I find it funny sometimes how an image that I'm really excited about, or that I think is one of my best, fails to generate much interest or buzz, and then an image which isn't a personal favorite, or that I feel isn't my very best work, gets rave reviews and accolades. As I listen to and watch people respond to my images it is always amazing to me what a broad range of images end up being people's favorites. The beauty of a photograph or the interest of a particular subject are definitely "in the eye of the beholder".
Today's wader image is a (very minor) point of contention between my wife and I. This is one of my favorite images I've taken from the wild rookery at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida so far. I love the dramatic, low-angle, side-lighting on the heron. The fact that the background has mostly gone to black, except for the log and the little bit of green leaves. I even love the evidence of molt you can see in the primary and secondary feathers. I constantly drag this one out as a possibility when I'm submitting for contests etc... My wife, on the other hand, finds this image too dark and with not enough color for her taste. It is inevitably one of the first ones she suggests I drop when I'm editing down a submission. On this one, we usually agree to disagree.
Leave a comment on the blog and let me know what you think. It will be interesting to see what diversity of opinions there are out there in my readership.