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I hardly do any landscape photography with a tripod. Carrying a tripod feels really awkward to me. Hopefully with enough practice, I get better at it. CC highly encouraged...
I like this one a lot. It seems to have good contrast at about every level of detail, from the bulk of the trees against the clouds to the ever-more-detailed shadows among the rocks. I like the people in the shot, particularly how small they are relative to the environment. I like how the soft contrast in the sky balances the harshness of the rocks.
My criticism of it is with the color--which is pleasant, but after looking at it for a bit doesn't seem quite right. It is a bit too warm at the top right, extending down over the rocks in the central frame but not over the rocks at lower right. Also, the sudden shift from red sky (top right) to strong blue (just left of that) is a bit strong. I downloaded this and made a black and white version that stands out--although this may just be my bias, as I've been favoring B&W lately. It could also be that I've been living under cloudy skies for about the last 8 months so I might've forgotten what genuine color in the sky looks like...
Also, regarding tripods: I've gone so far as designing tripod backpacks but haven't ever found a way to actually get myself to use the clumsy things. What I do use, though, is a mini tripod: a standard tripod head bolted onto a large PVC cap. The tripod head can bolt onto the inside of the cap, which makes it rather portable. You do need to be flexible to find things to place the mini-pod on, or just accept a low point of view, but it provides stability that light sometimes requires without making me curse the thing at all other times like tripods do.