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Anatomy of a Guest Gallery Photo

What makes a unique TWAN-style photo? How do photos get selected for the Guest Gallery? Find out in this article, which includes examples of excellent Guest Gallery photos.

Thad VSoske

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Updated January 2012: The photo on the right is just one example of many terrific images found in the popular TWAN Guest Gallery. This photo is displayed here at reduced size so that it will fit this article layout. Click on the photo to see it at full size.

Photo caption: Conjunction over Ponce Inlet Light (by Ben Cooper). All TWAN photos and videos are copyrighted.

What makes this a TWAN-style photo?
1. It was taken outdoors at *night. And...
2. It includes a unique and interesting Earthly foreground (the lighthouse). And...
3. The background sky includes celestial objects (waxing crescent moon and Venus). And...
4. The composition of foreground and background subjects is visually appealing. And...
5. The exposure and focus are properly done.

Why was this particular image chosen for publication in the Guest Gallery?
1. It fits the overall requirements of being a TWAN-style photo (see above). And...
2. It's a beautiful image with a wonderful aesthetic, even when viewed at small size:

3. And, its longest measurement (in pixels) meets our image size criteria. And...
4. The author did not watermark the image with their name or copyright. This allowed us to place their name in an appropriate corner of the image (giving them proper credit) while maintaining a consistent look with other images in the Guest Gallery. And...
5. All of the necessary identifying information was provided along with the photo in the email submission sent in by the author. And...
6. The scene appears level to the horizon. And...
7. The overall image quality is very good. Any negative effects of file compression, digital noise, etc., do not detract from the original scene. And...
8. Any post-processing that may have been applied was done so in a tasteful manner that compliments the scene.

* Night: 1. That portion of the day that occurs after local sunset and before local sunrise - where you are located on the nighttime side of the planet (facing away from the Sun). 2. During a total solar eclipse the new moon is briefly situated directly between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow on a small portion of the Earth. Darkened twilight is experienced while inside this shadow of totality.

Here are some other fine examples of unique and Earthly TWAN Guest Gallery images:

   



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