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Ah the Tour Groups

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 8 November 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I am consistently surprised by the low number of comments on many of what I consider to be the best photographs posted on aminus3 on a given day. There are a number of photographers who day in and day out post truly stunning photographs; yet they receive only a handful of comments. So if you are not receiving very many comments, it may well have nothing to do with the quality of your work.

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MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Composition, textures, color - Beautiful!

8 Nov 2011 5:17am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Avec le reflet sur l'eau superbe quel endroit bucolique quelle compo verdoyante, superbe.

bravo et belle journée

8 Nov 2011 5:50am

myky from Ontario, Canada

The tour group cooperated by appearing all together in the perfect place for your great image!
And I would certainly agree with your commentary!

8 Nov 2011 6:29am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

They form a kind of improper presence in this environment, as always with the troops of tourists everywhere in the world.
Your comment is true, there is no automatic link between the quality of a picture and the number of comments above.
They reflect also the activity of the memeber on this blog platform. If you have time for viewing at each post and comment, you will receive more feedback. Creativity and self marketing is the key here and they are tied together very tight.

8 Nov 2011 7:28am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

A beautiful image of the garden, but, as for the group of tourists---I miss seeing the leader of the group holding her umbrella above her head as they always did in Japan. ;-)

8 Nov 2011 8:00am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Great photograph and interesting, though-provoking reflections.
Since I added a comment function to my own photoblog I have tried to understand the rules that govern it. Quality of the photography seems to be only a minor determinant - I agree with you here, Jack. I learned that as soon as I stopped writing comments the number of comments I received on my own photographs dwindled markedly. This strikes me as a rather inappropriate alliance…

8 Nov 2011 9:13am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Another beautiful shot... I agree with your comment, perhaps it is to do with time, at least with me. I try to visit everyone who visited my blog on a daily basis.. and if time permits.. I go through the rest.

8 Nov 2011 9:14am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Eux aussi se régalent des couleurs de l'automne ! Superbe cette compo !

8 Nov 2011 9:21am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Just picking up on your comment. I've been a beta tester for a new stats package that AM3 might launch in the near future. There is a PRECISE, highly statistically significant link between comments posted, and comments received. The number of comments left has nothing to do with the quality of the shot

8 Nov 2011 10:01am

@CElliottUK: No surprise. Plus, the quantity of comments seems to have no connection with the quality of the comments.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful garden! Great image, superb colors!

8 Nov 2011 11:05am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Lovely romantic garden.

8 Nov 2011 11:17am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

The quality of your work is consistently outstanding. This is a magnificent shot, beautifully composed, with brilliant green/red color contrast. I love this garden!

8 Nov 2011 11:45am

@Doug Hickok: Thank you for your kind words.

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful spot and framing

8 Nov 2011 12:33pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

They seem to be enjoying the garden. Nice capture.

8 Nov 2011 12:43pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Another beauty in this gorgeous garden and the person is red draws the eye to the reflection.

Your commentary is well taken. How I wish I had hours to visit each excellent image and the time to comment. Sadly, my life does not offer such luxury.

8 Nov 2011 1:02pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: one of the reasons that i rarely respond to comments is that i simply don't have the time or the energy. i hope that people can assume that i appreciate their kind words

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Don't mistake quality for quantity Jack! This is a beautifully framed shot with vibrant colours! Bravo! ;-)

8 Nov 2011 1:04pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


8 Nov 2011 1:12pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

I hope the tour group had time to contemplate this beautiful scene! The figures add a sense of scale here as well.

8 Nov 2011 2:06pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A very beautiful composition and stunning colors !

8 Nov 2011 2:14pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

oh wow!!!! the colorful people in the middle provides an amazing contrast to the lush greens!

I always appreciate your pictures... my comments may be delayed, but I lurk and want to be thoughtful when I comment, because you are so deserving of it... not that you have a shortage of visitors... This is my roundabout way of saying - I LOVE YOUR WORK!

8 Nov 2011 3:05pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you. You embarrass me.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Gorgeous Jack!

8 Nov 2011 3:29pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

PS -I quite agree with your remarks...

8 Nov 2011 3:31pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The people help with scale in this beautiful setting. A very appealing image.

