This is one of those shots in which photography becomes art. Very few pictures manage it, there are a lot of great photographs that are just great photographs. That's not to take away from great photography, it's really hard to get a great photograph and it's something you should be proud of when you finally pull it off. But that doesn't mean it's art, and in the end, it is art that we're all striving for.
I think other mediums are easier than photography in this regard. (Of course I say this as someone who has never painted anything more artistic than a wall or drawn anything more complicated than the short straw.) Art tells a story, or even better, prompts viewers to tell their own stories to themselves. Other mediums need a story in the creation process so there is already a strong starting point.
This is that rarest of photographs that starts the viewer down a path into a daydream. The daydream doesn't have to be one of slaying dragons and rescuing princesses. Sometimes, as in this case, for at least one viewer, a daydream can be resting against a comfortable tree sipping at a flask of good scotch and reading literature that doesn't take itself too seriously.
It is a good picture. Itâ€™s well taken. You clearly see the face value of what is offered. The reflection is good. The color is good, but is just a little faded (although it feels real.) The detail is ok, it feels a little choppy...it may be the computer. I think I would like a style of some kind added to the picture, examples: burn away the edges, B&W, time machine, ex...
As reflected by my score, the originality buggers me allot. How is this image original, or your own, from what another person would choose to capture if they were there? The other critique is a good one, however how is this artistic? I just donâ€™t seem much personal artistic expression. (I don't mean to be harsh.) To me this just says that you liked the reflection and captured what you saw. It feels rather 2d. Personally I want to see at least 3 subjects, I see only two: fall, and reflection of the lake. Or if not that, at least 3 layers, I see only 2 1/2, the mountain, the edge of the lake, the lake.
There are too may horizontal and vertical lines, some angles I think would really help make it more exciting.
Also consider this, where do your eyes want to go, for me they tried to go up the mountain in the back, but were stopped. Then they tried to go into the edge of the forest by the edge of the lake on the right near the rock or tree in the lake. However everything is too small to appreciate what potential seems to be there.
It is a good picture that I would be proud to have.
I absolutely adore this view. You just keep watching it and can't get enough of the colours, harmony, reflections... I'm glad you took this photo and kept it simple.
In these days many people seek extreme experiences, also from nature. But when did you last time just go into a forest, sit down and listen to the silence? It's not boring - it's meditation and relief.
I agree , even though it's sometimes difficult to appreciate this kind of 'simplicity' . I go myself in 'impressive' areas ( patagonia mountains / iceland .. ) to seek something maybe more .. mysterious . Ethereal . huge . unknown .. But .. at the same time I often appreciate to go in the woods .. I find a kind of abstract shelter .. in deep forets .. I love Moss .. and It's quite difficult to find a beautiful forest ..
mmh I guess you have some very beautiful woods in finland ?
sorry for my experimental english . thank for your words .
Yeah, of course when you see some absolutely stunning landscape (photo or just happen to be there physically)you just stare at it awestruck. I also respect the effort of people like you who work hard to reach these distant places and show them to the rest of us. But at the same time I enjoy finding ispiration from minimalism and simplicity.
We have some charming forests here in Finland but sadly the forest industry have turned most of them into fields of woods. The very old ones are rare in southern Finland but I've been lucky to see some. I wish that some day I'd be skillful enough to produce more original and professional-like photos of forests (I find it very difficult!).
Don't be sorry for your english. Mine isn't perfect either