I was talking about this with a fellow shooter recently, he was frustrated at his composition attempts in some landscapes and puzzled about the fact that images he really liked didn’t get the feedback he expected when posted online.
Now this is a phenomenon I am completely familiar with myself, and I have put it down to one simple fact “there is no accounting for taste but if people are liking one of my images (even if its not the one I prefer they would) then THAT’S OK WITH ME TOO!”
Here is one particular example – two sunrise shots taken on the same morning about an hour apart
This image has 537 views, 6 faves and 2 comments. When people see it on my phone or iPad, they go “oooh look at the colours” or “where was that taken”
This image has 1213 views, 21 faves and 5 comments. And I truly have no idea why. Its a nice image, its got lovely warm golden tones, and a bit of sea foam and haze and has a nice feel of depth.
Honestly I have no idea why people seem to prefer the golden image to the more spectacular (in my opinion) purple and pink version.
What gives this image the WOW factor the top one doesn’t have?