|Hey there, stopping by on behalf of the Critique Club.
Itís funny, I was just looking at this photo earlier tonight in the forums.
You have some interesting elements in the photo that catch the eyes, and although thereís a good amount going on, I wouldnít call it cluttered. The rows of lights the child is stepping over lead the eye off to the right, away from the subject, but also add a nice weight to the right side of the frame. The same ground lights make really nice contrasty shadows that accentuate the look on the kidís face, which I really like. Has the look of childish mischief to me, not creepiness as some others felt. The candid nature of the expression is great. The lights and curvature of the poolís rim round off the frame nicely, as well.
I like how the majority of the frame is starkly contrasting white and black, and then thereís the pink, your link to the challenge, as really the only color in the frame. Itís nice that you accomplished this without selective desat. My favorite part about this is definitely the composition of the elements. The weighting is just really nice. Iím usually not very fond of photos with children on DPC, but this is one I wouldíve given a good vote to. I think it wasnít quite as overtly or centrally pink as a lot of other entries, and that was likely part of the reason for your placing in the middle of the pack. Either way, I liked it.