Indeed, TWO thumbs up, I find nothing lousy about this image, except for some distorsion (and those damn wires). BTW, which lens did you use, if I may ask?
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I think the shot is initially a bit freaky looking because the subject combined with wide angle perspective distortion looks a lot like a Google StreetView capture. Then all the fine details begin to appear along with a completely natural looking sky and a complete absence of blowouts. The D7000 combined with an optically clean lens exceeds, by far, many of the technical capabilities of pro Nikon bodies of just a few years ago.
Somebody send this shot to the Google StreetView people. I guarantee they'll be buying D7000 bodies and Nikkor 16-85 VR lenses immediately thereafter.
Here's something that confuses me. I didn't think active D Lighting made any difference to RAW files. Did you convert to JPEG using Nikon software and would that make any difference? I use RAW and Lightroom/Camera Raw and never set active D lighting. I did have a go at a few test shots with and without ADL but couldn't notice any difference.