Thursday 12 October 2017

A matter of aesthetics

Perhaps you can help?

It is a not uncommon occurrence, that Gail and I spend time agonising over which is the best photo to select for my blog.

For example, last Sunday, I had the opportunity to explore the ruins of Strome Castle, near the West Highland village of Lochcarron. Although the weather was far from perfect, it was a scenic spot, and I (most obligingly I would say, given my harsh treatment the night before) posed patiently for some pictures taken from inside the ruins.

We narrowed it down to two possibles for this post.

In the first, I am looking head on at the camera, and you get a peek of the hills on the southern shore of the loch, but unfortunately Gail has cut off the top of the arch in which I am standing, which I feel detracts from the overall effect of the shot.

In the second, the archway is better framed and you can see more of my side (and actually the right is my 'good side') but I am not looking at the camera. Also, because the photo was taken from a very slightly different angle, there is more water and less hill in the background.

So I am wondering, which do you prefer?

(It would, of course, be a legitimate point of view, to believe the only metric we should be using here is the proportion of the picture taken up with my handsome self...)


  1. every photo of a WHFT is an art piece...the furst one is more royal, there is the whole kingdom behind the kind with mountains, water and a boat... and the second one is more like the great thinker who ponders about the things what make da world go round...

  2. I'll say da furst - I like da straight on look and da hill. But maybe da answer here are dat two photos are better dan one?

  3. Hari Om
    Well now Bertie lad, the point is moot for both are top shots - but fur diffurent reasons. The first gives emphasis to the scenery behind the subjects (you and the arch), which serve as a 'framing'; the second brings the subjects into dominance, beautifully accented by the background. If the matter is about showcasing your own handsome self, then the second, for purposes of this argument, wins; but this in no way makes a failure of the first!!! hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Tell you what Bertie, the one I'd prefer would be the one where I was stood by the side of you enjoying that stunning view...what a wonder place to visit
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. You look paw some in both but we like the first one best!

  6. Dropping by with another vote for the furst one.


  7. Bertie what an absolutely beautiful photo of the both photos. Both angles simply breathtaking. However, if I am to be honest in all your pics I look at your first then I go back for the 2nd time to admire the scenery. Granted both shots w/o you would be stunning but good buddy your sweet WFT face left or right side makes it a money shot
    Hugs madi your bfff

  8. We love both of them, but our eyes keep going back to the first one!!
    Arty, Jakey & Rosy

  9. Both are wonderful but we too like the 1st one best!
    Hazel & Mabel

  10. Both shots truly are excellent, Bertie, but I'm also drawn to the first one.

  11. We prefer the view in the first, but we prefer seeing more of you in the second. Might call for some photo shopping...BOL! Glad you included both of them.

  12. Bertie any photo with you in it is grrr-8 but we love the fur-st one best!

  13. Gosh Bertie, was there some scenery behind you, I really didn't notice. I was too busy sighing over your handsome self !

    Inca xx

  14. We prefer the first one!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley