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  • FranceFrance
    Title: Cloudy Plan du LacCanon EOS 5D

    Cloudy Plan du Lac
    XavierJamonet Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 178] (2213) *



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2010-03-11 2:16]
    Quelle photo absolument magnifique! Les couleurs sont incroyables, le cadrage parfait, la netteté sublime. Vraiment, un travail parfait!

  • EthiopiaEthiopia
    Title: DowryYashica FXD

    Dowry
    Paker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 220 W: 0 N: 259] (2650) *



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2009-11-25 7:18]
    Hey, interesting picture, as said by so many before me.
    If I may allow myself to simply comment on your note: as You talk about dowry here I am a bit confused. Dowry is usually paid by the bride's family to the husband's, however here You mention a sum paid to the bride's family? If it is as You describe it, then it is a bride price. Not trying to be picky, just trying to clarify which way the transaction goes as I find it quite an intriguing custom.

    Thanks for bringing back such an intriguing shot!
    We truly are an amazingly diverse specie with an endless variety of ways to build our existence!

  • CambodiaCambodia
    Title: WINDOW OF THE PASTCANON  EOS 400D

    WINDOW OF THE PAST
    lctan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 185 W: 68 N: 188] (1061)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2009-08-23 0:55]
    I must agree with Jorge here!
    This is a portrait of two tourists more than anything else. Had your comment described the difference between ancient and modern cultures, I would have more than understood your choice of composition and content. But now, the wall around the couple looks like nothing more than a frame for their portrait. By including the couple, You have stolen the spotlight from the ancient carvings and rendered them mundane tourist attraction-style frames.
    It has become one of those more-than-too-often-seen "I was there" holiday pictures and I believe has no real place on TE... unless, of course, your note was different :)

    I hope You do not take offence!
    All the best,
    Julia

  • CroatiaCroatia
    Title: AvalonOlympus c-765uz

    Avalon
    leoserp Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 11 N: 71] (434)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2009-05-03 15:42] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    A trail of gold speckles raining onto our Hearts;
    A trail of Light, Joy and Love filled from within;
    A hint of giggle; a splash of freedom; a tickle of warmth;

    A picture worth more than a thought;
    A Moment captured within a non-existent frame;

    Sometimes something moves us from within, even when we don't know why; this picture did just that to me, and I allowed myself to play around, to smile, to chuckle within, with a pinch of lustful Joy. I hope You don't mind :)

    Thank You for sharing such an inspiring picture!
    Julia

  • IndonesiaIndonesia
    Title: I am here !Canon 1DX Mark2

    I am here !
    bukitgolfb301 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2322 W: 0 N: 4573] (53764)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2009-02-25 4:26] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Dear Takero,

    What a lovely shot! The colours are strong, the bokeh just right, the depth of field well chosen and the precise moment that you managed to capture captivating in itself. The detail we want to see is right there to be seen, just as is the context. All in all a wonderful picture that tells a story!

    If I were to nitpick, however, I would complain about the girl being so central in the picture. If you are one for cropping, I would remove some bit of the picture starting from the left and up to the first girls side hairline, just so that the main girl may be more off the centre and hence better anchored in the shot.

    All in all a wonderful moment well captured :)
    TFS!
    Julia

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Nature's 3D

    Nature's 3D
    Abhrajit (5)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2009-02-25 4:21]
    An interesting scene!
    I wish the file was bigger though. There is a lot of noise in the foliage as well as in the waterfall... the picture in itself weighs only 59kb, which is tiny! It seems like a compressed pictures and that in itself is a pity, as there is much more space on this website, for something much bigger and richer in detail!
    I also wonder whether you have cropped the original file or whether your camera shoots this shape pictures automatically... It would have perhaps been nice to see more of a vertical shot of this place, to give us a little bit of a wider idea of what the waterfall itself is like and where it ends. I must admit I like the composition here, with the wide lush green foliage on many layers and the waterfall itself arranged on a diagonal towards the bottom half of the image, but I would like to see much more.

    When looking at the picture, I want to see more detail and from further away.
    Do you have a bigger file of the picture?

    In addition to this, it is really not necessary to use the flash in such a condition. Rather, using it here almost forces the camera to overexpose and flatten out the picture as it is trying to compensate for the lack of a return light.

    In any case, TFS!
    Julia

  • AntarcticaAntarctica
    Title: IcebergCanon EOS 5D

    Iceberg
    AdamBurton Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 1118] (8585)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2009-02-24 12:07]
    It's been more than a year... but I still take the time to write words that will probably never reach those to whom they are intended.

    I followed the link from the homepage featuring Polonaise's "critique" of this shot. I read all the comments and browsed through the replies and can't help but laugh at the silliness of us dear humans.

    While many admire your work for its technical qualities, its razor sharpness and perfectly balanced everything and while I can do nothing but congratulate you for our outstanding work, I must admit that this "controversial" shot is probably one of the pictures I like best. It has nothing to do with the face, which is more than obvious, but rather with the space you leave for Nature. All your other images are so perfectly composed that they take Nature onto an advertisement platform, leaving it stripped from its rough beauty. Here at least, there is something to feel.

