by spydrComment: Hello from the Critique Club.
I like this shot. You met the challenge perfectly. It has good composition, strong and subtle color, and interesting lines. The muted lighting really evens out the overall shading. My first impulse was to want brighter or more light, but I think that would defeat the nice low-contrast color variations and ruin the subtle shading.
I wish the focus was either sharper or more diffuse; I think that either would compliment the wavy low-contrast texture. I can't decide if the lone specular highlight near the middle adds or takes away from the picture; I'd probably either want to see additional highlights on some other edges, or not see any at all.
I am not familiar with the 828, but the shot seems a little noisy for 64 ISO even with a 1 sec exposure. I wonder if this is an extremely tight crop of a much larger image. If so, could it have been re-shot to get in tighter without such a severe crop?
Finally, I truly like the overall image, but the fuzzy border reduces its impact substantially for me. When the smooth and flowing lines and colors meet the harsh texture of the border, it feels like an abrupt transition that leaves me trying to figure out what the border means
rather than simply enjoying the subject of the image.
Feel free to critique my critique,