EDIT to include image comments and results......
First a thank you to everyone for participating and making the challenge worthwhile. Long may it continue.
Given the brief to shoot for a "brochure" cover page (or a poster) I was keen to see whether anyone would submit their entry in portrait orientation and I'm quite surprised that nobody did. So with the playing field level on that score here are my thoughts on the photos as submitted.
@gug - A very pleasant and appealing scene, with inviting weather to encourage people to visit. i do think there is a little too much vacant foreground and perhaps a small crop would help remedy that. Also I wonder if it would benefit from seeing families there, picnicking and playing, but it's just a thought.
@teekay - A fine looking building. However, I think it would shine more with a little more light hitting the front towards camera as it is a bit shadowy. I also find the tilted camera and leaning perspective to be a little offputting. stepping further back and using a longer focal length would have reduced the tilt effect, or an edit tweak would have been an alternative option. The other approach is to shoot wide, with the camera held level, and then crop out the surplus foreground as necessary.
@Spoco57 - I'm afraid this scene would not inspire me to visit. It may be tough to find the right visual appeal where you live, in which case I am sorry, but an empty street strewn with overhead wires an signage everywhere doesn't seem to suit the brief. At least the blue skies and sunshine are cheery contributions.
@rpolitsr - You surely see what you get for your money here - big city attractions and wide open spaces as well as a liberal dose of sunshine. That snow covered peak would make a fine backdrop to any location.
@Raven - Unless you live on the boat this picture doesn't seem to represent "My Town" or a place to visit. Indeed, the boat appears to be leaving, although perhaps it isn't. White balance looks a bit on the blue side to me.
@marie - I assume this is a canal, somewhere, and canals can be lovely places to visit. Indeed the small cottage on the right looks particularly charming, but is the one next to it derelict or unoccupied? I'm also not sure about the composition. The "nice" cottage has been cropped through and the barges are similarly cropped, seemingly at random. I think either a tighter composition on the nice cottage or a wider one, to include more of the overall scene would help the sale.
So with all that out of the way my votes go as follows.....
1. @rpolitsr - Has the most immediate appeal to me and that appeal continued to endure as I was repeatedly viewing all the submissions. Congratulations on this week's win. You have the honour of hosting the next challenge.
2. @gug - It was quite a close call between this and the winner, but that sunlit mountain peak really captured my interest. Better luck next time.
3. @teekay - A cool looking building. I would just like to see it in a (literally) warmer light.
Commiserations to the remaining participants. I look forward to seeing you all on the next challenge.
Challenge #511 - My Town
Imagine your town/village/city preparing a brochure (or poster) to market itself. Your task is to photograph the cover photo for that brochure, presenting some key feature of your locale in its best light (Hah! Hah!) Don't limit yourself to daytime. Any hour of the day that works will be good.
To submit, click Post Reply and put your Photo Name in the Subject Line. Don't forget your Camera Model.
Post until Monday noon GMT, 24th November 2014.
- Camera -- Canon G-Series Camera (G1, G2, G3, G5, G6, G7, G9, G10, G11, G12 ,G1X, G1X II, G15, G16, G7X) or Pro 1 only.
- Time -- any on-topic photo taken at any time is eligible, although photos that have won other competitions should NOT be entered.
- Size -- photo must be no less than 800 pixels and no more than 1024 pixels on the longest side, with NO BORDERS.
- Post-Processing -- do whatever you like and the host will decide if it works.
- Posting --
- One photo per photographer in each challenge.
- Photo Title in the message subject line.
- Camera model.
- EXIF data, if you like.
- One photo per photographer in each challenge.
- Commenting -- No commenting on photos by anyone, including the photographer. Once the winners are declared, photographers can add comments to their images and everyone is invited to discuss.
- Photo Display -- Photos must appear in this thread to be eligible.
One challenge every week, on the following schedule:
- New Topic ... As soon as possible after winning.
- Posting Starts ... Right after topic is announced.
- Posting Stops ... Monday noon GMT
- Winners Announcement ... Tuesday noon GMT.
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This will allow the host to contact you about winning or ineligible photos. You turn this feature
on by clicking "User CP, Edit Options, Enable Private Messaging"
(about a third of the way down the page).
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