Despite understanding at an intellectual level that art appreciation and criticism is quite subjective, somehow I'm somehow always caught off guard others brush off a photograph I worked hard on. Last fall, looking for new sunrise spots in Boston, I biked the 10 miles from Cambridge to the Arnold Arboretum in the dark and reached the crest of Peters Hill just at sunrise. I had chosen this spot based on Google Earth scouting and Google image searches, and it didn't disappoint. In the faint, yellow-orange sunrise light, only the sky shined while the skyline and the trees in the foreground were left in silhouette, a stark contrast with this daytime shot from Mercuryrabbit. This comparison hammers home how in any photograph, the real subject is the light.
Below is the google street view image of this scene.