This week’s critique is on a photo entitled “Wall of Trees.” It was captured this past Friday at a small park near my place. Let’s look at what works and what doesn’t.
There is clearly a strong linear pattern to the photo. All the trees impart vertical lines to the photo. This creates a nice repeating pattern. Your eyes are drawn up and down those trees, taking you across the picture.
The snow in the foreground is particularly interesting. Its implied shape is a triangle. And its apex seems to be pointing beyond the trees, making you look at what’s behind them.
One criticism is that the focus appears to be off. The trees on the left and at the bottom appear to be slightly out of focus. When I took this picture, I used a larger aperture (f4 or f5), which caused a shallower depth of field. I think if I had used a smaller aperture (f16 or more), I probably wouldn’t have had that problem.
Something that could also be improved is the snow. It just doesn’t look smooth and clean. I should have waited for a fresh layer of snow to capture this picture. That way the snow would be more even.
Please let me know what you think. Thank you!