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tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 416 N: 6630] (26836) [2018-09-18 7:01]

Ciao caro Carlo,

This is a beautiful photograph and you have made the very most of the lovely lighting here. The white buildings stand out beautifully against the dark shaded background of the cliffs and trees.

Your composition too is excellent with the tall church tower perfectly placed in the frame and the row of buildings disappearing off up the slopes to the right.

Lovely 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: 416 N: 6630] (26836) [2018-09-18 0:45]

Bonjour Claude,

As soon as I saw this I was reminded of the Queen's Head Inn where we met in Buxton, Derbyshire four years ago! But, no, this is Manchester - but the atmosphere is the same - the nice warm cosy glow does indeed invite the viewer to enter and enjoy some relaxation and perhaps some interesting conversation and good company over a pint or two of beer.

A fine "triptych" composition with lovely warm light and colours.

Nice memories!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 416 N: 6630] (26836) [2018-09-18 0:38]

Bonjour Claude,

Another one of your fine candid shots, well seen and taken and with a superbly uncluttered composition. The bride, of course, is the "star of the show" and our eyes are drawn to her as she is perfectly placed against the bright red telephone kiosk.

Excellent technical quality too considering that this must have been a quick "grab" shot.

Excellent!

Amicalement,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 416 N: 6630] (26836) [2018-09-17 12:56]

Hello dear Mesut,

This is a lovely picture and, even although we cannot see the man's face, we are still aware that there is a lovely close relationship between him and the little dog who is staring right up at him!

Quite sad that this little dog is a stray but, nevertheless, it looks quite healthy and well fed - no doubt it gets some food from those people it sits beside.

A fine candid shot, very well seen and well taken with good natural colours and perfect exposure and sharpness.

Excellent!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 416 N: 6630] (26836) [2018-09-17 10:47]

Hello Jean,

An interesting lesson on the evolution of sea stacks and a beautiful photograph of this rugged coastline which appears to disappear off to infinity. The lovely soft light brings out the wonderful blues and greens of the water which contrast so well with the rocks and the warm yellow and green of the pastures - and all beneath a gorgeous summer sky. Perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 416 N: 6630] (26836) [2018-09-17 10:38]

Hello Jean,

This is a most remarkable building and you have not only shown us some lovely photographs of it but also recounted its fascinating history too.

This would appear not an easy subject to photograph but you have managed very well in your three beautifully composed photographs which all show lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

P.S. To answer your question - no, I would not be tempted to climb up that flimsy and rusty ladder at my age though probably would have done so a few years ago!

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 416 N: 6630] (26836) [2018-09-17 6:27] - [workshop] [compare] [+]

Hello Will,

I do like this one. And I do like photographs of musicians though I have never had the courage to take a DSLR with its noisy shutter to any sort of formal concert - perhaps these new "silent" mirrorless cameras might make photography less intrusive.

This violinist's posture is perfect as he studies his score whilst holding instrument and bow up in his left hand and the details and sharpness are superb considering that this was taken in pretty poor light on a long lens and slow shutter speed.

I agree with Gert that it does look a tad dark and I have also done a quick workshop for you, this time using Levels and increasing brightness but also reducing (rather than increasing) contrast.

Lovely!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 416 N: 6630] (26836) [2018-09-17 6:06]

Hello John,

Your portraits are always beautiful and this one is no exception: your use of a wide aperture with shallow depth of field has made this dapper gentleman stand out crisply against a nicely out of focus background.

The details and sharpness is his face are immaculate and the colours are natural and true. You did very well to achieve such amazing sharpness at such a slow shutter speed as 1/30 second.

But, above all, this man's relaxed composure tells us that you had achieved a perfect rapport with him and that he was more than happy to stand for a photograph.

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 416 N: 6630] (26836) [2018-09-17 5:59]

Hello John,

A fascinating note about the history of this bridge and a beautiful photograph of it. Lovely soft light, rich colours and perfect exposure and clarity. The couple on the right lead us nicely along the roadway to the bridge which is perfectly placed in the frame.

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 416 N: 6630] (26836) [2018-09-17 5:18] [+]

Hi Bev,

I promise to get back to TE - and what better way than to write a glowing critique of this delightful photograph of Framlingham Castle which obviously really appealed to you during your resent visit. It looks to be a delightful and most interesting place and you have captured this scene perfectly!

Venturing up to this upper walkway would not be for the faint hearted or those who, like me, suffer from acrophobia, but this has provided you with a perfect viewpoint to capture that lovely brick building with its attractive mullioned windows as well as the tall ancient walls of the castle. The inclusion of visitors relaxing below as well as the man and boy approaching on the walkway add human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.

Lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness. A good note and two excellent workshop pictures too.

Excellent!

Kind Regards,

John.

P.S. Congratulations on your Golden Wedding! xx :)