I've been wanting to comment on this for a while now but never took the time till now... sorry so slow.
The primary parts of the image (i.e. chest, arms, chin) are all very well done and engaging, great lighting and interesting pose. What really caught my eye on this is the less noticeable parts.... I create a lot of images with this type of lighting and know how hard it is to NOT lose portions of the body..... the models left leg for instance is still there and NOT lost to the blacks... the stomach area... still there and not lost. This is nicely done, well balanced. I am impressed. Nice work!
Thank you, sir. I've been trying to 'perfect' a technique of lighting and post production that not only preserves the integrity of the feel of the image, but also allows the subtlety of portions of the image to be 'discovered' by the viewer through careful inspection and deliberate viewing. Of course, there is always the 'casual viewer' that will look at the image for pure sensual reasons and allow their eyes to pass over the form and delight in it for what it is, but the more deliberate viewer will notice the details and appreciate the nuances. Thank you for taking the time.
These are not so much for a grade as they are for inclusion in a final portfolio display / book for my senior thesis. So, though I'm displaying a small series here, there are others for critique from my professors which may, or may not, be what they feel are worthy for inclusion. My goal is to have enough to have one stellar image of each subject for 20 images altogether. I have some time before all of this is due for finalization.