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  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Goatskin Season

    Goatskin Season
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5484 W: 369 N: 11794] (57666)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 408 N: 6049] (24682) [2016-06-29 0:14]
    Ciao cara Lisa,

    This looks to be a beautiful spring night, probably calm and windless, so a good plastering of woad and a goatskin would be more than enough to keep you warm while you lined up for this fine photograph.

    You have got a wonderful result from this night time photograph - I suspect your exposure (in the camera I mean - not of yourself!) was not that long as the moon hasn't moved significantly - and the idea of "painting" this stone with light has worked out spectacularly well.

    The contrast between the brightness of the stone and the gorgeous pinks and blues of the late evening sky is delightful.

    A very fine photograph with lovely differing lighting, glorious colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kindest Regards,

    John.

  • GermanyGermany
    Title: 'Procession of PrincesCanon EOS 1100D

    'Procession of Princes
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7739 W: 63 N: 21552] (98265)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 408 N: 6049] (24682) [2016-06-28 23:53]
    Good morning Stephen,

    If painting a mural of that enormous size wasn't enough, I can't begin to imagine how much work must have gone into remodelling the whole thing in porcelain!

    A very finely composed photograph with lovely strong perspective, the long wall with its extensive mural leading us into the distance to the magnificent red roofed building and its tall spires.

    Lovely soft light, fine colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness. And the inclusion of the people adds not only human interest but also a fine sense of scale.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: A dull Midsummer's Eve

    A dull Midsummer's Eve
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4902 W: 363 N: 10198] (52064)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 408 N: 6049] (24682) [2016-06-28 3:00] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    It was with interest that I read your note about the Swedish tradition for partying, eating and drinking on Midsummer's Eve but was saddened by the fact that such festivities can end in a very similar way to what not infrequently happens here with fighting and knife crime. But, if the dull weather put a damper on the festivities, perhaps it also reduced the number of casualties. It's also quite poignant to note the two foreign gentlemen working hard to scratch a living here while others relax and indulge themselves - I fear that in Britain, following the disastrous result of the recent referendum, many such honest workers are already facing appalling resentment and verbal abuse.

    Despite the poor weather, this is a fine photograph though there is little sign that anyone's really having any great amount of fun - just sitting quietly contemplating the distant view or each other. Though the two rather cuddly young ladies in your workshop picture appear as though they have definitely made the most of the eating, if not the drinking, and have at least made the effort to wear their garlands.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: The Hague Under HeavenSony Nex 6

    The Hague Under Heaven
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3087 W: 306 N: 3060] (12096)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 408 N: 6049] (24682) [2016-06-28 1:55]
    Hello Rob,

    You have innate ability to use your imagination - something in which I feel sadly lacking - when taking your photographs in museums and art galleries. For here we see a beautiful depiction of this classic statue of a discus thrower, perfectly shown in exquisite detail while on the left is your very own "living statue" and on the right, a rather surreal image including, amongst other items, a chequered cow, perhaps about to launch itself over the moon.

    Your clever use of the reflections in the mirror has certainly paid off in full to produce a fascinating photograph with so many things to look at and examine in detail, stunning sharpness, perfect exposure and remarkable clarity considering that the lighting conditions must have been less than ideal.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Nerja INikon D3100

    Nerja I
    cornejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3495 W: 2 N: 7714] (41789)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-28 1:47]
    Hola Angel,

    I don't think we ever tire of beaches and sea scenes.
    I really like how you have added something original by including the the shadows of a building and a tree that we cannot see.
    I think a crop of some of the sky would have moved the horizon from the centre and given a more panoramic appearance.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • NorwayNorway
    Title: Escandinavia 2014 N119 - TAR AV!Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Escandinavia 2014 N119 - TAR AV!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9876 W: 58 N: 13662] (75122)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-28 1:42]
    Hello Ney,

    I really like how you have been able to include the aeroplane's wing in your photograph. It gives an excellent reference point for understanding what is in the lower parts of the scene. It's so interesting to see how the land and the sea are related!
    How amazing that clouds are between you and your objective!!

