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  • AfeganistãoAfeganistão
    Title: Lady in BlueNikon D800

    Lady in Blue
    kasianowak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1422 W: 7 N: 2738] (15002) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-25 5:35]
    Hello Kasia,

    Oh, I do love these two portraits! Despite what you say about the poor light, you have done an amazing job here and, although both portraits are very contrasty, nonetheless we can see detail throughout both images, not only in the deepest shadows but also in their brightest parts.

    Although she was very shy, this lady has a wonderfully serene demeanour and appears very relaxed - you must have that innate ability to put your subjects at ease! And, of course, I do like the portrait of her husband, Malang, who looks to be a very fit and competent guide.

    And, of course, nice to see a snapshot of the gathering of supplies for the trek into Pamir.

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Another one for my favourites! :)

  • AfeganistãoAfeganistão
    Title: Women of WardiNikon D800

    Women of Wardi
    kasianowak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1422 W: 7 N: 2738] (15002) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-25 5:17]
    Hello Kasia,

    Firstly, you should make no apology for the quality of your photographs - in my opinion they are always excellent images of good quality and, more importantly, of very considerable interest.

    I appreciate that you couldn't have got closer (because you were stuck in a moving vehicle) but this is an excellent scene capturing these women and children outside their home. Your note gives us a fine simple explanation of some of the ways of the Ismaili people and is also well complemented by your two workshop shots of little wayside shrines.

    Thank you too for your longer video clip - we don't see much of the surrounding area but we do see these guys' futile attempts to get their Land Cruiser going - as someone who has always had a love affair with motor vehicles, I suspect that the problem was a partially blocked fuel filter - that would explain why the engine "fired up" satisfactorily, only to die a few seconds later. Pouring more (probably dirty) fuel into the vehicle was probably not the answer!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • MaliMali
    Title:

    Djenné at dawn - 3
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10477 W: 533 N: 20327] (89242) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-23 15:43]
    Hello Gert,

    If only every photograph could feature an elegant "lady in red" such as this! And she's perfectly placed in the frame too and heading in your direction.

    A very well composed shot giving an excellent view of this major street and the rather fine and well cared for buildings on either side, not to mention the "three mothers", each with their own brood!

    And a fine workshop photograph including the famous mosque too.

    Your note, as always, is excellent and there is no doubt that your scanning and editing skills have greatly improved too.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • MaliMali
    Title:

    Djenné at dawn - 2
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10477 W: 533 N: 20327] (89242) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-23 15:06]
    Hello Gert,

    Together with your excellent note these three images and your previously uploaded other two make a wonderful presentation.

    And of all five images, I think your choice of main photograph was just perfect with this solitary figure, pacing determinedly across the frame with no other distraction than a glimpse of the walls of the mosque above the high wall behind him while he is an almost monochrome figure save for his blue hat. Superb!

    Of course, the wider views of the mosque are all excellent including that of the ramshackle market stall built about a tree and also the mud-brick archway outside the mosque. All excellent photographs, very well taken and very expertly scanned and presented.

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • MaliMali
    Title:

    Djenné at dawn
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10477 W: 533 N: 20327] (89242)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-23 10:27] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    Another truly fascinating note and a fabulous main photograph too!

    You have captured this scene of the womenfolk gathered around the well in early morning perfectly, the main characters and the well perfectly sharp and clear and with excellent bright colours while the architecture of the town, in softer focus in the background, can still be very clearly appreciated.

    Your two workshop images, though lacking the striking impact of your main image, are excellent too considering that they were both taken in poor light and in difficult conditions.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • MaliMali
    Title: A day in Goundam

    A day in Goundam
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10477 W: 533 N: 20327] (89242)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-23 10:14]
    Hello Gert,

    I take a few days' leave from TE and discover that you have uploaded another dozen or so photos (including workshops!), so I have some catching up to do.

