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  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: California On Fire!!!

    California On Fire!!!
    eldancer1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2428 W: 0 N: 5732] (30788)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-07-01 9:19]
    Hi Eleu

    Hoping that the US west coast will get some unprecedented summer rains to break the drought. Fantastic color, sharpness and saturation. The smoke gives an unusual halo effect to the trees at right. The gray blue sky contrasts well against the fg yellow green grass. Tfs.

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Beppu's glass houseCanon PowerShot S1 IS

    Beppu's glass house
    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2503 W: 17 N: 5499] (24003)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-07-01 9:05]
    Hi Paul

    I like how the circular lily pads appear to float on the reflection of the v shaped reflection of the roof. Good sharpness and excellent repetition of the rectangular grid patterns of the roof. The grey tones contrast well against the splashes of green. The 2 people at left animate the scene. Tfs.

  • IsraelIsrael
    Title: 120 Hay-balesCanon EOS 60D

    120 Hay-bales
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6947 W: 592 N: 12994] (61415)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-07-01 9:02]
    Hello Ike,

    The pale straw yellow color of the hay contrasts well against the blue sky. Good sharpness and excellent framing and composition with nice saturation. I like the textural details revealed by the superb lighting on the haybales. The trees at right in an orchard contrast well and their dark green tones against the lighter sky work well. Tfs.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Grace BuildingNikon D7000 HDdSLR

    Grace Building
    Sergiom Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5489 W: 0 N: 5348] (65229)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-07-01 8:57]
    Hello Serge,

    Amazing repetition of the geometric patterns and shapes reflected in the shiny, mirror like surface of the office block, and an interesting effect to tip it on a horizontal axis. Nice warm vs cold color contrasts between the blue and reddish yellow. The diamond or trapezoid shapes add interest to the bg rectangles. Tfs.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Paris - 2012 - 86Nikon D300

    Paris - 2012 - 86
    pierrefonds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7269 W: 108 N: 12685] (59354)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-07-01 8:52]
    Hello Pierre,

    I like the intense saturated fg yellow flowers contrasting against the more subdued yellow Autumn colours of the trees nicely framing either side of the bg path. The statue makes a good focal point. Its dark tones contrast well against the lighter toned sky. Tfs.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Finally, the beachCanon EOS 1100D

    Finally, the beach
    snunney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6782 W: 63 N: 19444] (88357)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-07-01 8:37]
    Hello Stephen,

    The warm yellow red colors of the sand contrast well against the intense blue sky. Nice repetition of the fishing boats. The 4 in front add depth and layering to the composition. Excellent sharpness and a good contrast between the strolling tourist with her handbag and the sunbathers. Tfs.

  • SlovakiaSlovakia
    Title: Beautiful Bardejov - 2

    Beautiful Bardejov - 2
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3922 W: 319 N: 8612] (43701)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-07-01 8:21]
    Hello Gert,

    I just left Slovakia a week ago and will have to look outside Bratislava next time I visit. The schoolkids on excursion led by their teacher make a nice daily life scene. Good sharpness and vibrant color with excellent sharpness and nice warm cold color contrasts between the red roofs and blue sky. Tfs.

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Sydney Vividissima V

    Sydney Vividissima V
    delpeoples Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5261 W: 371 N: 11119] (54463)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-07-01 8:14]
    Ciao Lisa,

    First off my commiserations for the loss of your sister in law :-( Please console your brother. Nice fg reflections in the harbour and an unusual nocturnal sight. Hope Sydney is safe at night for photographers? The green patterns are striking and very unusual. I've only ever seen the white sails by day. A superb red-orange reflection at right that contrasts well against the green cyan colors. Tfs.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: ReconversionSONY DSC-R1

    Reconversion
    papagolf21 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11830 W: 886 N: 21235] (89085)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 11:40]
    Bonjour Philippe,

    An excellent tonal range with good textural contrasts between the stone wood and vegetation. Superb sharpness and well framed and composed. The upward facing stairs add good lead in lines and linear perspective towards the antique shop. Tfs.

  • UkraineUkraine
    Title: Bookkeeping

    Bookkeeping
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3922 W: 319 N: 8612] (43701)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 11:34]
    Hello Gert,

    The open air book market makes a fine centre of interest. Good sharpness and excellent framing and composition. On the plus side the overcast skies have given you a soft diffused light with no oe or totally black shadows. The diagonal axis of the books along the long shelf adds dynamism. Tfs.

