well, you are right about most of those points.
you also have to understand that photography is an art and as such it doens't have to follow all rules. some can be bent, others broken.
i took it attempting to show a perspective of what you would see if you were standing behind the camera. albeit, it didn't come completely as i expected it, but it was a good first attempt.
i agree, it is very difficult to show case the overall feel of an engine bay being so busy and all and i could had def made a better attempt at picking on subject and making it shine. i guess i can keep trying and next time i would keep your points in mind.
getting critique from regular folks is the best because you aren't trying to decipher if i followed rules of thrids, proper lighting, contrast, saturation, temperature....you are critiquing exactly what you see.
i really appreciate your input.
ps: i also love that pic you chose, i think #12 is up there as well.
i guess the other shots make sense to me since my brain fills in the gaps ...i've been looking at this engine bay for 2 yrs