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  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: land's Edge II

    land's Edge II
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5268 W: 371 N: 11147] (54603)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-18 4:43]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    Yes, I had seen on our news programmes that you've been having pretty unseasonal cold weather of late with freezing temperatures as far north as Alice Springs!

    Despite your apologies, I must say that the colours on my monitor look absolutely fine to me - lots of pink in that sky and lots of emerald green in the water in the left foreground.

    A beautiful and pleasing composition with the stonework and the row of posts making a strong "lead-in" and also separating the smooth glassy pool in the left foreground from the rest of the image. The late winter's afternoon light is delightfully warm, lighting up the sky beautifully as well as giving a pinkish glow to the sands on the right.

    A technically perfect photograph too in which your prolonged shutter speed has nicely softened the waves crashing over the rocks and also perfectly smoothed the foreground water.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: VatnajökullNikon D90

    Vatnajökull
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 831 W: 66 N: 1643] (9383)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-11 9:44]
    Hello Daniel,

    As Gert so rightly says, this is a stunning photograph! Your inclusion of the bright yellow lorry travelling alone over the foreground dry and barren landscape adds an incredibly strong sense of scale to the distant, even more barren, landscape of ice and snow. And the fact that the ice and snow fields appear to merge almost imperceivably into the white sky adds to the impression of their vastness.

    A stunning photograph indeed.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: The summer at La RochellePentax K10D

    The summer at La Rochelle
    chrisnet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2909 W: 110 N: 5545] (21850)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-11 9:35]
    Bonjour Christian,

    A beautiful photograph of these twin towers which guard the entrance to the port of La Rochelle, perfectly taken in lovely summery light and with fine colours, tones and contrasts. The details, especially when see at full size, are exquisite.

    But what I really like about this shot is the inclusion of the two people relaxing in the close foreground, dangling their legs over the harbour wall. They not only add human interest but also a fine sense of scale.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Pesca sportiva

    Pesca sportiva
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3054 W: 22 N: 3595] (37938)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-11 8:45]
    Ciao caro Carlo,

    This looks to be a pleasant and relaxing way to spend a fine spring day. Not too much in the way of exercise but still the ability to enjoy the fresh air. I wonder if any of these people actually caught any fish?

    There seem to be many groups of fishermen dotted around the perimeter of this lake and you have captured them beautifully in this finely composed photograph taken in lovely light and with glorious colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Lighthouse before RainSony SLT A65

    Lighthouse before Rain
    romanaa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 637 W: 93 N: 1184] (7982)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-11 8:27]
    Hello Romana,

    Lovely to see you back again - especially when you present such a wonderful photograph for us! So you've been back to Britain again.

    This is a beautifully composed shot, the harbour lighthouse perfectly placed in the frame and the nearby railings leading us perfectly to it. But it is the wonderful light which really makes this one so special - the bright sunlight from the left lighting up the white railings and casting shadows of them across the ground, contrasting so well with the lighthouse, in relative darkness, and that angry threatening sky.

    Wonderful light, fabulous colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Mughal style

    Mughal style
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5994 W: 91 N: 15446] (85097)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-10 6:51]
    Hi Malgo,

    As soon as I saw this picture, I thought it might be one of Craig's - now there's a compliment for you! :)

    As always, you have written an interesting and informative note and produced a very appealing photograph of this "lady in red" in traditional dress beautifully framed in the ochre archway of this building. Gorgeous light and colours and lovely details too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Remember when…

    Remember when…
    jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1863 W: 2 N: 3748] (13804)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-10 6:04]
    Hi Jason,

    Isn't it remarkable just how the advance of technology has changed our daily lives so much? Fewer and fewer people nowadays buy a newspaper and rarely do we actually see someone sitting like this reading one. The mobile phone has wormed its way into our lives, destroying all human communication and conversation.

    A delightful and very pleasing composition, taken in lovely soft light with perfect colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Unable to resistCanon EOS 1100D

    Unable to resist
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6844 W: 63 N: 19550] (88924)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-10 5:58]
    Hello Stephen,

    A very interesting note and a very fine photograph to accompany it. I presume that it was during the French Revolution, with the overthrow of the monarchy, that the statue of Louis XV was removed.