  • IcelandIceland
    Title: National landscapeCanon 7D

    National landscape
    ktanska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3401 W: 54 N: 4014] (25505)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 11:29]
    Hi Kari,

    Wow, the desolate volcanic landscape has been well captured here. I like the small neat houses amongst the rocky black lava fields. The yellow red gravel along the river bank contrasts well against the blue sky and reflected skylight in the meandering stream. Excellent sharpness and high pov. Tfs.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Epi réserveNikon D800

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



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 11:22]
    Bonjour Nicolas

    Fantastic symmetrical reflections in the tranquil water with good sharpness and punchy light contrasts. Excellent color and saturation. Effective tight framing with no part of the screen wasted. A nice warm cold color contrast between the yellow green foliage and the blue skylight reflected in the water. Tfs.

  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
    Title: Le Weisshorn roseNikon D800

    Le Weisshorn rose
    Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 9094 W: 0 N: 14177] (127818)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 11:11]
    Bonjour Nicou,

    Fantastic symmetrical reflections in the placid water with wonderful warm vs cold color contrasts between the snowcapped mountains drenched in red orange sunset colors and the blue tones in the lower ridges and water. The tree adds a graphic element of contrasting light and dark tones. Tfs.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Vino Nobile

    Vino Nobile
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5897 W: 90 N: 15199] (84117)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 11:01]
    Hi Malgo

    Incredible repetition of the patterns formed by the neatly manicured rows of vines in the contour plughed hillsides. A wonderful high pov offering an expansive view of the green valley. Good sharpness and well framed and composed. Tfs.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Monet & House

    Monet & House
    nikkitta Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1999 W: 17 N: 4048] (16230)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 10:56]
    Hello Maria,

    A soft diffused light with the seated woman on the bench nicely animating the scene as well as providing a focal point. Excellent sharpness and the red geraniums at right and the pink and yellow flowers add a welcome splash of color. The opposing diagonals of the bench and the 2 rows of green windows add strength to the composition. Tfs.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Windows of Co-Cathedral

    Windows of Co-Cathedral
    Matyas Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 596 W: 21 N: 1421] (6594)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 10:51]
    Hi Maciej,

    Effective tight framing with good sharpness and superb warm vs cold color contrasts between the red brick facade and the reflected blue skylight in the windows. Amazing repetition of patterns, shapes and textures! Tfs.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Botero a Spoleto

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



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 10:45]
    Ciao Silvio,

    A pleasant diffused light with good sharpness and soft, pastel colors. The people animate the scene and the gigantic bg torso sculpture makes an instantaneous focal point. The arched entrance is well placed over the vanishing point. Tfs.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Romantic - No!  Nostalgic - Yes!Nikon D-300

    Romantic - No! Nostalgic - Yes!
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3525 W: 223 N: 8104] (32603)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 10:34]
    Hello Bev

    Some things about the 40's are nice but others not so good. I recall the early 60's in Australia when no-one had refrigerators and we had to purchase a block of ice to keep food fresh. And the outback latrines with sawdust. Yuk! And internet and cellphones were science fiction in cartoons and comics! The pastel colors suit the image here and remind me of 1960's retouching of b&w images from analogue film. Tfs.

  • PortugalPortugal
    Title: Tomar, lamp and bell-towerPanasonic Lumix DMC FZ35

    Tomar, lamp and bell-tower
    ikeharel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6947 W: 592 N: 12994] (61415) *



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 10:27]
    Hello Ike,

    I like the simple graphic elements of contrasting tones in this superbly composed shot from Portugal. The minimalist colors work well and the tight framing on the conical roofed tower is excellent. The lamp to the right compliments the scene. Tfs.

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Cathedral IslandFujifilm FinePix HS30EXR

    Cathedral Island
    rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1153 W: 0 N: 2864] (26790)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10643 W: 1001 N: 20498] (102765) [2015-06-24 10:18]
    Hi Ryszard,

    Striking warm vs cold color contrasts between the red and blue with the canal adding natural lead in lines and diminishing linear perspective towards the back. The diagonal embankment at left adds dynamism. Good sharpness and the bridge is well positioned near the vanishing point. Tfs.

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