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Monthly Critique – Share Your Thoughts on This Image

Lonely Journey

This month’s DPS Writers’ Critique is a submission from DPS reader D. Travis North.  In a recent interview I conducted, he explained a bit of his photography background.

“I am a professional Landscape Architect in the Philadelphia Area (born and raised here too).  Photography has been a hobby of mine since 1994 after two classes in high school.  My career choice and my place of residence has had a strong influence on my photography.  I have a strong interest in the photography of landscapes and architecture.  In particular, I’m interested in the details – the elements that help to define a space.  But I try to branch out as much as possible to explore the world around me through the lens.”

The photo I selected, above, is titled Lonely Journey and the full size image can be found on his photography website under the places category.

And now for this month’s DPS Writers’ Critiques

Monthly Critique - Share Your Thoughts on This ImageHelen Bradley – I love this image. It’s a very compelling image with the silhouetted figure at the end of the brick tunnel. I like the way that you have captured the light on one of the cement paths so that the viewer is really drawn into this image. I also like the sense of movement in the subject taking a step forward into the light.

My issues with the photograph are in the post-production area. I would spot the image particularly on the right side where there are three very obvious light spots on the wall. I’d also consider spotting the very light areas on the left side of the wall as I find them a little bit distracting. They can easily be removed with a tool like the spot healing brush.

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Peter West Carey
Peter West Carey

leads photo tours and workshops in Nepal, Bhutan, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. He is also the creator of Photography Basics – A 43 Day Adventure & 40 Photography Experiments, web-based tutorials taking curious photographers on a fun ride through the basics of learning photography.

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