    Yes, it is absolutely contrary to whatever technical masterpieces You have managed to create, and so disturbs those running behind the bandwagon of perfected and human mastered landscapes. But at least with this image, You have managed to pass beyond perfected tourism shots to tangible Life.

    A name for your picture?
    How about The Chill of Existence?

    Don't hide it, celebrate it! It tells much more than the stunning technically perfect masterpieces ever will...

  • BelgiumBelgium
    Title: Nikon D3

    • Full Moon •
    dkeus31 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3503 W: 487 N: 4195] (27739) *



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2009-01-11 7:59] [+]
    Hoi.... une photo tout à fait surprenante! On se croirait dans un autre monde, près du pôle Nord! Une composition tout à fait merveilleuse avec des couleurs à l'aube, comme je les aime tant :)
    Tu as cherché ces arbres longtemps, ou tu connais déjà le coin comme le fond de ta poche? ;)

    Merci pour ce partage!

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: The solar eclipse

    The solar eclipse
    Serg (69) *



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2008-07-14 22:50]
    Classic case of digital solar eclipse (when there is a light that is too dark it burns itself out to a black image on digital cameras)... amazing that so many people believe you and think this is a true case of solar eclipse!

    Nice composition nevertheless!
    Julia

  • VietnamVietnam
    Title: Terrace fieldsNikon D 200

    Terrace fields
    LyLong Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 112] (1890) *



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2008-07-12 11:25]
    What a gorgeous picture! Truly remarkable pattern and simply great composition. As said by others the two people in it give it a superb sense of scale that, in this case, adds extra strength to the whole!
    Great shot! TFS!
    Julia

  • BulgariaBulgaria
    Title: The FrontierCanon EOS 300D

    The Frontier
    Stepan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 89 N: 3989] (27210) *



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2008-02-20 1:52]
    *uh*

    This is gorgeous. Magnificent. Powerful. Deep.
    You have used the weather to your great advantage. I really enjoy your framing and POV!
    Congratulations for a powerful image, with a powerful message!

    TFS!
    Julia

  • ChinaChina
    Title: Rider on the stormNikon D200

    Rider on the storm
    battousai Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 70 N: 93] (827) *



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2007-08-06 8:45]
    What an excellent shot! I truly enjoy the way the man is turning back to look into your direction even though he is clearly busy going forwards. The feel, texture and appearance of the water on this shot couldn't possibly be better. Not only did you get the water "in the air" but you also got it smudged against your lense, clearly present on us as much as the man obviously drenched!

    Are you in Beijing right now?
    I just arrived here last night (after experiencing quite amazingly stormy weather in Shanghai) and Sarju will be coming tonight :D

    All the best,
    Julia

  • FranceFrance
    Title: PlougrescanCanon EOS 350D

    Plougrescan
    GilbertB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1005 W: 12 N: 1293] (12258) *



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2007-07-18 23:11]
    Quelle clin d'oeil superbe ! Là, c'est sûr, on en apprend des choses à propose du monde et des humains !
    La personne devait être bien conscient du fait que les éléments finiront par en arriver au bout de son habitat un jour... alors voilà, au moins le vent ne l'attaquera que de deux côtés, et puis surtout il n'a pas besoin d'avoir peur qu'il y aurait de l'instabilité au niveau de sol... ou alors s'il y en a, eh bien, il se retrouve bien embêté... surtout si ces rochers décident de lui tomber dessus !

    Bien vu ! J'aimerais bien habiter là, moi... ;-)

    En ce qui concerne la photo, elle n'est pas tout à fait droite et pas tout à fait aussi dynamique qu'elle aurait pu l'être au niveau des couleurs. Une prise un peu moins lumineuse aurait bien servi je pense... mais j'aime bien le cadrage avec cette source d'eau et puis ce ciel menaçant :D

    Tout de bon,
    Julia

  • ChinaChina
    Title: Oriental PearlOlympus E-300

    Oriental Pearl
    mjunge (123)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2007-07-14 10:29]
    Hey wow! I took the same picture (that turned out quite different) the day before you took yours! I hope your journey in Shanghai is a good one !

    Since you had a tripod, you should have tried out a much longer exposure. You ought to have set your ISO to 100 or so and then let the shutter open for about 20 to 30 seconds. This adds depth and colour to the shot that here is grainy, loose and overexposed.

    Hope you have a great journey in China!
    All the best,
    Julia

  • RussiaRussia
    Title: On The Baikal Lake

    On The Baikal Lake
    algu (50)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2007-07-08 10:03]
    What a wonderful shot! Very serene and calm.
    Too bad you couldn't get a window-free shot as this is really a great one ! Too bad it's slightly soft and muddy in the definition...

    What brought me to this image more than anything though is the location ! I am heading up to the Baikal lake in a few months (hope to be there before the winter settles in) and I would Love to know how the train ride was for you !
    Where did you go and how much did you see ?

