.. I'm sorry but how is this honestly worthy of a daily deviation, admittedly the lighting is pretty decent, and the color treatment and subtle texture is ok too .. but a daily deviation .. imo it's not, again just one mans opinion I mean no offense to the artist.
I think you'd ask people who nominate not-a-DD, not here on the author's page. He didn't asked for giving him DD for this work. The DD nomination is very subjective, after all. I saw really plain and boring works in DD category... maybe I am envious a bit, but always realize that it isn't the author's choice.
Very true, it just genuinely shocked me was all, but you are quite correct it comes down the moderator at the end of the day. The artist of this work can still be very proud, I am not trying to take anything away from them