Thanks for allowing us to have a closer look at your photograph. It is a fact that on average people look and evaluate an image presented to them in 5 seconds. When we are given the opportunity to really look and interpret the image, that is when we appreciate people like you. And thanks to you, we hope to learn much together.
The process I deploy is first of all to look at your previous work and then look at the currents comments made. I want to have a 'feel' for the person who entrusted me with this responsibility. Only then do I spend time with the image for a critique.
The critique can be both Applied (To the image self) and Theoretical (Attempt to philosophy and theorise about the work). It is important for me to be able to describe, to interpret, to evaluate and even to theorize about it. If I can encourage discourse about your work I will be happy.
In the final analysis, I hope you can learn something from this, take something of it and improve both your skill and self confidence.
So, here goes for your image.
Looking at the feedback you received you should be quite confident, they were all positive. The only firm recommendations you received were on the 'black space'. Going through your portfolio confirmed my suggestion that you should be very pleased with a special eye for photography. You have a very good eye, very creative way of presenting your images and should only get better.
The 'Cow of peaceful meadows' is a perfect fit for the challenge, deploys very good composition and is sharp and colorful. Yet, it did not do too well in the challenge itself. Above average at about 5.7 should never be good enough for you.
I must agree, although you had a positive comment on it, that the black space is not contributing to your image. Nor is the topic something I will remember for a long time.
Art, in the first instance, must be interesting. It must grab the eye, force me to look again, want to look again and explore. good techniques itself, which you have displayed here, is just not good enough. The image is just not that exciting and the black area sucks my eyes into its depths. The slight reflection on the window sill is also distracting. Others may argue that it gives depth. It is just to dark for that argument and should rather have gone up the left side too if you wanted depth.
Now to become terribly pedantic, but it should show you how to examine and critically look at your images.
Left bottom of the photograph; why didn't you clone out the blue stubble, the white plastic bag and the eye-stealing orange dot about 1/3rd up on the stump? Also, that blue-ish tint (left bottom corner, center and top middle as well as the length of the top right window)possibly as a result of burning? also is remarkably unkind to the image. Finally, the dirty vertical V-shape on the window/reflection, just to the right and above the cow, keeps drawing my eye.
As the score indicated, a strong average image. I honestly believe we have not seen your best. Keep up your participation, experience added to your talent will yield great results.
Great composition. I love natural framing like this, and it especially works really well here. It's like compartmentalization, with the subject specifically thrown into that square due to the rules. Very clever entry in this one, and a cool photo regardless. Nice one.