Mark McKinney  

Untitled by Mark McKinney

January 2022 - Untitled

January 2022 - Mark McKinney


About the Image(s)

I was going to submit a really good photo I took of a Spitfire. Where would the fun be in that. So here is a photo taken in Switzerland at the JungFrau. I enter photo contests where “Travel” is one category. I have submitted this photo several times and it gets very low scores. Once a 13. I took this a horizontal but cropped it to vertical. I think the photo tells a story about traveling with a group or going to popular destinations. F 8, 1/320th second. ISO 400. Pentax K-3, Pentax 16-50 F 2.8 Zoom. Focal length 39. Film is Kodak Professional Ektachrome, E100 Color Transparency. Photo taken July 2014.

10 comments posted

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
I really like this image. I feel like the story is where you have it cropped to. The colors are impactful. I cleaned up the light spots and the light on the right. I feel like if you name the image to what you are trying to illustrate that will help with bring the points up.
  Posted: 01/04/2022 10:26:38
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Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
Had not paid any attention to that light. I think the raised fist is interesting. I also have hundreds of photos of Chinese people taking their own picture in front of "things".   Posted: 01/04/2022 12:04:53

Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
I like your crop Mark and the story it tells, but I really like the original more. The reason is that I feel it is more of a Street Photography photo than a Travel Photo. The original, I feel, shows the "urgency" of the many women crowding to get into the restroom--lots of people--too few facilities. As far as the one you have chosen goes I like how the color and tones all are all in the blue family as the ladies wait their turn and the fist in the air is a great quirky element that makes this a very unique shot. Well seen, and well captured.   Posted: 01/05/2022 18:19:07
Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
There is a sense of urgency.   Posted: 01/05/2022 21:52:47

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I also like the original more, simply because the line is longer. But I would just add two women, and leave off the one in the background with her back turned. That upraised fist is indeed interesting!   Posted: 01/06/2022 20:38:06

Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
I've been in that line! Good story telling image and I love the hand in the back, "NEXT". The eye contact of the two ladies in the front, implies a conversation which I like. ( Glad they weren't looking at the camera.) Nicely done.   Posted: 01/10/2022 14:21:18

Leo Chow   Leo Chow
The photo tells the story. I also like the face expression of the people in the photo. Good capture! However, I like the original uncropped photo more as the line is longer so that it can tell the story more.   Posted: 01/10/2022 22:11:36

Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Before reading other comments I also thought the line could be longer, the different ethnicities in line adds a nice touch. The little girl looking one is priceless. I do like the woman facing the other way because it makes one think there are very few people coming out in a rush and increases the sense of urgency. I do not think I have ever reedited your landscapes, and a former member of the original group was incensed when I did altered his original. Let me know what you think. I think it is a great human study.   Posted: 01/14/2022 13:37:26
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Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
I appreciate help Harley! I like the raised fist too!   Posted: 01/14/2022 15:14:23

Andrew Lewis   Andrew Lewis
I had to look at this one for a while. At first I didn't get it. The original image really helped. I think I agree that the crop selected takes away from the story. In the cropped image, it could be a family or group of friends, crowding into the doorway. Once you pull back and see the variety of people waiting, it really opens up the narrative. This could almost work as an art deco image. The subdued colors really work well together. The variety of textures between the coats and the wall of the building are very well represented. The body language and facial expressions really add to the story. This is an image that takes a while to unfold, but as you look at it, the story grows. Nice job, Mark.   Posted: 01/15/2022 06:37:28


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