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tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832) [2018-03-14 0:56]

Bonjour Denis,

First of all, congratulations on your ten years of TE membership during which time you have enriched the site with a plethora of beautiful and technically excellent photographs gleaned from your travels at home and abroad, each image always accompanied by an interesting and informative note.

You have a wonderful ability to seek out the best light wherever you travel, either by choosing to shoot in early morning or evening or during dramatic weather - as in the case of this stunning photograph where the low angled sunlight illuminates these colourful buildings against a dark sky while our enjoyment is doubled by the glorious reflections in the calm water beneath.

Beautiful!

Congratulations once again!

Amicalement,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832) [2018-03-13 2:43]

Hello Iain,

How wonderful to see you back after such a long time! I do hope that you are well and that we shall be seeing some more of your photographs, especially if they are as appealing as this delightful one!

I must confess that I've never before heard of "Snooks" but I did, of course, have to "Google" him to find out about him and his owners, a couple of doctors.

You've captured him perfectly here, his dull bronze body resplendent with the brightly coloured scarf and an equally colourful "modesty" garment to clothe his nether regions. And he's beautifully portrayed against a nicely out of focus background.

Fabulous!

You take care.

Kind Regards,

John.

P.S. The old Bluthner is in need of tuning again but, what with the dismal quality of my playing, I doubt if many would notice the difference.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832) [2018-02-22 3:51]

Hello Richard,

What a delightful calming scene, perfectly taken and beautifully presented in this fine photograph with lovely soft light, true colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and clarity.

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832) [2018-02-21 1:13]

Hello Daniel,

Please don't apologise for being away from TE for so long - I was away for almost a year - because TE is time consuming and we all have busy lives too!

I am pleased that you are now reaping the joys of bird watching. I have only once seen a kingfisher "in the flesh" and have never managed to photograph one - so it's so wonderful that you managed to capture this one! As Luciano says, it's not perfect but it's jolly good and a photograph with which I would certainly be pleased!

Lovely!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832) [2018-02-20 0:12]

Hi Craig,

A fascinating note about this old ship and well done you for managing to track it down. In our modern "eco-friendly" world it seems pretty dumb and irresponsible just to run a ship aground when you have no further use for it - a bit like just dumping your old car at the side of the road somewhere - but I guess little thought was given to the environment in 1981.

Three lovely photographs, each well composed and taken in lovely soft light and with rich colours and exceptional detail and sharpness.

Brilliant!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832) [2018-02-19 16:20]

Bonjour Denis,

Now this is the sort of winter I would like - where the only white is beautiful almond blossom and not snow!

A lovely photograph with a fine bold composition in which the bright and pure white blossom stands out proudly against the dark mountainside and a deep blue sky.

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

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832) [2018-02-19 15:50]

Hello Jorge,

I love interiors of churches and cathedrals and this is a spectacular photograph of the interior of the cathedral at Lincoln.

Using a wide lens you have produced a fine and very appealing composition and have also coped with the difficult lighting very effectively. the huge columns lead us up to the lantern and the splendid ceiling high above while the organ pipes stand out proudly with a golden sheen and are perfectly placed in the frame.

An excellent and pleasing composition with lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832) [2018-02-19 15:43]

Ciao caro Carlo,

It is the glorious warm sunlight which makes this photograph so special as it lights up the distant buildings and the rolling fields around them. That same sunlight also just catches the undersides of the clouds as they threaten to bring rain.

Beautiful light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent detail and clarity.

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832) [2018-02-19 7:27]

Ciao caro Silvio,

A fascinating and informative note about this church and a very fine photograph to accompany it.

You have cleverly used an archway to provide a perfect frame while the white fašade of the church and its accompanying tower stand out brilliantly against a clear blue winter sky.

Glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and impeccable details and clarity.

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832) [2018-02-19 7:21]

Hello Rob,

Again three wonderful photographs from your visits to Dutch museums - and not only superb photographs but photographs presented with a twist of humour too!

In your first image I can understand why the museum prohibits stealing, eating, touching the exhibits and the use of flash but, in these days when all we seem hear in the news is of the sins of Harvey Weinstein and so many others, it seems remarkable that "flirting" and "touching each other" should be encouraged!

Your first workshop image is fabulous - I'm just waiting for the incredibly realistic sculpture to leap up and biff the curious visitor on the nose. Mind you, she looks absolutely frozen sitting there with no clothes - her fingers and toes are bright red.

And your second workshop does indeed show why it was far more pleasant spending a day in here rather than out in that inclement weather.

A fabulous set of photos and a fascinating note.

Brilliant!

Kind Regards,

John.