I think the article has it backwards. It's because Nikon has always charged the highest prices (among Janpanese cameras) that only those who are willing to pay more are Nikon customers.
And Canon loves to pull the price rug out from under Nikon. When Nikon debuted their 12-megapixel version of the 5d, it had the same price as the original 5D. A month or two later, Canon debuted the 5DII with more pixels, and about $500 cheaper. Nikon had no choice to drop their price to match the price of the (higher-performing) 5D II.
This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime shots.
First, let me join those who've said this is a brilliant photo, because it is, breathtakingly so.
So why do I hate myself? Because I have to say, if it were mine, I'd crop out the far right edge, just enough to remove the support for the power lines in the distance. They're almost unnoticeable, but not quite, and provide a tiny distraction that's easily removed.
Having said that, it's a stunning, gorgeously composed shot that I can't look at without feeling envy...--http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/8444329.jpg