Took this image a couple of years ago, as I wandered around a local steam rally. It seems to work better in b&w, as I suppose it suits the age and nostalgia of steam. Again I put this into a couple of local competitions to only watch it bomb out completely – ho hum no change there then.
You know I often wonder if showing your work to other photographers is not always the best way of finding out if your image is actually any good or not. Now why would I say that? Well because we photographers, can and will critique an image in ways much deeper than the general public would ever do or even know how to do. So when you do show an image to a non-photographer, they will generally react instantly with either "yes I like it" or "no I don’t like it", which is quite often as deep as their selective and appreciative process goes.
So I suppose what I am saying, is that being critiqued by fellow photographers is one thing and is a good place to start, but it only gives you an idea of how other photographers think and critique, which in turn could bear no relationship what so ever to what the public think.
So why is this important? Well if you ever you do aspire to sell your work (as many of us do), then it will be the general public that buys your work and not fellow photographers.
Food for thought I think…?