    A beautiful photograph which appears as though it was taken on a blisteringly hot and bright day but, despite that, you have controlled the light exceedingly well to produce an image with a fine composition which is held together very pleasingly by the tall lamppost in the foreground and the distant domes with their spires. The couple in the foreground add interest as well as a fine splash of colour.

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

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: Primary ColorsPentax K3

    Primary Colors
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5361 W: 88 N: 12751] (60518) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-10 3:01]
    Hi Craig,

    Crikey, I nearly missed this beauty! You should make no apology for the lack of any people in this one - the brightly coloured bags lying in this doorway more than make up for the lack of any human presence.

    The light is lovely and the colours are truly amazing! The rich reds and yellows of the bags contrast beautifully with the cool blue of the walls and the tatty dark green of the door behind, all perfectly framed in the ornate walls of the doorway itself and with the steps leading us into the picture perfectly.

    Stunning light and colours and immaculate details and technical quality.

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: dancing around a ball

    dancing around a ball
    ourania Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3461 W: 5 N: 7127] (35794)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-09 8:36] [+]
    Hello Ourania,

    A lovely photograph, beautifully composed and presented! Somehow you have managed perfectly to capture an intense sense of movement and dynamism here - I'm not sure if it's the position of the two main subjects' arms and hands or just their general stance - but the effect is fabulous!

    Perhaps it is your conversion of this image to black and white which accentuates that sense of movement too - maybe by getting rid of any colourful distractions?

    A very fine picture with lovely light, tones and contrasts and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: A dry stone wallPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    A dry stone wall
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 159 W: 0 N: 430] (2216)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-09 8:03]
    Hello Jean,

    I love drystone walls, a beautiful sight on the landscapes of many parts of Britain, so much of our heritage and a real tribute to the skill and hard work of their builders that they have lasted so many years.

    And this is a very fine photograph of a typical "drystane dyke" as we would call it in Scotland - perfectly depicted against the lovely green surrounding landscape and given an extra "lift" by the bright colours of the foxgloves around it. Lovely light, fine vibrant colours, a strong composition and excellent details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: Swan slootCANON EOS 600D

    Swan sloot
    Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5728 W: 95 N: 9096] (50880)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-09 6:55]
    Hello Gerrit,

    In Britain, we usually think of a "canal" as something made by man - dug out and filled with water to allow boats to carry cargoes. But, looking at this lovely photograph, this looks like a natural waterway and not something made by mankind.

    A beautiful gentle and relaxing scene with lovely soft light and colours and lovely reflections on the smooth water. The two swans are perfectly placed and the lines of the water's edge lead the eye nicely into the distance. Perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SlovakiaSlovakia
    Title: All alone in the street

    All alone in the street
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4003 W: 321 N: 8762] (44342) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-09 1:57] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    Photographs taken from a height looking down to street level are always appealing but even more so when they take on this lovely "graphic" quality and especially when they include just a single individual placed perfectly in the frame - as here.

    We cannot help fixing our eyes on the young lady on the cobbled street below us, nor can we resist being carried along in her direction of travel as the road narrows to the distant area of shade.

    A very well seen and very well taken shot with lovely strong compositional lines, good light and colours and exceptional details.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. And if this picture is remarkable for having just one single person, your workshop photograph is equally remarkable in showing the crowded street below exceptionally well! As well, of course, as showing us more details of the buildings and St. Michael's Tower.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Varnished boats

    Varnished boats
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4867 W: 276 N: 8531] (70883)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-08 23:56]
    Bonjour Denis,

    These boats look quite old but they also appear to have been very well looked after because the paint and varnish look very fresh.

    I love how the warm evening light brings out the warm and rich tones of the golden woodwork of the boats, contrasting beautifully with the dark and cooler colours of the water. Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

    I love both of your pictures but, if I had to choose, I think your workshop photograph must be my favourite.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Tintagel and Merlin's CaveNikon D-300

    Tintagel and Merlin's Cave
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3570 W: 222 N: 8198] (32971)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-08 23:50]
    Hello Bev,

    You really can't stop looking at TE for a second or you miss so many lovely shots - so now I'm catching up again after just a couple of days.

    An interesting note you have written - and if you want to read my note here you will learn that Merlin might indeed have been baptised by St. Mungo just a short distance from Peebles!

