Star Dancer is a piece that I found very striking on initial viewing, which prompted me to write this critique. First, as a glamour portrait I am surprised that the view of the models face is obstructed, though I like the effect; having her face out of view creates both an interesting profile and moves my eye around the image so that I am taking in the full body as a focus.
The lighting in this image is very well done. It is bright enough to highlight the models skin and emphasize the movement of the fabric around her form while still allowing for some really interesting shadow play. For me, the shadows and the transparent fabric add an almost mystical undertone and the light is bright enough to allow that play of light without being harsh or destroying the wonderful transparencies. The strongest area of light for me is both her left foot and her ribcage... in the case of her foot it provides a nice anchoring point to her very dynamic stance, while the light on her ribcage really invites the eye to follow the curve of her torso thereby adding to the dynamic motion of her posture.
I would have liked to see the effect of stronger light on the area below her chin as it may have increased the shadowing on her face but that is personal preference really.
The dynamic sense of motion in this image is what I find absolutely fantastic and it has been wonderfully captured. I find myself wanting to know more about why she is dancing, inventing stories to explain the image and title, and appreciating the movement and expression the human body is capable of. I understand that her arms are conveying a reaching motion, though I do wish her shoulders were a little more relaxed as there is a stiffness in her upper body that somewhat contradicts the more fluid shapes she is creating with the rest of her body, and which you have echoed with the back elements.
Overall, I really love the sense of motion and the play of light and shadow, and I find myself inspired!