I think we're the minority that use Paint.net. It looks like you added noise in the background layer. I don't think I would have done that. My attention is drawn to the white area to the right of Hill that looks like a backwards 7. I personally don't like the motion blur either.
I think I would have changed the brightness and contrast to give Hilliard a little darkness, kind of make the image tone ominous.
All in all, good stuff. Just a few things I might have done differently.
just not willing to fork up for PS.
i went back and redid it yesterday before i saw your post and almost did exactly that. changed the background noise, make it black and white with some added contrast.
changed out the motion blur for just a bit of glow effect around KH, added an additional layer with some contrast to brighten up the uni and darken KH a bit.
thinking of removing the background noise, maybe do a little unfocus on it, and toning down the glow on KH.
thanks for that, always looking for ways to make better images with these nice photos.