I got the inspiration from those sneaking scenes in video games as I'm a fan of stealth action games . The model was very cooperative , she did whatever I asked and didn't complain a single word.
1. in what area is critique to be sought?
Angle, lighting, composition and the mood this photo brings
2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
Recreating the sneaking scene realistically and to inject life and emotion into an otherwise emotionless plastic figurine
3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
I thought I should shoot non-human subjects for a change so I did a couple of figurine shots, this being one of them
4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
I think its somewhat brings out the dark mood because of the low exposure. I wish I could add something to the left of the photo where the blank space is. Sort of like a target for assassination so the photo can deliver some of the tension of the act of sneaking, but I don't have a suitable figurine in my collection and I think it would be distracting as well.
Note: the WB is intentionally warm and yellowish because I thought it would resemble real lighting more (like lighting around a dock, or an empty street corner)
I also have another version of the photo which is vertical and feature a slightly different pose (more of silently sneaking around rather than a ready-for-action pose). I wonder if I can post the link (not the image itself) here for comparison?