I really appreciated everyone's input on my questions about which photos to submit for my camera club's "Architectural Interiors" competition! But now I wonder why I sweated the issue at all. Last night was so depressing!
I chose the wall of windows, as suggested by everyone here, and the other selection was tough because I felt the one I really wanted wouldn't go over well at this crazy club. But I couldn't have done much worse!
and it scored the lowest of the night, two points BELOW a photo of someone's living room, taken with flash, with nothing artistic about the POV or anything. Seriously? I know this isn't a "great" photo, but it has more ambience than a flash-photo of a living room.
I realize that one isn't everyone's cup of tea with all of the negative space, but still. There was much discussion about what was wrong with it, and a lot of the complaint was the colour, which wasn't at all representative of the image itself - none of the pink tinge to the fog or anything. A couple of people went and looked at it on the computer that was being used and said later to me that it's a completely different photo when the colours are right, and they didn't "get" it on the projector screen, but totally "got" it on the computer.
To add insult to injury, some guy who's never been to the club before made a big, very long-winded deal of the problems in my photos in the most patronizing way possible, ending by saying, "I always think constructive criticism is meant to teach us, but I also always try to find something nice to say about the photos," and yet never found anything nice to say at all.
It really is demoralizing to be in a room full of people who hate what you've done; and the judging there just leaves me completely perplexed, every single time I go. So frustrating!