    Another three fine photographs, very well taken, very well scanned and processed and very well presented too - and accompanied by your usual fascinating notes.

    I can imagine that you must have been quite hungry even after your rather meagre meal of left-overs and I can also imagine that a wander around this place did not have a huge amount of interesting things to see and examine other than, of course, that always fascinating pastime of people-watching.

    Your previously uploaded (in 2013) photo was obviously taken nearer to the mosque but I do like this wider view in which the people do not actually look that terribly poor - and one fellow on he left appears to be wearing quite western clothing. But there doesn't seem to be a lot of activity going on.

    I like your workshop #1 which I presume is of part of the old fort and which also benefits from some fine images of people quite close up. And your aeroplane for which you were fortunate enough to be chosen as a passenger.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BélgicaBélgica
    Title: 2020 Beside BonifatiusCanon 5D Mark III

    2020 Beside Bonifatius
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27076 W: 522 N: 46688] (198593)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-08 8:18]
    Hello John,

    An excellent note and a thoroughly magnificent photograph of this beautiful part of Bruges. Your composition is both classic and also very pleasing to the eye with the lines of the water's edge on either side providing perfect "lead in" lines, perfect framing from the tall building on the left and the tree on the right in bright green foliage, while the viewer's attention is drawn to the glorious reflections in the calm water of the canal.

    Perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness as always.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BélgicaBélgica
    Title: 2020 Bruges  ChurchCanon 5D Mark III

    2020 Bruges Church
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27076 W: 522 N: 46688] (198593)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-08 8:09]
    Hello John,

    Thank you for giving us such a detailed history of this magnificent and very old church which has seen some considerable changes over its long lifetime.

    Because of Covid-19 the whole area looks incredibly quiet but you also chose a beautiful day on which to take this very fine photograph: the sunlight is beautiful, your colours are rich and the elegant church stands out beautifully against a deep blue sky. Superb details and sharpness as always.

    Beautiful!

    You take care.

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • BélgicaBélgica
    Title: 2020 Entrance BeguinageCanon 5D Mark III

    2020 Entrance Beguinage
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27076 W: 522 N: 46688] (198593)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-08 7:57]
    Hello John,

    I have never heard of a "beguinage" before but I presume that is a type of nunnery. In any case, you have written a fascinating note about this place and also shown us a beautiful photograph.

    The light and colours are wonderful - bright sunlight and glorious rich colours and a fine composition too. And there are some lovely contrasts, yet we can see lots of detail even in the most shaded areas - like where the man is standing at the end of the walkway looking towards the bridge.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • IrãoIrão
    Title: Esfahan Bazaar

    Esfahan Bazaar
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12441 W: 133 N: 31984] (147733)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-07 14:26]
    Hello dear Malgo,

    This looks to me to be the sort of place where people used to say you could buy anything "from a pin to an elephant". Your note is wonderfully descriptive and your three photographs give us a wonderful flavour of this huge bazaar. A two kilometre covered street!

    Your main photograph shows us just how busy this street is - no evidence of any social distancing here! And it's a fine colourful and detailed photograph too.

    Workshop #1 is an excellent image of one of the stalls or shops with a fine array of different artworks and wares but workshop #2 of the two men playing some sort of board game is absolutely charming!

    Three wonderful photographs!

    You take care.

    Kind Regards,

    John. xx

  • BélgicaBélgica
    Title: 2020 Ark Van ZarrenCanon 5D Mark III

    2020 Ark Van Zarren
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27076 W: 522 N: 46688] (198593)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-07 13:17]
    Hello John,

    A wonderfully quiet scene - but also a sad one because of the lack of people due to Covid-19. No people in the streets, those boats covered and empty of passengers but the water of the canal is beautifully smooth and provides glorious reflections of the brightly lit buildings.

