To be honest the 'good critique' doesn't really make many valid point imo. His main argument is that your exposure is wrong.
If it was exposed so that we had more shadow detail the white shirts and headgear would have no detail at all. The exposure is pretty much as good as it could be for the circumstances..obviously the eyes could have been brightened in post production, but sometimes that looks funny. In this case I think it would look funny as it wouldn't make sense when you consider the 'weak' light on the rest of his face.
Also the mod offered, a treshold effect, has little to do on a photography site. If this was a design site it would have been relevant. To me, this image is not much about the graphic shapes anyway, but dof and mood makes the image, which Jeff also mentioned in his introduction - which gets lost in a treshold representation.
I don't mean to critize your effort Jeff, you've obviously put a lot of work into it. And I'd welcome you to critique my images any day. My point is only that a long comment doesn't always equal valid critique (this one can be used against me lol), and in this case I feel the critique offered wasn't really valid. Obviously the critique team didn't agree with me lol
I think this remark is spot-on.
the crop is slowly growing on me too