I'm new to the DPC Critique Club and your image popped up for me to critique...
What strikes me at first impression is the overall sharpness of the image and the care that was taken in its set-up. The high contrast B&W is effective and the pure white dice have retained detail in the highlights. There's even detail in the concave indentation of the pips on each die. The shiny paper is a nice addition and adds a bit of depth to the scene. The black dice are well exposed, too. Their background approaches the pure black of the background with the shape implied only by corners, edges, and shadows. Lots of excellent technical work here from my perspective - there's no question that this catches the eye on first glance. In addition to the first glance technical work, I like the care in placement and faces of the dice. The white dice showing a 7 from the top and an 11 from the side implies you may be a craps player. I'm less certain of the 8 sided dice's purpose in gaming, but did notice the care to show all 8 faces between the two black dice. Nice details.
That said... the things I find distracting, or not as effective as the excellent technical work, are primarily in the composition and perhaps the subject itself. You have a strong diagonal line, but in my eye it's weakened by the empty space to the right. Although we're often warned against centered subjects, I'm thinking this might have been better with the right side cropped. The bottom left also feels a bit tightly cropped to me... made more apparent by the presence of the white hairline border. Without the boarder the tight crop on the lower right might have opened up a bit.
All in all, it's a solid image with wonderful attention to detail and care in execution. Lots of excellent work on this!
Message edited by author 2014-08-28 19:45:50.