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Where to? PR vs VA

By FoxChick
I Livr partr of the year in Petersburg, Virginia and part in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. Both have ther good and bad things. But prefere PR. In Virginia is where me Husband is stationd, PR is home.

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: CarolG, cjl47, Iain_C and 3 more

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CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
14 Aug 2009 5:34AM
Good set of images, particularly like the composition in V.2. Carol

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Iain_C 11 2 3 Scotland
14 Aug 2009 8:37AM
I like V4

HectorRivera 13 17 1 United States
15 Aug 2009 9:10PM
Nice shots. PR I would take.
Robin_TB 11 204 9 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 11:38AM
Hi FoxChick,
My first stab at this critique thing so hope the comments are ok.

V1: I like the framing of the water, and overall it shouts 'tropical paradise'. The sea is a little over exposed but that's not surprising with the sunlight conditions.
V2: Good composition and lighting although I find my eye drawn to the wooden railing in the bottom of the shot. The hammocks look like a great place to chill out!
V3: Strange (risky Smile) angle on the cockeral. The chicken wire background is distracting photographically but a neccessity in reality.
V4: My favourite image of the set, a real 'wish you were here' photo. No wonder you miss PR! I particularly like the peach tones of the sky.
V5: A nicely balanced photo with the greenery bracketing the still water. I also like the contrast between the sky and the lake, shame it's not bigger.
V6: Personally I would have tried to get closer and made more of the bridge, it almost gets lost in the countryside around it and behind the left hand tree.

Overall a nice set of photos giving a real feel to the places. Having been to both PR and VA with work, I would choose PR every time. Home is rarely where you end up stationed!
Les_G 13 148 4 Scotland
30 Aug 2009 9:58AM
I really liked v2, just makes me want to jump a plane to get here (it's raining in Scotland...again!). I would be tempted to crop out the slightly distracting highlights of the hammock and wood railing.

v4 is a very peaceful image, I can see this as a canvas print!

v1 makes the sea look inviting, but it quite challenging due to the exposure range between the bright sea and dark leaves.

v3 is quite different! I like the colours and unusual pose, I might be tempted to have blurred the background a bit more by using a wider aperture - but then again I'm hopeless at wildlife/animals and could not do as well!

I'm not so keen on v4 and v5 which are let down by flat lighting, I would return to the bridge to try to capture some nice light on it as this looks to be a reasonable location.

You are lucky to spend time in PR, it looks super!!
Goggz 13 2.3k 72 Wales
1 Sep 2009 1:07AM
Hi Foxchick,

V1 is a nice composition, but the dynamic range is too much for the sensor - black through to white - so the sea is burnt out and the trees are black. There also needs to be something of interest in the sea, for the eye to go to, like a boat for example.

V2 is lovely light, but the horizon is crooked and there is a bit too much going on for me. Perhaps you could take a shot with fewer trees in so that it has a simpler feel.

V3 - love the colour and the bird, but the background has too much in it.

V4 nice sunset - lovely light and the camera has done well to capture it all. Again, something of interest in the sea, such as a windsurfer offshore would have been great.

V5 is very small... so it makes a nice abstract image Smile

V6 - I agree - the light is not good but it's a nice location.

Cheers, Goggz
discreetphoton Plus
15 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2009 3:37PM
Version 2 is certainly the strongest here, although I do find the horizon to be a bit of a bugbear. Whilst the shots do give a general feel to the place, I don't think that it's specific enough. I feel that more could have been done to identify the shots as taken in Puerto Rico. They are quite generic, and the beach could be anywhere. Sorry if that seems a little harsh.
Version 4 has been taken at the right sort of time, as it makes the most of the camera's limited DR. Version 1 and 2 both suffer in this respect, although I do like the light on the trees and hammock in the second one. 5 is a little too small to evaluate, although the horizon looks off, and 6 is a scene that may yield results, but the vantage point used seems a little far-removed for my tastes. Sorry.
3 gives the impression of some of what goes on in the area, which is helpful within the context of the set.

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