The emotion that this brings.... a feeling of a "light at the end of the tunnel" definitely fits.
I enjoy the composition and how everything is laid out... from the puddle of water that leads your vision to the end of the alleyway and to the buildings behind the wall... and the contrast of colors... a cool in the foreground to the warm yellows in the background.
This is a very well done piece... and this has given me some ideas to play with in the coming weeks... It's great to have a piece that everyone likes, it becomes even better when it inspires as well.
First of all, I can hardly stop looking at the picture long enough to write this critique. It's gorgeous. But that isn't really critique-y, is it? So down to business, I suppose.
The Pros: The glow of the sun adds brilliant, vibrant contrast to this piece. The reflection of this glow in the puddle, while slightly subdued, brings that light closer to the viewer. I feel like it's inviting the viewer in. There is also a wonderful amount of detail in this picture, but what I love most is that it's not evenly spread out. The walls are walls. There are fewer details to look at, which keeps the viewer's eyes from lingering, pulling them straight toward distanced building, which is full of gorgeous architectural detail captured in the perfect warm lighting.
The Cons: I don't know if this was intended, but the end of the tunnel is slightly off center. While this is not a dire mistake of any kind, I feel like it should have been centered, or pointedly uncentered.
Overall, this picture invokes warmth, and, as has been said before, a light at the end of the tunnel type mentality. Very well done.