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A good landscape scene in B&W.
B&W seems to have been the best medium to use for this challenge and you have chosen a photogenic scene for your entry.
A nicely composed shot that would have done very well in a landscape challenge but falls slightly short in the Image Grain challenge, a fact that is evident in the scoring. The grain is evident in the hills in the background, but not so evident in the foreground. The border works well and is not obtrusive. There is a Zen-like quality to your shot which would work well in a straight landscape. Perhaps tighter cropping on the deck and 'pergola' would have accentuated the grain in this part of the photo. I cannot fault the composition, just the grain that evident.
Your technique looks fine, but the extra sharpening of the rocks may have destroyed the grain that was inherent in the original. You did not lose anything in sizing and saving for web, which I assume you did, although it is not stated.
I like the feel and stucture of your entry, it slightly missed the overall grain effect in the foreground. B&W was the right choice and I imagine the original would look great on anyone's wall. There is a real Japanese feel to this photo. With more grain evident in the foreground your score would have been higher.