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    Posted: 15 May 2019 at 08:00

Earlier this year I posted a couple of batches of shots after a few months absence. Whereupon, having announced my return, my PC promptly imploded & caused another absence. Whoops! I'm not sure that I should claim that I'm back now, but I have at least got as far as putting together a few more shots.

These are also from Bolivia - the last of those shots in fact. They are of a town called Julaca - a small town that was eerily quiet when we passed through.

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This is Ruta Nacional 5 - the only official road in the area.


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I've had a real struggle trying to get these shots to resemble the ones in my head. So, C&C particularly appreciated.

Thanks for looking.
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I really like the way these have been presented. De-saturated colours that look very appropriate in this desolate setting. Like all the colour and joy has been sucked out of the place. All beautifully composed and shot, so it's very hard to single out favourites, but for me ##3, 4 and 5 are most appealing.
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These remind me of the images I would see in the old Life magazine photo essays (but in color, subdued as Jozioau pointed out, rather than black and white). There certainly is a story here and without text the viewer can fill in the blanks. Very nicely done. Artistically, I like the last the best; classic framing shot and the buildings in the distance add to the story significantly. Story wise, I really like #2.
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Really like the desolation on all these. Probably cliche but I think I would have thrown these into b&w to further emphasize the old school look. But good regardless. Tfs
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Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 May 2019 at 12:11
Nice to see you back (again) Tony. These are very appealing images with consistent colours and tones. I thought #2 was my favourite when I saw it, then I saw #3! TFS
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This place looks like a "ghosttown" so abandoned this little town seems to be. I like the desaturated colors which fits very well to the theme. My favorites are ##2,3 & 5. Well done, thanks for sharing!
 



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You certainly captured the eerie beauty of this place, I think the low saturation and high contrast emphasizes it nicely. Maybe the sky is a little overdone in #2 for me but it shows the alien nature of this place well. I especially like #3 with the light hitting those walls then the power lines leading off to the distant mountains.
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Hi Tony,

A rather fine series here and I really like the treatment you've given these - it lends itself to the scenes rather well.

They all have an element of the abandoned about them, none more so than #'s 1,2 and 3 which have that in spades. Of these, i would plump for #3 for the openness of the scene though it is run very close by #2. I also have to give a thumbs up for #5 - the framing of the water tower and pipework around the town works very nicely indeed.

Oh; and perhaps the lack of people around can be explained by them getting wind of you and your experiences with pc's and they didn't fancy having the same fate!

Great series and thanks for sharing.

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Phantastic scenes, phantastic colors, Tony - great photography!

They are all excellent - but I would nevertheless single out #2 and particularly #3. Both seem to have a line leading to infinity; and in #3 the mountains in the background are just gorgeous as a contrast to that foreground light.

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Thank you Jozioau, Roger, C_N_RED_AGAIN, James, Robbie, Simon, Neil & Harald. I'm very grateful for your insights & encouragement.

It seems that there was substantial agreement among you so I'll do a general reply.

Fact is, I wasn't at all sure how these would be received. Partly that was because these shots ended up fairly heavily processed - more than I'd normally be comfortable with. (And perhaps more than the standard Dyxum aesthetic admits?) No apologies though - they looked quite disappointing out of the camera. (However, Simon, you are quite right about the sky in #2.)

They also depart from my taste for a tight, well integrated frame. Particularly #2 & #3 could be criticised for lacking a clear single subject. Maybe #4 as well. And #2, #3 & #4 each came close to being culled. So I'm particularly delighted & a little surprised to see them so well received here. In fact, while I was taken with the town, that didn't mean that I was automatically going to grab my camera. It was only when I spotted the vista in #3 that I mas moved to start photographing. Glad to see others also liked the sheen on the brick wall!

On a similar point, I expected #1 & #5 to be the most well received. But I'm quite pleased that the more ambitious shots were received better than #1.

Feeling quite chuffed!

Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:


Oh; and perhaps the lack of people around can be explained by them getting wind of you and your experiences with pc's and they didn't fancy having the same fate!

It's not just PCs at risk. I am having a streak where my repairs fail & instead just create a new problem. And don't get me started on the dishwasher & kitchen plumbing...
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