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Old 11-16-2013   #1
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Which photo do you prefer?

If you have to pick one from these two images….



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Old 11-16-2013   #2
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The first One...
The reason being : Up close & Personal

Though i do very much Enjoy the color, symettry & playful humour in the second shot
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Old 11-16-2013   #3
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The second one.
The asymmetry, color coordination, interesting subject pose and the overall composition.

The first one is up-close, but it does nothing to me. It's just another portrait of someone I don't know and don't really pull me into the subject's world.
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Old 11-16-2013   #4
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The first one. We communicate...him and me.
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Old 11-16-2013   #5
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The first One...
The reason being : Up close & Personal

Though i do very much Enjoy the color, symettry & playful humour in the second shot
What Helen said... +1
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Old 11-16-2013   #6
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I like them both, but "Leather Man" just a bit more, mostly for technical reasons. Each photo is well shot, with much care taken to bring out the best in them.

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Old 11-16-2013   #7
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I voted on number 1 and it could be even better if cropped on top almost to the top of the hat and on the left side. As said we are engaged with the subject and almost speaking.
Number 2 reminds me to much of the thousand of photos on these and other pages taken from distance with no interaction with the subject for whatever reason that might be.
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I like the first one best - an excellent shot with lots of character, though I think it might benefit from a slight crop for an even tighter composition (5:4 ought to do it, eliminating everything from the horizontal red window frame upward)

The second one is fun but although the joint in the cement in the extreme foreground is parallel to the frame I find the tilting curves and joints of the tiles makes it feel like it's slightly out of kilter. That's a result of the subject matter and not a critique of the composition as such - I don't see how else you could frame it unless you rotated it to make the center tiles vertical and cropped out the joint in the sidewalk.

Thanks for posting these - I enjoy looking at portraiture and street because it's something I really have no aptitude for myself and I like seeing the vast range of ways it can be done.
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Old 11-16-2013   #9
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I voted for the first one.

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I like the first one best - an excellent shot with lots of character, though I think it might benefit from a slight crop for an even tighter composition (5:4 ought to do it, eliminating everything from the horizontal red window frame upward)
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Old 11-16-2013   #10
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I like the first one best - an excellent shot with lots of character, though I think it might benefit from a slight crop for an even tighter composition (5:4 ought to do it, eliminating everything from the horizontal red window frame upward)
I agree...if you crop out the red in the upper part of the photo it gets much stronger...
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Old 11-16-2013   #11
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I have to go with the first image..
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I'll Pass

I normally don't get involved in this kind of stuff, because it borders on being critical for errors in grammar.

Generally:
1. Fill the frame.
2. If in doubt, exercise the rules of the Golden Mean. Learn those first, master them, only then break them for special emphasis of the story you are trying to convey.
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Old 11-16-2013   #13
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I agree...if you crop out the red in the upper part of the photo it gets much stronger...
Yes croped to square like 2 1/4 neg
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Old 11-16-2013   #14
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I went with #1
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Old 11-16-2013   #15
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The 1st one is killer - love it, the 2nd one is ordinary ...
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Old 11-16-2013   #16
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I like #2.
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Old 11-16-2013   #17
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Count me in on #1 for its up close and personal style.
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Old 11-16-2013   #18
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Thanks for all your help/advice.

These are my final selects for the Leica X Vario City Challenge LA.
I had 4 hours from the moment I received the camera, so I jumped on my bike and did a 25 mile loop around the city, to the areas that I would consider to be the most original (LA). It was a lot of fun, and turned out to be one of my most memorable bike rides. We lucked out with a slightly overcast day.

Anyway, I have to select only one. I was originally all for the tile guy, but after all your input, I'm not so sure anymore. Here are two more edits.. you were right about cropping the 1st. Although I left a sliver of red, because it was a part of the original, and I feel it draws your eye to his face.. a bit. And I think it is just…a nice red. The X Vario does produce loverly colors.

