Could someone comment on whether this is rejected for exposure issues because of the center area, or the background being to dark? I'm new to uploading and I just want to make sure that I understand the issue. Any help would be appreciated.
I imported your image into Lightroom and adjusted the blacks slider by +38, the whites +19, and shadows +50. I believe both the center and the background were too dark and look much better lighter. Beautiful image either way.