I'd like to solicit your advice and opinions.
My goal was to winnow the semi-finalists from this first round of submissions down to 12 or 15 photographs. This proved to be very difficult: virtually every photograph I received was excellent in some way. There were no duds. So, ever the consummate professional editor, I rose to the challenge...
...and, um, cheated. There are twenty candidates here.
I've identified the pictures only by number, to keep the photographers anonymous for now. (Naturally, semifinalists from the second and third round will be identified with 2xx and 3xx numbering.) [UPDATE: I added the photographers' names when the finalists were announced on Monday, Nov. 21.]
Remember, we're looking for pictures for a future print offer. So—anything here you would have to have if a print were offered at an accessible price?
Take your time. No need to make snap judgements. Look through them several times. Let them sink in for a while.
Don't feel you need to comment on every picture; please make an effort to make your comments succinct. Maybe just confine yourself to commenting about what you really like (or perhaps the opposite).
In a couple of cases I included titles because I felt they were needed. In one case I made the JPEG smaller because I felt it looked better than way.
Remember also that there's a person out there who took each picture, so be considerate even if you dislike something. (But that doesn't mean you have to say "nice capture" to everything.)
If we "vote" on these, it will be in a day or two—I don't want to introduce an objective measurement of popularity too soon.
So here for your delectation and discussion are the semi-finalists from the first round. Looking forward to hearing what you think....
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