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Banc de gouilleNikon D800

    Banc de gouille
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10604 W: 0 N: 14918] (141162)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-28 1:38]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    The bench is waiting patiently for someone to use it, to enjoy the peace and the calm of the tranquil setting.
    Though there is no-one on it, it does make a good focal point and directs attention to the jade lake, with its tree reflections.
    A very well composed and well saturated photograph.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Fortress...Canon EOS 30D

    Fortress...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6243 W: 157 N: 9169] (96799)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-28 1:35]
    Hello Krzysztof,

    This building looks hard and formidable, not built for comfort but for defence.
    Your viewpoint emphasises the its long, low lines with the repeating small small windows.
    It's a fine composition, the right angle of the two walls right on the thirds line.
    Lovely colours.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: LeuvehavenSony DSC HX400v

    Leuvehaven
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6120 W: 53 N: 10189] (36270)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-28 1:29]
    Hello Lars,

    This looks anything but a 17th century harbour.!
    It looks very modern in every way!
    I'm sure some remnants of the old will be displayed in the Maritime or Harbour Museums for the delight of those who appreciate history!
    You chose an excellent time to take this photograph; early morning or early evening always seem to have the best possible light. There is a delightful, soft glow in the sky to give a very 3D effect on the tall buildings.

    Have a good day,
    Bev :-)

  • LithuaniaLithuania
    Title: Old Vilnius panorama

    Old Vilnius panorama
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7136 W: 100 N: 18073] (96525)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-28 1:21]
    Hello Malgo,

    It's a great photograph on Beta!
    It's an immense panorama of the city which looks to be a place existing in contented union with trees and gardens, a very beautiful, calm place.
    There isn't much evidence, from this view, of high rise buildings which adds to the charm
    The light and the colours are excellent.

    Have a good day,
    Bev :-)

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: MasqueradeCanon EOS 5D Mark II

    Masquerade
    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 408 N: 6049] (24682)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-28 1:15] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Hello John,

    You have done a fine job of capturing this 'statue' with excellent details of her whole costume. It wasn't easy as she was standing in quite a dark corner. However, the dark corner works well for your purpose as it makes a very good, contrasting b/g against which to show off the the performer.
    She really does look to be floating from this angle!

    I have added a w/s for your interest!

    Have a great day,
    Bev :-)

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: The Hague Under HeavenSony Nex 6

    The Hague Under Heaven
    alvaraalto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3087 W: 306 N: 3060] (12096)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-28 0:56]
    Good Morning Rob,

    I have seen this idea in art galleries before, of using mirrors. What a successful idea! It is like seeing art and changing art at the same moment.
    I like your close-up composition, the mirror and the plinth making a pleasing natural frame for the exhibits (animate and inanimate!).

    Excellent sharp details on the main statue and a great sense of depth into the b/g.

    Have a good day,
    Bev :-)

  • ChinaChina
    Title: walk on downNikon D40

    walk on down
    BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 34 N: 2783] (16851)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 408 N: 6049] (24682) [2016-06-28 0:22]
    Hello Benny,

    A fascinating note about this old central part of a town which around it has undergone development, expansion and development - and it is lovely to see this old part preserved, whether that be for its use as a film set or simply to preserve some elements of the past.

    You have captured this scene perfectly and with perfect timing too, just as the old man passes down the upper part of this stairway beneath the old lamp while the colourful red features on the right balance him very nicely.

    I love the play of light and shade here which you have captured so well, the colours are rich and vibrant and the details and sharpness are exquisite.

    I love this one!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BoliviaBolivia
    Title: Death RoadSony Cybershot DSC-W5

    Death Road
    gervaso Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2329 W: 39 N: 3117] (13281) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 408 N: 6049] (24682) [2016-06-28 0:08] [+]
    Hello Alexandre,

    I have seen pictures (as well as videos on YouTube) of this amazingly dangerous road but it is nice to see a more pleasing and picturesque view of it such as this. I congratulate you at having travelled this road and admire you for your courage. And it's perfectly understandable that there must be very many places where it would indeed be very dangerous to stop to take photographs! Did you drive or cycle this road yourself or did you travel with others?

