From comments on this week's contest - Photo Competition 2021-11-15: Landscapes
Should we be free to gently critique pictures posted in the contests?
I raised this initially because I really felt one of the images would have greatly benefitted from being shot in the other orientation [or later cropped to it]. I'm not naming, because I don't want this to revolve around any specific image.
My comment would have therefore been just a gentle nudge in that direction - 'What would you feel about cropping this to [portrait/landscape] in order to hide this/emphasise that?'
Looking through the current submissions, there are a few comments. Some just reminders to add the camera data, others more towards critique.
I can see a couple more photos I'd like to add comments to - including two where there's a really obvious [to me] "fix" which would bring it right up to 'competition standard' [imho], which I could post a link to, as I've already tried the fix here.
I definitely don't think it's the place to tear someone to shreds over something as unimportant in the overall scheme of things as a photograph. This, if agreed upon, should remain gentle & helpful.
After all, though it's nice to try to help, it's not about forcing one's own opinion on someone, merely suggesting & seeing if that is accepted/welcomed by the OP.