Shutup and Model
Greetings from the Critic's Club.
FIRST IMPRESSION: Your model has an absolutely wonderful "girl next door" look with a warm smile. The lighting is strong and produces a solid technical rendering of the model.
COMPOSITION AND LIGHTING: While I like the model, the treatment produces in me a sense of confusion about the purpose. Fishnet stockings convey the message dark, mysterious, sexy, coy. The shirt conveys a kind of straight-up business sense with an ironic twist. The model produces a third sense, one of fun and openness. So it was easy to be confused about what to think. There are a lot of graphic designers at the site who are trained to look for a coherent message, and I think this hurt the score. In a narrow technical sense the lighting is good, but it fails to either create a strong mood or flatter the model. I observe that portraits with more oblique and moody lighting fared much better in this competition.
PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUE & EDITING: The photo is clear, crisp, evenly illuminated, and well exposed. The crop is quite sensible. Technically it is very good. I suspect that the short focal length lens exaggerated the size of the knee and I think this was a minor problem.
OVERALL: I believe this is a much better photo than the rating might suggest. It is sometimes difficult to anticipate what idiom voters will be expecting for a challenge, and I suspect that the biggest single problem with this photo was that it did not fit the expected idiom.
I hope you find my opinion helpful.