    A truly spectacular landscape in which the meandering narrow road snakes its way along the side of the precipitous mountainside. But the light, the distant mist and the rich colours of the dense vegetation are truly amazing.

    A fine composition with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SpainSpain
    Title: Andalucia 16 - 2016Canon EOS 5D Mk II

    Andalucia 16 - 2016
    claudeD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 76 N: 1131] (38398)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 408 N: 6049] (24682) [2016-06-27 23:53]
    Bonjour Jean Claude,

    Yes, indeed, what a beautiful place to spend a holiday!

    This is a lovely plaza surrounded by fine buildings and your photograph has been taken on what looks like a very warm and sunny day.

    Your composition is excellent with the tall belltower perfectly placed in the frame and nicely balanced by the two very tall trees. The light and colours are magnificent and you have done well to avoid any overly strong contrasts. And the inclusion of a few people adds human interest as well as a fine sense of scale - I particularly love the little child at bottom left manfully striding along!

    Perfect technical quality too.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Banc de gouilleNikon D800

    Banc de gouille
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10604 W: 0 N: 14918] (141162)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 408 N: 6049] (24682) [2016-06-27 23:45]
    Bonjour Nicolas,

    A beautiful and restful scene of this calm little lake set amidst lush vegetation and pretty wild flowers beneath a clear blue sky. And the little bench is perfectly placed in this image, inviting us to walk but a few paces, sit down, take a rest and enjoy the peace and tranquillity - if the mosquitoes will allow!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Teatro greco

    Teatro greco
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3775 W: 28 N: 4457] (47465)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-27 15:17]
    Hello dear Carlo,

    I applaud you for your careful cropping of the amphitheatre. You have given us exactly the right amount of the whole to give an impression of the steeply rising sides and its distinctive curve. The couple is strongly positioned, creating a good focal point.
    It is surprising to see you using b&w but it was a good choice, showing a good tonal range and, incidentally, giving a sense of age!

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Powderham CastlePanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Powderham Castle
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 325 W: 0 N: 987] (4687)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-27 15:10]
    Hello Jean,

    Isn't amazing that houses built so long ago still remain and look very good for their age! Just think how many modern buildings have already outlived their use and been demolished!

    This house looks as if it has evolved, with changes and extensions to keep up with trends over the centuries. You have given us some excellent details and used the building effectively as a backstop for the rose garden.

    The clouds, to the right, look as if they may be the bearers of the downpour you describe.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: TiradentesSamsung Pro815

    Tiradentes
    lucasgalodoido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5523 W: 205 N: 6541] (22224)



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    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4163 W: 243 N: 9351] (38477) [2016-06-27 15:01]
    Hello Lucas,

    That is a remarkable achievement, to run for nearly 150 years without a break!
    I just love the type of train, it has the renown 'cowcatcher' on the front of the engine!

    You have chosen an excellent viewpoint for this shot to gain a fine linear perspective.
    The figures are important for scale and animation. I bet they are excited to be boarding the train!

    You couldn't ask for a better sky! It is a lovely cobalt blue with interesting fluffy clouds dispersed across its surface.

    My warm regards,
    Bev :-)

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: NestledPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Nestled
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 325 W: 0 N: 987] (4687)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 408 N: 6049] (24682) [2016-06-27 14:27]
    Hello Jean,

    Yes, it is amazing to think how these settlements were built here on what must have been pretty small and precarious bits of land at the foot of such enormous cliffs. Then, I suppose, the only way to expand was by building farther and farther up the cliff face!

    You have composed this picture perfectly from what I presume is a little harbour: everything in the image is very pleasingly placed, even right down to the tall lamppost at far right which draws our attention and then leads the eye off into the far distance, past the point of land to the far mountain shrouded in mist and cloud while the jetty on the left similarly draws us to the lovely ochre buildings at the water's edge.

    Lovely soft light, fine colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

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