    A very fine composition with lovely light, rich colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Reino UnidoReino Unido
    Title: Pomona QuaysCanon EOS5D

    Pomona Quays
    willperrett Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1069 W: 303 N: 3029] (13875)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-07 4:20]
    Hello Will,

    This is, to my mind at least, a fine example of honest reportage and, as such, your excellent note and three fine photographs comprise a perfect upload for TE.

    Your note presents a rather depressing story and it is still depressing to think that nothing terribly much better, inspired or exciting may transpire here. I couldn't resist having a look on Google and I saw (from an article in the Manchester Evening News from 2017) that there were plans at that time to build 200 "plush" flats on Pomona Island and a total of around 3,000 in the area of the former docklands.

    Anyway, your three photographs really do set the scene perfectly. And I should not feel comfortable walking around these parts, especially while sporting an expensive camera around my neck. Your main photographs shows a hint of the dereliction with the crude graffiti on the wall and lampposts and with the surrounding land overtaken by brambles and weeds. Even your camera settings suggest too that this was a dull and uninspiring day when you visited this place.

    Workshop #2 gives us a fine wide view of the area and workshop #1 is probably my favourite of the three photographs with the poor fellow seated on a decaying sofa amidst piles of detritus: he actually looks well fed (as also does his dog) and he's clearly making eye contact with you so I presume that you must have struck up some sort of conversation with him.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.


  • MaliMali
    Title: The Niger in Mali

    The Niger in Mali
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10477 W: 533 N: 20327] (89242) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-06 15:51]
    Hello Gert,

    Another fine group of photographs from Diré and I think your main one just has to be my favourite as there is so much going on in it and so many things and people to see and examine in detail. And there's plenty of detail and colour too.

    Your two workshop images are of much quieter scenes and I am very impressed by the very considerable size of the larger pirogues - these are not merely dug out of tree trunks but obviously represent many hours of skilful hard work of dedicated boat builders. As I mentioned before, the only pirogues I have ever seen were either paddled or had a small and quite simple sail - so did these very large ones have engines of some sort to propel them?

    Of course, an interesting note and your three images are again of excellent quality.

    Wonderful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Reino UnidoReino Unido
    Title: A view from the top

    A view from the top
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1522 W: 0 N: 5062] (19491)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-06 15:39]
    Hello Jean,

    Again a very interesting and informative note and a beautiful photograph to accompany it.

    It never ceases to amaze me just what fabulous photographs you seem to be able to produce from a mobile phone! The details and sharpness are remarkable but also the composition is a delight too with the harbour making a perfect foreground feature while the coastline and causeway lead the eye neatly off into the distance.

    Lovely natural colours and an absolutely gorgeous sky.

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Reino UnidoReino Unido
    Title: Twins?Nikon D-300

    Twins?
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7713 W: 335 N: 17791] (70349)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-06 12:52] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    Gosh, I was reading some critiques by others before writing this and I suddenly realised that Jean was thinking exactly the same as me - remembering Harry Worth waving an arm and a leg in a shop doorway and presenting an amusing reflection to the cameras!

    Both of these photographs are a testament to your observational skills and also your ability in seeking out exactly the right viewpoint (I hate it when people write "point of view" because I've always believed that's something quite different - or maybe that's just my own personal point of view! Ha, ha.).

    And then, of course, I'm wondering if, on this particular trip to Liverpool, you were accompanied by Rob Zwemmer who, together with his son, Lars, are both experts at finding marvellous reflections?

    Anyway, no matter, these are two spectacular photographs, very well observed and very well taken with good light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent detail and clarity.

    Brilliant!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Reino UnidoReino Unido
    Title: Wren Library

    Wren Library
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12441 W: 133 N: 31984] (147733)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-06 12:25]
    Hello dear Malgo,

    I can quite understand how you so much enjoyed your visit to Cambridge and especially to this splendid library, not only because of its priceless collection of books and manuscripts but also because of its famous architect.

    A very fine photograph with strong perspective, probably enhanced by the magnificent chequered floor, and with lots of detail in the bookshelves, window bays and ceiling. Just a slight pity that it leans just a tad to the right but otherwise excellent.

