Seeking Advice for photo selection

Discussion in 'Photo Critique' started by pniev, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    I have to send in one photo for a local contest that has no theme other than "self-selected work". The following were preselected by my family. May I ask for your advice? Which one appeals to you most (and why, if you have some time to comment) and which one the least? Feel free to say "don't send in anything. It's all so-so").
    Thank you!


    #2 - same one in color:











  2. ajramirez

    ajramirez Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Number 1.
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  3. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    No 1 or the last one

    both have a story
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  4. dk_photos

    dk_photos New Member

    Jan 18, 2012
    Wolli Creek Sydney Australia
    No 1 and 13, the ones that talk to me..
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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I like #1,3 and 4. One really captures a moment
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  6. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Number 1.
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  7. bluzcity

    bluzcity Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    #1 for me as well.
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  8. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
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  9. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    Number 1 or Number 4.

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  10. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    1, 5, 7 & 13.

    1 tells a story, and has inherent humour. It has less impact in colour...
    5 breaks the compositional "rules" and appeals to my inner anarchist...
    7 is the one I would print up for my own pleasure (but I worry that the highlights are blown - I'd like to see a more "moody" treatment)...
    13 is an excellent portrait with a real empathy with the subject...


    Number 1
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  11. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    Thanks everyone for your opinion! It helps a lot. Wrt 7: You're right. I wish I had a tripod and ideally also a grad ND filter with me when I took. Unfortunately I did not. In hindsight, I could/should have used bracketing.
  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    1, 3, and 13. Some other good ones, but those stand out to me, and 1 works better in B&W than in color (2)...

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  13. Arbib

    Arbib Regular

    Mar 30, 2014
    I know you may not want to hear this...

    But, from sites like "Viewbug", who has tons of contests... it is very apparent that photos like 10, 11, and 12 win most of the top placement awards.
    Or, highly studio taken fake glamour looking images (you know, some overly sexy pose with very suggestive posing)

    Since the theme is allows a wide genre of possible entries..... My Q is:
    What has these judges liked in the past?
    Do they tend to regard some themes over others?
    Do they regard a highly manipulated image more than a very well implemented image that is more true to the environment it was taken in?

    As one that attempts Street Photography ... I like #1
    For overall composition and beauty...#11
    As a judge, I would hope to have some areas to judge each image for it's own merits on a 1-10 scale for each area... then add the scores up
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  14. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    I hear you! Thank you. Good questions but I do not have answers. Btw: all the colors in 10,11,12,13 were there but I also think they're overcooked. Sometimes I get lost in tools. ;-)
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  15. Arbib

    Arbib Regular

    Mar 30, 2014
    Yes I know your color pictures are natural I have seen some very rich natural sunsets and sunrises in my days living in South Florida so I am fully aware that those are not heavily manipulated at all.

    By the way good luck luck with the contest and with your final choice
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  16. davidzvi

    davidzvi Veteran

    Apr 18, 2014
    Likes 1, 4, and 7. I think 1 needs a little more something. B&W conversions can be tricky, but I like content. I think the same with 4, I'd like to see some more detail in the shadows. On 7 I think a crop on the bottom, it may be the sky reflected or it may just be dirty water. (and yes I assume reflection but since you can't see the sky....)

    Don't like 2, 10, 11, and 12. Colors on 2, the others have an over something look.
    No real feelings about 3, 5, 6, 8, 13
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  17. dipso

    dipso Regular

    Jan 23, 2014
    Brighton, UK
    First and last pictures are my favorites.
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  18. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    May 13, 2013
    Only the colors ;-) I used Macphun Intensity to enhance clarity and details and pushed the colors back afterwards. They look too much HDR-postprocessed to my taste.

    Thank you!
  19. tdekany

    tdekany Veteran

    Dec 21, 2011
    Portland OR
    1, 5, 13
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  20. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    1, but square crop, 7 or 10
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