|Hello from the Critique Club
A very nice image, but the border really takes away from the image
Technically I think this is a wonderful image. There is a lot of texture and visual interest in this particular image and the composition is spot on. The choice of black and white works very well for this image and adds a nice warm "rustic" appeal to the shot. I would be interested to see how you did your B&W conversion. It seems like you probably could've used the channel mixer to give it more depth and a wider range of tones. As it is it seems a little "flat", but that could be a product of the harsh midday lighting also. For me, the border does not work at all, but I've never really been a fan of gradient borders. If you MUST use a border, I think a simpler solid black border with a very thin light gray inset would work better for this particular shot.
I really like the shot, with some more tweaking in post-processing, you could take this image to a new level. I for one would definitely would lose the border, but that's just a matter of personal taste.
Great shot... Keep shooting!