano,

    There's no doubt that these are indeed most impressive creatures but I wouldn't want to get at all close to them! I presume that you used a fairly long lens to capture them.

    As always, a very interesting note and a very fine photograph to accompany it. The crocodiles fill the foreground perfectly against the rich red earth and we have a lovely view of the water and the distant trees in this reserve. Lovely light and colours, a fine composition and excellent details and clarity.

    Bravo!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
    Title: Souvenir from Turkistan

    Souvenir from Turkistan
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6993 W: 99 N: 17703] (95113)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 4:50]
    Hi Malgo,

    Wow! What dedication! Your round trip of 2,000 Km is pretty much in the same league as the 200 mile walk which Bach did in 1705 to Lübeck to hear Buxtehude play the organ!

    The architecture which you so well describe in your note is beautifully seen in this fine photograph but the image is uplifted even more by the delightful presence of the two colourfully dressed ladies in the foreground holding an even more colourful peacock.

    A perfectly composed photograph which, despite the poor light, has gorgeous rich and vibrant colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Time for a bite to eatPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Time for a bite to eat
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 311 W: 0 N: 926] (4459)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 4:29]
    Hello Jean,

    Perhaps it was just as well that the soldiers of the 18th century didn't have the luxury of being able to devour hamburgers - that fellow seated in the middle looks perhaps just a bit too portly to be able to provide much of a threat to the enemy! But, on the other hand, an army has to march on its stomach.

    A very well seen and taken candid shot of these off-duty soldiers amidst the crowd of visitors and tourists while in the background we can clearly see a fine view of masts and the harbour.

    Despite the strong light and shadows you have coped well with the exposure here to give us a lovely colourful scene with lots of interest.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Postcard from the Netherlands

    Postcard from the Netherlands
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4773 W: 360 N: 9990] (51148)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-21 3:41]
    Hello Gert,

    I often wonder to myself quite what Gottleib Daimler or Karl Benz might think of our modern urban landscapes and perhaps be astounded by just how much their invention of the motor car has changed things so drastically. And perhaps the inventor of the bicycle, be he a Scotsman, a German or whoever he was, might look upon this scene with equal amazement.

    This bicycle "parking lot" is quite remarkable as seen in two of your photographs and your main picture includes some human interest too as this poor fellow hunts for a place to park his bike. Quite a contrast to the lovely peaceful scene of Delft itself where, yes, we do see bikes aplenty but only one solitary pedestrian wandering through the lovely street along a canal lined with fine buildings.

    A perfect posting for TE.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: Portraits from Cappadoce - IXNikon F 90x

    Portraits from Cappadoce - IX
    mesutilgim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6045 W: 494 N: 17023] (94516)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-20 2:47] [+]
    Hello dear Mesut,

    Yesterday you showed us a very elegant woman cleaning her wool and today we see another lady spinning her wool! I wonder if they were both in the same place?

    This is a lovely portrait, the lady apparently happy to have her photograph taken while concentrating on this time consuming work. For a scan from an old colour slide the light and colours are remarkably good, as also are the details in the picture.

    A wonderful reminder of past times!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Do you have a dedicated film scanner for your computer? I have one but unfortunately it is quite old and it no longer works with more modern versions of Microsoft Windows. I have actually tried on occasions to use a simple set-up using my camera with a macro lens to photograph slides but it is quite a time consuming business.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: Berlin Cathedral from Palace BridgeCanon EOS 1100D

    Berlin Cathedral from Palace Bridge
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7669 W: 63 N: 21351] (97477)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 408 N: 5971] (24348) [2016-05-20 2:40]
    Hello Stephen,

    Yes, a magnificent and beautiful bridge indeed, and you have captured its beauty very well in this fine photograph.

    I like the strong diagonal composition and how we see here three of the magnificent sculptures disappearing off to the right along the line of the ornate railings while the composition is nicely balanced by the green domes of the cathedral on the left.

    Lovely soft light, true colours, perfect exposure and excellent depth of field and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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