Originally posted by violinist123:
Can easily overexpose a shot and then pull the levels down to keep the histogram from clipping on the right side. I don't have the raw file like the rest of you though, so I can't express an opinion on whether or not it deserved to place as it did, insofar as it did or didn't meet the challenge on a naval-gazing technical basis.
That's actually not a bad point, although I'm not sure that's what was done here. The histogram is steep on the right, but it does have steps down which would be gone if you simply pulled back 255,255,255 pixels to 245,245,245.