    Anyway, this is a delightful photograph, very well composed indeed with the horizon and just a tiny slice of sky present to help us with orientation and also give a wonderful sense of depth as we peer downwards to the shoreline of this little inlet. The colourfully dressed people down below add to the appeal as well as giving a fine sense of scale.

    Lovely light and colours, spot-on exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Lovely!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Tower Bridge openingCanon AE 1

    Tower Bridge opening
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 708 W: 297 N: 1633] (7991)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-08 13:00]
    Hello Will,

    Thank you for this lovely trio of photographs - and for your kind words about my last picture too! Very kind indeed!

    Despite your apologies, I think that this is a remarkably clear and sharp image, particularly as has been scanned from a black and white negative and, of course, the original photograph was taken from a moving boat.

    A very fine composition with the opening bascules perfectly placed in the frame as also is one tower of the bridge. Looks too as though you are heading on a direct frontal collision course with a rather mighty warship in the distance! Excellent light, tones and contrasts too. And two lovely workshop pictures taken on the way back as well as an interesting and entertaining note!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • CyprusCyprus
    Title: Change but don't destroy!Canon EOS Kiss X4

    Change but don't destroy!
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3051 W: 95 N: 7733] (32295)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-06 3:42]
    Hello Mariusz,

    I couldn't agree with you more about the needless destruction and vandalism that goes on in the World today - certainly never done in the name of the God in whom I believe.

    This building actually reminds me of a beautiful place I visited many years ago just outside Ephesus in Turkey - the House of the Virgin Mary - which is believed to have been where Mary was taken by John to stay in safety after Jesus's crucifixion. And what is so wonderful about that little house, now a chapel, is that nowadays it is a shrine shared by both Muslims and Christians - the Muslim people go there every day to pray and the Catholics take mass there on a daily basis too.

    You have captured this splendid building perfectly , making the most of your wide lens, and what I like is the wonderful dynamism and movement you have caught with the colourfully dressed ladies (especially the one in yellow nearest the camera) walking purposefully to this place of worship - they stand out beautifully against their darker background. Your wide lens has also enabled you to include the full height and grandeur of this lovely place too.

    A fine composition with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, stunning details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IndiaIndia
    Title: The StalkerPentax K3

    The Stalker
    macjake Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5361 W: 88 N: 12751] (60518)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-05 23:38]
    Hi Craig,

    I always rather suspected you were a definite case of "testosterone on legs" and your amusing note confirms my diagnosis - but how flattering it must have been to have been followed by this gorgeous looking girl!

    And what an absolute stunner she is too - a lovely smiling face and immaculately dressed in her beautiful sari and jewellery while what appear to be the rest of her family seem to be looking on so approvingly.

    But how fortunate that this little group actually stopped and lingered here for a little - this is a beautiful family portrait, seemingly perfectly posed with the girl standing out in the light while the other three members of the group are sat in slight shade in the archway. A lovely simple and non-distracting background too.

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

    A beautiful girl and a beautiful photograph!

    Fabulous!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: Geothermal farmingNikon D90

    Geothermal farming
    marabu61 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 831 W: 66 N: 1643] (9383)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-05 9:29]
    Hello Daniel,

    As always, you have written a very interesting and informative note as well as showing us a very beautiful and striking photograph.

    These illuminated greenhouses stand out spectacularly here in the blue light of evening where they are surrounded by clouds of water vapour and are portrayed beautifully against their darker surroundings and the darkening sky. And the glistening reflections off the water in the foreground are delightful.

    A very well composed picture with wonderful light and colours, a perfect exposure (despite the poor light levels) and exceptional details and sharpness, even at 1/8 second.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The Spotted BoyLeica V Lux 40

    The Spotted Boy
    mrmike1935 Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 168] (3250)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1407 W: 397 N: 5368] (21726) [2015-07-05 3:57] [+]
    Hello Michael,

    To my mind, this is what TE should be all about - an interesting photograph and an interesting and informative note. And reading your words about George and seeing your photograph of his portrait, I have learned something today!

    In our day and age, however, such exploitation of people with congenital defects is deemed abhorrent but apparently it was quite the norm two centuries ago. Indeed, many believe that the story of the well known "Phantom of the Opera" was based upon some unfortunate human "freak" who was paraded around Paris by a showman.

    A lovely photograph of this painting, marred only by a couple of bright reflections (I'm not sure if you used flash or not), and a very interesting note!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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