|*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*
An alternative approach that does not meet the challenge.
I'm imagining this the way it would normally be taken with the dog in sharp focus and the background trees soft and, to be honest, preferring it as I would expect it. I'm all for an alternative approach but it has to have a meaning this does not convey your meaning to me at all. The theme of the challenge is the golden hour, the sky that can be seen through the trees and the harsh shadows on the dogs face and the angle suggests that this was not the case, it feels more like a midday sun.
I do like the foreground grasses and the way the light is illuminating the blades, I also like their soft focus, I think without the dog this may have worked better. But, the dog is the obvious focal point, spoilt by the deep shadows on his face but equally by the fact that he is restrained by a lead when I want to feel his dynamic energy bounding freely through the lovely grasses.
I have been fortunate to critique other images from you, as you know, and I do like your alternative approach that often gives us added value but this one doesn't work for me, sorry, Sid