Nightlife – Critique


This week’s critique is on “Nightlife.”  It is a photo of Ontario Street in Kingston after sunset.  It was taken about three weeks ago.  Let’s go over its strengths and weaknesses.

The one thing I really love about this photo is the sharpness.  You can make out the exact time that this photo was captured on the City Hall clock.  You can also clearly see inside the drum of City Hall.

There is a bit of linear perspective in this photo.  The vanishing point is close to the bottom right.  I like the triangular shape formed by the buildings as they recede into the vanishing point.

One weakness of this photo is its complexity.  There is a lot going on.  We can see two people and a car moving towards the camera, the buildings, the street lamps and building signs, the flag and trees in the background.  There is a lot of elements in this photo.

There is also a lack of continuity in the car headlights.  The trail of white lights from the car starts and stops after a short distance.  It would have looked better if the light trail was continued across the photo.

Please let me know what you think!  Thanks!


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