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Ask a Local

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Published Jul 16, 2016 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 14 Contributors

    31 photos selected by

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    A Cuban taxi cab drives through the colorful streets of Old Havana as locals nonchalantly cross i...

    #classiccar #havana #cuba #taxi #cab

    After editing the 12,441 photos submitted to this assignment, I am hopeful. This was the first time we asked you to submit a group of photos that would be judged together. As a photo community you’ve shown me that you can take out of this world single photos. Daily Dozen is a perfect example. I wasn’t sure what would happen when I asked you to create a portfolio of five photos. Many of you struggled and while I knew you were technically good photographers, the groupings fell flat. There were several occasions when the first few photos were stunning and made sense together, but the others were either poor quality or seemed like careless additions. However, many of you rose to the challenge and made it very difficult for me to edit. In terms of choosing the story finalists, this was a drastically different experience for me as the editor. This took twice as long to edit then a regular assignment because I’m looking not only for the high quality photographic elements of an image, but the merit of the collection as a whole.

    Young men play a heated game of soccer in a movie set-like urban soccer field in the middle of Ol...

    #havana #cuba #oldhavana #soccer #havanacuba #streetfootball #havanavieja #football

    Editor's Note

    You've captured the decisive moment. Not only is the viewer anticipating the fall of the goalie which creates drama, but you've also managed to get the expressive faces of all the players looking a... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    Banana truck delivery worker takes a break as an old 1950's Peugeot drives by on a busy street in...

    #havana #cuba #oldhavana

    A group of seniors plays a game of dominoes at a community center for seniors in Havana, Cuba on ...

    #seniors #dominoes #oldpeople

    Young people take turns diving off the rocks at the Malecón on a late spring Sunday afternoon in ...

    #diving #havana #cuba #malecon #ocean #clouds

    Editor's Note

    Your photography tells me that you understand the importance of waiting and anticipating the shot. The streaming light and dark ominous clouds contrasting the playful scene of swimmers creates mood... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    A typical log hut in a komipermyak village Bol'shaya Kocha

    #bolshaya_kocha #komipermyak #rural_life #russia #bolshaya_kocha_1

    The 14 story photographers best aligned with the requirements and spirit of the Ask a Local theme. Going beyond the tourist destinations and surface culture they showed me intimate moments and a deep curiosity. 

    Your fellow photographers Dotan Saguy, A. Ershov and Danilo Dungo’s portfolios communicated an undeniable story. I heard their voices and saw a clear vision. Their complete portfolios are published in the story. We wish them luck as they travel to Seoul in September. For those of you who are not part of the final story, do not be discouraged. By taking part in this community, we’re all able to learn together and see some incredible photography along the way. From the over 1300 comments on the discussion board, I was energized by all of the questions and engagement. 

    Celebrations of Semik, one of the most important religious festivals in the Komi-Permyak traditio...

    #bolshaya_kocha #cemetery #semik #komipermyak #russia #bolshaya_kocha_1

    Editor's Note

    I love the graphic quality of this frame. From the straight arm coming in from the left to the sharp head stone (with a headshot, something I've never seen before!) and the dark figure in the middl... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    Vazh-Vazhes is the third day of Semik festival dedicated to the ancient graves of ancestors. Fami...

    #bolshaya_kocha #semik #komipermyak #paganism #borino #russia #bolshaya_kocha_1 #vazhvazhes

    There are no paved roads that could bring you to the komipermyak village Bol'shaya Kocha . The mo...

    #bolshaya_kocha #komipermyak #rural_life #russia #bolshaya_kocha_1

    Ivan, a retired carpenter, is waiting for the steam bath to be ready after a long summer day

    #bolshaya_kocha #bolshaya_kocha_1_1 #quite_moments #komipermyak #rural_life #russia #bolshaya_kocha_1

    Editor's Note

    Your curiosity is evident in your photography. You've gone to a seemingly indistinguishable place and showed me how the locals see and live it. I feel like I'm standing right next to Ivan and havin... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    Inokashira park where some japanese celebrate their hanami party under the tree of cherry blossom.

    #cherry_blossom #tokyo #adventure #places #travel

    Editor's Note

    This photo blows me away. By photographing from above you are saturated with pink cherry blossoms. I love that you included the blue and green blankets lining the river. It's important to show the ... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    Travelling by train is the most convenient way to travel in Japan. It almost access all places yo...

    #light #reflection #place #people #travel

    A night in Ginza one of the most famous city in Tokyo, expensive dining and entertainment distri...

