Its a lovely capture, Im guessing you took it in a shop or at a zoo?
I like your choice of angle, it works well with helping to blur the background and foreground, plus ensuring the Caimen stands out. Your aperture choice worked for this too. I bet you had to get down almost in the water for this
The composition is good, you have almost hit the rule of thirds with your positioning of the Caimen within the frame, although I would like to see slightly more space to the left of its head, which would push its eyes on oner of the thirds lines too making it evening more pleasing.
I am guessing there was harsh over head lighting. The light hitting the top of its head is a bit too harsh for my liking.
I think maybe dialing down the ISO to 400 would reduce the harshness of that light whilst reducing the noise caused by high ISO in the background.
Overall its a good effort.
I think that the written critique was fair, but personally I think the stars are a lil misplaced. This is an amazing image especially considering what you were working with. For me impact is at least 4stars, and originality 3, overall 4.5 stars!!!
Thanks a lot for the feedback/critique
It's indeed taken at the local Zoo.
The shot is taken through a window with my eye almost at the same height as the water surface.
It wasn't a very big window to shoot through, so I wasn't able to get a perfect composition
The fact the Caiman was swimming away from me didn't help either
I have a few other - slightly similar - shots of this animal with maybe a better composition, but I like the movement of the water in this shot more than in the other shots, so this have to do for now
I'll take the tips in mind when I visit the Zoo again.