Saturday, August 15, 2009


What do you think, is this a good picture?
And if so, which version do you prefer, and why?

(As usual, big pic when click.)

Original file:


Uncle Ron said...

I'll bite...

If you like poles and wires clumped together in an abstract pattern, it might be considered a good picture...But it's not my cup of tea...I definitely like the top one the best. It has more contrast...
Now...tell me what's this is all about.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Just a snap that I didn't like at first, but on third view, and accidentally viewed cropped, I started liking it. So I decided to make a little survey.

Unknown said...

It doesn't have a object that pulls the viewers attention to it. You eye just wanders around the image but never finds much.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yeah, people usually expect that in a photograph. But not so much in a painting, oddly.

Tommy said...

Looks to me like the old clothes line out in the back yard. And you think this is good!!

Sorry, but it's not my cup of tea either. But remember, I'm the one that knows nothing about composition either.

BT said...

I also prefer the top image due to the sharper contrast. The bottom one is too washed out. I also am not particularly enamored with the original colored image either.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

To me, the subject is pretty much irrelevant.

I don't think it's a great picture. But something about it pleases me, and I'm just doing doing idle research.

GilsDesk said...

The top one is most appealing. The original has an overabundance of color. It almost hurts to look at it. The second one is washed out into pure b/w. The top one has a hint of color to it. The subject is irrelevant, as you say, but it's not a bad subject. The concept of "tangled" is there, but with some "order" to it, with the straight supports. It represents modern life. (Well, I was kind of being silly on that last statement.)

I find pure b/w images to be most attractive to people when they are either richly textured, or contain a hint of color (either literally, or implied).

Hope that helps.

Monsieur Beep! said...

"Big Pic when Click".
I like this expression.

...why do you ask if this is / these are good pictures?

Unusual they are, true.
The quality might be "good", too.
The rest is personal taste.

Mmmh, to me it means that the laundry is either done, or never done... haha.

Thanks for sharing and asking our opinion.


DeltaCubed said...

I think it's an interesting picture. Funny: I liked the upper one better when viewing the post, but I prefer the lower B&W one when I did the click.

Kabel Yaache said...

There is a saying concerning photography:

If you can't make it good, make it big!

Your solution might be to blow this picture up to 4 x 5 meters in size; that'll get you the 'wow' effect you seek.

But, sadly, it's out-takes like this that have been getting published lately.

There's your total solution:

Enlarge it like crazy.
Submit it to a stock agency.

Or an 'art' gallery.

To answer your original question, no, I do not think it's 'good' in any way at all.

Alex said...

Ah, rotary airers. We had our so we could pull out the clothes line and stick the SwingBall in. Dense, dried okay and needed ironing, though saved on the drier.

First one because the second was too blue in colour. The first one had a metallic cast to it on my monitor.

It's only good to me because it was a taste of a country I used to live in.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

"why do you ask if this is / these are good pictures?"

Because when I'm uncertain, a little survey can sometimes supply some data which clarifies it for me.

I must remember the "Big Pic when Click". That was accidental poetry.

Monsieur Beep! said...

Eo, do I have your permission to use "Big Pic when Click" on my flickr website

Thank you my friend, and have a good new week!

Hahaha: the word verification says "gragg" ( graag is Dutch for "you´re welcome", what a coincidence.... )

Eolake Stobblehouse said...


(Especially if you give a link, but I can hardly demand it.)

Monsieur Beep! said...

Thank you so much, Eo.


Eolake Stobblehouse said...

And thank you too. I've made it my newest slogan.

TMT said...

Hi Eolake.
I perfer the contrast/brightness of the firts and the 'color' of the second. Like this:


Pascal [P-04referent] said...

This looks like an ordinary electrical pole in Lebanon with all the illegal wires on it. Except much, much simpler. Of course.

Also, OUR clumps of wires on poles have a lot more colors to them.

"You know, the choice of cable used to steal electricity tells a lot about the person hooking it..."

As for the artistic interest... I'm sorry, but that's like showing photos of the ocean to a fish. I'm just too used to the sight.
Still, the grayscale ones do have some weird cyberpunk/neuromancer thing to them.

The top one. The second one feels like I'm watching a cinema version anamorphed on my 4/3 TV screen and stretched vertically. Even though they're the same framing and size!
Go figure.

I never was any good at 'splaining "why I like it/her"...