Totally agree about the light vertical line in the first image ...it's gone in my new crop (will post soon).
The second image is in focus, but hasn't been high-passed to make them pop like the first image has. ...also it's a tough 50/50 on the crop for the second image. When I crop out the red chain link fence entirely on the left the image does become 100% model centric (a good thing), but as a photographer I am in love with the marriage of the model and the wide use of darkening negative space... (damn you vanity, thy name is me. I should crop it, but I don't have to like it)
Thanks again for all the insight and your time in giving it.
P.S. Chunglee & jford, I thought I'd just let you know I appreciate you two for commenting on all of my threads and giving me your thoughts.