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What's the appeal?

posted by CWMGary, Jun 12, 2007 3:50 PM — 13 comments

The photo I'm referring to is:

792625 - Starfish on the beach

It has almost reached 1K downloads in what (for me anyway) is record time. I appreciate the picture myself, but thought it rather ordinary in many ways. There are other pictures I would have thought had more broad appeal, and some that were better photography, but these have fallen behind. So why does this one race ahead of others in downloads?

Please share your thoughts, why you think this picture deserves such attention, or even if you want to say, as I did, that it is rather plain... perhaps we'd all like to know!

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1. posted by crisderaud, Jun 12, 2007 6:56 PM

The crinkly texture of the starfish shows the light well . The contrasting colors of the starfish and the sand. The focus is on the object (starfish) The starfish is like an isolated object in a natural background. It could be easily incorporated into a composite image. The shot reminds people of the beach in a pleasant way. That's what I see.


2. posted by fishmonk, Jun 13, 2007 12:22 AM

I agree with Cris. There is fabulous colour & clarity to the starfish. It really stands out, and is framed beautifully in the shot.

Congreatulations on your (now) over 1K downloads of starfish.

I too am amazed at what gets downloaded & what doesn't. I am close to my very first 1K - It's certainly not my best pic though in my opinion:

http://www.sxc.hu/photo/800023

PS Love your gallery,

Dan


3. posted by shar, Jun 13, 2007 12:36 PM

I love the pic because of the movement of the water. It gives life to something that would otherwise have been a pretty but static picture. Well done and thanks very much for sharing.


4. posted by dongix, Jun 18, 2007 9:56 AM

There is something about shells and starfishes lying on the sand that evoke a happy feeling. But that doesn't necessarily apply to all pictures of the same subject. I tried to see the other pictures and some are looking a bit cluttered and not too cute. Yours is one of those that work.

The colors and lighting work well. But what I really like about it is the movement of the water. It gives it a sense of movement as shar pointed out.

If for example I was designing a brochure about beauty and wellness or the likes, I would probably use it, especially with the idea that there are no restrictions.


5. posted by CWMGary, Jun 19, 2007 2:12 AM

Thank you all for your comments (and any more to come)! It seems implicity is a key element.

When I took the shot, I was trying to catch some of the motion of the water (almost lost the starfish in one wave), but I was afraid by the reviewer's initial rejection (LOL) that it was too much blur.

That brings up another point... I'll have to try tweaking and re-submitting more often when I generally like a shot - this one was rejected first time because it was "too blurry" - I sharpenned it a little - not much at all, and resubmitted it... and look how it has downloaded.

Still having fun doing this... just have to convince my wife to spend $ we don't have on even better hardware! :)

Again, thanks for the comments.


6. posted by CWMGary, Jun 19, 2007 2:13 AM

Oops... that was "seems simplicity", not "seems implicity".


7. posted by ChaoWanzan, Jun 24, 2007 8:06 AM

very simple a little off center but who cares its free !!!


8. posted by admin, Aug 20, 2007 1:59 PM

Easy... Simple, clean and pretty :D
And of course beach pics are always popular.


9. posted by dlritter, Sep 11, 2007 2:47 AM

Asymmetric design is far more dynamic and interesting than simply putting the subject dead center.

You did a wonderful job with this photo's composition!



10. posted by dianamoore, Oct 7, 2007 5:51 AM

I like the composition.



11. posted by martiens, Oct 15, 2007 3:56 PM

very simple a little off center but who cares its free !!!
-ChaoWanzan

Personally I think putting the subject in the center of your shot is rather dull and stupid. I like this shot, because even though there's movement in the pic, it doesn't take anything away from the calm that your shots overall composition creates. Nice. :)


12. posted by kittykatne, Mar 23, 2009 4:59 PM

I've wanted a photo to go with the story of the guy walking on the beach tossing starfish back into the water... the tagline is "it makes a difference to this one". This composition seems perfect; there is enough space for the copy, and the water lets us know this starfish is still alive, not dried out and dead -- there is life in thei photo.


13. posted by dragorsi, Jun 9, 2009 6:15 PM

Hey :)
Maybe because the starfish is really big and colorful and detailed. :) That's why I liked it :)
Thanks for sharing!

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