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View on Zierikzee

View on Zierikzee
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-06
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 400D Rebel XTi, Sigma AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS, Compact Flash 2-2gb, B-W UV
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Zeeland and New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-12 7:45
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 149
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Treklens .. here a view on the 'side' gate of
Zierikzee in the Dutch Province of Zeeland.

Lately I am seriously trying to teach myself ''PhotoShop'' ..and let me tell you right away.. the more i read .. I understand how little I know .. so..I will not be bored for the next 20 years.

I came to a chapter wich told me to 'import ' a sky..
So.. MEA CULPA (I am guilty ) the sky was imported from another photo.. into a dull grey sky from this nice view: This City wall. I hope you like it.

Than on right..the house was extended by me ..into the frame. How? First add a comfortable frame .. and than carefully copy/past little parts from the house in the photo..next on the frame..and past .. and again and again

I do understand and respect that many TL members dont like frames at all ..I do.

So TL ..The view on Zierikzee ..
Thanks for whatever thoughts and reactions Folks


John T


" Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner,
and it is for you to find the other three."


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VERY clean and crisp Johnny! LOVE the levels on this, nice smoothness, excellent comp and colors, excellent pp work to make this image pop!! Love how you hang out over the frame! Really super!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-03-12 8:07]

What fun to see you posted one storey below me in the gallery today
I like the PP work you did here. The sky works nicely.
I think I would brighten the buildings a little more and add just a touch more contrast to them so that they have the same quality as the sky.
Very fine work

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-03-12 8:21]

I'm really glad that you described so well what you've done here. Although I would have no idea how to do it, it gives me a good idea of what CAN be done. A very beautiful picture!!! TFS

Very nice perspective. Excellent lights and colours. The composition is great and the light is perfect.
Best wishes,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-03-12 8:51]

Hi John

Good fg shadow detail, with marvellous high contrast in the clouds. Excellent framing & sharpness. Well done!

Merhaba John,
Derinlik hisssi gl....
Renkler ve netlik harika...
Nice photo and excellent job. Teşekkrler.
Dr.Seyfettin Gner

Good pov - I would expect to see some form of shadow with that type of sky.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-03-12 9:12]

Hi John, good PP work & thanks for the how to notes,your quite right about Adobe, you do need to be a graphic designer
to use all of its functions,To me its like a giant iceberg,& for myself I'm only at the tip of it:0


Was wondering where all the shadows went to until I read your note.
Excellent PP work on the sky, bro.

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-03-12 9:46]

Hi John
Love the way you composed this shot and overlapping the building on the frame gives it even more depth.
I sympathize with you on learning photoshop I am also trying it.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-03-12 9:54]

Hi John,
You improved effectively your skills with Photoshop, dear friend! The addition of this sky gives a fantastic look at this already beautiful place. IMHO, if you gave more space on the top of the central building, the image could be better.
Very good work! Annie

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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29412)
  • [2008-03-12 11:52]
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Impressionnante prise de vue John ! Thanks to share it.

Hello John,
Nasılsın Arkadaşım?
Excellent work really beautiful place.
Great detail and well presented.
Well done my friend.TFS

Hello John, your PP skills are certainly developing,the sky looks good.There is almost a feeling of 3-D in this shot, and I think that it is the sky that does it.I wouldn't have known about the building if you hadn't said.
The buildings give a good silhouette with their interesting shapes.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2008-03-12 13:05]
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Hi John,
You are again a good master. This is beautifully done.
TFS this with us. And thanks for a good note.
Wel gedaan.

  • drymd29 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1146 W: 242 N: 659] (7658)
  • [2008-03-12 13:13]
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Gaaf weerom; schilderachtig en met mooie lijnen.

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 66 N: 252] (2190)
  • [2008-03-12 14:47]

Very good stitch of two shots John.I share your feeling from reading about Photoshop :-).Good luck.TFS

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-03-12 15:48]

Hi John,
Compliments for your work, it's great, the result is beautiful. The sky is perfect too. Excellent and bravo mon ami

hi john, wow this looks right out of a fairy tale book!, well captured and thanks for sharing this amazing place,
well done my trek friend!

