|Hey there from the Critique Club
First of all, welcome to DPC. You have found a great community that often seems like a family that is far too close. You will love the site, you will hate the site, and you will most likely become addicted.
Camera Work/Technical: Your focus is spot on, and everything in the frame is nicely focused. Your choice of white balance also yielded very nice coloring and tines.
Lighting: Your lighting in this capture is very interesting. You made nice use of shadows to give the image a terrific textured feel. You lost no detail in the shadowed areas, but some of your highlights are just a touch overexposed. In an advanced editing challenge, I try to expose for the highlights, the dodge and burn areas that need work in post-processing.
Composition/Content: Your tilted composition works very well for this particular image, and the shadows provide some terrific leading lines that grab the eye and pull it through the frame. The stair shadows do indeed look like music bars, but I didn't notice it until I read your description.
My Opinion: I think that you really relied on your Photographer's Comments for this one to meet the challenge. Keep in mind that the comments are hidden until voting is over. The only visible elements are the image and the title. Voters on this site tend to like vivid colors, crisp focus, and third world models. Of course there are exceptions to the general rule, but look through past challenges and I think you'll see what I am speaking of. Again, welcome to DPC. I hope you decide to foot the $25 and join us as a Member.