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#1 PhillyB

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 01:53 AM

My apologies for photobombing the huddle lately. I was twiddling my thumbs at work the other day and randomly came across a copy of National Geographic's Travel magazine. On the last page I saw an large photo submitted by an amateur photographer, with a brief description of the location and the thought behind the shot. The bottom of the page announced that the magazine publishes a piece of work from amateur photographers taking pictures around the world once per issue.

Getting a piece of work published would be pretty prestigious at my level, and would go a long way towards getting me established in the rather ambiguous field towards which I am headed. I'm going to post a collection of photographs I've taken over the last two years.

I need feedback - I can only submit one picture. Which one is the best? Consider all the elements of composition and clarity as well as the location and subject. The Huddle is pretty well-rounded as far as demographics, backgrounds, and interests, so I figure this is a pretty good spot for varied opinions.

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 01:55 AM

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Wat Arun - "Temple of the Dawn" in Bangkok, Thailand.


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Karst peaks rise through the mist in the highlands of central Laos.


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Ceremonial pool near the west entrance of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.


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The iconic Sydney Opera House, shot at night from the equally famous Sydney Harbour Bridge in (you guessed it) Sydney, Australia.


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Joy explodes across the face of this youngster on a swingset in downtown Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


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A scrawny tree attempts to take root on a rocky peninsula overlooking Cook Island, named for the region's first European explorer, near Fingal Head, Australia.


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A small temple lies beyond the more famous Angkor Wat, behind its east gate, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.


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Bright colors define the communities of Managua, Nicaragua, and this large hibiscus flower is no exception.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 01:56 AM

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Another shot of an interior basin in Angkor Wat, Cambodia (of the two similar shots, which is better?)


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The view from the rails of a Mekong River longboat, journeying from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, Laos.


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Small flowers bud in the springtime on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand.


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The edge of a rocky peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Australia's eastern coast.


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Ornate bouquets decorate the exterior of a hillside shrine in Luang Prabang, Laos.


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Rust proves to be an indefatigable foe for this Japanese gun emplacement, which itself was the bane of U.S. Marines attempting to land on the beaches of Betio, Tarawa, in 1943.


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This Laotian kitten's reaction to seeing a white person isn't all that different from that of the locals living in the tiny border town of Huay Xai, Laos.


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A gastronomical delight: these vibrant colors are typical of platters in a food stall in Luang Prabang, Laos.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 01:57 AM

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Skulls leer from a glass-walled tower containing almost 8,000 more; they are the remains of victims killed during Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, at the killing fields of Cheoung Ek.


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A hastily scrawled map of Southeast Asia betrays destinations to come.


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This beach outside of Nadi, Fiji, was littered with bright flowers.


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Crossing the Mekong River on a skiff, at the Thai-Lao border of Chiang Khong/Huay Xai.


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An orphaned Cambodian boy awaits a tuk-tuk ride to the local soccer field in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


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An ancient dynastical temple rises skyward near the town of Chiang Saen, Thailand.


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Pastel blues suggest a beautiful underwater reef on the outskirts of this peninsula on Australia's eastern coast.


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This crumbling stone wall hasn't been much of a match for the march of time, but it kept many an invader from breaching the Old City district of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:00 AM

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The ancient Mayans worshiped Ceiba trees like this one located near Tikal, Guatemala.


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Statues of Buddha line the walls of this ornate temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand.


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Freshly-painted, this lighthouse stands sentinel over Byron Bay, the easternmost point on the Australian continent.


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Bumpercars slide across the pavement in this Phnom Penh, Cambodia, arena.


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The Brisbane River Bridge is beautifually illuminated by spotlights like this one; the Brisbane, Australia cityscape in the background gives it a run for its money.


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Standing atop a destroyed cathedral in Antigua, Guatemala.


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The highway west to Tarawa's sleepy capital town of Betio is illuminated by this sunset, a typical skyscape in the equatorial Pacific nation of Kiribati.


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Massive fissures in this Baroque-style cathedral betray the destructive energy of an earthquake that tore through Antigua, Guatemala in the 17th century.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:01 AM

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Angkor Wat's east gate is visible through twin stone pillars in northern Cambodia.


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The murky interior of this exterior Angkorian temple exudes an Indiana Jones-esque aura near Siem Reap, Cambodia.


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A fishing boat is silhouetted by the sun setting over Nadi, Fiji's western shores.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:02 AM

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A row of spindly palm trees lines a beach on the western coast of Viti Levu, Fiji.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:02 AM

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A sunrise over the Gulf of Thailand, shot at dawn from the island of Kohn Samui.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:03 AM

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Antigua, Guatemala's iconic city arch is a fantastic spot for viewing the region's surrounding active volcanoes, if not particularly legal.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:04 AM

HUGE thanks (and copious amounts of pie, of course) to anyone who contributes opinions. I am headed to Peru in a few days so hopefully I'll be able to grab a few more there to add to the collection.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:09 AM

I like the pics of the kids the most, followed by the first pic.

The Sydney Opera House has been done to death, although your pic is very beautiful. The kitten pic makes me sad. They are all outstanding.

I really love the pic of the kid on the swing. That's my favorite.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:13 AM

I like the pics of the kids the most, followed by the first pic.

The Sydney Opera House has been done to death, although your pic is very beautiful. The kitten pic makes me sad. They are all outstanding.

I really love the pic of the kid on the swing. That's my favorite.


thanks for the feedback. why does the kitten make you sad?

this picture isn't in the running by any stretch but there was a good half dozen kittens running around and they absolutely made my day.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 02:27 AM

I was a journalism major in college, mostly wrote, but took some classes on photo journalism. Some of these you have here are really great for various reasons.

The skinny tree photo is beautiful.

The one of the pink flower. Close up shots always seem to make great pictures in my opinion, couple that with the bright colors and I think that one's a winner.

The rocky cliffside photo is my favorite. The contrast in the colors from the foreground to the background is great.

The bouquet and Buddha pics are really nice. I always like the long, close up shots.

That cat is awesome.

Brisbane River Bridge: I'm sure you know about the rule of thirds in photography, but when I saw that picture that rule really stuck out in my mind. To me that picture is so much more effective because the location of the spotlight and the rail divides the picture into thirds and creates great focal points. Not to mention how great the background looks. Ah, another tidbit on that one. Not that this has any real value that I know of in photography(but I'm a relative novice) the way the spotlight runs exactly parallel to one of the skyscrapers looks super neat.

At any rate, all of the pictures were great in my opinion. Just thought I'd highlight some of the ones I thought were the best of the bunch for different reasons. Good luck with the competition!

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 03:33 AM

I picked pics that made me "feel" something. The boy swinging brought a smile to my face. The kitten pic makes me sad cause they're homeless. The orphan boy got to me. The flowers, while beautiful, were just pictures. They didn't make me feel anything.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 05:04 AM

Those pics are awesome!! Will take a lot of thought to pick a favorite.


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