Hi John,
so now you are an importer eh? Lol! Great pp work, this sky is so dramatic and really compliments the scene. Vivid colors, crisp images and great composition, tfs!

Hoi John
Tja, wat hebben anderen al niet gezegd wat ook ik vind,
Heel mooi , heel apart. En als je niet had verteld dat het
'luchtje van Ruysdael ' niet echt is had IK het niet gezien.
Heel gaaf Johnny :-)


sight is so clear.. and so intense!! reallya a nice capture.. i love these alive colours of the sky.. and the good composition!! well done.. with the note.. confucius is a touch of perfection!
ciao Marco
;) soon

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-03-13 1:53]

Prachtige opname vol kleur

Hello John,
Very nice POV and love the PP done for the sky. (I'll try that technique on some photo with dull sky).
The sky compliments so well with the earthy tones of buildings.
Sharp and well composed photo. TFS

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2008-03-13 4:50]
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Een juweeltje van een foto John! De Noord- en Zuidhavenpoort in n beeld gevangen. De kleuren, de lucht (!) en de compo vind ik heerlijk. Wat een plekje h? En dan te bedenken dat de gemeente overweegt om dat witte huisje te slopen.....!!
Groet uit Schouwen,

Yes why not John, such a beautiful place deserves a beautiful sky. Sometimes it helps to copy the picture and really lower the curves/gamma correction to make the sky darker and then place it back.
Seems to me that Zierikzee is the place to be judging from more pictures on TL.
Did you clone out people, cars, bikes and such?? Love it this way.

Hi John,

Beautiful result of your PP work! In my opinion, the sky past well with the rest of the photo. I like the vivid colours and the smooth effect of the entire photo which looks like a peinture. As Annie said, a little more sky in the upper side would be better.
And last but not least, I appreciate your "Sisyphean work" extending the house over the frame with a lot of copy/paste commands.

Have a nice evening,

I understand your feeling about learning PS, because I have the same one, not about this software, but learning the german language. :-)

  • nunenik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 21 N: 176] (1890)
  • [2008-03-13 6:57]

What a wise choice I made to read your note! I like knowing when I'm right. For some reason I immediately thought the sky was copy/pasted. It just looks out of place since the buildings are so grey and it's obvious there was no blue sky or sunshine at the spot at the time. After all, the (amount of) light is always reflected on buildings and all other objects.
Why did you decide to bring in another sky anyway? Why not leave the original one?
Just an honest opinion (and question).

Hi John,
nice try, the clouds are very low and very blue and sharp compared to the rest. I can see that the street is almost as clean as in DK :-)
keep it up and stay on, TFS

A great picture John; and you say that you 'Imported' the blue sky and clouds?! Well I say - 'Well done'!
Excellent composition and good contrast and a very attractive scene.
Best wishes

hello Mr JT,

:) MEA CULPA? automatically remind me the song from Enigma 1st album..

well done on the pp work.. look like a beautiful above the sky with stunning clouds.. well composed with fine detail and sharpness.. thank you for the useful note too i like to try this myself but it take time..

regards, terry

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-03-13 10:10]
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Wauw ,zover ben ik nog lang niet John...

I must learn this importing sky technique John, in this image very effective adding some contast. Good colour and detail and well composed. TFS,

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-03-13 14:37]

Hola amigo,
Beautiful sky and pp work...
lovely architecture and composition,
I believe that you know the Canary Islands,
congratulations friend, do not have photos of the dragon tree of Icod,: ((

greetings John.

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-03-13 16:27]

Good luck with PS, I havn't been able to absorb all of Elements 5 yet. You did am excellent job with the sky and I'm a frame person, so I like you little trick here. Again well manipulated.


Striking presentation of this view, John, with the lines leading us in and a very adept display of the form of the architecture. As always, good colors, and especially vivid blue sky with those puffy clouds.


Hi John,

Interesting structural design . . Neat and tidy entrance . . very Dutch . .
Some places in Indonesia are using similar pole and curved road like this one . .
Great PoV . .


Many thanks for your kind words on Enjoying the flower .

