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thanks everyone. canon 16-35 II has very nice sunburst effect. this was shot at f11. I think part of the reason the foreground appears more sharp is more contrast.
I do have the full reflection of the mountain, but not clean, but with some more grass. I revisit it. it appeared that the cropping looked better this way.
as for branches I really though about it. I felt it helps a little bit in framing the image, and gets rid of part of otherwise very boring sky. it takes 2 minutes to clone it, and I will try it and see if I like the results better.
Again, thanks a lot for the feedback.