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    Travel pictures...do these work?

    The first one: Alley Way - Taken with Yasica T4 Super with Velvia 100, scanned with Nikon 8000

    The second one: Plaza - Taken with F100, 28mm Nikkor with Veliva 100, scanned with Nikon 8000, used warming filter in photoshop and dodged some of the sky to bring back the highlights.

    My main question, do these work as travel pictures? I'm trying to develop a travel photography portfolio and wonder if these should be included. I did include them in the portfolio, but your honest opinion will determine if I should use other photographs.

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    I'd go with the first shot - really dramatic back lighting, good composition. Hard to tell here on the el-cheapo monitor at work but maybe there could be just a little more shadow detail. I know that Velvia 50 would probably not have it but Velvia 100F seems to be a little less contrasty. Great shot regardless.

    The second shot is good as well, but having seen some of your work I don't know if this is portfolio material for you. It's a good shot, well composed, good light, etc and I'd be proud of it but just doesn't jump out at me like the first one.

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    Loren I always enjoy your post and respect your comments to other photopraphers, not being at your level of expertise I hesitate to comment here however..... The first shot is beautiful and I feel it could fit in any type of portfolio you wish to include it in. I love the backlighted effect and the silhouetted figures. The overall effect is one of mystery and would make me want to explore this location. IMHO this is a beautiful photograph. The second courtyard scene just does not say anything to me at all. Allthough you have beautifully framed the image with the V of the opposing buildings my eyes are not drawen to anything of interest. The figure and the chair in the foregound while creating a sense of depth don't seem to serve any real purpose in the image. As a travel shot I don't feel like this image would make me want to visit this place. This is only my observations and I hope that you will share more of your travel pictures to give us a better idea of what you are attempting to create.

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    My honest opinion is that these aren't up to the level of the best I've seen you post, and I think you want only your best in your portfolio. It's hard to define why I feel that way, but they don't arrest my attention in the way some of your other shots do.

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    Excellent critique...

    Hi Larry,

    Thank you very much for the critique and your thoughts about the pictures. After reading your critique, I think that you have some very good points. I will most likely pull the second shot and look for another shot. It's nice to have objective eyes and constructive viewpoints.

    Thank you again,
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    Thank you for the comments

    Yes, Velvia 100 is much more lenient on exposure and contrast which allow for better snapshots in such tricky situations like these. Thank you too for the comments on the pictures. Sometimes you get emotionally attached to some of the pictures and you don't know why.

    thank you again,
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    I think that you are right...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lava Lamp
    My honest opinion is that these aren't up to the level of the best I've seen you post, and I think you want only your best in your portfolio. It's hard to define why I feel that way, but they don't arrest my attention in the way some of your other shots do.
    Lava Lamp,

    I actually like to have more comments like these so when I develop my portfolio I can feel confident about it. When it comes to travel it needs to have an immediate visual impact so this critique does help. I would rather have you say it now, so I can make proper adjustments.

    Thank you Lava Lamp
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    Loren

    First, let me say I always enjoy your photos.

    I'm going to chime in here and add that the first one is dynamic IMO. I'm not a pro, either, so I hesitate to comment, but the first one really impressed me, especially the lighting.

    The 2nd one looks more like a snapshot to me (no offense meant). I'm inclined to agree that I would choose something a little more striking .

    Liz

    Quote Originally Posted by racingpinarello
    The first one: Alley Way - Taken with Yasica T4 Super with Velvia 100, scanned with Nikon 8000

    The second one: Plaza - Taken with F100, 28mm Nikkor with Veliva 100, scanned with Nikon 8000, used warming filter in photoshop and dodged some of the sky to bring back the highlights.

    My main question, do these work as travel pictures? I'm trying to develop a travel photography portfolio and wonder if these should be included. I did include them in the portfolio, but your honest opinion will determine if I should use other photographs.

    http://www.photoserve.com/portfolio/crannell_loren

    thank you for looking.
    Loren

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    Liz took the words

    right out of my mouth....the first has the impact that your other shots have(from the little I've seen)--- a flair that distinguishes them from say...the average photog.

    the pic of the Argentinian dancing couple that's the flavorful and life filled photography that I see you having in your portfolio and a level that I can look to to try and emulate and achieve...

    The first is a very striking shot...the second is nice for someone elses portfolio---

    not yours
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    Thanks Liz and Natalie

    Quote Originally Posted by natatbeach
    right out of my mouth....the first has the impact that your other shots have(from the little I've seen)--- a flair that distinguishes them from say...the average photog.

    the pic of the Argentinian dancing couple that's the flavorful and life filled photography that I see you having in your portfolio and a level that I can look to to try and emulate and achieve...

    The first is a very striking shot...the second is nice for someone elses portfolio---

    not yours
    I got some great feedback and learned a lot today. Thank you to everybody for the comments. It's definitely appreciated by me. I've already replaced the second picture from the portfolio!!

    Thanks Liz, Thanks Nat and everybody else.

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