    #night #tokyo #street #adventure #travel

    One of the oldest train station in Tokyo more than 100 years. The Tokyo station viewing from the ...

    #night #japan #city #tokyo #adventure #travel

    I like the street photography, you can capture the mood and different expression of the people l...

    #summer #event #city #place #street #children #adventure #people #travel

    Editor's Note

    I can feel the pulse of these kids when I look at this photo. There's a great excitement and it shows through their expressions. A lesser photographer might have decided not to brave the water to g... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    ....mostly woman carry the bricks, which were upturned by kids to dry first, to the oven where ma...

    #brickfield #bangladesh #labour #labout #people #photography #travel #strongwoman #gerryspicture

    "....after work is done I will take a bath and wear my white shirt"

    #brickfield #work #bangladesh #askalocal #dhaka #travel #gerryspicture

    A pulquero in Oaxaca harvests the sap of a pulque agave, one of over 20 species of agave that yie...

    Editor's Note

    Stunning and surprising photo Eric! By using a wide lens, I feel like I'm right behind him in this behemoth agave plant. I especially love the detail of his shirt and his machete plus getting an up... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    I was sent to Melimoyu area to take some photos for a landscape study for a salmon farm to apply ...

    #island #puerto_gala #aysen #isla_toto #patagonia #chile

    Wind is a weather condition that prevails in Patagonia. Gauchos, horses and dogs get used to it t...

    #horse #gaucho #patagonia

    Indian Widows always got separated from all the rituals , wearing White dresses & maintaining a S...

    #colour #happiness #moment #tradition #identity #life #woman #people #travel #culture #india #ritual

    Editor's Note

    This is a simple and elegant portrait of this widow. By not including her face, I can focus on her hands and study her movement on the ground. The orange and red colors are eye catching against her... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    I’m always telling my daughter you can make a good pic anywhere, so one day she dragged me to a C...

    #ask_a_local_assignment #wesleythomaswong #finding_fashion_assignment #china #qipao

    This was one of the those days that I didn't bring my camera because I was going grocery shopping...

    #shopping #iphone #kids #wesleythomaswong #bicycles #china #hangzhou #dailylifeassigment

    Life is a photographic project of Raffaele Montepaone, a young artist from Vibo Valentia, who can...

    #black_and_white #life #woman #family #portrait #people #photography #reportage

    Editor's Note

    Raffaele, you never fail to see an entire scene. Everything you include in the frame has a purpose. I especially like this picture because when I first saw it I knew there must be a striking story ... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    A vintage car passes in front of 'Teatro América’ in Havana, Cuba. The plethora of vintage Americ...

    #vintage #america #havana #theater #cuba #street #car #classic

    An elderly man at the Gimnasio de Boxeo Rafael Trejo, a boxing gym in Havana, Cuba, flexes his mu...

    #strength #boxing #muscle #man #havana #flex #boxer #muscles #fit #strong #flexing

    Girls play outside their Dance school one late afternoon in the streets of Havana, Cuba 2016

    #streetphotography #havana #cuba #light #dancers #shadow #latinamerica

    Plesa,Suceava,Romania

    #work #romanian #place

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic establishing shot of this place. In the foreground is a man rising from the steam and I'm immediately drawn in. I appreciate that you've also included the wood pile to give me a sense of ... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    This is the kind of scene one can only expect to find in a small town. Kale Korth becomes distrac...

    #americana #marching #german #festival #guns #nebraska #smalltown

    A favorite summertime activity for children in rural Nebraska is participating in 4-H events for ...

    #cows #america #nebraska #smalltown

    a man watches the stunning senere after the snowfall in Kashmir.

    #mountain #chinar #kashmir #snow

    Editor's Note

    Layers are key in this image. The dark silhouette of the prickly branches against the light mountains and clouds and then the return to the dark wall creates contrast and drama. The dark figure add... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer

    Creating a portfolio takes time; time to plan, time to shoot, time to edit, and time to share. Based on what I’ve seen from this assignment, you’re on track. Storytelling is an essential skill to learn in order to elevate your photography. It’s in storytelling that you can harness the power of photography and change hearts and minds.

    About the Editor
    Jeanne M Modderman
    Former National Geographic Photo Producer
    As the former Your Shot photo producer, Jeanne would edit and produce the top performing features Photo of the Day and the Daily Dozen. With a degree in photojournalism, she has worked as a photographer in D.C. and S. Korea with former positions at the Smithsonian and the U.S. Dept ...

    Photographers Published In the Story