  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-03-14 3:39]
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Clever Johnty - I only know the basics of PS CS2, and I think that's as far as I'll go.
BRAVO on your effort here - that sky looks real - for this photo I mean. Very good results and the building shows up well too.
Do you shoot in RAW John?
Good one MF

And mine, then?
I think you are good enough in photoshop...
Would you nicely teach me something about? ;-)

I have always agreed with the latin Orazio:

The lighting difference between the sky and place with buildings is a bit curious, but the final effect of the whole compo is fully satisfying.
Ciao ciao

selamlar sevgili arkadaşım
wonderful architecture picture.excellent blue sky and clouds.good colours.well done ny friend.
best regards.
grkan akakır.

Hi John,
This is very good picture..very interesting shot..
I like how you manage this picture,very nice pp work done my friend..
Very nice composed and well framed.


Thanks for you nice critique on my "LOW PRESSURE"picture...;]

Hola John,

Que maravilla de imagem, parece que esta en 3D. Me gusta mucho este lugar, la fotografia te ha quedado muy bien con ese trabajo.

Saludos desde Barcelona !!!!


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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-03-14 8:07]
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M. John - wat wij hier, gebouwen, een vierkant een hemel en sommige wolken, allen in mooie samengebracht en keurig georganiseerde kleuren hebben, goed. U hebt vangst die in uw schot, en die u goed heeft gedaan. Mijn complimenten.
Beste wensen van Jens.

Bonjour John,
Quel magnifique ciel! Beautiful architecture, and lovely composition, with great colors and sharp picture, Excellent quality of this picture , great shot and details, very well done.

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  • NecipP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 669 W: 16 N: 404] (4722)
  • [2008-03-14 13:05]

Hello John great photoshop work, the details are fine. The composition is nicely chosen also tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-03-14 14:09]

Hoi John
Joh wat een prentje.
Je hebt het er al eens meer over gehad Zierikzee en voor zover ik het kan beoordelen gaan we er zeker een keer heen.
Leuk wat Adri schrijft hier, die kent het op zijn duimpje.
'De Noord- en Zuidhavenpoort in n beeld gevangen'schrijft hij
Ook PP is lekker gedaan
Vond Pepe het ook mooi ?
Groetjes en tot Zondag

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2008-03-14 18:24]

Hi John,
Excellent work on post-processing. Just as you, I am also learning the finer points of Photoshop. Amazing software.

This is like a toy castle.


Hello John,
Very nice shot, fantastic sharpness and depth of field, beautiful vivid colors and excellent clarity, nice composition and point of view, nice textures and details,the sky is stunning!

Excellent scene and POV here John!
A great one to try replacing the sky with,
It has a very surreal quality as a result of this post processing.
Perhaps the lighting is a tad darker in the foreground subjects than one woudl expect with a sky like that,
but somehow that makes this all the more fun to see.
So great job!
- Vincent

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-03-15 10:14]

Great 3-D effect here my first thought was wow that sky and then read the note. Still a WOW picture all in all
Love the architecture and the lead in from the path. Beautiful. TFS

Dear John,

When I read your note it reminded me of what I've been telling myself: all I need to do is buy Photoshop when I retire and I'll have plenty to do!

About the photo: It still needs some more work because the buildings are obviouly under different lighting. Given 20 years, I'm sure you'll get it done. :-))

BTW: I look forward to meeting you someday (we'll probably be staying/living in Brussels in the not too distant future).


Hello John!
Fantastic blue sky with lovely clouds!
Nice architecture and beautiful calm place!
Wonderful composition!
Best regards!

...I return... :)

Hi Again John, the buildings are so impressive and they are excellent illuminated.
This sky adds a very nice effect to all the composition.
Best wishes.

Hi John
There is nobody on the place. did you clone them all? According to your note, you spent lots of time on Photoshop bringing this creation to life.Good PP work. I think you will master the monster within 20 years.
Nicely done

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2008-03-16 9:10]

Hi JT,
Incredible sharpness and details on this. Excellent image that is just a delight to look at. WELL DONE on this John, TFS Julie

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  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2008-03-16 11:09]

Hello John, a great photo & very good PP. I like the lead in & the house extension is a nice touch. Beautiful old architecture & well preserved! :} Don

Hellou John,

nice capture with excellent sharpness and colours. Very impressive picture. Very well done. b rgds. Stefan

Hallo John,
In deze foto ben je wel hl creatief bezig geweest.De kleur is mooi,natuurlijke tinten,
kasteel,wal,huis,poort,allemaal prima onderwerpen,maar een beetje teveel van het goede.Al die onderdelen zijn op zichzelf al een plaatje!
Lieve John,niet teveel PhotoShoppen :) en trek je niets aan van mij,ik moet zelf nog veel leren.

