|Critique Club Comment :o)
The first thing that strikes me about this shot is that it's very commanding lines. There is alot of intricate pattern work in the ceiling to keep me interested. Every thing is well centered and balanced. I must however agree with giega's comment. Some more detail on the statues would have been nice. I imagine from the out lines that they are probably quite impressive to look at.
I must say that the colours in this shot are good, with the blue & whites really contrast well. However it does seem to be a litle dark.(Not that it would be easy or even possible to modify the lighting at grand central station.
Focus and DoF are very good in this shot, considering it was done most likely in a crowd. As for the lighting it is probably about as good as you can get. Though a bit of soft light on the statues would have been wonderfull.
I am always forced to have respect for those of you that comes up with good shots like this with little or no post-processing. I myself Have come to rely to heavily on the powers oof photoshop. I think that with the dark foreground however you might have been able to go a little brighter white on the walls.
One other thing I'd suggest is that you consider using a border of some sort, as this can really help an image - there are many examples of photos with borders in these challenges if you want some ideas :o)
Personally, I feel that this shot had a good idea behind it, but didn't sell it to it's full potential, which is a shame. The objects and focus are great, but the lighting just isn't rich enough, for me anyway, so I'd rate this as a slightly above average shot. With some soft lighting on the statues, and a little more white in the walls this could easily be a contender for a ribbon.
Meeting the Challenge:
This photo just dosn't meet the challenge for me (or at least my interpretation of it). While it may make a good calander shot. I felt that the object of the challenge was to have a shot that represented a month. I will however acknowledge that it was a pretty vague challenge. As a voter it probably would note have effected my rating much.
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