A great picture is mainly in the eye of the photographer

Gracie Gray got this mini-beast.
Gracie Gray got this mini-beast.

I try to find a theme for the photos I choose for this column, and this time it is images that were well observed.

So many times we hear the technical aspects of photography emphasised, and they are important, but it’s the eye of the photographer that makes a great picture.

Phil Soden found humour in this image.

Phil Soden found humour in this image.

Keith Cochrane’s impressionistic shot of geese is all about colour and movement, while Judith Hardisty showed observational skill with scarecrows for sale; the colours leapt out at me and the subject made me smile.

Diane Chalmers chose analogous colours, placing the purples and greens of an iris against a clear blue sky, and Gracie Gray found a mini-beast, which takes a great deal of technical skill to photograph well. Her image is well composed too.

Fergus Currie’s shot is at the Woodhorn Miner’s Picnic, a member of a dance troupe. He really captured the feel of the event.

Phil Soden’s sheep made me laugh, partly because of the humour in the image and partly because of the sheep puns in Northumberland Camera Club.

Fergus Currie shot is at the Woodhorn Miner's Picnic.

Fergus Currie shot is at the Woodhorn Miner's Picnic.

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Diane Chalmers chose analogous colours.

Diane Chalmers chose analogous colours.

Judith Hardisty showed her observational skills.

Judith Hardisty showed her observational skills.

Keith Cochrane's took this wonderful impressionistic shot.

Keith Cochrane's took this wonderful impressionistic shot.