What can I add? Great face, great light, great tones. And that expression—! When this flashed on my screen, big, I was almost startled. Wonderful.
Have you ever noticed that there's sometimes a narcissistic component to your enjoyment of certain pictures? In that they're ones you wish you'd taken yourself. I believe (or maybe I should use the word "hallucinate" instead of "believe," pace Scott Adams) that I can appreciate all kinds of work—well, most kinds—but I admit I have a special affection (maybe "bias") for work of the kind that I most like to make myself. There's a component of jealousy, almost, in my appreciation of work like that: "I wish I had taken that."
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Featured Comment by Scott Reeves: "Well-put, Mike, and great photo. I often think that photos I admire fall into two large groups. The first is images where I would have seen the potential for a good photograph but the photographer renders the image better than I could have. For whatever reason (usually simply more talent) the photographer has better execution in the making of the image than me.These are the ones you discuss in your post and the group that the presented image belongs to.
"I believe there is a second group, however. These are the images that I look at and say, 'I never would have seen a potential photograph there.' I think of these as images of recognition—they call on me not to execute better but to see better. They are rarer than the first group but perhaps more exciting."