29 June 2017

Nominations

Last night I carefully considered all fifty of the images that made the Week 25 "picture of the week" shortlist over on the geograph website. From the initial fifty I have selected a final five that I wish to share with you, One of them will be the week's winner. Which one would you pick? Perhaps you might also be able to say why. This will help me to make my final choice. Thanks in anticipation.

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36 comments:

  1. I like A because I like the contrast between the decaying buildings and the prettiness of the sky and flowers.

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  2. I like A followed closely by B. I'm finding it hard to explain why; I think it is that they are unique and they are well-framed. For example, E is beautiful but I've seen many like it. D is well-shot but also not unique. C is lovely but I'd have liked the boulders in the foreground to be closer and bigger within the frame - I find it hard to see anything of interest, it all seems far away from the viewer. A beats B but only because there is more to see in the picture. B is attractive and pleasing to the eye, but A has more to look at.

    Whew. This was surprisingly difficult to do. I don't usually analyze why I like a shot; I only have a sense that I do or don't or somewhere in between.

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  3. I would pick A or D. The composition is good. I like the contrasts in A. D, although not an unusual subject, is a very good capture, and well positioned. I think E is too dark - not enough detail in the dark - although that may be the reproduction here. There's lots I like about B, but I'd like to see less foreground and more sky. Something about C just doesn't work for me - not sure why. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see your choice.

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  4. I'd take the first one. the buildings cry out history! A story! the buildings are placed on the horizon s a great geoplace. You have to pick the first one.

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  5. The first one (A) is my favorite, hands down! I love the contrast of the clear blue sky, derelict building and beautiful red poppies. A stunning picture that makes me imagine....

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  6. I have to agree with the others and say A. I love the juxtaposition of the red poppies (that symbolize remembrance)with the crumbling buildings. That's a winner for sure!

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  7. For me it's (A) - not only because I think that it is a lovely picturesque setting but mainly because I can feel the heat of the sun coming out of it.

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  8. They are all so wonderful, tough choice,immediately drawn to the beach huts for the design and colour. The top one, A, does probably have more story to it and is excellent composition - what's not to love about poppies and texture ! Really such a tough call, they are all stunning!

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  9. A - I am just drawn to it. The composition and the richness of the colours.

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  10. Like Linda, I am immediately drawn to the beach huts. But A has ruined buildings, and you know I can hardly resist those... So I guess A it should be.

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  11. Hard to choose' they're all great..but seeing you've threatened me with the rack...I do like No.1...

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  12. Yes, I'd go for A, too.

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  13. C is my preference because Britain is an island nation and the sea has played a Geo-political important role in the development of the UK.

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  14. THANK YOU TO ALL THIRTEEN VISITORS WHO HAVE COMMENTED ON THE PICTURES SO FAR. CLEARLY, PICTURE A IS COMING OUT ON TOP AND IT LOOKS LIKE THIS IS THE ONE THAT WILL BE THE WINNER.

    I LIKE HERON'S POINT ABOUT C AND WILL MAKE THAT ONE THE SILVER MEDALLIST. BRONZE MEDAL TO D BECAUSE I AGREE WITH MARY Z ABOUT THE COMPOSITION OF PICTURE B - TOO MUCH FOREGROUND AND NOT ENOUGH SKY.

    THANKS AGAIN EVERYBODY FOR YOUR INPUT.

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  15. A - the sky is too blue. It's a photographer's nightmare.
    B - nothing is happening.
    C - who cares what is happening?
    D - he should have shot it at ground level and included the bowler. I also think it showed a photo that is too late.
    E - wtf is that?

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    1. Your enthusiasm for these pictures is quite infectious Terry but I recognise that you are an experienced photographer with a keen eye. Does something need to "happen" in a good photo? What is wrong with stillness?

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    2. Stillness is ok if you have no other choice, but it has to 'move' you in som 'threatening' clouds can do that, but a crystal blue sky puhlease.

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    3. I have the feeling that the colour in A) was tweaked a bit too much in the editing process. I also feel it needed to be slightly straightened but for me it is still the best of the bunch.

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  16. No question for me, no 1 is my favourite.
    This is the kind of scene we pass by every Sunday morning on our way to the car boot. We go over the Sussex downs from the seafront inland.
    Always love the poppies when they appear each year.
    Briony
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    1. Another vote for A). Thank you Briony.

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  17. The first one certainly seems to be a favourite. It would have been the second one for me, but it fails to tell a story, as it looks zoomed in, failing to capture the surroundings. Greetings!

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    1. Thank you for your reflection Mr B.

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  18. A gets my vote too.

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    1. Thanks Helen. I have now informed that photographer that he has won.

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  19. B. 1st runner up. Good impulse; good attempt at a hard shot. photo about lines, less foreground maybe, and a little over-exposed, perhaps; focal point? Get closer, use less zoom. Try for the same photo early or late in the day for light.
    C. 2nd runner up. Good impulse here, too. The shot is there, but the foreground is too big. Maybe a little more zoom and a little less light, too.
    D. if the ball were in the shot, maybe. . .
    E. sun flare provides the interest here, but the photo was too late for the light

    I would choose A for its strength of composition, its clarity, and its colour. The poppies assert life. Looking at photos teaches us to take pictures by forcing us to think about how and why they work. Always a fun exercise. You already know what makes great photos, as do several of the regulars on your blog, but thanks for asking for input, anyway. Good luck with your decisions. Still learning - McGregor

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    1. Thanks McGregor. I agree that the cricket picture really needed the ball and I also agree with what you say about B) - too much foreground. Thanks for calling by again.

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  20. B. Simply because looking at it makes me feel happy

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    1. B is a view of Hastings pier down in Sussex. I believe the pier has been closed for a while because it is unsafe and awaiting expensive repairs.

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  21. I like them all, but the ship by the breakwater is my favorite, good composition, the colors really attract the eye and I love sea pictures.

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    1. I made that one the runner up. It was taken on the Scottish island of Colonsay.

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  22. I think they are all good but I particularly like the beach huts - apart from it being colourful I also like the fact that the direction in which the flags are blowing mimics and stripes on the huts.

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    1. The sheds are on Hastings pier. The wind must have been pretty strong that day.

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  23. Oh. It's all in the eye of the beholder isn't it?

    A. It has warmth in the bricks, a trio of linked buildings and height and colour in the foreground. However I do concede the sky is a little too dominant but that may be to do with the horizon being placed too close to the centre of the photo.
    C & E don't make he cut with me and B has just too many horizontal lines and no warmth.
    And that leaves D, which is unloved by almost everybody. However, as you say, in its stillness it captures a curved line through the batsman's body which is carried right through to the end of the bat.
    Howzat?
    Good luck with your decision Pudding - just remember you can't please all the people all the time. And the judge's decision is final.

    Alphie

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    1. I was always drawn to A and comments here supported that. Thanks for your reflections Alphie.

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  24. Bearing in mind that this is a shot of a place for a particular purpose I'm another one for A. Not because it's perfect but because it's of a location, just a bit different and a subject that I appreciate. By the way I don't think that it's skew. I think the horizon is a hill.

    After that B and then C. I see no merit in D and there are a thousand like E.

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