JeffGreenberg

my NYT portfolio: reduce (25) down to (20)

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Need to select (20) strongest from these;

my project title "Urban Portraits" or something similar:

only (100) of ?10,000? entries will be selected;

being New York Times, hundreds of cream-of-the-crop photojournalists are probably entering;

but what the heck...


Applications Open for the 2019 New York Portfolio Review - The New York Times

 

if others are entering, feel free to post potential portfolios in the thread;

(70) selected from quick review of ~15% of my total collection;

any comments on strongest or weakest appreciated;  no comment too cruel...

 

https://tinyurl.com/yckqt6cz

 

 

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All the info is in the article<_<

Phil

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Need to select (20) strongest from these;

my project title "Urban Portraits" or something similar:

only (100) of ?10,000? entries will be selected;

being New York Times, cream-of-crop photojournalists are probably entering in hundreds;

but what the heck...


Applications Open for the 2019 New York Portfolio Review - The New York Times

 

if others are entering, feel free to post potential portfolios in thread;

(67) selected from quick review of ~15% of my total collection;

any comments on strongest or weakest appreciated;  no comment too cruel...

the strongest ones to keep, the weakest ones to cull, & why if possible, etc.

(note: saw no rules wrt photoshopping, some distractions may be removed)

 

https://tinyurl.com/yckqt6cz

 

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Tough call, Jeff. They are all very good IMO.

 

P.S. There are a few that don't seem to fit your "urban portraits" theme, though -- e.g. KX5G45, AETH4D, and AETP52.

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Thanks for response.

Agree on outliers.

Have tightened down to 37.

Need to select 20 strongest or delete 17 weakest.

Any comments have merit.

Including any that shouldn'a been deleted...

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No problem, DNFYEY and M0E0EJ might be outliers as well if sticking with "urban" theme.

 

The remainders all look worthy. It gets pretty subjective at this point...

 

Great to see some of your images in relative isolation. Your collection is so large that sometimes it's difficult to see the trees for the forest, so to speak.

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Yes, you're describing photojournalism picture stories...
The gutsy kinds that win Pulitzer Prizes:  mercury poisoning, earthquake survivors, human slave trade, etc.

Only (100) portfolios will be selected from ??thousands?? of entries & I figure 300+ will be high caliber.

Beyond anything I can conjure from my stock images.

Dramatic action shots of McDonald's teen workers scanning credit cards won't stir judges...

All I am willing to do is whittle my (37) down to (20) & submit "against all odds"...

Will be sure subway trains make final cut!!

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Down to 30.

Need to eliminate 10.

Comments?

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At this point, how about eliminating those that don't scream "Urban!" -- e.g. DGH94K, AF9R6B, and PWT6WH?

 

I know it's tough having saying goodbye to one's children... :(

 

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Regardless of project name...:

Which are cliche?

Which have least impact?

Which would most bore a judge?

Where online can one get authoritative comments?

 

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I might delete the following, but it's a tough call.

 

M9FHAD tight framing - but cute kids

E22D9W Brisbane - looks like harsh flash?

MPM3JN Toronto - no people

M22YR4 Buenos Aires - no people

 

The following six because people are posing for the camera so don't fit the one or two project theme.

CMP8GD

E4M1B4

CMP8HF

ERDA1E

AFCG20

AFDG15

 

 

Edited by Robert Convery
added more choices

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Thanks for responses.

Last two respondents, all listed IDs are those to be eliminated?

 

"people are posing for the camera so don't fit the one or two project theme."

 

My theme is "Urban Portrait" -- please clarify why posed or unposed is an issue?

Posed, as in, looking at camera?  Posed, as in, artificial?

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Jeff,

 

Below is my list of your strongest images that fit "Urban Portrait"

 

R1WN9N, A0K6FD, AWGDE0, EPN7X6, MG089P, DNFYEY, KX5G4X, PKEE25, A0K726

 

I normally have to pay for a portfolio review... :)

 

Best of luck

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I've never worked with editors or galleries so take this with a pinch of salt.

 

Posed as in looking at the camera knowing their photo is being taken.

 

Your theme of Urban Portrait is a catch all that can cover anything, so the photos need to be similar.

 

Therefore I would delete any obviously lit with a strobe when the others aren't, although this falls down a bit because I like the one in harsh sunlight and the ones taken at night.

 

My favourites are where people aren't looking at the camera KX5G4X, MG089P, EPN7X6, so I'd delete the ones where they are looking at the camera.

 

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Can't pick 10 but these 3 seem to lack a little impact to me.

M9FHAD

MPM3JN

M22YR4

 

and KX5H8B

although a nice image is a bit micro stock looking.

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I'd drop the CN Tower reflection and possibly one of the images of the people on their cell phones. Maybe drop the one in the subway as you have the subway covered in a couple of other places and I like the colours in the one of the teenage girls on the escalator. 

 

Jill

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Thanks for more responses.

I'd hoped judges think "Urban Portrait" = 

a. city inhabitants

b. city "things" e.g., skyline

I'd assumed variety = strength

sameness = weaker

but since I have to reduce to (20)...

I think (100) selected portfolios will cover tough topics like

disease, war, hunger, injustice, etc., but maybe a couple of

lighter topics might get through, so...

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Now down to 25

eliminate which 5 for what reasons...?
all opinions have value...

 

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I don't think that crowd-sourcing a selection of 20 images tells anybody anything

 

Disagree.

Ultimately there is "crowd" of judges.

It is reasonable to assume crowd of stock shooters overlap judges' preferences & have value, too.

Apologize for devaluing one's peers...?

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Which will be same whether #1-20 or #5-25 or whatever from (25) are submitted...

Please, anyone who is willing, your 5-to-delete opinion has GREAT value...

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Since your theme is "portraits," I'd think about eliminating the remaining ones without people -- i.e. M22YR4, MPM3JN, R1WN9N -- even though you like the variety. It would make your submission more consistent IMO.

 

Also, PWT6WH doesn't have as much impact (for me) as some of the others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five images to be removed, IMHO.

 

M22YR4, MPM3JN, KX5H8B, AFCG20, E22DRW

 

Best of Luck,

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Thanks!  Exactly the kind of info I'm looking for.
Hoping a few more might respond.

Including reasons most helpful...

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deleted

 

Edited by Eden

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