|Hello from the Critique Club,
The first thing that strikes me about the photo is your choice of shoes for the shot. They’re interesting looking, and have lots of detail to them, as well as being a bit different from the rest of the subjects in the challenge. In terms of the actual photo itself, it feels very flat to me, which is probably because of the aperture you used (16). Because everything is within almost the exact same amount of focus, the distance is compressed and the moccasins fail to pop from the blanket. The way the shadows are falling, I’m assuming that your flash was on camera too, which increases this flatness of lighting because the shadows on the subject are decreased from the viewer’s point of view. Foregoing the flash and using something to support your camera may have worked to your advantage (though I don’t know what your ambient lighting was). Compositionally, I wonder if centering things would have made things feel more natural, in order to include the blanket as a subject. If you wanted to emphasize the moccasins more instead, I’d consider shooting from a lower angle and placing one shoe angled in regard to the camera, and one on top of that facing with the beads toward the camera. The lower angle makes the blanket less distinguishable, and the lower angle will accentuate the features of the shoes. Shooting this next to a window with sunlight streaming through could work pretty well, I think.