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tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470) [2017-11-26 5:08]

Hi Mariusz,

I suppose that "new" is a perfectly sensible way to name any structure that has been built to replace or complement an older one. And, of course, we have become so used to the idea that when we hear the word "Newcastle" we don't automatically think of a "new castle" but, rather, a place. But, when it comes to crazy nomenclature, can anyone think of anything more weird than describing something as "innominate"? - in human anatomy there are the innominate artery, the innominate veins and the innominate bones - and there are probably others too. Did someone set off naming all the bits and then eventually got bored and just gave up? I mean, if you had six children and ran out of ideas for names, would you just call the last one "Nameless"?

Anyway, Mariusz, a lovely photograph of Castel Nuovo, beautifully presented against a lovely blue sky with fine bold composition, true colours and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470) [2017-11-26 2:39]

Hi Malgo,

A fascinating note and two wonderful photographs to accompany it!

Of course, your photographs of these interesting and impressive art works would have been good enough - but the inclusion of these little girls, so fortunately dressed in red, has "lifted" your pictures to an altogether higher level!

I like your workshop photograph with the little girl giving the photographer strong eye contact but I think I prefer your main image with the little girl looking wistfully up to the ceiling!

Fabulous!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470) [2017-11-26 1:02]

Bonjour Claude,

This is a brilliant shot! But the best thing about it is the total lack of interest on the part of the people - almost as though none of them had actually noticed that a fearsome and dangerous shark was right next to them!

A very well taken and amusing picture of remarkably good quality considering that it must have been taken very quickly.

Fantastic!!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470) [2017-11-21 23:40]

Hello Bev,

I'm pleased that you wrote a good note to explain these two photographs but now I know what was going on here in this adventure park!

Your workshop picture I love very much, having seen the same sort of mind-boggling perspective distortion in a similar "room" at the Glasgow Science Centre. That is really fun - and it's nice to see some members of your family there too, even though they are all a bit out of proportion! :)

Your main photograph is an excellent photograph but I must say that I find the subject matter somewhat less than inspiring - this sculpture, perhaps of someone throwing a discus or bending to pull up his/her socks, appears to be constructed from uncoated tubular steel which has now become covered with a thick layer of rust - not only that but it seems to have its lower part crudely wrapped in razor wire, presumably in an effort to prevent children from trying to climb up it! Your capture of it, however, is superb, the rusty structure standing out perfectly against a clear blue sky in a fine composition.

Excellent!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470) [2017-11-21 23:28]

Hello dear Mesut,

It is such a pity that this man's studio was so dark but, even despite the slight grain from the high ISO, this is a wonderful photograph in which you have captured the artist perfectly - his relaxed but thoughtful expression while he gazes into he distance through the smoke from his cigarette. And, of course, we see the backdrop of his cluttered and overcrowded atelier all around him too - I wonder how you managed to find room to get in there with him!

A wonderful portrait! Thank you, Mesut!

Lovely!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470) [2017-11-21 23:21]

Ciao caro Carlo,

This is a magnificent structure, built into the rockface and very imposing on account of its quite classical simplicity. You have captured it perfectly in this delightful photograph and also given us an interesting note about its history.

Excellent!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470) [2017-11-21 23:06]

Hi Malgo,

What an interesting note you have written - and so nice that you managed to meet up with some TE friends and spoke French. Meeting TE friends is always fun! :)

But what a stunningly beautiful panorama you have shown us! There is no doubt that the weather was on your side with lovely sunlight, but the technical quality of this photograph is absolutely superb with perfect light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. The composition is also very pleasing.

Beautiful!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470) [2017-11-21 4:05] [+]

Hello Gert,

Another trio of fine photographs and an interesting and informative note at accompany it!

I rather think that you were wise in those days to concentrate on photographing these interesting people rather than taking pictures of buildings: many old buildings will be around long after we are all gone but people change as also do their customs and clothing.

These are three quite different pictures of different people and I like them all. There is no doubt that your main picture is the most striking of the three, the young man, smartly dressed in his colourful top staring right down the barrel of your lens. What is the long staff which he carries in his left hand?

The ladies with the children outside the city walls is a fine happy picture with lovely colours and the "cowboy" seated on his wagon at the cattle market is probably the most "classic" portrait.

Three wonderful photographs and a fine note too. Thank you for these!

Wonderful!

Kind Regards,

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470) [2017-11-21 2:36]

Hello Rosemary,

First of all, a Very Warm Welcome to TE!

This is a delightful photograph and reminds me that I really must take a trip to Glasgow soon and seek out those wonderful portraits of Sir Billy.

That dark threatening sky has done you proud, making the relatively brightly lit mural on the gable end of the building stand out beautifully. Your composition too is excellent with Billy perfectly placed in the frame and the line of the building disappearing off to the left. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.

Excellent!

Kindest Regards,

John.

P.S. Yes, welcome to TrekEarth! I have been a member of this site now for over eleven years, having found it purely by chance all that time ago. I have found it a wonderfully friendly site, it has helped my photography (though I admit there's not much evidence for that!) and I have actually personally met more than twenty TE members too - all delightful people and, while most are from the U.K., I have also met TE members from Canada, Australia, Czech Republic, France, Netherlands and Poland. So please enjoy yourself here!

Just one word of warning - this site can very addictive - though it's a pretty safe addiction. It can run away with your time. The other thing is that there is quite a bit of a "to and fro" effect - by which I mean that others like to receive critiques of their pictures too and so the more critiques you give, then the more critiques you will receive: there are a few on this site who upload wonderful photographs but receive virtually no recognition because they don't critique others' pictures. On the other hand, that is no excuse for writing glowing comments about poor pictures just in order to attract attention to your own images!

Anyway, have fun and I hope to see many more of your pictures here!

John.

tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1811 W: 411 N: 6535] (26470) [2017-11-21 1:33]

Hello Stephen,

I love photographs of interiors of churches, castles, museums and suchlike but I find them really quite difficult to take. However, this is a delightful symmetrical composition with lovely light and colours and excellent detail and sharpness too though there is a little "noise" suggesting you must have used quite a high ISO.

I suppose I am a bit of a "geek" (though I'm not sure if that term can be applied to someone of my age) and I really miss the days when TE used to be able to display accurate exif data as I really thought I could learn more about photography by studying what ISO, shutter speed and aperture others were using in particular situations. I presume that, although photography was permitted here, you were not allowed to use a tripod - but do you normally carry one when visiting places like this? - I must confess that mine spends most of its life in the boot of my car.

Anyway, a delightful photograph, very well taken.

Lovely!

Kind Regards,

John.