|Hello Wendy from the Critique Club,
Hey, this a nice jokey sort of portrait. The tilt to the head and the expression are great and there is a sense of balance, despite the almost square positioning. A slight change in camera angle might have removed the door in the background, although it is not particularly intrusive. The crop is tight to the head at the top but any less tight might have upset the balance.
The shallow depth of field is well controlled, providing a good clean main subject and an out of focus background.
You have desaturated all but magenta(?) and the black and white image is nicely exposed, with no clipped highlights - the highlights and shadows on the face add to the image, neither too bright in the highlights nor too dark in the shadows. The desaturation was neatly handled with no obvious interference between B & W and colour.
It clearly meets the challenge - pity in a way that it came so close after the Desaturation Challenge - but maybe that is where the inspiration came from!
This is a nice portrait, perhaps all in black and white and with less foggy goggles so that you could see the eyes, one to keep for the subject! I like the happy expression and the way the water drips are caught on the face and neck. I wonder what lighting you used - there is an interesting highlight on the chin and cheek from a different light source - it does not detract! Perhaps it is just natural light and the highlights are reflections from the pool. Well done!
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