Seems that the contrast is too low. The bacground is fine, since a dark background sets the mood. However, I think there should be a bit more light on the characters; but that is just me. Good drawing though!!
It is beautiful, but you are right about the Mac re-calibration making it a bit dark; it makes the color harder to differentiate and you can't see any of the delineation or detail on the coat or background. On the coat I can see the highlights on the frogging, and the outer outline along the back of the coat, but that is it. I hope that helps.
This is absolutely stunning, Zeph!! The lighting is filled with mood and the way they are back lit~ Her face is so beautiful and sad~ And I love the way her jewelry glints in the light! Ahhg, just a wonderful piece!
*hugs tight* gah too bad we are both busy but seeing you post is always a great pleasure my dear hold on for your eams! mine are net week but I am working hard to get them and after this, I leave the UK ;(