Your in camera cropping has successfully focused the viewer on the story that has been made obvious by the droplet. Without the drop the story would not have been as obvious and the image would have been closer to a "here I am" shot instead of a strong nature shot.
You have picked up a bit of digital noise, especially in the unsharp foreground area and the darker areas of the sand. It does not really show up until the image is blown up to screen projection sizes. Unfortunately this is typical of the 7D in intermediate ISO levels such as the 1000 you used here. It also shows up in the 800-1200 range of my own 7D but for some reason appears to start reducing again at 1600. The Define plugin in brush mode should let you take care of that.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=0, Total=9
I am a wildlife, nature, and scenic photographer. I now live in San Mateo, after spending most of my adult life in Millbrae. I previously worked full-time for Applied Biosystems and Life Technologies as a senior business analyst. I left this position a few years ago to concentrate on my true passion of nature photography. My Dad was a deer hunter and bought some property in Monterey County, so he could have a place of his own to go deer hunting. We have owned this property since 1946. I grew up spending my summers down there, following in my father's footsteps, hunting quail, dove, and black tailed deer--using a b-b gun, graduating up to a powerful hunting rifle. When I was eighteen I had to kill a black-tailed buck up close shooting him in the neck, since my first shot from afar had only wounded him. I saw death up close and personal, deciding from that moment on I didn't not want to be part of death, but to cherish life instead.
My friends and I do a lot of bird photography at my ranch in rural Monterey County, using photo blinds extensively; and recently we have built a few permanent ponds to attract wildlife.
I was a Minolta user, but switched to Canon in 2001. I used to shoot extensively with slide film; now I strictly use digital camera bodies, specifically the Canon 7D and 40D bodies, previously the Canon D1 Mark II and as backup the Canon 20D. I primarily use RAW capture, and process the images in Photoshop. I recently upgraded to CS5, and also have many external hard drives to store my raw files.