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  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: the black trainFujifilm X T1

    the black train
    berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7499 W: 202 N: 7195] (50518)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-03 4:14]
    Nicely shot, Burak. The way the dark interior frames the opening for the train makes the train extra special. Well done!

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Tree root in the eveningMinolta Dynax 600si

    Tree root in the evening
    NorthernLight Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 238 W: 0 N: 499] (2383)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-03 4:08]
    Lovely photo in its simplicity, Peter. The smooth water and colors really set off those tree roots. An effective addition is the reflection of trees at the top that helps to frame your work in a nice way.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Nikon D7000 DSLR

    West & Chicago nº 151 - BRYCE (XIV) !
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10013 W: 58 N: 14449] (79329)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-03 4:07]
    Another fine photo, Nevyan. The tree is perfectly placed to invite the eye to look at the whole scene. I also like the square format! You might experiment with the colors under and around the clouds. You probably captured them accurately, but they look just a tiny bit muddy to me. Super work!

  • LibyaLibya
    Title: AwbariNikon F4

    Awbari
    photilus Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 6 N: 92] (5550) *



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-03 4:02]
    Beautiful symmetry and darker tones, Chatelier. The point of view is also outstanding. Nice post processing on the sky, too!

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Manarola

    Manarola
    carlo62 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5970 W: 34 N: 8523] (81265)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-02 18:52]
    The colors and light add to make this a very engaging photo, Carlo. I love the substantial feeling of the city on the mountain.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Bourdouze

    Bourdouze
    zanzi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 396 W: 103 N: 737] (13690)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-02 18:45]
    What a lovely place to go fishing. I like the composition with the two men in the lower corner. Well done!

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: walking in AhrnthalCanon 60D

    walking in Ahrnthal
    fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 664 W: 0 N: 1667] (9963)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-02 18:45]
    The composition adds to this photo very much, Francesco. I enjoy the leading lines of the road and the dramatic clouds above.

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: domuz avi

    domuz avi
    GFSSD-1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 35 N: 143] (5888)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-02 18:43]
    This is a very pleasant photo, Recep. The man struggling with the dogs has a fun expression that you captured well.

  • EstoniaEstonia
    Title: Keila juga

    Keila juga
    Justinas Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 13] (120)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-02 18:39]
    This has a lovely point of view, Justinas! You might experiment with the sky and trees in the background, as they look an odd color to me, but the photo is really striking with that amazing long exposure!

  • SwedenSweden
    Title: Zombie Tree IVMinolta Maxxum 7

    Zombie Tree IV
    NorthernLight Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 238 W: 0 N: 499] (2383)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-02 18:37]
    Yes, the pixelization from enlargement created some weird artifacts. Nevertheless, I like this old tree and the angle you had chosen from which to photograph it. I suspect this is why photographers all have bad backs, eh Peter? You might try experimenting with idealizing the sky. It is not a lovely blue on my computer, and a little tweaking with color might help. Or try it in black and white? Anyway, it's a fine photo, and enjoyed gazing at it.

  • EspañaEspaña
    Title: Sunset in Costa de la LuzPanasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

    Sunset in Costa de la Luz
    SherryDrinker Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 100] (460)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-02 18:34]
    It's hard to resist a good sunset, Jose! This is not only lovely colors, but the composition is also very effective, with the brightest light in a very effective spot.

  • EspañaEspaña
    Title: Light on pipesPanasonic Lumix TZ30

    Light on pipes
    jean113 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1759 W: 0 N: 5752] (22101)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-02 18:33]
    This is a fun angle with great composition, Jean. The colors and lines all create a very engaging photo!

  • ChileChile
    Title: Nikon D7000 DSLR

    Chile & Argentina 2014 nº 41/SOBREVUELO!
    npecanhuk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10013 W: 58 N: 14449] (79329)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2014-11-02 18:26]
    I think the plane wing adds some interest to this shot, Neyvan. While it's a lovely landscape and well composed, the wing really helps tell the story here.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Bridge to NowhereCanon Power Shot G2

    Bridge to Nowhere
    cdmonson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 383 W: 51 N: 1017] (5284)



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    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) [2011-01-20 4:39]
    Hey I like this a lot, Clark. The angle of the shadow works well as an introduction into the shot, and the poles keep the eye going quite nicely. We're then satisfied by the mountains in the back. Lovely!

    To experiment with: You might try adding some contrast to get more darks and lights to see what happens. Also, if you do an unsharp mask at a high pixel rate but low percentage, you might be able to bring in more "clarity" if you wanted any more.

    I like it!

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Scarborough BluffsCanon  EOS 300D

    Scarborough Bluffs
    paprika-jancsi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 304 W: 22 N: 45] (2349)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-10-05 21:39] [+]
    Nice shot Janos! The sky's interesting, with lots of high wispy Cirrus clouds, and the pink tint to them adds just a touch of all three primary colours to your composition.

    The sandstone bluffs make an interesting backdrop; and the trees towards the centre of the frame are nice too.

    Compositionally I think I'd have liked a more obvious focal point; there are lots of elements here, but unfortunately to me they seem to be vying for attention, rather than forming a coherent story. If the sandstone is the subject, personally I'd like it to be more prominent in the composition I think. I might be tempted to crop the lower quarter off the bottom, as the cars in the car park don't add positively to the composition IMO. That said, composition is very much subjective, and how I see something can be very different to how anyone else will see it!

