I have to say, your critique wasn't helpful. I've seen a lot of pictures I haven't cared for due to genre, but I didn't discount the picture just because I have personal preferences.
Let me step in here. Despite my assumed absence, I came upon this whilst checking the final thread I had left comments in (this one here
has given a very clear opinion, and one that I would say could be rightly justified (if only it were given). The lack of justification and any pointers on how to improve your future work has spurred me to write this, so let me expand upon what was said by Artlove
Try to work on your composition, Personally i didn't find this photo attractive to look at.
The composition is indeed weak. A basic construction is the rule of thirds/the golden mean. At first glance you could be excused for seemingly believing your image follows this, but it doesn't. Without wanting to repeat myself, in essence it's an identical critique that I made for another member (see here
). This simple construction rule doesn't have to be closely followed at all times, but if you're aiming to use it, know how to execute it.
Composition aside, I can try to understand the candid nature and story behind your photo, yet there isn't enough interest for my eyes to focus on. And this I guess is the second point I should pick up on:
and I don't see how the b&w + color help to make the photo better.
Let me have a stab at why you chose to colour-pop: there wasn't anywhere near enough contrast between the background and your subject(s) to give the image a focal point. There is simply too much depth of field (DoF) that everything from foreground to background is sharp. DoF is a complex thing to control that takes distances and apertures into account. Have a read up on it, and better control of it will help you define your subject(s) from the environment.
The colour-popping helps in a way by creating some defined subjects, yet it doesn't help in another respect because it instantly highlights the flaws in your image.
Anyway, sad you didn't like it, I still do...
This is the important part - as long as you're happy with your images. However I felt your final comment was unwarranted.
I've seen a lot of pictures I haven't cared for due to genre, but I didn't discount the picture just because I have personal preferences.
Yet you're inviting comments.
I like it (obviously), but what do others think?
You've got to be able to take the good and the bad comments.
I'll leave you with my thoughts: It is an unattractive image that I really don't like for the reasons explained above, yet I can appreciate the moment captured. It is as the thread title says - something akin to fun without technical merit. Hopefully I've given enough pointers for a better effort next time.
Thanks for sharing.