|** Critique Club **
Hello from the critique club.
While the darkness and lone light do convey a sense of haunting, the challenge goal was to use perspective to create the dramatic effect. Photographs of this nature should be taken from a view not normally seen. This photograph was taken from the same vantage point as anyone who may be walking on the trail. Compare this to the 3rd place winner. How often does a person kneel down by the side of a swing? That is the sense of perspective.
One thing you can do to practice perspective is to follow this exercise:
1) Pick a focal length and stick with it.
2) Pick an object, somewhere, anywhere and walk a distance away so you can cover the object with a finger. Take a photo.
3) Walk a few steps closer to the object. Take a photo.
4) Keep doing so until the object completely fills the frame.
5) Repeat, this time, on your knees.
6) Repeat, this time, on your stomach.
7) Very all the photos on your computer order them on the screen to get a sense of the change of perspective.
8) A week or a few days later, do it all again with another object.
I don't want to spend too much on the technical aspects of the photo because in this case, the composition is the most important. There are many parts of this photo that appear slightly blurry. This may be due to the 10s exposure or the aperture used. At 50mm, a f/1.8 aperture only has an acceptable depth of field of 1 ft at 10ft, 3.5 ft at 20ft, 23 ft at 50ft. Keep aware of the DOF when photographing with such a wide aperture.