Ed at Ridersite: Did you entered two very similar photos under different names and one got DQ'd? I like them both, but wondered what the heck was going on.
Congrats on the win.
It was this guy:http://www.dpreview.com/members/9822424737/overview
We were supposed to find out who took the better photo that night as a mini-competition. He got cold feet and put the ladybug in.
Thanks all, for the kind comments :)
Thanks, it was a little of both. Very bright and almost going snowblind by the sun's reflection off the snow and ice even at -1.5ev. Heavily reduced highlights and opened shadows in RAW. Then blended in a better exposed foreground (HDR technique). Probably should have changed ISO instead of leaving the sweet spot on aperture but I wasn't thinking.
Hopefully, as Ruth says, it doesn't hurt the eyes.