Merhaba Dear John:)
Cok Guzel Compo...Very Beautiful tone and clouds.Ellerine Saglik.Congrats!!!!
Istanbuldan Sevgiler.
Greetings from Istanbul.

Hi John, splendid view og lovely architecture, great POV, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi John,
Beautiful place,beautiful ski and clouds.Fantastic composition.
Best regards,


Hi John,
Those clouds are simply fantastic. Clouds are always such a wonderful bonus to bring enthusiasm and beauty to any scenery. They also provide, in this case, a magnificent DOF. So, it was a wonderful idea to "import" this sky!

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-03-19 16:03]

Hi John, great composition and pp work, excellent sharpness and light. Really a beautiful post!
Ciao, Cinzia

Hello John,
This is a really pleasant compositioin with a beautiful subject!
The old town gate is a fine element and makes me curious of what is behind...
Excellent colours and sharp fine details, good lead-in!
Pablo -

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-03-21 10:41]

Hallo John,

es ist ein sehr interessantes Bild mit der Perspektive. Du hast sehr gut gezeigt mit guten Farben und Details.
Schne Grsse.


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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-03-22 11:26]

Hello John,
Interesting idea. Superp photo. Fantastic PP work. Amazing sky. Nice colours and good POV. Very good note. Congrat.
Happy Easter to you.
best regards, Zs

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  • Loup Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 73] (1327)
  • [2008-03-22 15:35]
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Hi John,
I like the 3D effect, like a puzzle. The colors are natural, le ciel est superbe. Excellent travail. Trs bien ton passage, bien fait. Trs beau rsultat.
Jasmine is Kiwis friend :0)

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-03-23 6:13]

Hi John...
Excellent shot and details - Lovely sky and colors...
Excellent PP work - nice note...

Well done. TFS.

Happy Easter...

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-03-23 21:22]

Hi John, It is not so easy to get a good composition like this without wires. Your POV works well and the line of metal blocks aligns thing well. A very good example of how to do this right. TFS. Murray.
Re Photoshop, pleased it is a challenge to others!

Hi Bro, I don't know how I missed this one, but it is really lovely! A very nice pov of the castle. A nice medieval architecture.
Like a fairy tale.
Very sharp and great colours as well.
You do very well with photoshop. Keep up the good work :)

Cheers :)

Hello John

Beautiful scenery,
he is propitiate for a beautiful postcard!
until it seems lost somewhere in the time.
Excellent framing & sharpness.
Well done!


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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2008-03-27 7:36]

Hello Sir John,

A magnificient architecture has been presented here. Strong sky with flufy clouds are looking marvellous. Such a beautiful shot my friend, well done.

Thanks for sharing this shot.

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2008-03-29 15:48]

Hej hej, my dear friend!
Oh well, I took a look in your gallery and I saw this amazing picture. Look so real but it's a result of a great work, I'm impressed! Congrats for this artwork, vi ses!
Hlsningar och kramar frn Sverige,

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  • isa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 62 N: 139] (1593)
  • [2008-04-04 16:09]

Hi Jonh,
Great composition, fantstic lights and definition.Wonderful place.
Congratulations for the gallery!
Best REgards,

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-04-10 10:16]

Beautiful sky and pp work.lovely architecture and composition. Well done.

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  • Arox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 11 N: 48] (847)
  • [2008-04-17 11:39]

Hi John,

Beautiful view, but a little unreal, the light on the sky is a little different than in front of picture. Great composition and nice work.


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  • Tizio Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 3] (191)
  • [2008-05-10 6:59]

Prachtige foto, het pittoresk dorpje heeft ook mij steeds bekoord!
gr tizio

Hello John.

Excellent picture, nice composition and details.

Jose Luis.

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