One of my favourite pics in my gallery has had 100 views, but has not received a single comment. It's a B & W shot taken between races at Snetterton. O.K. in the thumbnail it may look a little boring when viewed so small, but when it is viewed as large as possible (on this site) I think it has plenty of atmosphere, and I really like the way the sun is reflected on the car windscreens in the bottom right of the picture. The small detail makes it. The weather was really strange at the time I took the shot and the sun just popped through the clouds for a few mins during the day. I do like "moody" shots and subjects that are a little different that tell some sort of story (e.g. the girl with the spare tyre on page 2 of my gallery). Hence, no pictures of flowers in my gallery apart from a lilly that reminded me of a boiled egg! I always try to imagine what the picture would look like blow up to poster size, and then try to critique my own shots.
I can only look at so many pictures of flowers, as beautiful as they are. Yes, they are lovely, they don't move, and yes, you can easily get them in focus with different aspects of "depth of field" etc. So, easy shots really. Just follow the instructions in "the book"! They don't seem to challenge photographic skills until the creative photographer has some sort of angle on the subject (eg. flower worn in the hair, floating on water, taken in unusual places etc.)
There are some terrific, creative shots in many of the galleries on this site, many of which also don't get comments, or very few. Lets be honest, how many times have you seen comments like "great capture", "good shot", "I like it", "well done" when, in fact, what you are really thinking is - "boring", "rubbish", "out of focus", "overexposed", "my 5 year old could easily have taken a better shot with their point'n'shoot".
Let's have more constructive criticism, then we will all have the opportunity to improve our photography. It doesn't have to be abusive or insulting!
Have a look at the shot I was talking about above (and perhaps some of the other shots in my gallery) and really tell me what you think - I dare you!
Here's the link: http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/gallery/88902/122356
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