First of all, I like the contrast between the sky and the yellow wheel. The not too powerful, yet not too dull contrast gives the image a nice warm and dreamy feeling, which makes the viewer think of his or her youth. Also, the fact that there are just two kids spinning while all the other seats are empty adds a bit of freedom and powerness to the variety of the feeling that this photo shows up.
There are many other photographs of wheels and fairy parks, some of them better, some worse. I think this a nicely taken one.
Ah! When I saw this at first it made me smile! I do love the style you've achieved here and I can see why you're proud of this one.
There are three things I love the most from this, composition, action and vintage colouring. The composition is brilliantly executed and effective in conveying the action, which in turn leads to an expressive and emotion filled piece, which tends to be the goal of many photos, to express something in one way or another. The vintage colours may be becoming a lot more commonly used by I personally cannot help but have a soft spot for them, when used in a controlled way of course. All too often this effect can be over used or poorly executed, but not so here, it really suits the pale blue sky and yellow of the wheel to have these effects (not to mention the obvious nostalgia of the subject itself).
There are a couple of things I'm am less sure on, although I don't believe they are large flaws or anything of that kind. I am stuck half way on my opinion of the darkened corners, I appreciate the idea and they are nicely faded and not too overdone, and in one glance I think they work for the picture and in another, they distract. It could be a personal preference in the end, but I think I have usually come to the conclusion myself not to include them, even for the nostalgic effect.
The other thing being the focus, but it also again a matter of the intended outcome you had in mind, recreating a perfectly old fashioned piece of photography, including it's grain and focus, or to create a tribute to nostalgia with a vintage flair, utlising the best of digital photography to give a clear and focused view of the subject. I sort of feel that the focus should be nice and clear to give a modern mix to the photo but it's a matter of what your aiming for. I think to make it especially clear, once could duplicate the layer and apply the other - high pass filter in photoshop (again it is the only program I can directly speak about so apologies if it's not useful to you), with settings low between 5-10. Set that layer to hard light blend mode and adjust the opacity to a realistic amount. This will work wonders on bringing out all the edges of the intricate wheel designs and give the modern twist that I sometimes see in photos like these.
Lastly, I like the way the watermark has been designed stylishly and included in a well chosen spot with the opaque rectangle area behind it, although it might be even cooler if you faded the left side of the rectangle area out as if it were becoming a part of the picture (leaving the edge that touches the edge of the photo solid, if you see what I mean).
Hope there were some ideas here, it's a really fun and lovely piece. The enhancement is the main area of focus I would say but there's a lot more of this I love than want to see change.
A beautiful shot! I actually would've preferred it if the ride wasn't a bit dark, so that I could see the design on it better, but that's just personal preference. Other than that, this was a well-taken picture ~