Your Photo: Our Critique

This photo was submitted by Brian Christopher, he obviously put a lot of thought into this photo, from the angle of attack, deep depth-of-field to keep all the wooden chairs sharp, and the dead-on exposure that shows the wonderful organic textures in the various wood surfaces and creeping ivy. The kicker, obviously, is the sign sitting casually in the planter, which, unlike the side of the building, doesn't actually have any living matter in it. It's a visual punchline, and it works really well

This photo was submitted by Brian Christopher, he obviously put a lot of thought into this photo, from the angle of attack, deep depth-of-field to keep all the wooden chairs sharp, and the dead-on exposure that shows the wonderful organic textures in the various wood surfaces and creeping ivy. The kicker, obviously, is the "open" sign sitting casually in the planter, which, unlike the side of the building, doesn't actually have any living matter in it. It's a visual punchline, and it works really well as a counterpoint to the moderate decay evidenced in the image. Well seen.

My biggest nitpick? I'd crop a touch from the left of the frame for two reasons--minimize the vanishing point eye-draw to the dead background space, which also gets rid of the distracting hard-edged steel beam.
_—Jack Howard
Online Technology Editor
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This photo gets four and a half stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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