Welcome to Mini challenge #174 - Tourist Postcards

Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grinsPosts: 346Registered Users Major grins
edited October 26, 2013 in The Dgrin Challenges
For this challenge I am looking for images which could be used as a postcard for a well known place, city, county or country. The image should express a feature, characteristic, view or feel of the place and not just a shot that happened to be taken there. The content can be buildings, monuments, landscapes, sunsets, beaches etc but might also be of people, objects food etc that reflect the local culture. Creative photoshop is acceptable if you want to do or have a montage or simply add text.

Please include a title which indicates the location it represents.

The bottom line for guidance - could it be a tourist postcard on a sales stand to represent the place? As ever, if in doubt, I would rather see images than none at all

This challenge starts now and will close at 09:00 am on Wednesday , OCT 16 2013 Auckland time NZ.

My apologies if I don't chip in too much as this goes as I'm currently on tour in Aus/NZ with a Wi-Fi only iPad so bear with me.

Alan

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Some examples of mine ... Not best, but I've no access to my catalogue

Istanbul City Break
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Welcome to Africa
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Explore the English Countryside - Leeds Castle
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Comments

  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 5, 2013
    cool idea.

    Can the image be of something that no longer exists?
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 5, 2013
    grandmaR wrote: »
    cool idea.

    Can the image be of something that no longer exists?

    Hi grandaR,

    Yes the image can be of something no longer there. In fact I quite like the aspect that a photo can keep a record of something that has been lost to time.

    Alan
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 5, 2013
    grandmaR wrote: »
    cool idea.

    Can the image be of something that no longer exists?


    You mean like a shot of the United States of America ??
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

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  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USAPosts: 5,551Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 5, 2013
    1) Old Bridge at Elm Park, Worcester, MA, An Olmsted designed park.
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    2) Motif #1, Rockport, MA
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    3) The Grand Canyon, AZ, Two visitors getting a closer view.
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    Don
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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 5, 2013
    I don't know what you mean by that. Don't explain if it is a political comment. Not interested in discussing politics or complaints about politicians.

    I meant something like the fish market that in the 60s was in Lisbon. Or perhaps the Gulf coast of the US before Katrina. Or in Key West, the lighthouse when it was yellow instead of white like it is now.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 6, 2013
    Great theme... clap.gif
    hummmm... need a little bit of time to decide on which ones to post...
    Nature can be so different around the world but it is always amazing!

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  • CHANDLERJACHANDLERJA Light Seeker Posts: 400Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 7, 2013
    1. Jamaica

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    2. New Orleans

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    3. White Sands, NM

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    Jeromy
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  • slpollettslpollett Major grins Posts: 1,077Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 7, 2013
    1. Vogel State Park, near Blairsville, GA
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    2. Helen, Georgia
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    3. Springtime in Texas, Hwy 290 near Fredericksburg
    This one could really represent almost anywhere in the state. LOTS of bluebonnet and wildflower postcards sold around these parts...... :D
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    Sherry
  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALPosts: 3,533Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 7, 2013
    @ CHANDLERJA - All of those are just fantastic Jeromy... thumb.gif
    Eric ~ Smugmug
  • cactuscactus Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 8, 2013
    Tourist Postcards of my city, my state and another country
    cafe culture, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia D800, Nikkor f/2.8 24-70mm
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    The Golden Hour, Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia. D800, Nikkor f/2.8 24-70mm
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    Mt Yasur Erupting, Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Old Fuji Finepix point and shoot.
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  • CHANDLERJACHANDLERJA Light Seeker Posts: 400Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 8, 2013
    Earache wrote: »
    @ CHANDLERJA - All of those are just fantastic Jeromy... thumb.gif

    Thank you Eric! :)

    Getting decent vacation photos is one of the reasons I got more serious about photography. :D
    That and not having to be in any of the photos since no one else can operate my camera :D
    Jeromy
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  • cactuscactus Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 8, 2013
    Hi I'm Paul and new in here, there's some beautiful work posted
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 9, 2013
    I guess I'd better post mine before I get too intimidated

    Lisbon Portugal - July 1964

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    Narrow boat, Worcester Birmingham Canal near Tibberton - July 2002

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    Key West Lighthouse - spring 1968

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    This lighthouse is now painted white with a black lantern room.

    I started art lessons by painting this lighthouse. This was my first oil painting. When I went back to Key West later, I was surprised that the lighthouse wasn't yellow like in my painting. So when we visited the lighthouse I found an old postcard which is here with my painting.
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    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 9, 2013
    cactus wrote: »
    Hi I'm Paul and new in here, there's some beautiful work posted

    Hi Paul,

    A warm welcome to the grin challenges. There are always beautiful and interesting images posted in these challenges (yours included), that is the joy of taking part and it's great to see the work of other photographers from around the world.

