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    I need your help!

    I’m facing a challenge. Among roughly 20.000 WT-photos I (hopefully with a bit of help from you) have to select just 12 (!) which are to form a 2008 photo calender (the wall kind of thing) that I’m making together with Print2People and that’ll be for sale this autumn (more info to come).

    The whole idea with this calender is to give a little taste (12 bits, actually) of how it is to cycle around the world, of how the world looks through a WT optic…and of our beautiful world of course.

    It’s a bloody hard work, I’ve just realized. During the last 1½ year I’ve taken numorous favourite photos that all mean a lot to me, that tell a story which is part of me, or that I simply just like looking at.

    I’ve selected 108 photos from the last 540 days but I find it very hard to find the right filters in order to boil the soup down to a mere 12 photos. That’s why I need your help!

    The 108 photos make up Round 1 and I hope that you – through feedback (be it good or bad), ideas or otherwise, can help me cut down that number remarkably. The result might be Round 2 etc. until the 12 photos are there.

    If there’s one or more WT photos that you particularly like and that might fit the calender, please speak up. Likewise, if you think that some of the photos are crab (I might like the photo for personal reasons, I’m terribly biased here!) or just not suitable for a show case, let me know.

    I really appreciate any kind of help here, folks!

    Welcome to a little WT potpourri…

    Nicolai (Humpty Doo, Darwin, Oz)

    On this day..

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    10 Responses to “I need your help!”

    1. Anonymous Says:

      Hej Nicolai kan godt forstår du har svært ved at vælge mellem alle dine fantastiske billeder. Ud af de 108 har jeg valgt 12 persolige favoritter..
      Forsat god tur Down under

      Kyrgyzstan
      Made it!
      Sadhu – holy man
      Colours of Nepal…
      Night market in Louang Prabang, Laos.
      A benhur horse cart and the Koga on Sumbawa Island.
      Solo details at sunset…
      Tibetan sunset. Horchu. Western Tibet.
      Sunset on the Aksay Chin, Tibetan Plateau, 4800m.
      Another magical sunrise. Koh Pha-Ngan, Thailand. June 2007.
      Madness, southern Java. 2007.
      Kiewkacham portrait

      Jeg er også vild med det fra Indonesien hvor du ligger i lasten på en båd med cyklen.
      Men et af de sjovere er “Yeah, don’t be shy lady officer… fra Indoneseien, men det egner sig måske ikke til en kalender…

    2. Fjumse Says:

      Hej Navnløse…

      Mange tak for hjælpen! Det sætter jeg virkelig pris på…

      Ja, jeg vil forsøge at holde kalenderen “ren” i pornografisk forstand, så hende den brunstige officer må nok blive ude i kulden.

      Nicolai

    3. Kasper N. Says:

      Here is the Danish jury with their nominations. Fint initiativ med en kalender med de mange flotte billeder. Er kalenderen kun beregnet til din omgangskreds, eller skal den sælges kommercielt: grundet det burde have en indflydelse på hvilke billeder, der skal vælges. Syntes billederne bør afspejle den fortælling om en cykeltur verden rundt – på godt og ondt.

      Rearview mirror – wouldn’t go without: Et godt billede, der godt nok har et ensidigt motiv, men det viser fortiden i spejlet og nutiden på vejen frem i en øde egen.

      Ace Ventura in action!: Meget godt til at illustrere, at på sådan en cykeltur, er det uundgåeligt ikke at interagere med lokalbefolkningen.

      Silk Route anno 2006: Billedet fanger essensen i din bedrift. Samtidig er cyklen centralt i billedet og læner sig op af en vejskilt med bynavne, som der ikke siger meget i dansk regi.

      Rustic village in the far North East Laos. February 2007: Meget godt til at illustrere, at på sådan en cykeltur, er det uundgåeligt ikke at interagere med lokalbefolkningen.

      Fantastic Gili Trawangan: Flot billede der med den mørkeblå himmel står i dimentral modsætning til det lyseblå hav.

      Woman in rice field: Fantastisk grøn farve i rismarken på terrasserne, der viser, at mennesket har en unik evne til at tilpasse sig de forskelligartede geografiske forhold, som de lever under.

      Splendid cycling on the Kude Pass, 3300m. Western China: Godt billede der symbolsk kunne ligne livets vej med bjerge der går op og ned.

      Cycling around here is hard work!: Billede der viser en hård bedrift, mens der ude i baggrunden syntes at være et tog eller lastbil til syne.

      Sunrise over magnificent Angkor Wat, Cambodia.: Det taler for sig selv.

      Colours of Nepal.: Farverne på billedet er fantastiske. Et billede, der ville være velegnet til at efterfølge et billede fra bjergrige Himalaya/Tibet eller et ørken billede, hvor der i sagens natur ikke optræder så mange farver.

      A benhur horse cart and the Koga on Sumbawa Island: På en måde en smule komisk med de to forskellige måder at transportere sig selv på, ud af den lange lige vej til horisonten.

      Tibetan sunset. Horchu. Western Tibet.: Rammende billede. Det minder om tegneseriehelten Lucky Luck, der er hurtigere end sin egen skygge, hvor du og skyggen er endt i en afsides del af Tibet med skyer der trækker op til uvejr.

