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Great tyro 2016-01-30 6:13

Hello Ann,

How appropriate that you should post this picture and workshop at the end of a week which saw Robert Burns' birthday celebrated on Burns Night on 25th January!

I remember this place well though it's over 30 years since I last visited it. And, curiously enough, it was on that occasion that I saw my first and last "streaker" - a young fellow who jumped out from behind a tree waving his arms and shouting: it was a very cold day in November and so there wasn't a lot to see.

Anyway, I digress, as always. This is a beautiful photograph showing the burn tumbling in its course through the wooded narrow valley. I know very well how dark it can be here, so you have done extremely well to preserve some lovely light on the water, the rocks and the trees. Of course, present difficulties with TE (will they ever be resolved) stop our seeing your exif data (and I don't believe you took this at f/0.1) so I don't know your camera settings or whether you used a tripod.

Lovely soft light, gorgeous colours and excellent depth of field and sharpness.

Oh, and a lovely portrait of Robert Burns' statue too - I like his smart blue jacket and his camera - but who's that insignificant and rather stiff looking fellow on the left holding a book?


Kind Regards,


P.S. I'm pleased that I'm not the only one who is suffering so many problems here on TE. I've several times written a note to accompany a picture and, when I've hit the "update" button, the picture has appeared but the note has disappeared off somewhere the other side of Andromeda. So one trick I've learned (whether writing notes or even critiques or forum messages) is to copy all the text before clicking anything - that way if you lose the whole lot you can always just paste it all back into the box and try again.

I really do hope that these problems are resolved very soon otherwise so many more of our friends will ditch this site and that, in my opinion, would be a real shame. Unfortunately nothing much seems to be improving at the moment.

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Ciao cara Lisa,

So you are familiar with the word "Clink" in Australia too? I must admit that here it seems to be far less commonly used than I remember it was when I was younger. Funnily enough, I remember watching a programme on the telly a long time ago - it was all about the English language and one thing I found very interesting was why the Australian accent in so many ways is not all that dissimilar to the Cockney London accent and it's believed that was because a large proportion of the original settlers from Britain were, of course, convicts from London. So perhaps much of the early slang came with them - and my dictionary tells me that "clink" became commonly used in the 16th century.

So have a wonderful time at the Clink next week but just make sure you don't end up "in the Clink"!

Un abbraccio,

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