How about you try and put yourself in that place? Imagine being there, that that's -real- and right in front of you. It's an incredibly surreal environment; but because ~Knechter here had the lucky oppurtunity to actually capture it for the rest of us to experience...THAT is why this is a DD.
Don't think of this as simply a photo of a rock; look into it a bit further and let it inspire you.
Ah, interpretations. Okay. XP But I'm not sure about how it was presented. The grainy filter looks good, but I'm not too sure about the grey around the boarder of the image. It kind of makes it harder to understand. I mean, it looks okay with it, but maybe it blends in too much with the mountain itself for me. XP
Mmm I'm kind of on the fence with it. I don't think it really takes away from the image, nor does it really add to it. I actually wouldn't have even really noticed it if you hadn't pointed it out. Either way I think that if the vignette effect was straight off the camera, and not a result of post-production, like it most-likely is, it would be a bit more striking and I wouldn't have an issue with it.