What??? you've never heard of my "Monday Morning Quarterbacking" feature? Well, this is #1 so read the post above.
While I was in southern Utah a few months back I ran across this little cave and I thought that it was very interesting because of the way it was formed and the colorful stratified rock so I snapped a pic of it.
Going back and looking at the photo I can clearly see that it is basically pretty boring. A real yawner. One big problem right off the bat is that the lighting is very flat. It so happened that when this photo was taken the sky was very overcast and so the lighting is very even, giving us hardy any shape. It also flattens out the colors. Everything is in midtones - very boring. It doesn't really guide your eye to anything except possibly the cave which is right smack dab in the middle of the photo - again very boring. Again, there is nothing really interesting in the shot to hold the viewer except possibly the cave itself, and that would only hold you for a very short time. It would be enhanced by a POI (Point of Interest). It could be slightly enhanced in Photoshop, Bridge or Lightroom by picking up a little contrast and perking up the colors a little, but that wouldn't help on the lack of a POI.
Fortunately I did get a chance to take it again a little later when a few friends showed up for a little hike with their dog.
Now having a POI the photo might be worth doing a little with. First I cropped to make sure the POI was in an aesthetically pleasing location for composition. Next I punched up the colors and the contrast just a touch to give it more interest. As you remember on the first one the lighting was very flat so on this one I was able to get just a touch more lighting on the edge of the rock on the left side to enhance the visual of the shape. Also, to keep the eye in the photograph longer and lead to the POI the corners were very subtly darkened.
Most of the photos I critique in the future will not have the new and improved version, but since I had the chance to do it that way this time I did.
Please feel free to add any other critiques you may have noticed that I missed, and if you have a photo you'd seriously like critiqued let me know by link, by comment, or by email.