I cycled to the next village along the lake last weekend and took a break on the lake-side path. Whilst I was there, I sent my drone up to photograph the views along the lake in both directions; one looking east and one looking west. Although I like the view I took of the lake and the local quarry, it was the following snap, taken when coming into land, which drew my attention.
Although people have different interests when looking at a photo, I love shots which contain a lot to look at. Most often, when the photo itself is interesting, and only gets more interesting as you notice little details.
This photo gets a four out of five for this reason; there are lots of little details when you see the picture at full resolution. The arrows at the top of the photo; the car about to enter the tunnel; the five strips of road, path and train track; the top-down view of a leafless tree; the submerged rocks which fade away into the deepening turquoise-green water.
The extra details make this shot a four rather than a three: the fact that you can see a person (me) next to the tree. The little triangular sign laid flat and face-down next to the path. The rectangular manhole cover which has been partially painted-over with chevrons. The drainage pipe which emerges from ten metres or so off the shoreline and disappears into the depths.
So, why doesn’t this photo get a five? For one simple reason. This is the main train line to Interlaken and a train passed by as I was preparing to cycle on. If I’d waited just a short time, I could’ve included the train entering the shot from the left, which could’ve balanced with a car entering the shot from the right. That would’ve made this shot top-notch for me, and received top marks.