I think that sometimes, the things that we believe will work against us, actually turn out to be in our favour. That is true with this picture, but I also believe it is often true in life, and it depends, to a great degree on how we look at things.
You are absolutely right Wayne, our perspective on everything in life affects us in all that we do. I try to have a very positive attitude. Failure and negativity are not in my vocabulary. Your gallery is superb and it is always a pleasure to discover new photos to enjoy.
I am not sure what it is about this shot, but I do remember thinking that I would never be able to process it because of the dynamic range. However, I was there at the time and would not be back, so it was now or never. Maybe by processing skills, or the risks I was prepared to take with unconventional processing is what made the difference.