|Did you vote for the duck or the reflections as the main subject of this image?|
Thanks to everyone who voted on whether the main subject of this photo is the water reflections or the duck.
Of all the votes that were cast, it was almost an even split between people who felt that the reflections were the main subject, compared to those who felt the duck was the main subject. In addition, there were a few people who felt that each element needed the other in order for the image to be successful, so they voted that both were equal parts of the subject.
It is always so interesting to hear differing views on what a photograph is all about. There is no right or wrong answer. Each person responds to what speaks to him or her. As in any artistic medium, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Some representative quotes from those voting for the water reflections:
“Because the reflection has such lovely colors and you are not zoomed in on the duck, the reflection is the main subject and the duck just adds a bit of interest.”
“The reflection because it has more impact. It occupies a much bigger area of the photo….”
“The reflection is the subject and the scaup is just an hors d’oeuvre that adds an element of interest.”
Representative quotes from those who voted for the duck:
“…my first thought was that it is a reflection picture primarily. Then when I enlarged it I found my eye continually drawn to the duck.”
“…first I saw the colors in the water…. Then I realized that all the vertical reflections led me up to the duck’s wake [which] were leading lines that led me to the duck.”
“There are three main elements - the duck, the wake in the water, and the reflections. There is significant synergy between the elements. If I had to choose just one subject it would be the duck. It is placed near the rule of thirds power point.”
The names of all those who voted were placed in a bowl and a winner was drawn at random. And the winner is (drum roll, please) …….. Joyce Niejako. Congratulations, Joyce!
The prize is a $25 Gift Certificate from Hunt’s Photo and Video. https://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/
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To see the technical data on today’s image, go to its original blog posting here http://awakethelight.blogspot.com/2014/03/subjective-subject.html
TODAY’S QUOTE: “Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.” --G.K. Chesterton