Leather Man - Downtown LA

I also did some perspective editing on the 2nd, as well as some burning..

Colorful Tiles - Hollywood

Once I submit the photo tomorrow (sunday), it is then up to Facebook votes to see who advances to the final four. I will put a link to "like" if you feel so inclined. I would really appreciate it, and thanks again for the help. I find editing my own photographs so difficult!
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Old 11-17-2013   #19
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#2 for me repeating Wills comments from above.
I would tweak down the clarity/structure/mid contrast slider and saturation a bit.
The image looks a bit un-natural and HDR.
Both images are quite strong.
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Old 11-17-2013   #20
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Which photo do you prefer, this one:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...ed=0CCoQ9QEwAA

or this one:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mari...ml%3B620%3B388

The question does not make a lot of sense, as these are different types of photographs.
On a separate scale, the leather man photo is uninteresting, and visually disturbed by the lights in the background. Colour is redundant.
The tile photo is much more successful, because at least, it justifies the use of colour. It is witty and well composed.
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Old 11-17-2013   #21
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Good images both, but in my opinion N°2 is stronger because is fresher and more unusual, the colors, the place, the body position of the man and look at his hands!
N°1 is more a classical style portrait, well made but already seen many times...just my opinion which could be wrong...
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Crop on #1 improves it. The comment re desaturation on #2 is spot-on for me. I would submit #2 as a contest entry after knocking down the saturation and contrast, keeping the burn on the figure. #1 is a fine portrait but it likely won't break out of the pack, while #2 may. GOod luck!
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I am going with #1
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The first one cropped square to remove the area above the head with the red pole and below the brass button–will make it more intense.
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I agree...if you crop out the red in the upper part of the photo it gets much stronger...
I agree. The pole above his head is distracting. Crop that out and it's a much better image.

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The first One...
The reason being : Up close & Personal
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The first one. We communicate...him and me.
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What Helen said... +1

What ^^^^^^ said

He really connects with the viewers
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First one - interesting looking man, fully engaged with the camera.

The second one doesn't do much for me - some guy in a colourful tunnel that is massively barrel distorted. Who is he? Why is he there? What's the context?

Everyone's a critic, I know.
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One, but if it is typical FB contest where you begging people for votes it could be two or anything.
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Thanks again, to all for the help / critiques. Looks like I misread the rules, so I have until midnight tonight (not noon) to submit. So I will have time to chew off ALL of my fingernails, thinking about this.

I sent the photos to friends that I trust and most everyone says to go for the Leather Man. My main concern with this, is is it interesting enough for a contest. While the second photo, is much more my style. I trip out looking at it. After I shot it, I said, "Man! You are wearing the exact same colors as the wall!" Even the seams on his vest are the same shape as the tiles. His bags match etc… I felt lucky to catch that.

rwintle: I didn't even think about barrel distortion until you said that. The man is actually standing against a round wall, not in a tunnel….but I see what you mean.

Both these fellows were very nice. The leather clad guy was puzzled. "Why Me? What made you single me out?"

Anyway, I'm rambling here. I think I have been staring at these images too long. :P
It is hard to argue with the poll results….
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I like both for different reasons, but IMO #1 has more impact. As suggested by others, I would crop tighter to remove the red areas.

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One, but if it is typical FB contest where you begging people for votes it could be two or anything.
Right. I had shut off my Facebook for years, and I had to re-activate it yesterday. Assuming I actually make it through the Facebook votes, (which is a long shot) I'm wondering which photo a judge would prefer.
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Old 11-17-2013   #33
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the first one, intense, direct; soft background contrasts with the intensity of foreground.
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Old 11-18-2013   #34
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Here is the link to my photo in the contest. Please vote on it if you can Thanks!
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While the portrait has a directness and honesty to it ,it fails to hold my interest for long.The other image is far more interesting,having included a background that has interacted with the subject,or the subject with it,sugesting a connection between the digital and analogue.
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Just wanted to say congrats on your win...
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