I'm just back from a week long business trip in Boston. It's lunchtime and I'm surfing my favorite photo websites. I had a thought I figured I should capture. It was inspired by a photo posted on Luminous Lanscape. (one of the best photo resources out there). Anyway, the photo is of a very mediocre, very predictable landscape.
So I began to wonder...why did they post this photo on the front page? Someone obviously liked it. So I figure, maybe I'm just not looking at it appropriately. Okay, let me try a little harder to like it. Well, it's got nice wavy lines, and nice color contrast. The sky has some interesting clouds...but it's just not doing it for me.
Well, then it hits me. If I have to look for a reason to like something about an image, it's not really that good. This isn't to take a shot at someone else's photography. I created a photo just last week that I have to try really hard to like...so in the end I really don't like it that much at all.
It's that initial reaction of "wow" that I'm going for with an image. If it doesn't have that...it doesn't have a chance of being a favorite for long. Given that I've started back up my PAD, I expect to have MANY photos which do not have this "wow" factor...but sometime soon I'll get one. And that's the fun of it.