Personally I love my own picture of Sydney Opera House at dusk across the Sydney Harbour,
but honestly I think everybody could take the same shot if they're in the same place at the same time, although I tried to do my best to create a good frame, angle, composition etc. Notice that I tried to blend the House into a silhouette, so lighting here is good (according to my intention)
Sydney Opera House is an amazing landmark, but it doen't mean that every pictures of it needs to be rated 5/5. The same thing with people, some are more photogenic that others, but it doesn't mean that every pictures that show the aforementioned good looking people should be rated 5/5.
Travelblog is an inspirational site for travelers, and the high rated pictures that worth mentioning shall capture the spirit of the place and make others eager to taste the same experience, in my humble opinion. It's not necessary has to show 'pretty pictures' of landscape or famous landmark, but like everyone else's saying, it also relates to the composition, angle, lighting, timing, creativity, etc.
Obviously the rating system is varied from person to person, but simply put, a '5/5' for me is something that LonelyPlanet would put in their books. (And for others trying to imitate the shots, LOL). Several people have sent me some emails, asking me whether they can publish several pictures in their publication etc. But do those pictures get a 5/5 rating here?
My favorite picture all times is from Sean and Shannon
, showing Sean tries to depict the ancient Egyptian secret.
. It reminds me of Indiana Jones, intriguing and anxiety, full of sense of exploring and adventure. And also
, it is very creative way to capture a place through a mortar hole.
Do you have to use a high tech camera and lenses to worth a 5/5 rate ? Cumberland Sausage
, Crazy Canucks
, and Stephen Paul
obviously have more camera equipment than most of the regular travelers out there. Of course there is no match with my SONY pocket camera. LOL but honestly I think I am getting better and better in picture composition/lighting just from viewing photos from Travelblog.
My .02 cents.