    4. Karin Says:

      1. Rearview..
      2. Izei…
      3. That cat..
      4. Nicolai in Turkey
      5.Traditional living in K…
      6. Wonderful cykling…
      7. Sadhu…
      8. Buddhist monks..
      9.Cool downhill … den med benet
      10. Spectacular sunset..
      11. Local kids..
      12. A benhur horsecart..

      Jeg følger stadig med på din tur. Synes det er spændende at se hvad du oplever.

    5. Mlle Sara Says:

      I put quite a few comments on the flickr website. My favorite pics are the following ( the order being of no consequence):

      Saigon Rush hour: the movement is great. the subject is clear. It reflects well the traffic and business of urban asia. Keeps with the idea of travel. The urban side is very rare in your photography.

      Sunset on the Aksay Chin, Tibetan Plateau : the light, the shadows, the colours!!! and the unforgetable emptiness of Tibet. I LOVE it!!! And my eye always stay on it everytime I’ve seen it. I find great mystery in it, from that shadow. Unlike the barber picture where one wonders what is actualy going on because it’s hidden by the barber’s hands.

      Tibetan sunset. Horchu. Western Tibet. For just about the same reasons, but I would chose the other over this one. the bike shadow is great but partly our of the frame… If I were you, I’d pick the other one. Easy to say 😀 hihihi

      Rearview mirror: I’d crop it though… just a bit but I wouldn’t go without it in the calendar either

      Smile revealing “the Bargain of the Day”? Karakol animal market.: lively portrait. his expression is priceless. and not so aggressive as just a face. thought the romanian portrait is lovely.

      Made it! A happy Nicolai at the 5050m Tong La Pass: I love it but it might just be because of emotional attachment with that place. That was a milestone to me. It’s happy, but the clothing choice reveals that it’s far from being easy stuff.Cycling around here is hard work! is also quite nice.

      Hill tribe village…: just love how everything looks like the soil, even the old man’s skin seems to be infused with it and again the movement.

      Fantastic Gili Trawangan: will make everyone jealous as they should!

      Baby monkey at Swayambunath. Adorable!: Ace could not go without at least one shot of an animal. I found that I miss having them around since I got back home, so they are very much part of life on the road over there. the puppy in Turkey is nice as well but lighting make the right side of his face look funny.

      Sheep highway. Kyrgyzstan… : it,s different to regulat highways, the perspective is good, again, I like the movement in it and dust from the sheep going through. Don’t put the “sheep” picture!!!! It’s just not nice to look at it every day for a whole month.

      Sunrise, Nemrut Dag. Central Turkey. I don’t need to explain…

      The ruin city of Ani…Fantastic area! : Gorgeous light, angle etc…

      the saddhu as well I left the comment on flickr

      As someone who just went through a similar process, but choosing from a much more limited quantity, I’d say: follow your gutt feeling and that will also help with having coherent group of photos for your end product.

      Don’t forget the simple marketing stuff, who is your audience, what will make ppl buy it, how is it used ( it’s parctical, but has a decorative aspect as well), what impact does it have on the consummer. blah blah blah

      A beautifull picture is nice but you have to remember what it is used for. And I know it’s hard because we develop a sometinmes very strong bond to some of our shots. I know I have… héhé. Some grow on you, soem you forget and rediscover under a new light and some come with 20 tons of emotions and memories… Then, there are the bloody fantastic ones! hihihi

      Leave your print over the project and I reckon it’ll be great. There are no bad pictures in there, so it’s a fool proof selection if you ask me. A 108, very auspicious number I’ve been told! 😛

      Have a good time with it!
      Sara xx

      n.b. think twice before you put in the “sheep” one…
      I’m sorry if this sounds a bit patronizing, who wants to be patronized by a kid? I hope it’s constructive enough 😉

    6. Mlle Sara Says:

      Hey! I forgot to write something donw… Surprise!

      Have you thought about printing out the top 20 or so? THe number being of no importance… I would just check some of them out on paper rather than the screen version only.
      Simple 4×6 from the pharmacy or something like that

    7. Lisa Says:

      Hi Nicolai,

      I sent this list to you, but since I think we all like seeing what everyone picked, I thought I would post my faves here. They are all good, so it’s all subjective….

      Going by the Flickr pics, left to right:

      #3 Poland
      #4 Slovakia
      #14 Turkey
      #18 sunrise- Turkey
      #55 yellow jacket-Tibet
      #60 Tibetan sunset
      #62 Sadhu holy man
      #68 Buddhist monks
      #73 Woman in rice field
      #83 Laos market
      #84 older woman and girl Chiang Rai
      #90 sunrise Koh Pha-Ngan
      #97 Papadayan volocano (you)
      #107 Gili Trawangan
      (that’s for the 14-month calendar–why not?)

      The ones I also wanted to pick:

      #42 sheep highway
      #61 you at Tong La Pass
      #103 volcanoes
      #104 rice terrasses
      #108 horse cart and Koga

      Let’s do a book with the rest!

      Lisa

    8. maarten Says:

      just one recogmendation

      nightmarket in Luang Prabang

      STUNNING

      greetzzz
      Maarten

    9. Fjumse Says:

      Got it, Maarten! 🙂

      N

    10. Fjumse Says:

      To all of you – thank you very, very much for your time and effort in helping me out with thesorting. I appreciate it a lot! More than these quick words.

      Nicolai

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