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Compelling Backdrops (38 photos) 280 views :: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257) [Group Theme]
For this group theme, I had in mind street scenes in which pedestrians are seen in front of compelling backdrops — of posters and murals with models that seem to step out and communicate with the pedestrians. Among friends on Trekearth, Claude Simonin (Clodo) is a master at catching such scenes. I'll start out with a few of my own photos, and integrate the photos of others into the collection. Please, feel free to add.
United States
Title: Starry, Starry Night IINikon Coolpix S9300
Starry, Starry Night II (86) *
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
United States
Title: The Mona Lisa SmileiPhone 6 Plus
The Mona Lisa Smile (26)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Japan
Title: For Takero KawabataiPhone 6 Plus
For Takero Kawabata (40)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)

City reflections (60 photos) 1674 views :: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257) [Group Theme]
Large modern cities frequently abound in buildings clad in plate glass. Since the individual panes of glass are themselves flat, multifaceted reflecting surfaces are created. Moreover, what we regard as flat panes frequently display huge variations, like distorting mirrors in a carnival. I am starting the new group theme, "City reflections," with two of my own photos. I invite others to join the group with photos of their own.
United States
Title: Study in Reflections INikon Coolpix S9300
Study in Reflections I (44)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Ireland
Title: Study in Reflections IINikon Coolpix S9300
Study in Reflections II (36)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Greece
Title: THE PHOTOGRAPHERNikon D200
THE PHOTOGRAPHER (122) *
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)

Pictures at an Exhibition II (45 photos) 1493 views :: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257) [Group Theme]
I have long enjoyed watching street artists plying their skills, mindful of capturing the artist and the subject. I have also enjoyed visiting art galleries to see great art, or watching other visitors scrutinizing the works of art. Of course, the title for this theme comes from Mussorsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition". I welcome others to contribute to the theme. Having exhausted the allowed 100 images uploaded into "Pictures at an Exhibition I," I am creating a second edition.
Spain
Title: surrounded by the story
surrounded by the story (22)
KristinsCamera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 9 N: 447] (2384)
United Kingdom
Title: Photography exhibitionNikon D 90
Photography exhibition (32)
CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2626 W: 1281 N: 2903] (37248)
United Kingdom
Title: Disappointed loveNikon D 90
Disappointed love (12)
CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2626 W: 1281 N: 2903] (37248)

SYMPHONY OF COLORS (19 photos) 1729 views :: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
The expression, "Symphony of colors," is the way the great Expressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Théo, described the works of French landscape artist Jules Dupré (1811-1889). Van Gogh's words are also appropriate in describing the still life depicted here.
France
Title: SYMPHONY OF COLORS IIINikon D200
SYMPHONY OF COLORS III (88)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Italy
Title: SYMPHONY OF COLORS IINikon D-70
SYMPHONY OF COLORS II (144)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
United States
Title: THE COLORS OF AUTUMNNikon D200
THE COLORS OF AUTUMN (102)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)

The Moon... (26 photos) 2047 views :: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257) [Group Theme]
At Trekearth we see some wonderful images of the moon. Many of them have been shot with long focal length lenses; many others with "normal lenses," and many others simply represent good timing. I am starting a group theme with a few of my own images of the moon. I hope others will add some of their favorites.
Ukraine
Title: Richelieu Juggling the MoonNikon D200
Richelieu Juggling the Moon (110)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
United States
Title: The Bubble About to  Burst
The Bubble About to Burst (500) *
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
United States
Title: THAT'S AMORENikon D200
THAT'S AMORE (152) *
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)

Memorable Staircases (41 photos) 2035 views :: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257) [Group Theme]
In the course of an ordinary day many of us encounter staircases — interior staircases, exterior staircases. Almost all staircases obey the simple dictum, "What goes up, must go down," echoing an adage that trivializes the theory of gravitation. On rare occasion we see staircases that resonate with historical and architectural significance. In launching this group theme, I will submit a few of my favorite staircases. I invite others to submit photos showing their favorites.
Italy
Title: CALLING MOSESNikon D200
CALLING MOSES (104)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Ukraine
Title: BATTLESHIP POTEMKINNikon D200
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (107)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Italy
Title: LOGARITHMIC SPIRALNikon D-70
LOGARITHMIC SPIRAL (378) *
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)

PARADISE ON EARTH (52 photos) 2674 views :: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257) [Group Theme]
In traveling to give talks — whether at universities around the world in my professional field of physics or on cruise ships in diverse topics, I've had the pleasure of seeing some genuinely beautiful tropical and sub-tropical sites. In creating this group theme, I am starting with three of my own photos, but welcome others to submit images of beautiful natural scenes. (So much all of Rio de Janeiro, and islands in the Aegean Sea would seem to qualify.)
Mexico
Title: SUBURB OF PARADISE INikon D200
SUBURB OF PARADISE I (118) *
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Thailand
Title: SUBURB OF PARADISE IINikon D200
SUBURB OF PARADISE II (88) *
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
France
Title: RETURN FROM PARADISENikon D200
RETURN FROM PARADISE (118)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)

OLD DOORS (54 photos) 4704 views :: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257) [Group Theme]
I've always liked old doors and skeleton keys. They convey a sense of mystery, and ultimately they are a reminder of the generations of individuals who’ve passed through. They are also elements in a psychology test to see how well an individual is grounded — well adjusted or not, ambitious or laid back, believing in an afterlife or rejecting the notion... I am starting this group theme with three of my own posts, but others are most welcome to add to it.
United States
Title: Nikon D-70
PORTAL III — BISHOP’S GARDEN (98) *
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Italy
Title: BARGELLO GATENikon D-70
BARGELLO GATE (54)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
France
Title: Nikon D200
MEDIEVAL DOOR… RESTORED! (86)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)

DOMES, SPIRES AND MINARETS (69 photos) 2682 views :: Bulent Atalay (batalay) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257) [Group Theme]
As major architectural elements, domes,spires and minarets are seen as dominant features of the skylines of some of the great cities of the world. They can be hemispherical in shape, paraboloids of revolution, onion-shape domes... in Florence, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Rome, St. Petersburg, Venice and Washington, DC... But they can also serve as the defining iconic edifice, such as the Taj Mahal in Agra. I welcome others to contribute.
Italy
Title: SHAFTS OF LIGHTiPhone V
SHAFTS OF LIGHT (72)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
Italy
Title: Brunelleschi's DomeNikon D200
Brunelleschi's Dome (114)
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)
United States
Title: U.S. CAPITOL DOMENikon F
U.S. CAPITOL DOME (122) *
batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6809 W: 476 N: 12169] (41257)