My Favorite Photo: A Critique of the Best Images of our Mission with EyeEm

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Recently, we finished a Mission with EyeEm asking users to submit their favorite photos. You can check out the words from the winners on their blog, but as I was narrowing down the images to the final selection I was thinking very carefully about why these images are winners.

Here are my critiques and comments.

Winner: Luis Enero: This photo is quite amazing for its very simple use of colors that don’t make the scene distracting at all. Your eyes go immediately to the kayakers and what’s even more incredible is that the image totally breaks the rule of thirds and instead relies on its use of color, light and contrast to draw your eye in. Artistically speaking this is a wonderful image though the content of the frame may not be the strongest depending on who is looking at the photo. I can totally see how someone that needs an adventure or lifestyle photographer would hire or purchase this image.

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Yentl: This photo uses color minimally and completely adheres with the rule of thirds. The subject is highlighted by some very beautiful bokeh balls and the content can be appealing to people because this woman can easily be any of us. I can very much see this in a magazine.

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Mayanic: Besides following the rule of thirds and using minimal color, you’re drawn to the man not only because of his shirt color in the scene but also his expression. He’s tired on the commute home and this is something that we can all relate to very well. Any photo editor at a wire would see this as a great photo of the day in their publication.

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Calli: This image completely breaks the rule of thirds but centers the subject well and uses colors and light to contrast the subjects very well. It’s an interesting concept.

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Walter Kuechel: the rule of thirds and the use of leading lines combine with minimal colors make this quite a great photo. The look is very cinematic.

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Jamie: The simplicity in this image is wonderful. There are few main colors and an interesting use of the rule of thirds. It’s great for conceptual use.

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Pang: This photo makes the best use of the rule of thirds in this selection. Using black and white also renders the image into nothing else but exactly what the scene is: a bunch of leading lines.

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Zoe: The best food photos use minimal color but still make the image very homely. This photo does this very well.