I will get flamed for this.
<rant>. . . all of the excessively complicated photo borders. I guess I'll get flamed for this, but I'm finding more and more people who post images post them with really complicated/weird/distracting borders around the images. I'm all for a nice framing if it's really simple, but man I think I just saw an image with something like a leaf wreath around the edge. Couldn't see the image itself through the "forest" around the edge.
Also, I feel like many of the images posted on here, even for critique, and awfully small. Maybe it's a factor of the hosting service, but it's hard for me to form an opinon/learn from/enjoy a 500px image. Even on flickr it seems like many are posting the same smallish size image only, with no link to larger sizes or originals. Is there a high level of paranoia about what might happen if someone gets hold of a usefully large image? I have no such worry, perhaps my images are not as good and therefore unlikely to be used by someone else.
Finally, I'm also seeing a disturbing trend of gigantic and complicated watermarks/signatures on images. Even more, it seems like often someone who (apparently) just bought their first DSLR are including not only their "name" in the watermark, but appending the word "photography". Like "Bubba's Photography". Really? I mean I guess if you're actually making money, getting published, or otherwise exhibiting your work, that's justified. But if you're just a guy walking around on the weekend snapping photos, appending "photography" to the end of your name doesn't mean you're gonna rake in the bucks or have your work shown in the Louvre any time soon.
* phew * I feel better.
I'm new here, so I have no right to rant. But I did anyway.
Eric (aka crusty old man).