8 Nov 2011 3:45pm

Macrobaby from St. Catharines, Canada

But look at the lovely colors the tour group provides the landscape.....beautiful image with or without the folks

8 Nov 2011 3:50pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

what a lovely place! i imagine you could easily spend all day there!!

8 Nov 2011 3:56pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

Your quality is certainly through the roof, I have seen this setting before but never with people
and even with the people its better than I have ever seen it before. It looks totally like a place
that is enchanted and magic happens every day. This is so beautiful.

8 Nov 2011 3:59pm

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Very beautiful park and the groupe seems to enjoy it.

8 Nov 2011 5:12pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Very nice composition and tones splendid. Superb framing. Good day.

8 Nov 2011 5:44pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Good comment Jack and I agree, but I think with most people the time constraints to open each photo and comment is so limited. Love the carpet of green in your photo - it's beautiful.

8 Nov 2011 5:54pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Absoulutely breathtaking! What a gorgeous place!

8 Nov 2011 6:44pm

Diane M. Schuller from Parksville,, Canada

This is gorgeous. The depth of colour but the life from the people on the bridge and their reflection really rounds out to create a stunning visual.

8 Nov 2011 7:11pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

sehr schöne Farben und eine gute Spiegelung von dieser Reisegruppe.

8 Nov 2011 8:50pm

franz from Baden, Austria

love the crop and format and of course the "evergreen" shades and tones!
(as to your remark about the quality of photography on aminus3, i side with sarito above!! i think it's a question of time. PLUS - if i leave comments on someone's blog and NEVER get a reaction, i won't comment any more as i see little sense in it, but i still appreciate the abilities of the respective photographer!)

8 Nov 2011 9:26pm

Adela Fonts from Spain

An interesting reflection friend ... u think you're right ... Sure there are many interesting photographers Aminus3 ... the problem is to discover ... It takes a long time to review all the images published in Aminus3 in one day. I would love to do ... I'm sure many are without admiring ... but I have it (the time) So I limit myself to my friends and respond to those kind enough to comment on my pictures. Thank you tell me the names of the photographers that you like ... If you do not mind and have time ... will thank you very much ... try to follow ...
From your picture today I prefer yesterday without people ... I like ... although this is very interesting by your contact with them ... A hug friend ... and thank you very much ... always a pleasure to comments with content ... that give strength to the work of photographers.
Muchos besos amigo Jack. Adela

8 Nov 2011 9:48pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I love all of these glowing greens Jack, there is something which is very harmonious about the Japanese designed gardens.
On the question of comments, the more that one interacts with a community, the more that you might expect your fellow photographers to interact with you. Bit like neighbours I suppose, if you don't speak to them, well don't be surprised if they appear to be quiet :-)

8 Nov 2011 10:05pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I had to chuckle at your title! Despite how small the tour group is compared to the surrounding landscape, it's amazing how much they stand out in this a good way. Great colors and reflections.

8 Nov 2011 10:56pm

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Absolutely beautiful!

9 Nov 2011 12:37am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


9 Nov 2011 1:06am

LauraS from Chico, United States

What an interesting comment you put on your blog today, Jack. This is a truly inspiring place. Wonderful shot of the many green plants growing in this paradise. I love your work, and your comments.

9 Nov 2011 1:27am

@LauraS: My primary concern was that people not judge the quality of their work by the number of comments that they receive.

Uwe from Germany

Stunning beautiful colors in this scene.

9 Nov 2011 4:24am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Again a very nice capture and lush scene...nice with the folks in for comments..i found two restrictions on Aminus3.. ..if you are not a full pledge member you are limited in watch this have to go to community and click every time to change which after 7-10 pages is quite enough for me...then there are the interests..does my photography or style interest many...not sure..i created a folder of photos blogs that i discover and want to keep the links to visit their work..convenient for does not mean there will always be a return feedback ..the main thing i think is to get the photos out there to share and enjoy the journey....and the ones that appreciate our work..

9 Nov 2011 4:59am

MSD from Fort Washington, United States


11 Nov 2011 3:26pm

marie-france from Mesves sur Loire, France

Excellent, l'ambaince avec les personnages et les reflets me plaît beaucoup !

14 Nov 2011 9:51pm