Ok, I had to think about this for a while because when I first look at the image it is generally striking and interesting. I appreciate the subject in the first place because it speaks of a time long past and of much history that likely nobody will ever know...
Also I agree with your choice to move from color to BW, though I may also recommend you try one other style...This image may work very well in pseudo-hdr (if you have Photoshop then maybe try this tutorial for an excellent effect [link] ; if you don't have Photoshop then it is very possible you can use the principles of the tutorial in whatever editing application you are using.
Finally, it took me a while to be ready to write this critique because as much as I liked the image, I couldn't put my finger on what was bothering me...now I think I got it...your angle and perspective are great, and while I may have taken 1 step left for the shot, that is personal style; so I think what is missing is depth-of-field...because everything is in focus, our eye tends to try and focus on EVERYTHING, so the wall on the right, as cool as it is, may need some blurring and/or darkening so as to allow the eye to naturally move down to the more ornate architecture in the distance...
It is a beautiful and interesting shot that hints at stories that will never be told; try adding a DOF effect down just 1/3 of the right wall and see if it doesn't relax your eyes into the depths of the image. Also, if you try the pseudo-hdr effect, I sure would love to see it so please notify me!
Uh... This is my first Critique and I just finished a two week photography assignment... So I'm sorry if this fails. And warning, I know nothing about photography (X3)
Vision: I can see it vvery clearly. You can tell it is old and there's some contrast. It's breathtaking.
Originality: It's not the first time I've seen a picture like this, but it's probably the best I've seen.
Technique: I'm impressed by what side you chose and how it's kinda slanted sideways. Like I said, some contrast and prosparity (DIDN'T SPELL IT RIGHT! DARN IT!). And I can kinda see a rule of thirds. Impact: Whatever this means, Overall, it's an amazing photograph. It's beautiful, emotional and breathtaking. I hope I get to see more of these.
Other notes: The black and white look great and I see why you perfered it that wat rather than color.
This is a very effective photograph and I do beleive you have quite the eye for it. I find this whole thing enticing such as it gets you to just read into the image more where as if it was in colour then it wouldunt entice so because it would be as if all the information is just already there where as the overcast clouds and the decrepid ruins make a perfect match for each other as well as the mono-tone. It just adds the correct mood needed for this photo. And I adore the dark and almost deceased nature of this photo. Very well done and you should be proud
Wow. There is so much that can be said about this photograph. At first, the dark clouds and the high contrast gives you a cold and forlorn feeling. It's a very lonely picture. There's no one around and it is dark. The scene is very gothic. The angle of the picture suggests maybe a bit of chaos.
And then you have to appreciate the beauty of it. The ancient cobblestone walls are still standing. The black-and-white really accent the ancient stonework. The picture is crystal clear and wonderful, and I applaud you.