Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

August 27th, 2009

Wow — thank you to everyone who gave me feedback on my Smith Tower photos.  I truely appreciate it!  It was really interesting to see different perspectives on the same photos; I think it really emphasises the old saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  I wasn’t expecting that but I’m really stoked it worked out that way.

The most controversial was definitely #7, which happens to be one of my favorites and the main reason I asked for feedback.  When I first saw it on the camera, I liked it a lot but after processing, it I wasn’t so sure.  Then, after walking away and taking a second look, I liked it again.  This sparked some curiosity as to whether or not anyone else would like it.  Some did, and some didn’t — and that’s great!  Here it is one more time:

More responses and photos after the jump.

Photo #2 seemed to get the most positive feedback, and it’s also one of my favorites, so I was glad to see that.  Personally, I’m not too fond of #3 since it seems a bit boring, and as Deb put it, not very original.  My monitor is also color corrected though, and the colors you see are what I intended, good or bad (yellowish, greenish/blue shadows, dark, etc, etc).

I got some feedback that they were too flat, especially for B+W images.  The photos do have a curve layer already (or at least a curve adjustment applied in Lightroom) and the contrast is what I intended it to be.  I did go back and revisit the contrast though, and found that #2 benefited from a bit darker shadows.  On the rest, a stronger curve meant I lost tonality in the midtones which I didn’t like, but it was a great suggestion and definitely helped with one of the photos and made me revisit my decisions.  Here’s #2 with a bit stronger contrast in the darker tones:

I got a lot of feedback on the cropping of #1, which actually led me to go back and pick a different photo of the plaque.  I like it a lot better.  Here it is:

Finally, I was really stoked to get some feedback from someone experienced in architecture photography — especially since I have no experience what-so-ever.  To be clear, I’m not really going for perfect architecture photos — I don’t really mind that my lines aren’t perfectly straight, or that there’s distortion, etc.  It was really interesting to read though and definitely makes me notice things in the photos I hadn’t before.

To everyone that commented: Thank you!  And a special thank you to those that got critical and ripped my photos apart; that’s exactly the kind of feedback I was looking for.  I’ll definitely be asking for more feedback in the future.

Oh, and to Nick: Smith Tower is in Seattle, Washington.