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    The easy answer is: some people will consider it a good photograph, and others will not.

    The difficult one is: asking why is like asking if people like cats or if they enjoy eating mushy peas with their supper. Knowing if people like or dislike those things might help you gain an insight to their personality, you might even find out why they like those things. But does it in any way help you understand whether you like cats or mushy peas?

    In case it helps, I very deeply respect the level of Adams's craftsmanship, his dedication to photography, and his willingness to share that knowledge as a teacher and mentor. That's about the extent to which I can appreciate his work and person.

    As has been established, it's a very successful photograph, from a standpoint of selling prints and exhibiting them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    The difficult one is: asking why is like asking if people like cats or if they enjoy eating mushy peas with their supper. Knowing if people like or dislike those things might help you gain an insight to their personality, you might even find out why they like those things. But does it in any way help you understand whether you like cats or mushy peas?
    I suppose it might, if their answer contains an insight into cats or mushy peas that you hadn't thought of before and that changes how you experience them. I'm not sure what level of "insight" is meaningful for mushy peas, but for a work of art, sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    I suppose it might, if their answer contains an insight into cats or mushy peas that you hadn't thought of before and that changes how you experience them. I'm not sure what level of "insight" is meaningful for mushy peas, but for a work of art, sure.

    -NT
    I think you are right.

    Sorry for the poor analogies, folks. That was not one of my brightest moments ever...

    I guess perhaps I wanted to say something to the extent of the photograph being 'effective'.

    Looking at the scene it can be interpreted in as many ways as there are viewers, of course. Looking beyond ones own 'likes' or 'dislikes' can sometimes be difficult, so I agree with you that discussing with others will help. Thanks.
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    That photo makes them look very NOT triplet-ish. Each one looks distinct from the other, to the extent of even being different heights. Probably a side-effect of standing on uneven ground.
    Three different rolls of the genetic dice...personalities very different, too.

    Alex on the left is an inch and a touch shorter, Bryce in the middle is taller than Calder by 1/4".
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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