|It is my pleasure to critique this image as part of the critique club.
This is a pretty image. I like the delicate colors in the clouds, colors that are reflected in the water on the sand. The lone person makes this image special, and I love seeing his shadow.
There is a fair amount of negative space in this photo, but to me it works in this shot as there is a bit of movement in the clouds, some pattern to the sand, and that nice shadow in the foreground. The subject's pose is a bit closed in, and he is quite far to the right in the image. Although I think for this shot that far right position works, it gave something that drew my eye through the whole image.
I think the muted colors are perfect, I do not think I would enjoy this image as much were the colors more vibrant. The sun is quite bright, and the reflection of the sun in the sand led to two very bright spots right next to the subject. Those bright spots in the sand distracted just a bit. But your high score indicates that few voters found this bothersome. Indeed your high score indicates that other too found this a nice image.