Monday, January 4, 2010


When I was growing up, most people kept their opinions to themselves unless asked. It was just polite. Today, people vomit opinions constantly...behind others backs. To their face its always niceties. Before, when you did ask for some ones opinion, you got it...the truth, good or bad. Today, it's all about BFF (for you older folks, thats Best Friends Forever). How can we grow when people only say the bad things behind your back instead of to your face. Personally, I'm looking for true opinions. The more detail, the better. So, I'm asking for your opinion! What's wrong with this picture?


  1. I'm not a pro, like you, but I see more definition on the buildings than on the man's face and the guitar, which also don't have enough light on them. The blue overhead is distracting and the amount of it is a little overwhelming. Also, the composition of this photo looks as if the guitar is growing out of his back, which is really odd.

  2. Hi - I realise this is an older post, so the question might be moot. But here's my $0.02 for what it's worth.

    I'm not sure what the focus of the image is supposed to be. Is it the guitar? The musician's face? Both? It seems like they are competing for my attention, and it's hard to get a lock on which is more important.

    I personally don't have any problems with the buildings being sharp, or the blue dominance in the image - that seems like a style choice. However, I think if there were more lighter tones, it would help balance out some of the heaviness that dominates the image.

  3. looks like the guitar is growing out of his back. I like the blues though.

  4. I don't know what the subject is. Nice shiny guitar, lighted face and the city background. Where am I supposed to go? What is supposed to hold my attention.

  5. When I first saw this shot, I was put off by the blueness of it all. Then, that grew on me.

    The guitar strap frames some buildings, and that pulls my eye off the artist. There are guitar strings off the tuning pegs that, while they should be there, are reflecting some of the face/head light and have caught my eye. The whole shot is underexposed, but it probably should be. I'd like to see the artist exposed a bit more, though.

    The artist looking out of the frame like that is also a bit disconcerting. It adds some tension to the shot, which I'm not sure is a good thing or not. The angle of the shot bends the poles inwards, helping to frame the artist, but that gets lost with the guitar cutting that across. The negative space in the middle of the shot divides the shot into two parts, the framed city skyline and the artist. I agree with Wales there - I'm not sure what the subject is - the artist, his guitar or the city.

    Perhaps a shot with the guitar also playing a framing role (diagonal, maybe?)and the artist looking into the frame may help with some of those issues....

  6. Great picture. Love everything about it. If I were to suggest what was wrong, I would say that the bright blue of the guitar is too bright. It distracts you from the other interesting parts of the photo. My eyes were drawn first towards the brightest part of the picture. It is too bright relative to the rest of the picture. I do agree with the comment that the guitar strap is a touch distracting but this is minor and I can accept this as reinforcement of the artist as the main subject. The photo also have an overall blue tinge to it so the temperature is cool. I'm accepting this as part of what was intended and sticking to the face of the guitar being too bright. This is an interesting exercise. I hope we get some insights on what Kevin's thoughts on this are. Thanks for the opportunity and for sharing. Just discovered the sight yesterday.