Three of the best

I haven’t joined in with this challenge for a while, but this week Sarah asks us to consider three photos that we judge to be successful. Of course how we judge our own images is very subjective and sometimes an image may be a favourite, but not necessarily one of our best. There are all sorts of reasons for judging a photo – technical quality, composition, subject matter, points of interest, emotion etc.

I have been working my way through some of the skills used in photography this year based on the challenge I ran in 2020 on Travel Words so I have been thinking a lot about what makes a good photo a great one. A photo you are proud to share.

First up is an old photo. It was taken back in 2015 when I was using my new macro lens in a garden. My passion has been for flower and garden photography for many years, especially when I didn’t have a garden of my own. This lead to an interest in macro photography which is all about showcasing a subject larger than it is in real life β€” an extreme close-up of something small.Β  I was new to it when this was taken, but it still remains one of my very favourite photos, combining my love of flowers with that of bees. It was also commended in a photography competition which I was very chuffed about.

Bee on Helenium flower – please click on image to enlarge

Another passion is a new one since moving to Cornwall in 2016. At last I had access to beaches and the sea so I have spent many an hour photographing both. My favourites have to be those taken from the top of the cliffs, looking down on the wide beaches and vast expanse of sea below. Having people in the composition began to be a ‘must have’ especially capturing them with the light behind so they appear as silhouettes. I could choose any one of these type of photos as my second choice, but this one is a particular favourite as my signature ‘ant’ figures look very like those that L S Lowry painted. Usually known for his industrial scenes he did actually like to paint seascapes, though they are not as well known. I converted this to a B&W effect as I wanted to draw attention to the wave patterns and the silvery foam of the waves.

‘Ant people’ on the beach at Gwithian. The two figures walking out of the scene on the left of the photo remind me so much of the way L S Lowry depicted his people. Every time I look at this photo I see something new.

And finally, a subject that has featured many times on this blog. Godrevy lighthouse. I have probably photographed it from every angle possible except from the sea itself. And it is always different depending on the time of day, the light, the weather. This final image of Godrevy LighthouseΒ was taken in 2018 when I found myself on the headland in a layer of thick sea fog. I had to wait patiently for the top of the lighthouse to emerge from the fog. It is not an image that is going to come along very often (right time, right place) so it is very special to me.

Godrevy lighthouse emerging from the sea fret. It is also special to me because it is one of those photos which breaks the rule of thirds (although the top horizontal third works) by placing the lighthouse in the centre of the composition.

There are many topics I could have looked at to find three of my best or favourite photos – clouds, sunsets, ‘my’ hill, travel photos, architectural details etc etc but the ones I have chosen reflect the topics I enjoy the most – Macros (flowers), Seascapes and one when it was just happenstance that I was there.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Three great choices, Jude. You should have won!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Pete. I do love that picture even if it wasn’t a winner.

  3. Three wonderful pictures there – love the middle one I think the most?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Barbara, very hard to choose just three!

  4. Ann Mackay says:

    Fabulous photographs – loved seeing them! πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Ann.

  5. kzmcb says:

    Marvellous photos and wise narrative. I really enjoyed your process and explanation.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Karen. Glad you enjoyed them.

  6. Leya says:

    Great choices, Jude. All of them. And you too bring your heart into them – reading your thoughts shows too. The bee is glowing. Wide beaches I have about none access to – so thank you for putting the light on them! The lighthouse – and the waiting for it to happen – I can compare it with my cactus flower unfolding. The tension, the waiting for the right moment. β™₯

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Ann-Christine. Yes, I think our best photos are those that have a special meaning in our hearts.

  7. Amy says:

    Excellent choices, Jude! Love the details ad colors of the flower and bee. The last one is my favorite!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Amy, the last one is very special to me, but I probably like the bee best.

  8. Anne Sandler says:

    All three images are fantastic. I especially like the lighthouse and flower. Wonderful!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Anne. The lighthouse is very special to me.

  9. susurrus says:

    You’ve picked three great pictures. I love the movement – the curls in the heleniums, the way the the people on the beach make a wavy line that echoes the arc of the waves. The last looks like the lighthouse is going to take off, as if it’s at Cape Canaveral.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Susan. I also liked the curves on the beach. An interesting view of the lighthouse!

  10. Pit says:

    Marvellous pictures! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Pit, glad you enjoyed them.

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