Before seeing the title I thought this could be titled 'witness' and there you go !! Very poetic image indeed - B&W conversion, toning, decision around definitions look very apt to my eyes. One of your best - no nits from me, I am just enjoying it.
The images need not be sharp from edge to edge. The image processing decisions should revolve around what it takes to hand over the frame from eyes to heart and how soon it can be achieved. It is not about curves, levels, unsharp mask etc. It is not about showing individual strands in feather of a bird. It is not about primes/zooms/tilt-shift lenses/canon/nikon etc. It is about what you are seeing
and how to show
what you are seeing
. It is about heart (unless you want to publish the image in a zoological journal
) Unfortunately image processing discussions go very deep into the latter aspects of image processing and often fail to relate to the intent and emotional needs.
An important note, make sure you are enjoying it as much as some of us here. Don't get carried away by some of our personal 'opinions'.
Thanks for sharing Abhisek.