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  • AlemanhaAlemanha
    Title: Cholera then, Covid nowCanon EOS 90D

    Cholera then, Covid now
    mkamionka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5829 W: 105 N: 15124] (59672)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-03 5:44]
    Hello Mariusz,

    There's an entire cathedral in Venice Italy, built after the Black Plague. The people prayed that they would be spared and largely they were. They promised if they survived to build a cathedral. They kept their promise, and after the 2nd plague, this was built.

    In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_della_Salute#/media/File:0_Venise,_basilica_Santa_Maria_della_Salute_(2).JPG

    Cholera is a water born disease. Boiling and filtering water and ensuring it's not polluted seem like simple solutions these days. I had an injection for it before I went to Asia. Tfs!

  • HolandaHolanda
    Title: 2020 Breskens Marina VICanon 5D Mark III

    2020 Breskens Marina VI
    jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 27507 W: 522 N: 47392] (201789)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-03 5:36]
    Hallo John

    Incredible repetition of the moored boats in the marina. Good sharpness and nice reflections. A veritable forest of masts poking up into the blue sky. Tfs!

  • EstóniaEstónia
    Title: There's an intruder among us ...

    There's an intruder among us ...
    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5563 W: 17 N: 13464] (53866)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-03 4:08]
    Hi Paul

    I arrived in Tallinn from Helsinki, after giving up on trying to get a boat to St Petersburg and unable to find any overnight accommodation whatsoever. But I really enjoyed Tallinn and Riga and Vilnius as well. So every cloud has a silver lining. And yes, the Soviet era smokestack looks decidedly looks out of place here. Tfs!

  • Reino UnidoReino Unido
    Title: Against the FlowNikon D-300

    Against the Flow
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8101 W: 340 N: 18717] (73998)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-03 3:57]
    Hello Bev,

    I found myself doing this in Van, Turkey in June 2014, mainly because I was trying to get back to my hotel. But whilst I was out at the castle 5m away from town, a riot had broken out over police killing Kurds in neighboring towns, and police yelled at me in Turkish to turn around and go back. Their body language was very clear 'no exceptions'! I explored side streets to the east and west to try and detour around the police but they were blocked too. When tear gas started to irritate my eyes, throat and nose, I ducked into another hotel and waited it out, and all of the protestors and police had gone. The empty canisters had 'made in Brazil' on them. I finally got back to my hotel around 6 pm and round 2 of the riots started up not long after, with a window across the street from my correct hotel broken by a tear gas canister fired by police. The occupants approached it with a wet towel to their face, picked it up, and threw it back outside into the street. But I digress. Good to catch the pedestrian's reflection so he's not quite so lonely. Maybe there was free Scotch Whiskey up the road? Or an event of some kind? Tfs!

  • CambodjaCambodja
    Title: ~ heading home ~Nikon D70s

    ~ heading home ~
    abmdsudi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8510 W: 151 N: 19670] (87859)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-03 3:40]
    Hi Abmdsudi

    I like the warm coppery tones in the fg contrasting with the cooler blue tones in the bg. Fantastic sunset too with good colour and sharpness. The silhouetted and profiled boat makes a great focal point. Tfs!

  • BrasilBrasil
    Title: Butterflies, oh butterflies...

    Butterflies, oh butterflies...
    emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12748 W: 133 N: 32958] (151123) *



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-03 2:39]
    Hello Malgo

    We have similar species here that also have eyes, and some of them look like a curled up dead leaf too. I am not sure if the ones I have seen are moths or butterflies. Perhaps both have owl-like eyes? And yes, Australia also has native owls. Tfs.

    https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_owlmoths/index.html

    https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_owlmoths/images/DSC_1879.jpg

  • ItaliaItalia
    Title: Capitello Al Sech e l'Andria

    Capitello Al Sech e l'Andria
    dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6432 W: 274 N: 13015] (98394)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-03 1:30]
    Hello Denis,

    The red and pink fg flowers add a wonderful warm cold color contrast with the upper blue sky above. Good sharpness and nice repetition of the bg chalets. The jagged rocky peaks provide an excellent backdrop. Tfs!

  • PolóniaPolónia
    Title: Tower church...Canon EOS 30D

    Tower church...
    Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12702 W: 167 N: 21915] (154343)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-03 1:28]
    Hello Krzysztof,

    The cyclist in red at right contrasts well with the blue sky and blue bike frame. Well framed and composed using the tree and smart choice of a vertical format. Tfs!