    Alan

    Ps. I've just touched down in Melbourne and looking forward to some city shooting tomorrow.
  • cactuscactus Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 9, 2013
    Get ready for the psychotic weather, it's nuts. Hey if you're in the central city area, that photo where the cafes are is the Block Arcade & Degraves St areas and basically it's almost impossible to get bad food and coffee. If you haven't been here before Alan and you like your food, you are in for one serious treat. Enjoy mate. Also check out the lanes the Melbourne City Council have put aside for profession street artists, not graffiti. The colours and artwork are amazing too. Down around Hosier Lane. PM me if you'd like some suggestions for what to do here if it's your 1st visit. I'm more than happy to give you some local knowledge.

    Paul
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 10, 2013
    Thanks for the tips Paul. I had a really good day even though it was a grey and wet day.
    The street art was one of the highlights for me. A day out of the city tomorrow and then fly north for few days before NZ.

    Alan
  • cactuscactus Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 10, 2013
    I'm so glad you went there Alan, they're quite spectacular and make for great photos. I think it's great the Government gave them the space too. They just put a fresh layer of paint over the squared area about 2 months ago. I haven't seen it since they did that. Enjoy the rest of your trip!!
  • kdotaylorkdotaylor Major grins Posts: 1,263Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 10, 2013
    #1. Lanesboro, MN
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    #2. Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, MN
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    #3. Taos Pueblo, NM
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    Kate
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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 10, 2013
    Like the Taos Pueblo but it seems so lonely. I would think there would be more of them. The same for White Sands - a great picture but I'm not familiar with the area so it lacks context for me. I love the Helen photo except for that light pole which is distracting.

    Thinking about postcards in general - some of them are just really not very good photos or not very good reproductions (or both). I've got over five shoe-boxes of old post cards - my mother and grandparents saved them, and my mother often bought cards that she didn't send of the places she visited. Some of the cards are good within the limits of the processing of the day, and some are just not. Almost all the photos here are better than almost all of them.

    And in addition the things that they chose are sometimes really strange. When we went to Bimini for the first time, I looked for post cards. You know what I found? About the ugliest cards I've ever seen for a place with such spectacular scenery. By going to several shops, I found the following ones.

    The Beach (OK)
    The docks with fishing boats (good)
    The Compleat Angler (good)

    The bank (yes really)
    The Baptist church (uninspiring)
    Another church (ditto)
    The cement ship that is disintegrating off the island (VERY ugly)

    At some point I thought about submitting some photos for them to use.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 10, 2013
    Little selection from my last 3 trips - so hard to choose

    1. Erg Chebbi, Morocco
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    2. Etosha National Park, Namibia
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    3. Wadi Rum, Jordan
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    Claire
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  • NAubinNAubin Big grins Posts: 17Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 10, 2013
    First time entry...
    1/ London
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 11, 2013
    Hi NAubin,

    Welcome to the grin challenges. Nice photo and looking forward to seeing more in this or other challenges.

    Alan.
  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALPosts: 3,533Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 11, 2013
    Little selection from my last 3 trips - so hard to choose

    1. Erg Chebbi, Morocco
    IMG_1686-S.jpg

    Claire

    Wow! clap.gif
    Eric ~ Smugmug
  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,692Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 11, 2013

    1. Erg Chebbi, Morocco
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    Claire

    I agree with Eric. This is a great shot, Claire. Feel like we are right there with them.

    Gretchen
  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 12, 2013
    Thanks! This was a great moment...
    Nature can be so different around the world but it is always amazing!

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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 12, 2013
    Looks like a winner to me too
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • kentwallerkentwaller No "Try". Do. or Do Not. Posts: 158Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 13, 2013
    Here are a few...


    Santorini, Greece
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    Hallstatt, Austria
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    Paris
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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 13, 2013
    Like the Austria one.

    I did read someplace that the light show on the Eiffel Tower is copyrighted. I wondered about that.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 14, 2013
    grandmaR wrote: »
    Like the Austria one.

    I did read someplace that the light show on the Eiffel Tower is copyrighted. I wondered about that.

    Hi grandmaR,

    I suspect it will only be a problem if used for commercial purposes. Same is true of images of people in the street, at least in the uk and excluding children images.

    Alan.

    Ps. I am impressed by the painting. It's something I certainly could not do.
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 14, 2013
    There are great images posted so far and I'm already thinking judging will be really hard!

    Alan - currently cairns, aus.
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