#3. "RE: Summer Fun - Comments Please" In response to Reply # 0
Nice, sharp, well exposed image, however we need to see his eyes. Eyes always tell us a little about the subject. When we don't see the eyes, it's just another subject we'll never know much about. Also, though by coincidence I'm sure, there's too much green in the picture. I know that's not your fault but, it looks like it just happened that way.
#5. "RE: Summer Fun - Comments Please" In response to Reply # 0 Thu 02-Jun-11 02:28 PM by elec164
I agree that the image is sharp and well exposed, but I think the blank area to the left and the pole is a distraction and should be cropped out.
But to expound on the comment by four eighty sparky (a fellow electrician I suspect ),the title of your post has a great impact on one’s perception of the image. A few years ago I posted an image over in the ‘Critique and Technical Advice’ forum. I received quite a few great responses with a lot of advice. One of the comments suggested that the title should have reflected my purpose and intent (thoughts, reason and feelings when taking the shot) for the image.
Your title, ‘Summer Fun’, suggest a certain perception. But when I look at the image I see nothing fun about it, so I am immediately confused and disappointed. The boy looks rather somber, so even if there was an Ice Cream cone that was included, I would have still wondered what the somber look was about. Did he expect a different flavor? Did someone give him a cone when he wanted an Ice Cream Sandwich? Was he reflecting that summer was almost over and was saddened? Was the Ice Cream almost finished and he wanted it to last longer?
So even though technically the image was captured well, all that was lost in that the title had me walking away confused and disappointed.
#6. "RE: Summer Fun - Comments Please" In response to Reply # 5
Yeah, I'm with Pete. Nice picture, actually. It's just not what the caption says it is. So from a technical perspective, nice. From a photo-journalistic perspective, not so nice. Clear as mud? Good, that's how this art form tends to be!
#7. "RE: Summer Fun - Comments Please" In response to Reply # 6
Summarizing the above comments a bit, change the title to "Last Day of Summer" and nothing else need be changed. I don't like cropping a crop sensor picture unless someone elses fingers, ears or eyes are in the picture besides the subject(s)...
If you snapped the same boy about to take the first bite of ice cream, the former title would be more pertinent.
I used to write poetry where the title was the first line... but so often only my initial imagery drew people to read it or not, and the "message" was only inferred.