  • ItaliaItalia
    Title: Fontana di Piazza del Duomo

    Fontana di Piazza del Duomo
    Silvio1953 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17840 W: 130 N: 37531] (204098)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-03 1:26]
    Ciao Silvio

    Good choice of b&w to accentuate the tonal contrasts and textures of the bas relief stone sculptures. I am intrigued why a brick is missing below the maned lions' head within the rectangular group. Perhaps it is in a museum for repairs? Good sharpness too. Tfs!

  • GeorgiaGeorgia
    Title: my 100th from Georgia

    my 100th from Georgia
    PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5624 W: 2 N: 11116] (52264) *



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 23:46]
    Hello Piotr,

    I like the twin spires of the hilltop temple at left. They provide a strong focal point. Good sharpness and colour. The hazy blue grey background contrasts well with the warmer fg colors of the grassy hills. Tfs!

  • CambodjaCambodja
    Title: ~ eyes down ~Nikon D70s

    ~ eyes down ~
    abmdsudi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8510 W: 151 N: 19670] (87859)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 23:42]
    Hello Abmdsudi,

    A good head and shoulders portrait of the woman with het blue hat contrasting superbly against her red sweater. Perfect use of a shallow dof. Tfs!

  • AustráliaAustrália
    Title: Thredbo River and wildflowersPentax K1 II

    Thredbo River and wildflowers
    ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2154 W: 83 N: 6866] (30653)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 23:40]
    Hi Ian,

    A terrific view of a babbling brook in Australia's little known high country. Most foreigners and even a few Australians associate Australia with Uluru or the blistering sands of our outback hot deserts. Tfs!

  • FrançaFrança
    Title: Hiking or cross-country skiing?Canon EOS 60D

    Hiking or cross-country skiing?
    jemaflor Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14899 W: 383 N: 13356] (134262)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 23:36]
    Hi Jean

    In this duo of comparative images, both shots look great. The Autumn one for its colorful foliage and the winter one for its graphism. Tfs!

  • ItaliaItalia
    Title: Another little VeniceSony DSC HX200v

    Another little Venice
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14803 W: 128 N: 26102] (129033)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 23:24]
    Ciao Luciano

    It looks a little like the Arno River in Pisa, but with a lot more boats. Good sharpness and lovely reflections and colour. Tfs!

  • ItaliaItalia
    Title: Where the Arno diesSony DSC HX200v

    Where the Arno dies
    lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14803 W: 128 N: 26102] (129033)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 23:22]
    Ciao Luciano

    A bit more high tech than south east Asia where they use bamboo poles, but the principle is the same. Good sharpness, colour, saturation and framing. Tfs!

  • ItaliaItalia
    Title: Venise - 2018 - 40Nikon D7100

    Venise - 2018 - 40
    pierrefonds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12375 W: 110 N: 23266] (102418)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 5:36]
    Hello Pierre,

    Good sharpness, well framed and composed with natural looking colour and nice repetition of the chairs and sheet music podiums. Tfs!

  • PolóniaPolónia
    Title: Dwarfs in WrocławSony DSC HX400v

    Dwarfs in Wrocław
    Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12236 W: 57 N: 21533] (81210)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 4:07]
    Hallo Lars

    Glad you spotted some gnomes. I found some playing poker machines, selling newspapers and dressed as firemen! A superb triptych, and all images have good sharpness and color. Tfs!

  • Reino UnidoReino Unido
    Title: A Regatta to RememberNikon D-300

    A Regatta to Remember
    Royaldevon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8101 W: 340 N: 18717] (73998)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 3:59]
    Hello Bev

    Amazing repetition of all the flags & pennants with a variety of colour to go with them. Perfect sharpness and the moored boats look great too. Tfs!

  • LaosLaos
    Title: What does a tuk-tuk driver do ... ?

    What does a tuk-tuk driver do ... ?
    PaulVDV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5563 W: 17 N: 13464] (53866)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 3:46]
    Hi Paul,

    I like the dappled sunlight in the fg. Good sharpness and the tuk tuk reminded me of Bangkok. Unusual to see someone reclining inside on a hammock! Tfs!

  • GeorgiaGeorgia
    Title: Daily life

    Daily life
    PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5624 W: 2 N: 11116] (52264)



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    ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16088 W: 1058 N: 34259] (158480) [2020-12-02 3:26]
    Hi Piotr

    A superb daily life scene from Georgia of the woman taking her dog and possibly cow too for a walk. Wonderful sharpness and clarity. Tfs!

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