Psjunkie wrote:all comment welcomed...
Quirky, yes just a little, but is still an image that you could add to your collection and be proud of. Being quirky is different and different is what I like, which takes away from the normal expression that most aim for. This is a keeper Frank because of the expression. You may never capture another one like this, although I'm sure there will be other images with similar expressions. To me, she is displaying her own personality and you have presented it well.
Now a little about the processing. As you know, I love the black and white and I wouldn't even consider seeing a color version. To me, the eyes draws me in and is the first thing I my eyes went to. They are just a little over sharpened, but still acceptable. I do like the soft focus until I'm drawn to her right ear (camera left), however I do understand why it is what it is. Looking at the EXF File, I see that you shot this at f1.8 and probably had the eyes as your focal point. Which means, that most everything in front and behind the eyes would be out of focus. Probably best fstop would have been somewhere in the f8 range. Then again, if you wanted this to be soft, as it is, then you have reached your goal. So, having said that, the only issue I have is the ear is too out of focus compared with the rest of the image. Overall though, I find the image to be an excellent one, even with the issues I mentioned. I personally like it very much and I DO look forward to anymore QUIRKY images in the future.