    Thanks for sharing this blissfully peaceful sight !
    All the best,
    Julia

  • JapanJapan
    Title: Fresh greenCANON EOS 1DX

    Fresh green
    matsuyo0745 (1005) *



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2007-07-08 1:26]
    An absolutely serene and beautiful shot!
    The green is lush and the focus simply perfect, a very calm and zen shot of Nature. Simply brilliant.

    Thank You for sharing such a Peaceful feel of Nature !
    All the best,
    Julia

    p.s. I will be traveling to Japan in a few days and I have been thinking of visiting Nara. Would you have any recommendations as to places I should visit ? Anything off the beaten path and quiet ?

  • JapanJapan
    Title: TaxiNikon D50

    Taxi
    e30mike Silver Star Critiquer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 1] (312)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2007-07-08 1:16] [2] [+]
    I simply love the sharpness of the man. It works marvels against a BG that seems to melt into a mess of grey. Truly lovely.

    However I am not quite convinced of the centring you chose for him. I don't mind the fact that he is in the horizontal centre of the image, but I would have panned upwards to push him closer to the edge of the image and to get a bit more of the BG in the higher distance.
    The other option, that I believe would have worked very well as well, would have been to take a vertical approach to include his faint reflection on the wet pavement. I think it would have added to this grey mood brilliantly all the while you would have been able to keep quite a bit of the context in the image.

    Had I not already spent my 2 WS limit for the day, I would have proposed a more panoramic WS of the image: crop a bit from the bottom to focus more on the man and the contrast between him and the BG.

    All in all, a great posture well captured ;-)
    TFS !
    All the best,
    Julia

    p.s. how is Japan ? I'm heading there in less than a week ;-)

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Phare de Paon

    Phare de Paon
    KLB Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 946 N: 3826] (23723)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2007-07-08 1:06] - [workshop] [compare]
    Une vue sublime qui se trouve quelque peu gâchée par la douceur du grain ainsi que les couleurs qui manquent, et qui plus est, ce ciel qui semble bien trop présent.
    Telles vues fonctionnent très bien en version un peu plus panoramique, et j'ai essayé une version alternative dans le WS.

    Tu as bien fait de placer ce phare pille poil au milieu, mais la photo aurait très bien fonctionné si tu l'avais placé sur un des côtés aussi. Ce qui aurait peut être été très intéressant aussi c'est de faire une version verticale avec un ciel encore plus large, pour donner un tout autre style.

    Dommage qu'ici la réflexion du phare n'est pas assez forte dans l'eau pour pouvoir jouer avec !

    Merci pour ce partage !
    Tout de bon,
    Julia

  • ChinaChina
    Title: Kunming

    Kunming
    stevepow (123)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2007-07-07 22:45] - [workshop] [compare]
    Hey, wish I was in the middle of those hills instead of sitting in Shanghai right now ;-)

    A lovely shot of the last rays of sunlight on distant hills. The layering on this image is really interesting and the space between the foreground and the BG is thrilling. However, I find that the balance of your colours as well as the way you have framed the whole is not as powerful as it could be. I have given you my view of a possible alternative version in a WS.

    For this classic view, I like to think that a more square format works better as it leaves the eyes wondering from one corner to the centre to another corner, etc. In this high vertical version we get either stuck in the over-exposed hills/sky or the dark FG.

    In any case, it was a good sight to capture and a picture that can be worked on. TFS!
    All the best,
    Julia

  • IranIran
    Title: sweet dreamsSony Cybershot DSC F828

    sweet dreams
    ercool200 (235)



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    leiju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 84 N: 523] (1697) [2007-07-07 22:28] [2]
    This is a nice green picture with a man standing in it. I am not sure it is as powerful as it could be though.

    A few questions to ask yourself, perhaps. Why the title "sweet dreams"? It may be part of a larger collection of shots but when it comes to this alone standing post, the title isn't really self-explanatory. After all, one wonders what the man could be dreaming about and how come these dreams might be sweet.

    You have chosen an interesting composition but perhaps haven't explored it quite as far as you could have. The man is almost in the middle, sort of lost between various more powerful spots. Had you had him a bit more to the left, the image would have become naturally more intense.
    The black strips above and beneath are a good idea but they don't need to be so large. Either keep the image the size it is and make the black strips thinner or then make the image thinner and keep the strips as large as they are now.
    At the moment the whole is a bit loose.

    As for the man himself, without the note we have no idea of what is going on, and with such a title we get completely lost. The note is of course useful but to make the image more powerful it would have been good to wait for him to do a more clear-cut movement, perhaps bending down to pick something up, or to look at something. Now all we have is a man who seems to be walking in tall grass.

    Don't get me wrong, it is a nice picture, but I allow myself to criticise it in such way as it is a simple one (in composition) and hence what could have been done differently is easy to discern. It is good to have such simple compositions as then you are able to fine-tune your own sensitivity to what feels right and what seems wrong... or rather what feels in place and what doesn't.

    My favourite part about this shot is it's simplicity and the green that seems to be all that exists in this man's world.

    Thank You for sharing this sight!
    All the best,
    Julia

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