Golden – Critique


This week’s critique is on “Golden.”  It’s a photo of a wetland near my neighbourhood at sunset.  I captured this image last Wednesday.  Let’s look at what works and what could be improved.

The most striking thing about this photo is the colours of the sunset.  We can see cool baby blue transitioning into warm orange and yellow.  It’s clear that the focal point is the golden setting sun.  To me, it’s beautiful.

There is good balance horizontally.  On the left, we can see a cluster of bare medium-sized trees.  This is balance by the one tallest tree on the right.  The big cluster of trees is also balanced by the body of water on the right.  (The stream also acts as a great leading line to draw you into the picture).

Vertically, the position of the horizon line may be balanced but it doesn’t work in this photo.  As you can see, the horizon line is right in the middle of the image.   This doesn’t create much interest, and appears ordinary.

The mood of the photo is contradictory.  The colourful sky evokes a positive, and joyful feeling. In contrast, the naked leafless trees are associated with death, and sadness.  It’s clear theses are two opposing moods that create an unsettling feeling.

Please let me know what you think.  Thanks!


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