Great work!! Wondering if you dropped the <flame> into J-Wildfire if you could improve you idea of the outcome you originally envisioned? If you have not used it yet (J-Wildfire), I think you would be pleasantly surprised!
absolutely perfect, the balance is very good! don't worry, the bipolar/linear shades are a pain in the *** (you could put 10 of them or so with lower weight and use bipolar shift + real shift. then you'd get more steps and less harder contrast... at least in theory) oh well .... at least no one can see them ... only if one knows!!!
The details are so clean and sharp. The colors pure and distinct. Nice height too. Your color choices are tasteful and rich looking. Very beautiful image! I got so lost in the fullview that I almost forgot to drop back to preview to get the whole picture. Amazing!