by geminiwbComment by frisca:
I was poking around old challenges and I noticed you only received two comments on this photograph, and as it is your first entry, I thought some more comments would be helpful to you.
I didn't score this shot high for a number of reasons:
The composition: the roundness wasn't obvious in this shot, and though I don't deduct a lot of points for that, there wasn't anything compelling enough about what I did see to warrant overlooking this aspect. The curve takes up only the top third of the shot while the rest is dominated by the motion of the water and straight lines.
The colours: they are a bit washed out, without a lot of range in tones or contrast. There is no obvious poitn of interest and that can really hurt a shot when only being viewed for a few seconds, as happens in voting.
Some things to try on a shot like this:
1. zoom out..maybe the whole circle is interesting, or something in the background will help play up on your themes. I recognize that since I don't know what is outside what you have shown us here, this suggestion may be total bunk.
2. Include people or some other element that will "play" with your subject or theme.
3. Try taking the shot during a more favourable light time of day...early morning and around sunset give a beautiful glowing light with soft shadows that can add some nice effects to a shot!
Keep shooting, and welcome to DPC!