That's exactly my point. You can do ANYTHING to a photo - someone WILL be pleased. The camera is important - but it depens on a lot of parameters such as who gonna watch, how much do you manipulate it, colors etc.
I like your photo for it' s colors, but now no one can tell what it is. So you have to like it for the colors, contrast and what you see in it.
If you look at my gallery, you also see a high degree of photomanipulation.
By the way - I also remember the earlier days in the darkroom, the smell, the fluids and red lights. My wife bangin' at the door to get me out of there. Some fine days - now she just drag my chair away. Yes it's a lot easier for everyone , but then again now we're all ones and zeros!