Lets start by saying that I'm gonna be very critical towards this work for two main reasons: 1) as an artist you're clearly producing above average quality fashion oriented portraiture, so just saying a picture is nice would give you nothing more than a momentary feeling of elevation, and 2) the fashion imagery / portraiture is one of the most popular classes of images, so you're competing in a very tough environment. Also, it is a field where image quality and avid attention to small details is very much the norm.
The image grasped my attention through the thumbnail, as the work here in dA should. Not a small achievements in its own in the screen of dozens of thumbs. The first impressions of the image were equally pleasing: The mild and warm tones make the work very easy to approach and pleasing to the eye. You could say, that the colour composition through the slightly desaturated colour scheme and the warm overall tones works strongly to the advantage of the image - in the darkness of the winter it lures one in for a closer examination.
The basic composition of the image isn't as strong as the colour composition is. Even though it is working, the balance of the image is to the right. A one sided balance isn't always bad - actually with right elements it can work to ones advantage - but in this case the right side becomes overly cluttered and I cannot but hope that there would be a bit of breathing space between the model and the background elements.
The cluttered field of trash and the 'shipwreck' on top of the trailer on the background create a good contrast with the beautiful model. Her positions is also interesting and pose very natural, while still being what some could say 'chic'. I also like the hair style which creates a balance between her otherwise perfect/impeccable look and the trashed background. The effect is further heightened by the sandy and scratchy shoe soles - a nice extra detail to add mood.
With a second glance I started to find some details which to me diminish the beauty of the image. The 'ghosting' on the ship mast and around the ship edges is one of these and to me speaks about either overt sharpening or general post-production. Also I see some 'fragmentation' on the models legs, which i first thought to be excess sand. But as I started to see similar 'fragments' on the chest and forehead as well, they started to take my attention away from the image as a whole. Whether it is sand or the result of sharpening effects didn't the matter then anymore, as the unwanted result was the deviation of attention from the complete image to the small details.
Still, and no one can argue, the image is beautiful. It is also more original with the choice of background elements than most of the work is one can see all around world. Without the 'technical' details grasping ones attention at closer observation and the somewhat overtly cramped right side, I could, with very warm heart, give a more than an excellent rating to the image. But now, given the level I see the artist is aiming for, I cannot but rate it average among its peers.
I am not a professional photographer but can certainly give my thoughts as a designer post productively speaking.
The first thing that grabbed my attention of this was of course the focal and the fine setting used.
On second glance I see the white/cream to the left of her head and that shouldn't be there I don't think. It looks like it is attached and a part of her the way it is now. Not too hard to edit out at al really.
The colors are excellent, it looks slightly cooled, slightly sepia'd, great balance here.
I agree there is a little 'ghosting' on the ships mast and rigging but it doesn't come across to bad at all overall.
So really, the only main crit here from me is the bit by her head.
Apart from this, it is a very original concept and a stunning shot.