Did not mean to sound condescending so sorry if it came out that way.
Different types of photographer's have an eye for different things....and we all look at photos differently. Sort of like how I get called for tilted verticals and what not because I don't intuitively have an eye for it (I wish I did!)
As a portrait guy, the distortion becomes too much of a distraction from what really is a great concept. Environmental portraits in general are really challenging because you're basically taking a portrait and a landscape simultaneously, and if either part isn't executed well, the image falls apart.
I agree with this 100% . It was not directed at you at all, David, and as the very first thing I noticed was her boots I felt I had to say something (of course, I didn't have to say anything, so it was an indulgence). Please don't take offence as it certainly was not meant that way on my part either.