JWest: "I even noticed some of the folks on our tour putting big digital cameras aside once in a while and pulling out their cell phones"
I get that the best camera is the one you have on you. I get that mobile phones can take pretty decent pictures, in ideal conditions. But it takes a special kind of idiot to bother carrying his SLR around, then put it down and start snapping away with his smartphone.
I do tend to take snapshots with my (Android) cellphone camera on photoshoots. For one thing, my DSLR doesn't geotag my pictures, and it is a good way for me to remember where I was when I need to keyword my photos after a long trip. Also, the visual aspect of cellphone photos is different, and I find them easier to "optimize" quickly in Android apps than in Photoshop (and I am a stickler when it comes to quality). They just look different, and sometime more visually appealing if one applies the great layer effects available in apps like Pixlr. Photoshop is always the ultimate app to go to when it comes to making high-quality files (and prints), but the creative possibilities of phone apps can give me new ideas on how to work with files in Photoshop.
Outstanding shot, one of the best I have seen so far on the dpreview challenges. Congrats on your win!
Wow! For a "cell phone camera", the image quality is remarkable. The major downside is the cell phone thickness, which means that they may have a hard time to make many converts.
Beautiful, love the colors!