I'm not that good with photomanips so I'll try my best. I think the picture was taken well as well as the initial lighting. The concept is acceptable and is well captured as well as manipulated. Well thought out process and thought. Well achieved. I'm not sure if this was the point but the rose seems to captivate my eye as the object of affection and also destruction. It's a good way of giving the viewer a chance to imagine what it is for.
I'm not that particular with the lighting. Though the subject matter seems a bit on the hmm...uh....dark side...the light seems to bright for such a dark themed picture.
I'm not THAT sure but I SUGGEST that one would...take it over? Or change the color variation on the PICTURE but not the edit's themselves. Say if this was Photoshoped you could uss layers and change COLOR or LEVELS on the ORIGINAL PICTURE while KEEPING your edits on a different layer and still create the end result. I'm just saying a suggestion not an imediate fix...
Nice picture and nice concept.
NOTE: THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE OF GOD OF POSTING A THUMB AND NOT YOUR WHOLE "GALLERY"