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Great tyro 2019-03-13 17:11

Dear Ric,

You have written a fascinating and most informative note about Britain's canals and shown us a beautiful photograph to accompany it.

This is a perfectly and very pleasingly composed image which works so very well in black and white: I love the soft lighting and the rich tones, fine contrasts and lovely textures. Your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.


Kind Regards,


P.S. How remarkable that you took this photograph in the little Oxfordshire village of Cropredy. I have, in fact, visited this place a couple of times myself and actually became acquainted with one of the village worthies there - in fact, he used to live very close to this very canal. Pretty decent old bloke he was but he was pretty long in the tooth when I knew him so he's probably passed on long ago. Fancied himself as a bit of a photographer too but would never have managed to produce a photograph half as good as yours. Cheers.

Old 03-14-2019, 11:32 AM
romanaa romanaa is offline
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Wink To tyro: Dear John

Dear John,<br />
<br />
how lovely to see your comment on this picture of the iconic Great Oak of Cropredy. As a long term member of The Great Oak of Cropredy Admirers Society, I dare to offer you a few of my thoughts concerning the topic of your critique. Though I deeply appreciate your photographic skills, erudition and long term willingness to help junior members of TE, I find the comparison of the master of photography, the old bloke you are mentioning in your post, to Ric, the newbie to this site, quite inappropriate and a bit offensive.<br />
<br />
I have reasons to believe that you might change your opinion if you take the following facts into your consideration.<br />
Firstly, the old bloke, as you call him, compared to the author of this photograph, was at least able to take photographs in colour.<br />
Secondly, he would never disgrace the majestic tree by cropping it in half and giving it a minor role in the frame.<br />
<br />
With kindest regards<br />
<br />

Last edited by romanaa; 03-14-2019 at 02:15 PM.
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