Critiquing my own photos, and looking for feedback

Critiquing my own photos, and looking for feedback

I got a few sunrise photos that are similar and want to pick the best one. I know what I like, but any feedback is helpful.


The North Cascades Highway closed Friday, November 13 due to heavy snowfall and risk of avalanche. I was there Sunday, November 8 for sunrise photos.

I got a few different versions of sunrise and want to pick one that is the best. Here are some critiques of a few versions. Give me some feedback, what do you like?

In time order. Which time is your favorite?

7:10 AM. 3000x2000

Sunrise has just started. This one is just...OK? The mountain is partly obscured by trees. Only a little color on the mountain, but there is some color to the clouds. The road in the foreground is OK, but it's just too much snowy dirt I think.  6/10 STARS

7:19 AM. 3440x1440

I cropped this one wide. It's a few minutes later than the last one, and has more color on the mountains. I moved to the other side of the road, so you see more of the mountain. There is nice color in the clouds. I like this one. Maybe 8/10 STARS

7:41 AM. 2000x3000

This is actually a crop of a horizontal orientation photo. I like the focus on just the mountain and the ice waterfall, with a few trees. I think it's pretty cool, but not perfect. It's just too...basic? I don't know. 8/10 STARS

8:19 AM. 3000x2000

Getting later, the sun is shining more. I like the dark diagonal slash of trees. This one feels kind of the same as others, though. It's alright. 8/10 STARS

8:36 AM. 3000x2000

OK here we go, this is my favorite. Getting later in the morning, but still looks like sunrise since the sun isn't shining on all the trees. Nice low perspective, I handheld this (most of my photos are on a tripod). The line of the road leads you up to the sunrise mountain, then around to the ice waterfall, and back to the line of the road. I really like it. 9/10 STARS

That's it. The monochrome photo was taken at 6:49, before sunrise had started. I cropped it to 3440x1440.

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    November 17, 2020 7:20 PM

    Help me pick which sunrise picture is best

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      November 17, 2020 7:32 PM

      It is between the black and white one at the top (I grew up around Ansel Adams prints) and the 2nd one from the bottom although your favourite is quite nice

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      November 17, 2020 7:36 PM


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      November 17, 2020 7:37 PM

      Oops I gotta fix the links to the full size images.

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      November 17, 2020 11:05 PM

      my favorite is the last one, 2nd favorite is 2nd to last

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      November 17, 2020 11:07 PM

      #2 for me

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      November 18, 2020 1:20 AM

      #4 for me. All are beautiful though.

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      November 18, 2020 3:14 AM


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        November 18, 2020 3:55 AM

        AKA #4.

        That's the only one with multiple votes.


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      November 18, 2020 4:35 AM


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        November 18, 2020 6:00 AM

        Hmm thanks. I could adjust the cropping some.

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      November 18, 2020 6:31 AM

      I like #3 best (the tight crop), or if you're looking for one with the road, #4. I like that you tried an interesting angle with #5, but I think the space is taken up too much by the slanted, dark side of the mountain and the sunrise bit is lost.

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      November 18, 2020 7:56 AM

      These are super dope!

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      November 18, 2020 8:42 AM

      I love these photos. I wish we had mountains here. :)

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      November 18, 2020 1:17 PM

      My Spidey sense was tingling. Thread about to expire!

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