    And, of course, a fabulous note! I can just imagine you scurrying around this place, looking in every corner and loving absolutely every minute of it! :)

    Splendid!

    Kind Regards,

    John. xx

  • Reino UnidoReino Unido
    Title: Industrial sculpturePanasonic Lumix TZ70

    Industrial sculpture
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1522 W: 0 N: 5062] (19491)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-06 12:12]
    Hello Jean,

    I saw this photograph yesterday and puzzled and puzzled but have still not come up with a convincing idea of what these welded steel structures are! One idea I had was, in view of their situation, they might be skids for a scallop dredger but I think they are far too heavy for that. Then my next thought was that they might be "feet" for the "legs" or "outriggers" for a steadying a mobile crane while it's lifting heavy things (so that it doesn't topple).

    A real conundrum but a very fine photograph with impeccable detail and sharpness and perfect exposure. The colours and textures of the rusty steel are delightful and I suppose that their juxtaposition and placement on colourful pallets could have them considered as artworks.

    Very well seen and very well taken!

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. Please let me know if you ever find out what they are! :)

  • MaliMali
    Title: I saw her standing there

    I saw her standing there
    holmertz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10477 W: 533 N: 20327] (89242) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-05 3:03] [+]
    Hello Gert,

    I'm sorry I have taken so long to make any comment on this photograph but, for some reason or another, I have been having a bit of difficulty browsing the pages of TE - something which I believe others including Malgo have also been experiencing. Maybe just the final death rattle of TE? I do hope not.

    Anyway, a very fine photograph, quite charming on account of its simplicity and with the richly coloured clothing of the young lady at far right standing out wonderfully against the monotonous putty-coloured walls of the large building beside her. Was she waiting for a companion or had she just stopped momentarily on her walk across town? Who knows?

    And she might well have been standing somewhere close to "Boulevarde de l'Independance" where the architecture looks not dissimilar to here (as you show so well in the photo to which you refer in your note). Of course, as you can imagine, I scoured Google maps looking for that street but unfortunately no street names at all appear in maps of Diré and it is somewhere to which the little yellow man has yet to venture.

    An interesting and charming photograph and a fine note as always!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

  • Reino UnidoReino Unido
    Title: A Robin by the WindowNikon D-70

    A Robin by the Window
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7713 W: 335 N: 17791] (70349) *



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-03 11:17] [+]
    Hello Bev,

    Two absolutely delightful photographs of this handsome robin at your "window feeder". We have one of these feeders, also of Perspex but just of a slightly different shape, and I'm amazed that you have managed such wonderfully clear and sharp photographs here. Of course, the parts of the bird seen through the Perspex are not sharp but those parts taken just (diagonally!) through the window are perfect!

    Beautiful!

    Kind Regards,

    John.

    P.S. What a dreadful trouble I seem to be having on TE today - pages taking ages to load and then, if they take too long (sometimes up to five minutes or so), an error message pops up and I have to start all over again. It must be TE because other sites are running fine - maybe it's just the final TE death rattle? I hope not - but I really wish that someone would do something about poor old TE - and what about beta TE too? Grrrrr.

  • RússiaRússia
    Title: Lenin in Moscow Square

    Lenin in Moscow Square
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12441 W: 133 N: 31984] (147733)



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    tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1986 W: 431 N: 7659] (30513) [2020-07-03 9:34]
    Hello dear Malgo,

    A very fine note and three excellent quality photographs!

    Were it not for the glorious weather and the beautiful sky, your main photograph would have looked rather bleak with the huge empty square and the very stark building in the distance overlooking it. But there are a very few people in the photograph which liven it up a little, as also do the pots of flowers in the foreground.

    Two excellent workshop images too - and I especially like the one of the mero station entrance with its lovely bright and colourful flowers.

    Excellent!

    Kind Regards,

    John. xx

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