This stitched panorama is an 8 x 24 cropped subset of 7 images taken at 75mm. The Velvia slide film filter from Alien Skin Exposure added some punch to the range of colors.
Good gear is one thing, but if you are trying to improve your photography, there is nothing better than getting portfolio critiques from pros and enthusiasts who really know what they are doing.
There are some great people contributing to the site I mentioned above. Other places I find inspiring include Steve Huff’s and Range Finder Forum. If you have any favorites that aren’t on my radar, let me know.