Hello again Nishant
Once again, you've given us a well constructed, beautifully conceived image. The viewpoint is wonderful and that one solitary shell certainly does draw the eye into the image, where the ebb and flow of the water then takes the eye out further to the horizon line. A very well crafted, well put together image on your part.
You say that a warmer tone made the image look too much like 'digital art' ... but what do you, as the photographer, feel that the blue gives the image? Especially such a strong, overpowering hue of blue as well? Don't misunderstand me, it looks good! But I'm wondering at your own thoughts on the blue and what you
feel it brings to the image that the warmer tone didn't?
One big problem with the strong blue colouration is that it spills over onto the inner part of the shell which, to my eyes, should be neutral instead of blue.
A couple of observations that I've addressed in my mod are ... I've taken down the blue a bit to something that appears (to my eyes anyway) more natural but which still retains that sense of 'otherness' and mystery. I've also cloned out a couple of dust bunnies in the top right corner (check your lens or mirror!). In CameraRaw, I first added +17 to the Temperature and -40 on the Vibrance settings. Then, using Photoshop CS6, I added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and set the Cyans to -30 on both the Saturation and Lightness sliders.
The other thing that might be worth mentioning is that you save your images with a ProPhotoRGB profile - nothing wrong with that, but it can play havoc with the colours of an image on uncalibrated, 'standard' monitors which don't necessarily have the wide gamut to appreciate the colours in your original images. Sometimes, it's better to convert to an sRGB profile before uploading here - that way, given that most web browsers don't manage colour in any way, you're more likely for your audience to see the image as you intended it, rather than their monitors not being able to display the image properly. There will always be variations, obviously, but you stand a better chance with sRGB which is, of course, the internet 'standard' colour space anyway.
I love the image - this is the kind of thing I can definitely see on a wall somewhere.