    Something's not right technically though, unfortunately I'm having a hard time pinning it down precisely. The highlights on the trees seem to lack detail; particularly towards the right hand edge. Oddly the histogram looks reasonably sane; although you've slightly overexposed the sandstone itself, it's not a major issue for the majority of it. The histogram doesn't look chopped either, but it feels like a solarization/quantization type effect. Interestingly if you convert it to 256 colours, then there's very little change to the image; I'm wondering whether it accidentally got converted at some point? How did you process it?

    P.S. Deleting your pictures is one way to guarantee no-one will visit them; martyrdom awaits you ;)

    P.P.S. Panoramic format images are always a hard sell on the Trek sites and Flickr; as a 150px width thumbnail shows a lot less detail for panoramas. I'm sometimes tempted to shoot for square for that reason!

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Hitchin' a RideSony Alpha 350

    Hitchin' a Ride
    WelshTraveller Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 112 W: 0 N: 36] (354)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-09-05 13:50] [+]
    Nice shot David! Perfect timing with the little 'un poking his head out like that; and the reflection's great too :D

    My only slight nits are that there seems to be a halo around the grebe itself (particularly down the back of the neck), and a there seems to be a slight lack of fine detail all over. How did the original unworked image look? If there's plenty of detail and no haloes it might be worth re-working it a little. I suspect the haloes are a sharpening artifact (USM? Radius 3px or so?); and if I were to guess, I'd say this was a hard crop? If so that might explain the lack of fine detail. Of course it's a Friday night, so I might simply be hallucinating it all ;)

  • MalaysiaMalaysia
    Title: Spinning with PetronasCanon EOS 20D

    Spinning with Petronas
    capthaddock Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3689 W: 138 N: 6179] (28790) *



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-08-06 20:36] [2]
    Very nicely done Tan! This is definitely my favourite of the three, here the wheel seems to point to the Petronas Towers, and the red contrasts better with the deep blue of the sky in my opinion!

    Exposure's very nicely managed, and the shot was taken at my favourite time too; the blue hour just after sunset! Can't quite decide whether I'd run Shadow/Highlight and bump the Shadow up a little, you'd lose the night feel, but you'd gain a bit more separation on the near shrubbery.

    One thing I'd definitely do in your shoes is a dark frame subtraction, even at TE size there seem to be some stuck pixels, for instance there are two red ones that I can see instantly here (top left for example). Unfortunately they move in the other shots, so it looks like you'd need to take a dark frame manually after each shot if you wanted to map the dead pixels out. In your shoes I might consider cloning them out of the uploaded shot at least.

    It's still a favourite image of mine; and a view of Petronas that I haven't seen before :D

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: The lake of Haagse BosNikon D60

    The lake of Haagse Bos
    kiks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1482 W: 160 N: 1682] (12805)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-08-05 14:48] [+]
    Nice shot Kik! The sky is a perfect mix of blue sky and white fluffy clouds; the reflections add to the calm and relaxed feel, but it's the bridge that makes the shot for me :D

    If this were mine I think I might be tempted to brighten it a little though; as it stands it feels ever so slightly underexposed to me. Ideally in brightly sunlit scenes the histogram should just touch the right hand side; so when shooting I'd aim for as close to the edge as you can without going over, and then I'd pull it right up to the edge before uploading. In this case adding a fraction more contrast would also help I think, so try an s-shaped curve like this.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Road to NowhereCANON  EOS 400D

    Road to Nowhere
    soupie01 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 104] (789)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-05-30 19:46]
    Nice shot Patrick! I like the way the road draws the eye towards the coming maelstrom ahead. Your HDR work is nicely done too, it looks very natural IMO.

    About the only thing I do notice is a slight softness that I often see with fractionally out of alignment HDR images. If you agree, try re-processing it with the latest version of Photomatix, and experiment with the alignment options in there.

    Also, if you have five images like this, check to see whether you think any are not contributing significantly to the end result, and consider dropping those frames; fewer frames usually results in better alignment too.

    If fewer frames and the alignment options still result in slight softness, try using something like PTgui to pre-align the frames before you merge them.

    Overall a very nice piece of work though :D

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Hot Air BalloonOlympus Stylus 300 Digital

    Hot Air Balloon
    berseph Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 409 W: 160 N: 372] (1758)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-05-21 18:40]
    Nice work Amber! The dutch tilt adds a little excitement to the composition, and in theory the strong backlighting should make those colours really pop too!

    You've done well to keep the exposure balanced, as there's both strong light and deep shadow in the shot. As is fairly common I feel the shadows could benefit from a little warming; if you're using Photoshop try applying Image/Adjustments/PhotoFilter Warm-85 at 50% or so to a new layer and knocking out the sunlit parts. I think I'd be tempted to use a little Shadow/Highlight to darken the highlights a little too.

    I might also be tempted to save with a little less JPEG compression; as the sky seems to block up when I apply Shadow/Highlight to it. If you're reworking this version of the image, you could just blur the sky a little.

    Overall a commendable effort, particularly considering the tricky lighting :)

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