Just a quick thought on working with photos.
Photos are not exciting until the artist puts the interpretation down on paper or canvas. Don't be strict to the photo, make it your own. Change and rearrange to make the composition better. Use the colors that you love. When I look at landscape photos, I don't see all greens. I see all kinds of color combinations just waiting to come alive and the potential that each has to be painted in a hundred+ different ways.